RICHARD Desmond looks set to turn to his trusted lieutenants to fill the swath of vacancies left after last week's unprecedented boardroom clear-out at newly acquired Channel Five.
NEWSPAPER and magazine proprietor Richard Desmond has bought TV channel Five.
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HUNDREDS of jobs are expected to be culled from the broadcasters ITV and Five this week as the industry struggles with collapsed advertising revenue.
AS CHANNEL 4 chairman Luke Johnson settled at his desk and flicked through the afternoon's headlines on the internet last Wednesday lunchtime, he could barely believe his eyes.
AS LORD Carter's 80-page interim report on Digital Britain hit the desks of the country's media barons last week the verbal debate surrounding the future of public service broadcasting notched up a decibel or two.
GERHARD Zeiler, the London-based Austrian who runs RTL, the owner of Five, is ready to snap up BSkyB's stake in ITV in a move to gain total control of Britain's third channel, say analysts.
NATASHA Kaplinsky, who six weeks ago became the face of Five News on an annual salary of £1 million, making her the richest news presenter in Britain, is three months pregnant, the station confirmed yesterday.
BSKYB boss James Murdoch has no interest in swapping the group's 17.9 per cent stake in ITV for ownership of Five.
KIRSTY Young, the award-winning newsreader, is to leave Five News in the autumn, ten years after she first joined the channel.
CHANNEL Five has been dragged into the row over premium phone quizzes on television after the broadcaster admitted some competition winners on its show Brainteaser were faked.
EUROPE'S largest broadcaster, RTL, is considering a possible £5 billion-plus offer for ITV.
JUSTIN Ryan and Colin McAllister - those camp interior decorators known for theatrical fits - suddenly have a more serious job to do.
THE TV soap Family Affairs is being axed by Channel Five, it was announced yesterday.
ROOBARB and Custard, the cult 1970s cartoon which entertained millions of youngsters with its catchy theme tune and wobbly animation, is returning to TV for a new series, it emerged last night.
BRITAIN'S channel Five station will come under the full control of RTL, Europe's biggest broadcaster, after publishing group United Business Media agreed to sell its share in the station for £247.6 million.
PUBLISHING group United Business Media has agreed to sell its 35 per cent share in TV channel Five for £247.6 million, handing the full value of the TV station to European giant RTL.
CHANNEL Five was heavily criticised by the advertising watchdog today for sending out a "seriously offensive" mailing.
NEWSREADER Kirsty Young was due to present the first new-look Five News today since the show was produced by Sky News.
JUST WHEN we thought it was safe to switch over to the fifth terrestrial television channel, it seems Five is up to its old tricks again.
CHANNEL 4 reheated the prospect of a merger with rival broadcaster Five yesterday by admitting that it may need to change its publicly-owned status in favour of "greater commercial flexibility".
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