What The Sunday Business Papers Said

t Rupert Murdoch is thinking of buying Deutsche Telecom's cable television network in Germany in the face of competition from more than a dozen rivals. The deal would cost NewsCorp up to pounds 10bn.

t The French banking watchdog has blocked the bid by Banque National de Paris to take over its rival Societe Generale. The decision marks the end of one of the most acrimonious takeover battles in French history.

t James Brown, former editor of Loaded and GQ magazines, is said to have secured backing to launch is own, publishing company. Called IFG, the new company is hoping to launch four new titles.

t NatWest is courting Friends Provident, Britain's fourth largest mutual life insurance company, with a view to a pounds 4.5bn takeover. The deal would deliver windfalls of thousands of pounds to about 2 million policyholders.

t Nissan UK, the British arm of the Japanese car maker, is seeking pounds 100m in government aid to help fund future production at its Sunderland factory.

t British Midland is being circled by four of Europe's leading airlines. Lufthansa, Virgin, Air France and KLM have all approached the company about a pounds 1bn deal. A deal would need the approval of controlling shareholder Sir Michael Bishop.

t The Banque National de Pari bid to takeover Societe Generale has been blocked by the French banking regulators. It has ordered BNP to give up its stake in SocGen.

t Carrefour, the French hypermarket group, is planning a pounds 30bn merger with rival Promodes. The deal would create a French giant to rival Wal- Mart, which has expanded in Germany and the UK.

t An environmental report on nuclear reprocessing could cast a cloud over the Government's pounds 1.5bn privatisation of British Nuclear Fuels.

t BSkyB is to invest pounds 20m in original programming production this year, according to its chief executive, Tony Ball.

t The leading American economist John Kenneth Galbraith, author of the The Great Crash 1929, has warned that US stock markets face a correction. He says markets have been driven higher by speculative enthusiasm "bordering on insanity".

t Scottish & Newcastle, Britain's biggest brewer, is considering a pounds 1bn bid for Greenalls' managed pub estate. Greenalls' pub brands include Miller's Kitchen, Squares and Henry's Table.

t Directors of Storehouse, the troubled Bhs and Mothercare retailer, are to discuss a break-up of the company at a board meeting next month.

t The chief executive of BSkyB, Tony Ball, is to seek talks with rival OnDigital this week in an attempt to heal the rift between the two on sports rights.

Start your day with The Independent, sign up for daily news emails
Arts and Entertainment
tvGame of Thrones season 5 ep 4, review - WARNING: contains major spoiliers!
Arts and Entertainment
tvThe C-Word, TV review
Arts and Entertainment
The Ridiculous Six has been produced by Adam Sandler, who also stars in it
filmNew controversy after nine Native American actors walked off set
Danny Jones was in the Wales squad for the 2013 World Cup
rugby leagueKeighley Cougars half-back was taken off after just four minutes
Life and Style
The original ZX Spectrum was simple to plug into your TV and get playing on
techThirty years on, the ZX Spectrum is back, after a fashion
Tiger Woods and Lindsey Vonn are breaking up after nearly three years together
peopleFormer couple announce separation in posts on their websites
Life and Style
Google celebrates Bartolomeo Cristofori's 360th birthday
techGoogle Doodle to the rescue
Arts and Entertainment
Haunted looks: Matthew Macfadyen and Timothy Spall star in ‘The Enfield Haunting’
tvThe Enfield Haunting, TV review
The Mattehorn stands reflected in Leisee lake near Sunnegga station on June 30, 2013 near Zermatt, Switzerland
ebooksA celebration of British elections
  • Get to the point
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

iJobs Job Widget
iJobs Money & Business

Recruitment Genius: Claims Administrator

£16000 - £18500 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is an excellent opportunit...

Recruitment Genius: Senior SEO Executive

£24000 - £28000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A Senior SEO Executive is requi...

Recruitment Genius: Online Customer Service Administrator

£16000 - £18000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: An Online customer Service Admi...

Recruitment Genius: Digital Marketing Executive

£18000 - £22000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This global, industry leading, ...

Day In a Page

Fishing for votes with Nigel Farage: The Ukip leader shows how he can work an audience as he casts his line to the disaffected of Grimsby

Fishing is on Nigel Farage's mind

Ukip leader casts a line to the disaffected
Who is bombing whom in the Middle East? It's amazing they don't all hit each other

Who is bombing whom in the Middle East?

Robert Fisk untangles the countries and factions
China's influence on fashion: At the top of the game both creatively and commercially

China's influence on fashion

At the top of the game both creatively and commercially
Lord O’Donnell: Former cabinet secretary on the election and life away from the levers of power

The man known as GOD has a reputation for getting the job done

Lord O'Donnell's three principles of rule
Rainbow shades: It's all bright on the night

Rainbow shades

It's all bright on the night
'It was first time I had ever tasted chocolate. I kept a piece, and when Amsterdam was liberated, I gave it to the first Allied soldier I saw'

Bread from heaven

Dutch survivors thank RAF for World War II drop that saved millions
Britain will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power - Labour

How 'the Axe' helped Labour

UK will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power
Rare and exclusive video shows the horrific price paid by activists for challenging the rule of jihadist extremists in Syria

The price to be paid for challenging the rule of extremists

A revolution now 'consuming its own children'
Welcome to the world of Megagames

Welcome to the world of Megagames

300 players take part in Watch the Skies! board game in London
'Nymphomaniac' actress reveals what it was really like to star in one of the most explicit films ever

Charlotte Gainsbourg on 'Nymphomaniac'

Starring in one of the most explicit films ever
Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi: The Emirates' out-of-sight migrant workers helping to build the dream projects of its rulers

Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi

The Emirates' out-of-sight migrant workers helping to build the dream projects of its rulers
Vince Cable interview: Charging fees for employment tribunals was 'a very bad move'

Vince Cable exclusive interview

Charging fees for employment tribunals was 'a very bad move'
Iwan Rheon interview: Game of Thrones star returns to his Welsh roots to record debut album

Iwan Rheon is returning to his Welsh roots

Rheon is best known for his role as the Bastard of Bolton. It's gruelling playing a sadistic torturer, he tells Craig McLean, but it hasn't stopped him recording an album of Welsh psychedelia
Russell Brand's interview with Ed Miliband has got everyone talking about The Trews

Everyone is talking about The Trews

Russell Brand's 'true news' videos attract millions of viewers. But today's 'Milibrand' interview introduced his resolutely amateurish style to a whole new crowd
Morne Hardenberg interview: Cameraman for BBC's upcoming show Shark on filming the ocean's most dangerous predator

It's time for my close-up

Meet the man who films great whites for a living