Britain's Most Admired Companies 2011: Media sector

From TV to trade mags, newspapers to novels, these firms keep the nations supplied with news, entertainment, opinion and hard data.

by MT Staff

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BSkyB tops the sector for the third consecutive year. But the 2009 overall winner has slipped somewhat – fourth last year, it’s now 16th overall. Financially strong, its problems are largely not of its own making but a consequence of the failed News Corp bid to acquire the pay-TV cash cow. Runner-up Pearson remains on target to hit earnings forecasts, despite boss Marjorie Scardino’s warning that conditions are ‘neither simple nor helpful’. The BBC makes a strong first-time BMAC showing, scooping third in sector. It’s been a turbulent year for the corporation, with the Delivering Quality First (DQF) proposals and the move to Salford testing both management and staff. Publisher Reed Elsevier has had a bullish year, buying US data specialist Accuity for £343m.

BMAC 2011 by sector: Media

  QMan Rank FS Rank QG&S Rank AAT Rank
BBC 4.4 10 6.9 3 8.0 1 6.0 4
BSkyB 7.5 2 7.8 1 7.7 2 7.7 1
Daily Mail & General Trust 5.7 7 5.1 9 6.9 4 4.9 9
Euromoney Institutional Inv. 6.4 4 5.4 8 6.9 4 5.7 7
Informa 6.0 6 5.7 6 6.5 6 5.8 6
ITV 5.5 8 6.0 5 5.7 9 6.0 4
Mecom Group 4.9 9 4.3 10 4.9 10 4.3 10
Pearson 7.6 1 7.6 2 7.1 3 6.9 2
Reed Elsevier 6.3 5 6.5 4 6.5 6 6.3 3
United Business Media* 6.7 3 5.6 7 6.1 8 5.6 8

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