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Digital subscribers to the Financial Times have surpassed the number of print subscribers and the company says digital revenue now makes up half of the group's overall revenue, reports Ingrid Lunden on TechCrunch.

The Guardian is offering its website readers the opportunity to hide Olympics coverage on the site with the click of a "show Olympics/hide Olympics" button, writes Rachel McAthy on journalism.co.uk. The website used a similar button for readers to opt out of Royal Wedding coverage last year, McAthy notes.

The owner of the New Orleans Saints football team, Tom Benson, is part of a group that is expressing interest in buying the New Orleans Times-Picayune, writes Andrew Beaujon on Poynter. In a separate development, Beaujon notes that a US Senator from Louisana, David Vitter, is urging Advance Publications and its owner, Steven Newhouse, to sell the paper.

Author

Brian Veseling

Date

2012-07-27 17:11

Online newspapers tired of catering to Apple’s in-app purchasing restrictions are starting to bypass the tech giant completely by creating web-based apps using HTML5 technology, Journalism.co.uk reports. The latest title to jump on the trend? Washington’s local paper The Chronicle, which offers the HTML5 app as part of a subscription bundle that includes complete online and print access, the article said.

The Chronicle’s web app is similar to a “native” iPad app in terms of user experience; rather than downloading the app from Apple’s Newsstand, though, one can access the web app through the iPad’s Internet browser and save it as an icon on the homescreen, the article said. App users can share articles through Facebook and Twitter, as well as download stories to read them offline later, the article said.

CEO Scott Karp of Publish2, the platform that supports the Chronicle’s web app, told Journalism.co.uk the HTML5 version is a “seamless extension of the subscription model.” The Chronicle plans to launch an Android-friendly version of the app in the near future, according to the article.

Author

Gianna Walton

Date

2012-04-19 14:41

Is paid content worth more than newspapers are currently selling it for? Several US publishers who spoke at a Newspaper Association of America press conference seem to think so, Poynter reported.

Gannett President of US Publishing Bob Dickey said at the conference that he projects Gannett’s paid digital newspaper subscriptions will be worth $100 million in 2013, according to Poynter.

Gannett conducted marketing research that led the company to decide in favor of paywalls, which were implemented at 80 Gannett papers this year, the article said. According to Dickey’s description of the research finding, “Readers value our content at a higher price than they pay,” the article said.

Dickey also said that Gannett may need to enhance its digital content in order to sustain paid subscriptions, which could mean the hiring of additional "content creators," the article said.

Author

Gianna Walton

Date

2012-04-10 12:45

News International has reported steady growth in the number of digital subscribers to the Times and Sunday Times since both publications went behind a paywall in July 2010.

According to News International figures, the Times now has 119,255 digital subscribers, and the Sunday Times has 113,818. At both publications, the number of digital subscribers to has risen each month since September, when the Times had 111,036 subscribers and the Sunday Times had 105,594.

The company claims that in January, on average, 59,882 iPad editions of the Times were downloaded per day - an increase of 35% since September 2011. The Sunday Times was downloaded on the iPad an average of 63,959 times a week - an increase of 80% since last September.

The Times has also launched a web app for Safari and Google Chrome that recreates the "newspaper-like" experience of the Times tablet edition.

Author

Hannah Vinter

Date

2012-02-15 18:12

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