The battle between Britain’s newspapers is about to spill onto the streets of New York, as Associated Newspapers and Guardian News & Media both prepare to launch their first dedicated editorial operations in the city that never sleeps. Read more »
Attending the 9th annual AOP Digital Publishing Summit in Westminster
today proved to be something of a milestone for the UK’s media industry.
Unlike many in the room, I remember the association’s first outing back in 2002. The dotcom bubble had just bust and its messy entrails were still being discovered. The room of mostly traditional newspaper and magazine publishers were still understandably nervous about the implications of the web on their businesses.
“If it doesn’t work than I’m in the sh*t,” joked News Int’s commercial chief Paul Hayes at a Brand Media event last week. Reminding me of the old adage ‘many a true word spoken in jest’. But the buck doesn’t stop with Hayes, or even News International.
Coverage of the UK media business will be among the casualties of the upcoming restructure at The Observer in 2010.
As details of the cost-cutting drive at one of the country’s oldest national
newspapers start to emerge, it transpires the Business & Media section will
be folded into the main paper.
It will be a loss to the British media industry and signals a seismic change
for The Observer, which has had a separate Business section for more than 30 years. Read more »