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Good luck, Tim

Many headlines rang out ‘New BBC DG against subscription model’ following Tim Davie’s first speech. If my memory of reporter school is right – it is a very long time…

RIP Redstone, goodbye the old guard

Sumner Redstone has died at 97 years-old, hardly an untimely tragedy. The man himself often attributed his phenomenal drive to his very close brush with death as a young man…

A TikToking clock heading towards regeneration – or not?

advanced-television.com’s Colin Mann has contributed a chapter to The Generation Game, a collection of essays asking the question: ‘Can the BBC win over today’s young audience?’ The work, published by…

Between the Devil and the Deep Red Sea

Tired of the Covid Crisis? The good news is that a distraction is heading our way. Not long after covering TV in ads telling us to stay home and do…

China: Complicated but clear

Covid-19 is complicated. Only an idiot would expect governments and their institutions to get everything, or even most things, right first time. But there is a premium on clarity of…

ViacomCBS makes its SVoD bet

Does the world need another global streamer? ViacomCBS thinks so and has talked of plans to bring one to market, possibly an upgraded and rebranded version of CBS All Access,…

Quibi quibbles

Is it okay to write about anything except Covid-19 just now? I think so; the only useful thing to say is good luck to us all. Actually, it is a…

Game over for BBC licence?

“Democracy is the worst way to run a country, except all the others,’” said Winston Churchill. The same may well be true of a licence fee and a PSB national…

Huawei did it come to this?

There has been a week-long drum roll here in the UK leading up to today’s announcement about vendor inclusion in 5G roll out. When the ‘ta da’ moment came it…

2020 not predictable, but anyway…

Most years in digital media could be captioned “a significant year of change [development], [evolution], [revolution]”, your precise description choice probably depending on your perspective. 2020 will, I think, be…

UK broadband makes election bow

Who’d have predicted that broadband would take centre stage in the UK election in such spectacular fashion? But then, who would have predicted much at all about the shambles that…

SoftBank, SoftTouch?

So, SoftBank has ‘rescued’ WeWork in a deal that will cost it at least $10 billion and pretty much guarantee WeWork’s departed Svengali founder $1.7 billion. The rescue was from…

Is Netflix now an accident waiting to happen?

In the latest issue of Euromedia we look at the dawning of the era of D2C. It is, I suppose, the natural evolution of the stunning success of the era…

Happy families at last at ViacomCBS?

The saga of the Viacom and CBS relationship is a strange one, worthy of the most unlikely of soap operas, or the most outlandish of Greek myths. CBS gave birth…

Can creative industries create a crisis?

We are now staring down the barrel of a no-deal Brexit. How did that happen? Doubtless various creatives are already planning ‘the Brexit biopic’ but this is not the time…

No more licence for PSB funding

A young person away at college has a knock on the door. An individual with an ID card and a body cam demands a series of answers and reads them…

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