European Publisher’s Council (2009)
Neue Zürcher Zeitung, the oldest Swiss daily
German moguls may be anxious. But that is because they know more-or-less what is coming. They can plan for disruption, whereas American and British outfits must often simply react. Firms everywhere like to tout their digital innovations, and boast of having “first-mover advantage”. But it can be better to go last.
SPIEGEL: Do French women read more than German women?
Roitfeld: From a very early age, French women learn not to exaggerate. Yves Saint Laurent once said that the purpose of clothes is to make women more beautiful but that a coat must never attract more attention than the woman wearing it.
That James works from a standing desk in his office in London — sitting is less efficient in getting work done — adds to the image of him as a tightly wound executive, as do his black belt in karate and his hobby of competitive cycling. So does the way he offers his business card to visitors: with a two-handed thrust, as they do in Asia, where he once ran the company’s regional television business out of Hong Kong.
And in Munich, after facing doubts from those who said Germans would not warm to paying for television, and after investing nearly $1.5 billion over the last three years, News Corporation executives see glimmers of hope that Sky Deutschland is turning around as Sky Italia did. The German Sky still loses money, but it is no longer losing subscribers, having added more than 130,000 in the fourth quarter last year.