Business Diary: BBC Worldwide has too much time and money
Tuesday 15 December 2009
The corporate Christmas cards are arriving thick and fast, but many companies are this year opting to send festive greetings by email. Still, if saving money is the object, the BBC Worldwide team obviously hasn't got the idea, having shelled out for a Christmas animation featuring many of their brands – it skips past Lonely Planet pretty quickly, naturally.
Cleaners are worth more than bankers
So much for bankers and the huge contribution they always harp on about making to the economy via all those taxes. The New Economics Foundation reckons that such has been the damage caused to the global economy by the banks, the average banker destroys £7 for every £1 of value they create. Hospital cleaners, by contrast, contribute £10 of value for every £1 they are paid.
A racy proposition for 'Dragon's Den' star
Dragon's Den judge James Caan has been conducting an online question-and-answer session for would-be entrepreneurs seeking his counsel. No answer yet for the correspondent who asked whether she could bring her erotic novel on to the show in order to ask for his cash.
Monetising the net and then some
We know newspapers are supposed to be working out how to monetise technology, but does The Guardian really think people are going to pay £2.39 for its new iPhone app? Most other newspapers are giving them away – not least because for a significantly smaller investment than £2.39, you can buy all sorts of fantastic games and goodies to distract you from the day's gloomy headlines.
Express way to spend £5.95
Still on the topic of over-priced internet media, the Express Newspapers group has begun offering online access to the previous 48 hours of its archived material via UK Press Online. A snip at a mere £5.95. Still, you do get both the Daily Express and the Sunday Express (always assuming, that is, that you're logging in on a Monday or a Tuesday).
Number of the day: 2
The number of takeover advances that the engineering company Mouchel says it has rejected from VT Group recently.
Wellcome Image Awards: The most striking images from the world of science, including breast cancer cells under chemical attack and a photographer’s own kidney stone
Missing Malaysia Airlines plane: Terrorism explanation 'cannot be ruled out', says CIA
Bob Crow death: 'Admired by his members, feared by employers' - Tributes pour in for RMT union leader and 'working class hero' Bob Crow
Oscar Pistorius murder trial: Athlete repeatedly sick as court hears 'graphic details' of Reeva Steenkamp's post-mortem
How climate change helped Genghis Khan: Scientists believe a sudden period of warmer weather allowed the Mongols to invade with such success
Britain's top vet sparks controversy with call for ban on slashing animals' throats in 'ritual' slaughters for halal and kosher meat products
Poor 'live like animals' says Boris's privately educated sister after going on 'poverty safari'
Exclusive: Impact of immigrants on British workers ‘negligible’
Vince Cable: Teachers 'know absolutely nothing' about the world of work
Ukraine crisis: Russia pledges to 'retaliate against sanctions' as Ukrainian president says Crimea vote will not be recognised
Katie Hopkins continues campaign to become Britain's most hated talking head with poorly timed Bob Crow tweet
- 1 Bad cattitude: Family call police after crazed and 'hostile cat with a history of violence' attacks baby before attempting to 'flee custody'
- 2 Family forced to flee home after discovering 'terrifying' nest of spiders in bananas
- 3 First Kiss: Filmmaker gets 20 strangers to make out on YouTube with awkward results
- 4 Grace Dent: Who cares if she spells it Barraco Barner? Gemma Worrall is more employable than some bookish arts graduate
- 5 Bob Crow death: 'Admired by his members, feared by employers' - Tributes pour in for RMT union leader and 'working class hero' Bob Crow
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