Minister seeks views on RTE digital plans
COMMUNICATIONS Minister Eamon Ryan has launched a public consultation on a range of new channels proposed by RTE as part of the digital TV switchover.
The deadline for submissions is December 10. The digital service will initially include RTE 1, RTE 2, TV3, and TG4. RTE has proposed five more channels be available free to air, including RTE Two HD Select and RTE News Now. Details are available at www.dcenr.gov.ie or by contacting Aoife McQuillan at the department.
Japan's growth up in third quarter ECONOMY
JAPAN'S economy expanded faster than expected between July and September, but much of the growth was due to one-off factors. The country's gross domestic product (GDP) was 0.9pc during the third quarter, up from 0.4pc in April to June. Analysts said the growth was fuelled by sales of green cars before the end of government subsidies, and by smokers buying cigarettes before a tax rise.
Caterpillar expands with Bucyrus deal
CATERPILLAR agreed yesterday to buy Bucyrus International for $7.6bn (€5.6bn) in a bid to expand in mining equipment. Caterpillar is also assuming the company's debt, valuing the deal at $8.6bn. The purchase will help Caterpillar expand its global footprint in the mining equipment industry.