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Gunman takes hostages at Discovery Channel HQ

A man upset with the Discovery Channel's environmental programming took several people hostage at the company's headquarters today, officials said.

Crozier draws up strategy to make ITV 'fit for purpose'

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Ofcom unveils product placement plans for TV in UK

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