This Week

Emap, WPP, The New York Times, JCDecaux, SMG, Animal Defenders International, Ofcom, NTL, BSkyB, AOL UK, Google

Potential bidders for Emap are apparently having second thoughts amid fears over hidden property costs. Rents on Emap's London sites are coming up for review and one interested party claimed there could be costs of up to £10m over several years - The Guardian, 24 July

Mario Benatti, former manager of WPP in Italy, will have to take his claim for wrongful dismissal to the English court, despite his wishes for an appeal in his home country - Financial Times, 19 July

The New York Times is to shrink the size of its pages by 11% in an effort to counter a steady rise in newsprint prices. The change, which will take effect in 2008, is expected to save the company $12m (£6.5m) per year - Financial Times, 19 July

JCDecaux plans to offer subsidised self-hire bicycle schemes to cities awarding poster advertising contracts following the success of such a service in Lyon, France - Financial Times, 18 July

The board of SMG, owner of Virgin Radio, has clashed with shareholders who want the group to appoint an external candidate as chief executive. Following the resignation last week of Andrew Flanagan, SMG has installed Donald Emslie, head of its TV division, as acting chief executive - Financial Times, 21 July

Animal rights groups are challenging the ban on "political" ads on radio and TV. Animal Defenders International is arguing in the high court this week that the ban breaches the European convention on human rights' position on freedom of expression - The Guardian, 24 July

Ofcom chief executive Stephen Carter, who has stood down earlier than expected, is understood to be keen to return to the private sector. Carter, who was previously head of cable operator NTL, has been linked to several media and telecoms posts - Financial Times, 21 July

Analysts and investors are reported to be cooling on the idea of BSkyB bidding for AOL UK, saying that the satellite broadcaster's planned £400m investment in broadband has made it less necessary and less attractive to buy another internet service provider - Financial Times, 20 July

Google's profits more than doubled in its second quarter. More than 99 per cent of Google's revenues come from advertising and the gross revenues have increased 77% year on year - Financial Times, 21 July.


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