Mark Sweney, The Guardian

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Recent articles by Mark:

As ITVX banks on World Cup gold, is channel too late to streaming party?

Advantage of being late mover may mean ITV avoids lessons gleaned from fall of big US streaming companies → Read More

Royal Mail brings forward last posting dates for Christmas

Service faces six days of strikes this month, as Ofcom says it should stop blaming pandemic for delays → Read More

John Lewis agrees £500m deal with Abrdn to build 1,000 rental homes

Waitrose shops in Bromley and West Ealing will be redeveloped, and vacant warehouse in Reading → Read More

BrewDog loses its ethical B Corp certificate

Status lost after BBC film and open letter from workers alleging ‘culture of fear’ at self-styled ‘punk brewery’ → Read More

Telecoms firms investigated for failing to warn UK customers of price rises

Ofcom inquiry follows complaints over lack of information on annual mid-contract price rises → Read More

The man to thank for Qatar World cup betting ad crackdown: ASA chief Guy Parker

Under its longtime boss, the Advertising Standards Authority is now baring its teeth at greedy influencers, unscrupulous crypto firms and anyone making spurious eco claims → Read More

Alibaba founder Jack Ma hiding out in Tokyo, reports say

Billionaire rarely seen in public since criticising attitude of China’s regulators towards tech firms in 2020 → Read More

UK music streaming services not making excessive profits, says watchdog

CMA’s findings will disappoint many artists who have struggled to make a meaningful income from streaming → Read More

BT awards tens of thousands of staff £1,500 as strikes end

Union will urge workers to accept award, which will benefit 85% of UK staff, to end protracted dispute → Read More

BT asks ministers to help pay for low-cost broadband for poorest customers

Critics say telecoms firms such as BT – which made £1.9bn profit last year – can afford to keep customers on benefits connected → Read More

Amazon warehouse workers stage Black Friday strikes and protests around world

On one of firm’s biggest shopping days of year, employees demand better wages and conditions → Read More

UK’s digital services tax reaps almost £360m from US tech giants in first year

Figure raised exceeds what most of the digital businesses have been paying in UK corporation tax → Read More

Bob Iger: Disney’s Mr Fixit returns as it faces big challenges

Chief executive brought in Marvel, Star Wars and Fox – but he may now face job losses and cost cuts → Read More

Former Disney CEO Bob Iger reappointed to role in surprise decision

Move described as ‘probably the most significant piece of corporate upheaval since Steve Jobs went back to Apple’ → Read More

Two-thirds of UK’s biggest advertisers to cut television spend

Traditional TV shunned in favour of digital media and last-minute promotional campaigns → Read More

Retail sales in Great Britain below pre-pandemic levels as shoppers cut back

Drop of 2.4% in three months to October is worst quarterly performance since March 2021 → Read More

Burberry shoppers snap up goods in Paris and Milan, not London

Brand says decision to stop tourists reclaiming VAT has hurt UK reputation as luxury shopping destination → Read More

Major investor calls on Google owner to ‘aggressively’ cut staff and pay

Hedge fund owned by Christopher Hohn urges Alphabet to emulate cost-cutting measures of Silicon Valley rivals → Read More

Murdoch tells Trump he will not back fresh White House bid – report

Media mogul turns to ‘DeFuture’ Ron DeSantis after ex-president’s poor showing in midterm elections → Read More

Vodafone warns of UK price rises and job cuts as inflation bites

Company’s 18 million UK mobile customers face 14% rise in mid-contract increases next spring → Read More