Matt Barker

Features editor, Campaign
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Chris Smith and the birth of the DCMS: Sometimes dealing with the Treasury was like stirring treacle

As the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport reaches its 25th anniversary, its first secretary of state, and still one of the most successful, remembers a time of Task Forces, a schmoozing PM and heated arguments over aesthetic values.

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Rob Chalmers takes up chief experience officer role at Dentsu Creative

The new position involves growing 'society-changing, future-facing business'.

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2022 Media Week Awards chairs on media planning

This year's chairs of the Media Week Awards judges celebrate a golden age for media planning.

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Generation X continues to hit the spot, but why is the industry still missing out?

The over-50s are being ignored, both internally and externally. At the industry's peril.

BBH: 'We want you to come here and have the best time of your life'

As the agency celebrates its fortieth year and following a change of guard at the top, Bartle Bogle Hegarty's current leadership team talks shop.

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'BBH is like Jack Nicholson – maverick but establishment'

Bartle Bogle Hegarty, the self-styled 'black sheep' of adland, now in its 40th year, has made some of the most memorable ads of the past four decades. Now, with new faces in the boardroom, the challenge of creating a fresh legacy starts in earnest.

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Andy Warhol's walk down Madison Avenue

With one of his Marilyn paintings fetching a record $195m at auction and an acclaimed documentary series on Netflix, Warhol continues to inspire ad industry creatives. But the artist’s relationship with the commercial world was always a complicated one.

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Time Out bids farewell to print, but embraces new digital-led era

The final magazine is a celebration of London's past, present and future.

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Old El Paso signs up as Team GB sponsor for Paris Olympics

The partnership starts off with a social media campaign, created by Space, in aid of a national food charity.

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Research reveals new wave of younger, brand-aware podcast listeners

The podcast boom shows little sign of abating, offering engagement and outreach opportunities for advertisers.

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Letting God walk through the room: why we need to leave more space for improvisation

Much was made of the need for fast-moving creativity under lockdown, but are we in danger of losing the true art of spontaneity?

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Second creative culture audit set to reveal changing industry attitudes

The Index comes at a crucial time in the industry.

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R/GA chiefs on getting its mojo back

The global digital agency has spent the past couple of years restructuring and resetting and now insists that it’s got its mojo back.

BBC status as 'pump primer' for UK creativity under threat in new culture war

Government plans to freeze the licence fee and potentially abolish it all together should be prompting a discussion about what the BBC stands for and its role in our wider culture.

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Campaign's most-read columns of 2021

Burnout, sexual harassment in the workplace and 'wokevertising' were some of the biggest topics tackled over the past 12 months.

Campaign's most popular interviewees in 2021

Campaign's most-read interviews of 2021

Revisit some of the industry's leading names, discussing everything from creative devaluation to the power of karaoke.

Campaign's most-read features of 2021

Working from home, neurodiversity, too much purpose and time to say goodbye: the most popular Campaign features from the past 12 months.

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Back to WFH: Is it business as usual?

Fire up Google Meet and shoo the cat out of the room, we're working from home again.

Uncool Britannia: has the UK lost its global appeal?

Twenty-five years after a famous Vanity Fair cover story heralded the age of Cool Britannia, is the country’s deflated image on the international stage damaging our creative industries?

Verb Brands acquisition opens up luxury market for Croud

UK-based target boosts Croud's client list and influencer outreach.