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Tuesday newspaper round-up: Nuclear reactors, ITV, Metro Bank

Tue, 13th Feb 2024 07:18

(Sharecast News) - MPs have warned that a planned fleet of small nuclear reactors are unlikely to contribute to hitting a key target in decarbonising Britain's electricity generation, as the government opened talks to buy a site in Wales for a new power station. The Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) said that ministers' approach to developing factory-built nuclear power plants "lacks clarity" and their role in hitting a goal of moving the grid to clean energy by 2035 was unclear. - Guardian

The former Post Office boss Paula Vennells gave Fujitsu a bonus contract in 2013 to take over an archive of branch data, despite warnings such a move would destroy evidence that might clear operators, whistleblowers have said. Transaction information was "replatformed" on cost grounds from a "gold standard" external storage system known as Centera to one owned by the Japanese software company running the Post Office's Horizon IT network. - Guardian

A Mayfair fund has taken a £120m stake in ITV as the broadcaster grapples with a deep advertising downturn and slump in its market value. Silchester International Investors has become one of ITV's largest shareholders after snapping up a 5pc stake in the business. The media-shy fund, which has also built a £500m stake in advertising giant WPP, states that its investment philosophy is to identify fairly valued businesses "capable of increasing earnings, assets and dividends by their own efforts". - Telegraph

A crisis that almost brought down Metro Bank in the autumn has derailed its plan to open branches and create jobs in the north of England in return for a £70 million grant. Metro had pledged to take on 300 staff to serve 15 new high street sites by the end of next year as part of commitments made to secure money from a £775 million pot. The funding was meant to increase competition and services in business banking. - The Times

Staff at RSM and Quantuma are alleged to have wrongfully received tip-offs about potential work from government insolvency staff in a scandal that is being examined by regulators and that has led to the dismissals of least four people. Employees of the accountancy and restructuring firms allegedly received "case data" from staff at the Official Receiver, part of the government's Insolvency Service. - The Times

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