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The Media Show - Dido Harding on YouView

Dido Harding, CEO of TalkTalk, on YouView; Andrew Mullins, MD of the Lebedev UK newspapers on winning a big new local TV licence; the US company paying £15bn for Virgin Media.

In today's programme with Steve Hewlett:

The former BBC DG Mark Thompson said the arrival of YouView would bring an intense "battle for the living room". Just a few months after its delayed launch, though, how big an impact is it really making? Steve talks to Rory Cellan-Jones, the BBC's technology correspondent, about the early sales and then to Dido Harding, CEO of TalkTalk, one of the main providers of YouView along with BT.

The biggest local TV contract was awarded this week, for London. The winning bid was from the people behind The Independent and the London Evening Standard, owned by Alexander Lebedev. Andrew Mullins is the MD of the group and he tells Steve how their plans will succeed when previous local TV schemes have failed.

Plus Juliette Garside, the Guardian's telecoms correspondent, gives her views on Liberty Global's agreement to buy Virgin Media for around £15 billion. Why is John Malone, the billionaire behind the cable group, doing the deal now and what will this mean for rivals and consumers?

The producer is Simon Tillotson.

  • Broadcast on BBC Radio 4, 4:30PM Wed, 6 Feb 2013
  • Available until 12:00AM Thu, 1 Jan 2099
  • First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 4:30PM Wed, 6 Feb 2013
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  • Duration 30 minutes

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