Planet Media - This week's media news at a glance

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French financier Vincent Bollore, the biggest shareholder in Aegis, is to make a third attempt to get his nominees on to the media group's board. - The Independent, 14 February

Government licence fee adviser Lord Burns is set to recommend to a Commons select committee that commercial broadcasters should compete with the BBC for a share of the licence fee in return for providing public service programming. - The Observer, 18 February

US cable TV company HBO is launching an on-demand service, which will offer shows on Virgin Media, BT Vision and Tiscali TV. The move could threaten Channel 4, which airs HBO shows such as Six Feet Under and The Sopranos. - The Times, 14 February

Virgin Media has attacked BSkyB after Ofcom flagged up concerns about Sky's plans to launch a pay-TV service on digital terrestrial television. - The Daily Telegraph, 17 February

ITV has appointed Sir James Crosby as its senior non-executive director. The former chief executive of global banking group HBOS replaces Sir George Russell. - The Independent, 14 February

Richard Desmond is considering an initial public offering of Portland, his broadcasting business, which operates 25 channels including adult stations Television X and RedHot. - Financial Times, 19 February

GCap Media shares fell 10% after Morgan Stanley took advantage of an eight-month high to sell its 8.3% holding in the radio group. - The Times, 17 February

The US arm of Dennis Publishing is considering selling its magazine assets, including international editions of Maxim. The review, which is being conducted by media investment firm Allen & Company, does not affect The Week or the UK edition of Maxim, which Dennis would publish under licence. - The Independent, 17 February

Business publisher Reed Elsevier is looking for a buyer for its education arm, Harcourt Education, valued at £1.6bn to £2bn. - The Daily Telegraph, 16 February

The Department of Health and the Food Standards Agency will meet this week to agree rules to ban junk-food ads aimed at under-16s from magazines, the internet, outdoor and cinema ads. - The Observer, 18 February

Google could face daily fines of EUR25,000 (£17,000) after losing a court battle with Belgian publishers, who argued that its Google News service infringed the copyright of several newspapers. - The Guardian, 14 February

Linktone, a US-listed Chinese mobile content company, has made an informal offer to acquire troubled UK rival Monstermob for £44m. - The Independent, 16 February

Spending on internet advertising rose 19 per cent year-on-year in 2006, to £235m, according to Thomson Intermedia. - The Times, 14 February

Orange, the mobile phone operator, is developing technology that will turn its handsets into TV remote controls. Customers will be able to programme their video recorders while on the move via a joined-up service that will also transfer pictures and music stored on a PC, or TV channels available at home, to mobile phone screens. - The Sunday Telegraph, 18 January

US advertisers will spend about $400m (£205m) on ads on podcasts by 2011, according to market research firm emarketer. The study forecast that there would be 18 million podcasts, with an audience of 55 million, within four years. - The Daily Telegraph, 19 January.

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