Robert Andrews

Robert has been reporting and analysing the intersection of technology and media since 1995. A former BBC News reporter, he launched paidContent in to Europe in 2007 and, as international editor, covered global digital media companies. He has written regularly about online culture. digital publishing and communications for Wired News, E-consultancy and Journalism.co.uk, as well as for NME and New Media Investor. He has taught university online journalism, regularly facilitates industry events and has been seen talking about industry developments in outlets like Sky News, Channel 4 News, BBC Radio, Time magazine, Los Angeles Business Journal and Guardian Tech Weekly. Robert has developed social media engagement strategies for public bodies including a UK government agency.

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Early indications show a big hike in ebook sales, a glut of new iPad owners and a transformative effect for one game studio — it’s another Christmas in which new device gifts give an uplift to content sales. Read more »

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Yahoo is indeed looking closely at Summly, a mobile news app run by a 17-year-old entrepreneur/developer in London. While the deal may go through, it’s a little hard to understand what Yahoo sees in the app — especially if its creator is not along for the ride. Read more »

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Last.fm logo on red brick wall
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Five years after its $280 million acquisition, the music service is still struggling to turn a profit for CBS, if latest efforts to tactically abandon and charge for royalty-incurring personalised radio are anything to go by. Read more »

Dartboard; one dart on bull's eye while three darts are off-target
photo: Corbis / Chat Roberts

TV advertising remains healthy, but platform operators want a bigger slice of the pie. Next year, some will introduce targeted advertising to their set top boxes, promising greater granularity and more effectiveness to marketers. Read more »

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The nine-month-long inquiry in to British press standards says newspapers’ ethical standards have caused ‘havoc’, so a new self-regulator is required to hold them to better account. Read more »

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