Axel Springer plans pan-European Upday news service

Axel Springer is to expand its mobile news service Upday from four to 16 countries in Europe this year, as the German media group accelerates its shift into digital publishing. Upday, a news aggregator that uses human editors as well as an algorithm to select news stories, was developed as part of an exclusive partnership with Samsung and launched in Germany, Poland, the UK and France last February.

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Newspapers Have Made This Bed — Shouldn’t They Sleep In It?

In the decade running up to 2015 the UK’s local and national newspapers (excluding the Financial Times) saw revenue roughly halve to just over five billion pounds. There you have it. Newspapers are making half the money they used, and the only area in which revenues are significantly growing is digital — and there are a whole heap of issues for them there

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Flashes&Flames: Here is the answer newspapers are not looking for

Display and classified revenues once swelled the profits of daily newspapers but also wrecked the relationship with their readers who became mere statistics with which to sell advertising. Readers (sometimes attracted as much by classified jobs ads as by journalism) became less important than advertisers who provided up to two-thirds of revenues and often 100% of profits

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Still in vogue: luxury magazines defy print market gloom

With 100-year-old Vogue and design and lifestyle bible Wallpaper producing their biggest-ever issues – and “handbag” size pioneer Glamour seeking to bulk up to a bigger, glossier edition – the luxury magazines appear to be defying the advertiser and reader exodus rapidly eroding the rest of the magazine market

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The future of newspapers: owners seek safety in numbers

The outlook for print advertising has gone from bad to worse. Print newspaper ad spending in the UK, for instance, is set to fall by £135m to £866m this year, even steeper than the £112m drop in 2015, says Enders Analysis. “These are big numbers,” says Douglas McCabe, an analyst at Enders. “This is not advertising that is going to come back.”

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Can Axel Springer do the ‘impossible’?

“The soul and spirit of the company Axel Springer is journalism. We serve our readers with independent and critical information and advice as well as good entertainment. Through our media offerings we are making a contribution to the strengthening of freedom and democracy. “

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Telegraph warns of ‘intense competition’ from Facebook and Google

The owner of The Daily Telegraph’s view of the trading environment in its newly published annual accounts was more bearish than a year ago. TMG described how print publishers now have a “less certain” role because of “competition from the proliferation of free digital content and the increasing role of large-scale digital platforms in distributing and aggregating content”, particularly on mobile

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Apple Allows Publishers To Sell Subs Inside News App

In the latest progress-with-caveats, Apple is allowing publishers to sell digital subscriptions from inside the Apple News app, giving them access to a much larger potential subscriber base. But that’s hedged around, as always, by constraints intended to maintain consumer privacy — and Apple’s control over access to them

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How daily newspapers can win after all

Flashes&Flames: Murdoch might cast envious eyes at the 129-year-old, family-owned Hearst Corporation which has built an unrivalled multi-media business, not least by investing widely in long-term partnerships and joint ventures. Last year, Hearst increased its revenue by 6% to almost $11bn in what was the fifth consecutive year of record revenue and profits. Its revenue […]

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News media move to ban ad blockers from websites

People using ad-blocking software who visited the The New York Times website in March were shown a message. This read: “The best things in life aren’t free”. It went on to explain that “advertising helps us fund our journalism” and gave the visitor two options to read the newspaper’s online content: disable their ad-blocking software or pay for a subscription

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