Can Axel Springer do the ‘impossible’?

“The soul and spirit of the company Axel Springer is journalism. We serve our readers with independent and critical information and advice as well as good entertainment. Through our media offerings we are making a contribution to the strengthening of freedom and democracy. “

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Can Time Out become a new media model?

No media business is even close to where it wants to be. Traditional companies struggle to hang on to print cashflows while competing with digital newbies which have all the flair but no sustainable profits. Young, digital-only, low-cost, small-team insurgents are fighting the unfair fight with the beasts of media pre-history. One business model is broken and the other is unproven.

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Flashes&Flames 2016 predictions: partnerships can change media

It’s a fair bet that 2016 will be the year of ever more ambitious collaborations between traditional media and digital disrupters. We have seen the Alibaba and Jeff Bezos acquisitions of the South China Post and the Washington Post respectively, the Axel Springer buy-out of Business Insider, and legacy media investments in BuzzFeed, Vox, and Vice News. These will surely be followed by a new wave of deals and collaborations. But with a difference

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Why newspapers must dare NOT to be daily

It is almost 200 years since the UK’s pioneering railway network created the opportunity for daily newspapers to reach breakfast tables in every corner of the country. That led to decades of soaring power, prestige and profits. The newspapers of “Fleet Street” (named after their historic location) became as important to Brits as Shakespeare, the […]

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6 ways for magazines to build their future

Almost 300 years ago, a posh Brit called Edward Cave published the world’s first magazine. Last week, 300 metres from the London birthplace of The Gentleman’s Magazine, Cave’s 21st century successors were whipping themselves into a frenzy of enthusiasm that belied industry statistics of falling revenue, profit and readership

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Chris Anderson a Flashes & Flames hero

Hero: Chris Anderson: He is the former magazine publisher, journalist and internet entrepreneur who is the ‘curator’ of TED, responsible for the eponymous conference which began 31 years ago in Monterey and has been a world-watching annual event since 1990

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Nightmare for world’s most successful TV group?

BSkyB, now (again) re-named Sky, has had a remarkable quarter-century – and not only with its pioneering and innovative coverage of British football. It owns and operates the UK’s largest portfolio of pay TV channels across entertainment, sports, movies – and also news.  For the full blog read Flashes&Flames

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What or who is the future of Time inc

Everybody is watching Time Inc. the world’s most famous magazine publisher, which created the original newsweekly in 1923, is defined by iconic brands – Fortune, Life, Sports Illustrated, People, Entertainment Weekly, Money, InStyle, and Time itself. Throughout the twentieth century, it set the pace for magazine, newspaper and even TV journalism all over the world

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