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More viewers than ever watching movies and TV shows on Virgin Media's catch-up service helped the group beat revenue expectations in the three months to the end of September.

Virgin Media prepares for London listing to attract new UK investors

Virgin Media is pushing ahead with plans to take a secondary listing in the UK as it looks to raise its domestic profile and the number of its investors. The company, which provides television, broadband and telephone packages to customers in the UK, is listed on the Nasdaq stock market in the US.

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Virgin Media losses narrow as customers spend more

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ESPN lands pay-TV deal with big four

ESPN has sealed agreements to broadcast its new sports channel over the four largest pay-TV providers in the UK, after BT and Top Up TV signed up.

Pay-TV switch would boost ITV, say analysts

ITV should consider changing to a subscription model to boost revenues, according to analysts, as new research found that 40 per cent of terrestrial households would switch to pay-TV if it moved away from free-to-air.

Sky shrugs off downturn to lift profits and new subscribers

BSkyB posts a 4 per cent rise in operating profits as its rivals struggle

ESPN seals distribution deal with Virgin Media

ESPN has secured its second major broadcasting agreement in the UK, with a deal to show its sports channels on Virgin Media. The Disney-owned broadcaster is also in late stage negotiations to wholesale the new ESPN channel, which goes live on Monday, to remaining pay TV providers BT Vision and Top Up TV.

Business Diary: Ex-Anglo executive has nookie on the brain...

Graham Boustred, a former deputy chairman of the mining group Anglo American, startled readers of the South African newspaper Business Day with his loathing for the company's chief executive Cynthia Carroll, saying: "This woman's hopeless. There's no morale." Unfortunately, that was just for hors d'oeuvres. "Do you know why it's difficult to find a female CEO?" the enlightened 84-year-old continued. "It's because most women are sexually frustrated. Men are not, because they can fall back on call girls, go to erectile dysfunction clinics. If you have a CEO who's sexually frustrated she can't act properly."

Peter Doherty joins V Festival bill

Peter Doherty has joined the line-up for V Festival.

Questions Of Cash: Barclays gets plenty of currency from Connect card

Q. I recently purchased foreign currency at a Post Office branch, using a Barclays Connect card. I bought €220 across the counter at my local Post Office, which cost me £203.44. When I received my bank statement, the amount debited was £207.50. Barclays told me that the additional amount was a 2 per cent commission charge for foreign currency purchase. It seems that I should have withdrawn cash from my Barclays account in the Post Office using my Connect card – for which no commission is charged – and then hand the cash back across the counter to purchase my foreign currency. CP, by email.

Ofcom has Sky in its sights

The media watchdog has tabled proposals that could break Sky's dominance of pay TV, but are they fair? Nick Clark reports

David Prosser: Rumours of the pound's demise were premature

Sterling's strength is cushioning usagainst the upwards spike in the dollar oil price

BSkyB 'in pole position for Virgin channels'

Broadcaster BSkyB is in pole position to land a package of seven digital channels from rival Virgin Media after tabling a huge bid, it was reported today.

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