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July 2, 2011

Guardian to scrap international print editions

Guardian News and Media will scrap its international print editions later this year as part of its new “digital first” strategy, according to Press Gazette. In an announcement made July 1 the company said the last international editions of The Guardian and The Observer – which are printed at five sites in New York, Frankfurt, Madrid, Malta and Cyprus – will be published on 1 October 2011. Some details: [ Link ] GNM executive director (commercial) Adam Freeman said: "Our international print... MORE
March 22, 2011

UK: ABC merges print and online operations

The Audit Bureau of Circulations in the UK is reorganising its ABC print and ABCe digital elements into a single organisational strand to better reflect the changing shape of the publishing industry, the Press Gazette has reported. The change won't affect the way figures are presented. The national press will continue to have separate auditing of print and online audience figures for instance. Excerpts: [ Link ] However, in a separate move - from August magazine publishers will be able to have... MORE
March 17, 2011

Newspaper ads in US sagged to a 25-year low in 2010

Newspaper advertising in the U.S. has sunk to a 25-year low as marketing budgets followed readers to the Internet, where advertising is far cheaper than what publishers have been able to command in print, the Associated Press (AP) has reported. Advertisers spent $25.8 billion on newspapers' print and digital editions last year, according to figures released Tuesday by the Newspaper Association of America. That's the lowest amount since 1985 when total newspaper advertising stood at $25.2... MORE
March 15, 2011

Good news for print media ... in Latin America

The newspaper business, drained of readers and revenue and hounded by new online media in much of North America and Europe, is thriving in Latin America, a global trade group said on Thursday, according to Agence France-Presse (AFP) "Forget these prophets who say that all newspapers are doomed," said Christoph Riess, the head of the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA), which is holding a regional conference in Bogotá. Overall circulation has increased 5,1%, from 13-... MORE
March 6, 2011

Publisher of Spain's El Pais falls into red

Spain's biggest media group Prisa, which publishes the leading daily El Pais, said Monday it had slumped into the red in 2010 as sales dropped and it cut heavy debt, Agence France-Presse (AFP) has reported. Prisa reported a net loss of 72.9 million euros ($101 million) in 2010 after making a net profit of 50.5 million euros in 2009. Revenue tumbled 14.8 percent to 2.69 billion euros. The details: [ Link ] "In 2010, Prisa implemented much of its financial restructuring plan, with the... MORE
December 21, 2010

Beginning of the end: Online advertising overtakes print in US

Online advertising in the US is expected to exceed newspaper advertising in 2010. For the year, online ad spending is expected to rise about 14 per cent to $25.8 billion, while print advertising spending in newspapers is expected to decline about 8 percent to $22.8 billion. Research firm eMarketer includes everything from Google and eBay to the New York Times in its online advertising category. Online advertising spending will finish the year with a 13.9 per cent increase to $25.8 billion,... MORE
December 14, 2010

iPad news apps may hit US newspaper print subscriptions in 2011

Apple's iPad is killing print newspaper subscriptions, according to a new survey by the Donald W Reynolds Journalism Institute at the University of Missouri. However, its data also suggests the iPad is becoming a new channel for people's daily news, offering hope that at least some of the iPad-exclusive publications in the pipeline can succeed. Users are predominantly well-educated, affluent men between the ages of 35 and 64 who tend to be early adopters. More than four-fifths (80.2%) of the... MORE
September 15, 2010

Weekly in UK prioritises new paid-for digital edition over website

A 146-year-old weekly newspaper in Northumberland in UK has launched a paid-for digital edition which will be published prior to content being made freely available online. The digital edition of the Hexham Courant , its supplements and special publications, will be placed online each week priced 55p for those who take out a year’s subscription, the Press Gazette has reported. The details: [ Link ] Publication is timed to coincide with that of the 70p weekly print edition which is sold across... MORE
September 11, 2010

French government report calls for cuts in state aid to the press

France's newspapers are kept in a state of "permanent artificial respiration" by the annual billion euros in state aid they get and badly need to shake themselves up to survive, a report said Thursday. The government-commissioned report lamented that the massive subsidies had failed to create the "emergence or the presence of political and general press titles that were strong and not dependent on public aid." The aid even had the effect of discouraging newspapers from trying to find... MORE
August 5, 2010

Global newspaper circulation fell just slightly despite downturn, impact on ads easing

Newspaper circulation worldwide fell just slightly in 2009 despite the economic downturn, and the impact of the global recession on newspaper advertising revenues appears to be easing, the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) has said in its annual world press trends update. The report showed that, contrary to conventional wisdom, newspapers remain a large and thriving industry world-wide, despite the impact of the global recession and the rise of digital media. "... MORE