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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.

www.flashesandflames.com

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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.

There...

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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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Is This Quiet Brit Becoming the Most Influential Person on the Planet?

(0) Comments | Posted 5 October 2011 | (00:00)

There's a captivating, almost-magical web site where you can feel the passion and share the big ideas of brilliant and insightful people including many of the world's leading thinkers and doers. The site is free and open to everyone. It's called TED and, although that stands for 'Technology, Entertainment and...

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5 Reasons why Facebook Just May be Doomed

(45) Comments | Posted 30 September 2011 | (00:00)

Facebook profits are roaring ahead. One insider says that the social network's profit in the first half of 2011 was some $500m (c£300m) - almost equal to that for the whole of 2010 - on revenue up to $1.6bn (£1bn).

Founder Mark Zuckerberg told buzzing delegates at last week's F8...

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Who Killed Britain's Best Media Company?

(0) Comments | Posted 18 September 2011 | (21:02)

Seventeen years ago, almost to the day, The Independent described a British company as "one of the most admired media companies in the world". By 1994, it had grown in 50 years from humble origins as a regional newspaper publisher to a £1bn+ turnover public company with fast-growth, vibrant operations...

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Will Westfield win Olympic Gold or Will Frank Lowy's Boys Drop the Baton?

(0) Comments | Posted 13 September 2011 | (07:28)

Today sees the glittering opening of Europe's largest shopping centre at the Olympic "city" in recycled Stratford, East London. The stats and stars will scream from screens and front pages for days and weeks. More than 300 shops, 70 restaurants, 14 cinema screens, three hotels and the UK's largest casino...

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