Britain's Most Admired by sector: Media


1 BSkyB 72.3
2 Thomson Reuters 61.4
3 Pearson 59.0
4 WPP Group 55.5
5 Reed Elsevier 55.4

BSkyB scores a mighty 72.3 to top this sector, and jumps three places overall to become Britain's Most Admired Company for the first time. The pay-TV group put up a blistering performance in its latest quarter, with higher than expected demand for HD TV ser-vices. Group revenues rose 10% to £1.4bn, and pre-tax profit from £129m to £180m. The merged Thomson Reuters, moving from third to second, experienced a marked upswing in new subscriptions in Q3, after a weak start. Pearson rose two places, but WPP fell from second to fourth. CEO Sir Martin Sorrell expects recovery in Europe to be slow and is cutting jobs, despite revenues for Q3 being up 16.7%.

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