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

Bertelsmann, Aegis, Disney, ITV, Independent News & Media, City AM, Blinkx, NetPlayTV, Apple

German media group Bertelsmann, owner of Five parent RTL Group, has earmarked EUR5bn (£3.9bn) for acquisitions by 2013. Its immediate focus is on boosting profits and reducing debt. - Financial Times, 19 March

Aegis chief executive Robert Lerwill said he was untroubled by persistent talk that Havas would make a bid for the company, as the group posted a 17.6% increase in 2007 pre-tax profits to £133.5m. - Financial Times, 20 March

Disney has commissioned a new pre-school series from the UK, called Jungle Junction, as it steps up its local television production and distribution efforts in Europe. - Financial Times, 24 March

ITV is understood to be launching a late-night live bingo show on weekdays between midnight and 6am. Viewers would download cards from the internet and use them to play games screened during the show. - Sunday Express, 23 March

Irish telecoms billionaire Denis O'Brien has raised his stake in Independent News & Media from 20.16% to 21.17%. O'Brien's presence on the share register is an unwelcome one for Sir Tony O'Reilly, who controls Independent News & Media. O'Brien believes the loss-making Independent titles should be sold off, a view not shared by O'Reilly. - The Guardian, 21 March

Scotland Yard detectives have been drawn into the search for the missing millionaire executive of UK free business paper City AM, who, has disappeared from his holiday home in Latvia. Leonid Rozhetskin, 41, a co-founder and major shareholder of the free newspaper, has not been seen for a week. - The Independent on Sunday, 23 March

Video search engine Blinkx is in talks with the BBC about a deal to supply it with technology for the corporation's iPlayer, which allows viewers to download programmes over the internet. The BBC wants the company to provide it with a search facility that will enable users of the service to find programmes quickly and easily. - The Observer, 23 March

The gaming company NetPlayTV has snapped up online bingo operator for £6.25m. operates in the UK, Spain, Italy and Poland, and has more than one million registered users. - The Independent, 18 March

Apple is in discussions with the big music companies about a radical new business model that would give customers unlimited access to its entire iTunes music library in exchange for paying a premium for its iPod and iPhone devices. - Financial Times, 19 March.

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