Industry headlines


8th - 14th June 2015


June 12, 2015

Channel 4 achieves break-even as revenue rises £30m to £938m

Channel 4’s 2014 Annual Report, published on Wednesday, reveals the broadcaster has met its planned three-year investment and break even business targets, reporting an overall financial surplus of £3m, with cash reserves remaining above £220m for the fifth year in a row. However, Channel 4 revenues rose by £30m, just 3 per cent, to £938m in 2014, significantly below the wider ad market growth of 5 per cent to 6 per cent.

June 12, 2015

Fresh Game of Thrones horror nets 1m live viewers and tops Twitter

There was a solid alternative to all that lightness this week as Sky Atlantic offered up the penultimate episode of the fifth season of Game of Thrones (9pm). A little over 1 million live viewers tuned in to see if things in Westeros can actually get worse after that scene last week, with the actions of the last remaining Baratheon brother incensing Twitter with his actions. The brutal actions helped the show easily top yesterday's Twitter TV chart and secured a 5% share for Sky Atlantic.

June 12, 2015

BT ramps up sports offering with free Champions and Europa Leagues

BT is to show all 351 matches from the UEFA Champions League and Europa League next season for free for customers who take BT TV. BT TV Customers will receive the full BT Sport Pack - comprising BT Sport 1, 2, ESPN on BT Sport and the new BT Sport Europe channel which launches on 1 August. BT Broadband customers who choose to watch on their Sky service via the BT Sport app or on BT Mobile will also have the opportunity to add the BT Sport Pack for a small extra charge per month. BT secured the exclusive rights to the Champions League in 2013 after beating Sky and ITV with an £897 million bid.


June 12, 2015

Camelot teams up with Barclays to accept National Lottery mobile payments

National Lottery operator Camelot has teamed up with Barclays bank to enable players to purchase games via their mobile phone through its Pingit app from July. Designed to streamline operations into a ‘quick pay and play’ experience the tie-up represents the lottery’s first ever mobile-payment function and will enable anyone with a smartphone or tablet to take have a flutter without leaving their couch. Winnings of up to £50,000 will be accepted to their account which is open to anyone, not solely Barclays Bank customers.

June 12, 2015

ASA bans five e-cigarette ads for appealing to under 18s

The ads featured on social media sites and on the Hubbly Bubbly website. One on Twitter showed two young people using the product and standing in front of a row of bottles of spirits. The text said: "End of a very productive week at HB. Ready to kick-off [sic] the weekend! #TGIF." A further tweet showed an image of a woman holding an e-cigarette with the text: "Hubbly Bubbly – getting you through the midweek slump! #ECIG". The Medicines & Healthcare products Regulatory Authority complained that the first two ads did not make clear that the product contained nicotine, were irresponsible because they would appeal to under 18s, and the third seemed to show people who were under 25.

June 12, 2015

ASA bans five e-cigarette ads for appealing to under 18s

The ads featured on social media sites and on the Hubbly Bubbly website. One on Twitter showed two young people using the product and standing in front of a row of bottles of spirits. The text said: "End of a very productive week at HB. Ready to kick-off [sic] the weekend! #TGIF." A further tweet showed an image of a woman holding an e-cigarette with the text: "Hubbly Bubbly – getting you through the midweek slump! #ECIG". The Medicines & Healthcare products Regulatory Authority complained that the first two ads did not make clear that the product contained nicotine, were irresponsible because they would appeal to under 18s, and the third seemed to show people who were under 25.

June 12, 2015

ASA bans five e-cigarette ads for appealing to under 18s

The ads featured on social media sites and on the Hubbly Bubbly website. One on Twitter showed two young people using the product and standing in front of a row of bottles of spirits. The text said: "End of a very productive week at HB. Ready to kick-off [sic] the weekend! #TGIF." A further tweet showed an image of a woman holding an e-cigarette with the text: "Hubbly Bubbly – getting you through the midweek slump! #ECIG". The Medicines & Healthcare products Regulatory Authority complained that the first two ads did not make clear that the product contained nicotine, were irresponsible because they would appeal to under 18s, and the third seemed to show people who were under 25.

June 12, 2015

ASA bans five e-cigarette ads for appealing to under 18s

The ads featured on social media sites and on the Hubbly Bubbly website. One on Twitter showed two young people using the product and standing in front of a row of bottles of spirits. The text said: "End of a very productive week at HB. Ready to kick-off [sic] the weekend! #TGIF." A further tweet showed an image of a woman holding an e-cigarette with the text: "Hubbly Bubbly – getting you through the midweek slump! #ECIG". The Medicines & Healthcare products Regulatory Authority complained that the first two ads did not make clear that the product contained nicotine, were irresponsible because they would appeal to under 18s, and the third seemed to show people who were under 25.

June 12, 2015

ASA bans five e-cigarette ads for appealing to under 18s

The ads featured on social media sites and on the Hubbly Bubbly website. One on Twitter showed two young people using the product and standing in front of a row of bottles of spirits. The text said: "End of a very productive week at HB. Ready to kick-off [sic] the weekend! #TGIF." A further tweet showed an image of a woman holding an e-cigarette with the text: "Hubbly Bubbly – getting you through the midweek slump! #ECIG". The Medicines & Healthcare products Regulatory Authority complained that the first two ads did not make clear that the product contained nicotine, were irresponsible because they would appeal to under 18s, and the third seemed to show people who were under 25.

June 12, 2015

ASA bans five e-cigarette ads for appealing to under 18s

The ads featured on social media sites and on the Hubbly Bubbly website. One on Twitter showed two young people using the product and standing in front of a row of bottles of spirits. The text said: "End of a very productive week at HB. Ready to kick-off [sic] the weekend! #TGIF." A further tweet showed an image of a woman holding an e-cigarette with the text: "Hubbly Bubbly – getting you through the midweek slump! #ECIG". The Medicines & Healthcare products Regulatory Authority complained that the first two ads did not make clear that the product contained nicotine, were irresponsible because they would appeal to under 18s, and the third seemed to show people who were under 25.

June 12, 2015

ASA bans five e-cigarette ads for appealing to under 18s

The ads featured on social media sites and on the Hubbly Bubbly website. One on Twitter showed two young people using the product and standing in front of a row of bottles of spirits. The text said: "End of a very productive week at HB. Ready to kick-off [sic] the weekend! #TGIF." A further tweet showed an image of a woman holding an e-cigarette with the text: "Hubbly Bubbly – getting you through the midweek slump! #ECIG". The Medicines & Healthcare products Regulatory Authority complained that the first two ads did not make clear that the product contained nicotine, were irresponsible because they would appeal to under 18s, and the third seemed to show people who were under 25.

June 12, 2015

ASA bans five e-cigarette ads for appealing to under 18s

The ads featured on social media sites and on the Hubbly Bubbly website. One on Twitter showed two young people using the product and standing in front of a row of bottles of spirits. The text said: "End of a very productive week at HB. Ready to kick-off [sic] the weekend! #TGIF." A further tweet showed an image of a woman holding an e-cigarette with the text: "Hubbly Bubbly – getting you through the midweek slump! #ECIG". The Medicines & Healthcare products Regulatory Authority complained that the first two ads did not make clear that the product contained nicotine, were irresponsible because they would appeal to under 18s, and the third seemed to show people who were under 25.

June 12, 2015

ASA bans five e-cigarette ads for appealing to under 18s

The ads featured on social media sites and on the Hubbly Bubbly website. One on Twitter showed two young people using the product and standing in front of a row of bottles of spirits. The text said: "End of a very productive week at HB. Ready to kick-off [sic] the weekend! #TGIF." A further tweet showed an image of a woman holding an e-cigarette with the text: "Hubbly Bubbly – getting you through the midweek slump! #ECIG". The Medicines & Healthcare products Regulatory Authority complained that the first two ads did not make clear that the product contained nicotine, were irresponsible because they would appeal to under 18s, and the third seemed to show people who were under 25.


June 12, 2015

Piccadilly Circus to screen live Periscope Rugby World Cup broadcast

Piccadilly Circus is to play host to a live 2015 Rugby World Cup broadcast marking 100-days to go until kick-off of the sporting event. Prince Harry joined England stars Jonny Wilkinson & Will Greenwood for the Twickenham ceremony on Wednesday morning, with the Prince leading a number of short speeches in front of fans. From there the Webb Ellis Cup was placed in a specially commissioned Jeep before beginning a UK trophy tour and concluding the 15-20 minute broadcast. Screened live on Periscope and Twitter as well as the iconic billboard, fans were be invited to pose questions to Wilkinson directly using the hashtag #AskJonny once they had finished watching. Not only was this be the first time that a Periscope video stream has been displayed on this scale but it was the first ever Periscope to be launched by the official @rugbyworldcup account

June 12, 2015

Apple Launches News

In a bid to streamline how readers discover content, Apple announced at the Worldwide Developer Conference this Monday a mobile-news reading product, News, with several big media partners including The New York Times, Condé Nast and ESPN. Due out this fall and open to all publishers, unlike Facebook’s Instant Articles, the platform is an evolution of Newsstand and is focused on delivering the best user experience possible. Articles published through News will include sponsored content, plus a “For You” feed, offering readers a personalised experience the more they interact with the platform.


June 12, 2015

Apple aiming to launch iRadio by June

According to a report from The Verge, Apple is pushing hard for a summer launch of its long-awaited iRadio service. Apple has been in talks with record companies who are contesting the low rate for streaming songs, apparently 6 cents per 100 songs. Considerably less than the Copyright Royalty Board's fair rate for non-broadcast companies which stands at 21 cents per 100 songs, Pandora’s 12 cents per 100 songs streamed and Spotify’s 35 cents per 100 songs streamed. However, a music industry source told The Verge: "iRadio is coming. There's no doubt about it anymore," adding that it is making significant progress in negotiations with Universal and Warner music


June 12, 2015

Spotify announces 75m users and multi-million pound payouts to artists

The update comes days after Apple unveiled its rival Apple Music service and follows Spotfiy detailing plans to venture into video content and become a "24-hour entertainment destination". The latest figures published today suggests momentum behind the streaming music company continues to increase. Six months ago, Spotify reported it had 60 million active users and 15 million subscribers. The choice is to either pay $9.99 a month for the service or listen to a free version with ads. A Spotify blog today notes: "Ten million subscribers in our first five and a half years – and another 10 million subscribers in just a single year! That’s an average of one new subscriber every three seconds over the last year." Spotify continues to attract regular criticism from artists old and new, who claim its share of royalties with those who produce music remains woefully too low.


June 12, 2015

News UK study highlights impact of Times ads on consumer behaviour

The study by News UK Commercial, called Project Footprint, shows how exposure to advertising on the tablet edition of the Times provokes offline conversation as well as searching online and purchasing products. The results also demonstrate how exposure to advertising has a strong correlation to brand advocacy. Developed in partnership with comScore and the Keller Fay Group, Project Footprint closely tracked the online and offline activities of 70 multiplatform subscribers to The Times over the course of a month. Key findings include how Times readers are a digitally hungry audience, spending 63 per cent more time online and visiting 57 per cent more pages than the average internet user.


June 12, 2015

Wimbledon big screen returns to King's Cross

Following two successful years of Wimbledon Tennis fever at King’s Cross, the big screen is due to make a return this summer. Strawberries and Screen, which has for the last two years drawn in crowds of tens of thousands to Granary Square, is making a return at its new home, Lewis Cubitt Square. At four metres by four metres, the screen will be the biggest and best quality to date and will be one of central London’s largest. The first 50 or so visitors will be able to grab a deck chair for viewing comfort and picnics spots are also available