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Metro USA newspapers to drop AP wire stories

by Matthew Flamm In another sign of the recession’s toll on newspapers, free daily publisher Metro USA has terminated its contract with the Associated Press and as of Wednesday will no longer carry content from the wire service, the company announced Monday. A division of Luxembourg-based Swedish media company Metro International, Metro USA publishes editions … Continue reading

How Chemical Business Media Embraced Paid Content Online

By Jason Fell With ad pages dwindling and the print business model in question, more publishers are debating whether or not to charge for content online. While the practice has its obvious bonuses—subscription revenue, more detailed demographics, etc.—some publishers are struggling with whether it’s worth sacrificing traffic. (continues @ foliomag.com)

Chicago Sun-Times Files for Bankruptcy

The Sun-Times Media Group, which publishes The Sun-Times newspaper in Chicago, said on Tuesday that it had filed for bankruptcy protection. (continues@www.nytimes.com)

Study Shows Mags Reap More Ad Value Per Minute Study Shows Mags Reap More Ad Value Per Minute

The Magazine Publishers of America has released a new analysis of consumer time spent with media. The study gives a score – or Ad Value Per Minute – to valuate the time readers spend with the advertising in major media. (continues @ mediabuyerplanner.com)

Canoe.ca Brings New Life And Partnership to CanadaOne

by Dave Forde One of the strong messages from IN09 is that “content is still king“, there is no real surprise to see Canoe.ca still on the hunt to strike content deals with other online properties across Canada.  The latest partnership brings “just-in-time business information source” CanadaOne to the table, as part of the new … Continue reading

Google forms $100 million venture fund

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Google Inc is forming a $100 million fund to invest in early-stage start-up firms. The fund, to be called Google Ventures, will be wholly owned by Google, but will operate as a separate entity and will seek investment opportunities to maximize returns rather than looking for investments that strictly fit with … Continue reading

The New York Times Plans to Eliminate City Section

The New York Times Plans to Eliminate City Section; Connecticut, New Jersey, Long Island, Westchester, and Escapes May Also Be Affected By John Koblin The New York Times plans to eliminate several weekly sections, including its stand-alone City Section, newsroom sources have told The Observer. There are also discussions to eliminate the regional weeklies in … Continue reading

Sony Bravia supports Condé Nast’s Wired launch with innovative ad format

by Ian Darby, campaignlive.co.uk The extended gatefold format, featuring the footballer Kaká promoting the Sony Bravia TV’s Motionflow technology, runs across four pages. Other advertisers in the 186-page debut issue include Audi, Jaguar, Dell, Sony Ericsson, Dior and Glenfiddich. The first edition of Wired, which carries the coverline “the future as it happens”, also asks … Continue reading

Agency forced to apologise after Jesus ad scandal

An ad depicting Jesus taking a photograph of a group of nuns with a Samsung SL310W camera has caused outrage in Lebanon and forced the responsible agency, FP7 Doha, to apologise to the Lebanese people. The ad has been called “an attack against Christian symbols”, after it was published in the Lebanese newspaper Al Mostakbal … Continue reading

Nielsen to cut 1,600 jobs

By Jack Jeff, AdAge.com Market research powerhouse Nielsen Co. has taken a restructuring charge to cover a headcount reduction of 1,600 in 2009, or less than 5% of its work force, company officials disclosed in a conference call with investors and analysts last week. Chief Financial Officer Brian West declined on the call March 27 … Continue reading