Industry headlines


5th - 11th January 2015


January 09, 2015

Google hope to see their third launch into TV take off with Android TV

There was Google TV Software, then the Chromecast and now in 2015 Android TV, Google’s third launch into the connected TV market. With Google sure that the future of TV lies online with people picking what they want to watch rather than being restricted by a schedule, Android TV will face a lot of competition from Apple, LG, Samsung and Amazon Fire TV.

January 09, 2015

800,000 more viewers tune into ITV to watch the return of Broadchurch

ITV won Monday night’s 9pm-10pm slot with the comeback of the Broadchurch drama. The first episode of the second series attracted 7.6 million viewers according to unofficial overnight figures. The number was up by 800,000 on the first episode of series one and up by 500,000 on the series one average.

January 09, 2015

Katie Hopkins and co put Celebrity Big Brother ahead of rivals

More than 3 million viewers watched celebrity Big Brother return on Channel 5 on Wednesday with a line-up including Katie Hopkins, Perez Hilton and Patsy Kensit, enough to help the broadcaster leapfrog Channel 4 and BBC2 in the ratings. The eighth series of the show since it moved to Channel 5 had the same number of viewers as its last new year series in 2014


January 09, 2015

The most watched ads on YouTube in 2014

The Sainsbury's Christmas ad was the most watched ad of 2014 on YouTube in the UK, with the John Lewis festive ad in second place. The top ten also featured ads from Nike, Always and Save the Children.

January 09, 2015

Google unveils a new tool to check if users are looking at video ads

Google's vice president of display and video advertising said that advertisers will now be able to tell whether clips delivered via Google's DoubleClick ad services are skipped or ignored. Google’s new tool will be used to highlight the effectiveness of digital video advertising to attract more expenditure from TV and to give advertisers more visibility into the number of video ads that are actually seen by users.

January 09, 2015

TalkTalk purchases Blinkbox from Tesco

TalkTalk has acquired Tesco’s video service Blinkbox and the retailer’s broadband and home landline business in a deal thought to be worth about £5m.This move comes after TalkTalk, which is popular with value-seeking customers, became the UK’s fastest growing TV service last year. The acquisition of Tesco’s services will only strengthen TalkTalk’s position.


January 09, 2015

Magic FM’s national launch on digital radio

This week sees Magic Radio, a Bauer owned station, launch nationally on digital radio. Previously Magic was only broadcast in London. For the national launch Magic have unveiled a new programming strategy and have signed new talent including Christine Bleakley, John Barrowman and Claire Sweeney.


January 09, 2015

Punk magazine Vice transformed into a media giant

It’s been a hit with the millennial generation and now Vice magazine has predicted its revenue to hit $1bn dollars in 2015. Sir Martin Sorrell was asked how best to understand the new media landscape. Visit the headquarters of Vice Media, said the head of WPP. Later he said: “They understand how millennials think, what content millennials want.”