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AOL and Guardian unveil global video partnership
Posted on Tuesday May 26, 2015

AOL UK and Guardian News & Media have formed a global tie-up as both companies continue to drive their original video content ambitions.

The deal will see the Guardian’s original video content, including its award-winning documentaries, syndicated across AOL On’s global publisher network, as the publisher looks to widen its international audience for video.

The AOL On video platform tops one million curated and original short-form videos, all created by AOL and its channel partners which include Channel 4 News, ITN and Scripps Networks International.

The content is distributed through a network of publishers including Trinity Mirror and TalkTalk along with AOL’s own platforms such as The Huffington Post UK and TechCrunch.

The tie-up will open up the Guardian's access to this conent library, which it can tap into for its own video output across its global editions. 

Graham Moysey, head of International, AOL said: “AOL is committed to producing premium content that captures the imagination of consumers. Curation and distribution go hand-in-hand with great content and we’re delighted the Guardian has chosen AOL On as a partner to drive even greater audiences to their content.”

AOL On, which generates an average one biillion monthly video views across the network, according to the company, has launched nearly 50 original series globally as it seeks to hold its own against rivals such as streaming giant Netflix, and the likes of Facebook which is ploughing investment into video. 

Its shows have featured Hollywood stars including Sarah Jessica Parker, James Franco, Jared Leto and Steve Buscemi.

In the UK it currently has two UK Originals in production, Being Mum with Tess Daly and Rochelle Humes, and 30Something with Richard Bacon. 

The news of the partnership comes weeks after the announcement that Verizon has acquired AOL for $4.4bn as it looks to better compete with the scale of Facebook and Google. 

Virtual reality headset banishes travel sickness
Posted on Tuesday May 26, 2015

Travellers prone to travel sickness whilst on the move have a new solution at hand in the form of a virtual reality headset that can offset the motion of planes by projecting alternative images to the wearer’s eyes and brain.

The £300 headset is still just a proof of concept but if its backer’s dreams are realised the device could be as essential as a cushion and in-flight entertainment on long-haul flights, according to Sky News. 

It achieves its feat by displaying a virtual horizon which dynamically alters in tandem with the motion of the plane, providing positional confirmation to the brain and preventing allaying confusion which can lead to motion sickness.

Leon Codrington, product development manager at Flow IFE, said: “By having the aircraft control the movement of the virtual world in the headset, what the body feels and what your eyes tell your brain become the same thing.

“It's when you get a difference in those two that motion sickness is induced. It's a simple technique and one that we think a lot of airlines will want to take a closer look at."

Despite its effectiveness it is expected there will be only a limited market for the device, with just one per cent of air travellers affected.

US retailer faces American wrath over upside down flag T-shirt
Posted on Tuesday May 26, 2015

Californian retail clothing brand PacSun is facing the wrath of its own shoppers following the display of a disrespectful mannequin sporting a T-shirt with an upside down stars and stripes motif.

The inverted treatment of the American flag was not well received with many upset customers venting their fury on the store's Twitter feed, angered that the display coincided with Memorial Day – a time when Americans come together to honour deceased soldiers.

Amongst those to voice their displeasure was Joni Stant who commented: “The upside-down flag shirt is completely inappropriate & disrespectful. Your company is a perfect example of many things going wrong in America today."

Another, Fawn Mac, wrote: "As a Veteran I find your flag T-shirt disgusting as well as you Memorial Day sale....I don't fall into the commercialization of Memorial Day."

Designed in collaboration with rapper A$AP Rocky it is unclear whether the piece was purposefully intended as a political statement or a mere graphic design. Display of an upside down flag has traditionally been used to signal ‘extreme danger to life or property’.

Newsquest snaps up Romanes Media Group for undisclosed sum
Posted on Tuesday May 26, 2015

Newsquest Media Group has acquired local news publishing business Romanes Media Group, which owns 32 newspaper titles, for an undisclosed sum. 

The move will see the local news group’s portfolio, which includes a daily paper, 19 weekly paid-for titles and nine weekly freesheets and associated websites, join Newsquest’s 200-strong newspaper stable.

Romanes Media Group, founded in 1859 by the Romanes fanily, has 270 staff and operates in Scotland, Berkshire and Northern Ireland. Its local news brands include the Greenock Telegraph, the Dunfermline Press, the East Lothian Courier, the Reading Chronicle, and the Impartial Reporter. 

Henry Faure Walker, chief executive of Newsquest said: “Newsquest is focused on building one of the leading local multi-media publishing businesses in the UK, and I am delighted to welcome Romanes Media Group to the company. We operate in separate markets but this portfolio of good quality weekly titles provides a strong fit with plenty of opportunity.” 

Newsquest owns more than 150 brands across the UK publishing online, on mobile and in print, and claims more than 20 million monthly visitors and 6.5 million readers weekly print readers.

Its news brands include The Northern Echo (Darlington), Telegraph & Argus (Bradford), Southern Daily Echo (Southampton), Swindon Advertiser, Lancashire Telegraph (Blackburn) The Argus (Brighton), The Press (York), Oxford Mail, Worcester News and South

Apple promotes Jonathan Ive to chief design officer
Posted on Tuesday May 26, 2015

Apple has elevated its star designer, British born Sir Jonathan Ive, to the newly created role of chief design officer, in recognition of his importance to the world’s richest firm.

Ive has played a key role in the conception of some of Apple’s most iconic products; including the iPod, iPhone, iPad and smartwatch.

He will now be handed the reins to designing the company’s growing estate of retail outlets as well as office furniture for its under construction California HQ, when he begins his new role in July.

In a leaked internal memo chief executive Tim Cook wrote: “In this new role, he will focus entirely on current design projects, new ideas and future initiatives. Jony is one of the most talented and accomplished designers of his generation, with an astonishing 5,000 design and utility patents to his name."

As part of the management shuffle Ive will share existing management responsibilities with Richard Howarth, who will become Apple’s new head of industrial design, and Alan Dye – who becomes vice president of user interface design.

Creative Department: Featuring FCB Inferno, TBWA\London, Brothers and Sisters and more
Posted on Tuesday May 26, 2015

Welcome to The Drum Creative Department, sponsored by Workfront.

As always this section is dedicated to showing the best creative work and gives you, the reader, the chance to decide what we show within The Drum magazine.

You can vote for the work you like best, simply by clicking the 'Like' button beside the work, and the winner will be featured in the next issue of The Drum (10 June) in the Creative Department spread.

Other popular entrants will also be considered for the print edition. Submit your vote before Monday 1 June to guarantee your favourite makes it into the printed magazine.

To submit work for future publication contact For voting updates and more follow The Drum Creative Department on Twitter @TheDrumCreative.

Academics urge MPs to respect rule of law and democracy as surveillance powers grow
Posted on Tuesday May 26, 2015

A group of academics have penned an open letter to MPs warning Parliament to respect the rule of law and democracy as the new Conservative government prepares to dust off its Communications Data Bill, including sweeping new surveillance powers.

Some 30 academics, from both sides of the argument, have put their weight behind the missive, which calls for full parliamentary scrutiny to be applied to all developments and powers arising from UK surveillance laws.

The letter read: “We are comprised of people from both sides of the issue – those who believe that increased powers are a reasonable response to an emerging threat, and those who think them an unjustified extension of state interference. Our common goal is to see the rule of law applied and parliamentary oversight reasserted.”

Planned new powers would require internet and mobile phone firms to hold records’ of customers’ browsing history, social media, emails, voice messages, online gaming and texts for a period of one year.

This data would then be made available to the government and security services as required.

Ryanair reports 66% increase in pre-tax profits
Posted on Tuesday May 26, 2015

Low fare air travel company Ryanair has reported a 66 per cent increase in pre-tax profits for the year, reaching €867m.

The company, which also reported an 11 per cent increase in customers to 90.6 million, released annual figures ending 31 March, with a 12 per cent rise in revenue of €5,654m.

Michael O'Leary, chief executive of Ryanair said: "We are pleased to celebrate Ryanair's 30th Birthday by reporting this 66 per cent increase in net profit which demonstrates the enduring strength of Ryanair's lowest fare/lowest cost model which has been transformed by the success of our ‘Always Getting Better’ (AGB) customer experience programme.  AGB has attracted millions of new customers to Ryanair.”

Earlier this year the company released an advertising campaign to celebrate it’s 30th Anniversary (see above) while The Drum Marketing Awards named chief marketing officer, Kenny Jacobs as Marketer of the Year. 

Elle Australia editor defends self-censoring controversial breastfeeding cover
Posted on Tuesday May 26, 2015

Elle Australia editor Justine Cullen has sought to justify a decision to remove a controversial breastfeeding cover from its retail release by stating that we don’t live in an ‘ideal world’.

Instead the ground-breaking cover was printed on subscription copies only, amidst fears of a sales boycott or seeing the magazine pulled from shelves, sparking outrage amongst breast feeding campaigners.

In an open letter published on the magazine’s website Cullen wrote: “In an ideal world no one would have an issue with seeing breastfeeding on the cover of a magazine. But it’s not an ideal world.

“While there’s nothing provocative about breastfeeding, it is a provocative image to see on the cover of a fashion magazine, and it’s enabled us to contribute to a necessary conversation around normalizing breastfeeding and why that’s so important.”

An early edition of the title pictured model Nicole Trunfio breastfeeding her son, generating a great deal of goodwill and buzz on social media, although this was swiftly undone by the decision to fully clothe Trunfio in later editions.

Jamie Oliver launches Family Food Tube
Posted on Tuesday May 26, 2015

Jamie Oliver is seeking to replicate the success of his Food Tube and Drinks Tube video channels with the launch of Family Food Tube.

The celebrity chef’s latest YouTube offering is geared toward offering parents advice on serving up nutritious food for their children, communicated in the form of recipes, videos and tips from Jamie and Jools Oliver.

In this the couple will be helped out by regular contributors including child nutrition specialist Dr Helen Crawley and Gennaro Contaldo.

Oliver commented: “Family Food Tube is designed to help parents with ideas, inspiration, or sometimes just to reassure them that they’re not alone in needing food help once in a while.

“My hope is that people dip in, become part of the Family Food Tube community and come back again and again as we add more content.”

Weekly updates will be advertised on Oliver’s portfolio of digital asset, which now reaches 2.6m subscribers and a monthly global audience of 30m.