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July 2008

The Guardian Media Group's regional newspaper businesses will have much smaller margins in the future, which means the company must have different expectations for them, GMG's chief executive told the Financial Times.

“They are good businesses, with potentially good profits, but the margins are going to come down,” Carolyn McCall said, the FT reported Wednesday.

McCall told the FT her expectations of GMG's local newspapers, including the Manchester Evening News, have changed, but that does not mean the media group plans to sell them.

“We have owned the MEN for a long, long time and it's turned over enormous amounts of cash,” she said, according to the FT. “It's not costing us money. It's costing us profit and that's bad, but it's not that bad.”

GMG will release today full-year results ending in March 2008, expected to show an 8.7 percent rise in turnover, to £438 million. Operating profit for GMG Regional Media, meanwhile, fell from £19.4 million to £14.3 million, on revenues of £120.5 million, down from previous revenues of £122.2 million. Contributing to the decline was a slump in classified advertising revenue, which dropped 8 percent, the FT reported.

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Leah McBride Mensching

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2008-07-31 04:23

For the first time, a significant portion of the U.S. online audience for prime-time TV content is not watching part of the show on television, according to a new study from Integrated Media Measurement Inc.

Up to 20 percent of U.S. TV viewing happens online, and some viewing levels are higher than levels via DVR playback. According to IMMI, half of these viewers consider online viewing as a “TV replacement,” 31 percent say online viewing is to “catch up” on missed programmes and some 18 percent categorise it as “fill-in viewing”, MediaPost reported.

The study also shows online TV viewers are less likely to use a DVR compared to traditional live TV viewers. About 30 percent of traditional live TV viewers use a DVR on a regular basis, while only 22 percent of online TV viewers do so, according to the study, MediaPost reported.

IMMI pointed out that higher viewing levels online are for some content, not necessarily complete episodes, for example, sampling of shows.

Although online viewing of programmes are higher than DVR playback, DVRs are only available in about one-third of the country, while online access penetrates about 82 percent of U.S. households.

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Erina Lin

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2008-07-31 03:59

On average, people who use online social networks, such as Facebook, Bebo or MySpace, consume larger amounts of digital content than those who are not social networkers, according to two recent ABI Research surveys, MarketWatch reported Wednesday.

People who access social networks regularly are also heavier consumers of text messages, photos, music, games, mobile TV and mobile e-mail, the research states.

The study was done in the United States in November 2007, and surveyed more than 1,000 mobile subscribers and 500 online social network mobile subscribers.

Although it's not surprising that online social networkers use more mobile content and media, “what we have long suspected is now confirmed by the numbers: for most kinds of mobile content, online social networkers consume about twice as much as their non-networked peers,” said Nick Holland, the study's principal analyst, MarketWatch reported.

Online social networkers consume more mobile media due to the fact that they are usually younger and more tech-savvy, and could also be due to the fact that some networks are based on specific media-related interests, according to MarketWatch.

To download the study, after free registration, click here.

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Leah McBride Mensching

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2008-07-31 03:51

Yahoo!'s distribution of local headlines across its network has driven more then 100 million visits to Newspaper Consortium member Web sites, the company announced Wednesday, Business Wire reported.

The Newspaper Consortium partners Yahoo! and 779 U.S. newspapers, aiming to deliver search, graphical and classified advertising to communities on a local level. Newspaper Consortium members provide headlines to Yahoo!, which then places the headlines across its properties, linking back to the original articles on the papers' Web sites.

Yahoo! is focusing on continuing to open up its network for content aggregation to deliver links to Consortium members' sites as part of the search giant's increasingly important local offerings, Business Wire reported.

“It's very exciting when our news makes it to Yahoo.com's top features,” said Anthony Moor, deputy managing editor of Interactive for The Dallas Morning News, and editor of dallasnews.com, according to Business Wire. “It's like a firehose blasting us with up to 800,000 page views in just a couple of hours. We've had placements that have accounted for up to 27 percent of the day's page views, and 65 percent of the day's unique visitors.”

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Leah McBride Mensching

Date

2008-07-31 03:31

Gaming is getting more popular and becoming more mainstream in the United States, according to a new survey by the Entertainment Software Association, MediaPost reported.

Based on the survey, nearly 40 percent of gamers are women, and the average age of game players has risen to about 35.

“There is no longer a stereotypical gamer. This data underscores the fundamental principle that computer and video games are a mainstream entertainment form,” said Michael D. Gallagher, CEO of the ESA, according to MediaPost.

The survey also found that 65 percent of American households play computer and video games, and 38 percent of American homes have a video game console.

Surprisingly, one out of four gamers is over age 50, MediaPost reported.

Also, women age 18 or older make up a significantly greater portion of overall gamers, accounting for 33 percent. It is even higher than boys age 17 or younger, which make up 18 percent.

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Erina Lin

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2008-07-31 03:09

The national newspaper sites of six of largest UK newspaper groups attracted about 95 million visitors in June, according to a new report published by the Newspaper Marketing Agency.

The report aggregated the Web traffic of the 16 national publications owned by its members, Media Guardian reported.

NMA's members include Associated Newspapers, Independent News & Media, Mirror Group Newspapers, News International, Telegraph Media Group and Guardian News & Media.

Those British online national newspaper Web sites attracted 94.8 million unique visitors in June, while 35.5 million of them were UK readers, Media Guardian reported.

In terms of overall time spent on these sites, more than 715 million minutes were consumed in June.

If the data is de-duplicated, which means a visitor to multiple Web sites was counted only once, only 66.1 million global unique visitors visited NPA member national newspaper sites, and 19.6 million of them came from the United Kingdom.

This showed that two-thirds of overseas online visitors surfed on only one site in June, while about half of British readers visited a single site only, Media Guardian reported.

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Erina Lin

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2008-07-31 03:06

Metro International is expanding its news operation, creating a so-called centralised content agency, in an effort to boost the amount of original content in its international editions, Journalism.co.uk reported Monday.

However, the publisher has reported an 83 percent decline in year-on-year quarterly operating earnings, thanks in part to slow advertising sales amid an overall market slump.

For the new content agency, Metro will hire up to 12 journalists, who will focus their efforts on covering news that is appealing worldwide, according to Journalism.co.uk.

Although Metro isn't seeing the best returns when it comes to sales and earnings, the company's CEO, Per Mikael Jensen, said the plan's aim is strengthening its central editorial team.

“When competing in the freesheet market you need to make sure you are the paper people pick up first. To accomplish this you need quality. What we are doing is adding content that it will be difficult for our competitors to get, simply because we can offer a truly global newspaper audience. If someone like Al Gore does one interview with us, he'll reach over 23 million people, and that is hard to match,” Jensen told Journalism.co.uk.

Globally appealing issues include issues such as the environment, health, celebrity and beauty, Jensen said.

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Leah McBride Mensching

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2008-07-30 07:03

Analysts have warned that the U.S. advertising recession is spreading from newspaper and radio to other media and casting a shadow this year, even though it should have benefited from the Beijing Olympics and the election season, FT.com reported Monday.

Many big advertisers include car dealers, banks, retailers and airlines, and others have cut their marketing budgets, which poses a huge threat to the industry.

“What we've got here is a recession in advertising. It started in local media – radio and newspapers – and is now spreading to TV,” according to Larry Haverty, portfolio manager at GAMCO Investors.

The latest red flags reported include Coca-Cola and General Motors, which planned to cut marketing budgets as parts of the cost-saving plans.

The slowing economy is clouding U.S. media companies when some are seeing their businesses strained by new technologies and digital distribution, FT.com reported.

Viacom and CBS will report its second quarter results this week, which can clearly show how seriously media groups were damaged.

Analysts said that due to its strong reliance on traditional television and radio advertising, CBS is quite sensitive. Its shares have dropped more than 30 percent so far this year, according to FT.com.

On the other hand, companies operating cable networks, including Walt Disney, News Corp. and Time Warner, should be less harmed because they can also monetise from subscription revenue, as well as advertising.

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Erina Lin

Date

2008-07-30 07:02

The Chicago Tribune will be the first U.S. newspaper to send job listings directly to mobile devices, the newspaper announced Tuesday, Editor & Publisher reported.

People looking for jobs will be able to send a specific Web ID to a number to be able to receive detailed job listings on their mobiles.

Expanding the Tribune brand onto mobile “helps us build for a strong future in a delivery method for classifieds that shows much promise,” Alison Scholly, Tribune Media Group's vice president of Interactive, said in a statement.

The service is out this week, to go along with the printed jobs listings in the newspaper's Tuesday Business section and its free daily tabloid RedEye. Earlier this year, The Tribune dropped its daily help-wanted listings and instead publishes the listings on Tuesdays and Sundays. The listings include a code to be able to access them on its Careerbuilder.com recruitment site, E&P reported.

“Readers want immediate information, but don't always have immediate access to a computer. QuickText serves job seekers by sending them listings when, where and how they want them, which we find increasingly includes mobile devices,” said Ellen Glassberg, director of recruitment advertising, E&P reported.

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Leah McBride Mensching

Date

2008-07-30 06:38

MySpace will relaunch its classified-listing section on Monday through a partnership with Oodle, CNET reported Monday.

Though it's no Craigslist, MySpace said its existing classifieds section attracts a million visitors per month. With the improved technology from Oodle, the social networking site can better search, filter, and tweak listings, which can draw in more users, CNET reported.

MySpace said one of the new features is that individual users can share listings with friends, called “social commerce,” which could be a place to find things like last-minute concert tickets, and also friends to go to the show with you, according to CNET.

Moreover, other Oodle listings will be also listed along with MySpace's own, which potentially offers an alternative to Craigslist.

“This will mean more than 500,000 new listings every day,” the social networking site said in a statement. This is due to Oodle's extensive reach - the site currently aggregates listings from almost everywhere except Craigslist, including eBay's Kijiji.

Competitor Facebook already has a commerce section, called Facebook Marketplace. Though not one of the most popular features, it might outperform after a new payment system is launched, which is anticipated sometime in 2009, CNET reported.

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Erina Lin

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2008-07-30 06:10

British Sky Broadcasting (Sky) intends to work with social media provider Pluck on embedding social media tools across the company's digital properties. Sky intends to boost audience interactivity by incorporating social networking features, MarketWatch reported.

"With over 1 billion monthly page impressions and many millions of unique visitors, the Sky portal needed a social media platform that could support the high-volume needs of our growing network," said Andy Jonesco, Managing Director of BSkyB, the Online Business Unit.

Sky News will be the first Sky property to launch such tools, including blogs, discussion boards user comments and a citizen journalism section. Other Sky properties such as Sky.com, Sky Entertainment and Sky Motoring would follow suite, MarketWatch reported.

Users will be able to use a single profile to access the various Sky Web sites, allowing for better integration.

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Alisa Zykova

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2008-07-30 05:56

Gannett Co., which publishes USA Today, announced on Monday it has made a minority investment in Mogulus, an online video platform from New York.

"Mogulus adds a new and exciting dimension to Gannett's already broad-based multimedia journalism efforts. Our reporters and photographers in the field are equipped with video cameras, laptops and broadband wireless connections to enable timely and relevant news delivery to the Web," said Craig A. Dubow, Gannett Co.'s chairman, president and CEO.

The business venture is an outgrowth from Gannett's previous deal dating back to April of this year with Mogulus, whereby the company provided Gannett's web sites with broadcasting services, MarketWatch reported.

The broadcasts that Gannett has been able to air include:

  • The Indianapolis Star's live editorial interview of Senator Barack Obama.
  • Argus Leader's live Webcast of an interview with Senator Hillary Clinton.
  • AZcentral.com's Webcast of a press conference during which the NFL announced the city that will host the 2012 Super Bowl.

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Alisa Zykova

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2008-07-30 05:51

About 66.4 million people visited U.S. newspaper Web sites in the second quarter of this year, a 12.2 percent increase compared to the same period last year, according to a Nielsen Online custom analysis for the Newspaper Association of America.

This means 40.2 percent of all U.S. Internet users accessed a newspaper Web site, with just over three billion page views per month during the quarter, compared to 2.7 billion in the same quarter last year.

“The latest audience figures provide further evidence that newspapers' digital properties deliver highly-accurate and hyper-local content that consumers can't find anywhere else,” NAA President and CEO John F. Sturm stated in a press release.

The average number of unique users accessing newspaper Web sites for April, May and June 2008 was 66,388,739, with each unique spending an average of 40 minutes and 29 seconds. Each person accessed an average of 45.36 pages during those months, and visited a newspaper Web site an average of 8.08 times, according to the Nielsen Online analysis, the NAA reported.

In 2007, the average unique audience was 59,185,699, reaching 37.3 percent of all Internet users.

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Leah McBride Mensching

Date

2008-07-30 05:44

Monday has been another sad day for the U.S. newspaper industry, while shares of four companies hit all-time lows, Editor & Publisher reported.

The drops were led by GateHouse Media Inc., with a 21 percent plunge in shares to 66 cents a share. Others included McClatchy Co., Lee Enterprises, and Sun-Times Media Group.

GateHouse's shares have been down in the past three weeks, but so far there is no explanation for the sell-off. It closed at 66 cents, down 18 cents, or 21.43 percent. According to E&P, its floor trading has been suspended, and the stock may be de-listed from the New York Stock Exchange.

Lee Enterprises closed at US$2.90, which dropped 22 cents, or 7.05 percent, from its opening. It had traded during the last 52 weeks at the highest of $20.60.

The McClatchy Co. ended at $4.25 Monday, down 15 cents, or 3.41 percent. During the past year, it has traded as high as $26.43.

In Addition, the Sun-Times Media Group closed at 26 cents a share, E&P reported.

Other companies losing shares Monday include Gannett Co. Inc., Media General Inc., The New York Times Co., Journal Communications, Inc., E.W. Scripps Co. and Journal Register Co., E&P reported.

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Erina Lin

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2008-07-30 05:23

Fairfax Media has moved into the custom publishing market after winning a contract to publish three shopping centre magazines, The Australian reported.

"We are very keen to grow our magazines group within Fairfax. This opportunity came up and we were invited to pitch," said Fairfax Magazines chief executive and publisher Lisa Hudson.

"Custom publishing has huge potential for growth and is potentially a very lucrative part of the business. We have already had several other companies approach us, wanting to work with us," Hudson added, according to The Australian.

The three titles include The Chase for the Chatswood Chase in New South Wales, Fashion Capital for Chadstone Shopping Centre in Victoria, and QP for QueensPlaza in Brisbane, The Australian reported.

The Chase and Fashion Capital will come out every quarter, while QP remains a bi-annual.

The titles, with a combined circulation of more than 210,000, are distributed in local letter-box drops and in the centres.

According to Hudson, the titles were being overhauled prior to a September relaunch, The Australian reported.

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Erina Lin

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2008-07-29 07:33

Newspaper Web sites for mobile phones must be specially created mobile versions, not “just Internet lite,” Verve Wireless Chief Executive Art Howe told The New York Times.

Verve is already the provider of 4,000 newspaper mobile versions from 140 publishers, including the Associated Press, the McClatchy Company and The New York Times Company's Regional Media Group, The New York Times reported Monday.

The AP is Verve's biggest customer, and believes the company is such a viable solution that it led a US$3 million round of financing, “a rare investment for the news organisation,” according to The New York Times.

Because local newspapers don't have the “resources, expertise or relationships” with mobile carriers to build their own mobile sites, Verve builds the sites for them in exchange for a piece of the ad revenue, Tom Kenney, Verve's president, told The New York Times. Ads can be uploaded to mobile sites through Verve's software, or Verve can put national ad campaigns on mobile sites, and ads can be targeted.

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Leah McBride Mensching

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2008-07-29 07:30

Mid-Day Infomedia is looking to branch out to Pune next, as it focuses on new media and the top metro areas in India, afaqs! reported Monday.

Mid-Day aims to launch editions in the top 10 metro areas in India, with limited print runs.

“We want to launch with a circulation of 70,000 copies and not 5,00,000 in places such as Hyderabad and Pune. These markets won't support such high circulation figures because there are established players there,” said Manajit Ghoshal, Mid-Day's chief financial officer, according to afaqs!.

The media group is also using YUMPI (young urban mobile professionals of India) as a criteria on where to branch out, Ghoshal said. New markets must have a large YUMPI audience, as well as English-language readers and the economic potential of the city, afaqs! reported.

Mid-Day is also focusing on its Web site, planning to make it a one-stop shop for local and entertainment news, and will soon have features particular to local news in each city it covers. The company has also linked with YouTube and Daily Motion to upload videos on its site.

“We want to position Mid-Day at every touch point in a YUMPI's life,” Ghoshal told afaqs!. “As he steps out of home for work, there will be a Mid-Day news segment on the radio, briefing him on all the happenings in the city in the morning, the news Web site (updates and teasers) at work, the tabloid in the afternoon, alerts throughout the day and a WAP site on mobile and television when back home.”

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Leah McBride Mensching

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2008-07-29 07:01

Online ad company ValueClick has warned investors that earnings in the second half of year would not meet expectations due to weakness in display advertising, paidContent reported Friday.

After Yahoo's poor Q2 earnings report, investment bank Cowen also cut its expectations for the online ad industry's growth. According to the analyst's report, its estimate for U.S. online ad market growth has been lowered to 16 percent year-over-year, compared to its previous projection of 19 percent, paidContent reported Friday.

Cowen's downward revision follows Magna's pessimistic adjustment for online ad spending forecast earlier this month, which it lowered to 12 percent growth for online ad revenues this year, down from the original 16.5 percent in December.

In addition, TNS in June said display growth was already dropping, with Q1 ad dollars for that segment plummeting from last year. Lehman Brothers also lowered its expectations for internet ad spending, paidContent reported.

However, a few analysts still remained optimistic about U.S. online ads, including PricewaterhouseCoopers and ZenithOptimedia. For example, ZenithOptimedia expects global internet ad spend to grow 26.7 percent this year, according topPaidContent.

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Erina Lin

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2008-07-29 06:42

A Durham, North Carolina lawyer sued The News & Observer, to which he is a subscriber, last month in an attempt to get the McClatchy Co. newspaper to stop making staff cuts and reducing news coverage. Now, Keith Hempstead has dropped the lawsuit, after his complaint has been covered by several news outlets, including The Wall Street Journal and National Public Radio, saying he has made his point.

Hempstead said he chose to sue the newspaper instead of cancelling his subscription to get the newspaper industry's attention, The N&O reported Monday.

“By getting rid of staff, you're producing an inferior product that is dooming the newspaper industry into obsolescence,” Hempstead told The N&O in an interview. “Attempts to fill the news hole with syndicated columnists, wire stories and cheap filler instead of writing from local staff makes the paper like any other news source. It doesn't have a distinctive voice, and readers can go anywhere else to get their news fix.”

Hempstead is a former reporter, and is writing an opinion article for the newspaper. He said he did not sue the newspaper for the money, and had asked for unspecified damages.

Although many called his lawsuit frivolous, Hempstead disagreed.

“By arguing there's nothing to such a complaint, then they are accepting a future of mediocre news,” he said, according to The N&O. “If I didn't bring this up, those people arguing about (the cuts may not have been given a voice.”

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Leah McBride Mensching

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2008-07-29 06:28

Automotive advertising spending in the United States declined to US$1.99 billion in Q1 2008, down more than 14 percent compared with the same period last year, according to TNS Media Intelligence, eMarketer reported.

“Ad spending is sinking as fast as new car sales,” said John Swallen, senior vice president of research at TNS, in a July 2008 Detroit Free Press interview.

In the United States, automakers have traditionally been the biggest advertisers. General Motors is the fourth biggest advertiser, spending $535 million in Q1 2008, according to TNS data. However, it spent $2.1 billion last year, which was the third consecutive year with ad spending on the decline.

According to Nielsen Monitor-Plus data, total U.S. auto ad spending last year was down 10.8 percent to $12.3 billion, eMarketer reported.

The only bright spot in auto ad spending is online. Last year, Internet spending increased 57.9 percent and reached $441.6 million. According to TNS, GM's online spending alone is more than $212 million (excluding search and online video), 79 percent more than the spending in the previous year.

According to eMarketer's prediction, auto online ad spending will grow annually in the double-digits through 2012, and then exceed $5.61 billion.

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Erina Lin

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2008-07-29 05:32

Media giant Kerry Stokes' Seven Network spent AU$ 41 million on Thursday to invade West Australian Newspapers' (WAN) share register. The firm's stake in WAN rose from 19.4 percent to 22.4 percent, the Herald Sun reported Friday.

An anonymous media analyst predicted that Seven will continue "creeping up WAN's share register" instead of proposing a "full-blown takeover offer," according to the Herald Sun.

Seven expended nearly $60 million on WAN shares in 2008, having bought four million new shares at $10.25 each. Three months ago Stokes and Peter Gammell, Seven director, failed at getting board seats at WAN, the Herald Sun reported.

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Alisa Zykova

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2008-07-29 05:20

China has surged past the United States as the country with the most Internet users, Gipp.ru reported Monday.

Today, about 253 million Chinese citizens access the Web on a regular basis. In the United States, 218 million people use the Internet regularly.

However, the figures do not point towards a digitalisation of the country, since just 19 percent of the 1.3 billion Chinese inhabitants use the Internet, Gipp.ru reported.

The part of the total population that has regular Web access is higher in Russia (21 percent), as well as in South Korea (71 percent), the United States (72 percent) and Iceland (85 percent), according to Gipp.ru.

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Alisa Zykova

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2008-07-29 05:15

The Financial Times (FT) announced on Monday the number of registered users on its Web site has increased to more than 500,000, and its digital revenues have increased, thanks to a corporate content licensing strategy that enables it to directly secure deals with 350 corporate customers, Le Figaro reported.

A recent European Media and Marketing Survey (EMS) indicated that The Financial Times is the number one paid publication in Europe, with 548,000 readers.

FT Publishing had, since the first half of 2007, a publishing revenue growth of 13% to £188 million while operating profits augmented by 26% to £30 million.

FT's profit growth may be the result of the "publisher's move away from newsstand sales towards subscription revenues, online and overseas sales", wrote the Press Gazette.

Since the launch of FT.com's new access model in October last year, the site has experienced an average of 12,000 new users per week. An FT press release stated that the site has blogs, news aggregators and also allows other sites to have more access to FT content, according to Le Figaro.

The press release also mentioned a 63 percent increase in page views and an 18 percent increase in unique users year-on-year since the beginning of 2007.

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Alisa Zykova

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2008-07-29 05:07

The French union representing the regional daily press (SPQD) signed an agreement Wednesday with the country's postal service and the state, permitting newspapers to be delivered through the Post's network, albeit at a higher price than before.

Publishers mentioned that this growth in delivery rates would be "heavy" on the industry as a whole, making some newspapers more "fragile," AFP reported.

The union representing newspapers (SPPMO) said that readers would be affected as well, since publications may get more expensive or have less content.

The deal outlines a distribution plan for 2009-2015, during which publishers will be subject to a "high" increase in delivery rates for their publications.

France, meanwhile, announced that it will continue to support the delivery deal between the press and the Post by offering a subsidy of €242 million until 2011, eventually dropping to €180 million by 2015.

The Post currently has a €400 million deficit, and aims to make it disappear, according to AFP.

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Alisa Zykova

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2008-07-29 03:12


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