Archive for the ‘The Big Picture’ Category

The Big Picture – May 2013

The Big Picture – May 2013

“Bifocal Management.” “Bifocal management” is a neat phrase which captures the current need to keep a long-term strategy in view at the same time as still trying to do the basics of the “day job” That double perspective is a theme which runs through the PPA’s Publishing Futures 2013 report where magazine publishers are trying [...]

The Big Picture – March 2013

The Big Picture – March 2013

“A nice, long, slow transition.” “A nice, long, slow transition into digital.”  That is the forecast for magazines from the person at Amazon who looks after content for the Kindle – Russ Grandinetti.  While the transition – if that is what it actually is – may not feel as though it is nice, long and [...]

The Big Picture – October 2012

The Big Picture – October 2012

“Doing a thousand things one percent better.” That is Tesco’s summary of their recovery plan.  It also captures the current mood of the whole supply chain from publisher through to retailer.  While there are some very small signs that the UK may be starting to edge out of recession, ongoing cost control and the headache [...]

The Big Picture – December 2012

The Big Picture – December 2012

A turbulent year ends in uncertainty. A turbulent year ends with great uncertainty about what lies ahead in the New Year as all the key indicators continue to wobble.  Yet there are still some recurring themes running through the activities this month….. Consolidation is clearly seen in the launch of Local World and the merger [...]

The Big Picture – August 2012

The Big Picture – August 2012

Disruptive technology is hitting more than just publishers. “Disruptive technology” is how digital media are often described. Yet they are disrupting much more than publishers’ businesses. As the analyses in this issue of “Wessenden Briefing” demonstrate, digital is also rippling across Royal Mail, helping to drive up its prices to publishers, wholesalers, forcing them to [...]

The Big Picture: July 2012

The Big Picture: July 2012

It is a tough and hectic time at the moment. The publishing news is a whirlpool of acquisitions, launches, redundancies and sliding profits.  It is not all bad news – the first-half magazine launch activity shows some real creativity – but there is still plenty of bad news with the poor magazine retail sales trends [...]

UK Publishing Industry in 2012: The Big Picture

UK Publishing Industry in 2012: The Big Picture

Tough, but not disastrous. That seems to be the overall view of the prospects for 2012.

The Big Picture – December 2011

The Big Picture – December 2011

While the excitement around the launch of Apple Newsstand has been grabbing the headlines, the industry is waiting for two old players to reveal their hand – Royal Mail and the Office of Fair Trading. The OFT will shortly announce what action it is going to recommend regarding a review of the industry. Royal Mail will reveal by how much [...]

The Big Picture – September 2011

The Big Picture – September 2011

It is ironic that probably the most important legacy that Steve Jobs leaves behind him at Apple is a belief in the long-term future of paid content. The difficulties that publishers have had with Apple have sprung from the fact that it wants too much control

The Big Picture: July 2011

The Big Picture: July 2011

The Big Picture is an overview of the publishing business contained in the lastest issue of “Wessenden Briefing”.  For a sample issue of the newsletter, click on the button on the right of this page. The News of the World phone-hacking scandal has created a media storm around the world. Career after career is unravelling [...]