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Journalist highlights irony of publisher Richard Desmond who owns a soft porn channel

Andy McSmith's Diary: Bad news - Capita’s visa task bombs. Good news - they’re paid by results

More than a year has passed since the UK Border Agency awarded a four-year, £30m contract to a private firm, Capita, to track down immigrants who have overstayed their visas in the UK. Hiring a private firm for a task that is normally the responsibility of the state did not escape criticism. “We are appalled the Government has offered a contract of this size to a private company,” Ruth Grove-White, policy director at the Migrants Rights Network, told The Independent.

Joe Root has been a star for England’s cricket team

Channel 5 makes TV history – by beating C4 in the ratings

Highlights of the Ashes Tests and ‘Big Brother’ have helped the broadcaster overtake C4

Alan Sugar: Hero or Villain?

Alan Sugar: Hero or Villain?

We know 'e don't like bullshitters. And 'e don't like schmoozers and 'e don't like arse-lickers. So just one question, if we may, Lordsuralan: 'oo do you like?

Editorial: The least worst option for the British press

A Royal Charter is a middle way between statutory regulation and nothing

Rupert Murdoch is under increasing pressure from campaigners to drop the Page 3 feature,which started in 1970

Is Rupert Murdoch about to cover up his Page 3 girls for good?

News Corp chief admits criticism that  feature is ‘so last century’ may be right

Leveson's recommendations, if taken on board, will have an impact on the newspaper industry

Leveson Q&A: So what have we ended up with? And won’t the papers just ignore it?

Ian Burrell answers the key questions about the recommendations

The Sun's editor Dominic Mohan

Murdoch's Sun on Sunday will spark a renewed tabloid war

The launch this weekend of The Sun on Sunday is set to trigger the biggest British tabloid battle for years and generate a cash bonanza for broadcasters as rival newspaper groups fight for advertising space to promote their titles.

The Sun's editor Dominic Mohan

Tabloids feel heat from Sun on Sunday as advertising war begins

The launch this weekend of the Sun on Sunday is set to trigger the biggest British tabloid battle for years and generate a cash bonanza for broadcasters as rival newspaper groups fight for advertising space to promote their titles.

Leveson Inquiry: PCC 'scapegoat' in hacking scandal'

The press watchdog felt it had been made a "scapegoat" over its handling of the phone-hacking scandal, the Leveson Inquiry heard today.

Peter Hill, the ex-Express editor, denied he had been 'obsessed' with the Madeleine McCann story

Express group may still be using private detective

The Express newspaper group admits it may still be using the services of convicted private detective, Steve Whittamore.

Peter Hill, the ex-Express editor, denied he had been 'obsessed' with the Madeleine McCann story

'Express' used private eye after conviction

Media boss claims his newspaper group was 'scapegoated' over McCann coverage

A-listers stay away as sheen comes off Big Brother's return on Channel 5

Sally Bercow likes being on TV. She knows it will upset the establishment, which is a big plus

Media Diary:

My Mentor: Martin Townsend on Richard Desmond

'Richard knows the business inside out, and I've drawn on that shamelessly over the years'
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Markus Persson: If being that rich is so bad, why not just give it all away?

That's a bit rich

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Coleman on course to end half a century of hurt for Wales

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A groundbreaking study of 'Britain's Atlantis' long buried at the bottom of the North Sea could revolutionise how we see our prehistoric past

Britain's Atlantis

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Britain still addicted to 'dirty' coal

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