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The Daily Mail & General Trust chief executive, Martin Morgan, has said he is sceptical about the commercial viability of Jeremy Hunt's plans for local TV services.

Morgan said that DMGT, which owns the Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday as well as more than 100 regional titles, remained unconvinced that businesses involved in Hunt's plans could make profits.

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Author

Anton Jolkovski

Date

2011-02-09 17:13

Yahoo! India will expand its website to other six regional languages by 2011 and its looking for local partners to generate content, Reuters reported yesterday.

Besides English, the site also provides information in Hindi as part of a partnership with daily newspaper Dainik Jagran. "We see huge opportunity in regional language content. Our Hindi news traffic had taken over the traffic we see for news in English," said Yahoo! India Managing Director Arun Tadank, the Hindustan Times quoted.

Last week, Yahoo! CEO and President Carol Bartz announced the company's plan to increase local content in India by expanding the website to at least 18 regional languages, CIOL News Report pointed out.

"We aim to become the world's largest digital media company," she said adding that it could only be done through partnerships. "You need to understand that you cannot build everything," Bartz said, The Financial Express reported.

According to the Hindustan Times, India has 50 million Internet users, which are expected to increase up to 240 million in the next five years. Currently, 73 percent of the users has access to Yahoo!.

Author

Clara Mart

Date

2010-11-16 17:20

Tindle Newspapers Group, which owns more than 200 local titles in the UK, launched on Friday three weeklies despite the economic downturn that continues to affect the industry, Press Gazette reported.

The Barnet & Potters Bar Press, the Hendon & Finchley Press and the Edgware and Mill Hill Press will be distributed door to door to 90,000 homes in the North London, the company announced in a press release. The weeklies have ultra local news of areas already broadly covered by The Press, one of Tindle's publications.

Sir Ray Tindle, founder of the Tindle Newspapers Group, during the launch of a press facility. Photo source: NEWBURY Weekly News Printers Ltd

"It gives us the chance to get closer to the readers and advertisers in the communities we serve," said Alison Cruse, publishing director of North London & Herts Newspapers.

In March, Tindle Newspapers launched other four local titles in Enfield and Barnet as part of an overall strategy to increase the number of community newspapers in England and Well, the Press Gazette noted.

Author

Clara Mart

Date

2010-09-27 16:06

Trinity Mirror's Birmingham Mail has allotted a section of its website for the creation of "hyperlocal" communities in association with local bloggers, aimed to provide readers with multimedia news and information across 34 areas of the West Midlands, HoldTheFrontPage.co.uk reported last week.

The communities established will feature a mix of in-house authored news, picture galleries, Fish4 property listings and links to posts written by local bloggers, indexed by each of the 38 areas, according to paidContent. There is no ad revenue sharing; however, bloggers will have a voice in how some of the Birmingham Mail Charitable Trust's donations are spent, as well as being in charge of the agenda for quarterly community workshops.
More than 25 hyperlocal websites in and around the city have agreed to content sharing in print and online, with links correctly credited back to their website, according to the press release posted on Easier.com. RSS feeds from hyperlocal websites will be prominently positioned in the Communities section.

Author

Savita Sauvin

Date

2010-08-17 21:43

The French Week, an English-language weekly, was launched two weeks ago to inform the Anglophone community in France's Dordogne region about domestic news, Bloomberg reported today.

"We explain to the Anglophone in France what is going on around them and we add analysis and comment but also more fun things about culture, sport, leisure and gardening," editor-in-chief Miranda Neame said to the Agence France Press, MediaGuardian quoted.

The weekly, which has 16 pages and its published in the southwestern village of Castillones every Friday, has 76,000 euros ($99,000) of funding from five private investors and four full-time journalists, The Daily Star revealed.

According to French Week's website, the newspaper also has more than 50 bilingual correspondents around the country. The first issue had 40,000 copies but only 12,000 were sold.

Author

Clara Mart

Date

2010-08-12 20:54

McLean, VA.-based media publisher Gannett Co., Inc is continuing to build on its local community offerings, but this time is diverging its focus to the broadcasting side of its operations.

The company's broadcasting arm plans to launch local community websites in 10 different markets served by Gannett's TV stations, in collaboration with DataSphere Technologies, a provider of hyperlocal Web technology and sales solutions for media companies, paidContent reported yesterday. These community websites will be integrated with the company's broadcasting sites serving those local markets, and will feature user-generated content along with the hyperlocal news content created by its own staff, according to the press release posted on MarketWatch.com. This initiative is aimed at benefiting local businesses by providing them with a platform to target potential customers.

Author

Savita Sauvin

Date

2010-06-16 22:23

The Daily Mail & General Trust-owned Local People network plans to double the number of websites in its network and expand its reach, MediaWeek.co.uk reported today.

These hyperlocal UK websites are aimed at boosting better interaction in small communities by allowing users to create profiles, rate and review local businesses, upload images and text, form groups and message each other. "Our focus is providing small businesses a way of reaching a really local audience, Roland Bryan, managing director of Local People, told PressGazette.co.uk. "The targeted nature of our sites means that our advertisers can achieve this with low wastage."

This move follows the recent redesign and rollout of some of the local people websites like Bideford People, Falmouth People and Clifton People, with a simpler homepage and integration of Twitter-style news feeds facilitating users to post comments, reviews, reply to comments and rate content, MediaWeek reported. With strong infrastructural support to grow to 1,000 websites and multi-language capability, the local community website plans to build its brand in the coming months through a combination of local marketing events and social media engagement, along with digital marketing efforts and brand campaigns.

Author

Savita Sauvin

Date

2010-06-16 00:05

The launch of the Wall Street Journal's New York Section has prompted the Guardian's Peter Preston to consider the future focus of national newspapers like the Journal. If the Journal, once a solely-national paper, can move towards local coverage, is that the inevitable future for the rest of the large nationals in the industry?

He seems to think yes. The WSJ's Greater New York launch wasn't a personal attack on the New York Times or Arthur Sulzberger; rather, it was a smart business move in changing times.

"In spite of all the hype and excitement, this isn't some wild News Corporation lurch into alien territory," writes Preston. "It's competition as usual in an American newspaper world that seems to have forgotten what competition means."

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

Author

Leah McBride Mensching

Date

2010-05-04 19:41

The Washington Post is creating a "local blogging network," in which the newspaper will link to selected blogs from its Web site, Adam Pagnucco of Maryland Politics Watch wrote last week. As part of the network, the Post would ask bloggers to submit original content, which would be edited by Post editors. The Post would also have rights to that content through a written agreement, and expect that bloggers participate in a blogger "discussion" each week and stick to a "workflow" plan.

The only problem with the set-up is that the Post wouldn't actually pay the bloggers, he stated.

Pugnacco wrote in the Maryland Politics Watch blog: "Five weeks ago, I received an unsolicited offer from the Washington Post. They asked if they could post my picture and biography on their Web site and link to every new blog post appearing here if I agreed to produce regular original content for them at their request. I turned them down. Why? Because they wanted me to work for them for nothing."

Using Google subscriber counts, Pugnacco estimates that "MPW's rag-tag band of volunteers, guests and rogues has slightly more regular online subscribers than the Post's entire paid staff of Maryland reporters combined. Remind me again why WE should be working for the Post for free?"

Author

Leah McBride Mensching

Date

2010-05-03 23:03

The founder of virtual marketplace eBay is stepping into the news business, aiming to launch a news site that will do what other news publishers are struggling with: getting people to pay for news, The Associated Press reported today.

Honolulu-based billionaire Pierre Omidyar will launch a news site called "Honolulu Civil Beat," which will be home to community news in Hawaii. Users will be required to pay to discuss issues, ideas and exchange information about matters affecting their communities. Civilbeat.com goes live today with an official launch scheduled for May 4, and plans to charge US$19.99 for monthly membership.
paidContent's Staci Kramer termed the site an "online civic square." Omidyar told her that the site will be a place where Hawiians can "learn about and better understand our home, the challenges we face, and debate and discover ideas and strategies for moving forward."

Author

Savita Sauvin

Date

2010-04-21 19:31

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