Northern Telecom buys Bay Networks

THE CONVERGENCE of computer technology with telecommunications took another huge step forward yesterday, as Northern Telecom bought Bay Networks.

Seagram set for PolyGram victory

POLYGRAM, the world's largest music group, looks set to be sold to Seagram of Canada after a second buyout team dropped out of the bidding.

Seagram in talks with PolyGram

SEAGRAM, the Canadian drinks and entertainment group whose takeover talks with EMI were abruptly terminated by the British company last week, has switched its attentions to PolyGram, the world's largest music group whose roster of artists includes Elton John, Bon Jovi and Luciano Pavarotti.

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Outlook: Lost opportunity for a British multi-media giant

TWO months ago, this column wrote that unless Sir Colin Southgate, chairman of EMI, pulled his socks up, he and his company were toast. It has taken longer than might have been expected, but finally the first bid has rolled in. Thanks to EMI's internal e-mail system, we even know who it is and what the price might be. The company apparently informed UK employees yesterday that it was Ed Bronfman's Seagram and that he was bidding 580p a share. Since the Stock Exchange was told only that an approach had been received from an unnamed party, this seems to be one of those rare instances of the staff knowing what's going on before the outside world.

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A meeting held yesterday at Don King's office in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, left associates of Evander Holyfield and Lennox Lewis to work out a formula for unifying the world heavyweight championship. There remains a possibility that they could meet in May or June next year but only if their demands make financial sense to the American cable network Home Box Office.

Media: Inside publishing-Right Royal letdown

Aside from a flurry of teasing articles at the time of its American publication last month, Kitty Kelley's magnum opus on the Royal Family seems so far to have been a tempest in a teapot. Sensible commentators not known for slavish defence of the Windsors have laughed at her cack- handed `revelations' and reliance on long-dead sources. Still, her American publishers, Warner, part of the Time Warner giant, are taking steps to ensure that the book does not reach British shops and are asking suppliers to refrain from fulfilling orders placed by British-based customers. So far, Amazon and Barnes & Noble, the two major players in the area, have honoured Warner's request.

Bound but not gagged

Beating people into submission is just one of Nick Broomfield's methods of getting them to appear in his documentaries. But with `Fetishes', his latest film about the customers at an S&M parlour, his subjects were more than happy to be tied down. Interview by Jasper Rees

New York's different class of death

It's been almost a fortnight since police discovered Jonathan Levin's murdered body in his Upper West Side one-bedroom apartment. The crime jarred New York. A well-loved instructor at a tough South Bronx high school, 31-year-old Levin was shot in the head, his ankles bound with duct tape and his body jabbed with a knife. Police say he was tortured to death for the code to his bank card by a former student, 19-year-old Corey Arthur, who they have charged with his murder.

News Corp signs satellite TV deal

After months of frustration, and one deal that imploded, Rupert Murdoch has secured a means of floating his satellite television service above the market that has hitherto eluded him: the United States.

Seagram sells $1.4bn stake

Seagram, the Canadian drinks and entertainment company, yesterday sparked intense speculation that it would soon hit the acquisition trail after it sold half its stake in Time Warner for $1.39bn (pounds 850m).

Murdoch on verge of American satellite deal

Rupert Murdoch's disaster-ridden path to launching his ASkyB satellite service in America may at last be leading him to sanctuary following hints of a tentative deal with PrimeStar, an existing US satellite broadcaster.

News Corpsed

News CorP suffered a setback in its bid to have its Fox News Channel carried on Time Warner's New York City cable system as a judge dismissed claims by News Corp that Time Warner had reneged on a verbal agreement to carry the channel.
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He was being courted by the same record company who had signed me and subsequently let me go, and I wanted him to know that there were people around who didn't want anything from him. At the Shepherds Bush Empire in London, on the last night of the tour, Ray stopped in his set to thank me for doing the support. He said I was a really good songwriter and people should buy my stuff. I was taken aback and felt emotionally overwhelmed. Later that year, just before I had my boy Louis, I was l asleep in bed with Radio 4 on when Louis moved around in my belly and woke me up. Ray was doing a session on the World Service. </p>
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