How newspaper brands survive the meltdown

Daily newspapers were the original ‘media industry’. That’s why executives are so tormented by the shredding of the news. They’ve been waiting for a grateful ... Continue Reading →

How can ‘The Guardian’ survive?

More than 100 years ago, Britain’s pioneering railway network enabled its national daily newspapers to reach all parts of the country by breakfast-time. It helped to create ... Continue Reading →

Here’s the answer newspapers are not looking for

Was the heyday of newspaper advertising a Faustian pact made in the heady days of the twentieth century? After all, booming display and classified revenues swelled the profits of daily ... 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 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 →

Trinity Mirror lessons for newspapers everywhere

It’s been another ‘bad news’ month for UK newspapers. Just a few weeks after Vice founder Shane Smith predicted a media industry “bloodbath”, Britain’s ... 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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 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 →

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 ‘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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

Rupert Murdoch in London and on the edge

The hype runs deep. But Wednesday and Thursday this week really could become the most humbling days of Rupert Murdoch’s life, as he prepares to face the UK’s Leveson judicial ... 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 →

How NOT to save newspapers: sad story of UK’s ‘Daily Mirror’

Sixty years ago in June, Axel Springer, Germany’s own Citizen Kane, launched Bild. The new daily unashamedly copied the style and tone (but not the politics) of Britain’s left-leaning ... 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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

Stand by for (gulp) the post-Murdoch media world

It’s time to use the past tense. Rupert Murdoch was the original international media mogul. Before him, there were (quite distinctly) press barons, television tycoons, book publishers, ... Continue Reading →

UK readers will miss Rupert Murdoch (honestly)

As predicted here and variously across the planet, Rupert Murdoch is in the fight of his life with politicians, regulators and courts in the US and UK.  Leaving the mounting horrors ... Continue Reading →

And another thing about the ‘News of the World’…

The News of the World closure may have been a firewall for the storm threatening to envelop News Corp. It also, though, throws an interesting light on the fight by UK newspapers to ... Continue Reading →

UK phone hacking breaks open the box: what’s next?

News Corporation has been rocked by the latest phone hacking disclosure that its UK Sunday tabloid the News of the World was responsible in 2002 for hacking into the mobile phone of ... Continue Reading →

The power and vulnerability of Rupert Murdoch

This has been a big, bumpy month for the Rupert Murdoch-controlled News Corporation, marked by: UK Government approval to acquire the 61% of pay tv operator BskyB he does not already ... Continue Reading →