Politics

US TV giant Comcast gazumps Murdoch bid for Sky

Happy bunnies in London this morning are most Sky shareholders, who’ve seen US cable giant and NBC owner Comcast bid about £22bn for the company. Not so pleased is Rupert Murdoch (below), whose Fox already owns 39 per cent of ...

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Desmond seals deal to sell Express to Trinity Mirror

Traditional media may have been a vale of tears for most of its proponents over the past 15 years or so, but not for Richard Desmond. Now the former owner of Channel 5 (below) – sold to Viacom for £463m ...

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Death of a monarch is no business of brands

I see that The Drum is running a piece musing on “how marketers should react” to the death of Elizabeth 11 (she isn’t dead by the way), following a piece in the Guardian about the possible public reaction to such ...

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UK adspend defies gloomsters to burst £22bn barrier

UK advertising spend is forecast to hit £22.1bn in 2017 (up 3.4 per cent on the year before) according to new Advertising Association/WARC data, based on Q3’s 3.5 per cent rise to £5.4bn. A rise of 2.8 per cent to ...

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Levy hails Trump boost for business

Publicis Groupe chairman Maurice Levy is at Davos – you can tell by the very furry coat – and he’s been telling Bloomberg TV that Donald Trump’s tax giveaway (and the reforms by France’s new president Macron) means that 2018 ...

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UK adland confronts Brexit and trust crisis

Brexit was the headline topic of the Advertising Association’s Lead 2018 conference – the trade body has taken on the tricky task of campaigning for a good deal on behalf of the industry – but the outstanding issue of the ...

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Karmarama confounds critics with impressive Army outing

Much hoopla in the media about this new British Army campaign from Karmarama, building on last year’s ‘This Is Belonging.’ Seems there was a plan at some stage to move away from the long-serving tagline ‘Be The Best’ (it’s still ...

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