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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.

Tally ho: why Hunt has the scent of BBC blood in his nostrils

The Shadow Culture Secretary details his plans to transform the media landscape.

End of the old guard: The sale of the Manchester Evening News

The sale of the Manchester Evening News brings to an end a historic chapter in British newspaper publishing. Ian Herbert reports on the proud title laid low by sibling rivalry

Guardian group finally takes its Manchester cash cow to market

Has GMG broken the spirit of the Scott Trust by selling its regional papers?

Guardian owner sells regionals to Trinity

The loss-making parent company of The Guardian has sold its regional titles to Trinity Mirror to help secure the future of its flagship newspaper, in a move that severs its historic links with Manchester.

Trinity Mirror buys Guardian's regional newspapers

Trinity Mirror has agreed to buy Guardian Media Group's local titles including the Manchester Evening News for £44.8 million in cash and other considerations, extending its regional reach.

From Watford to Land's End, almost

Even blizzards can't stop this newspaper getting to your doorstep on time. Matthew Bell followed it from the printers

Market Report: Yell races ahead as broker eyes recovery

Hopes of economic recovery underpinned gains by the directories group Yell, whose share price strengthened yesterday despite a lacklustre day on the markets.

Stephen Glover: When an editor's ambitions were too grandiose

The notion that The Guardian would close The Observer, or turn it into a weekly magazine, always seemed unlikely. I don't say there weren't one or two members of the Scott Trust (which owns both titles) who did not seriously consider the idea. Some senior Guardian executives have undoubtedly had it in for their sister paper for years.

Stephen Glover: I fear that this BBC benevolence is a cynical act of self-promotion

There have always been critics of the BBC on the Right, but in recent months the Corporation has come under a sustained fusillade from many quarters. I admit that the odd bazooka has been fired from my bunker. Some complaints are about taste and alleged political bias. There is also a general grumble that the BBC is simply too big.

Stephen Glover: Desmond's low-price Star piles pressure on paralysed Mirror

Readers of this column may not be very familiar with the Daily Star. They may even be unaware of it. The paper is nonetheless read by more of our fellow countrymen than The Times.

Derek Pain: Are cash-strapped firms rights on the money?

No Pain, No Gain

Trinity Mirror revenues hit by 30% slump in advertising sales

Regional advertising sales plunged 37 per cent at Trinity Mirror at the start of the year, contributing to a fall in group revenues of almost a fifth.

Daily Mail group doubles job cuts at regional arm

Publisher set to hit targets for full year despite decline in advertising

Trinity loses £74m and scraps dividend as advertising falls

Trinity Mirror, the beleaguered media group which publishes the Daily Mirror and The People, has scrapped its final dividend after pre-tax losses for 2008 came in at £73.5m.

New boss of Scotsman publisher tackles £450m debt

John Fry, the recently installed chief executive of Johnston Press, which crashed out of the FTSE 250 last year, has made his first hack at The Scotsman and Yorkshire Post publisher's estimated £450m debt burden.

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