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Alain de Botton is probably anticipating sceptical reviews of his new book. It is unfortunate that, as a philosophical analysis of the news media, it is bound to be assessed by the very outlets, often resistant to change, that it seeks to correct.

Spotlight On... Jean-Bernard Lévy, Vivendi chief executive

Say bonjour or, more correctly, au revoir to Jean-Bernard Lévy
Gina Rinehart already owns a stake in a television network

The rich climate change sceptic who wants a slice of the media

Addressing a libertarian think tank in Perth last July, the British climate change sceptic Christopher Monckton urged Australians to create a home-grown version of Rupert Murdoch's Fox News. Lord Monckton's visit was part-funded by one of his biggest Australian fans, Gina Rinehart, the multi-billionaire iron ore magnate. A year on, Ms Rinehart – the country's wealthiest individual – is on the verge of becoming its newest media mogul, a prospect sending a chill through newsrooms, boardrooms and the corridors of government.

Leading article: Two News Corps don't make a right

Rupert Murdoch might, if he chose to, explain his consideration of plans to split News Corp into two as a matter of straightforward financial sense. After all, the media giant's entertainment division accounts for the overwhelming majority of its profits, and shareholders have long wanted it to be shot of the smaller, weaker, and infinitely more troublesome, publishing business.

Market Report: BSkyB boosted by fresh takeover talk

Could the £8.3bn takeover that never was be revived? It has not quite yet been a year since Rupert Murdoch was forced to give up on his bid to snap up BSkyB thanks to the hacking scandal, but yesterday's news that News Corp could split itself up fuelled speculation that the broadcaster may become a target again.

Hugh Laurie

Screentalk: Hugh Laurie's rumble with Robocop

There was a time when no Hollywood movie was complete without a British baddie.

War of the Red Roses as Flintoff hits Athers with verbal bouncer

You would have thought that as two Lancashire legends they could be the best of buddies, but there is clearly no love lost between Andrew Flintoff and Michael Atherton.

James Packer sells to Rupert Murdoch in News Corp's Oz TV coup

Rupert Murdoch, the man who bet his empire on the future success of Sky TV and won, has expanded his television interests with a A$2bn (£1.3bn) bid for the Australian sports broadcaster Consolidated Media Holdings.

Murdoch pressured Blair to rush into Iraq war, says Campbell in diaries

Spin doctor's claims in latest book contradict media mogul's evidence at Leveson Inquiry

Market Report: Penalty time again for BT and BSkyB

With Euro 2012 in full flow, football and that eye-watering, £3bn Premier League TV rights deal was still high on traders' minds.

Some of the senior Lib Dems are set to give their support to a Labour Party motion on Jeremy Hunt this week

Jeremy Hunt pledges Government will be 'transparent' over special advisers

The Government will be "at least as transparent" about the work of special advisers as the Labour administration, Jeremy Hunt said as he announced the appointment of a new aide.

Murdoch's 39 per cent controlling stake in BSkyB is under threat

BSkyB nets £3bn deal to show top English football for next three years

Rupert Murdoch brushed off his media scandals yesterday with a spectacular coup to maintain his grip on Britain's pay-TV market.

Blow by blow: how George Osborne dodged the crucial punches

Cosy relationship with Murdochs denied in polished performance

Top Sony bosses in bonus surrender

Seven Sony executives, including the chairman Sir Howard Stringer and president Kazuo Hirai, are giving up their performance-based bonus pay.

Kim Jong-un rallies children

North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un yesterday made his second speech at a major public event since taking power in December, addressing a children's rally.

Ian Burrell: These texts raise real doubts about Jeremy Hunt's even-handedness

For those who had already made up their mind that Jeremy Hunt had to go, the newly-released texts from the Culture Secretary were mere confirmation of his role as a cheerleader for Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp.

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'Iron Man' augmented reality technology could become reality

Holographic projections would provide extra information on objects in a person's visual field in real time
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Historians map out untold LGBT histories

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Lionel, Patti, Burt and The Who rock Glasto

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Thom Browne's scarecrows offer a rare beacon in commercial offerings
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Isis, a year of the caliphate

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Can a new team of designers put the spark back into the high-street brand?
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'We haven't invaded France'

Italy's Prime Minister 'reclaims' Europe's highest peak
Isis in Kobani: Why we ignore the worst of the massacres

Why do we ignore the worst of the massacres?

The West’s determination not to offend its Sunni allies helps Isis and puts us all at risk, says Patrick Cockburn
7/7 bombings 10 years on: Four emergency workers who saved lives recall the shocking day that 52 people were killed

Remembering 7/7 ten years on

Four emergency workers recall their memories of that day – and reveal how it's affected them ever since
Humans: Are the scientists developing robots in danger of replicating the hit Channel 4 drama?

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We want robots to do our drudge work, and to look enough like us for comfort. But are the scientists developing artificial intelligence in danger of replicating the TV drama Humans?
Time to lay these myths about the Deep South to rest

Time to lay these myths about the Deep South to rest

'Heritage' is a loaded word in the Dixie, but the Charleston killings show how dangerous it is to cling to a deadly past, says Rupert Cornwell
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What exactly does 'one' mean?

Court of Appeal passes judgement on thorny mathematical issue