Thursday morning business bulletin

  • ITV

Northern Rock bosses under pressure to arrange shareholder meeting; Banking stocks on the front foot; Digger maker JCB celebrates year of soaring sales.

More tuning in to watch ITV 1

  • ITV

ITV boss Michael Grade has said the broadcaster made “measurable progress” in 2007 after better on-screen and advertising performances.

Thursday morning business bulletin

  • ITV

Northern Rock chief steps down; FTSE 100 opens 1% down; ITV makes "measurable progress".

Watchdog set to demand cut in Sky’s ITV stake

  • ITV

THE Competition Commission is expected to send its final verdict on BSkyB’s controversial 17.9% stake in rival ITV to the Government by the end of the week.

Wednesday lunchtime business bulletin

  • ITV

Competition commission set for final BSkyB verdict; Hopes of miners merger fuelled; FTSE 100 on the back foot.

Chelsea 2, Sunderland 0

COSTING a staggering £35,000 a glass, the world’s most-expensive beverage was launched at Movida, the exclusive London nightclub, at the weekend.

Wednesday lunchtime business bulletin

  • BBC

Housebuilding shares jump amid signs of interest rate cut; Banks defend use of charitable trusts; ITV snaps up production company

From ‘Yoof’ TV to the Asda ads

Hannah Davies speaks to auteur, undercover reporter, festival director and the Emmy award-winning Patrick Collerton.

Projects battle it out for big vote

  • ITV

PROJECTS across the region are battling it out for lottery cash as voting starts this morning for schemes in Northumberland, County Durham and Newcastle.

Thousands see top soap stars light up the skies

SCREAMING teenagers greeted Coronation Street stars who switched on Durham’s Christmas lights yesterday.

Computer wizardry makes Ray a warrior

ON the face of it, Ray Winstone wouldn’t be the obvious choice to play a 6ft 6ins, stronger-than-an-ox Danish warrior with a six-pack to boot.


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Wednesday lunchtime business bulletin

  • ITV

ITV urges watchdogs to force BSkyB to sell its stake in the broadcaster; Price of pint on the increase; Virgin Media claws back customers.

Fashion duo aim to get us in shape

  • ITV

TRINNY and Susannah are the pair who’ve taken it upon themselves to teach us what to wear through whatever media channels they can muster.

Monday lunchtime business bulletin

  • ITV

Fresh consolidation hopes among miners push London's leading shares into positive territory; Northern Rock refutes speculation over job cuts; BSkyB offers to give up a slice of its ITV voting rights.

Top league status for digital firm

  • ITV

BRAND technology specialist TH_NK has been ranked fourth in the league of the 50 fastest growing technology companies in the UK.

If music's the food of love, Jim's a masterchef

  • ITV

IF music be the food of love, songwriter Jim Littlewood can cook up a romantic morsel.

Al Gosling

  • ITV

THERE can’t be many company CEOs who look more at home in skater gear than a suit, but then Al Gosling is renowned for taking things to extremes.

Ant and Dec suffer phone-in blunders

ANT and Dec’s flagship ITV1 show was among a number of programmes that suffered a string of phone-in blunders caused by a “serious cultural failure” within the company, chairman Michael Grade said yesterday.

Blake play on their looks

THEY are four handsome lads with square jaws and firm handshakes, and you will be seeing quite a lot of them in the coming weeks.

Neil hopes to inch to stardom

  • ITV

AT 7ft 7in, gentle giant Neil Fingleton has made it into the record books as Britain’s tallest living person.

BSkyB may have to sell off its ITV stake

  • ITV

BSkyB’s ownership of a 17.9% stake in broadcaster ITV restricts competition and “operates against the public interest”, according to the Competition Commission.

Tuesday morning business bulletin

  • ITV

Supermarket giant Tesco sees 14% climb in profits; BskyB's stake in ITV restricts competition says Competition Commission; Water company Severn expects revenues to plunge.

Out-of-hours fears for rural patients

  • ITV

A NORTH MP voiced renewed concerns last night about rural patients’ access to out-of-hours healthcare as a review is launched into the effectiveness of the service.

Blame game now in full swing

THE head of the CBI has condemned the failure of the banking regulation system to handle the crisis which engulfed Northern Rock.

Working with the big names

  • BBC

IT’S fair to say that you can judge a company by the clients it boasts.

Anger over TV duo's joke

GEORDIE television entertainers Ant and Dec came under fire yesterday after they failed to apologise for making a joke at the expense of Northern Rock.

Tuesday evening's business bulletin

  • BBC

Fevered trading in summer is set to boost results on the LSE; Northern Rock is set to withhold the dividend payment to shareholders; Advertising agency M&C Saatchi reports a more than doubling of profits.

Humans at risk of E.coli in meat

AN antibiotic-resistant strain of E.coli thought to be linked to imported meat is spreading rapidly, according to an investigation.

Sharper focus on ITV programming

  • ITV

ITV boss Michael Grade has pledged to invest in original programming under a “self-help” plan to revive the broadcaster.

The host: Peter Snow

  • BBC

THE Take AIM seminar will be hosted by journalist and presenter Peter Snow CBE.

Wednesday morning's business bulletin

Better news from retailers fails to lift London market; DIY chain Homebase sees sales of seasonal items drop; Chocolate retailer Thorntons says turnaround still has some way to go; ITV ditches quiz strand after profits nosedive.

Friday's morning business bulletin

  • ITV

London's blue chips begin the trading session in positive territory; Travel giant Thomas Cook reveals the recovery in the UK summer holiday market was weaker than expected; Policymakers to keep interest rates at current levels; Media group SMG plans to sell its billboard advertising business.

60-Second surgery

  • ITV

GEORGE MICHAEL has called her a diamond, Jerry Springer has taken her nightclubbing in Chicago yet Denise Robertson is still the woman with her feet on the ground who dishes up no-nonsense advice to millions as agony aunt of ITV’s This Morning.

Stars come out for scenic favourites

TWO iconic North-East landmarks will be put in the spotlight this weekend as viewers get the chance to vote for the country’s favourite view.

Kirsty to help CLA director

  • ITV

IN a period of dramatically-increased activity for the CLA, the organisation has appointed Kirsty Bell to assist the North-East director, Angus Collingwood-Cameron, at its regional base near Alnwick.

We’ve made the top three in EU

MANY residents already know it – but now an international survey has confirmed that Newcastle is one of the best places to live in Europe.

Time for us to defend the Wall

PEOPLE in the North-East are being urged to get behind their region when it features on national television this weekend.

All-star line-ups for a princely challenge

  • BBC

ORGANISERS have announced their star-studded line-ups for a celebrity cricket match being played to raise funds for The Prince’s Trust.

Reporters feeling the pinch

  • ITV

ANYONE see Channel Four News reporter Sue Turton getting her bottom pinched live on air as she reported on rising floodwaters in Oxfordshire?


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