Arif Durrani, head of media
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.
It was a night of mixed emotions at the Nabs Big Bash last week. More than 1,000 people gathered to support the charity's glittering annual fundraiser at Battersea Evolution, in what also formed the focal point of its centenary celebrations. But it w...
Channel 4 scored an important goal last week by landing the three-year ad sales contract for BT's new sports channels, and it will kick-start an exciting new commercial offering for the broadcaster.
Facebook created something of a stir last week when it unveiled its first UK advisory board, comprising senior brand and agency marketers.
Change was in the air at Newsworks' Shift 2013 event last week, when leaders from the fractious newspaper business set aside their differences and held the industry equivalent of the wartime Christmas Day football match.
Outside somewhere, in a time long ago, before even Jean-Claude Decaux had pasted his first poster, the Romans were using the walls of Pompeii to advertise tourist destinations, local shops and political campaigns to the visiting masses.
Will people pay for general news online? Not if they can get it elsewhere for free. Which is why the new strategies behind the pay models for the Telegraph brands - and, later this summer, The Sun - are rooted in more than selling generic news.
Five seconds was all you needed to take in those "hello boys" Wonderbra posters in the 90s. Now the man behind them, Trevor Beattie, wants to bring that billboard glance mentality to television at the expense of the traditional spot.
Two topics dominated media talk around Charlotte Street last week: the exit of Alex Altman as the chief executive of Initiative and whether Tesco might be preparing to review its 20-plus-year relationship with the Interpublic agency.
Blink and you might have missed it, which in many ways is rather apt, but last week marked two years of product placement in UK TV programmes. To call it a damp squib would be to underplay the non-starter product placement has so far turned out to be...
So, we have lost our AAA credit rating and Moody's expects UK growth to "remain sluggish over the next few years". What are we going to do about it? Well, in terms of industry initiatives, quite a lot, actually.
We all know newspapers have their backs against the wall in these times but, for some, the battle for advertising spend has become increasingly bloody, and casualties are starting to emerge.
So it's caipirinhas all round at Horseferry Road, then, as Channel 4 builds on the success of last year's London Paralympic Games to secure a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Rio de Janeiro in 2016.
Change, of course, is the one true constant. But the speed with which the media landscape is now evolving is making business models conceived just two years ago appear hopelessly out of date.
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