the Financial Times 25 November 2015
Alice Enders was quoted in an article about the news that Adele has broken the record for first-week album sales in the US with her third album 25. Alice said “Adele would not be breaking sales records if her music was available on every streaming platform”.
BBC News 6 November 2015
Joseph Evans was quoted in an article about the battle between Facebook and YouTube for video views. The article discusses the different metrics Facebook and YouTube use to measure 'views', with Facebook counting a 'view' as a three second interaction with the video as someone scrolls through their news feed. Joseph said "The big question for Facebook is how it can attract the sort of premium, high-quality videos that people want to sell ads against", adding "If it can nail that, it does start looking like a threat to YouTube".
the Financial Times 2 November 2015
Douglas McCabe was quoted in an article about the news that the Sun plans to abandon its online paywall, the change coming just weeks after the return of Rebekah Brooks as chief executive of News Corp's UK newspaper operations. Douglas said “Today’s decision confirms you can’t apply a paywall strategy to what is very brilliant but popular journalism”.
BBC Radio 5 Live 26 October 2015
Rukshan Mehra appeared on BBC Radio 5 Live to discuss the recent cyber attack on TalkTalk. Rukshan touched upon the effect this will have on share prices, revenue growth and the response from TalkTalk's competitors in the 'quad-play' market. (The interview starts at 34mins 40secs)
the Financial Times 23 October 2015
Douglas McCabe was quoted in an article about how TV listing magazines continue to thrive despite the threat from digital and changing TV habits. Douglas said that TV listing magazines “sell in a phenomenally huge volume”, adding “If you look at their circulation decline over an extended period, they are declining, but not at the rate of some magazines, like celebrity and so on.”
BBC News 20 October 2015
Ian Maude was quoted in an article about India's global ad giant InMobi, which is the third largest player in the mobile advertising industry behind Facebook and Google. Ian said "InMobi creates audience networks for advertisers to reach through mobile devices," adding "These companies sign up digital publishers, like app makers, so they can access their audiences, package them up and sell them on to advertisers".
the Independent 19 October 2015
Douglas McCabe was quoted in an article about the role of the newspaper industry in the new-media economy. Douglas said that after a "brutal" second quarter for advertising this year, the industry is “stabilising”. He added that "generating revenue from both consumers and the marketing sector is becoming more challenging and complex”.
BBC News 7 October 2015
Thomas Caldecott was quoted in an article about Reddit's plans to launch a stand-alone news service. Thomas said that that Reddit's demographic was "heavily skewed towards 18-24-year-old males", adding that "uncontrolled nature of its user generated content-centric forums have made it a risky environment for brands".
the Guardian 5 October 2015
Claire Enders was quoted in an article about the potential sell-off of Channel 4, which is currently state-owned but commercially funded. Claire said that the potential sale of Channel 4, as well as BBC studios and Worldwide is reminiscent of the decade after 1985 and the media industry's "nuclear winter", when the idea of an advertising funded BBC was mooted.
BBC News 5 October 2015
James Barford was quoted in an article about the planned merger of O2 and Three. This would produce the UK's largest mobile phone company, holding a 40% market share. There are worries that this could threaten competition in the UK mobile marketplace. James said that there would have to be "significant remedies involved" for the approval of the merger, he said "The question is whether the buyer - Hutchison - will accept them as the cost of doing the transaction. They have in the past in Ireland".
BBC News 1 October 2015
Ian Maude was quoted in an article about Adblock Plus as the company behind this popular plug-in pledges to open up its controversial 'whitelist'. Ian said "They're commercial enterprises and they want to make as much money as they can" adding, "But I do sympathise with the ad-blockers and internet users to the extent that you are now seeing vast volumes of data being gathered about people's behaviour without their express permission via trackers used by advertisers, and that's not a desirable outcome."
BBC News 28 September 2015
Claire Enders was quoted in an article about the news that Vodafone has ended talks with Liberty Global, the owner of Virgin Media, about a possible asset swap. Claire said "Why were people disappointed when mission impossible foundered? I don't know."
Le Monde 2 July 2015 8 September 2015
Claire Enders was quoted in an article discussing James Murdoch and succession plans at 21st Century Fox
BBC News 7 September 2015
Douglas McCabe was quoted in an article about the appointment of Rebekah Brooks and Tony Gallagher to News UK.
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".