Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Google Boss Quits Telegraph Board

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Google Boss Quits Telegraph Board

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Byline: BY GIDEON SPANIER

GOOGLE'S UK boss Dan Cobley has unexpectedly quit the board of Telegraph Media Group, months after he joined in January, a filing to Companies House shows. Cobley's decision to become a Telegraph nonexecutive director was surprising given the wider newspaper industry's uneasy relationship with the internet giant. Google has been criticised by some UK papers in recent months over issues such as privacy, copyright and tax avoidance, so it is thought that Cobley felt it was wise to let go of his Telegraph role. Google, which generates [pounds sterling]3 billion a year in Britain and reported a 23% surge in quarterly UK revenues last week, did not comment.

?BOARDROOM appointments do matter: Rupert Murdoch, who says the decision to split News Corporation into separate entertainment and publishing companies doesn't presage a sell-off of his papers, quietly quit the boards of UK subsidiaries including News International and Times Newspaper Holdings last week. James Murdoch also used to be a director of those companies. When he first quit the operating boards of The Times and the Sun last year, the parent company insisted it didn't mean he was going to leave NI. But he did --within months.

?THE Olympics aren't just an excuse for a jolly. The Games are also about networking, with the Government's British Business Embassy at Lancaster House hosting a "creative services" global summit next Monday. Speakers include Apple design guru Sir Jonathan Ive, WPP chief Sir Martin Sorrell and Burberry chief creative officer Christopher Bailey. Advertising is a major theme, with Bartle Bogle Hegarty creative boss Sir John Hegarty, M&C Saatchi's Moray MacLennan and other agency bosses from Interbrand, Karmarama and JWT are also speaking. Proof that the UK ad industry, which often undersells itself, has finally got its message across to the Government about how important it is.

?THE race is on among media firms to beat the Olympics, by reporting financial results and news to the City early. …

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