Browsing: APN

News
Whybin\TBWA campaign draws a line between rugby pros and novices
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Yesterday, APN released a new campaign to promote the addition of OPTA, a rugby analytics tool, to its recently launched rugby portal, which serves as a discrete hub for anything related to the sport. In the campaign, titled ‘Talk like a rugby pro,’ the laconic observations of a rugby novice are juxtaposed to the in-depth analyses of a fan who has access to extra rugby intel (possibly thanks to the information available on the Herald). PLUS: read about which agency lost APN’s creative account.

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Online audience arms race continues, stuff.co.nz reclaims Auckland title from nzherald.co.nz—UPDATED
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Back in October last year, stuff.co.nz knocked nzherald.co.nz off the top spot in Auckland for the first time. Fairfax saw it as a big win, but NZ Herald editor Tim Murphy tweeted that a response to our story saying it was merely a blip after it climbed back on top soon after. Now, Nielsen online ratings for January show volatility in APN’s numbers since then and a steady rise for Fairfax, which has once again claimed the top spot by the smallest of margins.

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Owning the airwaves: APN acquires TRN, iHeartRadio and ARN
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APN News & Media Limited today announced in a release that it will acquire full ownership of The Radio Network (TRN) and Australian Radio Network (ARN) from US-based Clear Channel Communications for $246.5 million. This move will give APN 100 percent control of what it claims is the largest network of radio stations across the trans-Tasman region.

News
Print readership slide continues, but news brands grow
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Nielsen and the Audit Bureau of Circulations (ABC) have released 2013’s fourth quarter readership and circulation statistics for newspapers and magazines. And while the previous article on magazines held some good news, the numbers for newspapers are far bleaker. However, it must be remembered that Nielsen’s readership insights for newspapers are exclusively based on print. So while the statistics might not seem promising, they only offer a glimpse at one aspect of readership.

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The Herald honours McNally’s legacy with advertising challenge
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Last week, APN NZ announced the arrival of the Herald Advertising Challenge, an initiative designed to showcase the opportunities for large scale, integrated campaigns across Herald media channels and get agencies thinking about the possibilities. And, along with the previously announced prize pool, which includes $250,000 of agency rate card media to bring the winning campaign to life and a trip for two members of the team to attend the Festival of Media Global 2014 in Rome, it has announced that teams will also be playing for the Andrew McNally Cup.

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APN renovates fantasy rugby’s online abode at the Herald
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In anticipation of the Super Rugby hype that will begin to captivate the nation from 15 February, APN has rebranded its sports tipping and fantasy portal as the Dream Team. In addition to a new logo, the updated version will also feature a fresh design, in-game experiences, enhanced functionality and greater integration on the Herald website.

News
We demand a recount
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An eagle-eyed, schadenfreude-loving reader sent us this house ad promoting APN’s special recruitment feature, Career14. Can you spot the issue?

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Bauer gets the go ahead for NZ Mags acquisition—UPDATED
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Bauer Media has, as most expected, been given Commerce Commission approval to proceed with its purchase of APN magazine titles the NZ Listener, NZ Woman’s Weekly, Simply You, Simply You Living and Creme. Updated with more comments from chief executive Paul Dykzeul.

Opinion
Locking it down: will 2014 be the year of the paywall?
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Newspaper publishers here and around the world are looking for new revenue streams to make up for a big drop in print advertising, says Michael Carney. And both major publishers in this market are thought to be looking at launching paywalls this year. But will Kiwi consumers pony up if they are put in place? And what options do the publishers have?

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APN’s Herald on Sunday and Rotorua Daily Post take top regional awards
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The Herald on Sunday is one of the few papers in this country to have charted increases in circulation and readership over the past few rather difficult years. And that performance has been recognised after it beat out newspapers from across Australia, New Zealand, South-East Asia and the South Pacific to win the best Sunday newspaper at the Pacific Area Newspaper Publishers’ Association (Panpa) Awards.

Movings/shakings
Movings/Shakings: 29 August
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Boucher takes the editorial wheel at Fairfax, APN’s Johns on the hunt for partnerships, veteran Mike Yardley jets into the editor’s chair at For the love of travel website, Kristina Rapley is the Creme of the crop, Hotwire gets its first board members, market research outfits join forces, and Simon Sievert is DraftFCB’s new digital architect.

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Newspapers get a case of the drops in latest survey
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The latest readership and circulation numbers are out and they have continued to go in the wrong direction for newspapers, with every major paper down on both counts when compared to last year and to the last survey result three months ago.

Movings/shakings
Movings|Shakings: 7 June
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Rapp welcomes two (and says goodbye to Tribal), specualtion about the new MediaWorks board, another deputy ed for The Listener, APN hunts for new social media editor, Tamati Coffey returns to the nurturing bosom of TVNZ and Adam McGregor takes up some outdoor reins.

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APN makes it six in a row at Canon Media Awards as NZ Herald rejig nets top prize—UPDATED
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It’s one night where the big challenges currently being faced by the print media industry are brushed to one side and the hard work of photographers, journalists, artists, designers, cartoonists, editors and many others—both in print and, increasingly, online—is celebrated at the Canon Media Awards. And it was APN’s newly compacted New Zealand Herald that came away with the top prize.

Movings/shakings
Movings/Shakings: 2 May
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Changes ahoy at VodaClear, Anthony Gardiner to go it alone, new hires for iSite, Ooh!, Shout, PR Shop and PPR, APN flicks off its southern titles, Madant starts a new experiential division and NZ PC World gets a new editor.