Time to resurrect the debate about CRR?

I was speaking at the RTS Television Conference in Cambridge yesterday. Quite an honour I am told.

An impressive array of who’s who in the Television industry, here and abroad, Government Ministers and members of the opposition too. And Richard Desmond’s Crusaders performing in the grand surroundings of King’s College. A good day out.

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Which side of the fence do you sit on?

 

Two announcements this week have bemused but perhaps not surprised me. And they reflect the changing nature of the relationship between media agency and media owner, not all of which is healthy.

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Who can afford to blink first? WPP or C4

It has been reported in the Evening Standard and The Daily Telegraph that WPP and Channel 4 have reached an impasse in their re-negotiation of the deal done between the two companies two years ago, which runs out at the end of this month .

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Martin Sorrell and the Philosopher’s stone…the transformation of the agency model.

Last week Publicis announced that Vivaki would be hived off as a separate business unit. What should we call Vivaki? In the publicity material they say ‘’VivaKi has already initiated and expanded the power of partnerships with Google, Facebook, Microsoft, AOL and many other players for Publicis Groupe, and it has delivered innovative products and services including The Pool and Audience on Demand (AOD).’’ A separate business unit now described on their website as an ‘enabling framework’’. Read more on Martin Sorrell and the Philosopher’s stone…the transformation of the agency model….

There’s no such thing as a victimless crime

There’s a ‘fin de siècle’ feeling in the air of industry. Banking and Newspaper Publishing are at the heart of the storm, in the eyes of the politicians and public alike. It’s not a great time to be a banker or a newspaper executive. Read more on There’s no such thing as a victimless crime…

Can the Media Lions ever roar?

I didn’t go to Cannes this year or indeed for any year since 1999. Then I went as a judge of the Media Lions. I felt I was gate crashing someone else’s party (full of achingly cool people)and when I entered the darkened judging room it seemed like a movie in even parts inspired by the 70’s sitcom Mind Your Language and the classic thriller 12 Angry Men. Needless to say I modelled myself on Henry Fonda, not John Alderton. Read more on Can the Media Lions ever roar?…

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