Publishing Executive: Haymarket, Incisive, Reed Business, UBM Medica form UK ad network

BBN press release: "With the addition of these six UK based media companies, also including Decisive Media and Newsco Insider, BBN has strengthened its offering for major brand-building advertisers seeking a large-scale solution for reaching this important target market."

The Independent: B2B publishers buck downward trend with profit jumps

"Emap and Incisive Media, the trade magazine publishers owned by private equity giant Apax, are understood to have made surprise profit jumps last year. Retail Week and Local Government Chronicle publisher Emap is believed to have made about £100m pre-tax profit for the 12 months to the end of March, a marginal increase on 2008-09. Turnover was approaching £300m."

Evening Standard: Even trade magazines are feeling the squeeze in the recession

Roy Greenslade in a column on what the B2B publishers are doing to cut their costs: "The web can be seen as an enemy, encroaching on territory once ruled by print, or it can become a friend, acting as a complement to the editorial provided in print form. There are no hard and fast rules about what should go on one platform rather than another. It varies with the particular niche. Some accept that news, like ads, will inevitably feature only on the web. But that allows for longer analytical pieces to be carried in print."

Press Gazette: Readers ‘will turn to blogs if financial reporting is curbed’

Incisive Media submission to the Treasury Committee's investigation on the role of the media in the banking crisis: "Who would [the government] rather became the trusted source of information on a crisis - Robert Peston or whizzyboy36 writing on a blog hosted on a web server in Uzbekistan?"

Journalism.co.uk: FT.com ‘explodes’ with 250 per cent rise in unique users

"According to FT.com internal figures, page views on the site yesterday were up 300 per cent and unique users up 250 per cent compared to figures for the same date last year. ... FT.com's figures follow a report in the BBC's in-house magazine Ariel, which claimed the BBC's business pages recorded their best ever traffic after reporting the collapse of investment bank Lehman Brothers."

One Man and His Blog: More Evidence for the Death of Print

Adam Tinworth: "When I heard that Press Gazette was switching to publishing once a month, with a features-led magazine, I thought it sounded like a good plan. It was exactly the sort of solution that could save a title - moving upmarket with a more analytical bent. How much to subscribe? £115. That's £7.67 per issue on the current "15 for the price of 12" offer or an eye-watering £9.58 without the offer. That's frankly insane. They're either relying on corporate subscriptions - not a good idea in the current financial climate - or they seriously over-estimate how much disposable income the average journalist has."

Press Gazette: Media Money: No death for print — until the last drop of profit hits the bottom line

Peter Kirwan: "B2B technology publishing is the kind of market where readers migrated online long ago. The one thing a new entrant wouldn’t do under any circumstances is to launch a weekly print magazine. Actually, no-one has done it for the best part of a decade. But oddly, after closing IT Week’s print edition, this is exactly what Incisive will continue to do by continuing to publish Computing. . . as a weekly magazine."