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On Prolific North News this week, we speak to Martin Boddy and Rob Shaw, the CEOs of Jaywing and Epiphany respectively. They talk to us about the reasons behind Jaywing's recent £18m acquisition of Epiphany, how it came about in the first place, and how they see the future for the new enlarged company.

On Prolific North News this week, we speak to Rob Irvine, editor in chief of the Manchester Evening News. He talks to us about how the MEN is surviving in an increasingly digital world, the decline in football comments on its website, the likelihood of any more editorial staff cutbacks - and whether he thinks the print version will still exist when the paper celebrates its 150th anniversary in 2018.

On Prolific North News this week, we speak to Tom Howard, chief financial officer of Stickyeyes. He talks to us about how Stickyeyes has established itself as the leading digital agency in the North, how it is coping with major updates to Google's algorithm, the plans for its London operation and whether it is going to open an office in Manchester.

The 250-year-old banking brand, Williams & Glyn, is set to reappear on the high street from spring next year. The bank will be the UK's sixth largest but in the North West and Yorkshire – W&G's historic heartland – its market share will be so substantial that it will effectively be vying for market leadership of the corporate sector with its current RBS stable mate, NatWest. Williams & Glyn's headquarters will be in Manchester.

On Prolific North News this week, we speak to Betty Drummond, managing director of Champion Media Group, which this week celebrates its 20th year in business. She talks to us about how she has built Merseyside-based Champion into the North West's largest independent publisher, and why she believes there is still a place for print newspapers in an increasingly digital world.

Prolific North News, in association with Quays TV, is a weekly broadcast interview with a senior media figure from the North who has recently made the Prolific North news pages, as well as a round-up of key stories from the week.

This week, we spoke to controller of BBC Learning Saul Nassé, who has revealed he is to leave the corporation after 23 years to take up the post of chief executive of Cambridge English Language Assessment.

With the dawn of big data upon us, Livelink managing director PK Vaish argues that digital agencies need to change how they package their services - and businesses should review how they buy them.

Coming amid an emerging debate about the potential for devolution of some Westminster powers and departments such as Culture, Media and Sport operating outside of London, this independent inquiry starts with an open hearing at Manchester town hall.

For so long the champions of everyday low pricing (EDLP), this Christmas the big four supermarkets have been shown a clean of pair of heels as the discounters of Aldi and Lidl have stolen significant market share, writes Tim Downs, Director at Aberfield Communications in Leeds.

At best the experts are predicting that Asda will have held their own and at worst, as with Tesco and Morrisons, will have seen a significant drop – 2.6 per cent and 5.6 per cent in year-on-year sales for the six week Christmas period.

Liverpool Echo editor Ali Machray is confident that now is the right time to invest in print journalism as he prepares to launch the first weekly Sunday edition in the newspaper's 135-year history. Last week, the paper surprised the industry by announcing it would become a seven-day operation from this Sunday, with journalists from the recently closed Liverpool Post helping to cover the extra resource.

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