Publications

Format: Aug 2015
Sector(s) Datesort ascending
Clear Channel – designs on global radio?

Encouraged by the way that Google has come to dominate the global market for online search advertising, Clear Channel and its rival CBS Radio are now eyeing the potential to dominate the global market for online radio advertising, and fend off Google. In July 2008, Clear Channel announced its plans to dominate the ‘internet radio’ market, by launching a ‘portal’ offering a vast array of radio programming, along with a new business unit to sell online advertising inventory. Although Clear Channel’s targets initially are US advertisers and US internet users, the company will likely target the UK market when it eventually decides to roll out its business model for online radio to the rest of the world. As a result, within the next decade, the UK commercial radio sector could face an additional source of competition from overseas media companies offering radio content delivered via the internet

  • Google
Media, Internet, Music and Radio 1 September 2008
H3G H1 2008 results and datacard economics

H3G Group’s H1 2008 results showed static revenue and EBITDA slipping back into negative territory, neither of which bode well for the company’s target of being EBIT positive next year

  • Hutchison 3G
Telecoms, Mobile 31 August 2008
TV and ITV NAR to 2012

2005 was an all time high for total TV net advertising revenues (NAR), even if ITV1, the leading commercial channel, had peaked the year before. 2008 is now proving particularly nasty for everyone as budgets take a plunge in the second half of the year, while expectations are growing that things will only get worse in 2009. This presentation sets out our latest five-year forecasts of total TV and ITV plc NAR, taking into account latest market trading expectations for September and October 2008 and trends in the economy

  • ITV
Media, TV 20 August 2008
Finding a buyer for Spain's Digital+

Prisa, the 98% owner of Sogecable, has put Spain’s leading pay-TV platform Digital+ up for sale in order to make a large reduction in its debts

  • Sogecable
Media, TV, Non-UK Media 12 August 2008
Virgin Media Q2 2008 results: continuing improvement but not yet firing on all cylinders

VMed’s Q2 results represent a further step in the recovery of the business, with fixed line churn continuing to fall and operating cash flow (OCF) continuing to grow, helped by a dramatic improvement in OCF at Virgin Mobile

  • Virgin Media
TV, Media, Telecoms, Fixed Line 9 August 2008
ITV 2008 interim results: battening down the hatches

ITV interim results for 2008 confirmed expectations of a sharp downturn in H1 profits combined with dire predictions for net advertising revenues in the second half of the year, although ITV has so far succeeded in outperforming the rest of the commercial sector in 2008

  • ITV
Media, TV 6 August 2008
Carphone Warehouse Q1 trading update: weathering the storms

Carphone Warehouse had a solid quarter on the distribution side given the current environment, with 6-7% underlying organic retail growth and roughly stable like-for-like figures

  • Carphone Warehouse
Telecoms, Mobile, Fixed Line 4 August 2008
Sky FY 2008 results: sound progress

Another strong quarter of pay-TV and Sky+ growth in the face of a severe retail downturn makes us more confident that Sky will achieve its target of 10 million DTH pay-TV subscribers by the end of calendar 2010 despite falling short of the required run rate of annual net additions in FY 2008

  • Sky
TV, Media 3 August 2008
BT FY 2008-09 Q1 results: wholesale hit compounded by weak performance at Global Services

BT’s Q1 results were weak, with declining like-for-like revenue and EBITDA, although cash flow grew strongly thanks to a lull in capex

  • BT
Telecoms, Fixed Line 2 August 2008
Web TV: Project Kangaroo heads to the Competition Commission

Project Kangaroo, the planned joint venture between BBC Worldwide, ITV and C4 to pool archival resources and supply video-on-demand (VOD) to UK retail and wholesale customers, was referred by the Office of Fair Trading to the Competition Commission on 30th June

  • BBC
  • Channel 4
  • ITV
Media, TV, Internet 29 July 2008
Ofcom’s review of Openreach’s financial framework: BT one, unbundlers nil?

This report explains Ofcom’s ongoing review of Openreach’s financial framework, why it is important, the myriad factors involved, our view on the likely outcome and the implications for BT and unbundlers, in particular Carphone Warehouse and BSkyB

  • BT
  • Carphone Warehouse
  • Sky
Telecoms, Fixed Line 28 July 2008
Vodafone June 2008 KPIs: economic woes... or competitive struggles?

Vodafone Europe’s service revenue growth dropped by two full percentage points in the quarter to June 2008; Spain plummeted from +5.1% to -2.5%, but the UK and Italy’s underlying growth also fell, with only Germany stable

  • Vodafone
Telecoms, Mobile, Non-UK Telecoms 21 July 2008
Setanta facing the credit crunch

The TV advertising sector is haemorrhaging in the economic downturn, but troubles could also be brewing in the pay-TV sector. Sky still looks secure, but Setanta appears more exposed in its role of ancillary pay-TV provider in the high stakes and high risk world of premium sports

  • Sky
Media, TV 16 July 2008
BT Next Generation Access: a one billion pound toe in the water

BT’s announcement of a project to extend fibre beyond the exchange for some existing homes as well as newly built ones is good PR, a useful regulatory gambit, and offers the prospect of regaining some initiative from unbundlers and Virgin Media at the wholesale and retail levels respectively

  • Virgin Media
  • BT
Telecoms, Fixed Line 14 July 2008
Tiscali UK - where now?

The current process for a sale of Tiscali Spa in whole or part appears to be breaking down, just as the prospects for standalone ISPs in the UK are becoming less certain

Telecoms, Fixed Line 12 July 2008
UK broadband market Q1 2008

The decline in broadband market growth has accelerated, with market net additions in Q1 down on Q4 for the first time in three years. Household penetration reached 59%

Telecoms, Fixed Line 7 July 2008
Cable & Wireless/Thus: a deal worth doing

In our view the potential for synergies from an acquisition of Thus by C&W, though more limited than might be supposed, would still have a significant impact on the combined entity at the EBITDA level

  • Cable & Wireless
Mobile, Telecoms 30 June 2008
Competition concerns for the TNS-GfK merger

We expect the TNS-GfK merger proposal to be examined closely by the European Commission, and anticipate competition concerns to be raised in the market for television audience measurement (TAM)

Media 28 June 2008
France Télécom premium TV play

Having acquired national broadcast TV rights for premium content, France Télécom’s Orange TV will launch on satellite on 3rd July and introduce subscription football and film and series services from August, in a first for a major European telecoms incumbent

  • Orange
  • France Telecom
TV, Media, Non-UK Media, Telecoms 28 June 2008
DAB radio - nice platform, shame about the take-up

Consumer take-up both of DAB receiver hardware and of listening to digital-only radio stations has been slow, in spite of considerable investment in content and in transmission infrastructure for the platform by the BBC and commercial radio since 1995

  • BBC
Media, Music and Radio 22 June 2008

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