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The Arabic-language daily Arrouiah yesterday published its last print edition after its owners decided to shut it down due to a lack of advertising and increasing debts, The National reported.

This is third newspaper to close in Kuwait for economic reasons over the past 18 months. The first daily to fold was Assawt in February 2009, followed by Awan in May 2010, The Kuwait Times noted. Arrouiah "was the only daily newspaper in the Arab world that was voluntarily under Sharia censorship," editor-in-chief Saud al Sebeiei said while explaining that they "had refused hundreds of advertisements" for not being in compliance with the law.

A second reason for the closure, Al Sebeiei said, was that Qatari businessman Ghanim al Sadd, who is the chairman of Al Imtiaz Investment - the shareholding company that owns the newspaper - had withdrawn support for the publication.

"The government of Qatar supports the chairman, and [they say] there's no need for a newspaper in Kuwait," the editor said, according to The National.

Author

Clara Mart

Date

2010-07-30 16:22

The Daily Mail and General Trust's Mail Online is the latest UK news website to bar online media monitoring service Meltwater from crawling its content by using the robots.txt site control protocol, paidContent reported yesterday.

Meanwhile, the United Kingdom's most visited newspaper website is hoping to find similar successes across the pond; it has opened an office in Los Angeles and hired editorial and sales employees. The newspaper plans to begin producing content for mass-market U.S. audiences and has chosen to remain a free-to-view news site, New Media Age reported today. The news site will explore editorial and sales capabilities around Hollywood-related news, and appears as a tab on the Daily Mail's homepage titled "U.S. Showbiz."

The Daily Mail began behavioural targeting across its U.S. inventory last year - a smart move, as ABC Electronic's monthly reports for the last five months show that more than half of the site's unique users (2.4 million daily) are from outside the United Kingdom, NMA noted.

Author

Savita Sauvin

Date

2010-07-07 23:51

Canada's main free commuter daily, Metro, on Tuesday unveiled a "radically redesigned newspaper" for its readers in Halifax, Ottawa, Toronto, Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver, according to a press release posted on NewswireCanada.

The freesheet is looking to enhance its brand image, and is hoping to do that with a new look, including more colour, bolder fonts and an oversized masthead, as well as more images, graphics and fact boxes in place of plain text, the press release stated.

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The newspaper is divided into five sections: News, Scene, Life, Sports and Drive, which will be available every Wednesday, according to the press release.

The newspaper has consolidated its fashion, food, finance and other lifestyle content into a new section called 'Life' to give the daily more of a magazine-like feel. Meanwhile, new columnists will be contributing across a number of sections, MarketingMag Canada reported.

The newspaper began rolling out redesigns across the globe last year and Canada is the last country to implement a new look.

Author

Savita Sauvin

Date

2010-07-01 21:45

A newspaper subscription website, newspaper-subscription.co.uk, has been launched in the United Kingdom by ThreePM, which also runs a magazine subscription website, InternetRetailing.net reported today.

The website offers discounts for both UK and international newspapers, as well as news magazines. Titles available through the site include The Times and Sunday Times, the Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday, The Independent and Independent on Sunday, The Guardian, The Observer, The Weekly World Edition of the Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph and The Economist.
"Although the online 'range retailer' is still significant, for many consumers it's more convenient to be able to look at titles in just the specific subject areas of interest to them. We now give consumers the choice of how they find what they want," Don Brown, ThreePM's business director, told InternetRetailing.net.

The company's magazine subscription site, subscription.co.uk, offers one and two-year subscriptions, with delivery available to the United Kingdom, Europe, or United States or the rest of the world, with varying prices due to delivery charges. Users can also give gift subscriptions through the site, and browse magazines by category.

Author

Savita Sauvin

Date

2010-06-29 23:15

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 Garnett Dickinson group-owned weekly The Rotherham Advertiser announced its first iPhone app for its births, marriages and deaths section, MediaGuardian reported today.

"We are the first in the UK to launch an App for the BMD section, allowing us to extend our brand to a new non-traditional newspaper audience," Nicky Holt, commercial director of the weekly, told MediaGuardian. "We are a traditional weekly newspaper group, but that hasn't prevented us from identifying opportunities in new media and technology to capitalise on a key pillar of a traditional printed product."

The app, available on iTunes, facilitates readers' search for the latest news updates and announcements in the last two months, and allows users to share news via e-mail and through social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook, leave comments, upload photos and also archive favourites.

The weekly has a circulation of 30,000 copies.

Author

Savita Sauvin

Date

2010-06-10 20:48

Celebrating press freedom, Zimbabwe's newly created media commission granted licenses to allow the launch of four new private dailies last week, including the Daily News, a popular newspaper banned in 2003 for taking on the government of President Robert Mugabe. The country today saw the launch of one of its first licensed independent private daily, News Day, after seven years, TimesLive.co.za reported.

The newly launched private daily is owned by Alpha Media Holdings, and headed by Trevor Ncube. The company publishes two weeklies in Zimbabwe, and the Mail and Guardian in South Africa. The launch of News Day "represents the hope of a tortured nation," Ncube told Reuters. "NewsDay will play a leading role in national healing, nation building, reconciliation and reconstruction."

He later added, "We shall endeavor to report the news for Zimbabweans whose collective voice has systematically been drowned out the din of slogans and abhorrent propaganda."

Author

Savita Sauvin

Date

2010-06-04 22:39

Dubai-based Atlas Media Communications has entered into an agreement with Newspaper Direct to print up to twelve international newspaper titles in the UAE, The National reported last week.

The deal is part of a US$4 million (Dh14.69 million) business plan that includes the possibility of franchise agreements in other regional markets as well.

Image: The National

Previously, the newspapers had to be flown in. Each newspaper required a license from the UAE government and approval from the National Media Council, and it took two months to obtain the license, Amit Radia, chief executive of Atlas Media Communications, told The National.

"This model allows you more personalisation [of newspapers], it reduces lead times, and helps you cope with market demand, instead of being stuck with half a million copies a day," he said.

According to the license agreement, the company plans to print more European titles, newspapers from the United States, Far East, Australia and South Africa across the Gulf states and east Africa as well. However, change of any content or sale of local advertising in the newspapers the company republishes in the UAE is prohibited under the local law.

Author

Savita Sauvin

Date

2010-06-03 22:52

The Irish News has turned its paywall technology into a revenue generating opportunity by selling it to other news publishers, Journalism.co.uk reported yesterday.

The page-turning service was developed in-house, and the Belfast-based regional title is offering to sell other publishers a subscription and digital edition service as product packages. Starting at £465, the service includes server resources, bandwidth and video streaming for digital editions.
"When the paper was available for free, apart from the cost of running the website, we were losing readers of the paid for paper to the free online model, which was economic madness. Now readers have a clear and equitable choice, pay for a printed newspaper or pay for the same paper online," Liam McMullen, systems and resource manager, told Journalism.co.uk. He also noted that creating their own in-house paywall technology has helped the group to have greater control over the product and offer more a customised personal service to its readers.

The service has so far been well received by its readers and the newspaper has no plans to bring down its paywall and re-introduce free content, McMullen told Journalism.co.uk. He added that the newspaper isn't stopping there with its technology, and will continue to try and serve advertisers better by targeting advertising around news on its Web site, and optimising potentials of the mobile medium.

Author

Savita Sauvin

Date

2010-05-27 23:42

To identify the most popular discussions on The Economist's Web site, the newspaper launched "The Conversation Cloud" feature yesterday, BtoBonline reported.

This new feature aggregates comments posted on articles, blogs and debates on the Web site along with readers' opinions on different subjects, to transform the site into a global social hub for intelligent debate and discussions. This tool allows users to easily find the most debated topics by displaying a word cloud containing keywords related to the most widely discussed subjects on the site. There, users can click on the comments displayed and then be directed to click-through links to read the full article, NewMediaAge reported.
"The idea of The Conversation Cloud is to allow readers to better navigate through conversations and to encourage and facilitate intellectual conversation between readers. Making The Economist Online more social is part of the site's transformation into the global hub for intelligent debate and discussion," said Ron Diorio, vice president of product and community development at The Economist, according to MediaBistro.

Author

Savita Sauvin

Date

2010-04-16 15:58

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