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Things we like: SMG taking over Turnmills, Stationer's report, Absolute Radio

Some things in the media business we liked in the week up to 11 July, and one thing we didn't....

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SMG taking over Turnmills

Starcom MediaVest Group is to move into the former Turnmills nightclub in Clerkenwell, having muscled out its sibling shop Saatchi & Saatchi.Expect SMG’s leaders, Steve Parker and Pippa Glucklich (pictured), to soon be throwing shapes a stone’s throw away from its rival IPG Mediabrands. Meanwhile, Saatchi & Saatchi will still leave its 80 Charlotte Street home for a development at 40 Chancery Lane – it will be interesting to see how the shop will fare among the legal eagles in the area.

Less paper, more mobile

The digital media landscape is changing rapidly and, while many issues that existed five years ago remain today, many new ones have come to the fore, according to a new report from the Stationers’ Company. Following the shift in communications from paper (post) to e-mail and the transition of classified ads from print to digital media, the report forecasts a shift in media consumption trends to "mobile media", resulting in a new era defined by "everything, everywhere, any time, all of the time". Sounds exhausting.

Absolute success

Absolute Radio bagged four gongs at the 2014 Arqiva Commercial Radio Awards. Absolute’s breakfast show host, Christian O’Connell (pictured), won Presenter of the Year, Breakfast Show of the Year and Feature of the Year, and the station also picked up Radio Station Event of the Year for its Absolute Radio Sessions. Global’s LBC scooped three awards in a glitzy ceremony that also saw performances from Olly Murs and Ella Eyre. The awards, organised by RadioCentre, are in their 19th year.

And one thing we don’t…

The idea of ads on the BBC
Just over half the public believes the TV licence should be scrapped in favour of a self-sustaining model, according a ComRes poll this week. The survey of 2,049 people found that 51 per cent supported the idea of the organisation funding itself – perhaps even via ads. The news comes at a time when the Culture Secretary, Sajid Javid, is eager to make his mark. At Campaign, we’re the first to fly the flag for the commercial industry, but a commercial BBC would have far-reaching implications. At £145.50 per year, the Beeb remains a bargain.

This article was first published on campaignlive.co.uk

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