Exclusive: Channel 4 set to win race to show England football matches

Channel 4 is poised to trump ITV with a bid for England’s football friendlies in a bold bet on live sport as it battles privatisation. The Telegraph understands the state-owned broadcaster is on cusp of sealing a deal with the... Read more

Freeview adds Ukraine news channel to counter Putin’s propaganda

A Ukrainian rolling news channel leading a fightback against Kremlin propaganda about the Russian invasion is now available to British viewers.  Ukraina 24 is now broadcast on Britain’s biggest free-to-air television service to ensure refugees reaching the UK can access... Read more

Piers Morgan vows to ‘cancel the cancel culture’ on new TV show

Tom Newton Dunn, the Times Radio presenter, will host a news programme, while Kate McCann is joining the channel as political editor from Sky News.  TalkTV will also be broadcast on radio using News UK’s TalkRadio station, while live feeds... Read more

RT stripped of UK licence by Ofcom

Nadine Dorries, the Culture Secretary, tweeted that “it was right” for Ofcom to take action. “The outlets’ lies and propaganda, where victims are cast as the aggressors and the brutality of Russia’s actions are concealed, have absolutely no place on... Read more

RT stripped of UK licence by Ofcom

Nadine Dorries, the Culture Secretary, tweeted that “it was right” for Ofcom to take action. “The outlets’ lies and propaganda, where victims are cast as the aggressors and the brutality of Russia’s actions are concealed, have absolutely no place on... Read more

Whitehall shambles leaves the emergency services with a communications crisis

Police chiefs and emergency services workers may be following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine with a sense of déjà vu. Battlefield commanders in Ukraine are using antique radio kit to communicate.  This is because Russia’s whizzy new encrypted Era communications system... Read more

Netflix raises prices again

Netflix has raised prices for the second time in just over a year, taking the price of its most expensive subscription to almost £16 a month. The streaming giant said prices for its basic and standard plans would rise by... Read more

£46m invested in GB News to challenge BBC, owner’s accounts reveal

The owner of GB News has invested nearly £50m in its attempt to rival the BBC and Sky News. All Perspectives has been drawing on £46.5m worth of cash since spring last year to bankroll the fledgling news network’s expansion,... Read more

Britain’s richest man bankrolls $3.7bn losses for sports streaming venture Dazn

An attempt by Britain’s richest man, Sir Leonard Blavatnik, to conquer the sports TV market has racked up another year of heavy losses to reach an accumulated deficit of more than $3.7bn (£2.7bn). In delayed accounts filed at Companies House,... Read more

SFO opens criminal probe into collapse of Arena Television

The Serious Fraud Office has opened a criminal investigation into Arena Television, a collapsed broadcaster that worked on the Euro 2020 football tournament and Glastonbury.  The white collar crime agency said it searched three sites on Wednesday morning in the... Read more

Russia Today faces ‘swift action’ as Moscow mulls BBC retaliation

The exchange comes after Sir Keir Starmer told the Commons that RT was the Russian leader’s “personal propaganda tool” and he could see no reason why it should be allowed to continue broadcasting in the UK. “We must also do... Read more

Britain’s richest man pours another $4.3bn into sports streamer Dazn

Sir Leonard Blavatnik has agreed a $4.3bn (£3.2bn) refinancing of his loss-making attempt to conquer sport television, Dazn, despite its failure to hit the target in a bid to acquire BT Sport. Britain’s richest man has agreed to convert billions... Read more

BT backs tech guns-for-hire with £30m stake

BT has sunk £30m into a start-up offering tech guns-for-hire to clients seeking to overhaul their systems, as it steps up it own modernisation efforts. The telecoms giant is taking a stake and board seat at Distributed, which provides developers... Read more

Blow for BBC’s battle against streaming as boss of YouView quits

A British broadcasting venture that has helped defend the BBC from the rise of Netflix has been left rudderless after its chief executive was poached by a major shareholder. Susie Buckridge is understood to be leaving YouView to take up... Read more

Vodafone should take inspiration from the Victorians and lead a 5G revolution

Organisations are discovering that private networks allow them to implement clever new ideas and applications much more easily, and this is a burgeoning growing industry. For the mobile operators, the largely untapped private network market represents untapped railway freight. Even... Read more

Vodafone raises prospect of abandoning Britain with Project Galaxy overhaul

Swedish investor Cevian Capital has been in discussions with Vodafone executives about upgrading performance and improving its languishing share price. The changes to the Global Enterprise division, first reported by the Mail on Sunday, took place last year, before Cevian’s... Read more

How a secret TV job gave Peaky Blinders emperor his big break

More worrying now are the signs that the pandemic’s streaming surge are beginning to tail off after the army of rivals challenging Netflix took a chomp out of its subscriber numbers. The Squid Game streamer endured a 20pc share price... Read more

Chinese cyberattack targets journalists at Rupert Murdoch’s newspapers

Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp has been hit by a Chinese cyberattack targeting journalists. The owner of the Wall Street Journal said network systems containing personal data on staff and customers had been the focus of “persistent cyberattack activity”.  Among the... Read more

Country Life publisher suffers another revolt over boss’s £40m pay package

The publisher of magazines including Country Life and The Week has suffered its second consecutive pay revolt over plans for a £95m bonus scheme. Future’s pay plans failed to get backing from 60pc of shareholders who cast votes at its... Read more

Failure to win BT Sport leaves Dazn’s float plans up in the air

After courting BT since the middle of last year, Sir Leonard Blavatnik’s sports streaming empire had been expecting to seal a deal for the telecoms giant’s sports channel. Winning control of BT Sport, which has rights to live coverage of... Read more

BT shuns billionaire to pursue sports deal with Eurosport owner

On BT Sport, chief executive Philip Jansen said: “We had two very good external options, but in the final analysis it made sense for all our stakeholders and our customers to go down the route of a joint venture with... Read more

BT shuns billionaire to pursue sports deal with Eurosport owner

On BT Sport, chief executive Philip Jansen said: “We had two very good external options, but in the final analysis it made sense for all our stakeholders and our customers to go down the route of a joint venture with... Read more

Fans race to download Wordle while puzzles are still free

Puzzle fans are racing to download Wordle after it emerged they could save over 2,000 days’ worth of the game’s current incarnation, as speculation mounts that its new owner the New York Times will start charging a fee for use.... Read more

Top investor backs Vodafone boss after activist investor swoops in

One of Vodafone’s biggest shareholders has backed chief executive Nick Read’s plans to overhaul the telecoms giant despite pressure from an activist investor.  Abrdn, the fourth-largest investor, said Vodafone’s management had been “explicit” about how it planned to bolster value... Read more

Owner of Country Life and The Week braces for new revolt over £95m bonus scheme

The first vesting date is in September 2023. The hurdle means Future would have to create more than £4bn in extra shareholder value to trigger the maximum payment. The company has been buying magazines, websites and price comparison firms and... Read more