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A seminar and debate entitled Online’s Evolution is to take place in the newsroom of The Guardian in London on Wednesday March 8.
The MediaTel event will ben chaired by the BBC’s media correspondent Torin Douglas, with the panel including media commentator Ray Snoddy, i-level founder Andrew Walmsley, and AOL senior vice-president Andy Jonesco. Topics under discussion include ad revenue share, broadband and audience research.

Google’s director of strategic partner development Rabin Yaghoubiat has met the Newspaper Society to outline the relevance of Google’s business strategy to the newspaper business. He addressed a meeting of the Newspaper Society’s Council, which meets four times a year.

The Association of Online Publishers is teaming up with the Online Publishers Association US to present OPA London 06: Forum for the Future from March 1.
The event will cover content creation, the outlook for advertising and marketing and many more of the issues and challenges facing online media businesses.

A charity that helps recovering drug addicts and their families has been given a financial boost from the Leigh Reporter.
Parent company Johnston Press has donated £250 to the Wigan and Leigh Alcohol and Drugs Service, to help clients cope better in social situations.

Media Society members and their guests are being invited along to the BT Tower in London for spring drinks hosted by BT chairman Sir Christopher Bland.
The ticket-only event is on April 20, and more information is available from