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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 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 →

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 →