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Deal raises fears of 'creeping privatisation' of the police

Blue Peter may up anchor from BBC1

Blue Peter could disappear from its BBC1 home after more than 50 years under proposals being discussed.

Chip maker CSR buys Zoran for $679m

CSR has agreed to buy the US-listed group Zoran in a $679m (£419m) all-share deal that adds imaging and video to the British chip maker's Wi-Fi, bluetooth and GPS location technologies.

Leading article: Who are you?

"Everyone knows a bloke called Dave," said the owners of UKTV G2 in 2007, explaining the digital television channel's quixotic rebranding exercise. But they probably ought to have checked if there were any companies out there called Dave too. For it turns out that there was a media consultancy just around the corner from the broadcaster already operating under that blokeish moniker.

4G phones disrupt cable television

The next generation of mobile phones disrupt cable television according to an official report, but the communications watchdog is confident the issue will be resolved before they go on sale.

ITV secure Ashes highlights

ITV has won the rights to show highlights of England's upcoming Ashes series in Australia, it was announced today.

Murdoch criticises UK education in speech to honour 'Iron Lady'

Rupert Murdoch last night cast himself as a champion of Britain's "dispossessed" migrants, prisoners and economic underclass as he criticised standards of education in a speech in honour of Baroness Thatcher.

Battle gears up for the right to own the 'YouView' trademark

Total and the Market Harborough Building Society challenge consortium over TV brand

New generation mobile phones will ruin cable TV signals

The next generation of mobile phones are set to disrupt households' cable television – and possibly their neighbours' sets as well.

Leading article: The limits of localism

There is much to applaud in the Government's desire to encourage local news programmes on television and even more to doubt in the practicality and the motivation. The Culture Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, has long been an advocate of using television to give a "proper voice to local people" and yesterday he laid out in greater detail his vision of a future in which, at the press of a red button on your TV, the viewer will be able to access local news provided by local sources. The expansion of superfast broadband would make it more feasible. And a lifting of the restrictions on multi-media ownership of local papers, TV and radio would encourage investment.

Mirada to join forces with Ericsson for TV services

AIM-listed digital TV services company Mirada is expected to confirm this week it has formed a partnership with telecomms giant Ericsson to integrate two of their navigation applications.

28 hours a week: our average weekly TV time

Wall to wall coverage of the World Cup boosted the number of hours people spent watching television in the first six months of this year, according to research published today.

ITV to launch digital channels in HD

ITV today confirmed plans for a pay-TV strategy to launch high-definition versions of its digital channels on Sky.

Coalition dumps Labour pledge of broadband for all of Britain by 2012

The previous Labour government's ambition to bring broadband to every household in Britain by 2012 was dashed yesterday when the coalition pushed back the date by three years, blaming a lack of funds.

Digital revenues save C4 in worst-ever ads market

Channel Four said it had survived the worst advertising downturn since it was launched in 1982 by slashing costs and bringing in record profits at its digital media operation.

Ilse Howling: Freeview hopes to score with high definition

Freeview and Freesat have together expanded the market for multi-channel TV in Britain. Nick Clark meets the women in charge of the rival platforms
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