Archive for November, 2009

Fairfax launches e-mail newsletters

November 27, 2009
FAIRFAX Business Media will launch four new e-mail newsletters next Monday in Asia as part of its MIS

magazine brand that specialises in information for technology leaders in the corporate world.

The new products will be targeted at market verticals and specific geographies.

They are:

  • MIS Asia Financial Services
  • MIS Asia Logistics & Retail
  • MIS tech Security
  • MIS tech Thailand

Fairfax currently publishes magazines called MIS Asia and CIO Asia, plus separate ComputerWorld titles for Singapore and Malaysia.

The flagship publication of Fairfax Business Media is the Australian Financial Review.

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Now bloggers want a newspaper

November 27, 2009

BLOGGERS have launched their own newspaper, using only blog entries as its copy.

The publication has no editor and story selection is done by a vote of participants who gather online to
discuss content.

Theblogpaper is a free-sheet that hit London’s streets last Friday. It is only a small concern right now. It was distributed at four underground stations in central London.

It is the brainchild of a community of blogging enthusiasts who contribute to theblogpaper website.

Founding publishers Anton Waldburg and Karl Jo Seilern say they are not paid for their work and they intend for the newspaper to be funded by advertising. “We aim to combine two different yet equally important types of media,” they say on their site.

“The concept is that many people are in control . . . instead of a few people controlling the majority of what is being published and therefore read.”
The move comes after a group in America started a news site that edits Twitter missives into news stories.

Free newspapers have been a hot issue in London in the last three months. Two have shut – thelondonpaper and London Lite – and the Evening Standard has dropped its copy price to go free.

DS Chemport boss retires

November 27, 2009

DS Chemport chief executive Graham McKenzie has retired after almost 10 years, handing the reigns to Peter Drozdowicz, the former chief financial officer.

Peter Drozdowicz is one of the three original founding members of the company, which began in 1987.

The other two were Peter Bitto and Michael Hanlon.

Under Mr McKenzie, DS Chemport has achieved growth in Australia, New Zealand and South East Asia through its Malaysian operation.

He said the company was well positioned for the “challenges ahead, possessing an excellent team of people, first class facilities and the technical and financial support of our Japanese mother company”.

“A closer and more intensive partnership with Fujifilm will be necessary and I am confident Peter Drozdowicz will guide DS Chemport on this path of co-operation,” he said.

Mr McKenzie has spent almost a lifetime within the printing industry,working in Canada and Asia Pacific. He is currently on the Board of Detmold Flexible Packaging as well as undertaking various projects for Fujifilm Australia. DS Chemport is the formulator and manufacturer of chemicals, printing blankets and post-press products.

Australian Associated Press CEO to step down in New Year

November 13, 2009

Clive Marshall, CEO of Australian Associated Press, has been appointed CEO of the Press Association Group in London.

Mr Marshall said he’d been privileged to head AAP for nine years, saying:

““It is testimony to the skill, commitment and dedication of our employees that Australian Associated Press is now recognised by its peers as one of the world’s leading newsn agencies.”

He joined AAP in 2001, having previously spent 8 years at the Press Association group. He will leave AAP at the end of January 2010

Michael Gill, Chairman of AAP, said Mr Marshall had transformed the business during his time there.

“Clive fostered the essential news focus of our agency and managed the business smoothly into some well-suited diversification,” Mr Gill said.

In particular, Mr Marshall said he was proud of the success of Pagemasters, AAP’s page production business.

“In the past seven years Pagemasters has grown from a company employing 30 people providing TV listings to Australian newspapers, to one which today employs over 140 people and produces 4500 editorial and data pages each week for newspapers in Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom,” he said.

“Pagemasters is receiving enquiries for its services from newspaper publishers around the world.”