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Kelvin MacKenzie, the former editor of The Sun who burnt his fingers trying to save Highbury House from debt, has resurfaced as non-executive chairman of marketing services company Media Square. Financial Times, 26 January

Publicis chief executive Maurice Levy has hinted that the network is still looking to acquire the Aegis Group, the rival London-based international media network, stating that although Aegis may not be a "cheap date", "the flame is never off" in his pursuit of the group. The Times, 30 January

DTT platform Freeview has broken through the 10 million box barrier after a bumper Christmas. One million set-top boxes were sold in December alone, many bought by people using them as second boxes to other services such as Sky. The Daily Telegraph, 26 January

BSkyB will have to attract 800,000 new customers this year just to maintain subscriber levels. The company will unveil its six-monthly results (to the end of December) tomorrow (Wednesday), having achieved more than eight million subscribers. But at an 11.7% cancellation rate, it will only be standing still unless it exceeds the 800,000 figure, analysts warn. The Mail on Sunday, 29 January

GCap Media is understood to be close to finalising its shortlist for the sale of nine of its local radio stations, including Coast FM in North Wales and Gemini FM in the south west. UTV Radio and The Local Radio Group are understood to have made the shortlist. Financial Times, 27 January

Former O2 Chairman David Arculus has emerged as a possible chairman for Trinity Mirror. Arculus is believed to be on a shortlist of four drawn up by Whitehead Mann, the headhunter. The Observer, 29 January

Sales of some of Future's most popular magazines, such as PC Zone, slumped by more than a fifth in the second half of last year, according to estimates. This is expected to be confirmed in the next ABC audit, which come out in February. The Independent on Sunday, 29 January

Google admitted that its new Google Video Store had suffered from poor design which made it difficult to access popular TV shows like CSI. The Observer, 29 January

The internet giant is also to lead opposition to new proposals from the European Commission to regulate online content. The company objects to the commission's proposals to extend regulations in the Television Without Frontiers directive to cover video content shown on the internet. The Sunday Times, 29 January.

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