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 →

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: 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 →

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 →

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 →

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 ‘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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

Home-made TV from London will 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. That’s ... 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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

Gina Rinehart may soon be world’s richest person – and is into media

Australians frequently refer to their nation’s “two speed” economy, which emphasises the commodities boom that has kept recession away for 20 years and counting. It ... Continue Reading →