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Emili Sandé is the most nominated artist up for four awards followed by Rita Ora, Mumford & Sons and Alt-J with three nominations each

Comcast unveils $16.7bn deal to take over NBC Universal

The American media and TV giant Comcast has announced plans to take full ownership of NBC Universal, picking up General Electric's entire 49 per cent stake in the business for $16.7bn.

Best of British gets set to dazzle tinseltown

A UK delegation including the chief executive of London's Tech City business hub, Joanna Shields, and the co-founder of Lastminute.com and the Founders Forum, Brent Hoberman, are in Los Angeles this week for the first Innovation Forum to promote media and technology entrepreneurs.

Must watch: Chicago TV reports breaking news of plane crash, only to discover it was TV show set

BREAKING NEWS!!!!!!!!! Plane crashes into highway! Oh wait...that's just a TV set.

High hopes for tall musician

Chart hopeful Jinder is hoping to hit the heights as a musical giant - after becoming one of the tallest solo acts to land a record deal.

Aegis sale could herald Bolloré acquisition spree

The Japanese advertising group Dentsu has splashed out £3.2bn to buy Aegis, fuelling speculation that the British group's top shareholder, the French mogul Vincent Bolloré, is about to go on an acquisition spree.

Bolloré set for buying spree after Aegis deal

Japanese advertising giant pays £3.2bn for British group, handing windfall to its top shareholder

Spotlight On... Jean-Bernard Lévy, Vivendi chief executive

Say bonjour or, more correctly, au revoir to Jean-Bernard Lévy
FLORENT MALOUDA: ‘I’m not playing enough. I’m not happy with that. If it is necessary, I will leave’

Malouda: I want to join PSG in January

Florent Malouda yesterday became the latest Chelsea player to signal that he is dissatisfied with life under Andre Villas-Boas when he announced that he favoured a move this January to Paris St-Germain, having been given little playing time this season.

Is the music over for HMV?

Times are tough for the embattled entertainment retailer, with terrible half-year results raising concerns over its future. James Thompson reports

Vivendi storms markets with all guns blazing

French group Vivendi beat profit expectations in the third quarter, largely thanks to its computer game operation.

Call of Duty helps Vivendi advance despite weakness in French sector

Growth in video games and in Brazil helped the telecoms and entertainment giant Vivendi post first-half profits in line with expectations yesterday, despite weakness in its key French telecoms business.

Album: Viva Brother, Famous First Words (Geffen)

At the start of 2011, Berkshire chancers Brother launched themselves at the knuckledragger market temporarily vacated by the Gallaghers, declaring themselves "the future of music".

Album: Nerina Pallot, Year of the Wolf (Geffen)

On her Geffen debut, Nerina Pallot seems to have reined in some of her musical ambitions, focusing on simple but stylish love songs.

Vodafone nets £7bn as Vivendi buys up SFR

Vodafone has agreed to sell its stake in the French mobile-phone group SFR to Vivendi in a deal worth €7.9bn (£6.9bn), bringing to a close months of negotiations.

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