The Global Media Weekly
Journalist turned CEO
Colin Morrison is founder-publisher-editor of Flashes & Flames: The Global Media Weekly, which began as a blog in 2011 and became a subscription newsletter in 2020. It formed a strategic alliance with PA Media Group (formerly the Press Association) in 2021.
After a spell in a newspaper cuttings library for the BBC (yes) while writing freelance on music, broadcasting and entertainment, Colin became a newspaper, radio and magazine journalist variously in London, Dublin and New York. He worked for, and contributed to diverse publications including: The Irish Press, New York Times, Broadcast, London Evening Standard, Lloyd’s List, Disc & Music Echo, Oilman, Radio Times, Seatrade, and the Daily Telegraph. He has also broadcast regularly on BBC World Service radio.
At IPC / Reed, he was a journalist and successively became editor, publisher and managing director of a wide range of B2B and specialist consumer magazine and events brands.
He subsequently became CEO of media, information, events and broadcast companies in the UK, Continental Europe, and the AsiaPacific including for: Axel Springer SE, Australian Consolidated Press, Publishing & Broadcasting Ltd, EMAP Plc, Future Plc, Reed Elsevier Plc, and Hearst Corp. He has participated in joint ventures and partnerships with: Hearst, Hachette, Microsoft, VNU, Time Warner, Sony, ACP Magazines, Disney, Fairfax, and the BBC. He has been chair of Magazine Publishers of Australia, and of British Business Press, and a director of the UK Professional Publishers Association.
He has been chair and non-executive director of media companies variously under public, private and private equity ownerships. He is also an investor in, and strategy consultant of, media, tech and investment companies in the UK, Europe, US and Australia. He has been a keynote speaker at conferences in the UK, US, India, South Africa, Australia, Hungary and Portugal.
He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and of the Industry & Parliament Trust; and a Freeman of the City of London and a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Stationers & Newspaper Makers.
Colin has been honoured as an “Influencer” in the Folio:100, in the US, and awarded an OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in the UK. For 15 years, he was chair of a national children’s charity, and he has been an adviser on education to the UK government under three successive ministers.
Tech: Kieran Delaney is owner-founder of Mathematics, which designs and builds websites, apps and digital products for media and brands including Facebook, Dazed, Mixmag, Audi, Birkenstock, Kerrang! and RayBan. Mathematics designed, built and manages Flashes & Flames. Kieran and his team have also been variously involved in web projects for NME, Adidas, X-Box, Stella McCartney and 02.
Content: Jasper Jackson is Technology Editor of The Bureau of Investigative Journalism, and was previously an editor successively for BriefingMedia, The Guardian, and the New Statesman.
Research: Alex De Groote is a highly experienced TMT analyst for European banks and brokers including: Charterhouse, ING, Credit Agricole, Panmure Gordon, Peel Hunt, Cenkos and Arden Partners.
Circulation: David Greene is a UK-based specialist in subscriptions, consumer marketing, and media readership. He has been an executive director of IPC Media, The Independent, and Telegraph Media Group.
Consultant: Ian Findlay has managed M&A, fund-raising, investment, and strategic development for some of Europe’s largest media groups including: RELX and EMAP.
Flashes & Flames Media Ltd
Flashes & Flames is published by Flashes & Flames Media Ltd., a company registered in the UK. Company no. 12865884. Registered address: 8 Hampstead Gate, 1A Frognal, London NW3 6AL.
Published: Friday 7.30am (UK time). All rights reserved.
Subscriptions: £149 per year. Corporate and concession rates on application