Why Reuters shouldn't purchase Breakingviews.com
Salmon writes, “To Reuters, then, the value of Breakingviews can be broken down into three parts. Thereâ€™s the value of its contracts; the value of its brand; and the value of its journalists. The contracts are clearly a wasting asset; the brand is associated with an outdated andÂ Â increasingly quaint business model; and the journalists, insofar as we want them, can be much more easily hired individually and incorporated into the existing commentary group, rather than trying to engineer an awkward merger between two very different teams.
“Before the Reuters commentary team was built, there was a case to be made that Reuters should buy Breakingviews and get a fully-formed commentary team with a certain amount of reputation which it could then repurpose to its own ends. The company didnâ€™t go down that route, and â€” wonderfully â€” decided to build its own commentary team instead. At that point, any hope within the group of Breakingviews shareholders that it could exit via selling out to Reuters must have died. And I trust thatâ€™s what Reuters told Breakingviews at that ‘preliminary discussion.’ If Breakingviews is looking to sell out, they should hope to find a different buyer.”
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