Great summary of the state of the paywall debate among UK national newspapers by Ian Burrell. Emily Bell of the Guardian: "This is not about newspaper publishing, this is about news, content and analysis on the internet and as long as you keep making the category error that says newspaper publishers are different you won’t make any progress."
"Microsoft plans to launch an assault on Google’s flank, by cosying up to major content providers, especially newspapers, that feel hard done by Google News. It plans to use Bing as a way to entice them out of the Google eco-system, into one where, increasingly, the content of major newspapers could well be found more often on Bing than on Google. ... Our sources say Microsoft has pledged to help fund research and engineering into ACAP to the tune of about will put £100,000. This is the more granular version of the robots.txt protocol which has been proposed by publishers to enable them to have a more sophisticated response to search engine crawlers. "
Richard Addis: "The Lebedev affair has had loads of coverage over the weekend. But I do not think anyone has looked at it hard enough from the Murdochian point of view."
"News International, owner of free daily thelondonpaper, and Associated Newspapers (London Lite) are participating in a ‘phoney’ expansion was in the UK. Both companies are trademarking their brands and registering Internet domain names in several are
"As newspaper readership stagnates in the US and Europe, India's newspapers are enjoying the kind of golden age the US saw at the end of the 19th century. These prospects are luring in international groups."
"British media organisations are besieging the Indian market, seeking growth that is hard to find at home."
"There are 10 cases listed in the legal diary of the High Court involving Associated Newspapers (Ireland) Ltd. -- the Irish offshoot of Lord Rothermere's British media empire."
"Atkins solicitors has scored substantial damages for the former prime minister Tony Blair and his wife Cherie Booth QC of Matrix chambers. The firm managed to settle a privacy complaint for the Blairs against Associated Newspapers..."
"Associated Newspapers, publisher of the Irish Mail on Sunday and Irish Daily Mail, are to pay €225,000 in damages and costs to former Smart Telecom chief Oisin Fanning after he won his libel action last week."
Robert Andrews provides the context to Martin Clarke's apparent u-turn in Media Week: "while we will concentrate on growing our UK readership for the moment, we would be foolish not to take advantage of our following overseas"
"The Daily Mail and General Trust has become the latest company to brush off fears that turmoil in the financial markets will hit its advertising revenues."
"Sources at [Associated Newspapers] say plans are in place to take the Standard further upmarket and distinguish it more clearly from its free siblings."
It's nice to see online metrics aren't the only ones that provoke rows. Associated and News International are squabbling over teh sample size used by the National Readership Survey for their london freesheets.
"The publishing group has tasked digital agency Conchango with developing new ways of accessing news content throughout titles including, The Daily Mail and The Evening Standard's websites, in a deal believed to be worth £1m."