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MEDIA NEWS

News plus

The Times and The Sunday Times are the first newspapers to sign up to Apple’s paid subscription news service which launched in the UK last week. For £9.99 per month, UK subscribers can access more than 150 magazines that have joined so far, including Empire, Grazia and Cosmopolitan. All articles from participating newsbrands are available on Apple News which means the service significantly undercuts The Times’ current £26-per-month subscription. News UK chief executive Rebekah Brooks said putting The Times and Sunday Times on Apple News Plus would bring new revenues to the company and allow it to reach a wider audience. The Times editor John Witherow added that the move would reinforce the belief ‘that quality journalism should be paid for’.

No more newspapers

At the opposite end of the scale, readers will no longer be able to pick up a newspaper in Aldi on their weekly shop. The supermarket, which operates in 18 countries and has 400 stores in the UK, stopped selling magazines and newspapers as of 30 September. It is reportedly due to a dispute with distributor Fore UK and consistently low sales. Guardian media columnist Roy Greenslade took to Twitter to lament the decision: ‘…yet another sign of the disruptive, nay destructive, nature of the digital revolution. Once there were tablets of stone. Now we get our messages on tablets of plastic.’

In hiding 

Boris Johnson refused an interview with Channel 4 during the Conservative Party conference, admitting that the reasons behind the decision were ‘above [his] pay grade’. Editor Ben de Pear tweeted: ‘Millions of C4 TV and digital viewers will be denied Boris Johnson being scrutinised by Krishnan Guru-Murthy.’ He added: ‘Democracy is weakened by a lack of media plurality. Instead we have to ask others his thoughts and despite days covering his every movement not be granted the chance to ask him questions directly.’ Johnson is the second prime minister to avoid Channel 4, following in Theresa May’s footsteps at the Party’s conference last year. He also cancelled an interview with the broadcaster in August at the G7 summit, reportedly after comments by head of news Dorothy Byrne in which she said he ‘limits access to media like Putin’.

ARTICLE OF THE WEEK

MEDIA MOVES

Paul Revoir is now media editor at the Daily Mail, replacing Katherine Rushton.

Duncan Robinson is now Charlemagne Columnist at The Economist, based in Brussels. The weekly column explores the ideas and events that shape Europe.

Alexander Brown has joined The Sun as a political correspondent.

Jasper Copping has been appointed editor of The New European.

Natalie Healey has left Patient, and is now a freelance science and health journalist.

John Harrington has been appointed editor of PRWeek.

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