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Shaping the Future of the Newspaper

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Daily Mail & General Trust

After enduring a seven-year decline that has resulted in well over £1bn in ad revenue bleeding out of regional newspapers, Daily Mail & General Trust last week hoisted the white flag over any ambition to be a long-term player in the embattled sector. The publisher admitted it is keen to offload Northcliffe Media, home to more than 100 daily and weekly regional titles from Hull to Bath, and has no desire to put "fresh capital" in and lead what it views as a necessary large-scale consolidation in the sector.

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Anton Jolkovski

Date

2011-02-14 16:51

The Daily Mail & General Trust is to relocate its printing operation to a new greenfield site in Essex.

It would allow the company to upgrade its printing presses and, it says in a statement on its website today, "to reconfigure them more efficiently."

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Anton Jolkovski

Date

2011-02-01 18:06

Daily Mail and General Trust previously announced it expected the 100 newspapers in its regional arm, Northcliffe Media, to return to growth at the end of this year. But now the UK publisher says the announcement was a bit premature, and it currently is unable to tell when the regional titles will recover from recent economic hardships, MediaGuardian reported today.

"We don't know yet, I have no idea as we don't have that visibility," Peter Williams, DMGT's finance director, told MediaGuardian. "It is a bit disappointing - certainly around Christmas, if trends had continued, we should have moved into revenue growth by the spring or summer. It has remained stubbornly slightly negative."
However, on Wednesday the Financial Times reported that DMGT did managed to beat expectations for the third quarter, thanks to growth in business operations and an improving national advertising landscape. Williams told the FT that retail has been the strongest sector. However, regionals saw advertising and circulation revenues down 4 percent and 5 percent, respectively.

DMGT's net debt is currently down to £970 million, the Scotsman reported.

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Leah McBride Mensching

Date

2010-07-30 18:54

The United Kingdom's most popular national daily website, Mail Online, hopes to turn profitable in 2011 by promoting growth in display advertising, MediaWeek.co.uk reported today.

The Daily Mail and General Trust's newspaper division also witnessed an increase in digital ad revenues by 46 percent, and a surge in advertising on consumer titles by 13 percent, MediaGuardian reported yesterday.


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"Display advertising in itself is about delivering eyeballs, and we've always believed that if you get the eyeballs then you can sell the inventory," Peter Williams, finance director at DMGT, told MediaWeek. "It is important to remember online does not require anything like the same [advertising] yields as the [print] newspaper does."

Along with traditional display advertising, the services such as Money Mail and increase in sponsored links on specific sections of the news site have begun to generate significant revenue as well.

Author

Savita Sauvin

Date

2010-07-28 22:09

The Daily Mail and General Trust's Mail Online is the latest UK news website to bar online media monitoring service Meltwater from crawling its content by using the robots.txt site control protocol, paidContent reported yesterday.

Meanwhile, the United Kingdom's most visited newspaper website is hoping to find similar successes across the pond; it has opened an office in Los Angeles and hired editorial and sales employees. The newspaper plans to begin producing content for mass-market U.S. audiences and has chosen to remain a free-to-view news site, New Media Age reported today. The news site will explore editorial and sales capabilities around Hollywood-related news, and appears as a tab on the Daily Mail's homepage titled "U.S. Showbiz."

The Daily Mail began behavioural targeting across its U.S. inventory last year - a smart move, as ABC Electronic's monthly reports for the last five months show that more than half of the site's unique users (2.4 million daily) are from outside the United Kingdom, NMA noted.

Author

Savita Sauvin

Date

2010-07-07 23:51

The Daily Mail & General Trust-owned Local People network plans to double the number of websites in its network and expand its reach, MediaWeek.co.uk reported today.

These hyperlocal UK websites are aimed at boosting better interaction in small communities by allowing users to create profiles, rate and review local businesses, upload images and text, form groups and message each other. "Our focus is providing small businesses a way of reaching a really local audience, Roland Bryan, managing director of Local People, told PressGazette.co.uk. "The targeted nature of our sites means that our advertisers can achieve this with low wastage."

This move follows the recent redesign and rollout of some of the local people websites like Bideford People, Falmouth People and Clifton People, with a simpler homepage and integration of Twitter-style news feeds facilitating users to post comments, reviews, reply to comments and rate content, MediaWeek reported. With strong infrastructural support to grow to 1,000 websites and multi-language capability, the local community website plans to build its brand in the coming months through a combination of local marketing events and social media engagement, along with digital marketing efforts and brand campaigns.

Author

Savita Sauvin

Date

2010-06-16 00:05

Daily Mail and General Trust Plc reported a profit for the fiscal first half of the year, due to cutting costs in its newspaper unit and asset sales, Bloomberg reported today.

The publisher of the Daily Mail newspaper's net income in the six months up to April 4 was £92.7 million, compared to a loss of £172.9 million in the first half of last year, the company announced in a statement. Adjusted operating profit was £144 million, which beat market expectations of £142 million, the Irish Times noted.

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The increase is also partly due to improving advertising trends in Britain, which is hoped will lead to growth in the second half.

"Whilst we remain cautious about the outlook, particularly in the UK, we are increasingly well positioned to weather current economic uncertainties and to take advantage of improved conditions as they materialise," the company stated, according to the Irish Times.

Author

Leah McBride Mensching

Date

2010-05-28 00:16

UK national newspaper business Associated Newspapers Ltd. this morning reported a 12 percent fall in overall revenue in the last three months of 2009 to £208 million for the period. Meanwhile, Associated's owner, Daily Mail and General Trust, recorded a year-on-year revenue decline of 15 percent in the last three months of 2009, to £482m for the period, Press Gazette reported.

Meanwhile, the company is looking to build new revenue streams, as evidenced by free daily Metro's plans to launch new revenue streams online, MediaWeek reported. Metro is looking to overhaul the commercial aspect of the site, while also launching new audio and video tools. The reworked site is expected to go live from its test phase next month.

Throughout the year, Metro is also planning to add many new revenue streams, such as entertainment-focused content, similar to its current gambling channel. However, no further details were provided, according to MediaWeek. In one of the first steps toward creating more online revenue, however, the editorial and product team will "have a more commercial focus" and report to the digital director instead of the newspaper's editor.

To present advertisers with the value of its audience, Metro has done audience research and is now calling its online audience "City Clickers," a group of 15 million heavy Internet users, ages 18 to 44.

Author

Savita Sauvin

Date

2010-02-10 22:53

Daily Mail and General Trust Chairman Lord Rothermere said it is "unlikely" that his company will sell any more titles, after tabloid newspaper the London Evening Standard was bought by Russian oligarch Alexander Lebedev, Press Gazette reported Monday.

Rothermere also mentioned that The Independent and The Independent on Sunday will not be put on the market. The titles are expected to shift to Associated Newspapers' headquarters in the near future.
"It is our duty to look at any offer on all of our businesses, but I can't see a circumstance where we would sell another newspaper unless there was a strategic imperative," the chairman said. "Right now, it is hard to see how the industry has got the capacity to consolidate, with both the regulatory framework and in terms of issues revolving round some of the other players."

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Alisa Zykova

Date

2009-02-17 16:32

Media group Daily Mail and General Trust, based in the United Kingdom, announced it will be put a 20 percent stake in broadcasting firm ITN up for sale, MediaWeek UK reported Monday.

ITN, which governs IT1's News At Ten and Channel 4 News, is thought to be looking for new financial backing in order "to boost its commercial revenue in order to grow internationally." ITN's largest stakeholder, ITV, may be either put up its 40 percent stake on the market or reduce it, according to MediaWeek UK.
"This would include enlarging its consultancy arm, which advises companies how to manage news broadcasting and its news footage video library, " a MediaWeek UK article stated.

ITN recently launched the first video news application for Apple's iPhone, available for free on the iTunes App. Store. In 2006, ITN had a turnover of £98.7 million as well as £5 million in profits prior to taxation.

Author

Alisa Zykova

Date

2009-02-10 23:04

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