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Sky and BT agree new £4.46bn Premier League deal

Sky and BT agree new £4.46bn Premier League deal

Business
Sky Sports and BT have agreed to pay £4.464bn to show 160 Premier League games a season from 2019/20 until 2021/22.The broadcasters are splashing out less than last time, when they paid a total of £5.136bn for 168 games.Sky, the owner of Sky News, will pay £3.6bn to show 128 matches per season, two more than under the last deal, while BT will screen 32 games, down from 42 in the previous arrangement - paying £885m.Under the latest expanded deal, which in total offers 200 games for broadcast, there are still two packages of 20 fixtures a season each on the table - and "interest from multiple bidders", according to the Premier League.On average, the price per game under the newly agreed deal is about £9.3m - less than the average £10.2m last time, though each of the seven "packages" of right
Michy Batshuayi: Borussia Dortmund agree loan deal for Chelsea striker

Michy Batshuayi: Borussia Dortmund agree loan deal for Chelsea striker

Sports
Borussia Dortmund have agreed a deal to sign Chelsea forward Michy Batshuayi on loan for the rest of the season, subject to a medical.The deal could hasten Arsenal's signing of striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who Dortmund have said they will only sell if a replacement is found.Chelsea could sign Olivier Giroud from the Gunners as a replacement for Batshuayi to complete a three-way deal.The German transfer window closes at 17:00 GMT on Wednesday.Transfer deadline day live - latest news on rumours and completed dealsIs Batshuayi the first link in the Aubameyang merry-go-round?Check out all of January's confirmed transfersBelgium international Batshuayi has made 32 league appearances for Chelsea since joining the club from Marseille in July 2016, scoring seven goals.Blues manager Antonio C...
Some BBC male presenters agree pay cut

Some BBC male presenters agree pay cut

Entertainment
Some of the BBC's leading male presenters have agreed to take a pay cut after revelations over equal pay. Nicky Campbell is among several people who have all agreed, either formally or in principle, to reduce their salaries.Jeremy Vine, John Humphrys and Huw Edwards have also agreed to pay cuts, either formally or in principle, BBC media editor Amol Rajan said.And the corporation is believed to be in discussions with North America editor Jon Sopel.It follows Carrie Gracie's resignation from her post as BBC China editor in protest at unequal pay between male and female international editors. An independent audit into equal pay at the BBC will be published next week. The corporation said: "We've already set out a range of action we're taking on fair pay, and we'll have more to say on the iss...
Broadband firms agree automatic compensation

Broadband firms agree automatic compensation

Business
Broadband and landline providers have agreed a new system of automatic compensation when customers suffer poor service, the telecoms regulator has announced.Ofcom said that issues such as slow repairs and missed appointments would result in money back from the company responsible, without it having to be claimed.It calculated the change would bolster levels of redress to customers - including many small businesses - by 900% because compensation was currently only paid in about one in seven cases.The watchdog's plan contains set compensation levels for certain failures. They include £25 for an engineer missing an appointment or failing to give 24 hours' notice of a cancellation, and £5 for each day missed through delays to a new contract.But Ofcom cautioned that it would be at least 15 mont
House and Senate agree: The adoption tax credit stays

House and Senate agree: The adoption tax credit stays

Finance
What's in the GOP proposed tax planBoth the House and Senate agree: The adoption tax credit is off the chopping block. Republican Senators introduced their tax overhaul Thursday afternoon and it preserved the adoption tax credit, according to initial materials from the Senate Finance Committee. Last week, House Republicans introduced its 429-page tax overhaul that included repealing the credit. But Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady offered an amendment on Thursday that would preserve the credit. Related: What's in the Senate Republicans' tax bill Adoption advocates breathed a sigh of relief at the change. Denise Bierly, a family attorney, is set to finalize her daughter's adoption by the end of year. She said the news gave her a sense of justice. "I had this rather guilty f...