By Diane Banks, CEO of literary, broadcast and speaking agency Northbank Talent Management
Many of us have read about the $17bn which, pre-C19, Netflix had allocated to spend on content this year, projected to rise to $26bn by 2028 (source: Variety).
They were not alone. Disney allocated $2.5bn to launch Disney. Apple $6 billion for Apple TV+ in its first year. AT&T more than $2bn for its forthcoming streaming service, HBO Max. Comcast’s NBCUniversal set aside $2 billion to fund the first two years of its new streaming service, Peacock.
Read More “Is the content bubble about to burst?”
By Gareth Streeter, Fourteen Forty
Businesses – big and small – have played a leadership role in responding to the current crisis. It’s time their contribution was recognised.
The coronavirus has forever changed the way we do business. How many times have you read that in the last few weeks?
Read More “Recognising business heroes”
In 1973 Stanford Professor Mark Granovetter’s “the strength of weak ties” argued that weak links, between people with different opinions, help new and unfamiliar ideas spread.
Read More “Weak Links #7: free speech, silence, corporate citizenship, diversity”
By Jess McAree, Head of Editorial Compliance, Telegraph Media Group, and independent PR and communications consultant
The man who deals with complaints about editorial content at the Telegraph Media Group makes a robust defence of freedom of speech
“(S)he shouldn’t be allowed to say that. It’s disgraceful.”
Admit it: you’ve privately thought it, or perhaps said it. You may even have written the letter to the Editor, or to my counterparts who deals with complaints on other newspapers. Perhaps you’ve gone further, and taken active steps to stop the person saying it – whatever ‘it’ is.
Read More ““Don’t be evil””
By Amy Watt, founder, Megawatt Coaching
As we settle into self-isolation, silence is likely to become a bigger part of our lives. A little understood virtue in communications, those who harness its power are often on the front foot in their careers and their counsel.
Ever found yourself in a one-sided conversation about a project, with little chance to speak or ask a question? If so, you’re not alone. We comms people are often in overdrive, with many meetings, tasks and priorities.
Read More “Silence is golden in an age of sharing”
By Lindsay Reid ACSI, a former compliance recruiter and now an independent compliance consultant specialist
Not long ago I heard that recruiters in the banking and finance sector increasingly favour female candidates for some senior roles. As a former recruiter, I was taken aback, having always applied the basic principles of best-servicing clients by providing a selection of the best available, qualified and experienced candidates.
Read More “Is diversity becoming the new conformity?”
By Guy Corbet, Fourteen Forty
Too much has been written about what Brexit might or might not mean.
What it does mean is that business, ordinary people and politicians will all soon have a much bigger role in the decisions that shape our everyday lives.
Read More “A new type of corporate citizenship?”
The Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, delivered what must have been the most important speech of his life today with the nation, and much of Europe, now reaching crisis point.
Having unexpectedly stumbled into the job less than a month ago, he was always going to have his work cut out to deliver this. And that was before the Covid-19 spectre reared up.
Read More “Getting it done despite the contagion”
With a significant Conservative majority, free marketeers can breathe a collective sigh of relief. But, far from taking a step back, business must become more engaged with government and much better at making the case for the contribution that business can make to society and the economy.
Read More “A time for free enterprise”
A clear majority
Boris Johnson has won one of the most decisive election victories in recent political history. By giving the Conservatives a majority of 78, the largest since 1987, the Conservatives have broken the deadlock that had taken over British politics since the 2017 election.
The pound has reacted strongly to the new-found certainty that business and the economy have not had for years. Pundits are focusing on the certainty this result will mean for Brexit. The result also gives business a new certainty. It will not need to adapt to the whims of a Marxist government with little regard for private property and which might bankrupt the country.
Read More “A decisive victory”