the Financial Times 5 February 2016
James Barford was quoted in an article on convergence or quad play bundling i.e. broadband, landline, mobile and TV all taken from the same provider, with all four major UK fixed line players – BT, Sky, TalkTalk and Virgin Media expected to offer this by the end of the year. On BT's major investment in this strategy “convergence” James said that the jury is out as to whether BT will be able to broaden its TV offering- adding high-quality drama as well as sports rights adding that BT’s brand has proved difficult to stretch in the past.
the New York Times 1 February 2016
Claire Enders was quoted in an article on James Murdoch's return as chairman at Sky, after his humiliating departure almost four years ago. The announcement follows the recent return of another central figure in the scandal, Rebekah Brooks, and it has propelled speculation that the Murdoch family may be preparing to reassert itself in the European media landscape through a new takeover bid for Sky. Claire said "I think that as soon as Rebekah Brooks was acquitted there was a start of a way back for James,” adding that, “this is going to be very positively viewed, but not simply because people will say they could reignite the bid” for Sky, she said.
the Guardian 1 February 2016
Claire Enders was quoted in an article on James Murdoch’s surprise return as Sky chairman. Claire said “he is coming back to lead the company in European form in an era when consolidation may well happen in both Europe and the US.” Adding that, “If it does happen European consolidation is vital for Sky to navigate and from a business perspective James’s return is extraordinarily good news.”
Open Democracy 21 January 2016
Claire Enders was quoted in an article where she explains the central scenario of the Government in relation to the BBC and public service broadcasting to 2025 and why she opposed it. Claire said "For some reason, the Westminster government wants the UK to adopt models which involve much less production of original British-made material or they believe that ‘market forces’ will make up the difference. But they won’t.", adding that "the BBC and Channel 4 contribute overwhelmingly to the 30-year British creative success story that is the audiovisual sector and, even more so, in the Nations."
Bloomberg Business 20 January 2016
Chris Hayes was quoted in an article on the funding of 100 Million to Deezer SA, the European music-streaming company, which as a result has put Deezer in a position to compete with music giants such as Spotify and Apple Music. Chris said that Deezer SA competitor "are in a very tricky position", adding that "they need to present a new offer to people acquainted with better known brands”, as unlike Spotify and Apple, Deezer has sought to reach new users by relying on partnerships with telecommunications providers like Orange SA, a participant in the funding.
the Telegraph 18 January 2016
Francois Godard was quoted in an article on Vincent Bolloré role in Vivendi and his focus on overhauling Vivendi’s key domestic business, the satellite pay-TV operator Canal+. Francois said “In the past Canal+ was pretty autonomous in capital allocation and strategy, but now Vivendi is in charge and Bolloré is the big boss,” adding that “his impact in the French media market is already profound”.
BBC 18 January 2016
Rukshan Mehra was quoted in an article about the merge of BT and EE. Rukshan said BT's acquisition was "a strong bet" on so-called quad-play - where firms sell fixed-line phone, mobile, internet and TV services as one package.
BBC Radio 4, Today programme 15 January 2016
Rukshan Mehra appeared on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme to discuss the morning’s announcement that the CMA has approved the EE acquisition by BT.
the Financial Times 4 January 2016
Enders Analysis was quoted in an article about the news that Channel 4 has bought the broadcast rights for Formula One races after the BBC scrapped its coverage three years early in an attempt to save money. Channel 4, which is also publicly owned, will broadcast ten races a season between 2016 and 2018. Enders Analysis said, whilst the government is considering moves to privatise Channel 4 the broadcaster’s finances are actually improving thanks to the ad market, leaving Channel 4 with a potential surplus of £20m in 2015.
BBC 17 December 2015
Ian Maude was quoted in an article about news of the BBC's pilot scheme for auto-translated TV reports, which automatically translate short news stories providing subtitles and computer-generated narration in a variety of languages. Ian said "We're all used to online language services, but voiceover translation for video has been stuck in the past".
Fortune 15 December 2015
Alice Enders was quoted in an article about the news that the federal Copyright Royalty Board is scheduled to issue a ruling to set royalty rates for Internet Radio. Alice discussed what the implications are for Pandora and said “Anything other than the status quo is going to be dreadful for Pandora.”
the New York Times 14 December 2015
Alice Enders was quoted in an article about Pandora and music streaming royalty rates. Alice said “The core problem of Pandora is that under the existing rate structure they’re not making any money”.
the Financial Times 4 December 2015
Claire Enders was quoted in an article about the news that Alan Yentob has stepped down as BBC creative director in the aftermath of controversy over his role as chairman of the Kids Company charity. Claire said he was “the acceptable face of being a public intellectual”.
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”.