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Power without responsibility?

Power without responsibility is an accusation traditionally levelled at the British Press: it makes and breaks governments and destroys innocent people’s lives without fear of the consequences. Some argue this is the price you pay for a free press. Certainly the press in the UK is relatively economically robust compared to other European countries and […]

December 5, 2011 Nick Snow

We don’t need a Eurorights crisis

The Eurozone crisis continues in full swing and its seemingly inexorable unfolding proves you should never say “at least it can’t get any worse.” Blame for the mess points in two opposite directions – depending on where you stand. Either the Eurozone was never going to work, and to try it at all was to […]

November 23, 2011 Nick Snow

Murdoch: Fool or Knave – you choose?

It was darned nice of the BSkyB board to back its chairman James Murdoch as he, once again, testified to Parliament over the lamentable and illegal events at News International. The praise they heaped on him was particularly fulsome given that – no matter how good and personable he is day-to-day – he must have […]

November 11, 2011 Nick Snow

Not so Best Buy

Carphone Warehouse is giving up on its Best Buy chain of electrical goods megastores in the UK. The chain was a joint venture with the US parent – America’s biggest seller of consumer electronics – and came about as part of the deal where Best Buy US paid £1.1 billion to take a 50 per […]

November 7, 2011 Nick Snow

Netflix: The price is the point

It is easy (I find it particularly easy) to criticise businesses that seem to spend endless energy, time and money on consumer research and focus groups. As with bringing in consultants, it often seems mostly a way for management to avoid making the decisions it’s paid to make or, at the very least, to establish […]

October 12, 2011 Nick Snow

Mad decoder decision needs descrambling

The European Court of Justice decision on the Portsmouth pub’s right to tune into a Greek version of Premier League football meant a day of headline reactions (mainly over-reactions really), before, by nightfall, all had agreed the judgement needed very careful consideration.   The ECJ judgment said: “The Court of Justice holds that national legislation […]

October 4, 2011 Nick Snow

Multi–screen security challenge

There are tipping points in all things. Not very long ago, it seems to me, technology companies, including CA vendors, were going to their pay-TV operator customers and trying to persuade them that the fantastic new functionality they had invented should be deployed. The response was often lukewarm; when your current business model produces profits […]

September 23, 2011 Nick Snow

Forecast that!

The normally quiet summer has been anything but this year. It has been full of Events. As a British Prime Minister from what we used to call ‘the ruling class’, replied when asked what caused him most trouble when in office: “Events, dear boy, events”. On that basis it has also been a bad summer […]

September 7, 2011 Nick Snow

Googorola; the TV service that sits where it wants?

To misquote the old joke, Question: where does Googorola; the 800lb offspring of the Google buy of Motorola, sit in the media platform ecosystem? Answer: Anywhere it damn well pleases! Funny? Not really. True? Not really, but maybe a bit. Google has swept all before it in search, online advertising and now mobile, with Android […]

August 17, 2011 Nick Snow

Call Wendi

Did any Murdoch come out well from the recent grilling (albeit typically light grilling) from MPs in the DCMS Select Committee? The only one who enhanced their reputation was Rupert’s wife Wendi. She literally leapt to her husband’s defence as a pie-chucking protester approached and began to hit him with his paper plate, simultaneously shouting […]

July 20, 2011 Nick Snow