from Royal Wedding Diary:

Press faces royal wedding day dilemmas

April 8, 2011

Royals9.jpgMedia companies, particularly from Britain and North America, are pouring a lot of resources into covering the April 29 wedding between Prince William and Kate Middleton in London. The amount of money they are spending, and the temptation to decide what their millions of viewers want to see, could cloud editorial judgment on the day should things not go according to plan.

from Felix Salmon:

The FT’s decline

March 6, 2011

I had a hard-to-follow Twitter debate yesterday about the FT's paywall, where a couple of FT types -- Alan Beattie and John Gapper -- told me that the latest numbers for digital subscribers show that I was wrong when I criticized the FT's strategy in October 2007. I'm often wrong, so that wouldn't come as a surprise. But in this case I think I was right.

from Fan Fare:

May one moan about the royal wedding?

February 17, 2011

Royals1.jpgI may be in Berlin covering the film festival, but I'm keeping half an eye on the press coverage of the royal wedding. Needless to say there is an awful lot of it, and some of the stories appear to be as much fiction as fact, if not more so. The tone is almost entirely positive, with commentators glowing about the young royal couple, her style, his grace, how good it all is for the country, economy, morale, soul -- oh you get the gist.

from Felix Salmon:

Why you can’t see great video

February 14, 2011

I spent a large chunk of Saturday looking at The Clock. Christian Marclay's video masterpiece is currently on show at the Paula Cooper gallery in New York, and is also part of the British Art Show, which is touring the UK and will open in London on Wednesday.

from Felix Salmon:

FT Tilt: A blog behind a paywall

January 10, 2011

FT Tilt has now officially launched. Calling itself "a premium online financial news and analysis service focused exclusively on the emerging world," it has a total staff of 12, including 8 reporters scattered around the world. Founded by Paul Murphy and Stacy-Marie Ishmael of FT Alphaville fame, it has so much blog in its look and feel and its DNA that it's probably fair to call this the most ambitious paywalled blog in the world.

from Felix Salmon:

The user-hostile FT

November 22, 2010

John Gruber wrote the definitive article about "Tynt, the Copy/Paste Jerks," back in May. Tynt is the company which adds what Gruber quite rightly calls "a bunch of user-hostile SEO bullshit" to your clipboard every time you copy text from a website; most of the time that text comprises a unique link back to the post in question.

from Breakingviews:

Murdoch will have to work to get his way in the UK

November 4, 2010

During the UK election campaign, Rupert Murdoch's newspapers attacked the Liberal Democrats with headlines like "Lib-Dumb exclusive." It shouldn't therefore come as a complete surprise that Vince Cable, the Lib Dem who is now UK business secretary, has ordered a probe into whether the 12.3 billion pound bid by the media mogul's News Corporation to take full control of British Sky Broadcasting is against the public interest.

from Felix Salmon:

Newspaper paywall datapoint of the day

November 2, 2010

There's lots of schadenfreude at the expense of News Corp today, which finally released numbers on its UK paywalls. Mathew Ingram, for instance, reckons the numbers prove that the paywalls are a bust, while Ian Burrell surveys other media machers and finds lots of downward-pointing thumbs.

from Felix Salmon:

The UK press vs the FSA

October 12, 2010

Remember the FSA's hilarious attempt to stop M&A leaks coming out of investment banks? Well, the UK press certainly does. The editors of the FT, Times, and Guardian, as well as Reuters's very own David Schlesinger, have written a "we, the undersigned" letter to the FSA expressing "profound concerns" with its recommendations and asking the agency "to reconsider and revoke" them:

from Felix Salmon:

The FSA’s foolproof method for preventing M&A leaks

September 23, 2010

The UK's FSA has conducted an investigation into the way that big M&A transactions can get leaked before they are formally announced. Its conclusion might shock you, so make sure you're sitting down for this: