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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.

BSkyB is 'a fit and proper company'

Satellite broadcaster BSkyB today insisted it "remains a fit and proper licence holder" as it remains under the glare of media regulator Ofcom.

Nearly half think Jeremy Hunt should quit says poll

Nearly half of the population believe embattled Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt should resign, a poll has indicated.

The embattled Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt leaves his home in London yesterday

Inquiry tells No 10: It's your job to decide whether Hunt broke rules

David Cameron's strategy to prevent an independent probe into his Culture Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, was last night dramatically undermined by the Leveson Inquiry.

Rupert Murdoch said today he was sorry he did not close the News of the World years earlier

Leveson Inquiry: 'NOTW should have closed earlier', says Rupert Murdoch

Rupert Murdoch said today he was sorry he did not close the News of the World years earlier as he claimed that executives at the paper “covered up” the phone-hacking scandal.

David Cameron urged to order Jeremy Hunt inquiry

David Cameron is under pressure to order an inquiry into claims that Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt broke ministerial rules in his dealings with Rupert Murdoch's News Corp empire.

Andrew Grice: The Culture Secretary is not ready to go without a fight

Last week, Whitehall whispers suggested that David Cameron would delay his first major cabinet reshuffle until the autumn so he could promote Jeremy Hunt, who could not be moved until after the London Olympics.

Leading article: No amount of squirming can save Jeremy Hunt

This was no single incident, but an entire relationship of staggering impropriety

James Murdoch and the BSkyB bid

Two days after Vince Cable was removed as the government minister who would be making the decision about News Corp’s full take-over of BSkyB, James Murdoch attended a meeting with the Prime Minister, David Cameron, at the home of Rebekah Brooks and her husband Charlie Brooks. Around 15 people were at the meeting.

Myleene Klass and Dannii Minogue in the new ad

Here comes the sun – and 2012's M&S campaign

Marks & Spencer debuted its summer advert last night, and after 2011's Miami-set extravaganza it has gone for a British theme, featuring egg and spoon races, rowing boats and more Union Jacks than a BNP convention. Fans of M&S' formulaic advertising won't be disappointed; this one ticks every box.

New Sky chair 'well placed' to support Murdoch bid

BSkyB's decision to promote Nicholas Ferguson to chairman and News International boss Tom Mockridge as his deputy shows Rupert Murdoch remains focused on taking over the pay-TV giant, analysts said last night.

Reshuffle at top shows Murdoch still has designs on Sky takeover

BSkyB's decision to promote Nicholas Ferguson to chairman and News International (NI) boss Tom Mockridge as his deputy shows Rupert Murdoch remains focused on taking over the pay-TV giant, analysts said last night.

BSkyB chairman James Murdoch steps down

James Murdoch bowed to pressure and resigned as BSkyB chairman today as he admitted his links to the News International phone-hacking scandal threatened to damage the satellite broadcaster's reputation.

On Watch: A police officer outside News Corporation's HQ in Manhattan, New York last year

FBI poised to step up investigation into News Corp

US bureau ready to step in if Met inquiry into alleged wrongdoing at Murdoch papers falters

Romney prepares for the vital primary he can't afford to lose

After a round of fundraising in New York, Mitt Romney was yesterday pouring money into television advertising in Illinois, whose primary on Tuesday he cannot afford to lose as he struggles to fend off Rick Santorum, his main conservative rival for the Republican presidential nomination.

James Murdoch and his father, Rupert, in London last July

Ian Burrell: He came to clean up Wapping but leaves behind a bigger mess

When James Murdoch took charge at News International's Wapping plant in 2007 he was just 34 and determined to preside over a modern media organisation and a clean one. He drove an environmentally friendly Toyota Prius, which he parked prominently at the front of the main offices. He introduced hanging plants, banned the use of hand towels and ordered wall posters that urged staff to save energy and help NI become a carbon-neutral company.

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