Lancashire marketing communications consultancy Freshfield has recruited two new executives. Laura Cullen joins Freshfield as PR executive from Altius Group, a specialist brokers in business sale transactions, where she headed up the PR and marketing team.

The founder of Global Radio, formerly GMG Radio, Ashley Tabor says the Competition Commission’s decision to investigate aspects of their deal was "an error". Speaking at the Radio Academy's Radio Festival he said: "It is really dated thinking, really dated. That is why we felt really strongly it is not right, it is an error, that is why we challenged it."

Manchester technology company UKFast has announced a record year in its 2012 annual results. Jones UKFast CEO[/caption]The hosting firm continued its upward curve, reporting EBITDA for 2012 of £7.9 million – an increase of 57% on the 2011 figure. Profit before tax saw a similar trend, increasing 59% to £5.3 million.

A collective of like-minded individuals have come together to challenge the way agencies think about new business. Here co-founder of The Art of New Business Sarah Bradley shares five lessons drawn from research carried out with high-profile companies around the world.

Manchester digital agency, Modern-English has launched a website and mobile apps for The 'Radio Festival 2013'.

The BBC has been criticised for paying some staff 'excessive' allowances for relocating to its Salford offices - and is warned it risks being ‘over dependent’ on Peel Holdings. The House of Commons Public Accounts Committee (PAC) said the scale of some allowances for 850 staff who relocated were 'difficult to justify'.

In the latest reshuffle at Johnston Press, former assistant editor of the The Star in Sheffield, Chris Burton, has been appointed as group editor of South Yorkshire Newspapers.The series of titles includes the Doncaster Free Press, South Yorkshire Times, Epworth Bells and Doncaster Star.

ITV4's behind-the-scenes documentary about Ricky Hatton's unsuccessful comeback as a boxer will air tomorrow night. Produced by Ad Hoc Films, Night Of The Fight: Hatton’s Last Stand is described as a "raw and at times brutal" account of events surrounding his final professional bout in Manchester against Vyacheslav Senchenko.

Digital agency Motionlab has launched a specialist app development division after the recruitment of five members of staff from now defunct app agency Moshen. Motionlab CEO Simon Iredale recently approached the team after Lancaster-based Moshen fell into administration.

Manchester's Piccadilly Radio is to feature in a new two-part BBC Radio 2 documentary looking at the history of the commercial radio sector. The 2 x 60-minute series will also feature stations including LBC, Capital Radio and Big L, as well as contributions from industry pioneers including Marshall Stewart and John Whitney.


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