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The sell-off continues: UBM’s Travel Trade Gazette in management buyout talks

The management of Travel Trade Gazette, one of the three titles put up for sale by UBM in june as part of a long-running shrinkage of its Marketing division, are in talks to stage a management buyout, the TTG site reported today.

By |2013-10-16T12:52:00+00:00October 16th, 2013|Analysis|Comments Off on The sell-off continues: UBM’s Travel Trade Gazette in management buyout talks

Two very big problems with publishing on tablets

Does anyone else sense that a bit of reality has set into the tablet publishing debate since the advent of the iPad? Several publishers and contributors, Rupert Murdoch among them, quite literally hailed the Apple gadget as the "saviour" of the broken (breaking?) newspaper publishing model.

By |2013-10-16T07:00:00+00:00October 16th, 2013|Analysis|Comments Off on Two very big problems with publishing on tablets

All these media organisations won’t be covered by the press regulation Royal Charter

The final version of the Government's Royal Charter was published last week. Like everyone else in the known Universe, I've made it clear what I think about it. But in case you were wondering and posterity's sake, here's the definitive list of things that won't be covered by the cack-handed, undemocratic and ultimately unworkable legislation (in no particular order)... and please tell me in the comments who else is/isn't included.

By |2013-10-15T12:42:00+00:00October 15th, 2013|Analysis|Comments Off on All these media organisations won’t be covered by the press regulation Royal Charter

Top Right Group to sell Infrastructure Journal to Euromoney

Has EMAP's sell-off process begun a bit earlier than expected? Parent company Top Right Group has entered an agreement to sell Infrastructure Journal to Euromoney Institutional Investor for £12.5 million.

By |2013-10-15T10:30:00+00:00October 15th, 2013|Analysis|Comments Off on Top Right Group to sell Infrastructure Journal to Euromoney

Forbes and the coming of age of content marketing

Forbes on Friday trumpeted the three-year anniversary of the BrandVoice platform, which it describes as "a thought leadership and storytelling platform for marketers". BrandVoice has only attracted 30 commercial partners since its launch, but now these partnerships now account for 20 percent of annual advertising revenue across the entire company (release). CEO Mike Perlis predicted this would happen in conversation with me in April.

By |2013-10-14T10:45:00+00:00October 14th, 2013|Analysis|Comments Off on Forbes and the coming of age of content marketing

The many unanswered questions of the UK’s press regulation shambles

There is so much bile and unrest surrounding the vexed (and vexatious) question of whether and how to regulate UK newspapers that's hard to know where to begin.

By |2013-10-10T12:30:00+00:00October 10th, 2013|Analysis|Comments Off on The many unanswered questions of the UK’s press regulation shambles

FT shows the way forward for printed media’s transition

Of all the newspapers, with all their rhetoric, restructuring, pods, hubs and spokes, The Financial Times has consistently told the best story about how it's reducing its reliance on print. Today Roy has an internal memo from FT editor Lionel Barber outlining yet further changes to the ethos and practices of the organisation, which are mainly designed to reduce costs but also to inspire staff to think more like the product-driven digital startups of Silicon Valley.

By |2013-10-09T11:00:00+00:00October 9th, 2013|Analysis|Comments Off on FT shows the way forward for printed media’s transition

BBC unveils ambitious digital plan: Licence fee value or market distortion?

The BBC today announced a range of impressive digital product updates today that cement its reputation as one of - if not the - leading broadcasters in the world when it comes to digital product innovation. Director-general Tony Hall unveiled the changes and an ambitious global strategy at his first major speech after re-joining the Beeb in April.

By |2013-10-08T13:30:00+00:00October 8th, 2013|Analysis|Comments Off on BBC unveils ambitious digital plan: Licence fee value or market distortion?

UK digital advertising market continues unstoppable growth as mobile doubles market share

Digital media's grip on the advertising is growing stronger as new figures show mobile has almost doubled its advertising market share in the last 12 months. New figures from the IAB and PwC show that digital adspend grew £435 million to £3.04 billion in the first half of 2013, a 17.5 percent increase year on year, the equivalent to about £66 per UK online user during that period.

By |2013-10-07T10:20:00+00:00October 7th, 2013|Analysis|Comments Off on UK digital advertising market continues unstoppable growth as mobile doubles market share