Media News and Media Moves – July 9th 2018
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No more Sun
The Sun will no longer put forward its front or back page for #tomorrowspaperstoday. The initiative, which started in 2011 and is run voluntarily by a number of BBC staff, sees the front and back pages of the papers tweeted out from around 9.30pm each night after they have gone to print. Neil Henderson, the BBC’s newsdesk and planning editor, wrote on Sunday: ‘A quick note from the team. We’ve been asked by The Sun not to tweet their front or back pages in the future. Sad, but we’re happy to continue to promote and cheer on all the other great papers and journalists that make up #tomorrowspaperstoday.’ Tony Gallagher, The Sun’s editor, replied: ‘No scrap and nothing personal. Your service is great but we’ll tweet it from our account.’
A sign of The Times
Digital subscribers to The Times and Sunday Times have outnumbered print subscribers for the first time, new figures show. The publications now have a combined 500,000 subscribers, including 255,000 digital-only subscribers, an increase of 20 per cent year-on-year. Rebekah Brooks, the chief executive, said the figures were ‘testament to our digital transformation and reflects growing demand for quality news and opinion’. Separately, The Telegraph said its digital subscription revenue had grown by nearly a third year-on-year, despite its pre-tax profits nearly halving.
Outside the bubble
Relocating the Huffpost UK office to Birmingham for the week was an ‘overwhelmingly positive experience’, the publication’s head of news has said. Jess Brammar told the Press Gazette that the temporary move, which saw 45 staff take up residence in the Bullring shopping centre to escape the ‘London media bubble’ had been ‘one of the most rich, story-getting newsgathering experiences’ of her career. Describing Huffpost as a ‘digital news organisation that is really rooted in solid old-fashioned journalism’, she added that she hopes to do the same in another part of the country.
Power of TV
Nearly 24.5 million people in the UK tuned in to watch England win at penalties in their game against Colombia last Tuesday, with a further 20 million watching the Three Lions beat Sweden to progress into the semi-finals. ITV said the Colombia game was the highest peak audience since the closing ceremony of the Olympics in 2012. The Guardian suggested the figures were good news for commercial broadcasters, especially given the long-term decline in TV audiences.
Conversation of the Week
Recommended: this BBC Media Show radio program discussing sports journalism, and the dilemmas journalists face, between fandom and journalism. Good discussion. https://t.co/EfmaimqAu2
— David Emmett (@motomatters) July 5, 2018
Guido Fawkes news editor Alex Wickham is to join BuzzFeed UK as a senior political correspondent in September.
Caroline Binham will be the new editorial director for the FT 125 Women’s Forum, which aims to help talented women progress into future leadership roles.
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