Golden… Gone? The declining relevance of awards shows

By Emily Chen On Tuesday, the winners of the Golden Globes 2022 were announced across social media. Unlike last year, there was no telecast or live streaming. According to a press release from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), this was due to Omicron precautions. This statement seems out of tune with Los Angeles Times…

Is purpose killing performance?

By Ian Morris Could the ever-increasing focus of management teams on ESG issues be distracting them from running their companies successfully? The question was raised this week, as influential fund manager Terry Smith, in his annual letter to investors, turned on Unilever, whose leadership team he said was “obsessed” with its sustainability credentials at the…

PM asks for time, but is it borrowed?

By Fraser Raleigh A day that started with rumours of a full mea culpa from the Prime Minister ended with Cabinet manoeuvrings, more of his MPs publicly calling for him to go, and an extraordinary rupture with the Scottish Conservatives. If Boris Johnson’s daunting challenge before yesterday’s PMQs was to try – once again –…

Crypto-for-good puts utility in the spotlight

By Ian Silvera Beyond a store of value or a volatile punt, what is blockchain technology actually good for? Well, beyond privacy, these projects can make a big impact in the environmental space (both for good and bad reasons) and have plenty of potential when you combine the top concerns of the sector’s main demographic…

The great London exodus: or is it?

By Laura Sears Almost a year ago today, I moved from Essex to south west London, bucking the trend that saw Londoners leaving the city in droves after the onset of the pandemic. People were surprised when I told them I was doing this, as news outlet after news outlet was reporting on people making…

Murdoch’s TV return

By Tim Le Couilliard Another year, another new TV channel – Q1 2022 marks the launch of “talkTV”, Rupert Murdoch’s latest offering that is to be the new broadcast arm of News UK. It is a return to British television for Murdoch following the forced sale of Sky News to Comcast back in 2018 that…

The magic lives on…

By Tiffany Burrows On 6 November 2001, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone hit UK cinemas. I was one of the many children swept up by Pottermania, the anticipation felt ahead of the first film only matched by the excitement when the next book in the series was published (yes, I collected the final book…

No-vax Djokovic

By Laura Griffiths Novak Djokovic and his journey to compete in the Australian Open has become a story of visas, vaccinations, and vacuity.  Arriving in Melbourne yesterday, Djokovic and his team attempted to enter the country in preparation for the tournament but were unable to do so as a result of his visa being cancelled….