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February 2007

by Tatiana Repkova

Arsenio School, director of the free daily 20 Minutes, announced in February that the newspaper would stop publishing announcements of prostitutes.

The Mixed Commission on Woman Rights, created in May last year to study prostitution in Spain, released in February a final opinion recommending prostitution not be legalized. The dailies El Mundo and El Pais earn more than 15,000 euros daily from prostitution announcements. http://www.elconfidencial.com/noticias/noticia.asp?id=21828&edicion=26/0... February 26, 2007

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Erina Lin

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2007-02-27 00:20

by Tatiana Repkova

The Saudi Research & Publishing Company is putting up thirty new Lexus cars in a bid to sign up more subscribers to its titles. Subscribers get the chance to win one of the cars in a weekly drawing over four months. SRPC is the publisher of local English-language daily Arab News, as well as a number of Arabic newspaper and magazine titles. http://www.ameinfo.com/111518.html; February 22, 2007

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Erina Lin

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2007-02-22 20:55

by Tatiana Repkova

The tabloid market in Alberta got more crowded when Torstar Corp. and Metro International SA announced on February 21 the launch of free Metro daily newspapers in Calgary and Edmonton, raising the stakes in a battle with CanWest and Sun Media to attract readers in Canada's rapidly growing energy heartland.

The Torstar-Metro announcement came a day after CanWest MediaWorks Publications Inc., which publishes the Calgary Herald newspaper and is Canada's largest newspaper owner, began its own Calgary free commuter daily tabloid. The latest moves will intensify competition with Sun Media tabloids in Edmonton and Calgary as well as the CanWest-owned Herald and Edmonton Journal. They also raise the question of how many newspapers the two markets can support, even though Calgary and Edmonton and their surrounding areas each have more than one million people and are growing faster than most parts of Canada.

Torstar and Metro said Metro Calgary will begin publishing March 5, followed by Metro Edmonton on April 2, with estimated daily circulation of about 60,000 for each city targeting urban adults between 18 and 49.

"This is ultimately a money making venture, but with any newspaper there's significant upfront investment and it's a long-term business plan that we're looking at," Bill McDonald, Metro's group publisher for English Canada, said in an interview.

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Erina Lin

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2007-02-22 04:48

by Tatiana Repkova

The World Association of Newspapers has launched an initiative to develop a new measurement standard for both print and digital newspaper readership.

A Media Measurement Integration Task Force, which includes some of the most prominent names in the global print and digital media research community, was formed during a two-day summit in Chicago to explore the possibility of global standards for combined print and digital measurements. Several media research firms have created combined measurements to show the advertising community and media investors the true marketplace reach for newspapers, with circulation, readership and traffic numbers for print and digital combined. However, while the measurements provide the most accurate picture of total reach into a newspaper's print and digital distribution area than circulation alone, the numbers are not necessarily useful to advertising agencies, which don't often plan media buys in an integrated media fashion. Another key issue is that of global standardization and guidelines. Until now, no international group has embarked on creating a standardised, combined print and digital currency, which may be a useful measurement to ad agencies planning billions of dollars of advertising campaigns across media each year. WAN Press Release; February 21, 2007

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Erina Lin

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2007-02-22 01:16

by Tatiana Repkova

As the top 1,000 South Korean companies move their ad dollars online, the internet advertising business in South Korea will hit $1.04 billion in 2007, according to keyword advertising company Korea Overture. The company predicts that online advertising will jump 15.2% over 2006, even as the total overall advertising market tops out at $7.7 billion. Overture points to keyword advertising, which accounts for $654.6 million, 60% of the total online ad market. “The keyword ads business will chalk up a 21.5% growth this year. The segment will rack up notable expansion beyond next year,” said a spokesperson for Overture Korea as quoted in the Korea Times. “New types of keyword ads such as video-based ones are also sparking interest.” With 35 million internet users, South Korea makes up the fourth-largest online audience after the US, UK and Japan. Much of the online advertising growth comes from large portals like Overture partner NHN, which handles 75% of Korean search queries. The second-place portal, run by Google partner Daum Communications, recently released keyword-powered video advertising. www.adotas.com; http://www.fipp.com/Default.aspx?PageIndex=2002&ItemId=13564; 21 February 2007

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Erina Lin

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2007-02-21 23:41

by Tatiana Repkova

What is believed to be the first bilingual newspaper in Scotland for the Polish community was launched at the end of February. The 16-page full-colour tabloid newspaper, Gazeta z Highland, is being published by the Northern Times weekly in Golspie and will be a free with an initial distribution of 20,000. All the articles will be written in Polish with an English translation alongside. The first three editions will be quarterly, and then it is hoped to make it a monthly publication.

There are an estimated 8,000 to10,000 Polish immigrants now living in the Highlands. Gazeta z Highland will be edited by Alison Cameron, deputy editor and advertising manager of the Northern Times, who conceived the idea and has been working on the dummy for 18 months. The editorial will be written by Inverness-based Joanna Napiorowska, who studied journalism in Poland before moving to Scotland. The Northern Times is part of the Scottish Provincial Press Group. http://www.allmediascotland.com/articles/926/21022007/polish_newspaper_t... February 21, 2007

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Erina Lin

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2007-02-21 23:24

by Tatiana Repkova

In Norway - and probably elsewhere - pdf editions of newspapers aren't popular. New figures from Norwegian Media Businesses' Association show that virtually nobody is interested in PDF versions of newspapers.

PDF accounts for 0.07 percent of total newspaper circulation in Norway, according to the trade magazine Kampanje (in Norwegian). Combined, Norwegian newspapers sold 1,850 PDF copies daily last year. Even for a small country, this figure is low to the point of insignificance. Regional newspaper Bergens Tidende has the highest PDF circulation in the country, with a not-so-staggering daily sale of 128 copies. Most Norwegian PDF editions cost approximately $2 USD each. http://www.poynter.org/column.asp?id=31&aid=118745; February 21, 2007

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Erina Lin

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2007-02-21 20:58

by Tatiana Repkova

Chris Kubas has a question for newspapers considering a page-width reduction in order to cut costs: How will you protect against the potential loss of ad revenue?

"The real difficulty happens if you still sell ads on a linear inch basis," said Kubas, vice president of Toronto-based Kubas Consultants. "You still haven't fixed the underlying problem: How do you maximize revenue per page?"

Reducing page size cuts costs, but also reduces the lines and inches available on each page for selling ads. This means newspapers must either accept less revenue per page, print more pages, or raise rates to compensate, said Kubas. The first two options are undesirable. And raising rates for smaller space will be a tough sell to advertisers.

Kubas discussed this problem with newspaper executives in a recent industry conference call, and presented a solution: modular ads. "It's really a beautiful way to sell advertising," said Kubas. He believes modular ads are not only easier to sell, but will also maximize a newspaper's revenue per page. The traditional newspaper method of pricing display ads on a linear basis has several flaws, said Kubas. It requires sales reps to lead their clients through complicated calculations of columns, inches and dollars. And it doesn't have incentives for advertisers to increase their ad size, or penalties when they decrease their ad size.

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Erina Lin

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2007-02-21 01:08

by Tatiana Repkova

The Omani newspaper TheWeek, has become the first in Oman to have an independent circulation audit. The audit was conducted by the U.S.-based, non-profit, BPA Worldwide. TheWeek is a free weekly newspaper published by Apex Publishing and Press Company. Apex's Chief Executive Officer, Saleh Zakwani, told the Arab Press Network (APN) that as the number of publications is increasing, it is important to assure advertisers that circulation figures stand up to closer scrutiny. Two of Apex's other English language publications, Oman Today and Business Today, will be audited in the future. Apex is also planning to audit its Arabic language weekly Al-Isbou'a. http://www.ijnet.org/Director.aspx?P=Article&ID=305996&LID=1; February 16, 2007

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Erina Lin

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2007-02-17 01:17

by Tatiana Repkova

Axel Springer, publisher of popular German tabloid Bild, is set to invest 120 million euro into launching a tabloid in the French market, which will have to contend with France's tough privacy laws. The plans include a three-year investment of 120 million euro and Axel Springer has stated it can sell a million copies of the tabloid a day.

http://www.brandrepublic.com/login/News/633604/; February 16, 2007

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Erina Lin

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2007-02-16 22:31

by Tatiana Repkova

"The most important finding is that newspapers are under-spending in the newsroom and over-spending in circulation and advertising. If you invest more in the newsroom, do you make more money? The answer is yes. If you lower the amount of money spent in the newsroom, then pretty soon the news product becomes so bad that you begin to lose money," Esther Thorson, director of research for the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute and associate dean for graduate studies in the Missouri School of Journalism, said.

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Leah McBride Mensching

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2007-02-16 06:46

by Tatiana Repkova

Monster Worldwide Inc. has reached a deal with The New York Times Co. to sell and display help-wanted advertising online, landing the Internet job search provider a key ally as it expands its partnerships with traditional media companies.

Monster.com had long been seen as a threat to newspaper publishers, which have been struggling to stem the losses of their highly profitable classified advertising business to online rivals, which in addition to Monster include Yahoo Inc.'s HotJobs and the free site Craigslist.

That began to change last August after Monster signed a deal with the new owners of The Philadelphia Inquirer and Philadelphia Daily News to run the online job search sites of those newspapers and share revenues. Since then, Monster has signed joint ventures with a total of 60 daily newspapers, including the St. Petersburg Times in Florida, the Akron Beacon Journal in Ohio, The Orange County Register and the Honolulu Star-Bulletin. The deals appear to be driving the newspaper industry into three separate camps as they seek ways to preserve their help-wanted advertising revenues as more employers and job-seekers use the Internet instead of printed newspapers for recruitment. In addition to Monster, which is based in Maynard, Mass., another major contender is CareerBuilder.com, a print and online job-search provider that is jointly owned by the three largest newspaper publishers in the country, Gannett Co., McClatchy Co. and Tribune Co.

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Erina Lin

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2007-02-15 00:11

by Tatiana Repkova

New technology means colour e-paper tablet newspapers and magazines could be possible in two years, developers have claimed. Mike Nelson, general manager of sales for Fujitsu Europe, told an industry conference in London, that colour e-paper technology, on which portable tablet newspapers could be carried, will be ready for use in two years.

Demonstrating a prototype of what he claimed was the world's first colour e-paper, he said the idea of black-and-white e-paper was redundant and the colour version would see first use next year in supermarket displays.

"All the print media has moved to colour. When you read your newspaper, it's in colour. I don't believe the industry will accept going back to a black-and-white format just to embrace the new technology. The technology has to move the printed image on somewhat and add some usability and user value," he told Journalism.co.uk. "The first application will be as electronic labels for supermarkets and that will start next year, with much smaller screens but the same technology in colour."

Nelson added that Fujitsu was looking to form alliances with content providers and tablet manufacturers so that, once the technology was ready, it would not be delayed in getting to market.

"It's probably two years away before we can get the screen manufacturing technology up to scratch for an A5 or bigger size in colour. That is when we can talk about distributing magazines and so forth on it,” Nelson said.

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Erina Lin

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2007-02-14 21:10

by Tatiana Repkova

A Belgian court dealt a blow to Google on February 13 by ruling against the U.S. Internet giant in a copyright case lodged by French-language Belgian newspapers and closely watched by other media.

Upholding an earlier ruling, a Brussels court found after a year-long legal battle that the California-based company had "violated copyright" rules and ordered it to remove the papers' content from its sites. The court ruled that "by reproducing on its Google News site articles and short extracts from articles, Google reproduces and communicates to the public works protected by copyright." Google said in Paris that it would appeal against the decision.

"Google regrets today's decision and will appeal," said Google News legal counsel for Europe Yoram Elkaim in Paris. "We continue to believe that the Google News service conforms with copyright law and benefits publishers as much as Internet users," he said.

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Leah McBride Mensching

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2007-02-13 08:43

by Tatiana Repkova

Yahoo launched in December YouWitnessNews, a Web siteWeb site that posts offerings from users after the submissions pass muster with professional editors.

Founded almost two years ago, news Web siteWeb site NowPublic.com taps into legions of people that post pictures, videos, or commentary online. NowPublic boasts more than 60,000 contributing "reporters" in more than 140 countries and promises to quickly locate potential witnesses or news gatherers close to breaking events from natural disasters to terrorist attacks.

"We have become the largest participatory news network in the world," NowPublic chief executive Leonard Brody told AFP. "We have everything from complete amateurs to complete professionals."

NowPublic and YouWitnessNews have formed alliances with traditional international news wire services and provide them photos or other worthy content. NowPublic takes the deal a step further, promising to swiftly pinpoint for wire service reporters potential witnesses or contributors close to the scenes of breaking news.

"If a bomb went off in Budapest and you wanted to connect with someone within a mile (1.6 kilometers) of the scene, we find them for you," Brody said. Vancouver-based NowPublic has been doubling in size every three months. NowPublic does not pay people for news stories, images or video. AFP; February 11, 2007

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Leah McBride Mensching

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2007-02-12 05:54

by Tatiana Repkova

Participants in Hungary's Newspapers in Education spring programme will be using an innovative textbook developed by the Hungarian Newspaper Publishers Association in conjunction with the National Institute of Public Education.

The NIE programme reaches 5,000 intermediate level students in 200 schools. Newsletter for Directors of WAN Member Associations - N ° 42, February 7, 2007

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Leah McBride Mensching

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2007-02-08 06:18

by Tatiana Repkova

The German Newspaper Publishers Association (BDZV), together with its marketing association, ZMG, launched a major image campaign for newspapers in December 2006.

Funny, interesting and dramatic mini-stories will be published in member newspapers through March. They are built around the theme, created by Ogilvy & Mather, "The Newspaper. Those who read understand. " More than 160 publishing houses have already committed to taking part into the campaign. Newsletter for Directors of WAN Member Associations - N ° 42; February 7, 2007

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Erina Lin

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2007-02-07 23:52

by Tatiana Repkova

Europe's biggest telecom groups are aiming to create a mobile phone search engine that could challenge Yahoo! and Google, the U.S. giants. Vodafone, France Telecom, Telefonica, Deutsche Telekom, Hutchison Whampoa, Telecom Italia and one American network, Cingular, are among the companies that will come together for secret, high-level talks at the mobile industry's biggest annual trade show in Barcelona in February. Declining call revenues are driving network operators together to compete against Google and Yahoo! search engines.

Faced with declining revenues as calls become cheaper, network operators are determined to secure a large slice of the lucrative search advertising market. In the United Kingdom alone, more than 20 percent of subscribers are expected to have access to mobile Internet at broadband speeds by the end of 2007, which should prompt a dramatic increase in the use of search engines via mobile phones. The initiative will come as a surprise to Google and Yahoo!, which have lost no time in striking deals with mobile operators and handset makers.

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Erina Lin

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2007-02-05 21:11

by Tatiana Repkova

According to the sixth annual CDMS, The Times of India is the most read general interest daily in the print media space, with a 72 percent average issue readership in 2006.

The Times of India maintains its lead across all metros except Chennai, the only metro where TOI does not publish. TOI, incidentally, is the world's largest English language broadsheet by a large margin.

The CDMS is an annual survey conducted among senior executives across the country's 500 biggest listed private sector companies, top 100 PSUs and 100 leading financial sector companies including banks, merchant banks and FIIs. The ACNielsen report also notes that TOI's sister publication, The Economic Times, continued to be the "most read business daily." According to the survey, listenership of radio has almost doubled from 38 percent to 72 percent.

"The increase in radio listenership is in line with the amount of time this group spends in their cars," said Rajshree Dave, director of ACNeilsen India.

Interestingly, TV seems to be under some pressure. The average number of TV channels watched declined from six to four and "time spent on their most preferred news-based programmes decreased significantly." The Times of India; February 3, 2007; http://www.publicitas.com/display.asp?id=6.8&chp=6.6&foot=6.9&cpny=*&LIB2=PPNRequestNews(3)&initlib=no&PARAM1=18003&navig=no&statinfo=news

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Erina Lin

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2007-02-03 21:18

by Tatiana Repkova

Alarmed by a growing trend among police and administrative organizations to withhold the names of crime and accident victims, the Editorial Affairs Committee of the Japanese Newspaper Association (NSK) has issued a booklet titled “Real Names and News Reporting.”

Behind the issue is the government's approach to enforcing the Personal Information Protection Law and its basic plan for assisting crime victims. The NSK booklet aims to explain the need for real-name news reporting and provide guidelines for reporters to convince authorities to release the names of people involved in criminal cases and accidents. NSK has distributed the booklet to officials, crime victims' groups, attorneys organizations and other people in an effort to build public support for full news reporting. Newsletter for Directors of WAN Member Associations - N ° 42, February 2, 2007

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Leah McBride Mensching

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2007-02-03 06:01

by Tatiana Repkova

A report from Pricewaterhousecoopers LLC (PwC) sees 2007 as another strong year for European media mergers and acquisitions.

Deals in 2006 were worth €43 billion ($56 billion), the highest in six years. Deals from private equity groups KKR and Permira alone accounted for €19 billion ($24.6 billion) in 2006. Six deals were worth €1 billion plus. The Media Insights report, issued yesterday (Wednesday, January 30) also suggests that U.S. firms will continue to stay from foreign investment, citing the weak dollar and “problems at home.”

For 2007, PwC predicts 175 deals worth €40 billion ($52 billion). U.K. media deals should revive following an expected ad market recovery.

http://www.followthemedia.com/tickle/ticklefile29012007.htm#8; February 2, 2007

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Leah McBride Mensching

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2007-02-02 09:05

by Tatiana Repkova

The publishing house de Telegraaf Tidjschriften Groep (TTG) will launche Vrouw, a new women's supplement inserted in the Saturday edition of the daily newspaper De Telegraaf. The first issue will be published on March 31, 2007 with a circulation of 883,000 copies. http://www.publicitas.com/display.asp?id=6.8&chp=6.6&foot=6.9&cpny=*&LIB2=PPNRequestNews(3)&initlib=no&PARAM1=17988&navig=no&statinfo=news; February 1, 2007

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Erina Lin

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2007-02-02 04:22

by Tatiana Repkova

Beginning February 5, Delhi's first morning tabloid, Metro Now, priced at Re 1 for 48 pages, will be rolled out from Monday to Saturday. The tabloid will be launched by Metropolitan Media; a 50/50 joint venture between HT Media and The Times of India Group. Metropolitan is an independent company floated by the JV.

“Metro Now is a complete newspaper targeted at the youth aged 25-30, residing in Delhi NCR. The morning tabloid is a new concept in Delhi and we seriously see the need and opportunity to segment the market,” said Sameer Kapoor, president of the Metropolitan Media Company.

Although the tabloid will carry all the news, a major focus will be on Delhi centric news. The editorial team for the newspaper currently comprises around 50 people. Kamlesh Singh, formerly the deputy editor at CNN-IBN, has will serve as editor, while Soni Sanghwan, formerly an associate editor at CNN-IBN, has joined the Metro Now team as deputy editor. http://www.agencyfaqs.com/perl/news/index.html?sid=16984; February 1, 2007

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Erina Lin

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2007-02-01 22:39

by Tatiana Repkova

The Korea Times has signed an agreement to exchange stories with The Economic Times, an Indian business and financial daily, as ties between Korea and India expand and the demand for news about the two countries rises.

Under the agreement, The Korea Times will publish Economic Times articles to inform readers about India. The Economic Times will also publish Korea Times news stories under the accord which takes effect February 1.

The Economic Times belongs to the New Delhi-based Times Group, the publisher of various publications including The Times of India, Navbharat Times, Sandhya Times, Maharashtra Times and the Mumbai Mirror. The Korea Times, Korea's first English language newspaper, currently carries stories under syndication agreements with Asia Sentinel, Syndicate News Service, Scripps Howard News Service and others.

http://www.asiamedia.ucla.edu/article-eastasia.asp?parentid=62809; Febraury 1, 2007

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Erina Lin

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2007-02-01 21:21


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