This is worth catching – David Walliams: Awfully Good ads series on Channel 4. As the show blurb says “sometimes ads are beautiful, witty, sexy, cool, but some ads are just plain crap” and this show celebrates the very best of the very worst before revealing Walliams’ most Awfully Good ad. Read more »
I was locked in a TV studio overlooking the Thames last week with Gerhard Zeiler, CEO of RTL Group and Charlie Crowe, CEO of C Squared. Charlie was grilling us on the future of TV for a MediaCom webcast. Read more »
This could spell big trouble for some. The High Court has ordered the private investigator, Glenn Mulcaire, to reveal identity of executives at News International who commissioned him to hack Steve Coogan’s phone.
The Guardian reports that the court ruled that Mulcaire, the private investigator at the centre of the News of the World phone-hacking case, “could not refuse to answer questions about his work on the grounds of self-incrimination”. Read more »
It is being widely reported that a statement is due from No 10 later today regarding Andy Coulson. The speculation is that David Cameron’s director of communications is toast following fresh evidence emerging regarding the News of the World and phone hacking story.
The timing of the announcement comes as Tony Blair addresses the Chilcot inquiry on Iraq, which has not gone unnoticed on Twitter. Read more »
For some time now, the best way to understand Newsweek, est. 1933, has been through the microblog Tumblr, est. 2007.
Paid content has story of a very interesting news sharing start-up called Ongo, which has raised $12m from USA Today publisher-Gannett, the New York Times Company and the Washtington Post Company.
It is headed by former eBay executive Alex Kazim, who previously ran defunct blog aggregator Tokoni. At eBay he was a senior VP and president of Skype. Read more »
There is beyond doubt a drive for motors advertisers to take a campaign on Amscreen’s forecourt network of digital screens. I guarantee that will be the last intentional motoring-related pun I include in this piece.
Yes, obviously the forecourt environment is ideal for motors advertising. What’s interesting, however, is the varied use of the network by these advertisers which to my mind makes a compelling point about the flexibility and possibility provided by digital signage. It isn’t ‘one size fits all’; what it is, I believe, is ‘one cloth can be cut to fit all – and still look good!’. In this case, the Amscreen network’s flexibility makes it appropriate for all motors manufacturers, regardless of the kind of vehicle, the potential driver of that vehicle, or the required message communication. Read more »
I love Californication it is a gem of a show hidden away on the late night depths of channel Five. Catching up with the lastest episode last night I noticed that it had acquired a news sponsor in the Daily Star on Sunday.
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Well he doesn’t, but this story splashed on the front page of the Evening Standard today of David Cameron, wife Sam and new family addition probably encapsulates his attitude, and that of parts of the media (is there an unofficial blackout?), to the growing calls for a government inquiry into the swirl of allegations surrounding his director of comms, Andy Coulson, and the News of the World’s phone hacking.
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It seemed Edinburgh couldn’t get enough of Peter Fincham yesterday as his controller session, and his 1am performance with his band No Expectations at The George hotel, were both packed out.
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