Media News and Media Moves – February 4th 2019
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860,000 TV licences were cancelled in 2017-18, up from 798,000 the previous year. The 2,300 cancellations per day have been largely attributed to the ‘Netflix effect’ – as viewers turn towards cheaper on-demand TV services. A year-long Netflix subscription totals just £72 per year, less than half the £150.50 it costs for a BBC TV licence. Matthew Moore, Media Correspondent at The Times, reported that the figures ‘represent the first official data to support anecdotal evidence that the “Netflix effect” is leading viewers to abandon the BBC entirely’.
Luxury magazine Monocle, which has been printed in Cornwall for a number of years, will now be printed in Germany amid fears of a no-deal Brexit. Editor-in-chief Tyler Brûlé said during an interview with Bloomberg: ‘There just isn’t much of a plan in this country… People are like “Oh well, it might work, let’s see what happens,” and we can’t afford to do that. We wanted to make sure we felt confident we had a plan.’
Trust in me
Nearly a third of people (29%) read more news now than before the 2016 referendum, results from this year’s Edelman Trust Barometer found. Worryingly, 55 per cent of the 2,000 people surveyed said they felt their views were not represented in the British media although news engagement (consuming or sharing content) was 22 per cent higher than the previous year’s results.
Globally, 44 per cent of people trust social media as a source of news, a figure which drops to 34 per cent in both Europe and the U.S and Canada. Around 73 per cent of 33,000 people surveyed across 27 countries said they worry about false information or fake news being used as a weapon.
An unnamed investor has bought a 20 per cent stake in the Evening Standard through a company based in the Cayman Islands, according to the Financial Times. The paper’s owner Evgeny Lebedev has not given any details on the identity of the purchaser, who now owns a significant stake in the capital’s principal newspaper, which distributes 850,000 copies daily. Two years ago Sultan Muhammad Abuljadayel, a Saudi investor, bought a 30 per cent stake in the Independent, which led to some doubts about its editorial freedom.
A judge has ruled that the Syrian Government is liable for $302.5 million in damages for deliberately targeting The Sunday Times journalist Marie Colvin during air strikes on Homs in 2012. The judge said it was ‘a targeted attack on a media centre hosting foreign journalists that resulted in two fatalities and multiple injuries… an unconscionable act’. Colvin has been remembered in a recent biography by Channel 4 international editor Lindsey Hilsum and the film, A Private War, where she is played by Rosamund Pike.
SPOTLIGHT ON DIGITAL
Facebook was made to be mobile. Only a meagre 25% of FB accounts were active users on laptops or desktop computers. Guess the Facebook app really does have the world in its pocket.
Download the 2019 Global Digital Report to find out more: https://t.co/1I5IN4LEVZ pic.twitter.com/KVdMAUapN6
— We Are Social SG (@wearesocialsg) 1 February 2019
Beth Rigby has been appointed political editor at Sky News. Tweeting the news this morning, Rigby said: ‘I’m absolutely thrilled to be appointed Sky News’s Political Editor. Huge opportunity and responsibility at such an important time in our political life. An honour to follow in the footsteps of @faisalislam and @adamboultonSKY.’
Edith Hancock is now online editor at The Drinks Business.
Jane Lavender has been appointed assistant editor of the Daily Mirror.
Andrew Dagnell is now the acting head of newsgathering at ITV.
The creator of Blue Planet II, James Honeyborne, has followed David Attenborough after quitting BBC to sign a deal with Netflix.
COMMENT OF THE WEEK
Vice cutting staff. BuzzFeed cutting staff. Online start-ups are discovering the problems ‘old media’ have long faced: funding journalism doesn’t come cheap. So let’s look seriously at new business models https://t.co/ef4Xmi0IHL
— Roy Greenslade (@GreensladeR) 3 February 2019
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