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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →