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".
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”.