Things we like: Gogglebox, Clear Channel and Grazia

Some things in the media business we liked in the week up to 27 February, and one thing we didn't...

Things we like: Gogglebox, Clear Channel and Grazia


Last Friday’s Gogglebox was the Channel 4 series’ highest-rating overnight performance to date. The show watching people watching TV outperformed all other channels at 9pm and averaged four million viewers – an 18.3 per cent share. Gogglebox also drew the highest share of 16- to 34-year-old viewers and ABC1s (C4’s key demographics) to 9pm. Just the response to those media industry Cassandras who say C4 is too reliant on Come Dine With Me repeats.

Donating via NFC

Giving to charity has never been easier. Clear Channel and MediaCom partnered with Cancer Research UK this month to introduce contactless giving. In a global first, the British public can donate £2 to the charity simply by tapping their contactless debit or credit cards on to window displays at Cancer Research UK branches in Kensington, Marylebone, Brighton and Guildford. As an added bonus, supporters can see the impact that their donations have on the charity’s research via digital screens that react to each new contribution.

Grazia turning ten

Grazia is celebrating its tenth anniversary with a series of innovations including a collectors’ issue and a three-week exhibition. Grazia was arguably the last of the big magazine launches in the UK when it was born in 2005. The perfect-bound birthday edition shows the trends and outfits that have shaped the past decade. Grazia will also host a series of talks from speakers including David Nicholls and the Hemsley sisters at the Getty Images Gallery.

And one thing we don’t…

Telegraph suicide story
The Telegraph’s reaction to accusations made by Peter Oborne has only fanned the flames of discontent at the title and among the public at large. Refusing to take lectures about journalism from the likes of The Guardian or The Times is one thing, but an anonymous front-page story linking two suicides at News UK to "fears staff are being put under unreasonable pressure to hit targets" was a quick way to alienate anyone backing the paper. The Samaritans pointedly issued a "reminder to journalists" of the charity’s media guidelines for the reporting of suicide.

Subscribe to Campaign from just £57 per quarter

Includes the weekly magazine and quarterly Campaign IQ, plus unrestricted online access.


Looking for a new job?

Get the latest creative jobs in advertising, media, marketing and digital delivered directly to your inbox each day.

Create an Alert Now

1 Vodafone, Sky and HSBC join retreat from Google

Several more major brands, including Vodafone, Sky, and a trio of the UK's leading banks, have added their names to the list of those considering suspending their advertising on Google.

Why Cosabella replaced its agency with AI and will never go back to humans

1 Why Cosabella replaced its agency with AI and will never go back to humans

In October, lingerie retailer Cosabella replaced its digital agency with an AI platform named "Albert". Since then it has more than tripled its ROI and increased its customer base by 30%.

Just published