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.

Profile - Stewart Till: Credits Set To Roll For A Local Hero

Polygram's screen boss is pinning his hopes on the sequel to 'Four Weddings'. Dawn Hayes reports

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.

Lewis teams up with Warner deal

Billionaire's son will open chain of themed movie restaurants

What Hillary saw last week in New York - Harlem renewed

capitalism in the schools

Boxing: Lewis and Holyfield camps begin to discuss unification

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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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee