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Gervais’s ‘The Office’ eyes Saudi Arabian expansion

A Saudi version of hit comedy show The Office is reportedly in the works. I tend to blog about consumer goods businesses but this example of a creative product expanding internationally caught my eye. It is also an interesting case study in adapting a winning formula to diverse cultures. Branded El Maktab, the Saudi version …

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The once vaunted Japanese print barons humbled whilst SmartNews soars to $2bn

Happy New Year 2022! Figures released last month showed that print media circulation in Japan declined 5.5% in 2021 to just over 30 million. In 2001 print media’s circulation exceeded 47 million daily copies.  The circulation decline has accelerated since 2017, dropping more than a million copies annually. Heaviest hit casualties were morning and evening …

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The Powerful and the Dammed; a tell-tale newspaper editor reveals all

I’m a fussy and impatient reader. Either the book fascinates and I read it voraciously or it fails to enthral and it’s quickly dropped. This wasn’t the case with Lionel Barber’s tome, ‘The Powerful and The Dammed’. For 15 years Barber was editor of the Financial Times (retired Jan 2020) and by his account turned …

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