"The Great British Bake Off" and "Strictly Come Dancing' have helped the BBC dominate 2016's TV ratings, with 31 of the top 40 programmes so far this year showing on BBC1. Bake Off episodes occupied all but one of the top 11 slots once catchup viewing was included, with the final attracting an audience of almost 16 million, making it the most watched programme of the year.
Coca-Cola Life sales dropped by more than 50% in 2016, two years since Coca-Cola's "One Brand" strategy was launched in the UK. Figures by Nielsen show UK Coca-Cola Life value sales for 2016 are down 57.4% on the same period last year. In comparison, total UK Coca-Cola sales were down 4.8% on last year at GBP496.4m. Diet Coke saw sales fall by 3.1%.
The government has said GBP440m has been found, so about 600,000 more premises can gain access to super-fast broadband. The cash comes from "efficiency savings" and money returned by BT as part of the government's flagship broadband rollout scheme.
The European Court of Justice has ruled against the UK government following a legal challenge over data retention. EU judges said communications data could only be retained if it was used to fight serious crime. The legal challenge was initially championed by Brexit Secretary David Davis, who was then a backbench Conservative MP.
Facebook has been charged with misleading EU regulators over its $19bn (GBP15.4bn) takeover of WhatsApp, an accusation that could land the company with a multimillion-dollar fine. The European Commission said Facebook's recent move to combine WhatsApp data with the social network breached assurances it had made when the deal was approved in 2014.
Thomas Cook is shifting money into online video and addressable TV advertising for a new campaign, "You Want, We Do," which details how it can tailor holidays to suit individual customers. The travel company is making greater use of Facebook video, YouTube and addressable TV ads through Sky's AdSmart platform and marrying that with customer relationship management (CRM) data.
Retailers have reported the sharpest rise in retail sales volumes since September last year as Black Friday discount sales and Christmas shopping bring a positive end to the year for Britain's high street. Despite rising inflation and increased economic uncertainty, the CBI survey found that a balance of 35% reported a year-on-year increase in retail sales volumes in December.
Stephen Vowles, marketing director at Argos, has left the retailer following its acquisition by Sainsbury's, Argos has confirmed. Argos said that Vowles had "stepped down from his role to pursue his career outside of Sainsbury's Argos." The company added that it was looking for his replacement, but did not indicate what impact the merger of the businesses would have on Argos.
Twitter's Chief Technology Officer Adam Messinger is leaving just a month after Chief Operating Officer Adam Bain announced he was leaving. Messinger joined Twitter in 2011 and became CTO in 2013. Along with Bain, who joined Twitter in 2010, Messinger was one of the two longest serving members of the company's senior executive group.
Thinkbox is launching its "biggest ever" TV campaign in order to cut through to advertisers and convince brands to keep investing in the medium. The campaign will hit the airwaves on Boxing Day, and sees aliens "disrupt" three popular TV ads to broadcast an otherworldly message to the British public.