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ITV launches pay channel ITV Encore

ITV’s next drama hit could air first on pay-TV after the Downton Abbey broadcaster today launched a new channel dedicated to drama, called ITV Encore, that will air only on Sky.

James Moore: 4G dials the right numbers at Carphone Warehouse

Outlook It may be expensive, but consumers are buying into 4G mobile phones.

France's Keolis-Eurostar bidding for stake in Britain's railway

The French could be running more of Britain’s transport network after state transport group Keolis/Eurostar was named one of three shortlisted bidders for the reprivatisation of the East Coast franchise.

The third test flight of the commercial spaceship took it to a record 71,000 feet

Virgin Galactic spaceline launches third successful test flight to reach record heights

The firm hopes to take first ever tourists to space later this year. Onboard cameras were able to capture its rocket-powered engine, the first time it has been used

Bright Christmas: baggage boost from Little Red

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Under £200... Extra baggage for the sales

Virgin Atlantic's domestic airline, Little Red, is doubling its baggage allowance between Aberdeen, Edinburgh or Manchester and Heathrow. Passengers can check in two 23kg bags from 26 December to 2 February. There's also a sale on fares, with returns from £88-£99. virgin-atlantic.com

BT to introduce default 'porn filtering'

BT joins TalkTalk and Sky in introducing filtering by default following pressure from the PM

Mourners lining the roadside react as the cortège of former president Nelson Mandela passes through Mthatha on its way to his birthplace, Qunu, where he was to be buried today

Comrade Nelson Mandela is taken home to Qunu for the final time

Politics simmer as body of former president returns to birthplace

The Oscar-winning actress chose not to deliver her third child in the comforts afforded by a private hospital

Kate Winslet and Ned Rocknroll welcome first child in NHS Hospital

The Oscar-winning actress chose not to deliver her third child in the comforts afforded by a private hospital

Qantas has set out drastic plans to axe 1,000 jobs

Qantas downgraded to 'junk' after shock profit warning

Australian airline Qantas has had its credit rating downgraded to 'junk'- below the lowest investment grade- by credit rating agency Standard & Poor's.

Qantas has set out drastic plans to axe 1,000 jobs

Qantas shares plunge after shock profit warning as company signals 'immense' challenges ahead

Qantas has set out drastic plans to axe 1,000 jobs, freeze pay, stop bonuses, and cut the salaries of its boss and board members, after the Australian airline issued a profit warning and warned that it faces “immense” challenges.

Qantas shares plunge after shock profit warning as company signals "immense" challenges ahead

Qantas today set out drastic plans to axe 1000 jobs, freeze pay, stop bonuses, and cut the salaries of its boss and board members, after the Australian airline issued a profit warning and warned it faces “immense” challenges.

The Big Six: Kenyan safari camps

Daily game walks, hungry hippos, luxury camps, tented suites, sundowners, and river-facing decks

Bitcoin is an experimental digital currency that has gained popularity worldwide

Bitcoin value surpasses $1,000 for first time

The price at which a single unit of the digital currency trades has risen dramatically in recent months

Sir Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin empire

Business leaders demand action on airport expansion

Virgin founder, Sir Richard Branson, believes that delays mean 'airlines, the public and the economy are all suffering'

Virgin Media announces 6.7% price increase for broadband and new speeds of up to 152Mbps

Company claims that new fibre optic service is twice as fast as rival BT's

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