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GE, Royal & Sun Alliance, Guardian Media Group, VNU, AC Nielsen, Trinity Mirror, Collins Stewart Tullet, Financial Times, Mecom, Daily Mail and General Trust, BSkyB, Arqiva, Ofcom

- Sir Martin Sorrell, WPP's chief executive, has been challenged by two non-executive executive directors - Christopher Mackenzie, a former GE executive, and Paul Spencer, a former boss of Royal & Sun Alliance's UK operations - about the lack of a successor to head the network. Sorrell was also challenged on the lack of information supplied in some aspects of the group's corporate governance. - The Sunday Times, 22 January

- Guardian Media Group is preparing a strategic review of its non-national newspaper assets, which could see the Trader Media classifieds arm go up for sale and its radio interests expand. It is about to appoint financial advisers. - The Guardian, 23 January

- VNU, the Dutch owner of market research firm AC Nielsen and trade magazines such as Accountancy Age, has received a takeover bid from a private equity consortium which values the group at up to £5bn. - The Guardian, 17 January

- Sir Victor Blank, the chairman of Trinity Mirror, has revealed he is to resign from the newspaper group, leading to speculation it may sell the Daily Mirror. Blank has opposed pressure from investors to sell Trinity Mirror's national newspaper division and focus on its profitable regional arm. - Brand Republic, 23 January

- Terry Smith, head of Collins Stewart Tullet, could spearhead a buyout of the Financial Times if it was put up for sale. Pearson is reportedly under mounting pressure from the City to sell the paper and other assets. - The Observer, 22 January

- David Montgomery's Mecom has been sidelined in the £1.2bn auction to buy the Daily Mail and General Trust regional newspaper arm, leaving a field of six as the battle hots up. - The Times, 19 January

- James Murdoch challenged the assumption that Freeview may threaten BSkyB, saying the terrestrial service was too limited to satisfy most consumers in the television market. - Financial Times, 19 January

- British TV broadcaster Arqiva is rallying mobile phone operators to pressurise Ofcom into releasing crucial spectrum bands needed to provide a nationwide mobile television service. The bands are not currently due until the analogue TV spectrum is switched off in 2012. - The Guardian, 18 January

- Production companies and C4 are "far apart" in negotiations over new media broadcasting rights, according to the maker of Wife Swap and Rock School. David Frank said that agreement could still be reached in Ofcom's two-month deadline. - The Guardian, 20 January

- Culture secretary Tessa Jowell warned a media conference in Oxford that the proposed overhaul of European broadcasting regulations could stifle development of new media such as internet, television and mobile phones. - Financial Times, 19 January.

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