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Joint paywall platform Piano Media announced today that it has acquired €2 million in growth capital from 3TS Capital Partners Technology in Central and Eastern Europe Fund, according to a press release. Piano will use the investment to expand its global development and marketing efforts, the release said.

Launched in Slovakia in May 2011 and later expanded to Slovenia in January 2012, Piano Media is an online subscription-based payment service that groups major media outlets into a national paywall, as we previously reported. Currently, 20 publishers with 60 news websites participate in the Piano Media system, according to the release.

Piano Chief Executive and Founder Tomáš Bella said in the press release, “Our €300,000 seed funding, raised in 2011, enabled us to launch in two countries and prove Piano’s model works. This deal represents the next step in Piano’s growth; helping speed our expansion, recruit top talent, ramp up our marketing, broaden our sales channels and keep improving our software.”

Author

Gianna Walton

Date

2012-04-17 16:15

In Slovakia two new publishers have joined Piano Media's national paywall. One publisher that already collaborates with Piano has also agreed to put Slovakia's largest regional publication behind the wall. This mean that, in total, 12 Slovakian publishers and over 50 websites are now taking part in Piano's Slovakian single-payment system.

The publisher Petit Press, which already works with Piano, is adding Korzar, a daily paper covering Eastern Slovakia, to Piano's paywall. Piano's Chief Executive Tomáš Bella is quoted in the official press release about the expansion, saying: "we couldn't be happier that Petit Press agreed to include Korzar's daily paper into our offer. They have really great coverage of eastern Slovakia and that fills a big need for our readers who don't live in Bratislava."

Publisher The Rock is adding the English-language weekly the Slovak Spectator to the paywall. Paying users will gain access to the latest PDF edition of the paper and to the Slovak Spectator's archives.

Author

Hannah Vinter

Date

2012-02-06 17:39

The Wall Street Journal is planning to expand its targeted Professional Edition for chief financial officers (CFOs) and other senior financial executives with a customised version, FinChannel.com reported today. This initiative is scheduled to launch in spring 2011.

"Utilizing the Journal as a window for specialized content, the new product will provide CFOs with a comprehensive, targeted news feed and archive with real-time coverage focused on accounting, tax, regulatory matters, financial markets, strategy, operations and management, along with customizable tools, features and newsletters - all built to serve the specific needs of CFOs," according to a press release posted on DowJones.

"We are continually looking for ways to serve readers and users with the most relevant content in an innovative and timely manner," Daniel Bernard, chief product officer of the WSJ Digital Network, was quoted as saying by FinChannel.com. "The expansion of The Wall Street Journal Professional Edition - with its unmatched breadth and depth of content from thousands of sources - will provide the CFO community a comprehensive, customizable product to stay in the know on topics and news that matter most."

Author

Savita Sauvin

Date

2010-11-10 18:35

French free dailies Metro and 20 Minutes will be expanding their distribution coverage in France, with new editions to be published beginning Monday, Newspaper Innovation reported yesterday.

Metro will be launching new editions in Metz, Nancy and Toulon, thereby expanding its reach in the country from nine to 12 editions, while 20 Minutes will launch an edition for Montpellier. Metro's new editions make it the country's only free daily available in these cities, with a distribution of more than 20,000 copies each day, according to a statement by the newspaper, Agence France Presse reported. The launch of Toulon edition is expected to further strengthen the newspaper's position in the south, after the successful launch of its Marseille edition in 2002.

Image of Metro: TarifMedia.com

Through these new editions, Metro boosted its presence further in France, now covering 15 cities.

Author

Savita Sauvin

Date

2010-09-24 15:28

The BBC launched its new news website yesterday: the biggest redesign of the site since 2003. As well as navigational and layout changes, improved video and sharing capabilities, the BBC has created a new North American edition of the site, BBC.com (as opposed to BBC.co.uk.)

A new dedicated website team based in the BBC's Washington DC office will be "making sure that a new, North America edition front page reflects the stories, themes and issues which matter most to our users in the US and Canada," according to an article by the news website editor Steve Herrmann and the editor of the North America edition Matt Davis.

For more on this story, visit our sister publication, editorsweblog.org.

Author

Leah McBride Mensching

Date

2010-07-15 19:09

Defying earlier denials, media conglomerate Canwest is preparing to liquidate its newspaper assets, even as it expands its television presence. Within a month it will be delisted from the Toronto Stock Exchange.

Through a partnership with U.S.-based Scripps Interactive, Canwest on Monday launches Do-It-Yourself Network, featuring shows such as Sweat Equity and Kitchen Impossible, the company announced today. Meanwhile, as part of its bankruptcy process, Canwest is bringing its newspaper holdings back into the fold in order to shield those assets from creditors as well, CBC News reported following Canwest's announcement.

Author

Leah McBride Mensching

Date

2009-10-16 21:36

Austrian free daily Heute has taken over a new office space which will house its staff for both online and printed editions of the title, Newspaper Innovation reported.

Following a first quarter sales increase of 30 percent despite the recession, the paper also plans to expand its staff. Heute has a circulation of 330,000 copies and reaches 30 percent of Austrians.

Reports say the paper is considering an increased circulation and the eventual launch of a Sunday edition.

Author

Leah McBride Mensching

Date

2009-07-06 12:45

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