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Oct 31, 2013

Demand for sport lifts BT second-quarter results

LONDON, Oct 31 (Reuters) – Britain’s BT reported
second-quarter profit ahead of forecasts on Thursday, as strong
demand for broadband and sports TV got the group off to a
winning start under new Chief Executive Gavin Patterson.

The 168-year-old former state telecoms monopoly, revealing
the impact of a push to offer sports channels along with its
core broadband offering, said consumer revenue was up 4 percent,
its best performance in 10 years.

Oct 30, 2013

Murdoch editors must have known of phone hacking, court hears

LONDON (Reuters) – Rebekah Brooks, a former top editor, and Andy Coulson, Prime Minister David Cameron’s ex-media chief, oversaw a system of phone-hacking and illegal payments when they ran Rupert Murdoch’s British tabloids, a London court heard at the start of their trial on Wednesday.

Setting out the prosecution case, Andrew Edis said Brooks was linked to both phone-hacking that ruined the tabloid News of the World and the practice of paying public officials for stories at its sister newspaper, the Sun. Brooks, 45, later ran Murdoch’s British newspaper division from 2009 to 2011.

Oct 28, 2013

High-profile British phone-hacking trial begins

LONDON, Oct 28 (Reuters) – Rupert Murdoch’s former British
newspaper chief and Prime Minister David Cameron’s ex-media head
went on trial for phone hacking on Monday at the start of one of
Britain’s most high profile court cases in years.

Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson, both former editors of
Murdoch’s now defunct News of the World tabloid, are accused of
conspiring to illegally access voicemail messages on mobile
phones belonging to politicians, the rich and famous, and
victims of crime and ordinary people, to obtain exclusive news.

Oct 28, 2013

Britain’s high-profile phone-hacking trial to begin

LONDON, Oct 28 (Reuters) – The trial of Rupert Murdoch’s
former British newspaper chief and Prime Minister David
Cameron’s ex-media head begins on Monday in what will be
Britain’s most high-profile and eagerly-awaited criminal case in
years.

Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson, both former editors of
Murdoch’s now defunct News of the World tabloid, are accused of
conspiring to illegally access voicemail messages on mobile
phones belonging to politicians, the rich and famous, as well as
victims of crime and ordinary people, to secure exclusives.

Oct 24, 2013

With rivals focused on merger, WPP thumps forecasts

LONDON, Oct 24 (Reuters) – WPP, the world’s largest
advertising company, posted third-quarter organic revenue well
ahead of expectations on Thursday, snapping up new work as its
two biggest rivals focus on merging their businesses.

Martin Sorrell’s British firm said like-for-like growth for
the three months to the end of September was up 5 percent, a
clear acceleration from the 2.4 percent it reported in the first
half and ahead of the 3.8 percent predicted by analysts.

Oct 17, 2013

BSkyB shrugs off rival’s challenge with strong customer demand

LONDON, Oct 17 (Reuters) – Britain’s dominant pay-TV
provider BSkyB shrugged off the launch of rival BT’s
new sports service with strong customer demand for its TV
and broadband services, sending its shares to a near 12-year
high.

BT, a former telecoms monopoly, in August launched a new TV
service showing Premier League soccer free to its existing
broadband customers in a bold attempt to hold on to its core
subscribers who had been moving to BSkyB in droves.

Oct 15, 2013

Tim Cook brings in Burberry boss to restore Apple’s shine

LONDON (Reuters) – Burberry CEO Angela Ahrendts rebuilt the brand after over-exposure of its trademark pattern alienated wealthy clientele. Her approach: to embrace digital innovation, build a strong online business and tap Chinese and Latin American markets.

Now Apple Inc is hoping she can do the same at the world’s most valuable technology company.

Oct 15, 2013

Burberry names Bailey CEO as Ahrendts quits for Apple

LONDON, Oct 15 (Reuters) – Christopher Bailey, the designer
credited with restoring the cachet to fashion brand Burberry
, is to become chief executive next year when
long-standing boss Angela Ahrendts will move to Apple.

The 157-year-old British fashion house, famous for its
camel, red and black check pattern, said on Tuesday Ahrendts
would step down by mid-2014 after which Bailey would combine his
role as chief creative officer with being chief executive.

Oct 10, 2013

UK energy firm stokes growing political row with price hike

LONDON, Oct 10 (Reuters) – British energy supplier SSE
inflamed a growing political row over the rising cost of
living on Thursday when it hiked prices by more than three times
the rate of inflation.

The leader of the opposition Labour Party put increasing
energy bills at the heart of his campaign for the 2015 election
last month when he said he would freeze prices for 20 months if
his party wins power.

Oct 8, 2013

Aston Martin scraps Cygnet city car after dire sales

LONDON (Reuters) – Aston Martin ASTON.UL has abandoned its attempt to tap into the popularity of so-called city cars after selling fewer than 150 of its “Cygnet” model, an embarrassing blow to the struggling 100-year-old British luxury sports car maker.

A source close to Aston Martin said its two-door Cygnet, which started production in 2011 based on the Toyota 77203.T iQ but was marketed at three times the price, had been dropped from the company’s line-up after dismal sales of the 32,000 pound ($51,500) vehicle.

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      "I am based in London and cover the UK media and telecoms sectors including BSkyB, Vodafone and WPP. I have previously covered UK general news and sports including major events such as the Olympics and football World Cups."
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