Hot Topic - Germany Media
Investment strategies for media houses are as diverse as the sector. There is the endless search for new opportunities through new markets or new technologies. Simply moving cash is also a major consideration. Insecurity abounds within the media world making good investments very tricky.
The enduring contradiction in public broadcasting policy is demand versus cost. Various constituents expect high quality programming, everywhere, all the time and lots of it. None of that comes cheap. Finding a balance can be a terrible job.
More often than not, new public broadcasting bosses are welcomed to a barrage of criticism. Itís a rite of passage, of sorts. Thereís always a complaint, a better idea and sometimes a scandal. Everything is on the table, especially the money.
Big media houses have lost patience. Digital transition is a costly irritation more than opportunity for some. Loss making units are being jettisoned as quickly as possible. The doors are swinging closed.
Digital radio development is, as it has been, up and down. Launches precede re-launches. Promotion has the appearance of trial and error. Supporters see one set of problems, detractors yet another. Itís a tough nut to crack.
Thereís nothing like a bit of a shake-up when the ratings arrive. Media buyers have something new to think about, often stressful. Programmers are divided; either a bonus or out the door. Itís a good time for a beer.
Legacy media brands are on the rise. Oh, yes, there are a zillion channels available on every sort of platform. All those new ones add to the mix, certainly, but the folks keep coming back to the tried and true companions.
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Media in Germany
Home to Europe's biggest broadcasters and publishers, Germany is a highly competitive media market. Transition to digital television was easy, other media not so simple, unsuprising with Germany's complex regulation and business structures. This Knowledge file reports on media leaders and followers. Includes Resources 143 pages PDF (April 2011)
- Radio Audience (March 2015)
leading stations, audience trend, daily reach
- Germany - Major Media - Publishing (25/05/2013)
major publishers, management, circulation
- Germany - Major Media - Private/Commercial Television (28/04/2011)
National broadcasters, national market share
- Germany - Major Media - Public Television (21/04/2011)
National and regional public broadcasters
- Germany - Market Data (02/03/2011)
population, per capita GDP trend, ad spending trend, internet usage, press freedom
- Germany - Media Organizations (28/07/2010)
trade associations, collecting societies
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State Aid - Media Rules – new
National authorities have at their disposal a variety of economic measures to stimulate, develop and improve competitive market sectors. Sometimes they miss the big picture or have special circumstances. Within the European Union an executive branch of the European Commission stands ready to clarify the rules of each and every game. State Aid rules are developing as the playing field gets bigger. 35 pages, PDF (September 2016)
Social Media Matures (...believe it or not...)
Hundreds of millions use social media, billions even. It has spawned revolutions, excited investors and confounded traditional media. With all that attention a business model remains unclear or it's simply so different many can't see it. What is clear is that there's no turning back. 114 pages, PDF (July 2016)
Investigative reporters have a storied honor among journalists. Praise is less forthcoming from those with secrets, often ready to use all possible means - legal and otherwise - to avoid detection. New tools are emerging to shed light and tell all. This ftm Knowledge file explores methods, old and new, and the forces prefering darkness. 54 pages PDF (May 2016)
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