There's life in the old broadsheets yet!


As we close the year, an optimistic note is struck about the future of the great British broadsheet newspaper. The Daily Telegraph, the country’s top-selling daily broadsheet, has set its sights on acquiring 10 million registered users.

While the industry struggles with an ad slowdown, declining print sales ...

Broadcast media

Sky News faces an uncertain future in Disney deal


Walt Disney's deal to buy up most of 21st Century Fox's business for $52.4bn (£39bn) has cast a worrying shadow over the future of Sky News. Rupert Murdoch’s bid to buy up the 61% of the satellite broadcaster he did not already own had been referred to the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), which is ...


What in the name of God is the BBC thinking?


In a scene reminiscent of the very best of on-the-money media and public sector sitcom W1A, the BBC this week announced it was “set to increase its coverage of religions after a year-long review found that people of all faiths were ‘often absent, poorly presented or satirised,’ ” according to The ...

Digital media

Digital - friend or foe?


As print newspaper sales and associated ad revenues inexorably decline in much of the west, the media industry has for some years put its hope for the future in digital. While Pew Research Center reassures us that in the U.S. 93% of adults get news online, that the space has ...

Social media

Warning for social media companies


Another day, another UK Commons home affairs select committee report, this latest one strongly criticizing social media companies over their failure to remove abusive and extremist content from the internet.

Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and the like – were  doing ...

Social media

A splutter at Twitter as ad revenues fall away


News this week that revenue at social media behemoth Twitter had fallen for the first time ever, was a true spill-your-coffee moment for most media observers.

Was it Donald Trump’s constant controversial use of the platform that was suddenly making it unfashionable? How else to explain the company reporting ...

Digital media

Vice on View


First a youth-focused print magazine and website, majoring on arts, culture, and news topics, then a media conglomerate with divisions including a film production company, record label, and publishing imprint. Now, Vice Media is really upping the ante - following the February launch of two Viceland-branded cable ...

Broadcast media

Al Jazeera USA to end


It began amidst much fanfare in 2013. But now, less than three years after its launch news emerges that Al-Jazeera America is to end. The news outlet which is owned by Qatar-based Al Jazeera will cease all operations by the end of April.

What went wrong?  It is true that the channel was prepared for ...

US media hits a million subscribers


Start spreading the news: the New York Times now has one million digital subscribers. In other words, four and a half years after it set up its metered paywall, a million people are paying to receive the New York Times online or on their mobile phones, rather than choosing to read the old fashioned paper ...


Free NME


For some, the announcement was devastating. For others, it is a matter of supreme indifference. But the news that NME is going to be given away for free from September onwards, has certainly generated plenty of media interest.

In announcing the change, Editor Mike Williams said. “In the 63 years since NME ...


Election Gives Papers a lift


The latest ABC newspaper circulation figures show a slight lift in sales for the broadsheets during April, which commentators are putting down to interest in the General Election

The Guardian, Times, Independent and i all saw their circulation rise by about 0.7%, while the Telegraph was the ...


Paywalls paying dividends


The news that The Times and The Sunday Times made a profit this year has raised more than a few eyebrows among press commentators.

As Radio 4s The Media Show reported, for years they have been hemorrhaging losses – more than £70 million in 2009 and even £6 million last year.  This year, ...

Digital media

Is Blendle the iTunes of news?


Dutch journalism startup and news aggregator Blendle has been making quite a splash with over 140,000 subscribers in its first six months of operations.

It offers content from a range of Dutch and English-speaking publishers to users who pay by the article rather than buy the whole paper online. The company says ...


FT: Future Tense


As print circulation of the first world’s newspapers continue their apparently unstoppable freefall, established titles are feeling the heat. As well as looking around for digital diversity opportunities to chase their easily distracted readership, the Financial Times has recently been trying to freshen ...

Digital media

Buzzfeed is game for news


Internet news media company Buzzfeed, not content with bringing us "the hottest, most social content on the web" since 2006 is apparently getting into the games business. And news could be one of its regular subjects.

While a process of recruiting game developers is said to be underway, Buzzfeed has been heading ...


Revival show


Mike Luckwell has bought Reader’s Digest for £1 – not a copy of the magazine, but the whole company! That’s how the mighty have fallen, yet another cautionary tale of falling sales, and vaunting ambition to try and turn around the fortunes of titles at a time of universally declining paid for ...


The irresistible rise of Indian newspapers


While the rest of us are rocked by recessionary woes that continue to grow, the newspaper industry in India continues to be in rude health, an optimistic story of growth. As the FT reported earlier this month, 2012 was regarded as a bit of a poor year there as newspaper and magazine revenues only rose by 7 per cent. ...

Digital media

Guardian Australia breaks new visual ground


The Guardian, the world's third most read newspaper website, today launched its new digital edition Guardian Australia.

Promising "a fresh and independent view" (don't they all say that?) under the stewardship of Guardian Deputy Editor Katharine Viner, who now also wears the hat of Guardian Australia's ...

Digital media

Hacking is here to stay


The financial news service Bloomberg has been making headlines, rather than reporting them in the last week, much to its embarrassment, over misuse of its $20,000-a-year terminals by reporters to spy on clients.

Goldman Sachs raised the alarm after a journalist in Hong Kong asked the bank about a partner's ...

Chinese Media

The dragon takes a bite out of Apple


Apple, once the golden delicious of consumer electronics brands, has had the shine taken off it a bit lately. There have been red faces at Cupertino, California, where chief executive Tim Cook had to make a humiliating admission and apology after two weeks of attacks by state-owned Chinese media over its repair and ...

Broadcast media

Essex gets an unlikely new PR man


Whether he's talking about food, architecture or travel, you can be sure former Times critic, writer and broadcaster Jonathan Meades will always have a barbed bon mot ready to entertain and sometimes enrage. Last night he was back on form and on TV for the first time in a while mounting a spirited defence of one of our ...


Can Germany's newspaper empire strike back?


It's always tempting fate to make predictions - look at how financial and economic 'experts' consistently get it wrong, got it totally wrong about the 2008 banking crash and have continued to get it wrong about its aftermath and when the illusory recovery will kick in - but that hasn't stopped some observers casting the ...

US media

Fox cull


Former Alaska governor and Tea Party drum pounder Sarah Palin has enjoyed more than her 15 minutes in the media spotlight, thanks to a prolonged spell as a political contributor to Fox News on a rumoured million dollar a year contract.

This week she has been making news again as that relationship has now come ...


Time Out goes free


It began in the year of the student demonstrations, 1968, and from its first issue reflected those heady '60s times, reporting from the front line of radical chic causes - CND, gay rights, the women's movement, perceived political terrorism trials and US imperialism - that were typical of the underground press at the ...

Digital media

Olympics unearths media goldmine


A billion pairs of eyes around the world saw the Olympic opening ceremony through the wonder of television - a picture of Britain that caused many jaws to drop in amazement. Sir Tim Berners-Lee tweeting from the Olympic Stadium during the ceremony was one of the key features of Danny Boyle's mescaline mash-up view of ...

Digital media

How forums are changing the world


Most people, including myself, feel quite confident with the internet. Most of us can use all of the search functions on Google, access multiple email accounts from multiple devices, post photos to Facebook, constantly tweet smalls bits of our lives and engage in cheeky Ebay bidding wars.

But there are hidden ...


This Sun won't set world on fire


So, as widely predicted by all and Sun-dry last July when the News of the World shut down amid a 'phone hacking shame frenzy', to coin some tabloideze, the Sun rose on Sunday for the first time yesterday. The 'on' was missing from the masthead, but it was all deliberately familiar elsewhere.

No sign of any ...

Social media

Where have all the bloggers gone?


Are independent political blogs a lasting part of the media furniture? Or are they a noughties phenomena that will one day appear on those "Do you remember 2005?" programmes alongside with Girls Aloud and George Bush?

The breathless talk of a few years ago where new media gurus predicted the death of ...

Social media

#egypt and #tigerblood


We thought it was worth highlighting twitter's most talked about hastags for 2011. In case anyone doesn't know - a hash tag is simply a way for people to search for tweets that have a common topic. For example, if you search on #LOST (or #Lost or #lost, because it's not case-sensitive), you'll get a list of tweets ...




Columnists are playing a much greater role in news analysis. With so many staff cuts (Times and SundayTimes announcing 150 job losses this week) the debate about 'cut and paste' news will only rage on. But newspapers still have to differentiate themselves from the growth of online 'churnalism' and endless blogs and it ...

Digital media

MacTaggart Lecture: Eric Schmidt


I finally got round to watching Google CEO Eric Schmidt's MacTaggart lecture on youtube. The annual lecture, in memory of the pioneering and innovative writer, producer and director James MacTaggart, is the showpiece of the Edinburgh International Television Festival with previous speakers including Jeremy Paxman, ...

Social media

Smartphones help London burn


A third night of rioting in London, the worst and most widespread in the nation's history, has seen thousands of youths outnumber and defy a largely powerless police force. Politicians have been caught napping, or in the case of the political leadership, abroad on holiday, seemingly without a care in the ...


Hacking Hackers Hacked


With yesterday's closure of the News of the World the consequence of Murdoch's ruthless business reaction to the public outcry over how some of his journalists hacked phones and broke the law, a blatant attempt to try and stop brand toxicity infecting his bid for BSkyB ownership, we are all left wondering what shocking ...

Social media

Can Google+ end Facebook?


One in seven people on planet earth are now on Facebook. Surely Facebook is now part of our DNA as much as tea and coffee. It can't be got shot off. That's just the way it is. Right? Wrong.

If there is one thing we should know about the globalised world it is that things can be destroyed as quickly as they're ...


Guardian coffers run dry


I thought the Guardian Media Group (GMG) had a limitless supply of money all thanks to the Scott Trust which was created in 1936 to safeguard the paper's journalistic freedom and liberal values. A couple of years ago Guardian Media Group even invested in swanky offices near Kings Cross and a new Berliner format for the ...

Digital media

Murdoch shows fear of Google


For a while it has felt like nothing could get in the way of News International. Even Vince the Cable couldn't stand in the way of the takeover of BSKYB. Miraculous forces seemed to step in by bugging him saying that he had "declared war" on Rupert Murdoch. The Empire once again seemed to find a way.

But ...

Broadcast media

ITN News fights back


The appointment of Laura Kuenssberg as ITN's new business Editor shows that channel 3 (as I used to call it) is serious about making itself a respected national news outlet again. I can't remember exactly when but at some point ITN news became a bit of a joke - particularly when it couldn't even make its mind up about ...


Economist bucks media trend


The Economist has recently revealed some startling end of year results. Operating profits were up 10% to £63m, with revenue up 9% to £347m. Advertising increased by 15% and Print circulation grew by 4% to 1,473,939 (UK sales were up 11% to 210,204).

Even on the digital side, things are going well. ...


Advertising spend up again


The UK advertising market appears to have brushed aside fears about the health of the economy by registering a 6.9% rise in spending in 2010 over the previous year to total £15.5bn. According to an Advertising Association/Warc expenditure report, this rise meant that 2010 was strongest year for ad spend growth ...


Turning to the dark side


George Thwaites, editor for the last five years of the Mail on Sunday's review section, is leaving the paper this month to set up his own PR company. He follows in a lengthy line of senior newspaper executives who have moved on to public relations, such as Phil Hall, David Yelland, Ian Monk and Stuart Higgins (we should ...

US media

Philanthropy goes digital


The shooting rampage in Arizona has shaken Americans and prompted a national debate about heated political rhetoric in the news. Fox news and right wing radio stations have suddenly had the spotlight turned on them. A protest has already been staged against rightwing talk show host Glenn Beck calling for his immediate ...

Broadcast media

Dying for the truth


Two journalists were killed every week in 2010 in a sustained effort to silence free reporting in many parts of the globe, reports the International News Safety Institute (INSI)

INSI recorded that 97 journalists were killed last year in 30 countries, of whom 85 were murdered. Most of the victims were not ...

US media

Pusillanimous Palin


A new rule was confirmed this US election season: the more conservative and combative a candidate, the more unwilling they were to put themselves in front of an independent journalist. Why risk an unscripted situation, have your inconsistencies probed or face awkward questions about your past when you can guarantee ...


Public accept BBC cuts


The British public may not be holding French style strikes about the Comprehensive Spending Review but there is still some backlash against raising the cap on tuition fees, cuts to child benefit and the slash and burn of many local authority jobs in parts of the country where there is no private sector.

But ...


Talking papers


Two Indian newspapers are claiming to have notched up a global first by running "talking ads".

The groundbreaking ads, placed by Volkswagen, appeared on the back pages of special wraparounds published by The Times of India and The Hindu. When the paper is unfolded a light-sensitive speaker chip weighing just a ...


Free newspapers fight back


Free daily newspapers trace their history back to the 1940s when in Walnut Creek, California publisher Dean Lesher began what is widely believed to be the first free daily, now known as the Contra Costa Times. Outside the US it didn't really take off until 1995 when Metro started what may be the first free daily ...

US media

Christopher Hitchens scribbles about cancer


I remember watching Christopher Hitchens debate with his brother Peter in Conway Hall, London, when I first moved to the capital in my early twenties. I can't remember what they were debating but I remember a room full of names like Salmon Rushdie and Tony Benn who all seemed to be burbling with delight at the prospect ...

Social media

Tweet heat


Every few weeks, an off-colour or overly candid Tweet from a working journalist blows back into the newsroom in spectacular fashion. Over the last few weeks we’ve had the sacking of Octavia Nasr, CNN's Senior Middle East Editor, after she tweeted upon the death of Hezbollah’s Grand Ayatollah Mohammed ...

Digital media

Andrew Marr joins the digital revolution


BBC Journalist Andrew Marr openly admits that he is "the last of the news romantics" but he recently posted:

"I am on the edge of replacing paper newspapers with electronic versions for my iPad and phone; of accepting that I hardly ever wait for a conventional news bulletin; and of actually reading full-length ...

US media

Rolling Stone has still got its mojo


US Magazine Rolling Stone has set the news agenda once again by running an explosive profile of America's senior commander in Afghanistan, Stanley McChrystal eventually leading to his dismissal. McChrystal and his army aides are reported making disparaging remarks about President Obama, his vice president Joe Biden and ...


French press join football team in losing the plot


There is a constant theme (A bit like the drone of a vuvuzela) in all my recent discussions with colleagues in France which has finally led me to blog about the fact that something is not quite right in the current state of the French press. Granted things aren’t exactly perfect for any media outlet right now but ...




A year ago Vanity Fair writer Michael Wolff said that “If Newsweek is around in five years, I’ll buy you dinner”.   Even that prediction for the title’s longevity now looks optimistic. The Washington Post has put Newsweek up for sale – and so far no one seems interested in ...

Digital media

Digital apartheid


All over the world a brand new divide is being created. Those who have access to the free flowing information of the World Wide Web and those who don’t. This is not what British Computer Scientist Tim Berners Lee had in mind when he gave the biggest money maker of all time away for free.

And ...

Social media

How students consume news


You've Googled the world, you've updated your status on Facebook, you've uploaded your pictures to Flickr, and you've tweeted about it on Twitter. But now Google would like you to head back its way and join in the Buzz and follow all of the previous actions in one place. Students no longer spend time in rock and roll ...


The old left right split


The New Labour project spent years courting the traditional Tory press. The Sun famously switched sides to Tony Blair and Alistair Campbell in 1997 and in 2007 Gordon Brown formed a real friendship with Paul Dacre, Editor of the Daily Mail. It is widely believed that Dacre is not a fan of David Cameron’s flashy, ...

Digital media

Thinking aloud


The digital revolution in which any interesting organization can generate their own content and stream it online should have been a boon for think tanks. But it’s been a while coming. When I worked in policy wonkery ten years ago, I would often listen to fascinating expert discussions on Kosovo, ...

Broadcast media

Silly games


Eddie Mair quizzing John Hutton repeatedly on radio 4 about whether he was the Minister two years ago that said Gordon Brown would be a “disaster” as PM reminded me of a ridiculous children’s game. Once Eddie got the answer he wanted he was like the cat that got the cream. Is this what all those years ...


Magazines in an age of the free


The news of Border’s closing down sale is grim news in a grim deep winter for the publishing industry. It’s particularly bad for magazines – as Word magazine stalwart David Hepworth argues on his blog. The huge selection of independently produced magazines stuffed in those acres of shelves between ...


The BBC and climate denial


It’s been a long-held belief in the US Conservative movement that the “mainstream media” – meaning the newspapers, the network broadcasters (in fact anyone outside the cable channels) are run by sneering liberal intellectuals who are determined to discredit conservatism.   The audiences ...


Does the Earth revolve around the sun?


Apparently it does according to David Miliband at Labour party conference today. “But not the one printed in Wapping” he then pointed out. He’s right of course but is he right to imply that the Sun newspaper is not as powerful as it once was ?

All the old Labour ‘Masters of spin’ of ...


Michael Jackson


I found out about Michael Jackson's death in a way that I couldn't have done ten years ago - a news alert email from the New York Times quoting the AP confirmation. After deciding to wake the household, we huddled around the BBC 24 news coverage for an hour or so. If there was ever an example of Greg Dyke's description ...

US media

American magazines


In recent years I’ve become an aficionado of American magazines - the New Yorker, The Atlantic, Harpers – and their long pieces of reportage. It’s odd that reportage has never taken off in the UK – perhaps because in the UK our news coverage is pretty entertaining and veers into features ...


Newspapers no longer control the marketplace


Newspapers were the most successful media organizations in the world because they controlled the market place - what music we listened to , which jobs we found and which homes we bought.

Now, the most successful media organistions are the ones which build platforms and support communities to ...


Is there a future for the Observer ?


Can we imagine Sunday’s without the Observer?  This week there’s been a queue of former Editors asking how we could let the paper of Orwell sink without trace. Roger Alton even gushed about how well it was currently being edited (Not sure how well that would have gone down with his ...

Digital media

The audience for news is growing


This is why the future of news is bright. People that never used to tune into the 10 o clock news are now automatically hit by important headlines when they log onto their email in the afternoon. The logistics have also been taken out of the operation as you can click on rather than go ...




With 120 million monthly uniques, Washington-based news website Vox is a powerful voice in the new media landscape

Newsweek - the second act


F. Scott Fitzgerald may have said there are no second acts in American lives, but he wasn't around to see American media scion

Yomiuri Shimbun


One of Japan's five national newspapers, the Yomiuri Shimbun is in fact the biggest selling in the world