Stuff and NZME seek Plan B as appeal court blocks merger

Assuming its own merger into Nine Entertainment goes ahead, Fairfax Media will have to decide what happens next now the NZ Court of Appeal has ruled out the merger of its Stuff business with NZME.

Australia's best news brands are News brands, say judges

Rupert Murdoch's The Weekend Australian was sporting a brand new strapline to its masthead this morning after being named 2018 News Brand of the Year in last night's rebadged awards.

Inform scores Marks, but Ritson says we've (lost) it

One way or another, most speakers at Friday's Inform News Media Summit agreed Facebook and Google were doing a great job. At marketing.

SPH's $321 million investment in student beds

Straits Times publisher Singapore Press Holdings has bought 14 student accommodation buildings in the UK, providing beds for almost 3500.

UK-based PRCA eyes growth in southeast Asia

London-headquartered Public Relations and Communications Association has launched in southeast Asia with a dozen regional members.

Tariff reversed but 'damage done' to US newspapers

America's NewsMediaAlliance has welcomed reversal of US tariffs on imported Canadian newsprint as the "right call".

Stuff and NZME seek Plan B as appeal court blocks merger

Assuming its own merger into Nine Entertainment goes ahead, Fairfax Media will have to decide what happens next now the NZ Court of Appeal has ruled out the merger of its Stuff business with NZME.

Australia's best news brands are News brands, say judges

Rupert Murdoch's The Weekend Australian was sporting a brand new strapline to its masthead this morning after being named 2018 News Brand of the Year in last night's rebadged awards.

Inform scores Marks, but Ritson says we've (lost) it

One way or another, most speakers at Friday's Inform News Media Summit agreed Facebook and Google were doing a great job. At marketing.

SPH's $321 million investment in student beds

Straits Times publisher Singapore Press Holdings has bought 14 student accommodation buildings in the UK, providing beds for almost 3500.

UK-based PRCA eyes growth in southeast Asia

London-headquartered Public Relations and Communications Association has launched in southeast Asia with a dozen regional members.

Tariff reversed but 'damage done' to US newspapers

America's NewsMediaAlliance has welcomed reversal of US tariffs on imported Canadian newsprint as the "right call".

DIGITAL | BUSINESS

Federico Marturano moves to top at Atex as Christiansen retires

Federico Marturano has taken over as chief executive of Atex group, following Anders Christiansen's retirement.

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Virtually amazing: Harnessing AR for World Cup effect

As the football World Cup progresses, fans and tecchies alike have been able to savour mind-blowing visual effects and the imaginative use global broadcasters have made of them.

Ma's billionaire fist is death to basketball

The eccentricities of billionaire media moguls are something the industry needs to get used to, but it's taking time to come to terms with Jack Ma's performance aspirations.

How two Aussies became the ocean's global video stars

An audience delivered via YouTube now supports the blue water dreams of a few with the imagination to exploit it.

Markets vary on localised OTT content, seminar hears

With the rapid advances in technology, people can tune into their favourite OTT platforms anytime and anywhere, but how do you meet demand for such content.

Now Adobe shows why you can't believe your ears (video)

More than three decades since it was founded, and almost that since the birth of its best-known child, Adobe continues to amaze.

SPH contributes to London 'deep dive' video day

Helping publishers turn video investments into a successful strategy is the subject of a 'deep dive video day" during WAN-Ifra's International Newsroom Summit in London this month.

DIGITAL | SYSTEMS

Media 'backbone' switched on at two Indian publishers

Unicode-based versions of Comyan's media system are now in use at Mathrubhumi and the Times of India.

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SPH launches subscription cards, an ideal magazine gift

SPH Magazines says it is "bridging the physical-digital divide" with pocket-sized subscription cards which allow readers to access magazines on their own devices.

Advertiser looks back to years before the phone rang

What would South Australian daily The Advertiser have looked like if the internet had been around in 1858?

NZ and India speakers for AIM's AutosPlus conference

Top speakers from India and New Zealand have joined the roster for AIM Group's AutosPlus18 conference in London.

Hyperlocal pages and app help turn tide on print decline

ABP flagship Anandabazar Patrika has launched a hyperlocal 'paper within the paper' to make it more attractive to readers in six districts.

Piechota's brief on living with social giants

Participants in a Bali masterclass were told to consider an exit strategy among options, writes Peter Coleman

How getting Neighbourly saved Stuff from Facebook

New Zealand-based publisher Stuff is connecting with online users at a new level following its full acquisition of social media platform Neighbourly.

DIGITAL | IN BRIEF

Regional role for Coghlan as Advendio builds team

Media systems veteran Michael Coghlan has joined ADvendio in a new role as Asia Pacific business development manager.

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Federico Marturano moves to top at Atex as Christiansen retires

Federico Marturano has taken over as chief executive of Atex group, following Anders Christiansen's retirement.

Who's in the tent as Twitter extends live-streamed content

Regional broadcasters and newsmedia companies - including, whisper it, the occasional print publisher - are among those lined up to provide content for Twitter.

Set change for TV's addressable revolution

Just when Australia's biggest newsmedia company was about to move into free to air TV, everything changed, writes Peter Coleman.

Atex buys Tieto solution, urges Enterprise users to switch

Atex has strengthened its advertising management offering with the acquisition of Tieto's cloud-based Cross Advertising product.

Niche sites 'can learn from Amazon and Alibaba' on ads

E-commerce sites such as Amazon and Alibaba pose a unique threat to established classifieds and marketplaces.

Console-using Aussies fair game for addressable TV

More than half of all Australians "could be served addressable TV tomorrow", according to Roy Morgan research... and that's not including those with unconfigured smart TVs.

PRINT | IN BRIEF

Mathrubhumi picks Swedish partner for waste control

For Kerala-based Malayalam newspaper Mathrubhumi, measuring waste is a fundamental stage in controlling it.

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SPH invests in upgrades at Jurong plant

New ABB consoles are being commissioned in February on four KBA Commander presses at Straits Times publisher Singapore Press Holdings in Jurong as part of a programme covering all 16 presses.

QI wins friends in India with double-sensor systems

Colour register control is winning growing recognition in India with orders for Dutch specialist QI Press Controls from printer Pudhari Publications and press maker Sigmarq.

In Sweden, a 20-year-old Goss Magnum to perform 'like new'

An expiring lease and the end of a print contract have prompted a new life for an 11-tower Goss Magnum at one of MittMedia Print's five print sites in Sweden.

When ink at two grammes a copy is not good enough

Not satisfied with reducing ink consumption to 2g a copy, German newspaper printer Druckhaus Ulm-Oberschwaben (DUO) is looking to further savings with automatic colour control.

La Réunion leading again with waterless press start-up

Its remote location - an island in the Indian Ocean and an outpost of the French empire - lends strength to La Réunion's argument for technical innovation.

Upgrade secures another decade of production for HT

manroland has completed a swift nerve centre transplant for HT Media in New Delhi, replacing the interbus loop on a 12-year-old Colorman in just a fortnight.

PRINT | WORKFLOW

Agfa takes the heat out of newspaper platemaking

Agfa is extending its 11-year experience with 'chemical free' violet plates with a new product it claims is the first not to require pre-heating.

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iF design award for RotaJet press

The RotaJet inkjet web press has been named one of the seven best-designed products in this year's iF Design awards.

Ink technology wins Japanese award for Screen inkjet

Screen's Truepress Jet520HD inkjet web press has been honoured with an award by Japan's Society of Printing Science and Technology, following up on the InterTech award it won last year

GGP integrates digital and offset in manroland project

Integrated digital and offset print systems are taking over at Bertelsman's GGP Media at a print site in Germany's Poseneck.

Fujifilm's 'optimal' Xerox deal set for inkjet print growth

Fujifilm is taking global control of Xerox under a deal which takes the 56-year-old Fuji Xerox partnership to the world.

Sogémedia's success sparks new interest in digital print

Personalised, localised print newspapers are on the agenda again following a world tour by the man who may yet put them back in fashion, Jean-Pierre Vittu de Kerraoul.

Data the link as microcell-delivered papers chase buyers

Linking delivered print - be it a targetted newspaper or promotional print - to online retargetting data is a frontier being explored by mail operators in Europe.

PRINT | MAILROOM

Single-clamp system delivers in Bangalore mailroom

New Ferag mailroom systems are in operation at The Printers (Mysore) in Bangalore, following an order for conveyors, wrapping and strapping equipment.

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Three presses go to Africa in single order

manroland has signed an order for three web presses to Ethiopian printer TBO Printing & Publishing.

M600 'with the lot' arrives in France

A comprehensively-equipped Goss M600 is being installed at French print house Imprimerie Guillaume in Comines.

Ive up and PMP down as heatset work goes around

The 'see-saw' effect of Australia's crowded and limited heatset printing market has seen Ive Group report a 73 per cent increase in revenue, while rival PMP has delivered warned-of lower profits.

Ankara's Tuna hooked on heatset with twin-web Uniset

Turkish book printer Tuna Matbaacilik will install its first heatset press next year, with the acquisition of a semicommercial manroland Uniset 75 press.

Walstead's Rotocobrhi goes 96-pp in retail market growth

A 96-page Goss Sunday 5000 will replace two 48-page presses at Spanish giant Rotocobrhi in Madrid.

Ive Sydney catalogue plant running ahead of schedule

Less than six months after announcing a new location for the facility, Ive Group has its new 80-page heatset pressline and other equipment in production in Sydney's Huntingwood

PRINT | NEWSMEDIA TECHNOLOGY HISTORY

It's 1913, and a bold voyage of discovery in print is beginning...

Sydney print recruitment consultant James Cryer tells the intimate story of a printing industry in the midst of dramatic change, as related in in the personal diary of his grandfather.

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It's 1913, and a bold voyage of discovery in print is beginning...

Sydney print recruitment consultant James Cryer tells the intimate story of a printing industry in the midst of dramatic change, as related in in the personal diary of his grandfather.

Pressgang tour and lunch a chance to see renovated museum

A meeting of Sydney Pressgang at Penrith Museum of Printing in September will be an opportunity for those interested to see the newly-renovated museum 'in action'.

Wayzgoose weekend brings Wimble's print history alive

The name of inkmaker and typefounder Frederick Wimble is writ large on Good Friday week when an inaugural lecture and the return of a traditional wayzgoose brings print fans to Armidale, NSW.

Movie block collectors face a multimillion bonanza

A heartening tale about the value of tangible print history comes with the US$10 million valuation of a collection of old letterpress printing blocks.

Rare Kiwi Cossars win stay of execution, thanks to NZME

With a stay of execution on its present location, there are hopes for a new future for two Cossar presses in Pahiatua, New Zealand, with the formation of an action committee to make plans and raise funds.

First donations come in to save the Kiwi Cossars

Contributions have begin to come in to a fund to restore the Kiwi Cossars, with a Pahiatua pensioner first to make a donation.

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