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Posts made in August, 2014

Liberty Global reportedly readying ITV takeover bid

on Aug 31, 2014

By Stephen Lepitak ITV is reportedly the subject of interest from Virgin Media owner Liberty Global, which could mount a takeover bid. The Telegraph claims that the media company owned by billionaire John Malone, is canvassing investors ahead of speaking to the board at ITV, with the main stumbling block apparently the price of the Channel 3 broadcaster. Liberty...

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The next California Gold Rush flexes its muscles: Will 2016 be the golden year for pot?

on Aug 31, 2014

By Noel Young CannaCon, the huge marijuana-business expo held outside Seattle last week, produced this opinion from publisher Greg James : “The pot industry in America is growing like a weed.” And nearby California could well be where a new Gold Rush touches down. James’s Seattle-based Marijuana Venture newsletter has gone from eight to 84 glossy pages since...

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The X Factor and Cheryl Cole return to ITV with peak audience of 10.6 million viewers

on Aug 31, 2014

By Stephen Lepitak The new series of The X Factor, which included the return of Cheryl Cole and the debut of Spice Girl Mel B as judges, pulled in a peak audience of over 10 million viewers. According to overnight viewing figures released by ITV, the first episode of the 11th series of the musical talent show, which this year lowered its age limit to include...

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Ad of the Day: Direct Line - "Mr Fix"

on Aug 31, 2014

By Staff Writer This spot decisively severs all ties with the phone line graphic so familiar to the brand and puts Harvey Keitel somewhat unexpectedly in its place. Yes, here he is, reprising his role as Pulp Fiction’s Winston Wolf, but fixing the insurance problems of ordinary folk instead of disposing of carelessly killed corpses. It’s quite a...

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