With the news and publishing industry currently going through one of its more difficult periods, the Canon Media Awards are a welcome dose of positivity and celebration. And The Dominion Post got the biggest dose of the night.
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APN is centralising management of its radio, publishing and digital business interests in New Zealand with the appointment of Jane Hastings in a redefined chief executive officer role. Previously, the Kiwi arm of APN had dual chief executive roles, with Martin Simons being in charge of the publishing and digital side and Hastings holding the reins at TRN. Updated with comments from Hastings.
Andrew McNally, New Zealand Herald's group advertising director, died unexpectedly in June last year. But his legacy will live on, not only because of the acknowledgment he has recently received by having his name attached to the trophy that will be given to the winner of APN's Advertising Challenge, but also with the establishment of the inaugural APN McNally Classic, a charity fishing tournament that aims to raise funds for men’s health. And entries are now open.
APN NZ gets a new adman, Colenso BBDO adds a couple more to its flock, management shifts at Haystac, Jan Hellriegel aims to get Aeroplane off the ground, Jonathan Usher takes on new role with Datacom, Getty mans its new fort, Boyd PR adds a double and Mark Baillie moves up the Fisher & Paykel chain.
The worst kept secret in the New Zealand magazine business was confirmed this morning when Bauer announced it had added APN-owned magazines The NZ Listener, NZ Woman’s Weekly, Simply You, Simply You Living and Creme to its roster, subject to Commerce Commission approval.
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.
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APN NZ's group advertising director Andrew McNally died suddenly of a heart attack this morning at the age of 44. Updated with details of services in Melbourne and Auckland.
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.
Job losses and a high-profile departure at APN, Tim Wood heads to Rapp Tribal, Paul Hancox heads to TV, Jordan Dale snaps up bcg2 scholarship and Pead PR bolsters its tech team.
Anyone got Warren Buffett's number? APN New Zealand Media has announced it has made a strategic decision to put three regional publishing businesses—The Star in Canterbury, the Oamaru Mail and the Capital Community Newspaper group in Wellington—on the market.
While the magazine sector recorded its third consecutive overall readership increase in the latest Nielsen CMI figures, the newspapers haven't fared quite so well, with an overall decline in total readership for all dailies and metropolitan titles that has been deemed significant by Nielsen and almost universal declines in paid circulation. But there are a couple of diamonds in the rough—particularly The Herald on Sunday and The Waikato Times—and, for the optimists, the numbers are still holding up much better than they are in comparison to many other markets.
As the numerous press releases attest, the launch of the "smaller, but smarter and deeper" weekday New Zealand Herald is seen as a pretty important step for APN NZ. And along with the new format, readers can expect to see a new masthead on 10 September—and, in the future, a bill for the content they consume online.
The magazine sector was celebrating a mostly positive swing after the latest readership, circ and, importantly, engagement figures were released last week. And while the numbers aren't quite as good for the newspaper sector, the sky is still not falling.
APN's Martin Simons on the tabloid Herald, the inevitability of paywalls and preparing for the future
With the massive changes currently taking place in the Australian publishing scene at the moment and the steady move of readers from print to digital around the world, the newspaper business is at a crossroads. So what is the rationale behind the Herald's change to tabloid? Will New Zealand readers soon be paying for online content? And how is APN preparing for the future? We chat with APN's chief executive Martin Simons.
There has been widespread speculation recently that the weekday version of the New Zealand Herald would be moving to a compact format and APN New Zealand has confirmed that's the case, with a date set for September 2012. And, as its print product changes, it will also be redesigning its major digital property nzherald.co.nz.