How many of Britain's national newspapers are for sale?

Trinity Mirror is in advanced talks to buy the Express titles, Star titles and magazines such as New!, OK! and Star Image copyright ENB/BBC
Image caption Trinity Mirror is in advanced talks to buy the Express titles, Star titles and magazines such as New!, OK! and Star

Fleet Street, as romantics still call it, is facing massive consolidation - and today's news is the first big sign of things to come.

I revealed this morning that regional publisher Trinity Mirror is in advanced talks to take full ownership of Richard Desmond's publishing assets at Northern & Shell. This is an attempt by Trinity to use its cash reserves to buy time in the forever shrinking world of print journalism.

Consolidation usually takes place in markets that are over-supplied, where business models are structurally endangered, and cost savings from combining operations have the potential to be enormous.

Britain's newspapers satisfy all those conditions.

For a reading population of the size that exists in Britain, there are several national newspapers. Compare it to America for instance, where - ultimately - there are only three truly national titles (The Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and New York Times) for a much bigger population.

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Facebook Watch and the reinvention of TV

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Image caption Founder and CEO of Facebook Mark Zuckerberg: transferring more power to users

Ok, perhaps today is the day that Mark Zuckerberg finally abandons the pretence that Facebook isn't a media company.

It was a year ago that, on a visit to Rome to see the Pope, he said "We are a tech company, not a media company".

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Fox News, Hannity and the meaning of 'collusion'

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Did Fox News collude with the Trump administration to spread a malicious lie?

That is the explosive allegation behind a lawsuit filed by Rod Wheeler, a former Fox contributor and police investigator.

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Should other papers follow The Independent's digital lead?

Amol Rajan was editor of The Independent from 2013-2016

Throughout its 30-plus years, The Independent has had a reasonable claim to be among the most innovative news publishers anywhere.

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Is the Independent still independent?

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Image caption The Independent newspaper closed in 2016 and is now online only

Who is Sultan Muhammad Abuljadayel, the man who has just bought a 30% stake in the Independent online newspaper?

He is a rich man who wants to be richer, in short; and a Saudi investor seeking influence.

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What will the industry make of star pay?

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If you ask experienced people in the world of broadcasting what they think of these salary disclosures, three clear and consistent points are apparent.

First, the BBC pays below - and sometimes much below - market rates, both at management level and in terms of top broadcasting talent.

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Are the Murdochs too powerful?

When I said hello to Rupert Murdoch outside the Manhattan headquarters of his media empire last month, he told me he was "not worried at all" about Ofcom.

It turns out his confidence was misplaced, but not for reasons that are simple, or were widely predicted.

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Hateful content: Is the media biased?

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The attack on Muslims at Finsbury Park mosque has prompted a debate about whether the media has inherent biases, and caused a major kerfuffle within Britain's newspapers.

To take just a single example, one person on Twitter said of The Times's front page: "He's white, so let's highlight the fact that he's jobless, a lone wolf and suffered mental health issues."

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Five election lessons for the media

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Media captionThe BBC's media editor Amol Rajan looks at the role played by social media - in shaping the outcome of the 2017 election.

We await better data, of course, but a few days after Theresa May's humiliation at the ballot box it is not too early to say this election was a watershed... for the media.

As many Tories have pointed out, their party increased its share of the vote for the fifth election in a row, something no party has ever done before. What took everyone by surprise was the astonishing surge in support for Jeremy Corbyn's Labour Party.

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Junk news and democracy

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Image caption Researchers are examining the quality of news shared on Twitter

Researchers at Oxford University have found that the quality of news available to British voters on Twitter is superior to that available to Americans ahead of the election of Donald Trump as president.

The Oxford Internet Institute has also discovered that there have been more tweets about Labour than other political parties so far in the campaign.

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