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Enders Analysis is a firm believer in strong public service broadcasting which boosts the entire UK creative industry and is consumed by almost everyone. We have published a number of reports covering the BBC and Channel 4 over the last few months. To download any of our reports please click on the links below:

Channel 4 viewing trends

Channel 4 market impact

Channel 4: sustainability and privatisation

BBC plans hit local press

PSB at risk in the world

BBC TV airwaves beyond 2026?

BBC TV - impact on investment in UK content

The BBC, the press and online news

BBC Green Paper: red alert on funding

BBC to pay for the over-75s

The plight of the BBC post-intervention

What should the BBC be for?

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  • Channel 4
  • Media
  • TV

2015 has been a very good year for Channel 4: excellent remit delivery, record revenues and record investment in content origination, supported by the stabilisation of audience share for its main channel, which we expect to continue in 2016.

The spectre of privatisation nevertheless looms. The government may have backed away from full privatisation, but part privatisation is still on the table. In our view, this has even less merit and promises even more conflicts of interest than full privatisation.

Channel 4 should be encouraged by the government’s White Paper on BBC Charter Renewal, which has strongly endorsed its commitment to public service broadcasting under the next 11-year Charter.

  • Vodafone
  • Telecoms

Vodafone Europe’s service revenue growth reached positive territory in the March quarter, having recovered from a long term decline that it has suffered since 2009, thanks mainly to market stabilisation within the countries where it operates

The company’s service revenues are now growing in Germany, Italy and Spain, with the UK now the laggard, having suffered from recent billing migration issues

With Europe’s major mobile markets now stabilised, Vodafone’s continued high investment levels gives it an opportunity to develop a competitive advantage and outperform its competitors, rather than just keeping up with them

  • Amazon
  • Media

Consumer book sales look unusually resilient in the context of the extreme changes in other print media sectors, newspapers and magazines, over the past decade

Ebook and ecommerce sales have offset the high street sales decline, although the declining number of retail outlets casts a long shadow over the future of discovery

New options for authors, particularly self-publishing ebooks, threaten the existing funnel of authors to publishers, but could also be a new source of talent

  • Virgin Media
  • Fixed Line
  • Telecoms

Virgin Media broadband net adds of 70k were the highest in 6 years, with record market net adds share of 35% in a slowing broadband market, and the strongest consumer cable revenue growth in over a year. Project Lightning roll-out and strong marketing were the key drivers and are expected to continue over the year
 
Recent momentum has been largely dual play driven but TV investments, including exclusive on demand content, and a software upgrade and refreshed set top box to be launched in H2 2016, should help with ongoing TV net losses particularly as cost pressures mount from wholesale sports content

Project Lightning updates informed that of the 4m total premises budgeted for network expansion to 2020, at least 25% of these will be connected via FTTP, signalling increased infrastructure competition with Openreach whose G.fast roll-out plans potentially diminish the current cable network speed advantage (though further cable upgrades are both possible and would recover this)

  • Facebook
  • Non-UK Media
  • Media
  • Mobile
  • Non UK Media
  • Technology
  • TV

Facebook has become the second largest online video platform after YouTube by viewing time, largely thanks to muted autoplay streams - for the moment

This is about to change as Facebook seeks to grow viewing and expand inventory with a new standalone video hub, live streams and revenue share models for professional content

Facebook’s lofty ambitions to become a destination for long-form, premium video content will be harder to achieve and less compatible with current strengths than for online news 

  • BT
  • EE
  • Fixed Line
  • Telecoms

BT Group’s revenue growth slipped back to 1.3% in Q4, but this reflected the reversal of various one-off boosts in the previous quarter, with underlying trends still solid across the group, with Consumer and Openreach still the standout performers

We do not think that BT’s approach of keeping the BT and EE consumer brands separate will maximize the cross-selling opportunity, but we consider this opportunity to be modest at best in any case, and therefore not worth the risk of a disruptive integration

On both fixed and mobile, BT is using cost savings to invest in faster speeds, better coverage and improved service to drive competitive advantage and price premia, a very sound strategy in our view