Google, Facebook, and Twitter walk into The Bar…

It’s hard to believe that we’re already a quarter of the way into 2021, and yet here we are! This week we’ve got books on the up, computer chips on the down, and National Geographic on the power of podcasts. Meanwhile on Friday, it was three must-tech tears time as Google, Facebook, and Twitter all faced questions on Capitol Hill. It’s all here, and it’s all been sliced and diced into bitesize pieces, so grab your coffee and join us as we kick off another week in media…

Harry Potter publisher upgrades profit forecast for second time this year: Bloomsbury Publishing said last week that revenue is expected to be ahead – and profit significantly ahead – of upgraded market expectations for the year ending 28 February 2021.

But the chips are down for digital: While print media is on the up, digital is looking over its shoulder, as the UK’s Guardian newspaper reports that the global shortage in semiconductors is reaching crisis point.

Nat Geo on the power of podcasts: The second session of the FIPP and VDZ Digital Innovators Summit (DIS) took place last week, and comprised of a masterclass in creating compelling audio content from the National Geographic’s Amy Briggs, Executive Editor of National Geographic History magazine and Co-Host of the company’s Overheard podcast.

The Three Must-Tech Tears on Capitol Hill: For those who like long sagas, the regulation adventure continued on Friday as Google, Facebook and Twitter all faced questions from Congress on their management of misinformation.

And interestingly also…: Across the pond last week, 56 year old UK publication Press Gazette published a statement on its own pages drawing attention to its changing strapline.

You can read the article in full on the FIPP website here.