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Media News

Metro beats the Sun

The Metro has topped the Sun for the first time in terms of circulation, new ABC figures have revealed. The free newspaper distributed 1,472,437 copies in February – up against the Sun’s 1,465,000 circulation. Metro Editor Ted Young told the Press Gazette it was a ‘massive moment’, which demonstrates ‘the demand for our trusted and loved product’. The Daily Mirror saw the biggest year-on-year change, down 19 per cent, closely followed by the Daily TelegraphCity AM, meanwhile, was the only paper to buck the downward trend, climbing 0.39 per cent year-on-year to 91,095 – another sign that readers are increasingly unwilling to pay for their news.

Telegraph Tech

The Telegraph has launched another new section – Technology Intelligence. Launching today (with a team based in London and Silicon Valley), the online section promises to ‘press for policies that unleash an entrepreneurial revolution’ and ‘campaign to spread the opportunities of capitalism more widely to build a Britain of all talents’. The new team will look at companies, devices and development, as well as the effects of technology and the UK start-up scene. Articles will also be used in the paper.

Fight against ‘fake news’

The BBC has launched an online interactive game to help young people identify ‘fake news’. The game, which is designed for 11 to 18 year olds, allows players to get first-hand experience of being a BBC journalist who is facing the pressures of working on a breaking news story. It is part of the corporation’s drive to become a global leader in the fight against untrustworthy media.

Press Awards

The Daily Mail’s plastics campaign won The Cudlipp Award for Campaign of the Year at the highly-anticipated Press Awards last Tuesday. The Sunday Times won five awards, including Scoop of the Year after it revealed that police had found porn on the computer of the UK’s first secretary of state, Damian Green. In a break from tradition, BuzzFeed celebrated being named News Website of the Year, while the Financial Times won Newspaper of the Year for the first time since 2008.

YouGov social media

Half of people would support the Government imposing limits on the amount of time that children can spend on social media, a YouGov survey has found. Forty nine per cent of the 3,534 people surveyed said they were in favour of a limit, with support strongest amongst the over 60s. Fewer than 30 per cent said they opposed the ban, with Lib Dem voters most likely to vote against it. For the full results, see here.

Conversation of the Week: Should Twitter turn off retweets?

Media Moves

Murdoch MacLennan has stepped down from his deputy chairman role at the Telegraph. MacLennan, who remains a non-executive director, had led the business for 13 years as chief executive before becoming deputy chairman nine months ago. In a statement, he said the move would ‘enable me to focus on my other roles’.

Dan Wootton, the Sun’s former head of showbiz, has been promoted to executive editor at the paper. He will also launch a new weekly showbiz column and will host a new weekly slot on TalkRadio.

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