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Morning Bulletin: Monarch woe, Axel Springer talks up Britain & Kodi legal challenge

Morning Bulletin: Monarch woe, Axel Springer talks up Britain & Kodi legal challenge

This morning’s digest starts with mounting concerns surrounding the fate of Monarch Airlines, with some fearing it could be grounded by the end of the week. Elsewhere German publishing giant Axel Springer has come out in support of Britain, saying Brexit could boost the country over the medium term. We also take a look at a landmark copyright case concerning the sale of Kiodi software in the UK, which allows people to access subscription content for free.

Campaign kicks things off with confirmation that speculation surrounding the decline of Apple may have been sorely misjudged, with the tech giant retaining its title of UK’s ‘coolest’ brand despite a tepid welcome for the recently launched iPhone 7.

The Times reports that struggling Monarch Airlines is fast running out of time to renew its operating license, or else face closure this week and all the chaos and disruption to holidaymakers that would cause.

A test case concerning the sale of video-streaming set top boxes which can deliver subscription content for free begins today with the opening of a copyright trial involving Middlesbrough trader Brian Thompson, who is accused of ‘facilitating the circumvention’ of copyright by selling the Kodi software.

Retail Week relays a dip in profits at House of Fraser amidst ‘extremely volatile’ trading, with the department store chain warning it expects a ‘subdued’ atmosphere in the lead up to the all-important Christmas sales.

The chief executive of German publishing giant Axel Springer has adopted a contrarian view to most of his countrymen by stating that he believed a British exit from the EU could make the UK stronger within five years.

Business Insider launches a new French edition as of today, a version of the news platform which will naturally enough focus on France as well as French expats throughout Europe and Francophone Africa. Readers in France will be automatically diverted to the site.

Channel Four has come out fighting following a slew of bad news relating its expensive new acquisition, with Love Productions pleading with the BBC to allow it to broadcast a new look Bake Off next year despite contractual obligations which block it.

In other media news the guardian covers a comeback for Martin Bashir, the journalist best known for interviewing Princess Diana and Michael Jackson, after he was named as the BBC’s new religious affairs correspondent.

App marketing company AppLovin has been swallowed up by a Chinese private equity firm after agreeing to a $1.42bn acquisition, extending a trend of Far Eastern investment in Western tech.

Over at Adweek an ‘unlikely alliance’ between big budget French TV export Versailles and car maker Fiat is detailed, with the brand signing up as exclusive auto-partner for the 10 episode run on the Ovation cable network.

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