Business Diary: The mystery of Sky's missing fan
Saturday 23 October 2010
It's the end of the era at Sky. For as long as anyone can remember, the first question at its annual general meeting has come from a Bristol City supporter disappointed about the lack of coverage of his team on Sky's football channels.
James Murdoch even used to memorise Bristol City's fixture list in preparation when he still ran the company. Yesterday, however, the Robins fan was not at the latest Sky agm. Has the pain of supporting the Championship's bottom club just become too much to bear in public?
Moody's seeks forgiveness
Diary is delighted to receive an invitation to Moody's annual cocktail reception (it's the first time the credit rating agency has deigned to offer us its hospitality). This sort of bash – at a swanky Covent Garden club – has become something of a rarity in these days of post-credit crunch austerity. But then, given its performance during the crisis, Moody's hasclearly decided that it needs to start spending money on winning friends. Quickly.
Why bankers are masochists
At last, an explanation for the reckless behaviour of bankers. Cardiff University academic Paul Crosthwaite says the credit crunch is a result of the subconscious desire of many bankers to destroy the institutions for which they work – and that many of them will have taken a masochistic pleasure in losing so much money. "Financial crises are expressions of the innate urge for self-destruction that Sigmund Freud termed the 'death drive'," Dr Crosthwaite explains.
Time for Hill's to retire Shearer
William Hill looks to be ending the year on something of a flourish after a difficult first half. Could we suggest some of the cash is used on sprucing up the shop window displays – or at the very least modernising them? Several London branches of the bookmaker feature pictures of the retired Newcastle striker Alan Shearer – in a Blackburn shirt (he last played for the club in 1996). There's retro chic, but that's just ridiculous.
The Independent's live blog of today's Premier League action
- 1 Scottish referendum: So how about the English now being given a chance to split from England?
- 2 Stamford Hill council removes 'unacceptable' posters telling women which side of the road to walk down
- 3 Kim Kardashian 'nude pictures' leaked on 4chan weeks after Jennifer Lawrence 'The Fappening' scandal
- 4 Matthew Miller: American sentenced to hard labour in North Korea 'wanted to be Snowden II'
- 5 Iranian blogger found guilty of insulting Prophet Mohammad on Facebook sentenced to death
Stamford Hill council removes 'unacceptable' posters telling women which side of the road to walk down
Kim Kardashian 'nude pictures' leaked on 4chan weeks after Jennifer Lawrence 'The Fappening' scandal
Iranian blogger found guilty of insulting Prophet Mohammad on Facebook sentenced to death
4Chan naked photos leak: Celebrity Twitter reactions to the mass breach of privacy
Hitler’s former food taster reveals the horrors of the Wolf’s Lair
Scottish independence referendum: A nation divided against itself
Scottish referendum results: Cross-party consensus collapses amid Tory-Labour spat on the 'English question'
Scottish independence: David Cameron is becoming the 'George Bush of Britain'
Russia freezes Ukraine into submission: Kiev admits country doesn't have enough fuel for winter
Archbishop of Canterbury admits doubts about existence of God
Portuguese academic says British are 'filthy, violent and drunk'
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