from Viewsroom:

Viewsroom: Airing Trump TV

October 20, 2016

The presidential candidate's poor showing is hurting his businesses, but a news network could pay off if he loses the election. Saudi Arabia's monster bond deal can't mask bigger problems. And bank earnings take in the Wells Fargo effect while Netflix investors lose the plot.

EU offers vitamin pill to dying media patient

August 26, 2016

Brussels wants to give media the right to seek compensation from search engines like Google that use online content. The intention is laudable - some publishers may be losing out. But the proposal has similarities with schemes in Germany and Spain - which haven’t worked.

Review: The limits of predicting China’s demise

August 19, 2016

The country's prospects are bleak, David Shambaugh argues in "China's Future". His critique of the Communist Party's political flaws goes far deeper than most forecasts of economic collapse. Yet foretelling doom at some indeterminate point in the future still has limited value.

ITV can pay more for a slice of Peppa Pig

August 10, 2016

Canada's Entertainment One rejected a 1 billion pound approach from ITV, an 8.5 percent premium on its closing share price. The Peppa Pig owner is well positioned for the shift towards digital content. And ponying up more would help ITV to diversify away from the UK.

Chinese investors up the ante in online games

August 1, 2016

Gaming outfit Shanghai Giant, Alibaba boss Jack Ma, and partners are buying Israel's Playtika for $4.4 bln. This looks pricier than Tencent's recent purchase of the firm behind Clash of Clans. Plus, casino-style games are even more at risk of being overtaken by the latest hit.

Shareholder ire at Tribune board is well earned

June 7, 2016

Over 40 pct of owners voted against all the publisher’s eight director candidates. That’s virtually unheard of when proxy advisers like ISS haven’t called for it. Maybe the board will be embarrassed enough to make tin-eared Chairman Michael Ferro listen to Gannett’s overtures.

Newspaper deal would solve Tribune’s woes

April 25, 2016

USA Today owner Gannett’s $815 mln unsolicited offer to buy the publisher of the LA Times doesn’t just make financial sense for the buyer. It would also allow Tribune shareholders to escape flatlining revenue at a headline-grabbing 63 percent premium to its current market value.

Yahoo could be good home for sidebar of shame

April 11, 2016

The parent of scandal-peddler Daily Mail may bid for the U.S. media group. That could catapult the MailOnline onto ad buyers’ agendas. Since owner Viscount Rothermere has spent a decade diversifying away from news, the best deal might be one that breaks the UK group up.

Review: Stop blaming the world’s central bankers

April 8, 2016

That’s the message of a new book, “The End of Alchemy”, from the former governor of the Bank of England, Mervyn King. It doesn’t completely wash. Low rates bear much responsibility for seeding the financial crisis - and it was central banks, after all, that set them.

Chinese tycoon’s U.S. movie merger has rare logic

March 4, 2016

Wang Jianlin’s AMC cinema group will buy American rival Carmike for $1.1 bln. It looks like a rational deal at a sensible price – something lacking from the property magnate’s recent splurge on movie studios, theme parks and soccer clubs. Perhaps financial reality is kicking in.