Colin Morrison
Colin Morrison is a former journalist who has been CEO of magazine, newspaper, TV, information, events and marketing companies in the UK, across Europe and in the AsiaPacific. He is now variously chairman, non-executive director and consultant of media, marketing and information companies in the UK, Europe and Asia. He is also chairman of the Royal National Children's Foundation (charity no. 310916), which supports vulnerable young people at state and independent boarding schools throughout the UK.

He writes the blog Flashes & Flames, about "the Fortune, Fame and Folly" of media in the 21st century.

Entries by Colin Morrison

TED Celebrates Ten Years of Global Influence

(0) Comments | Posted 24 June 2016 | (12:50)

Ten years ago today (June 22), Chris Anderson, a former British magazine publisher who had made and lost a £300m fortune, took a decision that would change the world forever. The man who had become curator of TED made the first six TED Talks available free online. To his astonishment,...

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Are Traditional Media Bosses Too Old to Compete in a Digital World?

(4) Comments | Posted 22 February 2015 | (23:00)

Traditional media is rightly obsessed with "millennials", the 18-34 year-olds who have grown up with the internet. They are up to one-third of the population of most of the major economies, and are the largest, ethnically and racially most diverse generation ever. They are already some 50% of the working...

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5 Reasons Why DuckDuckGo May End Google Search Dominance

(0) Comments | Posted 15 January 2015 | (14:30)

  1. What? When hacking group Anonymous disabled a jihadist web site in traumatized France last weekend, it redirected users to a six-year-old little-known internet search engine. For millions of people, that was the first they had heard of the curiously-named DuckDuckGo which employs 25 people and is based in the tiny...
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15 Media Predictions for 2015

(0) Comments | Posted 4 November 2014 | (16:35)

No reason, and it's not even the year-end. But here are 15 crunchy media things that could happen during 2015:

  1. BuzzFeed, eBay/Gumtree, Indeed, and Business Insider will launch free newspapers.
  2. Google will launch a scrape-free, ads-free subscription emails/ search service. Or Microsoft will do it with Bing/Outlook.
  3. Some of...
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Harvard Professor Shows Traditional Media How to Cope With the Future

(0) Comments | Posted 28 June 2013 | (09:59)

Hollywood loves stories about newspapers, so they should go for this one. A Harvard professor lectures on how whole industries have found it impossible to reinvent themselves in the face of technological revolution. He tells newspaper groups they will have to change almost everything in order to survive. Along comes...

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RNCF Charity Calls for all Boarding Schools to Have 'Social' Bursaries

(0) Comments | Posted 22 October 2012 | (00:00)

It is gratifying that the case for improving social mobility through education is shared right across the political spectrum and is being espoused in the current government by a former Labour minister, Alan Milburn.

It is important, however, not to lose sight of the disadvantaged young people who need (and...

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West London TV Revolution Threatens to Change Everything

(0) Comments | Posted 1 October 2012 | (16:47)

Television networks across the world can't decide whether the internet represents more of an opportunity than a threat. Most broadcasters recognise the upside potential of the web. That's why they are playing with it. But (like their cousins in hard copy media) the mood darkens when they worry about how...

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Commercial Radio Faces Digital Fight With Internet Music 'Streamers'

(1) Comments | Posted 2 August 2012 | (00:00)

Radio has always confused media futurologists. The sound-only medium survived the conquest of TV and the ipod, and has managed to bounce back from recession and technological revolution. But the recently churning ownership of commercial radio signals a less certain future: stations accounting for some 50% of radio listening in...

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Newspaper Groups in Four Countries Show How to Thrive in the Digital Era

(0) Comments | Posted 18 July 2012 | (00:00)

Daily newspapers will one day provide the most intriguing episodes in the story of how traditional media was tortured and tamed by the digital new wave. But the winners are starting to draw away from the losers in a race many will not finish. Try this hot four of traditional...

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How Boarding Schools Can 'Save' the Lives of Vulnerable Young People

(0) Comments | Posted 18 June 2012 | (23:09)

Local authority children's services directors will be in Westminster this week (Wednesday, 20 June) to discuss how vulnerable young people might be saved from eventually needing to be taken into care by going instead to boarding school. The officials will be addressed by Children & Families Minister Tim Loughton and...

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iPad Comes to the Rescue of Magazines (Sort Of)

(1) Comments | Posted 13 June 2012 | (11:51)

UK magazine publisher Mark Wood knew what everyone was thinking: "The iPad is not the saviour of magazines". But the calm-down words came just as it looked as if Steve Jobs' last great creation was, indeed, coming to the rescue of the gasping magazine industry.
It all happened in...

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Is This Little Swiss Company the Future of Newspapers Everywhere?

(1) Comments | Posted 17 May 2012 | (00:00)

What's wrong with newspapers? We could spend the next year struggling to answer the question, while traipsing through the undergrowth of the internet, of consumer tastes and news appetite, and of the competition for time, money and advertising. Newspapers are, of course, a format, not a media channel.


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Winners and Losers in Media and Three Things Every Publisher Must Have

(1) Comments | Posted 10 May 2012 | (11:10)

In their clockwork orange world, UK publishers are trying to get to grips with what they hope is their digital future. It is easy to believe that good times are just around the corner. But they're not:

>Despite the sharp declines in revenue and profitability, relatively few newspapers and magazines...

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How Randolph Hearst's Modest Successor Will Out-Pace Rupert Murdoch

(0) Comments | Posted 25 January 2012 | (12:48)

This is a story of three octogenarians. It is 60 years since the death, aged 88, of (William) Randolph Hearst, now the world's second most famous newspaperman. The fearsome publisher-cum-politician, who is debited with creating "yellow journalism", was lampooned in Orson Welles' 1941 movie, Citizen Kane. Hearst certainly knew how...

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Is This Californian Geek the Future of TV Everywhere?

(2) Comments | Posted 8 January 2012 | (09:26)

If you want to see the future of TV, go 35 miles north of San Francisco to the suburban wine-making town of Petaluma. Or just go to the web. There, you will find the TWiT 'netcasting network', begun six years ago as a series of podcasts by tech journalist and...

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James Packer Wins His Casino Bets and Heads Back to Media

(0) Comments | Posted 13 December 2011 | (09:06)

James Packer is the most famous man in Australia. He's the 44-year-old businessman whom Aussies variously admire, despise, love for his Australian-ness, and respect for his under-sung business achievements in the shadow of a famously demanding father. And, then, there are the people who want to see him fall flat...

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Can Faded Newspaper Brands Survive in a 'Content First' Cut-Price World?

(0) Comments | Posted 24 November 2011 | (18:28)

Traditional media companies everywhere are in turmoil. Most are caught somewhere between maximising (as best they can) profits from declining media 'channels' - and investing in businesses that just might become the next big thing. Few are actually in denial of the darkening outlook for their legacy businesses, although their...

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Will Abu Dhabi Become a World Capital in Media - or Go Down in Flames?

(2) Comments | Posted 9 November 2011 | (17:10)

Abu Dhabi is a country on a mission. To become the oil state that built itself a real, future-proofed economy. To be the brightest star in global investment markets. To be the Switzerland of the Middle East. And to be a world star in media, sports and culture.

In short,...

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Magazines in Crisis: Three Ways They Could STILL Thrive in the Digital Era

(0) Comments | Posted 31 October 2011 | (15:37)

Sales and marketing people seldom let the mask slip. So, magazine industry people can keep up the smiles and pretend that the iPad or some other piece of magic is coming to their rescue. Or that they are in such control of their loyal readers that the return to former...

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Is this 'secret' business "the world's smartest media company?"

(0) Comments | Posted 14 October 2011 | (10:51)

The plight of traditional newspaper businesses is depressing many people in the UK, US, Australia and elsewhere. Journalists see their jobs at risk from the limitless supply of "free" always-on news and low-staffed online 'aggregators'. Investors face losses and the decline of historic, once so-powerful news brands. And proprietors, bloated...

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