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MOSLEY FAMILY FUND PRESS REGULATOR Impress, the alternative press regulator, will be funded almost entirely by Max Mosley’s family charity. The Alexander Mosley Charitable Trust is giving £3.8 million to cover Impress’s first four years. Mosley has campaigned for press reform since 2008 when he won damages from the News of the World over coverage of his sex life.
COULSON STARTS NEW PR AGENCY Andy Coulson, former Conservative director of communications and ex-News of the World editor, is launching a corporate PR consultancy with Pitch CEO and founder Henry Chappell. The Coulson Chappell agency says it offers “discreet, strategic communication and corporate advice, from a unique perspective”.
NEWSWEEK RETURNS TO PROFIT IN EUROPE Newsweek has made a profit in Europe, Middle East and Africa nearly two years after it was relaunched by IB Times group. The title returned with a European print edition in March 2014 two years after it was closed. IBT Media said the last quarter of 2015 was the first profitable period for Newsweek in the EMEA region.
HAYMARKET SEES A RISE IN PROFITS Haymarket, the publisher whose titles include What Car?, Campaign and PR Week, has reported an 8.7 per cent rise in operating profit to £5.03 million for the financial year to the end of June 2015. The profit comes on revenue which fell to £184.3 million from £187 million.
CROYDON GUARDIAN BLOCKS ADBLOCKERS The Croydon Guardian has barred readers from viewing its website if they have ad-blocking software installed on their computers. A message tells visitors to the website that revenue from advertising funds the paper’s journalism and that they cannot read any stories unless they disable their adblockers while viewing.
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Johnston Press outlines plans for more job cuts
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he NUJ has called for all-party support for legislation to amend the law that allows the Irish Police to secretly access phone records and without
It is very difficult to see how the company can continue to function after yet more editorial job cuts
lmost 100 editorial posts are to be cut on Johnston Press titles, which include the Scotsman, Yorkshire Post and
Yorkshire Evening Post, Lancashire Evening Post and Derry Journal. Jeremy Clifford, editor-in-chief, announced
a staff review including cuts to newsrooms across the board. The NUJ believes 15 jobs will be at risk at production hubs in Edinburgh and Peterborough, with some jobs being transferred to Sheffield. Some 22 management jobs will go across the group. In Scotland, 32 jobs are expected to go and
in Northern Ireland up to 13 editorial posts will be lost. In the north east up to 10 posts are at risk and eight in the north west. However, as there some unfilled vacancies these posts may cost towards the total. The NUJ group chapel said: “It is very difficult to see how the company can continue to function after yet more editorial job cuts. The lack of consultation also raises concerns that this could be to make short-term savings, which will ultimately be self-defeating. Newsrooms around the company are already carrying high levels of staff vacancies and we hope the company is fully aware of this.” Laura Davison, NUJ national organiser,
said: “Members are already stretched to cover gaps as a result of jobs not being filled last year and previous rounds of cuts. There are big concerns about the content that can realistically be produced under such straightened circumstances. The pressure to meet financial targets appears to be influencing internal decisions, alongside the slowing down of digital advertising revenue growth. We would like an open discussion with the company about why they have taken this decision and what has prompted this announcement. We need a meaningful consultation with our members about the way forward. There needs to be a proper plan. We need a strong local press with journalists able to do the job they came into it to do.”
Tindle sells papers to their managers
ir Ray Tindle is selling several newspapers in London and Dorset to their managers. All the titles involved have moved towards hyper local publishing and include The View From series and Pulman’s Weekly News,
South London Press, the Mercury, and the new London Weekly News titles. The South London Press, which last year celebrated its 150th anniversary, has split into nine local editions and the Mercury series into six. The View From series also publishes many local editions. They will be acquired by South London Press managing director Karen Sheppard, editor Hannah Walker and View From series founder Philip Evans. Tindle, 89, said the deal does not signal his retirement and that he continues to own nearly 200 titles around the UK.
UNION SEEKS CHANGE TO POLICE ACCESS
judicial oversight. The NUJ wants the matter dealt with prior to the forthcoming election. Welcoming the decision of the Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald
to review “the law and practice” in relation to the access Séamus Dooley, Irish Secretary, noted the widespread political support for a change in the law.
have met the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission, including its chair Judge Mary Ellen Ring.
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