Claire Enders addresses the achievements of the London 2012 Paralympic Games, strongly supported by Channel 4's coverage of events, and the ultimate success of the games in informing social attitudes.
Claire Enders discusses viewing trends over the London 2012 Olympic Games, assessing the success of the media coverage in keeping audiences engaged.
Joseph Evans was quoted in a Telegraph article on Facebook’s new dating app. Facebook does have an edge over other sites don’t; “When you answer questions on OK Cupid, you are thinking about how your answers will look,” Facebook, however, has data not just on what you say do you but what you actually do: the events you’ve attended, pages you’ve liked etc. On the other hand, however, “People might want harder and faster walls between their social lives and their romantic lives,” Joseph explained. “They might not want to blur them by having them both on the same platform.” Ultimately, Joseph “wouldn’t expect them to make much headway in terms of market share unless they invest a lot into it. We’ll have to wait and see how hard they push it, whether they send notifications to users who list themselves as single, whether they do any advertising around it. Then it would look like they’re trying to pull people into online dating who aren’t already into it.”
The Wall Street Journal used an Enders Analysis chart to show the speed at which Sky is transitioning from satellite to broadband. Having introducing broadband in 2013, Sky now reach 14% of their U.K. and Ireland, Now TV customers with broadband.
Alice Enders appeared on BBC Radio 4 to discuss the upcoming Sky auction
Alice Enders was quoted by The Hollywood Reporter in an article on the auction between 21st Century Fox and Comast for Sky. She said both sides have a lot riding on the outcome of the auction. Fox can be “aggressive on Sky, especially backed by Disney's firepower and [Disney chairman and CEO Bob] Iger's desire for Sky,” she said. But she added: "The combat for Sky is clearly also existential for Comcast's Brian Roberts, even if the shareholders still seem confused by the logic of buying a pay TV company in Europe when the sector is manifestly in decline in the U.S. due to cord-cutting, whatever the reason." Enders highlighted that "without Sky, they have only the NBCU contribution to diversification of revenues and geographies."
Francois Godard was quoted in a Bloomberg article on the EU vote to protect publishers from Google and Facebook with new copyright laws. Publishers are losing vast amounts of profit to online media, but Francois said "I don’t think it will help" the publishers, "It’s not where the problem is for them."
François Godard was quoted in a Digiday article on France Televisions’ decision to stop selling shows to Netflix. Delphine Ernotte, president of France Televisions, explained the decision: “If we want to keep strong French fiction and European fiction, it is necessary that the actors who concur — the creators, the producers, the distributors — that we are in control of the distribution.” Francois, however, said that his remarks are an indication of where the broadcaster wants to be, rather than what it currently can control. “It’s a French Hulu 10 years after Hulu. It will need a lot of investment. It’s not their business to sell to consumers, it’s their business to sell to advertisers.” Pooling ad sales on a joint platform would make more sense than competing with Netflix, he said.
James Barford appeared on BBC News to discuss the issue of mobile contract sleepers. Sleepers are out-of-contract customers needlessly still paying a handset-inclusive tariff when they could take up a SIM-only plan. This issue is covered in more detail in: UK mobile market Q2 2018: Disappointment before dawn [2018-084]
Douglas McCabe was quoted by BBC News in an article on the surge of billionaires buying newspapers and magazines. "The wealthy have always been attracted to news media, chiefly because influential media buys access and influence for owners," he said, before explaining that the "enormous pressure" placed on media outlets by their dwindling advertising revenue, makes them quick to embrace tycoons.