Media economics

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

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 broadcasting should be financed and what role it has in relation to the increasingly convergent media industries. That is a […]


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

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. You can hear interviews I did for Swedish radio here. The theme was the future of ‘quality’ or public service journalism. […]


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

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 again about what it is for. These are some notes from my talk to a symposium in Hilversum for Dutch […]


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

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 Intern Christine Flamsholt Jensen reports on a talk by Columbia University Professor David Hajdu about how outsiders made music that […]

December 3rd, 2012|Media|0 Comments|

Facebook: why shouldn’t you trust them?

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 if people who use it are starting to think of it in those terms. Let me explain.