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The Independent’s website independent.co.uk enjoyed the largest growth among newspaper websites during December, according to official figures released today.

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Mirror owner launches inquiry into phone hacking

Trinity Mirror has ordered an inquiry into whether its journalists were involved in phone hacking after a sharp fall in the company's share price was prompted by claims from former journalists that the practice had been rife at the Mirror titles.

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The phone-hacking story took a new and dramatic turn yesterday as a former journalist on the Daily Mirror claimed that the practice was "endemic" at the newspaper during his time there and that he would be willing to testify to investigating authorities.

The business on...Sly Bailey, Chief Executive, Trinity Mirror

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Ofcom warns hacking could wreck BSkyB bid

BskyB shares plunged yesterday after the communications watchdog cast doubt on Rupert Murdoch's bid to buy the satellite broadcaster by saying revelations of phone hacking at News International could determine whether Mr Murdoch's News Corp was a "fit and proper" owner.

News of the World rivals race to scoop advertising windfalls

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Ian Herbert: Uncelebrated and unknown: The genuine story of George Best's babysitter

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Scottish newspapers in crisis just when they are needed most

Indigenous journalism is under threat as readers, and jobs, are lost. Tim Luckhurst reports

Smiths going digital after Dawson deal

Smiths News is set to break into the ebook market after it agreed to buy its academic-focused rival Dawson for £20m.

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A former sports editor was jailed today after defrauding a national newspaper of more than £370,000.

Davidson will be the interim chair at Mecom

Stephen Davidson, the former chief executive of Telewest, is to head the European newspaper group Mecom as interim executive chairman following the resignation of the group's chairman, Alasdair Locke yesterday.

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