Desmond calls the tunes at Five

Richard Desmond has asked Channel Five’s producers to avoid using commercial music in their programmes.

The new owner wants to save money on royalties as part of the £20m cuts being made at the broadcaster. Five said it would now aim to commission “original music”.

(Source: MediaGuardian)

This article appears in issue 259 of Media Digest.




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Charlie Beckett, director of POLIS at the London School of Economics, reacts to news that the UK government forced the Guardian into destroying hard drives that contained information leaked by Edward Snowden.

(Source: POLIS)


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