Radio broadcasters face digital dogfight with internet

Radio has always confused media futurologists and defied the sceptics. The sound-only medium survived the conquest of TV and the ipod, and has managed to bounce back from recession ... Continue Reading →

Newspapers in 4 countries show how to win a future

Daily newspapers will one day provide the most intriguing episodes in the story of how traditional media was tortured and tamed by the digital new wave. In the week when I learned that ... Continue Reading →

iPad comes to the rescue of magazines (sort of)

UK magazine publisher Mark Wood knew what everyone was thinking: “The iPad is not the saviour of magazines”. But the calm-down words came just as it looked as if Steve Jobs’ ... Continue Reading →

Could it be beginning of the end for Reed Elsevier?

The digital whirlpool will claim some big corporate scalps over this next few years. Consumer-facing media companies across newspapers and television risk being caught in the headlights ... Continue Reading →

Is this little Swiss company the future of newspapers?

What’s wrong with newspapers? We could spend the next year struggling to answer the question, while traipsing through the undergrowth of the internet, of consumer tastes and news ... Continue Reading →

10 winners and losers: 3 things every publisher needs

In the clockwork orange world, UK publishers (and their peers around the world) are trying to get to grips with what they hope is their digital future. It is easy to believe that good ... Continue Reading →

B2B in a new world where ‘need to know’ is not quite what it seems

It’s a tale of two traditional media sectors which once thought the world of magazines and now find themselves, well, a bit confused.  They were once the kings respectively of glossy ... Continue Reading →

Murdoch ‘swan song’ as natives threaten trad media

As the UK’s chatterers await the launch this weekend of The Sun on Sunday, be prepared for a few, well, contradictions. First, Rupert Murdoch is in London to exude confidence ... Continue Reading →

Is Leo Laporte the future of TV everywhere?

If you want to see the future of TV, go 35 miles north of San Francisco to the suburban wine-making town of Petaluma. Or just go to the web. There, you will find the TWiT ‘netcasting ... Continue Reading →

James Packer wins casino bets – and heads back to media?

James Packer is the most famous man in Australia. He’s the 44-year-old businessman whom Aussies variously admire, despise, love for his Australian-ness, and respect for his under-sung ... Continue Reading →

Can faded newspaper brands survive in a cut-price world?

Traditional media companies everywhere are in turmoil. Most are caught somewhere between maximising (as best they can) profits from declining media ‘channels’ – and ... Continue Reading →

Will Abu Dhabi be a media capital – or end up in flames?

Abu Dhabi is a country on a mission. To become the oil state that built itself a real, future-proofed economy. To be the brightest star in global investment markets. To be the Switzerland ... Continue Reading →

Magazines in crisis: 3 ways they can still win

Sales and marketing people seldom let the mask slip. So, magazine industry people can keep up the smiles and pretend that the iPad or some other piece of magic is coming to their rescue. ... Continue Reading →

Is this ‘secret’ business the world’s smartest media company?

The plight of traditional newspaper businesses is depressing many people in the UK, US, Australia and elsewhere. Journalists see their jobs at risk from the limitless supply of “free” ... Continue Reading →

Is quiet Brit becoming the most influential person on Earth?

There’s a captivating, almost-magical web site where you can feel the passion and share the big ideas of brilliant and insightful people including many of the world’s leading ... Continue Reading →

Can daily newspapers survive?

The media is accustomed to calling ‘time’ on industries. How many (or how few) newspapers ever spoke out in support of ailing car, steelmaking or shipbuilding industries, ... Continue Reading →

Harry Potter keeps changing things

The book publishing and retailing business is in turmoil. Nothing new about that. But look at the momentous things, happening in the UK right now, that will transform the industry at ... Continue Reading →

Magazines in the headlights

The BBC’s £165m mainly-UK magazines business notched up an impressive-sounding 9% increase in profits – just as it is about to be acquired by private equity firm Exponent. ... Continue Reading →

UK dailies pay future price for a glorious past

Britons are proud of their national newspapers, even those who no longer read one. The country, whose pioneering railway network helped to create a host of newspapers that reached all ... Continue Reading →

Who said print media was dead?

Let’s get it straight: newspapers and magazines will not be killed off by online media. But there will certainly be some deaths. Many titles will eventually close, many more will ... Continue Reading →

Paper chase… or rush for the exit?

This is either the silly season when the UK news media look for singing dogs or eggs being fried on unseasonally hot London pavements. Or it may be the  perfect time for catch-up media ... Continue Reading →