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Published: Sunday 15 February 2004

In what could be the biggest shake-up in television production in the uk since the creation of Channel 4 in 1982, the bbc may be forced to buy half its tv programmes from independent producers. According to Peter Bazalgette -- of Endemol, the uk's highest-profile independent producer -- speaking at the Oxford Media Conference on January 13, 2004, such a plan was being seriously considered by broadcasting regulator Ofcom.

us-based Harris Corporation has been awarded a one-year, us $96 million (Rs 435 crore) contract by The Defense Contracting Command-Washington, on behalf of the Coalition Provisional Authority currently governing Iraq. Its task is to turn, according to the company's press release, "an existing but antiquated media network into a modern organization". The Iraqi Media Network program includes equipment, operation, training, and provisioning of programming for national radio and television networks and a national newspaper, with operating locations in Baghdad and more than 30 other locations in the country.

The government of Mauritius is embarking on a plan to become a "cyber island" by 2005. It plans a state-of-the-art "cyber city" on a 60.7 hectare plot outside the capital, Port Louis. The project, funded mainly by us $100 million (Rs 453 crore) credit from India, seeks to "forge triangular cooperation involving India, Mauritius and Africa, to develop synergy and facilitate Africa's march towards an e-economy".

The Indian Statistical Service Association has created its own website,, to allow members quick access to the latest developments relating to statistics and similar issues, and also to place these in the public domain.

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