April 11th, 2014
The annual report 2013 of Norwegian mediahouse Schibsted revealed that the 20 Minutes operations in Spain and France are still losing money.
In 2013 this amounted to 37 million NOK (€4.5 million), thanks to cost cutting this was les than in 2013 (48 million NOK).
In Spain the economic situation is still a major problem, 20 Minutos is still the market leader in newspapers.
In France there is fierce competition between three free dailies: 20 Minutes, Metro and DirectMatin. Publishers are thinking about merging titles.
April 5th, 2014
Swiss free newspaper 20 Minuten is not only the best-read paper in the country – and the paper with the highest circulation, but also the most succesful Swiss online paper.
20 Minuten never bothered about cannibaliztion and embraced (and invested in) online from the start. The paper has a fully integrated print/online newsroom, and has a “web first” strategy.
Swiss media website Persoenlich contained an interview (in German) with 20 Minuten editor Marco Boselli: “Die Rock’n'Roll-Band unter den Medien”.
Subjects: the integrated newsroom, the use of interns, copy/paste journalism, service-journalism, apps, magazines and profits:
“Ich kenne die Rentabilitäten anderer Tageszeitungen leider nicht. Aber ja, es läuft uns gut, und wir leisten sicher einen schönen Beitrag an die Zahlen von Tamedia.”
April 5th, 2014
Metro Ireland launched a new website: GoMetro, aimed a commuters.
Apart from ‘regular’ news, there are special sections for people using busses, cars or train. (AdWorld)
April 5th, 2014
Six members from the Israeli parliament, representing different parties (Labor, Yisrael Beytenu, Bayit Yehudi, Hatnua, Shas and Yesh Atid), have proposed a bill that would, in their words “strengthen written journalism in Israel and ensure equal and fair conditions of competition between newspapers”.
Eitan Cabel (labor) said that “Free newspapers also hurt journalism as well as pluralism and democracy in Israel.”
The bill is complicated, it “applies only to the four newspapers with the highest circulation (…) The lowest-priced newspaper of the four cannot cost less than 70 percent of the second-lowest-priced paper.”
It is clearly aimed at Israel Today, the largest (and free) newspaper in the country that supports Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu. (Jerusalem Post)
March 31st, 2014
The ultra-orthodox daily Makor Rishon and the Ma’ariv online edition nrg are acquired by Sheldon Adelson’s daily Israel Today for 14 million (Makor Rishon, right) and NIS 3 million (nrg) (total €3.5 million).
According to Globes: “Judge David Mintz expressed reservations about the sale because it does not also include the Hebrew daily newspaper “Ma’ariv” itself. However, Adv. Shalom Goldblatt stressed that the most important thing at the moment was to save the brands and the employees rather than the company.”
Ma’ariv is still for sale, the offer from the Jerusalem Post was not accepted.
March 13th, 2014
According to Le Figaro, the owners of free dailies Metro (TF1) and Direct Matin (the Bolloré Group) are talking with competitor 20 Minutes (Schibsted and Sipa-Ouest-France) to buy the newspaper.
20 Minutes and Direct Matin are market leaders in circulation, but 20 Minutes has more readers and has also more revenues.
The problem with French free dailies is that they are engaged in a fierce comtepetion, all titles lose money or are just break-even. If there would be only one or even two titles, the market would look more promising. Even with TF1 and Bolloré owning 20 Minutes, competition on advertising rates would be much less.
March 10th, 2014
The website of UK free daily Metro is to be incorporated within Mail Online (Daily Mail’s website).
Metro’s managing director Steve Auckland confirmed the take-over.
Metro and Mail Online are both part of the Daily Mail and General Trust.
Steve Auckland told The Drum:
“The three million daily uniques achieved on 18 February gave us a glimpse of the audience potential of this website and the camaraderie that exists within the team. However, the potential to accelerate this growth and monetise it is best served by the Mail Online team at this moment in time. It will free the rest of the business to concentrate on reinvigorating Metro.”
January 20th, 2014
With the plan of the Evening Standard to increase circulation to 900,000 copies this spring, total UK free circulation will approach the 2.5 million mark again.
When Metro and City AM stay at their current level (1.370.000 and 125.000) total circulation will be almost as high (2.4 million) as it was in 2009 (2.5 million).
At that time all three current titles were published, but also London Lite, MEN (free) and The Record. (click on graph for bigger version)
January 19th, 2014
All 7 editions of MetroNews France – Paris, Marseille, Lyon, Toulouse, Nice-Cannes, Lille and Nantes – will be avalibale in the Apple Kiosk with a new app.
The new app MetroNews Le Journal (for iPhone, iPad or iPod touch) is developed by Aquafadas.
All editions will be avilable each weekday before 7am. (ConsumerElectronics)
January 9th, 2014
The Grenoble edition of French leading free daily 20 Minutes has not returned in 2014. The last issue (right, click for bigger version) was published on December 20, 2013.
In Grenoble 12,000 copies were distributed; the edition was launched on March 2010. From now on the Grand-Lyon edition will be distributed in Grenoble. (Liberation)
20 Minutes is now published with 12 different editions in France, and with a joined circulation of 950,000. Also Metro (720,000) and DirectPlus (900,000) are distributed in most major French cities.
For the Grenoble edition two journalists from press agency Pleins Titres wer contributing stories; in Grand Lyon three journalists are responsible for local news.
Last month 20 Minuten was faced with a strike that also was cause by cost-cutting measures when 13 people lost their job at the free daily.