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Last Week Tonight host John Oliver gave his perspective on native advertising, and how it is affecting the media in America.

Fair to say, Oliver is not a fan.

In the news these days, “Ads are baked into content like chocolate chips into a cookie, except it’s more like raisins into a cookie, because no-one f**king wants them there,” he said on the show.

And why is native advertising so big now?

He explained: “Online print publications have struggled to attract advertisers mainly because banner ads are so ineffective we only intentionally click on them less than 2/10ths of one per cent of the time, which actually sounds about right, because did you know that if you click on a banner ad you literally get taken to a page which reads ‘Hey, is everything OK? I’m presuming you passed out and hit your head on the keyboard. I’m calling an ambulance right now.’”

This clip is worth a watch, particularly for publishers like The Economist and the South China Morning Post, which are steaming ahead with their native advertising divisions.


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