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Aug 31, 2016

The Guardian | UK | Media | Media Briefing on August 31, 2016: Apple v EU, Jeremy Paxman, Rav Wilding

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The European Union may not be particularly popular with the bulk of the British press, but the last week has shown that the EU is one of the few organisations prepared to take on another favourite hate figure for much of the media – Silicon Valley.

On Wednesday, Apple was told by the European Commission to pay €13bn in taxes it is claimed it owes to Ireland. The move has little direct impact on media companies, yet it shows a willingness to act that isn’t found elsewhere. It also comes just days after reports of proposals from the EU to give news organisations the right to charge search engines such as Google for posting snippets of articles. The EU is also the source of the UK’s net neutrality rules which, going by updated rules issued on Wednesday, may be the only thing currently standing between them and attempts by mobile network Three to block all ads across its network.
Those media organisations that were so hostile to the EU in the run-up to Brexit may end up missing its role in balancing out the power found on the other side of the Atlantic.

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Ex Crimewatch presenter Rav Wilding is suing the production company behind Splash!, saying an injury he suffered while training for the diving show has derailed his career.
Ex Crimewatch presenter Rav Wilding is suing the production company behind Splash!, saying an injury he suffered while training for the diving show has derailed his career. Photograph: Irwin Mitchell/PA
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Real Madrid’s victory in the Champions League final helped drive up live viewing on YouTube Photograph: Stefano Rellandini/Reuters
Taking the tube: Live viewing is rising rapidly on YouTube with 2 million tuning in for the Champions League final, says the Financial Times (£)
Ads for all: Twitter is opening its video ad programme up to all US users, according to Variety
New works: Rufus Olins, boss of newspaper marketing body Newsworks, is stepping down, reports Campaign

And finally...

The BBC’s landmark sitcom revival series hasn’t done too badly in terms of ratings, with almost 5m tuning in on However, while the selection of other classics the Guardian has compiled a list of those bygone shows that definitely shouldn’t get a second airing.