And in the real world... Channel 4, BBC, Google and more...

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And in the real world... Channel 4, BBC, Google and more...

Luke Johnson, the chairman of Channel 4, has dismissed the possibility of a tie-up with BBC Worldwide, stating that a deal would not be sufficient enough to ensure that the broadcaster secures future funding.
Source: Daily Telegraph

Ben Bradshaw, the culture secretary, has called for the BBC to reduce its licence fee, and abolish its governing body. Bradshaw accused the BBC Trust of being a "regulator and cheerleader" and called for the National Audit Office to investigate the BBC's accounts.
Source: Guardian

American public health experts have demanded a sugar tax on sweetened carbonated drinks and fruit juices in an effort to help combat the global obesity crisis.
Source: Independent

Google has acquired reCaptcha, a company that provides security questions in order to prevent website fraud and spam, as part of a new push to bolster its line of security products.
Source: Financial Times

Next, the UK fashion retailer, has reported that like-for-like sales for the first six months of 2009 fell by only 1.2 per cent, when it had been planning for a drop of almost 7 per cent. The retailer put the pleasing results down to a combination of good weather at the beginning of the summer and an improvement in consumer confidence.
Source: Guardian

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