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Enders Analysis is a firm believer in strong public service broadcasting which boosts the entire UK creative industry and is consumed by almost everyone. We have published a number of reports covering the BBC and Channel 4 over the last few months. To download any of our Channel 4 reports please click on the links below:

Channel 4 viewing trends

Channel 4 market impact

Channel 4: sustainability and privatisation

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  • DMGT
  • Guardian Media Group
  • Independent Print Ltd
  • News Corp
  • News UK
  • Telegraph Media Group
  • Trinity Mirror
  • Media
  • Press

Despite a slowing of circulation decline in 2016, UK national newspaper brands continue to face profound structural challenges, with print advertising spend expected to be down at least -15% for the year

In digital advertising, tech and distribution platforms continue to dominate growth with newspaper publishers and other content producers competing for an increasingly small slice of the revenue pie

In this context, many publishers are turning to paid membership and content subscription models to generate online revenues; success here will require a radical shift in thinking to a retailer mindset that delivers high quality reader experiences through integrated execution of tech, data, marketing and design

  • Vodafone
  • Mobile
  • Telecoms
  • Vodafone

Vodafone Europe’s mobile service revenue growth worsened to -0.6% from -0.2% in the previous quarter, the first deterioration following at least nine quarters of consecutive improvement, with the UK particularly weak

The company could nonetheless grow profits handsomely if revenue growth stabilises at this level, with more clarity on the medium term prospects for this likely to come with next quarter’s results and guidance for 2017/18

Our main concern continues to be the company’s declining subscriber share, particularly in consolidating markets where its historic advantages of having high market share may be rapidly eroded

 

  • Brexit
  • Media
  • Technology
  • Telecoms

The Bank of England predicts a mild decline of real household consumption growth to 2% in 2017, as higher inflation chews at disposable income

City forecasters are more circumspect on consumption growth, and we agree that households are likely to display more caution on expenditure relating to non-essentials

Retail sales, a bellwether for advertisers, look subdued in the New Year, and we maintain our forecast of flat advertising expenditure growth in 2017

  • TalkTalk
  • Virgin Media
  • Fixed Line
  • Media
  • Mobile
  • Telecoms
  • UK Media

TalkTalk had a weak quarter, as was pre-warned, with the decline in the broadband base accelerating and consumer revenue growth of -6% slightly worse than the previous quarter

Guidance was however very bullish, with the company confident that it can bounce back to return to positive net adds in the March quarter, while still hitting its profitability guidance

This looks a difficult task in a market which is still highly competitive, but if it can achieve it, the longer term aim of a stable customer base and growing revenue and profits looks much more plausible

  • Amazon
  • Google
  • Microsoft
  • Netflix
  • Internet
  • Media
  • Technology

Enterprise cloud computing democratises access to IT capacity ranging from specialised software to platforms to infrastructure, transforming cost structures in sectors like media and retail

Cloud enables unprecedented scalability of bandwidth for digital media services like Pokémon Go and Netflix, while also hosting the back-end for advertisers and retailers 

As the industry consolidates quickly, intense competition among Amazon, Microsoft and Google is delivering value to customers and boosting adoption

  • Sky
  • Media
  • Telecoms
  • TV

Sky H1 2017 results are broadly in line with company guidance on revenues, costs and synergies given at the 2016 Investor Day 

The core focus since the formation of European Sky in November 2014 has been investment for growth in all sectors of the business (i.e. retail products, content offers and customer service), an approach that is beginning to bear fruit. Sky Italy had a notably “excellent” start to the year

Most eye-catching in the results release was the planned launch in fiscal 2018 of an IP alternative to Sky’s DTH service. That speaks volumes about the know-how Sky has accumulated over the last ten years in meeting customer demands and building customer relationships