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Support new news providers via a levy on digital giants like Google and Facebook | Letters

Support new news providers via a levy on digital giants like Google and Facebook | Letters

Digital intermediaries such as Google and Facebook are not only amassing eye-watering profits and paying minimal tax in the UK, they are also bleeding the newspaper industry dry by sucking up
Seven months long, 1,800 out … epic strike mirrors US unions' fight to survive

Seven months long, 1,800 out … epic strike mirrors US unions' fight to survive

As US unions face existential threats former Time Warner Cable employees times are fighting a new contract that would slash health and pension benefitsOver the past seven months, Tanisha Smythe has
Key Murdoch ally sells stake in 21st Century Fox

Key Murdoch ally sells stake in 21st Century Fox

Sale by Saudi prince Alwaleed bin Talal leaves company vulnerable to shareholder rebellionsA key ally of Rupert Murdoch has sold his stake in 21st Century Fox, leaving the company more vulnerable to a
AT&T's Time Warner takeover: justice department aims to block $85bn deal

AT&T's Time Warner takeover: justice department aims to block $85bn deal

AT&T has already signaled it will go to court if the deal is blocked, potentially setting up one of the biggest legal battles over a corporate merger in decadesThe US Department of Justice on
21st Century Fox 'restarts talks' for possible sale to Walt Disney

21st Century Fox 'restarts talks' for possible sale to Walt Disney

Talks reportedly focus on film studio, cable channels, and networks such as India’s Star network and Sky in the UKThe Rupert Murdoch-controlled 21st Century Fox has restarted talks to sell most of the
US regulator scraps net neutrality rules that protect open internet

US regulator scraps net neutrality rules that protect open internet

Decision a major victory for FCC chair and Trump appointee Ajit PaiCritics warn plan will hand control of the web to big cable companiesThe US’s top media regulator voted to end rules protecting an
Sky takeover: bidding war predicted as Comcast makes £22bn offer - as it happened

Sky takeover: bidding war predicted as Comcast makes £22bn offer - as it happened

US cable giant Comcast has made a dramatic move to take control of UK broadcaster Sky; new Fed chair Powell hints at US rate risesBidding war forecastSky shares hit 18-year highComcast is offering to
Comcast challenges Murdoch with £22bn bid for Sky

Comcast challenges Murdoch with £22bn bid for Sky

US cable TV giant outbids 21st Century Fox’s existing offer for broadcasting groupComcast is attempting to gatecrash Rupert Murdoch’s takeover of Sky, submitting a rival offer to the UK broadcaster’s
Guardian reports 11.3% gender pay gap

Guardian reports 11.3% gender pay gap

Difference between men and women in editorial is 7.4% The gender pay gap at Guardian News & Media is 11.3% – calculated by mean hourly pay – the company has reported as part of the government’s
Zoopla, PrimeLocation and uSwitch owner ZPG sold for £2.2bn

Zoopla, PrimeLocation and uSwitch owner ZPG sold for £2.2bn

Daily Mail parent company DMGT in line for £640m windfall from sale to Silver LakeThe company behind the UK property sites Zoopla and PrimeLocation and the price comparison service uSwitch is being
Virgin Media falls foul of watchdog over £240 exit fees

Virgin Media falls foul of watchdog over £240 exit fees

Ofcom says it ‘has reasonable grounds to believe’ the cable company has broken its rulesVirgin Media may have breached consumer protection rules by charging customers up to £240 for ending their
Virgin Media’s battle with UKTV infuriates customers

Virgin Media’s battle with UKTV infuriates customers

Subscribers lose 10 channels and say it’s ‘hell’ trying to get company to downgrade their packagesVirgin Media customers trying to downgrade their television packages following the loss of several
Rupert Murdoch must make £26bn-plus Sky bid to thwart Comcast

Rupert Murdoch must make £26bn-plus Sky bid to thwart Comcast

21st Century Fox has until the end of Thursday in battle for control of pay-TV broadcasterRupert Murdoch must table a new £26bn-plus offer for Sky this week or see rival Comcast become the new owner
Alan Rusbridger: who broke the news?

Alan Rusbridger: who broke the news?

The former editor-in-chief of the Guardian looks back on two decades that changed journalism for ever. By Alan RusbridgerBy early 2017 the world had woken up to a problem that, with a mixture of
A very Australian coup: Murdoch, Turnbull and the power of News Corp

A very Australian coup: Murdoch, Turnbull and the power of News Corp

In the first part of a series, Guardian Australia reveals the outsize influence of a media mogul two Australian prime ministers blame for their demise In his farewell speech as prime minister last
Comcast outbids Rupert Murdoch’s Fox to win control of Sky

Comcast outbids Rupert Murdoch’s Fox to win control of Sky

US cable giant wins auction with offer of £30bn, ending years of Murdoch controlRupert Murdoch’s control of Sky is likely to end after three decades after his 21st Century Fox company was outbid by US
Channel 4 should make Salford its home | Letter

Channel 4 should make Salford its home | Letter

The television industry needs a counterweight to the pull of London, writes Wayne Garvie, president of international production at Sony Pictures TelevisionMatthew d’Ancona is spot on about the wider
EE and Virgin Media fined £13.3m for overcharging customers

EE and Virgin Media fined £13.3m for overcharging customers

Almost 500,000 broadband and phone customers affected by excessive exit fees, says OfcomVirgin Media and EE have been fined more than £13m by Ofcom for overcharging customers who cancelled their phone
UK media tokenistic in its attitude to diversity, says Trevor Phillips

UK media tokenistic in its attitude to diversity, says Trevor Phillips

Former broadcaster and politician says TV in particular is ‘self-congratulating’Trevor Phillips has said diversity in the British media can be generously described as “tokenistic” and that its