BSkyB – James Murdoch’s master plan comes closer to fruition
Today's announcement that BSkyB has made a £4.9bn bid to buy Sky Deutschland and Sky Italia from 21st Century Fox is, on the surface, a straightforward play by a British pay-tv business to become a European giant.
Jeremy Darroch, BSkyB's chief executive, wants to run a business whose interests do not stop at the Channel. The deal would open up the German, Austrian and Italian pay-tv markets which are not as well developed as the UK's.
As BSkyB reaches 11.5 million customers in Britain and Ireland, the room for endless subscription growth is slowing.
New products such as Sky Store (a download DVD service) and Now (the availability of Sky services without a long term subscription) do provide some opportunities for growth.
But they are probably not game changers.
Centrica closes in on new chief executive
Next week will be dominated by news of energy giants. Both BP and Centrica will update the market on their latest performance.
For BP, much of the focus will be on Ukraine and what affect any new sanctions may have on relations with the Russian energy business, Rosneft.
Philip Clarke tells BBC of 'enormous relief' as he quits Tesco
Tesco is Britain's biggest and most profitable retailer. To be its chief executive is to be in a job about which everyone has an opinion.
Messy aisles. Missing products. Unhelpful staff. "Sort it out" would come the cry from millions of customers.
Is this the death knell for free high street banking?
The Competition and Markets Authority's (CMA) decision to launch an inquiry into the UK's banks may finally get us to the answer - does the present structure work for customers and businesses?
Lots of people already say no, and as the CMA points out levels of satisfaction in the sector are below 60%.
GlaxoSmithKline’s fresh Chinese problems
Banks gearing up for full-scale competition inquiry
Poor old banks. Just as they were looking forward to the summer holiday, along comes a new threat to their business.
The Competition and Markets Authority, the markets watchdog, has just confirmed it will be announcing the conclusions of its study into banking competition on Friday morning.
Cuddly puppets axed as Wonga attempts big clean-up
After its regular appearances as the whipping boy for all that is bad in payday lending, Wonga is attempting to offer a new face to customers - and its critics.
Andy Haste, the former chief executive of the insurance giant, RSA (owner of More Than), is to become chairman of the company and his first job will be to announce a review of how the business operates.
Fear of failure stalked the Royal Mail sale
Last month the analyst and former Goldman Sachs employee, Louise Cooper, made a speech entitled the City is from Mars and politicians are from Venus.
With a nod to John Gray's best-selling tome dealing with men and women, Ms Cooper argued that the worlds of finance and Westminster were unlikely ever to be comfortable bed-fellows.
Sainsbury’s rejects new moves to relax Sunday trading laws
He insists he won't be choking back the tears. Today, Justin King says farewell to Sainsbury's after a decade as chief executive.
All the traditional retailers have suffered in that time as discounters have vacuumed up price hungry shoppers.