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Colin Morrison

Consultant and director of media companies and award-winning blogger at www.flashesandflames.com

Colin Morrison OBE is a former journalist who has been CEO of digital and media companies in the UK, across Europe and in the AsiaPacific. He is now variously chairman, non-executive director and strategy consultant of media, marketing and information companies in the UK, Europe and Asia. He is also the founding Chair of Boarding School Partnerships, a Department for Education-funded collaboration between schools, charities and local authorities (www.boardingschoolpartnerships.org.uk)

He also writes the analytical media blog Flashes & Flames which was an honoree of the Folio:100 in 2016, the citation for which declared: "Colin Morrison is an insightful and entertaining mind in a wobbly industry, and Flashes & Flames serves as a forceful watchdog."

www.flashesandflames.com
How Magazine Companies Must

How Magazine Companies Must Change

Magazines are awash with the skills, creativity and relationships necessary to build new businesses - if they grasp the opportunity. Some of these famous brands retain huge market power. But, for the companies, it's time for reinvention, not for tweaks to the strategy. Before it's too late.
13/09/2016 17:01 BST
TED Celebrates Ten Years of Global

TED Celebrates Ten Years of Global Influence

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, the of 18-minute podcasts quickly went viral.
24/06/2016 07:50 BST
Harvard Professor Shows Traditional Media How to Cope With the

Harvard Professor Shows Traditional Media How to Cope With the Future

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 his church (yes) and asks him to save their own 160-year-old daily paper. In a few short years, the professor becomes a media industry hero.
28/06/2013 16:39 BST
West London TV Revolution Threatens to Change

West London TV Revolution Threatens to Change Everything

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.
02/10/2012 10:24 BST
Commercial Radio Faces Digital Fight With Internet Music

Commercial Radio Faces Digital Fight With Internet Music 'Streamers'

Pundits predict that by 2020, the word 'broadcasting' will be foreign to anyone under 40, with listening domination then by the streamers whose revenue includes paid subscriptions, advertisements directed at non-subscribers, and music sales on behalf of labels and retail partners.
01/08/2012 16:46 BST
Newspaper Groups in Four Countries Show How to Thrive in the Digital

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

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 media companies in Europe and the US.
17/07/2012 17:22 BST
How Boarding Schools Can 'Save' the Lives of Vulnerable Young

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

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 his Labour predecessor Lord Adonis.
19/06/2012 11:41 BST
Is This Little Swiss Company the Future of Newspapers

Is This Little Swiss Company the Future of Newspapers Everywhere?

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.
17/05/2012 07:12 BST
How Randolph Hearst's Modest Successor Will Out-Pace Rupert

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

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, <em>Citizen Kane</em>.
29/01/2012 13:14 GMT
Is This Californian Geek the Future of TV

Is This Californian Geek the Future of TV Everywhere?

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 Emmy-winning broadcaster, Leo Laporte.
09/01/2012 15:25 GMT
James Packer Wins His Casino Bets and Heads Back to

James Packer Wins His Casino Bets and Heads Back to Media

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.
14/12/2011 10:02 GMT
Will Abu Dhabi Become a World Capital in Media - or Go Down in

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

Think of how much you knew about Abu Dhabi before the Formula One Grand Prix (happening again this weekend) hit the stunning Yas island circuit. Or before the ruling family injected hundreds of millions into the UK's championship-chasing Manchester City football club. Or before Rupert Murdoch, Google's Eric Schmidt and others bowled up at the Abu Dhabi Media Summit.
10/11/2011 17:44 GMT