There's life in the old broadsheets yet!


As we close the year, an optimistic note is struck about the future of the great British broadsheet newspaper. The Daily Telegraph, the country’s top-selling daily broadsheet, has set its sights on acquiring 10 million registered users.

While the industry struggles with an ad slowdown, declining print sales ...

Election Gives Papers a lift


The latest ABC newspaper circulation figures show a slight lift in sales for the broadsheets during April, which commentators are putting down to interest in the General Election

The Guardian, Times, Independent and i all saw their circulation rise by about 0.7%, while the Telegraph was the ...

Paywalls paying dividends


The news that The Times and The Sunday Times made a profit this year has raised more than a few eyebrows among press commentators.

As Radio 4s The Media Show reported, for years they have been hemorrhaging losses – more than £70 million in 2009 and even £6 million last year.  This year, ...

FT: Future Tense


As print circulation of the first world’s newspapers continue their apparently unstoppable freefall, established titles are feeling the heat. As well as looking around for digital diversity opportunities to chase their easily distracted readership, the Financial Times has recently been trying to freshen ...

The irresistible rise of Indian newspapers


While the rest of us are rocked by recessionary woes that continue to grow, the newspaper industry in India continues to be in rude health, an optimistic story of growth. As the FT reported earlier this month, 2012 was regarded as a bit of a poor year there as newspaper and magazine revenues only rose by 7 per cent. ...

Can Germany's newspaper empire strike back?


It's always tempting fate to make predictions - look at how financial and economic 'experts' consistently get it wrong, got it totally wrong about the 2008 banking crash and have continued to get it wrong about its aftermath and when the illusory recovery will kick in - but that hasn't stopped some observers casting the ...

This Sun won't set world on fire


So, as widely predicted by all and Sun-dry last July when the News of the World shut down amid a 'phone hacking shame frenzy', to coin some tabloideze, the Sun rose on Sunday for the first time yesterday. The 'on' was missing from the masthead, but it was all deliberately familiar elsewhere.

No sign of any ...



Columnists are playing a much greater role in news analysis. With so many staff cuts (Times and SundayTimes announcing 150 job losses this week) the debate about 'cut and paste' news will only rage on. But newspapers still have to differentiate themselves from the growth of online 'churnalism' and endless blogs and it ...

Hacking Hackers Hacked


With yesterday's closure of the News of the World the consequence of Murdoch's ruthless business reaction to the public outcry over how some of his journalists hacked phones and broke the law, a blatant attempt to try and stop brand toxicity infecting his bid for BSkyB ownership, we are all left wondering what shocking ...

Guardian coffers run dry


I thought the Guardian Media Group (GMG) had a limitless supply of money all thanks to the Scott Trust which was created in 1936 to safeguard the paper's journalistic freedom and liberal values. A couple of years ago Guardian Media Group even invested in swanky offices near Kings Cross and a new Berliner format for the ...

Turning to the dark side


George Thwaites, editor for the last five years of the Mail on Sunday's review section, is leaving the paper this month to set up his own PR company. He follows in a lengthy line of senior newspaper executives who have moved on to public relations, such as Phil Hall, David Yelland, Ian Monk and Stuart Higgins (we should ...

Talking papers


Two Indian newspapers are claiming to have notched up a global first by running "talking ads".

The groundbreaking ads, placed by Volkswagen, appeared on the back pages of special wraparounds published by The Times of India and The Hindu. When the paper is unfolded a light-sensitive speaker chip weighing just a ...

Free newspapers fight back


Free daily newspapers trace their history back to the 1940s when in Walnut Creek, California publisher Dean Lesher began what is widely believed to be the first free daily, now known as the Contra Costa Times. Outside the US it didn't really take off until 1995 when Metro started what may be the first free daily ...

French press join football team in losing the plot


There is a constant theme (A bit like the drone of a vuvuzela) in all my recent discussions with colleagues in France which has finally led me to blog about the fact that something is not quite right in the current state of the French press. Granted things aren’t exactly perfect for any media outlet right now but ...

The old left right split


The New Labour project spent years courting the traditional Tory press. The Sun famously switched sides to Tony Blair and Alistair Campbell in 1997 and in 2007 Gordon Brown formed a real friendship with Paul Dacre, Editor of the Daily Mail. It is widely believed that Dacre is not a fan of David Cameron’s flashy, ...

Does the Earth revolve around the sun?


Apparently it does according to David Miliband at Labour party conference today. “But not the one printed in Wapping” he then pointed out. He’s right of course but is he right to imply that the Sun newspaper is not as powerful as it once was ?

All the old Labour ‘Masters of spin’ of ...

Newspapers no longer control the marketplace


Newspapers were the most successful media organizations in the world because they controlled the market place - what music we listened to , which jobs we found and which homes we bought.

Now, the most successful media organistions are the ones which build platforms and support communities to ...

Is there a future for the Observer ?


Can we imagine Sunday’s without the Observer?  This week there’s been a queue of former Editors asking how we could let the paper of Orwell sink without trace. Roger Alton even gushed about how well it was currently being edited (Not sure how well that would have gone down with his ...




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Yomiuri Shimbun


One of Japan's five national newspapers, the Yomiuri Shimbun is in fact the biggest selling in the world