Media Business Correspondent at the Guardian. From New Zealand, in London since 1999.

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Bake Off's triumphant finale leaves Channel 4 with tricky task — As The Great British Bake Off signs off its final BBC series with record viewing figures, Channel 4 executives will be plotting how to recoup their controversial £75m outlay on the UK's most popular TV show.

BT takes £145m hit after accounting 'errors' at Italian division — BT has taken a £145m hit after uncovering "inappropriate management behaviour" at its Italian division. The company, which said the non-cash charge would not affect full-year figures, appointed external advisers to assist with a full investigation into BT Italia. BT said its initial internal inquiry found "certain historical accounting errors" and it had "reassessed certain areas of management judgment".

O2's possible IPO 'depends on weakening state of UK economy' — The chief executive of O2 has said the company is "prepared but not committed" to a £10bn initial public offering (IPO), citing issues including the state of the UK economy, which has been weakened by fears of the impact of Brexit.

BBC chair post advertised with £10,000 pay cut — The culture secretary has formally started the hunt for the chair of the new BBC board offering a £100,000-a-year salary, £10,000 less than was taken home by former BBC Trust chair Rona Fairhead, with candidates requiring skills including "securing value for money".

Hooch ad banned over Vine and YouTube star's 'juvenile' trick — A Hooch ad featuring Vine and YouTube star Joe Charman has been banned after complaints his "juvenile" trick broke rules for marketing alcohol to under-18s. Charman - whose catchphrase is "Yeah I got skills ... What you gonna do about it?" - ran a promotion for Hooch that appeared on his Facebook page.

Netflix 'too slow off the mark' in Bake Off bidding war — Netflix has admitted that it was too slow out of the blocks to enter a bidding war for The Great British Bake Off as the US streaming giant didn't seriously believe the hit show would leave the BBC.

ITV cuts 120 jobs as uncertainty over Brexit slows UK TV ad market — ITV is to cut 120 jobs due to "political and economic uncertainty" as Brexit leavesUK broadcasters facing the worst year for advertising since 2009. The cuts come after Adam Crozier, ITV's chief executive, warned in July that following the Brexit vote the broadcaster would look to make £25m in overhead savings next year.

Sky and Virgin Media could be forced to give iPlayer and CBeebies better slots — Labour is pushing for broadcasters including Sky and Virgin Media to do more to promote online services such as the BBC iPlayer and children's channels including CBeebies.

Channel 4 to start sponsorship bids at £8m for the Great British Bake Off — Channel 4 is to start bids to sponsor the Great British Bake Off at as much as £8m as advertisers salivate at the prospect of cooking up the first commercial relationship with the biggest show on UK TV.
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Oct 28, 2016

Broadcaster AMC says The Walking Dead s7 premiere drew 20.8m viewers in the US. Wow. Up 7% on s6 premiere and 13% on s6 finale.

Oct 28, 2016

Labour tabled amend to Digi Economy Bill for Tuesday that would make digi "intermediary" services like Uber extend workers rights by law

Oct 27, 2016

More than half of the UK public (53%) watching TV last night between 8pm and 9pm were tuning in to BBC1's Bake Off final. Way to go out

Oct 27, 2016

Bake Off bows out on BBC with record 14m average and 14.8m peak. Huge! Biggest show year easily

Oct 27, 2016

BT says weakening pound has hurt financially but post Brexit vote and changing international trading relations not huge concern. Yet.

Oct 27, 2016

BT Sport says no football viewing crisis with average audiences up 1% and seen a "strong" start to Prem League with audiences "up".

Oct 27, 2016

BT makes £145m writedown after uncovering "inappropriate management behaviour" and "historical accounting errors" at BT Italia

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