Sky and BT win Premier League TV rights

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Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Sky will pay £9.3m per game, whereas in 2015 it paid about £11m per game Sky and BT Sport have agreed to pay £4.464bn to broadcast Premier League football games for three seasons from 2019-20. Five of seven live packages have been awarded, with bidding for the remaining two [...]

Stagecoach East Coast deal to be probed by MPs

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Image copyright Getty Images The decision to end the East Coast Mainline rail franchise early is to come under scrutiny from MPs. The Department for Transport has said Stagecoach and Virgin will withdraw from running the service within months after running into difficulties. Now the House of Commons transport committee has announced that it will [...]

Barclays Bank charged over Qatar loans

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Image copyright LEON NEAL The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) has charged Barclays Bank PLC with “unlawful financial assistance” related to billions of pounds raised from Qatar in 2008. The same charges were bought against Barclays PLC in June last year. The move to charge Barclays Bank as well is significant because it holds the banking [...]

Insurers ‘risk breaking racism laws’

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Image caption Former Chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, Trevor Phillips Insurers risk being found guilty of “racial discrimination,” a leading equality campaigner has claimed, following a BBC investigation. The Former Chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, Trevor Phillips, has reacted strongly to research by BBC Radio 4′s You and Yours, [...]

Eurostar launches London-Amsterdam route

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Channel Tunnel train operator Eurostar is launching direct services between London and Amsterdam. Trains will run twice daily from 4 April, with the journey from St Pancras to Amsterdam taking three hours and 41 minutes. But for an initial period, the Eurostar service will only run direct one-way, from London to the Dutch city. Passengers [...]

UK trade deficit widens in December

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Image copyright Reuters A rise in oil prices and higher imports contributed to a widening of the UK’s trade deficit in December. The gap between exports and imports rose to £13.6bn, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said, which was higher than analysts’ forecasts. Separate ONS data showed industrial output experienced its biggest fall since [...]