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Welcome back to the first Media News and Media Moves of 2019! In keeping with the spirit of New Year’s resolutions we have added a new section – Spotlight on Digital – which will be published in the first edition of each month. The aim is to highlight some of the most important emerging online trends so we can all stay ahead in this rapidly changing world.

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JPIMedia, publisher of the i paper, has announced that the paper is to start printing two articles from The Economist every week. The paper, which has a daily circulation of 238,771, already prints articles from The Conversation, a website that commissions academics to write articles.


ITV has launched a magazine as part of its ‘More than TV’ strategy. ITV Magazine’s first issue, which will be stocked in Waitrose & Partners for £1, is a pilot that, if successful, will be published quarterly. The first copy previewed upcoming shows with interviews and behind-the-scenes features. It also included travel, fitness and lifestyle-related content. Paul Ridsdale, ITV’s director of viewer marketing, said: ‘The magazine shows how our programming and cultural influence extends way beyond TV and into people’s lives.’

Revenue roller coaster

Regional press publisher DC Thomson has reported an 11 per cent year-on-year drop in print advertising revenues to £14.6 million in 2018. It is not all bad news, however, as total revenue for DC Thomson reached £207.3 million, up 2.9 per cent on the previous year.

Conversely, revenue for Condé Nast Britain, publisher of heavyweight magazines including Vogue and GQ, fell 6.6 per cent to £113 million in 2017 compared with the same period in 2016 (they haven’t released the data from 2018 yet). This appears to be indicative of the overall market as Enders Analysis found that print advertising sales for consumer magazines fell 15 per cent in 2017 to £291 million.

Stop complaining!

Ofcom has revealed the most complained about TV programmes of 2018. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Celebrity Big Brother claimed the top spot with 27,602 complaints. Most of the top ten is comprised of soap operas or reality TV however Sky News came in third with 4,251 complaints. Just over 3,460 of these allege bias in the editing of a September interview with Tommy Robinson. Ofcom did not pursue the matter as it emerged that the majority were from English Defence League supporters after Robinson labelled the interview ‘disgusting’ and lambasted the ‘media agenda’ on his Facebook page. Good Morning Britain was the seventh most complained about programme in part thanks to Piers Morgan’s alleged bias in favour of Donald Trump during an interview with journalist Ash Sarkar.



Sitwell, formerly editor of the Waitrose Food magazine, has joined The Telegraph where he will write a restaurant review column for the Saturday magazine.

Katy Balls has been promoted to deputy political editor at The Spectator.

Abhijeet Ahluwalia is now smartphone and web editor at The Times and The Sunday Times.

Alice Hancock has been appointed leisure industries reporter at the Financial Times, covering restaurants, pubs, tourism, gambling and tobacco.


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