Summit Notebook

Media executives (mostly) read free news

December 4, 2009

BosHere’s one of the headlines that we produced at this week’s Reuters Global Media Summit: “Media get real about paid-for Web news.” In it, we distilled media executives’ thoughts on the future of news to this: The romance with free content — stimulated by global ad spending that reached a peak of almost half a trillion dollars last year — was over.

Michael Haneke: How to politely dislike his movies

December 4, 2009

HanekeRTL Group Chief Executive Gerhard Zeiler came to our U.S. headquarters on Thursday so we could interview him for our Global Media Summit this week. While we waited for our colleagues in London and Germany to beam in remotely, I asked him about what he and other Austrians generally think of Michael Haneke.

Recession’s perfect storm speeds up change in ad industry

December 2, 2009

Why is it that the United States’ advertising as a proportion of marketing services is at its lowest point since 1977, maybe even lower than since the Second World War?

200MB? It’s only human nature to want more

By georgina prodhan
December 1, 2009

Broadband subscribers want as much speed as they can get their hands on, even if it’s way beyond what’s needed by the most avid downloader of music, keen watcher of video¬†or biggest Facebook addict, reckons cable operator Liberty Global’s CEO.

All I want for Christmas is a blockbuster

November 30, 2009

What’s a great holiday gift in a recession, yes a good old fashioned book. Random House just got its new Dan Brown bestseller on the shelves.

Thain says put shareholders first

November 18, 2009

John Thain says he put shareholders first and his interests second in deciding to sell Merrill Lynch to Bank of America.

from Clare Baldwin:

Nomura banker says singing for karaoke only

November 17, 2009

Takeo Sumino, chief operating officer of Nomura Holding America Inc, wants to make one thing clear: neither he nor his Tokyo colleagues are into the habit of breaking into song first thing in the morning at the office.

Swine flu sales: windfall or hard work?

November 12, 2009

Swine flu is turning out to be a sales bonanza for drug companies – just don’t call it a windfall, says GlaxoSmithKline.

Health reform…big in Europe too

November 11, 2009

U.S. healthcare reform is top of everybody’s agenda right now — but Barack Obama isn’t the only government leader chasing a new deal.

Beckman hopes reform fees go up in smoke

November 9, 2009

Have healthcare companies sunk as far as controversial tobacco companies in the public eye? One medical equipment maker thinks so.