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Mergers and mayhem

The high street's clash with the dot.coms

Onefootinthegrave BBC1 makes good start but ITV wins out
The launch of BBC1's new-look schedule saw One Foot in the Grave beat ITV's Millionaire and the 10pm news outrate last week's 9pm bulletin - but ITV won the night on share. By Jason Deans.

Anne Robinson EastEnders and Weakest Link boost BBC1
EastEnders specials and the promotion of Anne Robinson's hit BBC2 quiz show, The Weakest Link, will form the backbone of the new-look BBC1 schedule, reports Jason Deans.


Latest news
ITV launches one-off Nine O'Clock news
ITV tonight launched a one-off Nine O'Clock news just 24 hours after the BBC switched its flagship bulletin to 10pm writes Lisa O'Carroll.

Paxman sent stolen Enigma code-breaking machine in the post
Newsnight presenter Jeremy Paxman has received in the post a machine believed to be the wartime Enigma code-breaking machine stolen earlier this year, writes Jessica Hodgson.

Brits take lion's share of Emmy nominations
Da Ali G Show is one of 12 UK shows in the running for this year's prestigious International Emmy Awards, writes Jason Deans.

Ford takes stake in digital radio group
Ford UK is to take a stake in the MXR digital radio consortium, writes Claire Cozens.

Isaacs launches Artsworld
Sir Jeremy Isaacs has launched his digital arts channel, Artsworld, with a pledge to fill the cultural void, says Matt Wells.

Analysts welcome ONdigital results
Analysts welcomed ONdigital's results, which saw the digital broadcaster's subscriptions rise by 13%, but thought a question mark remained over its churn figures. By Amy Vickers.
Subscriptions rise 13%
ONdigital signs games deal

BBC claims Radio Times is Britain's most profitable magazine
The Radio Times is Britain's most profitable magazine, according to the BBC, reports Jessica Hodgson.

WPP boosts Australian presence with acquisitions
Marketing services group WPP has strengthened its Australian presence by buying two market research agencies, writes Claire Cozens.
WPP ties up �m Boots deal

T-Online in �5m Tennis Masters sponsorship deal
T-Online is to sponsor the ATP Tour's Tennis Masters Series in a �5m deal, writes Claire Cozens.

Other news

Hurley says sorry to US actors' unions
Elizabeth Hurley has apologised to US actors' unions after she was accused of strike-breaking by appearing in a commercial for Estee Lauder. By Claire Cozens.

BBDO lands $250m Cingular Wireless
BBDO Worldwide New York has picked up the $250m account for Cingular Wireless, writes Jade Garrett.

Forgan reveals BBC news move fiasco
The former BBC radio boss, Liz Forgan, has branded moving the Today programme a waste of licence payers' money, writes Lisa O'Carroll.
Why I quit by Liz Forgan

Feltz to front celebrity chat show
Vanessa Feltz is returning to BBC1 daytime with a new celebrity chat show, reports Jason Deans.


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