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Media News

What’s important?

The most noticed news of 2018 so far has included the Oxfam scandal, Carillion’s collapse and the weather. At least, that’s according to Populus, which conducts a poll every week to find out which news story the public has paid the most attention to. According to the researchers, politics rarely tops the list, with readers more likely to remember heavy snowfall than a reshuffle (just one in 25 said they paid the most attention to the Labour antisemitism row). The Russian spy story has been the biggest story of the year, remaining at the top of the list for five weeks.  For more analysis, read here.

Online expansion

Yahoo wants to expand its position as a global platform for news and ‘reclaim the mobile moment from social media’, its UK editor-in-chief has revealed. Nick Petche told The Drum that the web services provider wants to be seen as attractive to news publishers who are keen to become less dependent on Facebook and Google. Part of the expansion will include a UK version of Yahoo’s Newsroom app, which is due to launch later this year.  ‘There are social media outlets going before Congress who are having a hard time of it and they seem to be stepping away from the world of content so there is an opportunity for us there,’ Petche said.

Working Britons

Channel 5’s audience is ‘the opposite of Channel 4’s’, the programme’s editor has said as she revealed it targets working Britons who are usually home in time for the two bulletins at 5pm and 6.30pm. Speaking to Press Gazette, Cait Fitzsimons added: ‘Our audience is very much the people out there working, making Britain tick over – that makes our agenda really easy and also it fits in with the channel and what their values are and what they are thinking about.’ 5 News typically gets around 500,000 viewers a day.

New HQ

Channel 4, meanwhile, will today launch the search for the location of its new national headquarters. Following a presentation by chief executive Alex Mahon, a 15-page brochure, which will outline the criteria for submissions, will be distributed. The winner will be decided at the end of the year, with at least a dozen cities and regions already expressing their interest. In its full report, the Guardian said the move will be one of the biggest changes in the broadcaster’s 35-year history after it announced it would be establishing three new regional hubs and relocating hundreds of jobs in a bid to diversify output.

Sky takeover

Disney will have to make a full takeover bid for Sky even if Rupert Murdoch fails in his bid to buy the 61 per cent of the broadcaster he does not already own, the takeover regulator has ruled. The decision comes almost 18 months after Fox agreed an offer to buy all of Sky, with regulators probing whether the deal would give Murdoch too much power over UK news media.

Comment of the Week

Media Moves

Financial Times editor, Lionel Barber, will become The Printing Charity’s president for 2018. The charity, based in the UK, has been helping people involved in all aspects of the printing industry since 1827. Barber, appointed editor at the FT in 2005, said he was ‘delighted to be involved with the charity as its President this year’ and that he was looking ‘forward to meeting the many people who make the British print industry such a rich and varied business’.

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