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WPP tops boom in M&A activity

The network did a dozen deals last quarter out of 246 transactions between April and June

 Pearson sells FT to Japan's media giant Nikkei for $1.3 billion.

Pearson sells FT to Japan's media giant Nikkei for $1.3B

The venerable financial publisher has offset declining print sales with strong subscriptions

Pearson sells FT to Japan's media giant Nikkei for £844

Pearson sells FT to Japan's media giant Nikkei for £844m

Pearson has confirmed it is selling the Financial Times Group to Japan's media company Nikkei for £844 million in cash.

Chris Healy: commercial director, Shortlist Media

Shortlist Media appoints Chris Healy as commercial director

Shortlist Media has promoted Chris Healy to the role of group commercial director.

Pearson named managing director at MG OMD

Manning Gottlieb OMD has promoted Tim Pearson, an executive director, to managing director as part of a group restructure.

Mel Scott becomes first chief revenue officer at Mail Brands

Mel Scott becomes first chief revenue officer at Mail Brands

DMG Media has appointed MailOnline's Mel Scott as its first chief revenue officer of Mail Brands, a newly consolidated commercial operation that unites sales at the Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday with MailOnline.

Cage match: MediaCom and PHD battle for $1.6 billion GSK media business

GlaxoSmithKline's review comes on the heels of a joint venture with Novartis

MediaCom and PHD battle for £1bn GSK media account

MediaCom and PHD battle for £1bn GSK media business

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), the multinational pharmaceutical company, is reviewing its estimated £1 billion global media business, pitting UK incumbent MediaCom against its US lead agency PHD.

(Art by Sadie Rothenberg)

Facebook to launch own music-streaming service

The social media giant would enter an industry in which this year's digital revenues are expected to match those from physical formats

Eye Airports: Primesight has emerged as the preferred bidder

Primesight circles Eye Airports in £3m deal

Primesight has emerged as the preferred bidder for regional media specialist Eye Airports, which has outdoor contracts for London Gatwick and Manchester airports, in a deal estimated at £3 million.

Facebook testing revenue split with video contributors

Under the plan, 55% of revenues will be shared among contributors based on time spent on each video

Facebook: confirmed plans to offer video contributors a share of ad revenues

Facebook confirms 'monetisation test' for media contributors

Facebook has confirmed plans to offer video contributors a share of advertising revenues generated around posts, in a move that will increase competition with Google's YouTube.

Martin Gee: joins Haymarket from Channel 4

Haymarket appoints Martin Gee as group's first CTO

Haymarket Media Group has appointed Channel 4's Martin Gee to its management team as chief technology officer.

Paul Frampton: CEO, Havas Media

Havas Media wins Ubisoft's £16m media business

Havas Media has won the £16 million media planning and buying business for interactive entertainment firm Ubisoft, previously handled by Maxus.

London Evening Standard: posts a trading profit of £1.4 million

London Evening Standard reports £1.4m trading profit

The London Evening Standard, the capital's free evening news brand, has posted its third consecutive year of profit, to £1.4 million, greeted by its chief executive as "something to be celebrated".

i: "a natural home for mischief and great writing" says Amol Rajan, editor of The Independent

The Independent halves annual losses to £4.6m

The Independent has halved its trading loss in its last financial year, attributed to increased revenues generated by its digital operation and offshoot i, and cost-savings in production.

Sorrell on mega-media reviews: 'We can't remember anything like this'

WPP's CEO contemplates the scope of churn among brands

Launching DailyMailTV: (from left) Pennington, Clarke, Dr Phil McGraw, Jay McGraw

Dr Phil launches DailyMailTV as a global 'game-changer'

The Daily Mail is expanding its brand into mainstream broadcasting with DailyMailTV, a daily TV series produced by Dr Phil McGraw and Jay McGraw's Stage 29 Productions.

Martin Sorrell: WPP's chief executive

Martin Sorrell on the mega-media reviews: 'We can't remember anything like this'

The speed at which the media landscape is evolving, and the continued focus on marketing costs and return on investment is behind the unprecedented number of global media reviews, according to Martin Sorrell, WPP's chief executive.

Why media cannot afford to stand still

The Media Lions will showcase the wide remits of agencies today but the industry must not rest on its laurels. Four industry chiefs talk to Arif Durrani

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