Business Diary: The BBC decamps to Switzerland en masse
Thursday 28 January 2010
This year's World Economic Forum in Davos is supposed to be a slimmer affair. Delegate numbers are down and media groups have been asked to send fewer journalists. Good to see that the licence-payer funded BBC is complying. Five different journalists from the Beeb – not even beginning to count production staff – had filed stories from Davos before midday yesterday.
Learning the lessons of Cadbury's defence
Here's a seminar worth attending for champions of British business. Roger Carr is to speak at the Said Business School in Oxford on "Hostile Bids and Takeovers". The Cadbury chairman knows a bit about the topic – though he was powerless to stop Kraft buying the chocolate company, Mr Carr has been on the winning side plenty of times – mostly as a hostile bidder.
If at first you don't succeed...
Another run-in for Express Newspapers with the Advertising Standards Authority. The Daily Express, the self-styled "World's greatest newspaper", puffed a promotion with Sainsbury's on its front page but buried the crucial small-print inside. Still, we all learn from our mistakes – and this is only the media group's sixth ASA censure in the past five months.
Ethical group drops the media in the soup
Ping. An email arrives from the Ethical Company Organisation, warning us to disregard various messages it has sent this week on the matter of Cadbury's takeover by Kraft. Apparently, they contained the odd inaccuracy "which might get your publication sued".
Tall stories from the management gurus
It is not for us to say management schools are a waste of time, but their staff do seem a tad under-occupied. How else to explain the paper from the good folk at the Rotterdam School of Management? It explains that taller footballers are penalised more often for fouls than shorter team-mates. "Ambiguous tackles leading to a foul in football are more likely to be attributed to the taller of two players," it concludes.
Number of the day: 2 million
The number of potholes on UK roads, says the RAC, which wants VAT on petrol spent on fixing them.
Missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370: Wreckage could be found within a week as search reaches 'very critical juncture', says minister
South Korea ferry disaster: Released transcripts show chaos and confusion in the moments before ferry sinks
Unbeliebable: The White House offer 'no comment' to anti-Justin Bieber petition
Loch Ness Monster found on Apple Maps?
Shropshire criminals ‘using unmanned drones and infrared cameras to find illegal cannabis farms’ – and then steal from the growers
The food poverty scandal that shames Britain: Nearly 1m people rely on handouts to eat – and benefit reforms may be to blame
Scottish independence: It is the English who should be on their knees, begging the Scots to vote ‘No’
'Sinful': Video of British Muslims dancing to Pharrell Williams's hit Happy comes under attack
Nigel Farage: I’m taking on the status quo, and the Establishment’s fighting back
Abdullah Deghayes: My son was the martyr of a just cause, says father of British teenager killed in Syria conflict
Ukraine crisis: Helicopter gunships take country closer to all-out war
- 1 Chelsea 1 Sunderland 2: Graceless reaction of Jose Mourinho a sad effort to hide his own flaws
- 2 A bottle of wine a day is not bad for you and abstaining is worse than drinking, scientist claims
- 3 Unbeliebable: The White House offer 'no comment' to anti-Justin Bieber petition
- 4 Loch Ness Monster found on Apple Maps?
- 5 Shropshire criminals ‘using unmanned drones and infrared cameras to find illegal cannabis farms’ – and then steal from the growers
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