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
Last Updated: 09 Oct 2013

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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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VLTI Rank CI Rank QMar Rank C&ER Rank  UCA Rank TOTAL Rank
BBC 6.0 4 6.6 3 6.7 2 6.1 2 4.7 10 55.4 3
BSkyB 7.5 1 7.7 1 8.0 1 6.3 1 7.0 1 67.2 1
Daily Mail & General Trust 5.7 8 5.6 6 5.3 7 4.7 8 5.1 8 49.0 8
Euromoney Institutional Inv. 6.0 4 5.9 4 5.6 4 4.9 6 6.0 3 52.7 5
Informa 5.8 7 4.8 8 5.5 6 4.3 9 5.5 6 50.0 7
ITV 4.8 9 4.8 8 5.2 8 4.8 7 5.7 5 48.5 9
Mecom Group 3.9 10 4.3 10 4.3 10 4.3 10 5.0 9 40.0 10
Pearson 6.6 3 6.7 2 6.6 3 6.0 3 6.7 2 61.7 2
Reed Elsevier 6.8 2 5.2 7 5.0 9 5.2 4 5.3 7 53.2 4
United Business Media* 5.9 6 5.9 4 5.6 4 5.0 5 5.9 4 52.1 6

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Key

QMan
FS
QG&S
AAT
VLTI
CI
Q Mar
C&ER
UCA
Quality of Management
Financial Soundness
Quality of Goods & Services
Ability to Attract, Develop and Retain Top Talent
Value as a Long Term Investment
Capacity to Innovate
Quality of Marketing
Community and Environmental Responsibility
Use of Corporate Assets

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