This week we hear from Duncan Siegle, Portfolio Director at Mash Media. The 25-year-old B2B company publishes magazines and runs events for event organisers, and is just about to launch Making Publishing Pay, a magazine conference targeted specifically at small and medium sized publishers.
In the news roundup we discuss the implications for publishers of new plans from the UK to regulate “harmful” content on the internet, a look at the state of Australian media, US local newspaper group McClatchy filing for bankruptcy, and much more. The team bravely refrains from trying out Australian accents.
News in Brief:
- US local newspaper group McClatchy has filed for bankruptcy to ‘shed costs of print legacy and speed shift to digital’, ending 163 years of family control
- Archant has launched its first experimental local news website as part of a multi-million pound partnership with Google to find a sustainable model for regional journalism in the UK
- Oliver Dowden is the UK’s fifth Culture Secretary in three years. STRONG AND STABLE at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
- Good news for DMGT as double-digit digital advertising growth at Mail Online is helping to offset print ad decline across the Mail titles
- The threat of coronavirus has cancelled Mobile World Congress, the world’s biggest phone show. Organisers cancelled it after weeks of exhibitors and companies pulling out
- The Oscars of Podcasting? A group of podcast publishers and producers including Spotify, NPR, PRX, Sony Music Entertainment and Wondery have announced the formation of the Podcast Academy, a membership-based organization dedicated to promoting the medium. The first ‘Golden Mics’ Awards are set to debut in 2021
- The company behind HQ Trivia has shut down. Once touted as a shining example of interactive mobile-first TV, the company’s meteoric rise and fall has been attributed to backroom shenanigans rather than a failure of the format