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Thrifty living: Get the ideal broadband deal

The super-competitive UK home broadband market got even more competitive this week. TalkTalk is looking to take advantage of Tiscali's financial difficulties by offering an aggressive 50 cashback deal for Tiscali customers looking to leave.

Clean-cut Japanese boy band star shamed by arrest for indecency

Media helicopters hovered overhead and photographers camped out in front of Japan's top talent agency yesterday after one of television's cleanest-cut stars was arrested for public indecency.

Home media packages leave consumers confused

Take TV, phone and broadband from one firm, and you can save money. But confusion reigns, say Julian Knight and Chiara Cavaglieri

FA seek ITV explanation

The Football Association have demanded an explanation from ITV over the blunder that prevented some fans from watching the winning goal in last night's Merseyside derby.

First digital switchover under way

The UK's first full-scale digital television switchover was on course for completion today.

First digital switchover begins

The first full-scale digital television switchover in the UK got under way today.

Comet profit warning shocks investors

The retail sector is continuing to suffer at the hands of the housing market slowdown with the Comet electrical goods chain warning yesterday that it is heading for a loss because of disappointing sales of refrigerators and washing machines.

The digital TV revolution is nearly here. But are you switched on yet?

With the plug soon to be pulled on the analogue signal in parts of the UK, Simon Read shows how to put yourself in the picture, what extra services are available and how much it all costs

Watchdog report ends 'digital divide' fears

Rural areas of the UK are better connected to broadband than urban areas for the first time, according to a report out today.

Hachette spies a good match with a digital duo

Thought up by a 16-year-old schoolboy, a website that captures insider gossip from the UK's media has been snapped up by one of Britains biggest publishers

Channel 4 doubles chief executive's salary, despite posting losses

Channel 4's chief executive, Andy Duncan, saw his pay double in 2007 to £1.2m, even though the channel is pleading for a £150m public subsidy.

TV chief flexes all the right muscles for ITV2

It's now the UK's most popular non-terrestrial channel – and it's closing in on Five. Amol Rajan finds out how its controller does it

Forget the profits slump – ITV is on a roll, says Grade

A year after Michael Grade walked through the revolving door at ITV headquarters, he attempted to convince the City yesterday that the commercial broadcaster's woes were at an end. Yet despite his positive spin, the news from the chief executive was not great – ITV's pre-tax profits plunged by 35 per cent last year, from £288m to £188m.

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