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Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation plans to launch a content-led, paid-for news content aggregation platform that promises to create new digital revenue streams for its core print titles and third-party publishers as well, MediaWeek.co.uk reported today. The news aggregation platform plans to launch before the end of 2010.

While the project, under development for a year, is not being named yet, its involves content aggregation from News International's core print titles: The Times, The Sunday Times, The Sun and News of the World, along with content from third party publishers.

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Initially planned to be launched in November, the platform's release has been delayed, as deals with publishers and blue-chip advertisers are not yet finalised, according to Media Week. The service will harness all digital applications including the iPhone and iPad, and will also carry advertising and sponsorship opportunities.

Company executives have been in talks with many U.S. and UK publishers about a news consortium believed to be associated with this launch, according to Media Week.

The news content aggregation project is led by former managing director of thelondonpaper, Ian Clark along with the corporation's digital tech specialist, Johnny Kaldor.

Author

Savita Sauvin

Date

2010-10-06 16:06

Continuing its expansion foray into new verticals, The Huffington Post announced plans to launch a new section dedicated to the topic of divorce, MediaBistro.com reported yesterday. The new section will go live on November 2.

The new section will be headed by journalist and author Nora Ephron, who conceived the idea and will now serve as a founding editor along with Willow Bay as the senior editor. The niche section will target a large number of people, as approximately half of all U.S. marriages ends in divorce, the article stated.

"If you want to know about planning a wedding or things like that, there are so many places for people to go, but there isn't one go-to place around divorce," Arianna Huffington told MediaBistro.

The launch of this new vertical is set to coincide with the release of Ephron's new book, "I Remember Nothing" which has a chapter focusing on divorce set to release on November 9, according to another post on MediaBistro.com.

Author

Savita Sauvin

Date

2010-10-06 16:00

With newspapers around the world opting for centralisation of operations and outsourcing to reduce costs, Australian newspapers are joining the trend as well. Following the success of sub-editing hubs in Queensland and South Australia, News Limited plans to centralise sub-editing and design operations of its New South Wales newspapers and create a sub-hub called NewsCentral NSW at its Sydney headquarters on Holt Street, Surry Hills, Panpa.org.au reported.

Aiming to be "a centre of excellence,'' allowing integrated production for both print and other platforms, this move by the publisher is based on making sub-editors more capable of handling varied content on mobile, websites and other digital platforms, according to a report by The Australian last week. The centralised production unit is scheduled to launch on February 13, 2011.

This seven-day production hub will bring together more than 100 sub-editors and designers to provide editing, layout and design for The Daily Telegraph, The Sunday Telegraph, Carsguide and more than 20 titles in the Cumberland-Courier community newspaper group, as well as sub-editing for some sections of The Australian, the news site reported.

Author

Savita Sauvin

Date

2010-10-05 19:04

For its scheduled re-launch as "Moskovskie Novosti" in early 2011, the Russian daily will also make itself available across four different platforms, including print, mobile, iPad and the Internet, RIA Novosti reported Monday. In addition, readers also will also get a peek inside the editorial mechanism behind the title.

"Moskovskie Novosti" editor-in-chief Vladimir Gourevich said users will have the chance to follow the paper's development and editorial decisions, according to his Twitter account. Furthermore, a Facebook group has been formed and from November onwards, readers can pitch ideas to the editorial team on the social network's platform.

"Moskovskie Novosti" is the re-branding project of "Vremya Novostei." The new name is a reincarnation of a previous title, The Moscow News, which was launched in 1930 as an English-language daily and subsequently spawned a Russian edition two decades later.

Author

Alisa Zykova

Date

2010-10-05 16:12

The Moscow News yesterday re-launched its Arabic edition in the United Arab Emirates 17 years after its closure, RIA Novosti reported. Anbaa Mosku will cover Russian affairs and is a part of Russian government's new strategy to step up relations with the Arab world.

"The advent of this publication will not only serve as a portal through which the Arabic-speaking community in London can observe Russian affairs, but as a long-awaited bridge of communication between the Middle East and Russia," Svetlana Mironyuk, editor-in-chief of RIA Novosti was quoted by MyNewsDesk.com as saying. The bi-weekly independent newspaper is now distributed in 13 countries across Middle East, North Africa, London and Russia with a circulation of more than 190,000 copies.

The newly launched Arabic newspaper will carry a circulation of 49,000 copies across United Arab Emirates.

If the newspaper performs financially well, Alexander Yu. Babinsky, deputy editor-in-chief of Ria Novost0, hinted that the production could beef up and the newspaper will transform from a bi-monthly to a new weekly edition, GulfNews.com reported today.

Author

Savita Sauvin

Date

2010-10-04 21:28

Colombian daily El Tiempo, owned by media group Casa Editorial El Tiempo, introduced changes on both print and online editions yesterday, ColombiaReports.com reported today. The most prominent changes include switching from a broadsheet to a tabloid size, as well as switching the paper's signature colour from red to blue, and changing categories for online in both print and online, due to a new concept created by the publisher. The changes will change the way ads are sold for both platforms.

The redesigned print edition of El Tiempo unveiled yesterday presents a different approach to content and its flow throughout pages, according to a blog post on GarciaMedia.com. The changes to the newspaper's print and online editions have been carried out in co-ordination with the Garcí­a Media Latinoamérica team at Buenos Aires.

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As observed on the newspaper's website, the traditional news sections have been changed to "Debes Saber" (you should know) comprising of the news, "Debes Hacer" (you should do) which contains culture and "Debes Leer" (you should read) that provides analysis and opinion, according to Colombia Reports.

Author

Savita Sauvin

Date

2010-10-04 21:18

Free daily Metro will expand its coverage in Brazil by launching a fifth edition in Rio de Janeiro, Newspaper Innovation reported yesterday.

This edition will initially have 100,000 daily copies from Monday to Friday, making Metro Brazil the largest paper in the country with a daily average circulation of 330,000 copies. With this addition, the free newspaper will surpass the popular Folha de Sao Paulo, Newspaper Innovation noted.

"Metro continues its expansion in line with the strategy for growth in emerging markets. Brazil is one of the most attractive markets in Latin America, both in terms of its size and growth," Metro International's President and CEO Mikael Jensen said in a press release, Reuters quoted.

The company chose Rio de Janeiro because it represents 23 percent of the Brazilian newspaper market. Furthermore, advertisement in the sector is expected to grow this year by 9 percent. According to Newspaper International, Metro Brazil was first launched in Sao Paolo in 2007 and, two years later, two other editions were added. The latest version was introduced in April.

Author

Clara Mart

Date

2010-10-02 00:00

After the successful launch of its titles Vogue and GQ in India, the Condé Nast group will unveil the Indian edition of Condé Nast Traveller today, the Hindustan Times reported yesterday.

This will be the sixth edition by the Condé Nast Traveller magazine for Indian consumers. With this launch, the group intends to replicate the success of Vogue and GQ in India, by following a unique targeted marketing approach that will position the magazine as an ultimate travel companion for every affluent traveller, MediaMughals.com reported today.

The new edition will be available for sale beginning Oct. 4, across 20+ towns at a price of Rs.100. Following the launch, the magazine will publish a bi-monthly issue.

While focusing on meeting the requirements of the sophisticated Indian traveller, the magazine aims to be the ultimate luxury travel and lifestyle magazine for the well-heeled, global Indian, according to MediaMughals.com.

Author

Savita Sauvin

Date

2010-10-01 17:38

Spain's Arab community will have access by the end of October to Andalus Press, the first Arab-language weekly in the country, La Verdad reported Tuesday.

The newspaper will be published by Andalus Media, a news agency specialized in the Spanish-Arab coverage, "to satisfy the information needs" of the Arab-speaking residents, said publisher Said Ida Hassan.

The agency launched in February an online publication that covers topics of interest of this community, La Voz de Barcelona informed. However, Hassan explained he decided to create a weekly after a study conducted by the agency showed 94 percent of the Arabs living in Spain would prefer to read a newspaper in their language and that 73 percent liked to received their news on a print format.

The Andalus Press will have an initial circulation of 50,000 copies and will be distributed every Friday in the mosques located in Madrid and the autonomous communities of Catalunya, Valencia and Andalucia, Comunicar.info detailed.

Author

Clara Mart

Date

2010-09-30 23:22

The Boston Globe announced that it would start a new paid Web site in the later half of 2011. The web site, called BostonGlobe.com, will be in addition to the existing, Boston.com, which the company calls a "two-brand" strategy, New York Times reported in a blog.

The new site will include all news and feature stories published in the print edition, while Boston.com will remain free and offer local news and classified advertising, but access to full stories, commentary, features and other content will be limited, The Associated Press reported.

Readers' registration for either site will be required, but at different points.

Boston.com will provide a limited amount of content to be viewed before asking readers to register. BostonGlobe.com, however, will require readers to register and subscribe immediately for its paid service. Those who subscribe the printed edition will receive a free BostonGlobe.com subscription, New York Times reported.

Author

Erina Lin

Date

2010-09-30 22:44

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