Business Diary: 24/10/2009
Saturday 24 October 2009
Murdoch's board all look the same
James Murdoch was on good form at Sky's AGM yesterday, gently chiding one shareholder who asked why the broadcaster did not screen a more ethnically diverse range of shows. His answer, that "Sky is all about inclusiveness; we strive to do that", was only slightly undermined by the company's board, who were all sat behind him. It consisted of 13 white men and one white woman.
The mystery of the black horse
Ian Gordon, a banking analyst at Exane, sums up perfectly the situation at Lloyds Banking Group in a note pointing out that, depending on who you believe, the bank could come up with a massive jumbo rights issue as soon as this week, or do nothing at all for the next month. The truth, as Mr Gordon added in his briefing, is that nobody knows. Perhaps it's time the bank told us.
A rare (and shortlived) triumph for NatEx
Guess which train operator tops the tables in the latest survey from the Office of Rail Regulation. You got it: step forward National Express, taking the title of the most improved operator, thanks to a very impressive rise in punctuality on its East Coast Main Line franchise during the first three months of the year. It won't be in the tables next year, mind you, since the Government has since stripped the company of the contract.
BBC bosses have cancelled Christmas
More controversy at the BBC. The decision to invite Nick Griffin on to Question Time caused plenty of grief, with staff – like the wider public – split on the rights and wrongs of the issue. But scrapping the Christmas party allowance, a move that was announced internally this week, prompted a much more united response – of fury. Last year, the Beeb halved the allowance – which was once £50 per staff member – but has now abolished it altogether.
Number of the day: 0.2%
The average forecast for third-quarter GDP growth made by 33 economists on Thursday. The figure was -0.4 per cent.
- 1 The black and blue dress: Makers considering a white and gold version
- 2 Husband and wife die holding hands within hours of each other after 67 years of marriage
- 3 What color is The Dress, white and gold or blue and black? An eyewitness gives a definitive answer
- 4 The remarkable archaeological underwater discovery that could open up a new chapter in the study of European and British prehistory
- 5 Fearne Cotton quits Radio 1 after ten years for 'family and new adventures'
New theory could prove how life began and disprove God
Half of Ukip voters say they are prejudiced against people of other races
'Cash for access' scandal: Sir Malcolm Rifkind says 'unrealistic' for MPs to live on £67,000 salary
This is what it's like to be dead, according to a guy who died for a bit
'Jihadi John': CAGE representative storms off Sky News accusing Kay Burley of Islamophobia
Aqsa Mahmood branded a 'disgrace' by her parents after claims she recruited three UK girls flying to Middle East
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