BBC News 2 September 2015
Toby Syfret appeared on BBC News yesterday to discuss Netflix ending its content deal with Epix.
the Financial Times 28 July 2015
Douglas McCabe was quoted in an article about the potential sale of The Economist, following Nikkei's £844m acquisition of the FT Group from Pearson. The education group, Pearson, owns fifty percent of The Economist. Douglas said "In the context of an increasingly global battle between giants like Bloomberg, Thomson Reuters, the New York Times and Dow Jones, the Nikkei-FT deal makes sense,” adding “Buying the FT means Nikkei becomes more of a global player.”
the Financial Times 17 July 2015
Toby Syfret was quoted in an article about the prospect of a smaller BBC. Toby said “Regardless of whether you take a cynical or an open view, this is the biggest threat to the BBC in its history".
the Guardian 14 July 2015
Douglas McCabe was quoted in an article about the news that Johnston Press has issued a profit warning, blaming poor trading due to an uncertain general election result as advertisers cut spending. Douglas said “The biggest risk for publishers is that advertisers change habits: having reduced their spend with newspapers, brands may find their market share is not materially damaged and, therefore, it becomes harder to justify spending again”.
the Financial Times 13 July 2015
Toby Syfret was quoted in an article about the future of the BBC, as government ministers plan a review of the national broadcaster's size and activities. This comes following the announcement that the BBC will take the burden of the cost of free TV licenses for the over 75's. Toby said “This is really a savage attack on the BBC,” adding “We’ve got something very problematic on our hands.”
the Guardian 10 July 2015
Toby Syfret was quoted in an article about comments made by Chris Bryant, the shadow culture secretary, regarding the BBC. Bryant claiming that the real-term cuts to the BBC budget would mean that the corporation would be less able to show major sporting events. Toby said "“I don’t think sport is at any particular risk that it would not have been if this deal had not been struck".
the Guardian 8 July 2015
Claire Enders was quoted in an article about her appearance at the House of Lords communications committee. Claire said "I am happy the BBC is doing the best it can, but any decline in income goes directly into programme making" and "This decline will hit programming making, journalism, the numbers of people that can be trained".
BBC 8 July 2015
Ian Maude was quoted in an article about YouTube gaming star PewDiePie, real name Felix Kjellberg, who records his reactions to playing video games. It has been estimated that PewDiePie, who has 37 million followers on the video-sharing site, earned £4.5 million in 2014. Ian said "It's strange to imagine that somebody can earn so much from YouTube, but the equivalent of half the UK is watching his videos".
the Financial Times 26 June 2015
Toby Syfret was quoted in an article about TV viewing habits, as consumers head online in increasing numbers and advertisers are demanding hard figures on audiences. Toby said "One thing is clear — there is a need for change,” adding “People are saying, we need the data now".
the Telegraph 25 June 2015
Douglas McCabe was quoted in an article about the print and digital circulation of the Financial Times. He said “The FT is in a strong position, digitally speaking", adding “They use analytics like some of the digital-only media companies do".
the Telegraph 12 June 2015
Claire Enders was quoted in an article about news that James Murdoch will take over from his father as chief executive of 21st Century Fox. Claire said “This is a marked improvement in James’ position and it is a significant step in the succession".
the Financial Times 8 June 2015
Toby Syfret was quoted in an article about BT's plans to unveil television subscription packages, having previously bundled football games in free with high-speed broadband connections the announcement is expected to introduce a charge of £5 a month to watch the Champions League for existing customers. Toby said that BT’s football subscription package would “be a fairly unique thing”.
the Financial Times 5 June 2015
Alice Enders was quoted in an article about news that the BBC has sold £87m of property at its former television headquarters as it attempts to demonstrate commitment to reducing operating costs. Alice talked about plans for a progressive license fee, which would be graded by household income. She said it would be “a nightmare to enforce”, suggesting the alternative option would be “to widen the categories of those that are exempt”.
Bloomberg 29 May 2015
Alice Enders was quoted in article about Jay Z's subscription based music streaming service - Tidal. Alice said “When you make music, your goal is to get it everywhere, not to make it exclusive".
the Telegraph 28 May 2015
Francois Godard was quoted in an article about discussions over the possible combination of Sky's Italian arm and the Italian pay-TV operator Mediaset Premium, with developments stalling over the valuation of Mediaset Premium. Francois said that “betting on the eventual closure of its rival without spending a euro” could be an option for Sky.
the Telegraph 12 May 2015
Toby Syfret was quoted in an article about internet usage among young people, as it is reported that on average teenagers spend 27 hours a week online which shows a significantly increase. Toby said “New technologies are opening up a myriad of other possibilities for young people. It’s not just watching content – they’re messaging friends, texting at the same time. Inevitably, as the younger generation gets older and they set up their own home, TV viewing consumption will be affected”.
BBC Radio 4 7 May 2015
James Barford appeared on The Today Programme to talk about consolidation in the mobile market, sports and BT's reported rise in profits.
the Financial Times 27 April 2015
Claire Enders was quoted in an article about the future of ITV after five years with Adam Crozier at the helm. Claire said “Michael Grade [ITV's previous boss] relishes the theatrics. Adam [Crozier] is the opposite".
the Telegraph 20 April 2015
Ian Maude was quoted in an article about Google, as Google is being accused of abusing its powerful search monopoly. This invites comparisons to Microsoft who, in the past, faced similar allegations relating to their Internet Explorer browser. Is Google making the same mistakes as Microsoft? Ian said about Google "The core search business is doing okay and growing strongly but it's maturing and facing challenges because the traditional browser-based model for navigating the internet is being eroded by the shift to mobile devices and apps", he said, "That's the core strategic issue for Google".
the Guardian 8 April 2015
James Barford was quoted in an article about the fact that Britain's newly built superfast 4G networks are slowing down as more people sign up and traffic increases. Ofcom published a study reporting that the average speed at which a mobile phone can download content fell between last spring and last winter. James said "When the network becomes shared amongst more users the average is going to decline", continuing "The art of network planning is to ensure it doesn't decline too much".