Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Uh oh

Hmm, I do hope that my major investment in Highbury House will be safe. Two thousand-odd shares at a penny-halfpenny a time is nothing to be sneeezed at.

Friday, October 14, 2005

Mags, blogs and "new" media

Although many magazine publishers plunged into digital media only to withdraw on finding the water was much colder than expected, a lot of the usual suspects are making more considered advances. Blogs and other "new" methods of communicating with readers are currently important as recent industry awards show.

It also helps that advertisers are increasingly shifting their spend to online. This has been reported in many other locations and in connection with other sectors, not just outdoor.

WH Smith recovers

Interesting to see this after my recent positive experience in the Cardiff branch. It just goes to show that sometimes the common sense view (Smith's is known for magazines so why don't they concentrate on that) is the right one.

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Same old, same, old

Piers Morgan's new look Press Gazette: worth the bother?
I like the way that "genre" news has been grouped together again (just like the relaunch before last) but I am not impressed by the new (old, or very old) columnists or the "let's interview Piers and Matthew's mates" Q&A.
The regular about relaunches, giving the views of the editor or designer, was a very interesting part of the old PG, but it has been swept away.
Does Max Clifford need another outlet for his self-promotion? I don't think so.
Will Sir Clement Freud say anything interesting about restaurants? Let's wait and see, shall we?
And why axe one feeble gossip column only to replace with something possibly even more feeble? And definitely more nasty, in a vicious, not amusing, way.
Lads, the old Fleet Street is dead and gone. It's time to move on.

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