UBM: another new strategy

Is UBM’s strategy the real deal or not?

UBM was founded (as United Newspapers) almost 100 years ago by the then UK Prime Minister David Lloyd George in order to acquire the long-gone Daily Chronicle, which had been highly ... Continue Reading →
A brash newcomer in 1968

Start spreading the news: ‘New York’ fights back

New York is the home of many of the world’s largest magazine publishers and also of some of the best-known “local” magazines. The 90-year-old New Yorker is a magazine ... Continue Reading →
Magazines on the rack

6 ways for magazines to build their future

Almost 300 years ago, a posh Brit called Edward Cave published the world’s first magazine. Last week, 400 metres from the London birthplace of The Gentleman’s Magazine, ... Continue Reading →
Anderson: global multimedia collosus

Heroes & Villains: TED, Future and NY Daily News

Hero Chris Anderson: He is the former magazine publisher, journalist and internet entrepreneur who is the ‘curator’ of TED, responsible for the eponymous conference which ... Continue Reading →
Sky became world's most profitable TV group

Nightmare ahead for Murdoch’s Sky TV?

The UK goes to the polls on Thursday (May 7) with Rupert Murdoch’s terrier tabloid The Sun having done its best to ensure it is on the winning side – like it has been since ... Continue Reading →
Jonah Peretti: "Viral hotdog"

Heroes & Villains: Peretti and Murdoch

Hero Jonah Peretti: He was the least well-known of the four founders of Huffington Post 10 years ago. Jonah Peretti was a 31-year-old environmental studies graduate, who had taught ... Continue Reading →
Leo Laporte: the future of TV?

Heroes & Villains: Clark Gilbert, Leo Laporte + OK!

Heroes Leo Laporte: If you want to see the emerging, low-cost, easy-access future of TV, go 35 miles north of San Francisco to the suburban wine-making town of Petaluma. Or just go ... Continue Reading →
Oprah: magazine star

Heroes & Villains: Oprah celebrates, Wenner mis-fires

Heroes Oprah Winfrey: It is 15 years since Oprah Winfrey chose to channel her motivational “you-can-do-it” spirit into a glossy monthly, in a joint venture with Hearst. ... Continue Reading →
Online will be more TV than newspapers

How dailies must change to compete in global news

For more than 50 years, newspapers and TV dominated news coverage almost everywhere. Then, the internet created the low-cost opportunity to go global. Digital natives rushed to change ... Continue Reading →
Vice: big news deal with HBO

Heroes & Villains: another big week for Vice News

Heroes Shane Smith just keeps moving. Just six months after he raised $500m by selling 20% of Vice shares to A+E Networks and Technology Crossover Ventures and 18 months after he ... Continue Reading →
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This week’s Heroes & Villains

Here’s the first of our weekly run-down of winners and losers in a big headlining – and money-losing – week for The Guardian: Heroes Vice, Shane Smith’s hyperactive ... Continue Reading →
Vidler: UK media high-flier

Can this Brit reinvent B2B magazine-media?

Time was when business-to-business media groups seemed the least likely to be disrupted by the web. Executives routinely boasted that the success of business and professional magazines ... Continue Reading →
Collaborate with social media

Can newspapers manage the future of news?

What is it about daily newspapers? Falling circulations and advertising have broken business models that cannot be mended even by booming digital audiences. But you wouldn’t guess ... Continue Reading →
Traditional media's generation gap

Are traditional media chiefs too old to compete?

Traditional media is rightly obsessed with “millennials”, the 18-34 year-olds who have grown up with the internet. They are up to one-third of the population of most of ... Continue Reading →
A challenge for Google

DuckDuckGo search: 5 things you need to know

What? When hacking group Anonymous disabled a jihadist web site in traumatized France last weekend, it redirected users to a six-year-old little-known internet search engine. For millions ... Continue Reading →
People: 20% of all revenues, but where next?

What (or who) is the future for Time Inc?

Everybody is watching Time Inc. The world’s most famous magazine publisher, which created the original newsweekly in 1923, is defined by iconic brands – Fortune, Life, Sports ... Continue Reading →
Tom Bureau: "Now, a content and services company"

Is this Brit really turning magazines into retailers?

Magazine publishers can get confused about the future. Long-established, much-loved print brands have loyal, passionate readers. And many remain highly-trusted media, seemingly unaffected ... Continue Reading →
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15 media predictions for 2015

Here are 15 global media industry developments that could occur during 2015: Continue Reading →
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What ‘new media’ should mean for publishers

Thirty years ago, the world’s largest B2B publisher (then called Reed International) de-merged a nascent exhibitions division from its hundreds of closely-related business magazines ... Continue Reading →
Vice: big news deal with HBO

How 8 journalists are revolutionising media

Many newspaper bosses still think traditional journalism represents the unique strength that will, somehow, secure their digital future. But it’s all about people, and digital-only ... Continue Reading →
A periscopic world view

How Tyler Brule is building a global media brand

Tyler Brûlé is maddening. He was the lauded creator of urban design bible Wallpaper when print was still the hottest thing. Now, he is fast building a media brand based around – ... Continue Reading →
Freedman: challenging magazines big time

Is Aussie blogger the future of women’s magazines?

Media industry disruption is confusing as well as painful for incumbents. Each traditional ‘channel’ seizes moments of optimism that its audience and profitability can be ... Continue Reading →
Guardian

Who will win the global news race?

The World Association of Newspapers & News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) regaled its annual conference in Turin this week with stats showing that print circulations declined 5% in the US ... Continue Reading →
Doepfner: upbeat in tough times

How Axel Springer can be a digital media champion

Axel Springer is the picture of an ambitious traditional newspaper publisher torn between the persistent (but declining) profits of print and the soaring potential of digital. Like ... Continue Reading →
Byng-Maddick: a quiet revolution is underway

Can new Future CEO end 15 years of boom & bust?

The UK-based magazine-media group Future Plc is never far from the news. It was started 29 years ago in the sleepily stylish south-west city of Bath by Chris Anderson – now leader ... Continue Reading →
Radio Caroline: shattered BBC's radio monopoly in 1964

How a radio ship and 7 men shook up Britain in 1964

Fifty years ago this week, a 35-year-old former passenger ferry was being secretly equipped with a 165-foot radio mast in the privately-owned Irish port of Greenore. The historic Ballymascanlon ... Continue Reading →
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Why ASOS is e-commerce warning for magazines

Women’s magazines are as captivated by e-commerce as their readers and fashion advertisers. And that’s saying something. In the UK, online takes an estimated 40-50% of fashion ... Continue Reading →
EBAY founder Pierre Omidyar: a new kind of news

How journalism and profits are defecting to the web

Some newspapers and magazines have profitable longterm strategies; and some might even continue to resemble the publications they are today, whether on paper or digitally. But not ... Continue Reading →
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What will Australia’s newest media king do next?

Australia is the economic paradise that is among the world’s leading producers of coal, iron ore, gold, and diamonds; and has one-third of all uranium deposits. It is the 12th ... Continue Reading →
Cosmo: world champion magazine

Is the world’s first media group now the best?

Many traditional media companies are tormented by the twin challenges of a glorious, imperious past and the disruption of digital natives. Twitter, Facebook, Amazon, LinkedIn, and BuzzFeed ... Continue Reading →
Digital natives at ease with video

How BuzzFeed will be the world’s largest news service

2013 has been the year of BuzzFeed. It started by raising $19.3m from investors and continued with the disclosure that its worldwide audience was racing through 130m monthly unique ... Continue Reading →
Big deal. Big mistake

What’s next for Time Inc and IPC Media?

It’s been a hell of a year at Time Inc. First, came the lay-off of 6% (500) of its employees. Then, there was the abortive “merger” with Meredith, publisher of Better ... Continue Reading →
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What FT’s success says about future of newspapers

We should not be side-tracked by the one-dimensional debate about whether newspapers will survive or not. They will. But almost everything will be different. Consider: the hundreds ... Continue Reading →
StylIst

Is this the future of magazines everywhere – or not?

Magazine statistics continue their depressing story: UK copy sales from the top five companies in the first half of 2013 are all down again, four of them 8-11% behind last year. US ... Continue Reading →
The UK's biggest magazine...

Is this how retailers will dominate media?

Nothing better illustrates the convergence of retail and media than the UK magazines market. Four of the country’s five largest-circulation magazines are produced for supermarket ... Continue Reading →
Free and profitable

How ‘London Live’ can change the future of media

The 2014 launch of a London TV channel is set to create a new model for the integration of hard copy, broadcast and online media. A big claim, perhaps, but ‘London Live’ ... Continue Reading →
B2B

How a US giant and UK minnow are shaking up B2B

For traditional media companies savaged by sharp-eyed digital natives, the problem seems to be all about new channels and low costs. But it is so much more: the technologies that have ... Continue Reading →
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How ‘print’ can get WISE and profitable on web

Digital media success depends on the three Cs: Content, Community and Commerce. But newspapers and magazines struggle to create new business models, often because they are trying to ... Continue Reading →
Deseret's Clark Gilbert: Proving the point of separating digital from traditional media

Harvard professor who is reinventing traditional media

Hollywood loves stories about newspapers, so they should go for this one. A Harvard professor lectures on how whole industries have found it impossible to reinvent themselves in the ... Continue Reading →
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Is this the online ‘tipping point’ for TV networks?

UPDATED, 30 June, 2013: Traditional media involvement with the internet is all about companies with a lot to lose and trying not to lose it; and others starting from scratch with ... Continue Reading →
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Is this the digital model for magazine publishers?

Nobody needs reminding that a large number of paid-for magazines are at risk, especially in countries like the UK and Australia where newsstand and supermarket displays stoked consumer ... Continue Reading →
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How to find digital success in ‘melting’ media

Newspapers and magazines continue to suffer from falling advertising and circulation revenue. No change there. But, as the paywalls go up all over the world of newspapers, it is becoming ... Continue Reading →
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Will the classifieds battle kill paid-for newspapers?

Classified advertising was the unsung hero of print media in the second half of the 20th century. Newspapers and magazines everywhere paid homage to full-colour display advertisers, ... Continue Reading →
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‘Generation N’ can put profit into newspapers

It’s been just like the old days in Britain this week. There’s been fierce coverage for and against Margaret Thatcher. And sell-out newspapers reporting her life and death. ... Continue Reading →
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Look who’s coming to save daily newspapers…

Journalists like writing about newspapers in a “How-can-the-world-exist-without-us?” kind of way. Not even collapsing readership and advertising revenue can deter them from ... Continue Reading →
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Time Inc float: Who will unlock digital promise of IPC?

UPDATED: 7 March : IPC Media – one of the world’s most famous magazine groups – is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2013. Or rather, it isn’t. The London-based ... Continue Reading →
bauer

How will Europe’s secretive media giant cope?

Bauer is the secretive, private company which has leapt, in two dramatic deals, from being Germany’s largest publisher to a world leader. It now employs 11,000 people with a ... Continue Reading →
virgin

Online TV to spur mega-mergers – and help Murdoch

It has taken Hollywood A-lister Kevin Spacey to move serious coverage of the internet TV revolution from blogs, tweets, and Wired to the pages of daily newspapers. In case you missed ... Continue Reading →
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What NY dotcom couple tells us about the future

These are get-real times for traditional newspaper and magazine publishers. The winners will be those who recognise 5 basic truths: Paying content: The wake-up starts here. A new ... Continue Reading →
Enough of the passion, where's the profit?

Is this the Future for specialist magazines?

Future Plc is one of Europe’s best-known magazine publishers. It is neither the most successful, nor the largest, nor even the most inventive. But, over the past 15 years, it ... Continue Reading →
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Springer-Mail ‘merger’ would create 2 world-beaters

The tectonic plates of newspaper-land are shifting. First, comes Rupert Murdoch’s brought-forward demerger of News Corp from what will become the Fox Corp TV and film business ... Continue Reading →
LordRothermere

Will the UK’s last Press baron ditch newspapers?

After a deal this week to divest his regional newspapers, the last of Britain’s press barons is wrestling with the deluxe dilemma of whether to ditch (or de-merge) his national ... Continue Reading →
Peter Rigby: the great survivor

What will world’s best B2B media boss do next?

Peter Rigby is one of the great survivors among European media company chiefs. He became CEO of what is now Informa Plc in 1989, the year when: Tim Berners-Lee invented the world wide ... Continue Reading →
MadMen

How newspapers, magazines must get radical…

Newspapers and magazines are the frontline of traditional media tormented by changing times. New and not-so-new competition has reduced readership and savaged profits. How can they ... Continue Reading →
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Can magazines really compete as online retailers?

Magazines are perfect for ecommerce. Or are they?  Well, the major online women’s retailers – like Net-a-Porter, ASOS, HauteLook, TopShop and Groupe Gilt – use content ... Continue Reading →
The game-changer

3 steps to seismic change in media

Life is confusing for incumbents. Ask any business school student. It’s not meant to be easy for traditional market-leading, cash-generative companies quickly to reinvent themselves ... Continue Reading →
Desmond: A media fortune against all odds

How Richard Desmond became a media billionaire

Richard Desmond is the rags-to-riches, pleased-with-himself Brit who has made a billion by upstaging established media leaders. Across the past 40 years, Desmond has successively scored ... Continue Reading →
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Home-made TV from London to change everything

Television networks across the world can’t decide whether the internet represents more of an opportunity than a threat. Most broadcasters recognise the upside potential of the ... Continue Reading →
Felix Dennis: hippy turned billionaire

Is he the world’s smartest magazine publisher?

The twentieth century was “The Magazine Century”. Times when great people did great things with magazines, whose births and deaths tracked the lives of readers everywhere. ... Continue Reading →
NetaPorter

10 hurdles as ‘old media’ dream of digital success

It is 10 years since US learning luminary Marc Prensky wrote his seminal work about “digital natives” (those born digital) and “digital immigrants” (the rest of us). He might, ... Continue Reading →