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Takeovers, activists & AI vs the media: The Companies and Markets Show

Mark Robinson leads this week’s discussion, beginning with the chaotic week for takeovers, including all the Anglo-BHP drama and Royal Mail owner International Distribution Services’s (IDS) £3.5bn deal.


It then moves on to activist investors, discussing Dave Baxter’s article on their role in investment trusts over the past 12 months and whether or not this is good for shareholders.


Jemma Slingo takes the hot seat next with her piece on how artificial intelligence will affect the media. From Bloomsbury Publishings’ chief execs view that it’s like the “wild west” to some analysts suggesting it presents new revenue streams, the rise of AI is dividing opinion.


Last but not least, Christopher Akers runs through our result of the week, Pets at Home (PETS), which came through as expected, but a £25mn buyback may give investors reason to wag their tails. Christopher and Mark also touch on the ongoing competition probe and what it means for the industry.


Timestamps

6:08 Activist investors  

12:10 Media sector 

17:37 Pets at Home


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