Sunday, December 30, 2012
  • Forecast: Solid Growth For Global Ad Spend

    Media advertising spending grew 5.4% to just under $519 billion in 2012 -- up over the 3.6% growth rate in 2011, says eMarketer. This year's growth rate will continue at about the same levels through 2016, topping out at $628 billion. Overall, the Asia-Pacific region will grow 8.5%+ in the coming years. ...Read the whole story

  • Pearson Buys Stake In Barnes & Noble's Nook

    Aiming to expand its digital distribution, publishing and education company Pearson PLC has agreed to invest $89.5 million in cash for a 5% stake in Nook Media, Barnes & Noble's digital business arm. ...Read the whole story

  • Greenslade On Media's Landmark Year Evening Standard

    "This column is a clich. It's a look back at what has happened in 2012 and therefore one of newspaper journalism's most overused traditions - an end-of-year review," writes columnist Roy Greenslade. "Worse still, I am about to employ another clich by stating that it has been a landmark year of tumultuous and unprecedented events, a turning point in media history. But there is plenty of justification for the hyperbole and the clichs."

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  • BBC Shutters Travel Forum Over Queasiness The Independent

    The commercial arm of the BBC has shut down its hugely popular forum for backpackers and travellers because "uncomfortable themes" were being discussed. BBC Worldwide suspended the Thorn Tree forum on its Lonely Planet website on Saturday. It brought the travel guide company for a total of GBP132.2m in two deals in 2007 and 2011.

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  • Ex-Times Editor William Rees-Mogg, 84 Digital Spy

    The journalist and peer died following a short illness, according to his son, MP Jacob Rees-Mogg. Jacob told the newspaper: "It has been a mercifully short illness. He was very prepared for it." Lord Rees-Mogg joined the Financial Times after leaving Oxford University and later moved to a three-year deputy editorship at the Sunday Times. He became editor of The Times in 1967, replacing Sir William Haley, and headed the daily broadsheet through a difficult 14 years in its history.

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  • Wikipedia's Most-searched Articles Revealed BBC

    Facebook topped the English edition while an entry for adult video actresses did best in Japan. Hua Shan - a Chinese mountain featuring "the world's deadliest hiking trail" - topped the Dutch list. By contrast, cul-de-sacs were the German site's most clicked entry. The data was published by a Swedish software engineer Johan Gunnarsson as part of the Wikitrends project. His home land's most viewed article was a page dedicated to Sweden itself.

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  • Mail.ru Fails To Bid Russian Twitter Version PaidContent.org

    Whilst China's Twitter clones have flourished, as it approaches its first anniversary, Mail.ru's Futubra is to be closed. Figures for Futubra's user based are not available. East-West: "Mail.ru Group CEO Dmitry Grishin had publicly conceded this past July that Futubra's audience was not meeting expectations." What is known is that Grishin and Mail.ru's largest shareholder Alisher Usmanov are hoping to add to their 39.9% stake in leading Russian social network Vkonakte (VK).

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  • Test Your Knowledge Of 2012 British Journalism Press Gazette

    Among the 22 questions: Twitter went into a frenzy in September about a Sun article apparently from 1992 with an oddly named reporter predicting the internet would not catch on. What was the byline? And this one: How did football manager Harry Redknapp reveal he had stopped a News of the World reporter from producing (or reproducing) stories about his alleged tax evasion?

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