Tag Archives: Media economics

Sep 25 2013

What Comes Next For The Media Business Model When We Are All Digital First?

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Just about everyone I talk to in the business is at the point where they ‘get it’. They know that digital technologies are changing their production methods and the way their material is consumed and paid for. They don’t want … Continue reading

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Aug 22 2013

From fee to mutual? What kind of BBC do you want to emerge from Charter Renewal?

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If the BBC is such great value then why do we have to take 180,000 people to court every year to make them pay for it? In answering that question we soon get into a discussion about how public service … Continue reading

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Jul 3 2013

Life’s A Media Riot (Speech to Almedalen in Sweden)

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This is the text of a speech I gave at the extraordinary annual Swedish political festival called ‘Almedalen’, when the whole political class of the country moves to a Baltic island for a week of debate open to the public. … Continue reading

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Feb 13 2013

A strategic approach to the new threats and opportunities for Public Service Media

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Public Service Media like the rest of the industry is facing a tough time across Europe. In the Netherlands the government has ordered a wholesale restructuring as well as deep budget reductions. It’s a moment for the NPO to think … Continue reading

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Dec 3 2012

The Business of Bling: How Hip Hop Makes American Music History (guest blog)

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From the ‘ethnic minstrelsy’ of Tin Pan Alley in the early 20th century, to the bling culture of Hip Hop – American popular music has been both big business and a vital ingredient in the US cultural melting pot. Polis … Continue reading

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May 27 2011

Facebook: why shouldn’t you trust them?

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If Facebook was a country – so the false analogy goes – it would be the world’s third largest with 500+ million ‘inhabitants’. But what’s it like to live there? I know that Facebook isn’t a country, but I wonder … Continue reading

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May 22 2011

Profiting From The Web: The Ethics Of The New Media Environment

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These are my notes from a talk given to the Web Science Conference, ‘Profiting From the New Web’ on Monday May 23rd, 2011 at the Royal Society. You can see the slides here. I want to start by saying that … Continue reading

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May 3 2011

Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s Chief Operating Officer at POLIS/LSE on May 25th

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  I was delighted to chair a lecture by Sheryl Sandberg, Facebooks’ Chief Operating Officer. The title is ’It’s all about people’ The audio podcast is available here. You can read an excellent live blog report by @joannejacobs here. Another interesting … Continue reading

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Mar 25 2011

Why Is HuffPo Coming Here?

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Is the launch of a UK Huffington Post a serious venture, or is this just a half-hearted attempt to turn AOL’s latest acquisition into a global franchise? On the face of it there isn’t much going for the idea. The … Continue reading

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Mar 3 2011

Sky News Saved: But What About The Bigger Picture?

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The Sky News deal is elegant in its ingenuity, but I doubt it will do enough to satisfy the critics of the full merger between Newscorp and BSkyB. Their fears were always about what Murdoch would go on to do … Continue reading

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