Media

Sell me the Sun Rupert says Richard Desmond

Or that’s what Daily Express and Daily Star owner Richard Desmond seemed to be saying to the BBC’s Nick Cosgrove on the Radio 4 Today programme this morning. Desmond could have just been trying to deflect attention from the $175m ...

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Modesty Blaise creator Peter O’Donnell checks out

Once upon a time British newspapers had style, or tried to, and Peter O’Donnell’s cartoon Modesty Blaise in the London Evening Standard, which ran for over 40 years, certainly did. O’Donnell died recently, as did another legendary Fleet Street stylist ...

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UK ad complaints show the ASA is a good regulator

The UK Advertising Standards Authority was introduced 40-odd years ago as a system of self-regulation paid for by a small tax on media spend. At the time it was regarded by advertising’s opponents (and they had a case) as just ...

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Aussie PM Rudd and mining giants in ad war over tax

Australian prime minister Kevin Rudd wants to bring in a 40 per cent surtax on the mining giants who are digging up huge chunks of the country to supply the ever-growing needs of Chinese industry. He’s been criticised already for ...

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FT story rattles China, Eurozone, world markets

There’s influence and influence and the Financial Times seems to have it in spades if the reaction to a story in last Wednesday’s pink ‘un is any guide. The FT wrote that China, the world’s biggest buyer of government bonds ...

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ITV’s new triumvirate has no room for Rupert Howell

Rupert Howell

It always looked likely that Rupert Howell, the former HHCL and McCanns chief, ITV’s managing director of brand and commercial, would run out of room on the arrival of another former agency man Adam Crozier as CEO. The station is ...

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Why Google TV won’t work

It won’t work because it’s complex (yet another box), costly, people don’t want to surf on their TVs, it will add to advertising audience fragmentation and (in the US) you can get most of the good bits already on cable. ...

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Channel Five in the UK shop window – surely Sky will make a move?

Channel Five, or Five as it likes to be known, is officially up for sale according to a report in the Daily Telegraph. The terrestrial station, which is owned by Luxembourg-based RTL which in turn is majority-owned by German media ...

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