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Kangaroo 'dead in the water' as UK competition watchdog pulls the plug

BBC, ITV and Channel 4 set to go it alone as joint venture crumbles

Watchdog vetoes video-on-demand plan

The Competition Commission said today that it has decided to block plans for a video on demand (VOD) joint venture between ITV, BBC Worldwide and Channel 4.

Last rites for Christmas TV?

As broadcasters bet big on television-on-demand, time is running out for Britain's biggest day of shared viewing. Nick Clark reports

Eat a camel and save the planet, Australians are told

Not only is the meat low in fat, eating it could help to protect the fragile outback, in danger of being over-run by dromedaries

Competition fears hit Kangaroo

Britain’s competition watchdog has delivered a potentially fatal blow to “Project Kangaroo,” the video-on-demand venture from the BBC, ITV and Channel 4, indicating the platform would be bad for competition.

'Kangaroo' video plan 'would restrict competition'

Plans by three television companies to launch a joint "video on demand" scheme would restrict competition in the UK, a Government watchdog said today.

Proud Kelly tells of massive effort

Ireland coach Andy Kelly spoke of his bulging pride after his team pulled off the shock of the World Cup to move to within 80 minutes of a dream semi-final against Australia.

England leagues below peerless Kangaroos

After defending England from criticism by the Australian media in the run-up to the World Cup clash with the Kangaroos, it is time to eat humble pie.

Living in the danger zone: the last stand in town toxic

Thousands of deaths have been linked to the asbestos mine at Wittenoom, the site of Australia's worst industrial disaster. Kathy Marks finds out why the eight remaining residents are determined to stay put

St George's Brown is new Giants coach

Huddersfield have appointed Nathan Brown as their new coach. The Australian, who is in charge at St George-Illawarra, will arrive at the end of the NRL season on a three-year contract. He succeeds Jon Sharp, who was sacked last month after the Giants slumped to next to bottom in Super League.

Kangaroo to be investigated by Competition Commission

Kangaroo, the video-on-demand tie-up between the three main terrestrial broadcasters, is to be investigated by the Competition Commission, casting doubt on the likelihood of the service going live this year as planned.

BMW M3

The secret of the car's psychopathy is a button marked 'M'. Press it and it suddenly turns into a sledgehammer macho phallus

TV production company sues ITV over £2m repeat fees

The television production company responsible for A Touch of Frost launched a multi-million pound lawsuit against the broadcaster ITV yesterday, claiming it was a victim of a sleight of hand over tariffs that was exploitative, anti-competitive and had cost it more than £2m in repeat fees.

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