The publishers of monthly title Racing Ahead are believed to be behind a new weekly football newspaper. It is the second new weekly UK football publication to be announced in the space of a week. According to distributors Intermedia, Football Extra will go on sale Thursday 7 February for the first time, priced GBP1.50. According to Intermedia it will be based in Liverpool and edited by former Sun journalist Steve Mullen who will lead a 10-strong editorial team.
Sky is to offer Premier League football content to non-subscribers for the first time via its internet TV service Now TV. The move means viewers can watch Sky Sports content on a pay-per-view basis from this spring, paying GBP9.99 for unlimited access to all six channels for 24 hours. The satellite broadcaster launched Now TV last July in a bid to net some of the 13 million UK homes of homes without pay TV subscriptions.
Employees of the high-street brand HMV used Twitter to confirm they were being sacked today (January 31st), sky.com reports. They live-tweeted the event via the brand's official Twitter page, under the @HMVtweets handle. The first tweet read: "We're tweeting live from HR where we're all being fired! Exciting!! #hmvXFactorFiring". Although the social media content has since been deleted, other tweets appeared from the mystery tweeter - stating that the staff felt forced to make the situation public after being treated so poorly.
The share of digital radio listening has grown to 33% according to the latest RAJAR figures for the fourth quarter of 2012, with mobile radio listening up by 28%. The latest radio listening figures have seen radio listening on any digital platform grow from 14% in Q4 of 2011 to 33% within a year, while the average listen is said to turn into radio for 22.1 hours of radio each week, with 90 percent of the UK population, up by around 340,000 adults, are said to have tuned in on a weekly basis at some stage.
The Guardian's global ambitions are happening as the company, like others in the news industry, is facing serious financial pressures. Justin Ellis had a chance to speak with Guardian CEO Andrew Miller about his company's international ambitions, from interactive news in the U.S. to advertising opportunities in Australia. Here's a lightly edited transcript of the conversation.
The Independent and London Evening Standard have announced the launch of new apps for the Blackberry 10. The apps for the new smartphone,which launched yesterday, allow users to see the latest in news, sport, comment and lifestyle; as well as being able to share stories through BBM, Twitter and Facebook. This comes as the Guardian also announces the launch of a new app for the Blackberry 10, which will allow users to catch up on news, watch videos and listen to podcasts.
Gartner research suggests that enterprise social networking software has several advantages over traditional collaboration when it comes to group organisation and social filtering. Organisations which have an internal social networking environment are able to retrieve needed information from a general-purpose communication platform. Gartner says 30% of such networks will be as essential by 2016 as email and telephones are today.
BBC Worldwide has launched its second YouTube channel dedicated to original content as it continues its plans to build a social video ecosystem and widen its global social audience. The commercial arm of the BBC has worked alongside 360 Production to launch the channel, called Head Squeeze, focusing on topical science content created exclusively for YouTube and hosted by Top Gear presenter James May.
A reporter from the Daily Post in north Wales was banned from tweeting from a Wrexham county borough council committee meeting during a discussion on price rises for school buses. He was ordered to put his phone away. The Post's editor, Alison Gow, responded by calling the decision "undemocratic", adding: "When you consider some local councils 'live stream' their debates, ad hoc Twitter lockdowns are crazy."
Acting Sunday Times editor Martin Ivens met Jewish community leaders and issued an unreserved apology for the publication of a Gerald Scarfe cartoon which has since been condemned as anti-semitic. On Tuesday, the cartoon was removed from the electronic edition of The Sunday Times and replaced with a blank space and the statement: "Content has been suppressed for editorial and/or legal reasons."