Arif Durrani, head of media
You're not normal. It's something that is all too easy to forget - I do it myself on a regular basis. In a step-change from drinking and dining with media's finest, I was out with the "dads from school" last week.
School's out for the summer - and so too, for once, is the sunshine. As teachers across the country pick themselves up and begin the healing process, spurred on no doubt by the promise that Michael Gove will not be returning to class in September, th...
"The NRS in its current form no longer serves newspaper needs." Not my words but those of Bob Hulks, the ex-independent chairman of the Newspaper Publishers Association Review Group, speaking at the Media Research Group conference back in 1998.
There is one hell of a swagger around The Guardian's Kings Place this week, and it belongs, of course, to David Pemsel.
Take a look around you. For the first time in more than five years, this is the new normal for businesses in the UK.
Once again, this year's pulsating Cannes Lions festival defied any single definition. Many worlds collided along the Croisette, as tech meshed with celebrity, salesmen with creative and producers with data-crunchers.
Do you remember the glory days of television, when advertisers could reach more than 15 million people in just one sitting? Well, those days are far from over, if World Cup trends play out as hoped.
Television is not the only traditional medium to have had a strong start to 2014. New figures this week confirm what many in the business have been alluding to for some time: radio is enjoying a renaissance.
There is a reason why Eskimos have 100 different words for snow. Right now, the media industry can learn a lot from this.
It is hoped that this week's annual get-together of the magazine industry will be nothing short of revolutionary. More than 500 media executives are expected at the PPA's Reinvented event: a name designed to convey the change that has already taken p...
There was a fantastic amount of tub-thumping going on at Media360 last week, with many clearly feeling reinvigorated amid what Claire Enders dubbed our "wonderful economic revival".
Last week's sale of Channel 5 to Viacom for £450 million represents a fantastic return for Northern & Shell's owner, Richard Desmond, who acquired the broadcaster for £103.5 million four years earlier.
This week's column was inspired by Nigel Clarkson, the former outdoor trailblazer now leading the mobile ad space as the commercial director of Weve.
Something unexpected happened at Newsworks' Shift event last week. And it was not the news that John Lewis spends twice as much on press ads than it does on TV.
Cast your mind back to January 2004. It was raining. Franz Ferdinand's Take Me Out was blasting from the radio, fears were mounting that Athens would not be ready in time for the summer Olympics and a new era for British magazines was heralded with t...
Some of you may have noticed: Advertising Week Europe has just hit London town. The four-day industry event bristled with energy and was far better organised in its second year - although still absolute chaos, of course.
We're in the final countdown to the launch of London Live, and I'm unashamedly banging the drum.
What do you think is the peak time for jogging in the UK? Saturday morning, perhaps, when people have more personal time. Maybe Sunday afternoons?
I recently asked an Omnicom leader: if they could work at any other agency, which would they pick? "One of the more progressive ones," I was told. "One that is culture-based and stands for something." Interestingly, the only agency cited outside of t...
In a week dominated by Facebook's staggering acquisition of WhatsApp, and the clash of tech and mobile developments at the Mobile World Congress, social and mobile are top of mind.
The evolution of the media market is again top of mind this week, as the boardroom dynamo Anna Watkins returns to the spotlight in her new role at Guardian Labs. Lightning quick, personable and full of passion, Initiative's loss definitely feels like...
If you could work for any media company in the UK, which one would you choose? It's a loaded question, revealing perceptions of an organisation's heritage, culture and future growth prospects.
Before Christmas, Mail Online, the world's biggest newspaper site, quietly began experimenting with native advertising. Its initial trial was with Marks & Spencer, but the publisher has been tight-lipped about the details.
Forget the Year of the Horse - London's mayor, Boris Johnson, this week declared 2014 to be the "Year of the Bus" in the capital. A clear threat in the glamour stakes to Rio's World Cup.
Deep breath - here we go again. The Government is in the precursory stages of the statutory review for its media buying requirements. Much has changed since the consolidation of its departmental ad budgets into Group M's purpose-built M4C in 2010.
And we're off, soon to be galloping into the Year of the Horse. Welcome to 2014. It's expected to be a tempestuous 12 months by all accounts, and the opening few days have lived up to the billing.
By any measure, 2013 has failed to meet expectations. Following the once-in-a-lifetime highs of London 2012, this was tipped to be a rather uneventful 12 months.
Much has been written already about Publicis Groupe's acquisition of Walker Media this week but, as is so often the way, many of those first drafts will require a rewrite.
It was in October 2009 when I answered the phone to Daren Rubins. The conversation started pleasantly enough, but soon descended. MEC had just been awarded Media Week's Agency of the Year, and the then managing director of PHD, raw with ambition and ...
Am I the only person in the world who doesn't find Alan Carr funny? Apparently so. I've asked around and everyone seems to love him. So it was only me who found the last hour of Channel 4's upfronts event last week excruciatingly painful.
Last week's 25-year celebrations of the pioneering agency ZenithOptimedia should have been an industry high-water mark, so why did it feel more like a washout?
One of the true highlights of my job is the bird's-eye view I get of the UK's media landscape. This has come into acute focus over the past few weeks, which have been dominated by awards judging.
One of the biggest problems with advertising on Facebook, according to Lord Rothermere, the svelte chairman of Daily Mail and General Trust, is that he only ever sees ads about how to tone his abs.
Consensus is building that the best way to advertise on the internet is to not advertise at all. At least, not as we know it.
Don't you just love the Daily Mail? It's not something you always hear on London's media circuit, but the popularity of Lord Rothermere's 117-year-old news brand is irrefutable.
Before the frenetic activity of Advertising Week had even begun, LinkedIn was making waves in New York after a senior, local hire provided the strongest indication yet about its ambitions in the media space.
So, happy birthday, commercial radio, 40 years old next week. The sector has come a long way since springing to life on ships anchored just outside British waters in the 60s to circumvent record companies and the BBC.
In many respects, the less-than-amicable divorce of Premier Foods and Starcom MediaVest Group after seven years is the story of our times.
For the first time that day, there was unqualified agreement: the quality of entries shortlisted for this year's Media Week Awards had been exceptionally high. Time and again, individual judges muttered how, during any other year, "that would have wa...
What happened to Channel 4 this summer? A mass audience exodus made a typically quiet period seem more like a wake.
When did it start? Is there more growth to come? How long can it last? Much of the country remains transfixed on the major issue of the day: Jeremy Paxman's beard.
The summer holidays have finally arrived, as has our future king, so it's easy to forget the smaller milestones.
Is the radio industry institutionally sexist? It's a difficult question, but one that's hard to avoid following the first-ever attempt to record just who is fronting today's radio shows.
It's a brave new dawn for News UK, home to The Times, The Sunday Times and The Sun. Barely two weeks old, the new company's name and logo are matched by a new structure, vision and - if terms can be agreed - perhaps a new London Bridge address too.
I don't make a habit of reporting on leaving dos, but one held last Thursday is worthy of exception. The exit of Arena's chief executive, Steve Booth, the original "B" in BLM (or, for those with even longer memories, KLB), was a landmark moment of so...
No sooner have we recognised it, lauded it and extolled its virtues, in comes the scandal, the exposé and the self-flagellation. Big data is in the dock, and it's not looking its best.
Following a week in which Tony Blair was forced to deny having an affair with Rupert Murdoch's soon-to-be-ex-wife, Wendi Deng, unlikely bedfellows are all the rage in media land.
Fifteen years ago, there were no Media Lions at Cannes. Its growing presence at the 59-year-old festival is testament to the central role media now plays in marketing communications.
By the time you read this, this year's Media360 event will be well under way in East London's ExCel - now positioning itself as an acclaimed Olympic venue, no less. Conference fatigue aside, never has the event's concept felt so appropriate.
Technology continues to bring mass disruption to the media business. As our media coverage this week highlights, it is developments at the likes of Twitter, Microsoft, Yahoo! and Tumblr that are grabbing much of the attention.
Lol and Nat, 30 July 2014, 9:07AM
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