WPP makes hostile takeover bid for TNS, MSNBC and NBC get a boost from presidential election, and Planet Green criticism

TNS shareholders have until August 29 to accept WPP's offer.

TNS shareholders have until August 29 to accept WPP's offer. WPP has made five offers, the last for $2.13 billion, which was rejected by the board in early July. TNS has also ended merger talks with Germany-based GfK, which has asked TNS investors to hold off on making any decisions.

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The presidential campaign is giving MSNBC and CNN a boost in the ratings and has set a record for video views on their Web sites, and The Politico has become “a must-read.” Broadcast stations such as NBC, ABC, and CBS have not fared as well.

Discovery Communications new channel, Planet Green, is criticized for the inconsistency of its healthy living, eco-friendly message.

More woes for the airline industry: Jet Blue announces plans to start charging for pillows.

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