UK

Hacking ‘Endemic’ at News International

Police have uncovered new evidence showing a wider extent of phone hacking in British newspapers. Lord Justice Leveson's inquiry into media practices and ethics revealed on Monday that “at least” 28 News of the World journalists were involved in phone tapping.

Marc Jacobs Ad Banned for ‘Child Sexualization’

A Marc Jacobs perfume advert featuring the 17-year-old actress Dakota Fanning has been banned after complaints that the image "sexualized a child."

Netflix Signs MGM Streaming Deal

Netflix has signed a licensing deal with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, giving the online video company exclusive rights to stream MGM movies in the U.K. and Ireland.

U.K. Agrees First Product Placement for Prime-Time TV

U.K. soap opera Coronation Street will be the first prime-time show on British TV to feature product placement. ITV’s deal with Nationwide Building Society means that the soap will feature a branded ATM in the street’s fictional corner shop from next month.

U.K. Supermarket Ad Banned for Targeting Kids

Britain’s advertising watchdog has hit out at supermarket chain Morrisons for encouraging children to pester their parents to shop at the store.

Britain Bans Duke Nukem Ad From Prime-time TV

The U.K.’s advertising regulator has banned an advert for computer game Duke Nukem Forever until after 11 p.m.

ITV Buys Channel Television

It’s been a big week of deals for British broadcaster ITV. It is to buy the Channel Islands’ commercial TV broadcaster, Channel Television, and has secured the rights to broadcast UEFA Europa League soccer games.

U.K. Analog TV Signals to End October 2012

The British government has announced that analog TV broadcasting will officially end on October 24, 2012.

U.K.’s ‘Independent’ Newspaper Introduces Paywall

British newspaper The Independent is to introduce a pay service for non-U.K. readers, The Guardian reports. The Indy is the latest British title to adopt charges for its online service.

News International to Sell U.K. HQ

Rupert Murdoch’s News International is selling its headquarters in Wapping, East London, where the company has been based for the last 25 years. Staff from The Sun, The Times, and The Sunday Times will relocate to the nearby Thomas More Square.