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The Detroit Free Press and The Detroit News are looking to halt home delivery on most days, while also printing a slimmer newsstand version on those days, The New York Times reported Friday, citing "people briefed on the plans."

The papers, which operate under a joint operating agreement on their businesses sides called the Detroit Media Partnership (editorial departments are completely separate), will be the first large metro dailies in the United States to make such large cuts to delivery and newsstand print versions. Deliveries would only be done on the most profitable days of the week, likely Sunday, and either Thursday, Friday or both, according to The Times.

Leland K. Bassett, a public relations consultant for the partnership, told The Times that an "announcement of a new business model (will be) made on Tuesday." Other than telling The Times that "we do expect to print newspapers every single day," Bassett would not give further details.

Although cutting printing and delivery will save money, it also "accelerates the migration of readers to the Internet, where papers have found vastly expanded audiences and paltry revenue," according to The Times.

The adjustments will aim "to ensure two strong newspaper voices in the (Detroit) community," said Free Press CEO and Publisher David Hunke last week.

Author

Leah McBride Mensching

Date

2008-12-15 12:11

Although free daily numbers in Africa are low compared with other continents, three of the four African countries with free dailies are recent launches, Newspaper Innovation reported Friday.

Free papers have recently launched in South Africa, Morocco and Egypt, while in Botswana, the government publishes the Daily News, the free newspaper market leader in that country.

Circulation for all titles are in the thousands. Visit the Newspaper Innovation site for paid-to-free ratios in Botswana, South Africa, Morocco and Egypt.

Author

Alexandra Zeumer

Date

2008-12-15 08:47

The Detroit Media Partnership, which heads up business operations for the Detroit News and the Detroit Free Press, is looking to make changes to secure both newspapers' future in tough economic times, the group's CEO David Hunke announced to employees Thursday. Changes will be announced early next week, the Free Press reported.

The adjustments will aim "to ensure two strong newspaper voices in the (Detroit) community," said Hunke, also publisher of the Free Press.

"Clearly, over the past months we have been exploring various scenarios to reposition the companies for growth and to ensure two strong newspaper voices in the community," Hunke wrote in an e-mail, the Free Press reported.

The Free Press is owned by Gannett Co., Inc., and the Detroit News is owned by MediaNews. Although editorial departments are separate, the papers work together on the business side under a joint-operating agreement.

Leland Bassett, a spokesman for Hunke, told the Associated Press that the partnership has made no decisions on redundancies, or whether to end home delivery or any print editions.

Author

Leah McBride Mensching

Date

2008-12-12 12:08

The Detroit Media Partnership, which heads up business operations for the Detroit News and the Detroit Free Press, is looking to make changes to secure both newspapers' future in tough economic times, the group's CEO David Hunke announced to employees Thursday. Changes will be announced early next week, the Free Press reported.

The adjustments will aim "to ensure two strong newspaper voices in the (Detroit) community," said Hunke, also publisher of the Free Press.

"Clearly, over the past months we have been exploring various scenarios to reposition the companies for growth and to ensure two strong newspaper voices in the community," Hunke wrote in an e-mail, the Free Press reported.

The Free Press is owned by Gannett Co., Inc., and the Detroit News is owned by MediaNews. Although editorial departments are separate, the papers work together on the business side under a joint-operating agreement.

Leland Bassett, a spokesman for Hunke, told the Associated Press that the partnership has made no decisions on redundancies, or whether to end home delivery or any print editions.

Author

Leah McBride Mensching

Date

2008-12-12 12:08

NEW YORK - In the face of a rocky economy and dwindling ad revenues and circulation, newspapers have two things going for them: Consumers will always seek relevant content, and advertisers need to connect to those consumers, Gannett Co., Inc., Chairman, President and CEO Craig Dubow told the 36th Annual Global Media and Communications Conference Wednesday.

Newspapers are reaching wider audiences on more platforms, reader satisfaction with local coverage is on the upswing, and Gannett will work to find more ad solutions to support the growing demand for digital newspaper services, he said. Dubow also announced the company's new initiative, ContentOne, aimed to "completely change the way we share content across the company, especially at the local level."

ContentOne, based on the Web start-up model, will help develop and gather information more efficiently across the company's properties, will view content as a company-wide product and will put Gannett properties in a position to become content creators for their own ad partners, Dubow announced at the conference.

"We must execute these plans, and we'll be ready when the economy returns," Dubow said.

Author

Leah McBride Mensching

Date

2008-12-10 11:44

After more than 200 years as a broadsheet, the North Yorkshire UK's Gazette & Herald has switched to tabloid format, HoldtheFrontPage.co.uk reported Tuesday.

Launched in 1790 as the York Herald and County Advertiser, The Gazette & Herald is owned by Newsquest, the UK arm of U.S. newspaper publishing company Gannett Co., Inc. The paper's final broadsheet edition was printed on November 19.

Following the switch, sales figures from the first week as a tabloid show a 7.1 percent rise, according to HoldtheFrontPage.

"The aim was to modernise the look without losing the unique local feel of the paper," Chris Buxton, the paper's editor, told HoldtheFrontPage.

Author

Alexandra Zeumer

Date

2008-12-09 08:25

Online video platform Brightcove has launched its Alliance platform, a new network made up of more than 90 partners offering more video services, such as advertising networks and server technologies, social media and community building, and analytics and audience measurement, MediaWeek reported Monday.

Current customers will be able to access the new integrated technologies and services through Brightcove's Web site.

The company's new network of partners makes more video capabilities possible, MediaWeek reported.

"Video is pervasive on the Web and website producers and operators are faced with an increasingly complex set of requirements and challenges to operate successful online video initiatives," said Jeremy Allaire, Brightcove chairman and chief executive officer, according to IT News Online. "Our fast-growing network of Brightcove Alliance partners extends the possibilities of online video for organizations regardless of their size or market. The Brightcove Alliance helps our customers grow their businesses and expand the role of online video on the Web, while empowering our partners to create new innovations in online video.

Author

Leah McBride Mensching

Date

2008-12-08 11:40

Paid and free newspapers should be counted equally under Austria's readership survey, said Peter Drobil, president of the Austrian Marketing Organisation and head of advertising at Bank Austria, Newspaper Innovation reported.

Not allowing free newspapers to be counted in Media Analyse surveys is a hindrance to finding the actual reach of all newspapers, he told Die Presse.

Drobil made his statements at a seminar that presented research about paid local and free weeklies, Die Presse reported.

Circulation audits by AÖK also do not include freesheets, although they have an estimated market share of nearly 25 percent in the country, Newspaper Innovation reported.

Author

Alexandra Zeumer

Date

2008-12-08 08:21

Johnston Press may merge the production and photo departments at its three newspapers in Edinburgh, The Scotsman, Scotland on Sunday and the Evening News. The move would likely lead to job cuts, HoldtheFrontPage reported Monday.

John McLellan, Evening News editor, said he is compiling a report dealing with how a merger would work, and what it would mean for workers.

"The situation is that we're looking at merging our production and photographic processes of all three titles under one roof. This would involve sub-editors and picture desk and I'm compiling a report," McLellan said, according to HoldtheFrontPage. "I think it's possible to merge them but the question is what will the effect be and how it will operate. I only learned about this at the end of last week,"

McLellan denied plans of putting the three titles under one editor-in-chief, a plan announced at the Herald and Times Group in Glasgow last week.

Author

Alexandra Zeumer

Date

2008-12-08 08:16

The Nielsen Co., known for its ratings service, is asking its customers to participate in a new "client satisfaction" study in order to rate itself, MediaDailyNews reported Friday.

Dave Thomas, Nielsen's president of media client services, sent a a notice to clients Thursday asking them to participate, calling the study "vital to ensuring Nielsen continuously meets your needs and expectations." The online survey will be done through the company's online research division, with e-mail invitations being sent to clients beginning Friday.

Nielsen has recently announced it will cancel its yearly meeting with clients next year, due to economic difficulties its customers are experiencing.

The study also comes as television networks have complained the group's core methods are incapable of measuring the current TV environment, as well as customers being upset over "a series of data processing glitches" that led to Nielsen reprocessing and reissuing several ratings reports, MediaDailyNews reported.

Author

Leah McBride Mensching

Date

2008-12-05 11:32

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