Morning Update: AdWeek’s 10 best ads of 2013; The Liverpool Post to be closed

This is our Morning Update, rounding up international media and marketing news from while you were sleeping.

AllThingsD: Cable Guys Try Fighting Cord-Cutting With … A Clumsy Web Video

“The TV Industrial Complex is really hard to budge. It’s not going anywhere anytime soon.

On the other hand, even the TV Industrial Complex is now aware that lots of people would like to move it.

Hence this ham-handed campaign from an industry trade group trying to convince people — presumably young cord-cutters and cord-nevers — that their life is incomplete without a pay TV subscription.”

The Guardian: Queen staff ‘not told royal phone books seized at NoW reporter’s home in 2006’

“The Queen’s staff responsible for maintaining contact details for senior members of the royal family were not told by police that copies of sensitive internal telephone books were seized at a News of the World’s reporter’s home in 2006, the Old Bailey has heard.”

AdWeek: The 10 Best Ads of 2013

“It was a year for thinking big, and spreading the wealth. Advertisers continued to move well beyond the 30-, 60- and even 90-second spot in 2013, as two of our top 10 ads this year, including No. 1, stretch beyond three minutes. That’s an eternity in Internet time, yet they were watched, loved and shared worldwide.”

AdAge: New York Times Expects Digital Ad Growth in 2014

“New York Times CEO Mark Thompson intends to restore growth to the company’s digital advertising revenue next year after recent declines, he told a meeting of investors Tuesday.”

AdWeek: Santa Claus Meets Jabba the Hutt in Retailer’s Horrifying In-Store Holiday Display

“Santa-themed retail displays are everywhere at this time of year, but sometimes you run across one that truly captures the mood of the season—like this sprawled-out, morbidly obese Kris Kringle reportedly modeled after Jabba the Hutt.” The Liverpool Post, website and business e-edition to be closed

“Weekly newspaper the Liverpool Post is being closed down, along with its website and daily business e-edition.”

AdAge: Send Toronto Mayor Rob Ford Coal for Christmas

“Toronto’s notorious mayor, Rob Ford, has already owned up to being naughty, not nice this year — something about smoking crack cocaine and more recently, calling a Toronto Star reporter a “pedophile.” So city creative shop Bob’s Your Uncle is sending him coal for Christmas. It will be dropped off at Toronto City Hall on December 20. Anyone can contribute to the pile by going More than 250,000 people have already added to the pile, and for every piece of coal, Bob’s Your Uncle will donate $1 to help children in need.”


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