US ISPs hail the end of online privacy rules

The Federal Communications Commission’s Privacy Order (FCC) was overturned by the Senate, clearing the way for ISPs to ramp up consumer data-driven advertising revenue

While Google and Facebook dominate digital advertising in the US as in other markets, the US is alone in removing regulatory barriers to ISPs taking a piece of the pie

US ISPs now have a self-regulatory regime for consumer rights on transparency, security and data breaches; but in the UK and EU, privacy advocates prefer enforceable rights

Consumer magazine publishing, Part two: The power of brands and industry innovation

In a challenging digital marketplace, publishers face a crisis of purpose. To navigate the turbulent seas, publishers must invest more in their brands and the industry as a whole must innovate

Consumer engagement, previously held by magazines, has sailed to social media where young influencers across Instagram, YouTube and Snapchat challenge established norms of content discovery and curation

Consumer magazine publishing, Part one: The power of brands and industry collaboration

Evidence is mounting that the consumer magazine market is reaching an existential threshold. In this two-part overview of the UK consumer magazine marketplace we address the need for industry collaboration and brand innovation.

The print market is seeing sector-wide declines and the real structural fallout has only just begun; a supply chain review is urgently required.

European mobile in Q2 2017: Rare growth spike

European mobile service revenue growth witnessed a rare growth spike this quarter, rising to 0.5%, likely due in large part to the reduced impact this quarter from the European roaming cut regulation, but also helped by a slight softening of MTR cuts and continued ‘more-for-more’ price increases

This roaming regulation holiday will end next quarter and the full impact of ‘free roaming’ will be felt, thus the spike in mobile service revenue growth is likely to more-than-reverse

The Guardian

3 October 2017 - 11:47am -- Claire O'Brien

Tom Harrington was quoted in an article on the new ITV current affairs programme set to rival BBC Newsnight. Tom said: “For some time, the 10pm to 11pm slot has been an unsettled and comparatively underperforming one for ITV. On weekdays from 9pm to 10pm, its main channel commands over 13% of all TV viewing but that drops to less than 8% between 10pm and 11pm. The very public failure of The Nightly Show, its attempt earlier this year at a US-style late-night talkshow was the latest piece of inconsistent scheduling.”


28 September 2017 - 11:54am -- Olga De Giovanni

Joseph Evans was quoted in an article on London's transport authority TfL decision not to renew Uber's licence to operate in the city of London. In the 48 hours following the decision, Addison Lee, Gett and MyTaxi all saw a spike in downloads. Some rival car-booking services had tried to capitalise on the news by offering steep discounts over the weekend, even though Uber's service will continue to operate as usual while it appeals against the TfL decision. Figures from app research company Priori Data also indicated a boost for Uber's rivals. Joseph said "the small-scale effect last weekend shows that TfL's decision is creating awareness of alternatives. Given Uber's position as the best-known ride-hailing brand, even this is something they would rather have avoided. But the point remains that from a taxi-app perspective, Uber is the 800lb gorilla in the UK".


27 September 2017 - 12:57pm -- Olga De Giovanni

Tom Harrington was quoted in an article on Peppa Pig popularity in China. The cartoon pig's popularity in the country has been driven by nationwide showings of her TV programme and a big social media presence. Sales of her toys, clothes and home furnishings are on the up. Peppa has attracted 34 billion views on the different Chinese platforms since the brand launched in 2015. The toy is also bringing in increased revenue in the US for Entertainment One, which owns the brand. Tom said the character's success in China was "amazing", “China is a massive market but is very difficult for Western media companies to get into for two reasons. One is censorship and the other is that you can't operate there without an alliance with a Chinese business. He added that "however, children's content is very transferable between cultures, especially animation which is very easy to dub over to make it look local". He said that the top TV shows in any country are always local shows.

the Guardian

26 September 2017 - 2:48pm -- Olga De Giovanni

Tom Harrington was quoted in an article on the contrasting performances of Strictly and the X Factor, which have raised questions about whether the ITV show has fallen into terminal decline despite creator Simon Cowell attempting to shake it up this year. Tom said singing contests had become “stale” and questioned whether ITV would continue to put the X Factor up against Strictly. He said “shows are often moved around, including by the BBC, which sits on top of the channel listing but doesn’t have everything its own way – it moved The Big Family Cooking Showdown, so as not to clash with Bake Off on Channel 4, and it brought forward Poldark so as not to share a Sunday night again with ITV’s Victoria. Strictly and X Factor have been going head to head in some capacity for years and, up to this time, that consistency indicates that for both the BBC and ITV that arrangement works. That may change, however, with X Factor’s decline”. Tom added that despite the X Factor’s falling audience it remained valuable to ITV. The programme reaches more 16- to 34-year-olds than Strictly – a valuable market for advertisers – and its viewing figures are expected to rise significantly when people watching the X Factor on catch-up services or recordings are taken into account. He said “X Factor has been slipping since the heights of the late 2000s when the discovery of acts like Matt Cardle and Little Mix resonated with viewers. Singing contests have inevitably grown somewhat stale, a trend hurried along by the sheer number of them – in the past year, BBC has announced that neither Pitch Battle nor Garry Barlow’s Let It Shine will return for a second season. That being said, even as it stands X Factor remains a guaranteed pull for a sizeable audience, and one that is relatively young. It is important to note that on Saturday, X Factor was markedly more popular amongst the 16 to 34s than Strictly”.

Financial Times

25 September 2017 - 11:51am -- Olga De Giovanni

Douglas McCabe was quoted in an article on Time Inc, who wants to sell its UK magazines division, including well-known titles such as Country Life, TV Times and the NME, as part of a wider shake-up of the struggling US publishing group. The move is part of what the company called a “strategic transformation programme” and comes after Time abandoned plans to sell itself in April, ending months of speculation over the future of the group which owns Time, People and Sports Illustrated. On Friday Time reported a 17 per cent fall in second quarter print and other advertising revenues, and confirmed a $400m cost-savings programme. Time, formerly known as IPC, is one of the UK’s biggest magazine publishers. According to data from Enders Analysis the company’s titles attracted the highest annual circulation in the UK in 2016 with 168.7m. Douglas said that while the move by Time was not a shock, it was still a “big decision” for the US group. Adding that “the UK is a very important territory, probably the biggest outside the US. But print ads are tough, digital advertising hasn’t taken off and its market share is being threatened by bloggers and other social media online”.


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