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DAILY MAIL LOOKS FOR NEW CHIEF EXEC The owner of the Daily Mail and Mail Online has begun a search for a new chief executive after Martin Morgan announced he is to retire at the end of this year. Morgan has been with Daily Mail & General Trust for 27 years, rising to chief executive in 2008. He will continue to be a non-executive director at subsidiary Euromoney.
ASCENTIAL TO LIST ON STOCK MARKET Ascential, the business publisher and events group, is to list on the stock market in a move that could value it at more than £800 million. The firm, which changed its name from Top Right last year and was also previously called Emap, is owned by private equity group Apax and the Guardian Media Group.
RIVER LAUNCHES EAT HEALTHY MAGAZINE River, the customer publishing group, has launched a new monthly magazine called Eat Healthy. The title has a print-run of 70,000 and is being launched by River itself, rather than for a client. The magazine’s content will be shared on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.
DAVE PRENTIS KEEPS TOP JOB AT UNISON Dave Prentis has been re-elected as general secretary of Unison, the public sector union.Voting in the ballot was Roger Bannister 16,853 (12.6 per cent); John Burgess 15,573 (11.6 per cent); Dave Prentis 66,155 (49.4 per cent); Heather Wakefield 35,433 (26.4 per cent).
EX UKIP SPIN DOCTOR IS CIOJ PRESIDENT Mark Croucher, UKIP’s former head of communications, is the new president of the Chartered Institute of Journalists. Croucher was also head of media for the Europe of Freedom and Democracy group. The CIoJ said that Croucher had also been an investigative journalist and that his previous jobs “have nothing to do with Mark’s position in the CIoJ.”
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Print shows up last for news in Ofcom study
Young people go online the most to check news with 59 per cent of 16-24- year-olds checking news online
rint newspapers are now the least popular medium people use to keep abreast of news and current affairs,
according to research by the communications watchdog Ofcom. The regulator’s annual news consumption
study for 2015 found that 31 per cent of the population read a printed newspaper to keep informed down from 41 per cent in the previous year.
The decline means that print newspapers
are now the least popular medium for checking news, behind television (67 per cent), the internet (41 per cent) and radio (32 per cent). While television kept its top slot by a wide
margin its popularity for news also fell from 75 per cent in 2014. Likewise radio dropped from 36 per cent in 2014. The fall in people using traditional forms of
media to keep up with news was accompanied by an increase in people using mobiles to stay up to date, from 21 per cent to 25 per cent. Young people go online the most to check
news with 59 per cent of 16-24-year-olds checking news online. About 50 per cent use television for news; 21 per cent use
newspapers and 23 per cent radio. The top news source in terms of reach was BBC1, which 48 per cent of those surveyed saying they used it to check news, down from 53 per cent in 2014. ITV ranks second, with 27 per cent saying
they use it as a news source. The BBC website remains the third most-
used news source (23 per cent) with the BBC News Channel in fourth place at 14 per cent. Facebook is the joint fifth most popular
source of news in terms of reach, with Sky News, at 12 per cent. The most-used radio stations are BBC Radio 4 and BBC Radio 2, while the most-read newspapers are the Sun and Daily Mail.
TERRORIST TARGETS ADD TO DEATH TOLL
ast year at least 109 journalists and media staff were killed across
30 countries in targeted attacks, bombings and in crossfire incidents, according to research by the International Federation of Journalists.
Last year was particularly shaped by an increase in targeted terrorist attacks against journalists. French journalists paid a disproportionately high price when in January terrorists gunned down media workers at the French
satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris. In the United States, the killing by a disgruntled ex-employee of two former colleagues at US TV WDBJ in Virginia took place in front of a global TV audience during a live transmission.
The Americas topped the toll with 27 dead; the Middle East came second with 25 deaths; Asia Pacific was third with 21 dead; Africa was in fourth place with 19 dead and was followed by Europe with 16 killed.
Mentoring initiative for women
scheme to provide support for selected journalists moving into senior positions. The inaugural scheme, which was launched
omen in Journalism has launched its first mentoring
last month, is to pair 10 applicants with members of the WiJ committee including the co-founder Eve Pollard, the former editor of the Sunday Mirror and Sunday Express, and current committee chair Eleanor
Mills, editor of the Sunday Times magazine. Those being mentored are
paired with senior journalists for a year and include women who have taken first steps into management in broadcast, print or online journalism.
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