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 →

How daily newspapers can win after all

The successful reinvention of some of the world’s leading publishers is clarifying the future for the best daily newspapers. Axel Springer may still be best known for Bild, Europe’s ... 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 →

What next for the ‘new’ Bauer Media?

The privately-owned Bauer Media Group started to get interesting in 2008. After more than 30 years of high-margin profit from formulaic, low-cost magazines in Germany, Eastern Europe, ... Continue Reading →

Can Condé Nast create a new world of luxury?

Magazines everywhere have been shredded by lost readers and advertisers. But millions of worldwide sales are testimony to the continuing appeal of these disrupted brands. The business ... Continue Reading →

Kevin Hand: a UK leader in the heyday of magazines

Kevin Hand, a controversial and influential leader in the UK magazine market for almost 30 years, has died in London after a short illness. He was aged 64. He began his media career ... 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 →

What’s next for Haymarket Media?

For almost 50 years, Haymarket has been an innovative force in specialist magazines, exhibitions, content marketing, and information services. It is the UK-based media company responsible ... Continue Reading →

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 city magazines. The 90-year-old New Yorker is a magazine of commentary, ... Continue Reading →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

How Tyler Brûlé is building a global media brand

Tyler Brûlé is maddening. Almost twenty years ago, he was the lauded creator of urban design bible Wallpaper when print was still the hottest thing. Now, he is fast building a media ... 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 →

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 →

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 →

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 ‘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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

Can Australia’s best magazines recover?

Private equity group CVC is this week hosting directors of its Nine Entertainment Company, whose Channel Nine has the Australian broadcast rights for the Olympics. But they have nothing ... Continue Reading →

Meet the genius behind Britain’s last magazine boom

We may well live to read “where-were-you-when…” obituaries for Time magazine. But this month, a stream of UK newspapers, magazines, broadcasters, Tweets and blogs ... 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 →

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 →

Frank Bennack: modest elder statesman will out-pace Murdoch

This is a story of three octogenarians. It is 60 years since the death, aged 88, of  (William) Randolph Hearst, now the world’s second most famous newspaperman. The fearsome ... 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 →

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 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 →

Who or what killed Britain’s best media company?

Seventeen years ago, The Independent described a British group as “one of the most admired media companies in the world”. It was a widely shared view of a business which ... Continue Reading →

Is this the world’s most successful magazine?

What is the most successful magazine in the world? Is it Hearst’s feisty Cosmopolitan, published monthly in 58 countries and 34 languages? Or Conde Nast’s 120-year-old Vogue, ... Continue Reading →