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Lord Sugar made chairman of YouView

Lord Sugar has become non-executive chairman of a web-connected television service backed by the BBC.

Virgin Media celebrates its first £1bn quarter

Virgin Media's chief executive Neil Berkett hailed a "year of great achievement" as it recorded its highest ever annual revenues and bust through the £1bn mark in one quarter for the first time.

Rivals miss out as Sky launches Atlantic channel

Customers of Virgin Media and BT Vision face missing out on the latest top shows from America, including Boardwalk Empire and The Borgias, as the companies have failed to secure a deal for Sky's new drama channel.

Virgin joins Tivo to unveil 'next generation' TV box

Virgin Media yesterday unveiled its latest television set-top box, which has been in the works for more than a year, and claimed it would "lead a revolution" in British broadcasting.

Providers race for prize as UK users get demanding

Suppliers are battling to bring usquicker broadband, but do we want topay for it? Simon Clarke investigates

Cable TV giant Virgin hooks up to new homes

Virgin Media is to expand its fibre-optic network after securing a deal with Persimmon Homes to bring cable to thousands of new properties.

Virgin launches 'Ferrari of broadband services'

Virgin Media upped the ante in the battle for broadband market share as it unveiled what it is calling the "Ferrari" of internet connections. The cable giant said it would start offering its superfast 100Mb broadband service in December.

Ofcom gives go-ahead for broadband TV service

Youview, the venture designed to bring "catch-up" TV into the living room, is on track to launch next year after the media watchdog decided there was currently no competition case to answer. Ofcom decided against a formal investigation into YouView – previously known as Project Canvas – under the Competition Act despite 11 complaints from, among others, Virgin Media and BSkyB. The regulator said it was too early to judge the venture's impact.

Canvas should be blocked, says Sky

BSkyB has become the latest media group to call on Ofcom and the Office of Fair Trading to block the launch of YouView, the internet TV venture formerly known as Project Canvas.

Changing channels: YouView is highly controversial, despite its cosy image

YouView will offer TV on demand, web access, plus arts and charity shows, all via your remote control. But not everyone is behind this new way to watch.

Complaints mount over Canvas launch

Project Canvas, the initiative designed to bring internet TV into the living room, faces further pressure after a fifth complaint emerged, calling for it to be probed by the regulators.

The Bargain Hunter: Grapes and gains

The Tesco Wine Festival began earlier this week, with more than 50 critically acclaimed wines reduced by 50 per cent. Unfortunately, I remain somewhat unenlightened on the subject of wine so, while I may be unable to recommend a bottle, Tesco suggests picking up one of its wines of the week: Blason de Bourgogne Montagny Vielles, now £42.66 per case, Castillo de San Lorenzo Rioja Reserva, now £28.44 per case and Blaxland Estate Shiraz, for £22.80 per case.

Channel 5 returns to Project Canvas fold

Channel 5 has rejoined Project Canvas just a month after walking away, as the broadcaster's new owner, Richard Desmond, said the venture would shape the future of TV.

Cultural Life: Tricky, musician

Books: I've just started reading 'The Black Hand' by Chris Blatchford. It's a biography of a guy who dissented from the Mexican Mafia. Reading it you can tell he was super-intelligent and could have had a very different life. I've also been reading Freddie Foreman's autobiography. He was one of England's biggest criminals, bigger than the Kray twins, but he didn't do the press. I've known him for 15 years – he's a good friend of mine, and it's always interesting reading about someone you know.

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