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Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox group has withdrawn its bid for Time Warner

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Once the ultimate dealmaker, Rupert Murdoch is licking his wounds after the rebuttal of 21st Century Fox’s $80bn (£48bn) proposal to buy Time Warner.

The Sun's 'mark of the devil' front page: What is the need for such a 'silly season' story while the world watches the horror in Gaza?

Aside from questions over the news value of such a story, there are child protection issues to consider

Palestinian and pro-Palestinian demonstrators assemble outside the BBC TV Centre in central London to protest against its reporting of the conflict in Gaza.

The making of Glenn Mulcaire: A strong character and an excellent organiser who commanded respect and was convicted of phone hacking

He grew up in a God-fearing home. He was popular with his teachers. He even spent his spare time as a boy working with children more underprivileged than he himself was. So how did Glenn Mulcaire, the man convicted twice of phone hacking, become one of the most reviled men in Britain? James Hanning tells the backstory in this exclusive extract from The News Machine, his new book based on unprecedented access to the investigator

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Restoring trust: Ed Miliband

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Nike has made a series of football films called ‘England Matters’, to coincide with the World Cup

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An influx of money from 'good causes' is exerting a malign influence on the modern documentary

With Farage on the loose, broadcasters and newspapers must realise they are no longer king-makers

The Media Column: Ukip injected drama into an otherwise dull narrative

With its new studios in Paris, Dailymotion has reinforced its position as Europe’s most-visited website

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The Media Column: The US is ruling the digital world and Europe should react

The Only Way is Ethics: Colourful reporting from the Pistorius trial, but don’t expect to see similar here

It has become common to hear people say of British newspapers (the tabloid ones, anyway) that they more or less do as they please, unconstrained by legal or regulatory obligations. This is not necessarily accurate, but as it is reflective of the type of hyperbole tabloid papers themselves indulge in, perhaps they only have themselves to blame.

The growing reputation of BuzzFeed’s reporting teams has helped it to hire top investigative talent

BuzzFeed: Cute cats and hard news? There’s room for both as site seeks to refresh itself

The Media Column: People want to work for BuzzFeed. They see the way it’s growing

Maria Miller quit the Cabinet to prevent her situation in “any way detracting from the achievements of the Government”

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Culture Secretary Maria Miller was brought down by a media “witch hunt” because of her involvement in Lord Justice Leveson’s reforms of the press, according to a warped theory adopted by her few political supporters.

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Ian Burrell: If the Discovery Channel buys Channel 5, it could transform the British television market

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