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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.

Phone-hacking scandal spreads as MP accuses 'Sunday Mirror'

Questions over over the extent of phone hacking in the newspaper industry spread for the first time beyond the News of the World yesterday, as a former MP claimed that stories about his private life that appeared in the Sunday Mirror were based on intercepted voicemails.

Public demand inquiry into Murdoch expansion

There is strong public support for an independent investigation into the bid by Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation to take full control of BSkyB, shown in an opinion poll to be published today.

Ian Burrell: Deal that would tighten mogul's grip on the media moves closer

News Corp will have known of Vince Cable's animosity to its bid for BSkyB and will be grateful that the decision is out of his hands

Local heroes: Regional papers have had a recent boost in fortunes

In June last year, the respected analyst Claire Enders went before the House of Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committee and gave it the stark warning that half of the UK's regional newspapers would be closed down within five years. These were not the words of the kind of digital evangelist only too happy to see the end of "dead trees media", but the considered opinion of a leading industry commentator who asserted that bloggers were no substitute for "honed and trained" professional local journalism.

Stephen Glover: I've changed my view on privacy

Media Studies: Those who believe in a free press should be wary of a judiciary increasingly limiting its scope

The England dressing-room invasion: was it a conspiracy?

A British tabloid journalist will appear in a Cape Town court today charged with "attempting to defeat the ends of justice" after South African police accused him of helping an England fan gain access to the team's dressing room in the aftermath of their match with Algeria 12 days ago.

Sunday Mirror journalist in court over fan in England dressing room

A British journalist has appeared in court accused over the incident in which a fan from south-east London walked into the England dressing room, South African police have said.

Express Newspapers plans to start tabloid price war

Richard Desmond, the owner of Express Newspapers, has promised to start a price war in the tabloid press market that could cost his rivals hundreds of millions of pounds.

Local TV and faster broadband plan unveiled

The broadcasting industry will be transformed so that cities across Britain have their own television stations, run by companies that are freed from the rules that currently restrict cross-media ownership, the Culture Secretary promised yesterday.

Investment Column: Thomas Cook is just the ticket for investors

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Stephen Glover: The future of the free press will rest on Murdoch making us pay

In a way, one can't blame Gordon Brown for saying that paywalls won't work.

ITN misses out as Johnston and Trinity snap up ITV news rights

Johnston Press and Trinity Mirror have been named among the successful bidders to provide regional news for ITV, but ITN lost out.

The feral beast: Wake worries pass

It would have tickled the late Keith Waterhouse to learn of the delicate wranglings that have preceded his memorial service at St Paul's Covent Garden on Tuesday.

Women still missing out on top jobs at world's largest companies

Women 'remain scarce in senior management positions', report reveals
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