Brexit Breakdown podcast

As our exit from the EU looms, Chris talks about the impact of Brexit on the creative industries.

Article 50 and our incompetent government

Recently, Lord Kerr, who helped to draft the law that allows Brexit to happen, said that despite what the government has told us – repeatedly – Article 50 is indeed reversible and, moreover, that the politicians who say otherwise are actively ‘misleading’ the British public.


How we forgot about Anguilla

By the time that Hurricane Irma crashed through the Caribbean, flattening entire towns, flooding others and leaving tens of thousands of people struggling to meet basic needs, it was the first category five hurricane to hit the Caribbean for nearly 100 years, and the strongest seen in the Atlantic since Wilma in 2005.

Brexit and the future of the British music industry

Those in the industry have warned that the loss of freedom of movement could cost artists and their retinue – many of whom already operate on a shoe-string budget – thousands of pounds.


Is streaming the future of the music industry?

Music streaming has changed everything. It’s changed what the record labels release, how they release it and how they market it.


City AM Unregulated Podcast

Chris Wright talks about taking a punt on artists, how the industry has changed and why sports is a billionaire's game.

BBC Business Live: Inside Track

Chris Wright talks about his return to Chrysalis, and how the music industry has changed since he started his career some 50 years ago.


Rein in our right-wing press

Chris Wright argues the right-wing media hold more power than our political leaders. He says they rely upon exaggeration and fake news to scare and mislead the public; it’s time to rein them in.


In A World Consumed By Technology, We Must Have The Power To Switch Off

Technology may have taken over our lives, but we need to stay in control. It keeps us connected to the world, allowing us to share our opinions with millions and watch the latest shows. But we must have the power to put the smartphones down and walk away.

The Times: Music king who made Blondie but turned down Bowie

What will Chris Wright do second time around with Chrysalis, the music house he co-founded in 1968? Back catalogues could be fun...

Why turning our back on overseas territories could mean we forget ourselves

On a pleasant day, on the terrace of my Antigua home, the island of Montserrat nestles majestically on the horizon. Occasionally, you can see the Soufriere Hills volcano (previously considered dormant) spitting out hot molten lava.


Political Polarisation Is Stark - And The Great Chasm Shows No Sign Of Narrowing

I recently commented that the last time I felt such a divergence between the two Americas - liberal and conservative - was during the Vietnam War. On Wednesday night, this polarisation manifested itself in the riots at UC Berkeley.


Business leaders are losing confidence in the Prime Minister

You are going into hospital for a difficult operation. The surgeon introduces themselves and shakes your hand. You're nervous, but know you are in the hands of a professional who has done this procedure a number of times.

Sky buys stake in reborn Chrysalis television production company

Sky has taken a substantial stake in the reborn Chrysalis television production company that will fund the creation of a slate of new dramas.

Theresa May’s Brexit speech still leaves a lot to chance

The dust has begun to settle on Theresa May’s highly anticipated Brexit speech. If you read the newspapers, you’d think the UK and Theresa May are riding high, and that May’s words were pitch perfect. But is that really the case? Are we really any closer to knowing what Brexit looks like, reaching a deal that will provide answers to the difficult questions many of our businesses are facing - or giving the thousands of talented people from Europe living in the UK answers about their future, and vice versa?


Let’s put the dignity back into politics on social media

As anyone who follows me on Twitter knows, I’m a big fan of social media. It allows you to share your opinion freely, openly and quickly. And regardless of who you are, where you are, and your background, you have just as much chance of gathering a following - and getting your views heard - as someone in a more privileged position.

Trump and Brexit will produce a 2017 ‘political pop renaissance’

A toxic combination of Brexit and Donald Trump could produce a “renaissance for political pop” in 2017, the legendary music industry entrepreneur Chris Wright has predicted. The Chrysalis Music co-founder, who signed artists from Blondie and Sinead O’Connor to Billy Idol, warned that Brexit would be a “nightmare” for British musicians touring abroad, who now face the burden of customs declarations and visa costs.


You can’t stop disruption - but you can learn from it

As someone who has worked in London their whole life, I love the city’s black cabs. London has the best taxis in the world. Given how complicated our street system is here, I’m endlessly surprised, and impressed, by how quickly a cab driver can get me from A to B - often using back streets that I didn’t even know existed.

Heathrow is a symptom of a much bigger problem

Last month we finally got the answer we’d all been waiting for: it’s Heathrow and not Gatwick. But before we all move on to the next big story, it’s worth taking a second look, not at the location, but at the historic timeline. And what this says about successive British governments’ ability to make decisions.

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