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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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A report finds that private firms are not being properly assessed for their quality of care
Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

The Tory MP said he did not want to stand again unless his party's manifesto ruled out a third runway. But he's doing so. Watch this space
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How do Greeks feel about Syriza?

Five voters from different backgrounds tell us what they expect from Syriza's charismatic leader Alexis Tsipras
From Iraq to Libya and Syria: The wars that come back to haunt us

The wars that come back to haunt us

David Cameron should not escape blame for his role in conflicts that are still raging, argues Patrick Cockburn
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Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

A new website is trying to declutter the internet to help busy women. Holly Williams meets the founders
Heston Blumenthal to cook up a spice odyssey for British astronaut manning the International Space Station

UK's Major Tum to blast off on a spice odyssey

Nothing but the best for British astronaut as chef Heston Blumenthal cooks up his rations
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‘Longitude’ clock sets new record - 300 years on

Greenwich horologists celebrate as it keeps to within a second of real time over a 100-day test
Fears in the US of being outgunned in the vital propaganda wars by Russia, China - and even Isis - have prompted a rethink on overseas broadcasters

Let the propaganda wars begin - again

'Accurate, objective, comprehensive': that was Voice of America's creed, but now its masters want it to promote US policy, reports Rupert Cornwell
Why Japan's incredible long-distance runners will never win the London Marathon

Japan's incredible long-distance runners

Every year, Japanese long-distance runners post some of the world's fastest times – yet, come next weekend, not a single elite competitor from the country will be at the London Marathon
Why does Tom Drury remain the greatest writer you've never heard of?

Tom Drury: The quiet American

His debut was considered one of the finest novels of the past 50 years, and he is every bit the equal of his contemporaries, Jonathan Franzen, Dave Eggers and David Foster Wallace
You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

Dave Hax's domestic tips are reminiscent of George Orwell's tea routine. The world might need revolution, but we like to sweat the small stuff, says DJ Taylor
Beige is back: The drab car colours of the 1970s are proving popular again

Beige to the future

Flares and flounce are back on catwalks but a revival in ’70s car paintjobs was a stack-heeled step too far – until now
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's dishes highlight the delicate essence of fresh cheeses

Bill Granger cooks with fresh cheeses

More delicate on the palate, milder, fresh cheeses can also be kinder to the waistline
Aston Villa vs Liverpool: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful,' says veteran Shay Given

Shay Given: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful'

The Villa keeper has been overlooked for a long time and has unhappy memories of the national stadium – but he is savouring his chance to play at Wembley
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