It is EffWeek, so it is fitting that news of investment returning to TV advertising should be in the air. There is a lot less Eff without TV. No TV makes Eff weaker. Post-recession, TV advertising in the UK had a very strong seven years of consecutive growth to record highs topping £5bn. Then the last 18 months happened and its growth inevitably stalled. TV hyper-reacts to the economy, good or bad, and recently it hasn't been so good.
I blame Kevin Spacey. A few years ago at the Edinburgh TV Festival he said we were in a golden age of TV. Ever since, everyone (us included) has been wanging on about it. It felt true, after all – everywhere you looked: great telly. But the wonderful Alison Graham in the latest Radio Times has taken issue with this, and rightly so. She has pointed out that this isn’t a golden age of television; it is THE age of television. TV has always been golden. It seems so obvious now she’s said it.
The direction of travel in media and advertising has undoubtedly been towards video. Now, in video, the direction of travel is towards TV. Thinkbox's Lindsey Clay looks at what’s happening. People ask me, they say “Lindsey, what’s happening with TV these days? Everyone is trying to do TV.”I nod and reply “Yes, yes they are. I’m glad you mentioned it for this is the perfect starting point for a short article on the topic.”It feels like every woman, man, social platform and dog wants some TV action.
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Selecting a term
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