So who will win the media food fight?

It’s not just the time of year: the hottest media is food. Recipes, menus, cookery competitions, entertaining and eating attract broadcast viewers and online traffic like nothing ... Continue Reading →

Is this a revolution for cashed-up BuzzFeed?

The future of BuzzFeed is something that has divided media people for a decade. Its 11 international editions reach more than 200m unique users every month with a claimed 7bn global ... Continue Reading →

How magazine companies must change

Magazine publishers everywhere are campaigning for “magazine-media”, the neatly-named vision for print brands fighting for the future. Ranged against the brutal competition Continue Reading →

Celebrate! TED’s first 10 years of global influence

Ten years ago today (June 22), former British magazine publisher Chris Anderson – who had made and lost a £300m fortune – took a decision that would change the world forever. ... Continue Reading →

Can Time Out become a new media model?

No media business is even close to where it wants to be. Traditional companies struggle to hang on to print cashflows while competing with digital newbies which have all the flair but ... Continue Reading →

Can Axel Springer do the ‘impossible’?

Stories about the reinvention of daily newspaper companies are often not what they seem. They tend to involve traditional media groups not so much investing in the future of news as ... Continue Reading →

2016 predictions: partnerships can change media

It’s a fair bet that 2016 will be the year of ever more ambitious collaborations between traditional media and digital disrupters. We have seen the Alibaba and Jeff Bezos acquisitions ... Continue Reading →

4 things Jeff Bezos can teach daily newspapers

Jeff Bezos is the founder of Amazon who defined online shopping and re-wrote the rules of commerce. In 1994, he left a well-paid job in a Wall Street hedge fund and thought he would ... Continue Reading →

Why newspapers must dare NOT to be daily

It is almost 200 years since the UK’s pioneering railway network created the opportunity for daily newspapers to reach breakfast tables in every corner of the country. That led ... Continue Reading →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

15 media predictions for 2015

Here are 15 global media industry developments that could occur during 2015: Continue Reading →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

‘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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

What will Informa 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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

Will most newspapers and magazines be free?

Newspapers and magazines have been rocked by collapsing advertising revenues. Hard copy is, quite simply, losing much of its consumer advertising power in the face of falling circulations ... Continue Reading →