What the Sunday papers said


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Independent on Sunday: Murdoch sets tongues wagging in Scotland

The arrival of Rupert Murdoch in Scotland showed the media mogul has lost none of his love for backing winners. The visit will amplify voices, circulating high in the Murdoch ranks, which claim that he is toying with moving the domicile of News Corporation from the United States to an independent Scotland.

Sunday Times: Yes vote to spark pensions crisis at RBS

Royal Bank of Scotland could face a giant funding gap of up to £5.6bn in its pension scheme if the country votes to become independent. Many of Britain’s biggest firms face a £100bn black hole if their pension funds are deemed “cross-border” under European rules, which require schemes to be “fully funded” at all times.

Sunday Telegraph: Bid to privatise Channel 4 blocked by ministers

Proposals to privatise Channel 4, drawn up by the Government earlier this year, were blocked by the Lib Dems. Tory-led Coalition departments such as the Treasury and Department of Culture, sought to capitalise on demand for TV assets from US groups Discovery, Viacom and Scripps.

Mail on Sunday: Branson’s West Coast earnings drop to £9.2m

Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Group has pocketed £9.2m as West Coast rail operator Virgin Trains paid out a smaller dividend, despite increased ticket sales on the London-Glasgow line. Virgin Rail Group paid £18m to co-owners Virgin and Stagecoach, a fall from £40m the previous year.