Creative Industries & Tech Stuff
Film & TV
Revenues at Channel 4 have topped £1 billion for the first time, according to its latest annual report. Best get rid of it in that case.
A new report from the BFI outlines the fragile future for UK independent film and calls for an increase in film tax relief.
The BBC is getting rid of BBC News and BBC World News and replacing them both with one called BBC News. I see what they did there.
Channel 4 has also unveiled a new code aiming to strengthen the portrayal of disabled people on screen.
Netflix only lost a million subscribers this quarter when they expected to lose 2 million. So, a win? I guess?
Music & Radio
British music exports grew 13.7% to a new high of £590.8m in 2021, according to BPI stats.
GALILEO! Queen have just broken a UK chart record by selling 7 million copies of their greatest hits album. Will take quite a lot to stop them now.
Warner Music has become the first major to strike a deal with SoundCloud enabling musicians to be paid based on the total number of users streaming. Pretty big.
Duran Duran are to headline the opening ceremony of next month’s Commonwealth Games in their hometown of Birmingham. Not sure I can make it but save a prayer.
The first half of 2022 has seen more than 651 M&A or investment deals for games companies totalling $107bn.
Minecraft has said a firm ‘no’ to NFTs on its gaming platform.
Tech & Telecoms
Twitter has got itself a fast-tracked trial over the ‘on-off-on-off’ $44bn takeover deal with Elon Musk. Popcorn, please.
Google has paused all hiring for two weeks, with Microsoft and Apple also easing up on bringing on new employees.
Apple has agreed to a $50m settlement over defcctivveee keyyboooardddss.
Tesla has flogged most of its Bitcoin holdings, which were worth $2bn at the end of 2021. Not now though. Buy high! Sell low! Listen to me, guys!
Chinese ride-hailing giant Didi has been fined a very chilled $1.2bn after breaching cybersecurity laws.
Microsoft has unveiled a simulator which will allow firms to train drones without risking crashes.
But watch out! An anti-drone laser weapon hub is being created in Scotland. Zzzpppppp.
Snapchat has launched a web version to use on so-called ‘desktop personal computers’.
Cool Hunting with a first glimpse at what stealthy Silicon Valley start-up Humane has been working on.
In a move which has absolutely nothing to do with TikTok so just stop asking, Instagram is making EVERY video on its platform a Reel.
Baidu has unveiled a new self-driving taxi in China which “has the road skills of a driver with 20 years' experience”. Clearly never been in a car with my Nan.
The world is burning but we’re getting new emojis of a goose and a shaking head so it’s all good.