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April 9, 2010

Jagran Prakashan in talks with Mid-Day for alliance

Indian newspaper publisher Jagran Prakashan Pvt Ltd on Thursday said it is in talks with smaller rival Mid-Day Multimedia Ltd for a "strategic alliance", as it seeks to expand its presence in the world's second-largest print media market, according to a report. Jagran Prakashan--publisher of India's most-read Hindi-language newspaper, Dainik Jagran —has signed a-non disclosure agreement with Mid-Day, Jagran Prakashan's Chairman, Mahendra Mohan Gupta, told a newswire. Citing the non-... MORE
June 8, 2009

New site promotes journalists as individual brands

A new website has been launched which promotes the concept of the "entrepreneurial journalist." Founded by a veteran of traditional media, Lewis Dvorkin, True/Slant wants its writers to be more than just a name and a mug shot. The name True/Slant is meant to convey the way news is delivered to the website's audience by knowledgeable and experienced contributors seeking the truth, while honestly conveying their opinions. True/Slant has been launched with more than 100 “Entrepreneurial... MORE
June 4, 2009

RIA Novosti, Interfax unveil joint media project

Russian news agencies RIA Novosti and Interfax have launched a joint project set to cover important national news in around 600 regional media. The details: [ Link ] “This project is revolutionary as two rival agencies—the independent Interfax agency and the federal state RIA Novosti agency—are carrying out a joint media project for the first time,” RIA Novosti Editor-in-Chief Svetlana Mironyuk said. “This is happening because we are serious strategic players in the media market and we... MORE
May 25, 2009

European journalists outline quality strategies to resolve media crisis

Journalists have launched a Europewide campaign to confront a growing economic and professional crisis in media which they say threatens to weaken democracy across the region. The annual meeting of the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ), bringing together leaders of unions and associations from 25 European countries, ended their meeting in Varna, Bulgaria on May 17 with the adoption of a comprehensive declaration—Journalism in the Vanguard of Change—and an appeal to candidates in the... MORE
February 11, 2009

Le Monde sells off influential French film magazine Cahiers du Cinéma to Phaidon

French film magazine Cahiers du Cinéma , which helped launch the 1950s New Wave, has been sold by Le Mond e to international arts publishing house Phaidon Press. Founded in 1951 by André Bazin, Jacques Doniol-Valcroze and Joseph-Marie Lo Duca and edited by Eric Rohmer, Cahiers du Cinéma was a crucible for writers-turned-New Wave directors like François Truffaut and Jean-Luc Godard, and a vocal advocate of filmmakers like Alfred Hitchcock, Howard Hawks, Jean Renoir and Jean Cocteau. In 1988 its... MORE
January 23, 2009

Russian tycoon Lebedev buys controlling stake in London's 'Evening Standard' for £1

The Evening Standard on Wednesday said Russian tycoon Alexander Lebedev has bought a controlling 75.1 per cent stake in the venerable but money-losing paper for a "nominal sum" widely reported to be $1.40. After weeks of rumours, Standard owner Daily Mail & General Trust PLC confirmed that a company formed by Lebedev and his 28-year-old son, Evgeny, would acquire 75.1 per cent of London's afternoon newspaper. The elder Lebedev is set to become the chairman of the newspaper's board. Daily... MORE
January 15, 2009

Former KGB spy pursues bid to take control of UK’s Evening Standard

A Russian oligarch and former KGB agent is expected to strike a deal to buy a controlling stake in the London Evening Standard, the Guardian has reported. Alexander Lebedev is to buy 76 per cent of the newspaper with the Associated Newspapers group retaining 24 per cent. In May last year Forbes ranked Lebedev the world's 358th richest billionaire, with a fortune of 3.1 billion US dollars. His fortune was made mostly through stakes in banking and insurance companies and through Russian airline... MORE
January 13, 2009

Online news agency launched by veteran US journalist to fill gap in foreign reporting

GlobalPost, an online media company focused on foreign news, launched on Monday hoping to fill the dearth of international news coverage in recent years. The site has been launched by veteran journalist Charles Sennott who left the Boston Globe to start his own news organization. The free website, supported by ads, went live Monday and will offer regular dispatches for an American audience to supplement coverage from news organisations still covering the world. GlobalPost also will sell stories... MORE
January 13, 2009

Mecom sells German newspaper business for €152 million

UK-based European newspaper owner, Mecom, has sold its titles in Germany to one of that country's oldest publishers for €152m ($204m), Financial Times has reported. The company, which is chaired by David Montgomery, former chief executive of the Mirror Group, is burdened with net debt of about €650m and has been in danger of breaching its banking covenants. It should, however, scrape through the next test of those levels following the proposed sale, according to one analyst. Some details: [... MORE
January 10, 2009

NaiDunia Media buys off English news channel NewsX

A group of investors, led by Vinay Chhajlani, CEO of India Pvt Ltd, and Jehangir S Pocha, former editor of Businessworld , has bought INX News, the company that runs English news channel NewsX. Chhajlani and Pocha have formed a company called Indi Media for the purpose. Business Standard , quoting industry sources, pegged the deal at Rs 50 crore. Commenting on the sale, Indrani Mukerjea, Founder & CEO, INX Media, told Reuters, "Having created NewsX as a premier English News... MORE