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New York Times Co, Hearst, Tribune and Gannett form private online ad exchange

The largest US newspaper and local TV companies have created a new system to sell online advertising in a private exchange, part of a growing shift by publishers to take control over the digital ad-buying process in an attempt to raise ad rates, says an Adage report.

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The New York Times Co, Hearst, Tribune and Gannett will start selling the bulk of ad inventory for its newspapers and local TV stations in a closed system to be administered through the consortium's joint venture, called QuadrantOne. While the news publishers had formed that venture in 2008, the new selling system restricts almost all of the consortium's inventory of web pages to a single entry point.

It's the latest group of publishers to attempt to raise ad rates by forming an exchange, following media companies such as CBS Interactive, Forbes and Weather.com. The new exchange means the papers and TV stations will stop dealing directly with ad networks, though networks will be free to buy from the exchange like any other advertiser. The exchange won't include the biggest online properties owned by the joint-venture partners: NYTimes.com, USAToday.com and About.com.

The private exchange signals a renewed seriousness on the part of publishers to reclaim ownership over its ad inventory - even that which they cannot sell directly - from a middle layer of companies including ad networks, data firms, ad-serving technologies, verification companies and others which siphon off a fair chunk of the costs that an online publisher would charge to an advertiser.

Date posted: March 6, 2011 Last modified: May 23, 2018 Total views: 128