W’round up — 16 March 2017
The Raven’s arrived — marketing, media, tech and related stories that have sparkled in the roost, and sparked my interest over the past week.
THIS WEEK: Hammond’s U-turn, Snapchat backlash, peak social media, Facebook v BBC, mean ITV, Netflix holds its nerve, T&Cs, Troubles ahead for Channel 4, Switch sales and pessimism rules?
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Interesting snippets from the last month on Planet Earth, starting with the plight of British institutions…
Dividing comms: So the writing’s on the wall for one long-arm of BT. In hundreds of years, the multi-volume biography of BT may be called mitosis.
BT has bowed to demands by the telecoms regulator Ofcom to legally separate Openreach, which runs the UK's broadband…www.bbc.co.uk
Making the most of your subs: Oh, but on the back of BT Sport’s epic investment in Champion’s League football broadcasting last week, the social’s rocking…
BT Sport successfully capitalised from FC Barcelona’s heroic comeback last night (Wednesday 8 March) with a massive…www.thedrum.com
The fate of the Four: Is the UK’s other uniquely funded network heading into the sole possession of the private sector? Signs seem to be pointing that way and there’s the worrying hint that public interest might not be stirred enough, Bake-off or not…
David Abraham, the chief executive of British broadcast network Channel 4, is to step down by the end of this year…variety.com
IT ME! Following the greatest viral interview of the week, Professor Kelly gained a follow-up interview which kept the rather bizarre and not altogether unhealthy PR going. Well, why not join the hoopla? That BBC line is priceless.
Prof Robert E Kelly, his kids and wife return to BBC News to talk about their unexpected viral fame.www.bbc.co.uk
Cancellation spree: ITV, recent overlords of the acquisition, happy to premiere multi-million pound productions on their digital channels (The Frankenstein Chronicles was an intriguing commission), have hit light vein of self-censorship.
Victoria may have staved off the Downton Blues for what looks like an entire reign, but with Broadchurch on its final run recent cancellation of Home Fires and The Halcyon suggest they’re not taking prisoners in the search for a replacement. The ratings verdict on their welcome return to screening prime-time American drama on Friday nights (I mean, Lethal Weapon!) is awaited…
ITV has confirmed that it has axed its period drama The Halcyon after just one series. The broadcaster issued a…www.radiotimes.com
Trouble at 10: meanwhile, the News at 10 hasn’t proved immune to turbulence. While I haven’t watched any of The Nightly Show, it sure does remind me of a badger cull.
David Walliams and John Bishop were hardly heaped with praise when they hosted The Nightly Show. So it’s no wonder that…www.radiotimes.com
Sad McSadface: Meanwhile, in the southern hemisphere — is this the loneliest boat WITHOUT face in the world? It’s not easy being meme…
A small yellow robot submarine, called Boaty McBoatface after a competition to name a new polar research ship backfired…www.theguardian.com
Taken for Granted: Following last week’s treatise on the happiness of anger — here’s why being grumpy and pessimistic pays off! Yes, seriously, try it. Sod those Thackery quotes, kick over glasses ambiguously full... I used to work in a building where Hugh Grant held an office and he repeatedly scowled at me when we met, all too frequently, on the stairs. Great times.
On stage he's a loveable, floppy-haired prince charming. Off camera - well let's just say he needs a lot of personal…www.bbc.com
Back to the grounds: Starbucks, the $10 coffee and behavioural psychology:
Next month, Starbucks' Howard Schultz will be stepping down as Starbucks' CEO and taking on a leadership role for the…www.inc.com
Ad crown ex: Netflix are sticking to their guns, and quite rightly:
When Netflix chief executive Reed Hastings was quizzed about the future of the streaming service at Mobile World…www.campaignlive.co.uk
They’re making increasingly profound contributions to film history:
LOS ANGELES - After going silent for almost two years, producers working to salvage "The Other Side of the Wind," the…www.nytimes.com
Taking a lead: Fresh from this week’s Baby Driver trailer Jamie Foxx has some words of passion on entrepreneurship :
Why entrepreneurs should be positive about their prospects.www.entrepreneur.com
Switch update: Passed 1.5m units sold and being hacked, that’s a big week for the Nintendo console. There are obligatory grumbles over customer service, the quirks of hot from the kiln hardware… but with a tonne of Switches shifted, the big question has to be: who the Hell are the 10% who aren’t buying Zelda?
And 9 out of 10 Switch owners bought Zelda with it Share this article Companies in this article Nintendo has sold 1.5m…www.gamesindustry.biz
Trust in the digital age: In adsville and fake-newsville, scrutiny seems to fall on Facebook and Twitter a little too easily. Even in view of their massive reach, the natural moderation of group communication across all media should be acknowledged, given the circling and warnings increasingly coming from private competitors and users...
Social networks such as Twitter and Facebook should be doing more to combat the emerging threat of fake news, a…www.theguardian.com
And big figures need to keep the issue focussed:
The Labour peer and former film producer, who worked alongside Charles Saatchi and Sir Alan Parker at Collett Dickenson…www.campaignlive.co.uk
Spicy wings? On media, Doritos has taken a fiery punt on puppetry:
Doritos, the number three snack brand in the UK, is supporting the launch of its new Heatburst range with a two…www.forecourtshop.co.uk
Funding rounds: In tech start-up news, AirBnB made a grade:
Online room renting service Airbnb said on Thursday it had raised $1 billion in its latest round of funding, valuing…tech.economictimes.indiatimes.com
The end of things? But aside from them… It’s difficult to judge how big the past week’s been — it might just have been MASSIVE. Before some scientists declared the Great Barrier week dead, Campaign suggested social media was post-peak:
On 1.38pm on 16 February 2017, the Wall Street Journal reported that Snap Inc had set a valuation for itself of between…www.campaignlive.co.uk
Sort your gimmicks out: Meanwhile, Alex Hern had some stern words for the cloned footsteps of Snapchat…
It must be getting hard to walk into work at Facebook with your head held high. You roll into the campus in your Tesla…www.theguardian.com
Telling tales: Added value story-telling is burning up R&D at the moment. Medium’s gone Series but WhatsApp’s appears to have paid attention to that anti-Snapchat-clone sentiment:
WhatsApp has rolled back its biggest update in years. Just weeks ago, Facebook announced that it would be adding its…www.independent.co.uk
Squaring the benefits: A year on from their digital revolution, The Independent’s puzzling route to survival:
It has been a year since The Independent shuttered its print edition and became a digital-only publisher. Although it’s…www.campaignlive.com
Giant scraps: Having already mentioned the BBC and Facebook, here’s an unfortunately tawdry scrap of tit for tat between the two— who does this help?
LONDON — When Angus Crawford, a journalist at the British Broadcasting Corporation, started reporting on sexualized…www.nytimes.com
Budget U-turn: Philip Hammond’s taken a column in The Sun to u-turn a key budget statement in spectacularly self-conscious fashion. What a horribly predictable end for a terribly ill-thought out headline.
The UK government needs an dedicated approach to addressing freelancing and gig economy concerns. Ministers should proactively support entrepreneurship and not clumsily seek NI contribution parity without considering the associated disparity in rights and benefits. The timing was atrocious, the distraction from Brexit, much like the Grammar school policy will prove, flawed.
Theresa May said on Thursday she will delay legislating to implement a controversial national insurance rise for self…www.theguardian.com
To an apparently game scapegoat:
Tory MPs said the fiasco had been "hugely damaging" to Mr Hammond's authority, with one saying he was now "on probation…www.telegraph.co.uk
Expensive: Her Majesty may have given Royal Assent to triggering Article 50, but neither budget mis-steps nor Brexit managed to cover this record fine and growing snowball:
The Electoral Commission has fined the Conservative Party £70,000 over "significant" election campaign expenses issues…www.independent.co.uk
You need to accept: Ending on a bright if overlong note, as most things start with ridiculously long terms and conditions.
It is rare to find someone who has a favourite line in the iTunes terms and conditions, but Robert Sikoryak does. "Oh…www.theguardian.com
And if that’s a little new school…
If there aren't any books that tickle your fancy, perhaps you'll be interested in the tale of the Amazon Kindle terms…mashable.com
On my side: This Open Energy Market held a internal launch for the brand new, sparkling Version 3 yesterday. There were a great deal of puns, and almost as much cake (three-layered of course).
It’s the first major platform release this year and promises major changes to energy and utility buying int he UK. V3’s launch will form a major focus as the end of the month careers towards us. Over the next two days keep an eye out for our ‘Going Green’ campaign…
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