News Miles Kane, Peter Crouch, Andrew Cole, Des Kelly, Patrick Collins and Matt Hughes after a recording of Life's A Pitch

Shares jumped 3% after the company announced 2.5 million customers have signed up for BT Sport television

Bulger killer Jon Venables was properly supervised, says review

James Bulger's killer Jon Venables was properly supervised and he alone was responsible for his further offence of collecting child pornography, Justice Secretary Kenneth Clarke said today.

Bumper broadband sales fail to lift BT revenue

A bumper quarter for BT's broadband service failed to lift its overall sales today as fewer customers turned to the telecoms giant for traditional landline services.

Mary Dejevsky: Unplugged and traumatised

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Cameron's business backers lobby against immigration cap

Some of the companies whose bosses publicly endorsed the Coalition Government's deep public-spending cuts have been privately lobbying ministers to relax the proposed cap on immigration to the UK. Microsoft, Asda, BT and GlaxoSmithKline were among 35 firms whose chief executive or chairman issued a public declaration of support for George Osborne's strategy on the eve of his government spending cuts.

Blow to BT pension scheme members

BT dealt a blow to more than 300,000 members of its defined benefit pension scheme today after the telecoms giant announced major reforms to the way it calculates yearly rises in payments.

Government seeking to demolish Royal Mail, says union



The Government was today accused of planning to "demolish" the Royal Mail ahead of the first debate in Parliament of its controversial privatisation plans.

Government has to guarantee BT pension plan

The Government was told yesterday to insure almost every member of British Telecom's pension scheme in the unlikely event that the company goes bust.

Market Report: Analysts warn of more risk as Tullow strikes water

Disappointing results from one of Tullow Oil's most highly anticipated wells off the coast of Ghana sent its shares spiralling lower yesterday. Yet there could be further pain in the pipeline, as analysts pointed out that projects in the region were not seen as risky as the current offshore drilling in Sierra Leone and Mauritania.

Royal Mail in line for 'Tell Sid' privatisation

Royal Mail could be sold back to the public in a "Tell Sid"-style share offering redolent of the Conservatives' big state privatisations of decades ago, the Coalition Government said yesterday, as it confirmed plans to end hundreds of years of state ownership of the national postal service.

Ofcom orders BT to offer superfast access to rivals

The media regulator Ofcom has demanded BT open up its superfast broadband network to rivals, a move it called a "milestone" in meeting the Government's target of creating the best broadband infrastructure in Europe.

Broadband plan to create 4,000 jobs

Up to 4,000 jobs will be created under a multimillion-pound project to provide faster broadband links to some of the remotest parts of the UK, it was announced today.

Follow the rules and reap the rewards from these credit cards

Cash or gifts for doing nothing, that's the big appeal of reward credit cards. Basically, the more you spend using the cards the more points you earn and this in turn can bring you gift rewards or simply cash back. The concept has been around for years – first pioneered by American Express – but since the onset of the credit crunch the idea has increasingly caught on with all manner of providers now marketing their reward credit cards.

Market Report: Tullow bid rumours back as traders talk of £20 bid

Tullow Oil became the latest name to come under the takeover spotlight as traders speculated yesterday that an unnamed bidder was preparing a £20-a-share offer the group.

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In a world of Saudi bullying, right-wing Israeli ministers and the twilight of Obama, Iran is looking like a possible policeman of the Gulf

Iran is shifting from pariah to possible future policeman of the Gulf

Robert Fisk on our crisis with Iran
The young are the new poor: A third of young people pushed into poverty

The young are the new poor

Sharp increase in the number of under-25s living in poverty
Greens on the march: ‘We could be on the edge of something very big’

Greens on the march

‘We could be on the edge of something very big’
Revealed: the case against Bill Cosby - through the stories of his accusers

Revealed: the case against Bill Cosby

Through the stories of his accusers
Why are words like 'mongol' and 'mongoloid' still bandied about as insults?

The Meaning of Mongol

Why are the words 'mongol' and 'mongoloid' still bandied about as insults?
Mau Mau uprising: Kenyans still waiting for justice join class action over Britain's role in the emergency

Kenyans still waiting for justice over Mau Mau uprising

Thousands join class action over Britain's role in the emergency
Isis in Iraq: The trauma of the last six months has overwhelmed the remaining Christians in the country

The last Christians in Iraq

After 2,000 years, a community will try anything – including pretending to convert to Islam – to avoid losing everything, says Patrick Cockburn
Black Friday: Helpful discounts for Christmas shoppers, or cynical marketing by desperate retailers?

Helpful discounts for Christmas shoppers, or cynical marketing by desperate retailers?

Britain braced for Black Friday
Bill Cosby's persona goes from America's dad to date-rape drugs

From America's dad to date-rape drugs

Stories of Bill Cosby's alleged sexual assaults may have circulated widely in Hollywood, but they came as a shock to fans, says Rupert Cornwell
Clare Balding: 'Women's sport is kicking off at last'

Clare Balding: 'Women's sport is kicking off at last'

As fans flock to see England women's Wembley debut against Germany, the TV presenter on an exciting 'sea change'
Oh come, all ye multi-faithful: The Christmas jumper is in fashion, but should you wear your religion on your sleeve?

Oh come, all ye multi-faithful

The Christmas jumper is in fashion, but should you wear your religion on your sleeve?
Dr Charles Heatley: The GP off to do battle in the war against Ebola

The GP off to do battle in the war against Ebola

Dr Charles Heatley on joining the NHS volunteers' team bound for Sierra Leone
Flogging vlogging: First video bloggers conquered YouTube. Now they want us to buy their books

Flogging vlogging

First video bloggers conquered YouTube. Now they want us to buy their books
Saturday Night Live vs The Daily Show: US channels wage comedy star wars

Saturday Night Live vs The Daily Show

US channels wage comedy star wars
When is a wine made in Piedmont not a Piemonte wine? When EU rules make Italian vineyards invisible

When is a wine made in Piedmont not a Piemonte wine?

When EU rules make Italian vineyards invisible