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Streaming Media

Adaptation Is Not Transformation
blockbuster Revising media rules from the depths of the last century for today’s digital consumer preferences challenges the best and brightest legal minds. There is great and valuable logic in adapting what has gone before, not to forget warm fuzzy comfort. But rule makers are inevitably frustrated when the world changes before the ink dries on their latest remedy. A linear process disintegrates in complexity.


Digital Symbols And Feeling Important
Homer and Marge Everything about the Cannes Film Festival carries symbolic weight. Juries are made up of really important people. Films allowed for screening are obviously very important. Those nominated for top honors are super important. Palme d’Ore winners are beyond important, exalted even. Those other film awards - Oscars, BAFTAs - are, well, nice.




Online News

Social media has many problems, trust the biggest
"post-truth world"

Online publishers still looking for the digital sweet spot
Some will pay, just not that many


ftm Radio Page
Digital Radio

Government fears foreign influence with digital transition
We're surrounded

Radio in France

In tough market radio group sale price reduced
"accounting inaccuracies"

Radio in the UK

Slipping Into Uncertainty And Making It Pay
row row row your boat Uncertainty is a rude force on conventional media wisdom. The audience wants their expectations fulfilled, except when they don’t. They want to see, figuratively, their reflection, so long as it’s very pretty. Then, too, they want to find what they’re looking for, preferably without major expense or lifestyle change. Uncertainty brings out frustration but only for a moment.

Radio in Portugal

Pop rock leads, oldies follow, alternative gains
news far behind

Radio in Norway

Broadcaster seizes the sounds of spring
Happy toads


Public Broadcasting

Nice tunes prevail, many firsts, disruptors fail to thwart song contest
Epic Sax Guy returns

Broadcaster snapped shut, replacement to follow
where's the news?


TV News

Trust in TV news affected by political alignment


Elections and Media

Candidates Run Rings Around Censors, Fun To Watch
no joking Politicians are quickly catching up. Elections are so much more fun with TV consultants, social media advisors and all the technology needed to motivate those voters. When it works, yippie!!! When it doesn’t: fake news. But then, restrictions apply.






Fake News, Hate Speech and Propaganda

Government watching fake news, but not that much
"problematic aspects"

Courts don't care how big and important you are
Who would have thought?

Ads target influencers to explain fake news
"think critically"

Fake news is a job creator
"certainly no money"

  • See also in ftm Knowledge

    Fake News, Hate Speech and Propaganda – new
    The institutional threat of fake news, hate speech and propaganda is testing the mettle of those who toil in news media. Those three related evils are not new, by any means, but taken together have put the truth and those reporting it on the back foot. Words matter. This ftm Knowledge file explores that light. 48 pages, PDF (March 2017)

    Order here

Media in the UK

TV Growth Opportunity Is TV Executives
gardening leave Transitional media environments create considerable froth among top executives. The hardest-charging eventually want to “seek new opportunities” or are asked. Stability is a warm-fuzzy memory as audiences, platforms and owners change. Growth - however possible - is still the priority. Getting there is the journey, not the destination.


Press/Media Freedom

Politician offers solution for journalism problem
Tell us what you really think


World Press Freedom Day - Ten Quotes
"We need leaders"


Dictators Celebrate, Autocrats Preen, Press Freedom Falls
their microphone now Illustrating the precipice upon which media freedom across the world sits, Reporters sans Frontières (RSF) warned of an approaching “tipping point” in its recently released annual World Press Freedom Index . The accompanying report is gloomy, “an ever darker world.” Societies adhering to a free-flow of truthful information, once-hopeful, have been plunged into dystopia by dictators, autocrats and thugs. Later the same week US-based NGO Freedom House released its annual World Freedom of the Press 2017 report. The reports are strikingly similar: the dark side is winning.


Media in the Middle East

TV exec sought by Iran murdered in Turkey, assassins escape
business or something else


Digital Economics

Digital transactions are the new black hole
tax abyss