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Sky News faces uncertain future after Disney-Fox deal (Fri, 15 Dec 2017 21:59:24 GMT)
Will Disney want to keep pumping money into a loss-making news channel after the Fox deal?

Cash controversy: The High Streets with too many ATMs (Fri, 15 Dec 2017 21:59:45 GMT)
The cash machine industry and the network are at loggerheads over closure plans.

Unilever sells margarine business to KKR for £6bn (Fri, 15 Dec 2017 16:58:07 GMT)
The Anglo-Dutch firm is selling brands including Flora and ProActiv to the private equity giant.

US tax bill: Republicans agree sweeping changes (Sat, 16 Dec 2017 00:06:16 GMT)
Senate and House lawmakers reveal final details of the biggest change to the US tax code in 30 years.

Ryanair in union offer to avoid Christmas strikes (Fri, 15 Dec 2017 17:55:23 GMT)
The airline says it will recognise pilot unions as it seeks to avoid industrial action at Christmas.

Sky and BT sign channel sharing deal (Fri, 15 Dec 2017 14:48:53 GMT)
BT will supply its sports channels to Sky, while selling Sky's Now TV service to its customers.

Britvic confirms Norwich factory closure (Fri, 15 Dec 2017 20:45:12 GMT)
The manufacturer of Robinsons and Fruit Shoot is to move manufacturing to three other sites.

HS2 redundancy pay 'shocking waste' of taxpayer cash (Fri, 15 Dec 2017 12:11:56 GMT)
Overpayments totalling £1.76m were made to 94 people, a committee of MPs says.

Vodafone offers thousands early contract exit (Fri, 15 Dec 2017 12:36:03 GMT)
The mobile network was not clear enough about new fees, telecoms regulator Ofcom says.

Airbus chief Tom Enders to leave after power struggle (Fri, 15 Dec 2017 14:56:32 GMT)
Chief executive Tom Enders will stand down in 2019 and its chief operating officer will leave in February.

Minimum price 'would increase cost of 70% of alcohol' (Fri, 15 Dec 2017 08:32:58 GMT)
There will be sharp increase in the cost of alcohol if a minimum price is introduced, say researchers.

Families 'struggle' without washing machines (Fri, 15 Dec 2017 09:22:48 GMT)
A charity says some households face an "intolerable struggle" but help is available to replace white goods.

Walt Disney buys Murdoch's Fox for $52bn (Thu, 14 Dec 2017 19:55:01 GMT)
The deal ends Rupert Murdoch's more than half century of media empire building.

Virgin Trains staff hold 24-hour strike (Fri, 15 Dec 2017 13:34:19 GMT)
The walkout by Virgin Trains West Coast workers is the first of a number of UK rail staff strikes.

Japan expands unilateral sanctions against North Korea (Fri, 15 Dec 2017 04:55:04 GMT)
Nearly 20 entities have been targeted as Japan widens its blacklist of companies trading with Pyongyang.

How public relations became a million dollar idea (Fri, 15 Dec 2017 00:17:58 GMT)
The BBC's Aaron Heslehurst explains how public relations became a million dollar idea.

Disney-Fox: Five things it could mean (Thu, 14 Dec 2017 19:28:20 GMT)
The BBC's Andrew Neil has five things the $52.4bn (£39bn) tie-up could mean.

Digitally preserving Africa's artefacts (Fri, 15 Dec 2017 11:55:07 GMT)
The National Museum of Kenya has started a new programme to digitally preserve African artefacts.

My close escape from £10,000 bank scam (Wed, 13 Dec 2017 00:06:07 GMT)
Barry Fox, 72, says he had "a close shave" with scammers when trying to buy a Rolls Royce on eBay.

Turning the cactus into a cash crop (Fri, 15 Dec 2017 11:42:00 GMT)
Food technologist and entrepreneur Dr Evelyn Okoth is turning cactus into a cash crop.

The small jeans firm with a big ambition (Wed, 13 Dec 2017 00:11:43 GMT)
With a workforce of just 15 people, the Hiut Denim Company now sells its jeans around the world from its small factory in rural Wales.

How inflation is hitting Britain's bakers (Tue, 12 Dec 2017 15:11:39 GMT)
Bakery owner John Foster explains how the rising price of imports is affecting his business.

Helping poorer Kenyans pay for healthcare (Tue, 12 Dec 2017 00:13:56 GMT)
Paying for healthcare in Kenya has got easier thanks to M-Tiba, a mobile "electronic health wallet".

The pig farmer taking on Tesco (Thu, 14 Dec 2017 12:08:42 GMT)
Richard Baugh addresses concerns about supermarkets using "fake farm" brands

How Toni Mascolo gave hairdressing a makeover (Wed, 13 Dec 2017 16:06:02 GMT)
Toni Mascolo, with his brother Guy revolutionised hairdressing in London at the end of the last century.

Sleep in a showroom (Fri, 15 Dec 2017 22:00:00 GMT)
Shops are using quirky events and experiences to lure us back to the High Street - but will it work?

Locked out (Fri, 15 Dec 2017 00:12:27 GMT)
The internet of things poses new threats to our security, so how should we be fighting back?

Travelling homes (Thu, 14 Dec 2017 00:19:50 GMT)
In the UK sales of caravan are on the rise. 22,000 were sold in the year to June, a 7% rise on the previous 12 months.

Speak up (Thu, 14 Dec 2017 00:22:11 GMT)
Despite the popular belief that women talk more than men, studies consistently suggest it is men who hog most of the airtime.

Fashion contender (Wed, 13 Dec 2017 00:13:47 GMT)
Despite being based in a small Welsh town, the Hiut Demin Company is exporting its jeans globally.

BBC Entertainment & Arts News

Strictly Come Dancing: How the show has changed the lives of its finalists (Fri, 15 Dec 2017 23:55:43 GMT)
The four remaining celebrities on what being on the BBC dancing show has meant to them.

Will Gompertz reviews Star Wars: The Last Jedi ★★★★☆ (Fri, 15 Dec 2017 23:55:11 GMT)
Is the Force still with the franchise?

Royal Court U-turn over play axed amid harassment claims (Sat, 16 Dec 2017 07:45:50 GMT)
The Royal Court will stage Rita, Sue and Bob Too following accusations of censorship.

Iain Lee addresses I'm a Celeb bullying claims (Sat, 16 Dec 2017 08:04:56 GMT)
The radio host says the term bullying is a "bit strong".

Heinz Wolff, Great Egg Race presenter and scientist, dies (Sat, 16 Dec 2017 17:48:27 GMT)
The renowned scientist behind BBC Two's The Great Egg Race died on Friday, his family says.

Weinstein 'derailed my career' Sorvino says after Peter Jackson claim (Sat, 16 Dec 2017 10:23:40 GMT)
Peter Jackson says he 'blacklisted' Mira Sorvino and Ashley Judd on Harvey Weinstein's advice.

US police review Russell Simmons rape claims (Fri, 15 Dec 2017 16:06:44 GMT)
Police have opened an investigation after several women came forward with sexual misconduct claims.

Pitch Perfect: Hollywood's surprising success story (Fri, 15 Dec 2017 00:37:43 GMT)
The movies may have been successful, but they also remain unique in the film industry.

V Festival: 'No police stationed' at 2017 event (Fri, 15 Dec 2017 00:45:47 GMT)
No police were present inside V Festival in Essex this summer because of a dispute over money, the BBC understands.

Oscars 2018: Palme d'Or winner The Square among foreign film hopefuls (Fri, 15 Dec 2017 11:01:53 GMT)
Swedish art world satire The Square is one of nine titles in contention for the foreign film award.

BBC appoints Fran Unsworth as next head of news (Fri, 15 Dec 2017 09:47:23 GMT)
Fran Unsworth is appointed the new BBC director of news, replacing James Harding, who leaves in 2018.

Salma Hayek: Harvey Weinstein 'threatened to kill me' (Thu, 14 Dec 2017 05:12:27 GMT)
The Hollywood mogul said sexual allegations made by the Mexican actress are "not accurate"

Hollywood awards choose all-female presenters (Thu, 14 Dec 2017 12:50:48 GMT)
In a first for Tinseltown, the Screen Actors Guild Awards will only feature female presenters next year.

Russell Simmons accused of sexual assault by more women (Thu, 14 Dec 2017 17:59:20 GMT)
The Def Jam Records founder "categorically rejects" accusations of sexual assault and harassment.

Bryn Terfel is the latest star to quit Tosca (Thu, 14 Dec 2017 09:41:56 GMT)
The baritone pulls out of an ill-fated production, which has already lost all its other main stars.

Apprentice winner 'mortified' by cake labelling errors (Fri, 15 Dec 2017 13:20:48 GMT)
Apprentice winner Alana Spencer talks about cake recall over labelling inaccuracies.

Walt Disney buys Murdoch's Fox for $52bn (Thu, 14 Dec 2017 19:55:01 GMT)
The deal ends Rupert Murdoch's more than half century of media empire building.

Oprah Winfrey to receive top Golden Globe honour (Thu, 14 Dec 2017 11:01:58 GMT)
The US star will be presented with the Cecil B DeMille Award at the awards in January.

Grayson Perry to chair Summer Exhibition art show (Thu, 14 Dec 2017 13:13:46 GMT)
The artist is co-ordinating 2018's Royal Academy contemporary art show, where anyone can submit an entry.

Super Size Me star admits sexual misconduct (Thu, 14 Dec 2017 08:48:10 GMT)
Super Size Me documentary maker Morgan Spurlock tells of paying to settle a harassment case.

Hugh Jackman's novelty top hat trick (Fri, 15 Dec 2017 12:03:19 GMT)
The Australian actor performed the trick for the "6,000th" time and described how he'd be spending Christmas.

How the lightsaber was born (Fri, 15 Dec 2017 12:48:47 GMT)
The fantasy weapon was made from the handle of a 1940s press camera.

The choir that can never sing together (Fri, 15 Dec 2017 01:26:33 GMT)
The Christmas song recorded by singers at risk of serious infection if they meet face-to-face.

Glenn Miller mystery: Notebook sheds light on death (Fri, 15 Dec 2017 00:51:57 GMT)
Glenn Miller's plane vanished over the Channel without a trace in 1944.

'Flat-chested' K-pop star responds to 'cruel' body comments (Thu, 14 Dec 2017 17:55:56 GMT)
Online critics said she didn't look right for K-pop, but Amber Liu from girl group f(x) is fighting back.

Disney-Fox: Five things it could mean (Thu, 14 Dec 2017 19:28:20 GMT)
The BBC's Andrew Neil has five things the $52.4bn (£39bn) tie-up could mean.

Here are the Fox/Disney movie mashups you didn't know you needed (Thu, 14 Dec 2017 17:27:29 GMT)
Disney's £39bn takeover of 21st Century Fox opens up a world of possibilities for movie franchise crossovers.

Dick Whittington panto jokes 'too smutty' for children (Thu, 14 Dec 2017 16:27:11 GMT)
The star told rude jokes and invited the audience to chant 'Alice loves Dick', says an angry mum.

How vocal problems nearly spelled the end for The Script (Thu, 14 Dec 2017 00:39:22 GMT)
Frontman Danny O'Donoghue says he was "terrified" that his singing career had been cut short.

Star Wars: These aren't the spoilers you're looking for (Thu, 14 Dec 2017 14:43:35 GMT)
Star Wars may be shown on the ISS, but Twitter says they may be surprised by a few things (no real spoilers).

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