Google and Facebook share prices recover from Covid-19 slump while ad-reliant publishers struggle

27 May

Google and Facebook’s share prices have recovered to pre-coronavirus crisis levels, suggesting fears over their advertising revenues are receding. But news publishers that compete with the tech giants for ad money are still struggling, with local media companies appearing particularly vulnerable, analysis by Press Gazette has found (see chart below). Multiple factors play a role … Continue reading “Google and Facebook share prices recover from Covid-19 slump while ad-reliant publishers struggle”

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Furloughed regional journalist lobbied MP to keep reporting on Covid-19 crisis

7 May

A furloughed regional journalist who lobbied his local MP to be allowed to continue reporting on the coronavirus crisis has said he is “down in the dumps” about not covering the biggest story of a generation. Nick Horner has written for the Reach-owned Sutton Coldfield Observer for the past ten years, but production of his … Continue reading “Furloughed regional journalist lobbied MP to keep reporting on Covid-19 crisis”

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Reach accelerates digital drive as revenue fell 30% in April under Covid-19 crisis

7 May

Mirror, Express and Star publisher Reach is “accelerating plans” to drive digital engagement and capture customer data after group revenue fell by nearly a third in April as a result of the Covid-19 crisis. In line with other news publishers, Reach said the Covid-19 crisis began impacting its business from mid-March, leading to a drop … Continue reading “Reach accelerates digital drive as revenue fell 30% in April under Covid-19 crisis”

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Liverpool Echo issues contributions plea as Guardian voluntary payments grow by fifth

29 Apr

The Guardian’s reader revenues have grown at record rates since the coronavirus crisis began and one of the UK’s biggest regional dailies follows in its footsteps in asking for contributions. Recurring payments are up by almost a quarter (23 per cent) on last year at the Guardian, which reached 821,000 recurring monthly supporters last month. … Continue reading “Liverpool Echo issues contributions plea as Guardian voluntary payments grow by fifth”

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Sports journalists share fears Covid-19 cuts could be permanent as industry weakened

28 Apr

Among journalists, those covering sport have been some of the hardest hit by the coronavirus as matches and tournaments have been cancelled under measures to slow the spread of coronavirus (Covid-19). The Olympic Games and the Wimbledon tennis championship, due to take place in summer, have both been suspended. Ten Formula 1 races have been … Continue reading “Sports journalists share fears Covid-19 cuts could be permanent as industry weakened”

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FT and Reach titles hit new online records with coronavirus coverage

7 Apr

Traffic to the Financial Times website has grown 250 per cent year-on-year over the past month as coverage of the coronavirus crisis has broken new records for the daily title. The FT said the pandemic has resulted in its highest ever levels of consumption and engagement online, smashing previous records set during the EU Referendum. … Continue reading “FT and Reach titles hit new online records with coronavirus coverage”

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Mirror publisher Reach furloughs one in five employees to mitigate Covid-19 impact

6 Apr

Mirror, Express and Star publisher Reach will furlough a fifth of its staff to mitigate the impact of Covid-19 on its business, it has announced. Furloughed staff will be paid 90 per cent of their basic salary, a proportion of which is covered by the Government’s coronavirus job retention scheme. Those not put on furlough … Continue reading “Mirror publisher Reach furloughs one in five employees to mitigate Covid-19 impact”

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Hull Daily Mail apologises for opinion piece attacking diversity in the UK

23 Mar

The Hull Daily Mail has apologised for running an opinion piece that labelled people who advocate diversity as “enemies of our country”. The article also said Islam “traditionally doesn’t belong in our land” and that people with ties to India and the Caribbean have a “divided loyalty”. It was published under the Mail’s First Person … Continue reading “Hull Daily Mail apologises for opinion piece attacking diversity in the UK”

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Reach launches new hyperlocal sites for Manchester, Midlands and North East

3 Mar

The Manchester Evening News and Chronicle Live have launched new hyperlocal websites as part of Reach’s digital expansion. The My Bolton, My Bury and My Salford brands will have dedicated sections of the MEN website and their own social media pages. Reach said this would bring “further depth” to coverage of areas that have traditionally … Continue reading “Reach launches new hyperlocal sites for Manchester, Midlands and North East”

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Reach builds editorial team with new hires ahead of Yorkshire Live website launch

28 Feb

Reach has hired a number of new journalists as it prepares to extend its online coverage across Yorkshire, part of a major digital expansion at the news publisher. A team of 12 editorial staff has been put together, with five poached from rival publishers and others moving across from Hull Live in East Yorkshire, which … Continue reading “Reach builds editorial team with new hires ahead of Yorkshire Live website launch”

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Reach to ‘accelerate’ digital revenue with reader registrations as profits climb

24 Feb

Mirror, Express and Star publisher Reach has revealed plans to push reader registrations online to “accelerate” digital revenue growth. The company said currently less than two per cent of its readers are registered users “largely because we have not asked for it”. Under a new strategy the company is targeting 7m registered customers by the … Continue reading “Reach to ‘accelerate’ digital revenue with reader registrations as profits climb”

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Reach rejects staff pay rise request after chief executive awarded nearly £1m in shares

12 Feb

Mirror, Express and Star publisher Reach has refused a five per cent pay rise over two years for national newspaper staff in ongoing salary negotiations, despite awarding nearly £1m in shares to its chief executive. Jim Mullen was awarded £949,999 in ordinary shares in the company in December as part of its long-term incentive plan, … Continue reading “Reach rejects staff pay rise request after chief executive awarded nearly £1m in shares”

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Reach creates five new journalist jobs as it expands Cornwall and Devon news websites

11 Feb

Five new editorial jobs are being created at publisher Reach as it expands its South West newsbrands following “record” growth in the past year. The company said its Cornwall Live and Devon Live websites recorded year-on-year growth of 70 per cent and 35 per cent respectively to a combined 25m monthly page views. Each news … Continue reading “Reach creates five new journalist jobs as it expands Cornwall and Devon news websites”

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Sunday Mirror and People to fall under Daily Mirror editor Alison Phillips with jobs at risk

6 Feb

Reach’s tabloid titles will join up to become a seven-day operation with the Daily Mirror, Sunday Mirror and Sunday People all edited by Alison Phillips. Staff were told by email this morning there would be a “small number” of jobs at risk of redundancy as a result of the changes, while others will see their … Continue reading “Sunday Mirror and People to fall under Daily Mirror editor Alison Phillips with jobs at risk”

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Reach ends first regional paywall experiment but plans to try again on other news sites

4 Feb

Reach has ended its first paywall experiment on one of its regional news websites, making all of its content free again despite claiming a “large number” of people were happy to pay. Examiner Live, the website of the Huddersfield Daily Examiner, began trialling the micro-paywall in September. Some articles cost 25p each up to a … Continue reading “Reach ends first regional paywall experiment but plans to try again on other news sites”

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Reach unites regional titles for first time to highlight climate crisis

22 Jan

Dozens of regional brands owned by Reach, including the Manchester Evening News and Newcastle Chronicle, have joined forces for the first time today to highlight the climate emergency. The #Do1Thing campaign has launched across 25 regional daily print titles and 37 of Reach’s regional Live websites, taking over mastheads and front pages with stories about … Continue reading “Reach unites regional titles for first time to highlight climate crisis”

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