Travel Media & Technology Bulletin – Tuesday 25 September 2018

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Time Out 50 (Image Credit: Time Out)

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50 Years Of Time Out

Time Out magazine celebrates its 50th anniversary this month.

It was founded in 1968 by Tony Elliott. The first issue was produced on his kitchen table.

Along with Rough Guide and Lonely Planet it became an indispensable and globally renowned guide to discovering the world’s cities. Time Out London survives as a weekly printed publication, but has been distributed free of charge for many years.

With the rise of the Internet, in particular Google and social media, city guides have become heavily commoditised. However, Time Out still has impact through its covers and many a promoter places a lot of cachet on securing a recommendation in Time Out.

Time Out will be celebrating with a special birthday party in Granary Square Kings Cross on Saturday 29 September 2018. Tickets are on sale at Time Out.

It will also be supported by a book and special exhibition “Time Out 50: 50 Years, 50 Covers” at the Museum of Brands, Packing and Advertising.

Comcast Buys Sky

As has been widely reported, American media and cable company Comcast has beaten 21st Century Fox in an auction to buy the 61% share of Sky not already owned by 21st Century Fox.

The deal has been complicated because Disney is in the process of buying most of 21st Century Fox, bar “toxic” assets such as Fox News.

As well as providing broadband and cable, Comcast also owns NBCUniversal which, in turn, has interests in Universal Pictures, the oldest American broadcast network NBC, CNBC, MSNBC and streaming service Hulu.

Sky has recommended that its shareholders accept the offer. However, it is not known whether 21st Century Fox will retain its stake in Sky or sell this to Comcast.

Whilst Comcast has said that Sky will remain independent, it is likely there will be co-operation in the medium term. Obvious areas of co-operation are sports coverage and NBC News and Sky News.

New York Times Magazine “Voyages”

The New York Times continues to impress with its multimedia journalism.

For the New York Times Magazine “Voyages” edition the magazine abandoned traditional captions to support its photojournalism. Instead, readers are invited to “Listen to the world”. The stories behind the 11 destinations featured in the magazine are told through audio which can be heard through a downloaded podcast or through a dedicated website.

Amazon launches new “Echo” devices

Amazon has launched a new series of Alexa voice-activated “Echo” devices.

These include a new “Echo Show” with a larger 10″ HD screen, a new “Echo Spot” and “Echo Plus”. These will be on sale in the UK on Thursday 11 October 2018. (Amazon Press)

Apple Acquires Shazam

Apple has confirmed that it has completed its acquisition of Shazam, the music identification service.

Shazam will soon become ad-free for all users. In the medium term, the branding is likely to be aligned to that of Apple and it will no doubt be integrated into Apple Music. (Apple)

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