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May 14 2013


Enders’ Maude: YouTube Will Make $4 Billion From Ads This Year

LONDON – Few video watchers could have failed to notice how YouTube is amping up the frequency of pre-roll ads on the service. But what will that bring to the operator’s bottom line?

“We estimate this year YouTube will generate about $4 billion in advertising revenue,” analyst Ian Maude of Enders Analysis told Beet.TV’s recent London Video Ad Strategy Summit.

Maude said data also shows YouTube is now more popular than BBC iPlayer on UK cable operator Virgin Media’s connected TiVO service – probably because Virgin Media has situated its YouTube app on a conventional channel number in its linear EPG.

“Overall TV viewing is growing, but that’s largely being driven by older people,” Maude added. “We’re seeing a divergence between what the under-35s and over-35s are doing.”

August 23 2012

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July 31 2011


Members of Parliament spend 1,000 hours a year on Twitter, are either "lurkers" or "obsessives"

Telegraph :: They send messages about cats, squidgy cake and Take That. And sometimes about politics. MPs are spending almost 1,000 hours a year on Twitter, the social networking site, according to research. The number of MPs tweeting has more than doubled from 111 in January last year to 275 today, and is expected to go on rising as more politicians sign up. Keen tweeters include Nick Clegg, the Deputy Prime Minister and Ed Miliband, the Labour leader. But David Cameron, the Prime Minister is famously anti-Twitter.

Continue to read David Harrison, www.telegraph.co.uk

July 24 2011


1 billion opportunities - Google+ off to a fast start with 20 Million visitors in 21 days

comScore :: Google does have a built-in visitor base of more than 1 billion to work with, so there is clearly potential to convert a high number of users to its new social tool Google+ – even if it is still invite-only. What is also interesting about the rapid growth of Google+ is its proliferation on a global basis. While the U.S. leads in Google+ audience, it currently accounts for 27% of the total worldwide audience. Interestingly, India holds a strong #2 position with 2.8 million visitors. The UK (867,000 visitors), Canada (859,000 visitors) and Germany (706,000 visitors) round out the top five.

Facts & figures - continue to read Andrew Lipsman, blog.comscore.com

July 20 2011


UK - David Cameron widens inquiry on media regulation to include the BBC and social media

Guardian :: Prime Minister David Cameron wants takeover rulings taken out of politicians' hands and Ofcom given power to act at earlier stage. Furthermore he has broadened the terms of the inquiry into the conduct of the media to include social media. PM Cameron was setting out the formal terms of reference of the inquiry to be led by Lord Justice Leveson, an appeal court judge. The inquiry has become something of a behemoth, leading Don Foster, the Liberal Democrat media spokesman, to assert he could not see how it could be completed within its timetable of a year.

Continue to read Patrick Wintour, www.guardian.co.uk

July 18 2011


Met chief Sir Paul Stephenson quits over phone hacking - a summary

Guardian :: Britain's top police officer, Sir Paul Stephenson, announced his shock resignation as he was brought down by his failure to tell senior figures, including the prime minister, that Scotland Yard had hired a former News of the World executive as an adviser while refusing to reopen inquiries into phone hacking. Sir Paul Stephenson says row over links to News International overshadowed his work.


Continue to read Vikram Dodd, www.guardian.co.uk

July 15 2011


News International's new chief executive Tom Mockridge: a portrait

Guardian :: Tom Mockridge started his career as a national newspaper journalist working for the chief rival to Rupert Murdoch's interests in Australia. Yet since joining the Murdochs in 1991, the native New Zealander and former economics editor of the Sydney Morning Herald has risen through the ranks of the global corporation to run Sky Italia, a pay-TV business that is almost twice the size of News International's operations in the UK in terms of staff and profits.

"He has a strong journalistic background," said one insider. "He understands newspapers and the business of newspapers."

A portrait - continue to read Jane Martinson, www.guardian.co.uk

July 06 2011


On BBC News - Hugh Grant: How I exposed phone hacking by the media

BBC News :: The actor Hugh Grant has been speaking about how he recorded a conversation between himself and Paul McMullen, a former Deputy Features editor at the News of the World 1994-2001, in which the journalist revealed details of phone hacking by the media. Details of the exchange were then revealed by Mr Grant in the New Statesman. Here an excerpt:

[Hugh Grant, in New Statesman, 06 Apr 2011, 22:11:] ... he was Paul McMullan, one of two ex-NoW hacks who had blown the whistle ... on the full extent of phone-hacking at the paper, particularly under its former editor Andy Coulson. This was interesting, as I had been a victim – a fact he confirmed as we drove along. He also had an unusual defence of the practice: that phone-hacking was a price you had to pay for living in a free society. I asked how that worked exactly, but we ran out of time ...

Mr McMullen joined Mr Grant on the BBC's News Channel to debate the issue.

[Hugh Grant addressing Paul McMullen, at 04:21 in the video]: Your only motive is profit. You are no journalists. You have no interests in journalism. It's just money, money, money ...

Update: For further details of the phone hacking practice you should also watch the interview: Jeremy Paxman asks Paul McMullan, what he thinks about the allegations that voicemails on murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler's mobile phone were allegedly intercepted by the newspaper (second link below).

Hugh Grant vs Paul McMullan on BBC News video online - watch it here www.bbc.co.uk

Jeremy Paxman asks Paul McMullan on BBC News - watch it here news.bbc.co.uk

July 04 2011


Amazon buys The Book Depository (US), a fast growing bookseller in Europe

paidContent :: Amazon today announced that it has bought UK independent online bookseller The Book Depository. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. The Book Depository says it currently sells and delivers books to more than 100 countries. The bookseller has some six million titles in its catalog. With one million customers and being the fastest-growing bookseller in Europe the company reports that it was expected to have turnover of £120 million ($193.5 million) this year. 

Continue to read Ingrid Lunden, paidcontent.org

June 27 2011


Which UK news sites post the most stories? Do more stories lead to more visitors?

paidContent :: May 2011, The Telegraph posted the 1,099 stories on Thursday. But do more stories lead to more eyeballs? New data shows which publishers are churning out most articles - but is the strategy working? paidContent provides with interactive charts to hover and click in order to explore the data …

[Robert Andrews:] Story volume does correlate with audience size, but not universally. Although Telegraph.co.uk publishes more stories than anyone (not including its blogs), it ranks third for audience size.

Continue to read Robert Andrews, paidcontent.co.uk

June 14 2011


Al-Jazeera English: "revenue is not a driving force right now"

AdAge :: Al-Jazeera English may be one of the only fast-growing networks that doesn't want to tell potential sponsors its growth story. The global news network has seen its profile escalate in recent months due to its leading coverage of major events such as the Japan earthquake and uprisings in the Middle East. Web visits in April 2011 surged past 66 million -- 42% from the U.S. -- and talks to expand its limited distribution in major territories such as the U.S., U.K. and India have accelerated.

Continue to read Andrew Hampp, adage.com


The new EU cookie law and Facebook's "like", Twitter's "tweet" button - how to act?

Journalism.co.uk :: What is not to like about the buttons that drive traffic to your site from Facebook and Twitter? Quite a lot if you consider a study commissioned by the Wall Street Journal published in May.

Like’ and ‘tweet’ widgets, which appear on one third of the world’s 1,000 most-visited websites, enable Facebook and Twitter to track and follow the sites a user visits by dropping cookies – small text files placed on a user’s computer. New EU cookie law, which came into force in the UK on 26 May, requires websites to confirm they accept cookies before they can be dropped. So what is the legal position of websites that use ‘tweet’ and ‘like’ buttons, how should they act responsibly and can anything be done to stop this happening?

Published June 13, 2011

Continue to read Sarah Marshall, blogs.journalism.co.uk

May 26 2011


UK: Twitter attempts to protect users' right in recent legal case brought by footballer

The Guardian :: Twitter will notify its users before handing their personal information to UK authorities seeking to prosecute them over alleged breaches of privacy injunctions, a senior executive at the company said on Thursday. What had happened? - A footballer launched a legal action against Twitter after its users named him in connection with an alleged affair with Imogen Thomas. Asked about the escalating dispute over gagging orders in Britain,

[Tony Wang, Twitter's general manager of European operations] Platforms should have responsibility not to defend the user, but to protect that user's right to defend him or herself.

Continue to read Josh Halliday, www.guardian.co.uk

October 23 2010



ARA is the name for the new Catalan multi-platform newspaper to be launch in Barcelona on Monday November 25.

Small format and short pagination (40-48)  during weekdays and trying to produce a big weekend edition.

The founders will present the new paper formula next Tuesday October 26 but many details, including its own Manifesto, have been released here.

Like the new British “i” newspaper, ARA wants to reach a new generation of Catalan newspaper readers and non readers with a slick, crispy, trendy and compelling print brand with many electronic news extensions.

The goal is really modest and realistic (11,000 copies in the first year) but the founders expect more than that.

Keep in mind that the almost 8-million Catalonia market is smaller but richer than the 10-million Portuguese one where “i” sells more than this figure.

They are investing less than 9-million euro and they the business plan expects to break-even in four years.

The less than 100-journalist newsroom will have very young reporters and the top editors are also a new generation of journalists, lead by Carles Capdevila as editor in chief, Joan Alegre as publisher and Oriol Soler as president of ARA.

INNOVATION was approached by the founders of ARA interested in many of our most recent projects, including the Portuguese “i”, which multimedia newsroom visited in Lisbon, but we have not been involved in any way.

They told us that the ARA project will share many of our ideas (“compact and compelling newspapers”, “caviar journalism”, “daily-news-magazines”, “”30/30 newspapers”. “why and what’s next newspapers”, “show don’t tell journalism”) and the same with the integrated multimedia newsroom concepts that INNOVATION working with our Calau&Riera media architect partners have developed in many countries like the most recent one for India Today in New Delhi.

With more than 19,000 fans on Facebook and more than 3,000 followers on Twitter ARA is promoting the new paper with several viral marketing tools including pre-launch presentations across Catalonia.

Is this new paper going to be a real competitor of La Vanguardia, El Periodico de Catalunya, Punt Diari or Avui?

I don’t think so, but they better pay attention to all these grassroots tactics.

Newspapers are as strong as their connections with readers, audiences and communities are.

And ARA is doing this very well.

If the product delivers this kind of new post-news quality journalism and avoids the temptation to become another political partisan newspaper, ARA could find space and become a viable model.

So, again, like with the new “i” project in the UK, welcome to ARA and to any new paper willing to innovate and offer quality journalism, in English or in Catalan, because around the world there is only one journalism language: the good one.

October 14 2010


Hacks and Hackers hack day Manchester

Any sufficiently complicated regular expression is indistinguishable from magic

A bit of a nod to Arthur C.Clarke there but something that hits home every time I do any hacking around under the bonnet of the interwebs.

When it comes to this data journalism malarky some might say (to steal another movie quote) a mans got to know his limitations. But I firmly believe a good journalist, when stuck, knows who to ask. I’m very excited that more and more journos are realising that there are no end of tools and motivated people who can be part of the storytelling process.

So I was delighted to be asked to be one of the judges for ScraperWiki’s hacks and hackers hack day in Manchester tomorrow and see that in action.

The event just one of a number of similar days around the UK.  The successes in Birmingham and Liverpool amongst others, mean that tomorrow should be fun.

If your going, see you there (later on). If not I’ll tweet etc. as I can.

September 05 2010



Tony Blair STM

“No party can succeed in today’s world unless it’s also about wealth creation.”

“Having a valet unpack your suitcase is very odd,” he says, shaking his head as if he didn’t enjoy the cosseting. “Old Labour used to talk about the working class and upper class, but staying with the royal family made me realise I’m definitely middle class.”

“One of my views in politics is don’t make enemies deliberately because you end up making so many accidentally,” he muses.

He is clear that Brown didn’t have the psychological equipment, or the smile, for the job. “He was never going to be user-friendly in the way that modern politics demands, but he could have won the election as a big, serious person.” Blair’s great fear is that the new Labour project died with his leadership.


Tony Blair: Exile from main street

Three years after he quit No 10, has the dust settled for Tony Blair? He talks candidly with Lesley White about Brown, Bush, Iraq and the world he has left behind

A brilliant interview, in today Sunday Times Magazine, worth to subscribe to all the pay walls of the world.

(Pictures by Harry Borden)

July 28 2010


Let us record what happens in our courts – comment call

Heather Brooke is calling for a campaign to allow recording in UK courts. I agree. In the comments below, let’s talk strategy.

Meanwhile, here’s some of the background from Brooke’s related blog post:


“The simple answer is to allow tape recorders for all: no party is disadvantaged and an ‘official’ recording is there for checking. This is how it works in other countries. But this is to ignore the root objection of the courts: that they are losing control of how court proceedings are presented to the public.”


“You might like to know whether the builder you’re going to give your keys to has any convictions for theft or if the company you’re about to do business with has a report for fraud. Tough. This information is not a click of a button away. Instead you’ll have to know the details of the case before you can call up any records – even though it’s the existence of cases that you’re trying to find in the first place. It’s Catch-22. If you do know the details of the case you’re then forced to undergo a tortuous and tedious process which involves battling a raft of petty officials across a number of court offices all for the simple purpose of accessing information that is supposedly public.”

And what:

“There are three main things that would make the courts useful to the general public:

  1. knowing by name who is using them (the court list);
  2. why (the particulars of claim);
  3. the result (the verdict, sentence or settlement).

“Yet trying to get any, let alone all, of these is fraught with difficulty.”

So: strategy. To kick things off, I’ll give you 3 starters:

Come up with some better ideas than that, and we’re somewhere.

Meanwhile, to spread awareness of this, why not tweet about this with the hashtag #opencourts?

July 12 2010




The upcoming memoirs of Lord Mandelson, The Third Man, are a big event here in the UK.


And The Limes of London is playing big too with a great coverage that includes this double spread with a great illustration.


Rupert Murdoch is following the successful LIFE formula of Henry Luce: serializing great books sell magazines… and newspapers.


The print edition is a must-read but what it’s more important is the extra-work done on the website and iPad with videos, graphics and more information that Murdoch wants you to pay for.

I just went to my local Press Agent and asked about today’s papers sales, and my newspaper guru said:

The Times? Sold out in one hour!

Well done!

June 29 2010


paidContent:UK: How BBC News and Drudge send UK newspapers traffic

Data from the Newspaper Marketing Agency, turned into an interactive graphic by paidContent:UK, suggests that the Drudge Report and BBC News are two of the top traffic drivers to UK commercial newspaper websites.

The BBC News site referred 1,992,425 unique users to the papers’ websites in April, according to the figures.

Google dominates the search referrals list, directing 39,694,597 unique users to the sites. While Twitter is yet to make the top 10 of sites referring traffic to newspapers, Stumbleupon, Facebook and Digg are all up there.

Full chart and stats at this link…Similar Posts:

June 03 2010


The Great Government Data Rush – what does it mean for journalists?

Earlier this week I posted briefly on what I consider to be the most significant move for journalism by the UK government since the Freedom of Information Act. But I wanted to look more systematically at what is likely to be a huge change in the information landscape that journalists deal with…

So. In the spirit of data journalism, here is an embedded spreadsheet of the timetable of data to be released by national government, local government, and other bodies. I’ve added notes on how I feel each piece of data could be important, and any useful links – but I’d like you to add any thoughts on other possibilities. Here it is:

Meanwhile, over at Data.gov.uk, the Local Data Panel has published a post inviting comment on the format that data might be supplied in, and fields it might contain.

  • As a first stage, publish the raw data and any lookup table needed to interpret it in a spreadsheet as a CSV or XML file as soon as possible. This should be put on the council’s website as a document for anyone to download. Or even published in a service such as Google Docs
  • There is not yet a national approach for publishing local authority expenditure data. This should not stop publication of data in its raw, machine-readable form. Observing such raw data being used is the only route to a national approach, should one be required
  • Publishing raw data will allow the panel and others to assess how that data could/should be presented to users. Sight of the data is worth a hundred meetings. Members of the panel will study the data, take part in the discussion and revise this advice.
  • As a second stage, informed by the discussion, the panel and users can then give feedback about publishing data (RDF, CSV, etc) in a way that can be consistent across all local authorities involving structured, regularly updated data published on the Web using open standards.

Help Me Investigate contributor and all-round good guy Neil Houston has already responded with some very interesting points.

“You’d be surprised how many times there are some systems where it’s not totally easily to identify the payment, back to the relevant invoice (apart from a manual reconciliation), you need to know the invoice side of the transactions – as that is where the cost will be booked to (as the payment details will just be crediting cash, debiting Accounts Payable).”

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