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Understanding the trick with product placement

At the end of February Nestlé coffee brand Dolce Gusto made history by becoming the first brand to be featured on a UK-produced TV programme in a paid product placement deal on ITV1′s ‘This Morning’. This relaxing of the rules around product placement on UK TV presents brands with a new and exciting channel within an existing media, and I’m fascinated to see how this moves forward. Read more on Understanding the trick with product placement…

Murdoch: reaction from the web to Hunt’s BSkyB decision

According to the Today programme on BBC Radio 4 Andrew Neil put it like this: Rupert Murdoch “would have sold his granny to get the rest of BSkyB” says

Metropolitan Police under fire over News of the World contacts

Politics Home has a good story that spells trouble for the Metropolitan Police regarding its rather too cosy relationship with the News of the World.

The Met had previously been accused of failing to properly investigate the phone hacking scandal, which has been reopened following fresh evidence coming to light including News International finding apparently ‘lost’ emails.

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From cuts to C****, Paxman follows Naughtie and Marr with c-word gaff [video]

What is it with the c-word and BBC presenters at the moment? They can not seem to help themselves. Jeremy Paxman has become the latest BBC presenter to mistakenly utter the C-word.

On BBC Newsnight last night during a feature on UK Uncut, Paxman said: “Some of the people who ought to be paying taxes so the cunts, cuts aren’t so bad aren’t actually doing so”. From cuts to c****? Apparently so.  See for yourself. Read more on From cuts to C****, Paxman follows Naughtie and Marr with c-word gaff …

The lights are going out at FHM as editor goes

An email has come our way from a well placed source regarding the slow demise of once dominant men’s mag FHM. How much of a future does it have?

How Sky News sell-off could come about

While some have said News Corporation’s offer to sell Sky News, as part of a deal to allow it to take control of BSkyB, is a non-starter (it loses £30m a year) Robert Peston, the BBC’s business editor, has a neat explanation of how this could in fact come to pass.

BSkyB would simply he writes have to guarantee to take output from Sky News for a number of years — probably ten. That way Sky News is far more likely to attract interested buyers, media or otherwise. Read more on How Sky News sell-off could come about…

Murdoch suddenly cancels all of his appearances at Davos

Something it a foot. The News Corporation chairman, Rupert Murdoch, has suddenly cancelled all of his meetings at Davos this year, according to the FT.

Murdoch had been due to attend a panel on Jan. 28 with Vodafone Group CEO, Vittorio Colao, and Google CEO, Eric Schmidt, at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Read more on Murdoch suddenly cancels all of his appearances at Davos…

MTV’s Skins proves too much for US advertisers

The US version of Channel 4′s hit teen drama ‘Skins’ is proving way too racy for US advertisers.

More than half a dozen advertisers have pulled their ads following its premier. They include Taco Bell, Subway, H&R Block, Wrigley, GM and Schick Hydro.

This is a complete reversal of fortune for MTV which had a strong line-up of advertisers in the premiere, but pressure from the Parent Television Council (PTC), as Campaign reports, has done the trick. Read more on MTV’s Skins proves too much for US advertisers…

MTV plans UK version of Jersey Shore – welcome to Geordie Shore

I thought this was a joke, but no I have just been on the MTV website and it is true. MTV is to make a version of its headline grabbing car crash reality show ‘Jersey Shore’ in the UK called ‘Geordie Shore’, which will be shot in Newcastle home to girls who wear very little in terms of clothing even in the depths of winter.

MTV says it has been busy scouring Newcastle for “the toon’s finest lads and lasses to star in the new series” which is currently in development by ‘Holly Oaks’ producer Lime Pictures. Read more on MTV plans UK version of Jersey Shore – welcome to Geordie Shore…

Hunt gives Murdoch BSkyB get out of competition jail for free card

If you were under the impression that the Tory-led government was not in hock to Rupert Murdoch’s vote winning news empire then it might be time to think again.

This morning culture and media secretary Jeremy Hunt has indicated he will consider undertakings in lieu from Murdoch’s News Corporation which if accepted would mean its proposed takeover of BSkyB (pdf) would not have to be referred to the Competition Commission. Funnily enough this decision has been met with widespread derision. Read more on Hunt gives Murdoch BSkyB get out of competition jail for free card…

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