No reason, and it's not even the year-end. But here are 15 crunchy media things that could happen during 2015:
- BuzzFeed, eBay/Gumtree, Indeed, and Business Insider will launch free newspapers.
- Google will launch a scrape-free, ads-free subscription emails/ search service. Or Microsoft will do it with Bing/Outlook.
- Some of the world's major daily newspapers will go free. Others will reduce to Friday-Monday publication. Inspired by London Evening Standard, Metro, 20 Minutes, AM New York, and Australia's mX. Will UK's The Independent, the Daily Express or The Sunday People be next?
- Some major magazine brands will go free. Inspired by UK's Stylist, Time Out, and Hearst's TrendingNY.
- Simon Cowell will be involved in a new global entertainment network. His Sony contract expires in 2015.
- News Corp will launch a global news service online and in print. A combined UK-Australia-US operation? And a global The Sun?
- Time Inc will launch a Time-People-Sports-Fortune-Money global super site.
- Washington Post-Amazon will launch a global news service. Jeff Bezos is limbering up for a big splash.
- Many regional newspapers will go online-only. Linked to shopping offers.
- Network TV channels will launch web versions with interactive options. Otherwise, their viewers will continue to be distracted by Twitter.
- Some major books will be published for free download with sponsorship or advertising. Obviously.
- Facebook will buy BuzzFeed.
- LinkedIn will launch business (online) TV.
- Fox/ Sky will launch a rival to Vice News or buy it. After all.
- Financial Times will merge with Wall Street Journal.
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