Restructures among the big publishers have been fairly common in recent times and, following Bauer’s purchase of the NZ Magazines portfolio, APN has embarked on another one, with its Pacific Magazines titles New Idea, Girlfriend and That’s Life now trading alongside the New Zealand Herald’s Newspaper Inserted Magazine (NIMs) portfolio.
APN NZ has extended the entry deadline for the inaugural Herald Advertising Challenge, an annual competition that aims to inspire and celebrate the very best creative and media work within Herald environments. And there are some pretty impressive prizes up for grabs.
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.
January’s Nielsen online ratings showed audience numbers generally going up for both nzherald.co.nz and stuff.co.nz, with Fairfax reclaiming the top spot in Auckland. So is that growth reflected in online ad spend? Not according to SMI data, which showed that both APN and Fairfax Media went in the wrong direction last year.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
Just over a month after officially lodging a Commerce Commission application to acquire several magazine titles from APN, Bauer Media has confirmed that there will be job cuts as part of a restructuring process.
APN has made a swag of changes to nzherald.co.nz, including a Parallax-based microsite for special editions and topics. Another key addition is the content timeline, or story arc, which includes related articles, videos and images that let users track a developing issue.
Taste magazine is following in the footsteps of its Bauer stablemates Cleo and Metro with a new web presence. The new site is set to tap into the growing global hunger for information about food and cooking.
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.
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.
The shift to digital has disrupted many industries, but news media has been one of the most badly affected. So what are the options? And are any local publishers making money online? Sim Ahmed investigates.
Four well-known New Zealanders—Judy Bailey, Colin Mathura-Jeffree, Jon Bridges and Michael Van de Elzen—are packing their bags and indulging their passions in Australia as part of Tourism Australia’s new content marketing campaign with APN.
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.
The New Zealand Herald’s weekly lifestyle and fashion lift out Viva is getting a makeover, along with it a brand new website and a Newsstand app.
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.
City slickers who have given up on the big smoke but can’t tell the difference between a cow and a fence post have a new site to look to for advice on rural living.
Weekly magazines continue to slip in readership and circulation but there’s signs of life for lifestyle and niche magazines, according to the latest readership and circulation results from Nielsen and the Audit Bureau of Circulations (ABC).
Another fairly dark set of results for New Zealand’s newspaper industry, as the latest Audit Bureau of Circulation (ABC) results and Nielsen’s readership numbers showing further year-on-year declines throughout the country.
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.
APN New Zealand is shutting up shop at Sella, incorporating the auction site – and Trade Me’s last significant rival – into its classified services for the NZ Herald and other mastheads.