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Aug 28th 2014

Today in History: 1609: Henry Hudson discovers Delaware Bay; 1789: William Herschel discovers a new moon of Saturn; 1879: Cetshwayo, last king of the Zulus, is captured by the British. Holidays and Observances: None.

Day 240 there are 125 days remaining this year.

People born today:
Elisabeth Christine of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel, 1691 –1750;
Charlotte Christine of Brunswick-
Lüneburg, 1694–1715;
Sheridan Le Fanu, Author, 1814-1873;
Matilda Howell, Archer, 1859-1938;
Charles Boyer, Actor, 1899-1978;
John Betjeman, Poet, 1906-1984;
Robert Irving, Conductor, 1913-1991;
Max Robertson, Sportscaster, 1915-2009;
Nancy Kulp, Actress, 1921-1991;

Donald O'Connor, Actor, 1925-2003;
Windsor Davies, Actor, 1930-;
Ben Gazzara, Actor, 1930-;
Ken Jenkins, Actor, 1940-;
David Soul, Actor, 1943-;

Guy Nadon, Actor, 1952-;
Scott Hamilton, Figure skater, 1958-;
Emma Samms, Actress, 1960-;
Jennifer Coolidge, Actress, 1963-;
Shania Twain, Singer, 1965-;
Jason Priestley, Actor, 1969-;

Janet Evans, Swimmer, 1971-;
Sarah Roemer, Actress, 1984-;
Caleb Moore,
Snowmobile racer, 1987-2013;
Quvenzhané Wallis, Actress, 2003-.

People died today:
Magnus Maximus, Emperor, 335-388;
Augustine of Hippo, Theologian, 354-430;
David Hartley, Philosopher, 1705-1757;
Helen Dunbar, Actress, 1863-1933;

Boris III of Bulgaria, 1894-1943;
Prince William of Gloucester, 1941-1972;
Robert Shaw, Actor, 1927-1978;
Ruth Gordon, Actress, 1896-1985;

Jean Marchand, Politician, 1918-1988;
Earl W. Bascom,
Rodeo performer, 1906-1995;
George Szekeres,
Mathematician, 1911-2005;


Esther Szekeres,
Mathematician, 1910-2005;
Wayne Tippit, Actor, 1932-2009;
Barry Stobart, Footballer, 1938-2013;
Lorella Cedroni, Philosopher, 1961-2013.


The debut issue of GQ Thailand is on sale now where the September issue launch cover is triple fold, featuring six celebrities from...erm... Thailand! There are interviews with a Thai hip hop singer and a Thai actor and filmmaker. GQ Thailand is published under licence agreement with Serendipity Media Co. Ltd, who also publish Vogue Thailand


'Faith Today has undergone a redesign with the help of Janice Van Eck- an editorial, corporate and magazine designer who has worked for publications including Maclean’s and MoneySense' reports mastheadonline.co,. For more, click a cover.


'Celebrity weekly publisher Bauer Media U.S. has created a new division within the company focused on the publisher’s digital assets' scribes Erik Sass at mediapost.com and it is aimed says Erik at 'expanding its online offerings.' In addition it 'will develop new products catering to the rapidly changing media consumption habits of teens and young adults.' For more, click here.


Yours magazine celebrates 40 years of magazines with guest editor and cover star Lynda Bellingham. For more, click here.

GENERAL NEWS BRIEFS... GENERAL NEWS BRIEFS... GENERAL NEWS BRIEFS
Pressure is growing on South Yorkshire's police commissioner to resign in the wake of a damning report into child abuse in Rotherham.
The number of people looking for work in France rises 0.8% in July.
Eating tomatoes may lower the risk of prostate cancer.
IS accused of Syria mass atrocities.
Controversial beheading photo posts from Syria spur one of Facebook's safety advisers to call for pictures to have warnings.
Banksy sale raises £400k for club.
Burger King acquires Tim Hortons.
Waterproof e-reader launched for bath time bookworms.
Someone called Sarah Silverman took Mary Arna to the Emmys, sorry, make that marijuana to Emmys.
America's second biggest internet service provider announced national outages Wednesday morning
American Airlines pulls airfare listings from Orbitz over fee dispute.
FBI probe JP Morgan 'cyber-attack'
Russian troops deployed in Ukraine.
Brad and Angelina are man and wife - Brad's the man!
Film-maker and Emmy-winning journalist,
William Greaves, has died in New York at the age of 87.

Aug 27th 2014

Today in History: 1933: The first Afrikaans Bible is introduced during a Bible Festival in Bloemfontein; 2011: Hurricane Irene strikes the United States east coast. Holidays and Observances: Independence Day, Moldova.

Day 249 there are 126 days remaining this year.

People born today:
George, Duke of Saxony, 1471-1539;
Ivan Franko, Author, 1856-1916;
Hong Beom-do, Activist, 1868-1943;
Man Ray, Photographer, 1890-1976;
Cecil Scott Forester, Author, 1899-1966;
Ed Gein, Murderer, 1906-1984;
Lyndon B. Johnson, Politician, 1908-1973;
David Rowbotham, Journalist, 1924-2010;
Nat Lofthouse, Footballer, 1925-2011;
Pat Coombs, Actress, 1926-2002;

Antonia Fraser, Author, 1932-;
Harrison Page, Actor, 1941-;
Tuesday Weld, Actress, 1943-;
G.W. Bailey, Actor, 1944-;
Barbara Bach, Actress, 1947-;

Bernhard Langer, Golfer, 1957-;
Yolanda Adams, Singer, 1961-;
Scott Dibble, Politician, 1965-;

Jazz, Wrestler, 1973-;
Mase, Rapper, 1977-;
Cainan Wiebe, Actor, 1995-.

People died today:
Josquin des Prez, Composer, 1450-1521;
Titian, Painter, 1488-1577;
Frank Harris, Journalist, 1856-1931;
Gracie Allen, Actress, 1895-1964;

Brian Epstein, Manager, 1934-1967;
Ivy Compton-Burnett,
Author, 1884-1969;
Margaret Bourke-White,


Photographer, 1906-1971;
Haile Selassie, Emperor, 1892-1975;
Mukesh, Singer, 1923-1976;
Louis Mountbatten, 1st Earl Mountbatten

of Burma, 1900-1979;
Seán Purcell, Footballer, 1929-2005;
Mark Priestley, Actor, 1970-2008;

Bill Peach, Journalist, 1935-2013;
Dave Thomas, Golfer, 1934-2013.


This is either a really stupid idea, or really clever, we are just not sure which! Reports Lisa O'Carroll at theguardian.com 'the clattering of manual typewriters can be heard in the newsroom of the Times newspaper' in merry olde London in merry olde England. But - (you knew it was coming!) there is not a typewriter in sight. Says LIsa 'the ersatz sounds ringing out at the newspaper's shiny new offices at the Baby Shard in south-east London are being piped in through a loudspeaker in the middle of the newsroom. The sound effects are an experimental "playful idea" introduced by News UK.' Thoughts seems to be divided as to whether this is helpful or not, and of course many are wondering "what is a typewriter?" Mind you, it's not new, 1010 WINS a news station out of New York City has a background noise of typewriters, often quite soothing when cruising up I95 to Rhode Island. For more, click here.


Condé Nast has seen many changes over the last few months... spinning off not-so-Lucky magazine, selling Women's Wear Daily and of course staff changes worthy of a major government reshuffle.

Through all of this though, 'one thing is clear: Condé Nast president Bob Sauerberg has a bigger brief than he did at the start of the season, and the odds on his being named CEO Chuck Townsend's successor look shorter than ever' so says Nicole Levy at capitalnewyork.com, click here for more of her thoughts.


'Alanna Stang, who was editor-in-chief of Whole Living until it was closed by Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia in 2012, has landed at Spanfeller Media’s The Daily Meal' reports Keith J. Kelly at the New York Post, for more, click here.

'Luxury accessories e-commerce destination The Editorialist is launching its second print issue' reports Rachel Strugatz at wwd.com and they have also unveiled a web site redesign. For more, click on the cover.

'Florida Realtor, the Business Magazine of Florida Real Estate and monthly trade publication of Florida Realtors®, recently won eight awards in the 2014 Florida Magazine Association's (FMA) competition. Under design excellence, Florida Realtor won a Charlie Award, the competition's top honor or gold standard, for Best Overall Design in its Trade/Technical category. It won a Silver Award or second place for Best Cover (June 2013 issue) and also a Bronze Award or third place for Best Cover (April 2013).' For more, click here.


GENERAL NEWS BRIEFS... GENERAL NEWS BRIEFS... GENERAL NEWS BRIEFS
UKIP leader Nigel Farage selected by local party as candidate to stand in South Thanet in 2015 general election.
The Vatican says it has stripped Jozef Wesolowski of his diplomatic immunity, clearing the way for him to face sex abuse allegations in the Dominican Republic.
Long-term Gaza cease fire agreed.
Australian billionaire Clive Palmer apologizes for calling the Chinese government "mongrels"
Burundi sets up an investigation after a number of dead bodies wrapped in plastic were found floating in a lake on its border with Rwanda.
Hollande names new French cabinet.
Kate Bush has played her first concert in 35 years to an ecstatic response from fans.
London mayor Boris Johnson is seeking to become Conservative candidate for Uxbridge and South Ruislip at next year's British general election.
A nine-year-old girl kills her shooting instructor by accident while being shown how to use an Uzi submachine gun. Air New Zealand in 30% earnings jump.
Concerns grow over Iceland volcano.
Former Condé Nast executive Suzanne Grimes is out as president and chief operating officer of Clear Channel Outdoor.

Aug 26th 2014

Today in History: 1498: Michelangelo is commissioned to carve the Pietà; 1768: Captain James Cook sets sail from England on board HMS Endeavour; 1944: Charles de Gaulle enters Paris. Holidays and Observances: Heroes' Day, Namibia; Repentance Day, Papua New Guinea.

Day 238 there are 127 days remaining this year.

People born today:
Ferdinand II of Naples, 1469-1496;
Robert Walpole, Politician, 1676-1745;
Princess Alexandra
of Bavaria, 1826-1875;
Mary Ann Nichols,

Ripper victim, 1845-1888;
Peggy Guggenheim,
Art collector, 1898-1979;
Gilly Flower, Actress, 1908-2001;

Mother Teresa, Missionary, 1910-1997;
Brant Parker, Illustrator, 1920-2007;
B. V. Doshi, Architect, 1927-;
Geraldine Ferraro, Politician, 1935-2011;

Jane Merrow, Actress, 1941-;
Steve Wright, Radio host, 1954-;
Allegra Huston, Author, 1964-;
Byron Lawson, Actor, 1968-;
Liam Botham, Rugby player, 1977-;

Big K.R.I.T., Rapper, 1986-;
Princess Maria Laura of Belgium, Archduchess of Austria-Este, 1988-;
Danielle Savre, Actress, 1988-;
Dylan O'Brien, Actor, 1991-;
Hayley Hasselhoff, Actress, 1992-.

People died today:
Charles II, Count of Alençon, 1297-1346;
Louis I, Count of Flanders, 1304-1346;
Rudolph, Duke of Lorraine, 1320-1346;
John of Bohemia, 1296-1346;
Louis Philippe I of France, 1773-1850;
Lon Chaney, Actor, 1883-1930;

Ralph Vaughan Williams,

Composer, 1872-1958;
Francis Chichester, Sailor, 1901-1972;

Charles Lindbergh, Pilot, 1902-1974;

Lee Hays, Singer, 1914-1981;
Laura Branigan, Singer, 1957-2004;

Dominick Dunne, Journalist, 1925-2009;
A. K. Hangal, Actor, 1917-2012;
Gerard Murphy, Actor, 1928-2013.


The wonderfully named Nathan Lump 'is succeeding Nancy Novogrod as editor of Travel + Leisure magazine' reports Nicole Levy at capitalnewyork.com. Ms. Novogrod has spent 'more than two decades at the travel title's helm.' For more, click here.

'Britain’s longest serving editor is taking “early retirement” after 40 years in the chair' says holdthefrontpage.co.uk. His name is Drew Cochrane and he is editor of the Largs & Millport Weekly News and 'feels next month is the perfect time to step aside from the job, coinciding with the 40th anniversary of his appointment.' For more, click here.


'The owners of The Times of India and Economic Times amongst others' reports thedrum.com has 'forced its journalists to hand over the passwords for all their social media accounts' and apparently journalists' contracts mean they must comply! For more, click here.

It seems as though the new magazine 'Naturally, Danny Seo' has done rather well. Says a press release 'since its debut in mid-July, the lifestyle magazine has sold out at many retailers' and 'early sales figures show the magazine is posting strong sales at a range of key retailers, including Whole Foods' as well as Sprouts, Kroger, Walmart, Target, Safeway, Walgreens, and Barnes & Noble
Ben Harris, President of Harris Publications, said, "We are thrilled with the early performance" and says Ben Harris, President of Harris Publications, said, "We are thrilled with the early performance "It's simple: America is Naturally in love with being healthy and living green." For more, click here.


'The paid subscription, whether in print or online or on tablets, appears to be where newspaper executives are concentrating their efforts' says D.B Hebbard at talkingnewmedia.com which is not too surprising given the alarming disappearance of newsstand outlets. 'When tracking circulation levels through audit reports, the loss of single copy sales is obvious' and 'few newspapers have been immune to the declines.' For more, click here.



GENERAL NEWS BRIEFS... GENERAL NEWS BRIEFS... GENERAL NEWS BRIEFS
Led Zeppelin's Whole Lotta Love is voted the greatest guitar riff of all time by listeners of BBC Radio 2.
Iceland lowers aviation risk warning
Meg Ryan has reportedly split from John Mellencamp. Hundreds of people attended the funeral in St Louis, Missouri, of teenager Michael Brown.
Billions of blue jellyfish-like creatures have washed up along the North American West coast.
The return of Jonathan Ross to Radio 2 six years after the Sachsgate scandal has been branded “a disgrace” by a fellow BBC presenter.
The annual Emmy's were handed last night, winners include:
Outstanding comedy series: Modern Family; Outstanding miniseries: Fargo; Outstanding lead actor in a comedy series: Jim Parsons - The Big Bang Theory; Outstanding lead actress in a comedy series: Julia Louis-Dreyfus - Veep;
Outstanding lead actor in a drama series: Bryan Cranston - Breaking Bad;
Outstanding lead actress in a drama series: Julianna Margulies - The Good Wife; Outstanding lead actor in a miniseries or movie: Benedict Cumberbatch - Sherlock: His Last Vow;
Outstanding supporting actor in a miniseries or movie: Martin Freeman - Sherlock: His Last Vow;
Outstanding lead actress in a miniseries or movie: Jessica Lange - American Horror Story: Coven;
Outstanding supporting actress in a miniseries or movie: Kathy Bates - American Horror Story: Coven.
A snap poll by The Guardian newspaper and polling company ICM suggested 71% of those polled thought Mr Salmond had come out on top in the Scottish independence debate, against 29% for Mr Darling.
Barack Obama authorizes surveillance flights over Syria.
Amazon buys game site Twitch.
Good news! Dutch national Joran van der Sloot, who is in jail for murder in Peru, goes on hunger strike after being transferred to a maximum security prison.
Three men are stabbed and two police officers are injured in a series of violent clashes at the Notting Hill carnival in west London.

Superman Comic Sells for $3.2 Million


Aug 25th 2014

Today in History: 1768: James Cook begins his first voyage; 1835: The New York Sun perpetrates the Great Moon Hoax; 1916: The United States National Park Service is created. Holidays and Observances: Liberation Day, Paris; Independence Day, Uruguay.

Day 237 there are 128 days remaining this year.

People born today:
Ivan the Terrible, Ruler, 1530-1584;
Louis I of Spain, 1707-1724;
Ludwig I of Bavaria, 1786-1868;
Ludwig II of Bavaria, 1845-1886;
Ruby Keeler, Actress, 1910-1993;
Mel Ferrer, Actor, 1917-2008;
Richard Greene, Actor, 1918-1985;
Sean Connery, Spy, 1930-;
Regis Philbin, Entertainer, 1931-;
Tom Skerritt, Actor, 1933-;
Virginia Euwer Wolff, Author, 1937-;
Frederick Forsyth, Author, 1938-;
Beverly Malone, Nurse, 1948-;
Ann Abraham, Public servant, 1952-;
Ruth Ann Swenson, Soprano, 1959-;
Christine McGlade, Actress, 1963-;
Blair Underwood, Actor, 1964-;
Joanne Whalley, Actress, 1964-;

Tom Hollander, Actor, 1967-;
Rachael Ray, Cook, 1968-;
Eric Millegan, Actor, 1974-;
Alexander Skarsgard, Actor, 1976-;

Rachel Bilson, Actress, 1981-;
China Anne McClain, Actress , 1998-.

People died today:
Pliny the Elder, 23-79;
Gratian, Emperor, 359-383;
Louis IX of France, 1214-1270;
Margaret of Anjou, 1429-1482;

James Watt, Engineer, 1736-1819;

Aleksandr Kuprin, Writer, 1870-1938;
Stan Kenton, Musician, 1911-1979;
Truman Capote, Author, 1924-1984;

Philippe Léotard, Actor, 1940-2001;
Moondog King, Wrestler, 1949-2005;
Neil Armstrong, Moonwalker, 1930-2012.


'Sally Preston has been named North America president of Orion Capital' says Malika Toure at adage.com. Ms. Preston has in the past worked at Martha Stewart's company, Rodale, Hearst and says Malika she 'was most recently VP-publisher at Time Inc.'s Real Simple magazine.' For more, click here.


James Oseland Leaves Saveur to Launch Rodale’s Organic Life

Rodale Seeking a Chief for Women’s Health

Fortune Senior Writer Jessi Hempel Moves to Wired


If you are looking for smut online, instead of videos of crazy cats, than don't bother looking at playboy.com for either! 'The magazine is revamping its digital presence, starting with a new safe-for-work look and editorial focus' scribes Ricardo Bilton at digiday.com with things 'like entertainment and nightlife' instead of lewd, rude and some would say crude photographs. “Girl content does well, but there’s a ceiling on that,” said Playboy digital content svp Cory Jones, who joined in June. “But if you’re doing really shareable fun viral things, you do even better. That content has a higher ceiling.” For more of Ricardo's report, click here.

Not sure if Playboy would be described as a lifestyle magazine or not, but says the New York post 'for those of us who can’t afford a lifestyle, not even an alternative one, at least we have magazines. And the batch we feature this week — Wallpaper*, Nylon, Fader and Du Jour — demonstrates just how alternative a lifestyle can be.' For more on this, click here.



GENERAL NEWS BRIEFS... GENERAL NEWS BRIEFS... GENERAL NEWS BRIEFS
Oscar-winning actor and director Richard Attenborough has died, he was 90.
Ukraine says it is battling dozens of rebel armored vehicles that crossed from Russia
Sir Cliff Richard has been interviewed under caution in connection with an alleged historical sex offence, South Yorkshire Police says.
A 6.0 magnitude quake hits California's San Francisco Bay area
American journalist Theo Curtis has been released after being held captive by al-Nusra militants in Syria since 2012
At least nine people have been killed and and dozens wounded in a suicide bomb attack on a Shia mosque in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad
Algeria suspends football indefinitely following the death of player Albert Ebosse, who was hit by a stone thrown by fans.
Deadly riot in southern Brazil jail.
Peter Capaldi has made his debut as the new Dr. Who.
French President Francois Hollande orders PM Manuel Valls to form a new government after two senior ministers criticize their austerity policies.
The Thai general who led May's coup, Prayuth Chan-ocha, is officially appointed prime minister following King Bhumibol Adulyadej's endorsement.
A Liberian doctor has died despite taking experimental anti-Ebola drug ZMapp, the country's information minister says.
UK close to possibly identifying James Foley's killer.

Aug 22nd 2014

Today in History: 555: Columba reports seeing a monster in Loch Ness; 1642: Charles I calls the English Parliament traitors. The English Civil War begins; 1972: Rhodesia is expelled by the IOC for its racist policies. Holidays and Observances: None.

Day 234 there are 131 days remaining this year.

People born today:
Pope Leo XII, 1760-1929;
Milan I of Serbia, 1854-1901;
Dorothy Parker, Poet, 1893-1967;
Deng Xiaoping, Politician, 1904-1997;
Hugh Paddick, Actor, 1915-2000;

Ray Bradbury, Author, 1920-2012;
Margaret Prosser, Politician, 1937-;
Valerie Harper, Actress, 1939-;
Cindy Williams, Actress, 1947-;
Eleonora Brown, Actress , 1948-;
Steve Davis, Snooker player, 1957-;
Mats Wilander, Tennis player, 1964-;

Elisabeth Murdoch,
Businesswoman, 1968-;
Richard Armitage, Actor, 1971-;

Kristen Wiig, Actress, 1973-;
Jennifer Finnigan, Actress, 1979-;
Luke Russert, Journalist, 1985-.

People died today:
Pope Gregory IX, 1143-1241;
Pope Nicholas III, 1216-1280;
Richard III of England, 1452-1485;

Maria Cunitz, Astronomer, 1610-1664;
Jean-Honoré Fragonard,
Painter, 1732-1806;
Henry Radcliffe Crocker,
Dermatologist, 1846-1909;
Ellen Church, Flight attendant, 1904-1965;

Jomo Kenyatta, Politician, 1894-1978;
Colleen Dewhurst, Actress, 1924-1991;

Gladys Powers, Soldier, 1899-2008.


If you are having problems with your tablet sales, you may not be alone. In fact Ricardo Bilton at digiday.com says 'a combination of design, pricing and discovery issues has made tablet magazines a hard sell, both for publishers and the digital readers they’re trying to reach.' Joe Zeff VP of 'tablet app software company ScrollMotion' says 'there are still a lot of issues.' For more on this, click here.

All is not well at People magazine as a 'discrimination lawsuit filed by former People staffer Tatsha Robertson makes a number of incendiary claims against since-departed executive editor Betsy Gleick' reports mediabistro.com. Tatsha Robertson asserts that standards are different depending on the color of the skin of the person featured on the cover. For more, click on the covers.


Edward Menicheschi is leaving Vanity Fair to 'become president and chief marketing officer of Condé Nast Media Group' says Steve Cohn at foliomag.com, and if anybody would know, it would be Steve! For more, click here.



'The New York Post appears to be going way out of its way to anger people' reports D. B. Hebbard at talkingnewmedia.com. Says D.B. 'the new iPad edition is simply a PDF replica, and as tabloids reproduce better on iPads as a replica than do broadsheets, you might think readers would not mind' - well you would think that, but to quote D.B. 'nope!' For more on angry readers and their readers, click here.

Today Media, a Wilmington, DE. company is to produce a new local magazine next month called Delaware Business Times. Sam Waltz is the publisher, Avie Silver is selling advertising and the executive editor is Michael Mika. It will publish bi-weekly and according the the magazine's media kit will contain "vital, relevant business news." In print and online sections will include news, statistics, focus section, business profiles and more.

GENERAL NEWS BRIEFS... GENERAL NEWS BRIEFS... GENERAL NEWS BRIEFS
A senior official in Kiev accuses Russia of invading Ukraine after Russian humanitarian aid lorries cross the border without permission.
More than 191,000 people have been killed in the Syria conflict up to April.
Scottish folk singer Jean Redpath has died.
Both US Ebola patients are out of hospital.
Four white lion cubs born in Germany.
Venezuela plans to fingerprint supermarket shoppers in a move to combat food shortages and smuggling.
India blocks Gandhi murder film.
UAE names Oxford Street, Piccadilly and Soho as dangerous areas that tourists should not visit.
Senegal closes its border with Guinea because of the deadly Ebola outbreak.

Aug 20th 2014

Today in History: 1998: The Supreme Court of Canada rules that Quebec cannot legally secede from Canada without the federal government's approval; 1988: Iran–Iraq War: a cease fire is agreed after almost eight years of war; 1914: German forces occupy Brussels; 1882: Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture debuts in Moscow, Russia. Holidays and Observances: World Mosquito Day.

Day 232 there are 133 days remaining this year.

People born today:
Jacopo Peri, Composer, 1561-1633;
Bernardo O'Higgins,
Politician, 1778-1842;
H. P. Lovecraft, Author/Poet, 1890-1937;
Jim Reeves, Singer, 1923-1964;
Yootha Joyce, Actress, 1927-1980;
Don King, Boxing promoter, 1931-;
Robin Oakley, Journalist, 1941-;
Isaac Hayes, Musician, 1942-2008;
Rajiv Gandhi, Politician, 1944-1991;
Connie Chung, Journalist, 1946-;
Al Roker, Weatherman, 1954-;
Joan Allen, Actress, 1956-;
Colin Cunningham, Actor, 1966-;
Amy Adams, Actress, 1974-;

James Ormond, Cricketer, 1977-;
Rochelle Gadd, Actress, 1980-.

People died today:
Agrippa Postumus, 12BC-14;
Mochta, Disciple, ???-535;
Martin Opitz, Poet, 1597-1639;
Cornelis de Witt, Politician, 1623-1672;
Johan de Witt, Politician, 1625-1672;
Jean-Baptiste Pigalle,
Sculptor, 1714-1785;
Pope Pius VII, 1740-1823;
Pope Pius X, 1835-1914;
Charles Bannerman,
Cricketer, 1851-1930;
Norris Bradbury, Physicist, 1909-1997;
Leona Helmsley, "Queen of Mean",
1920-2007;
Dom Mintoff, Politician, 1916-2012;
Phyllis Diller, Comedienne, 1917-2012;

Elmore Leonard, Author, 1825-2013.


"This is the dawn of a new and exciting period of growth for AMI." All because AMI, according to Michael Rondon at foliomag.com 'is converting almost 25 percent of its outstanding debt into equity holdings for its new owners.' This means AMI's debt is reduced by about 25% and reports Michael 'according to its 2014 fiscal year annual report, the company relies on print for 57 percent of its revenue, with more than three-quarters of those dollars' from newsstand sales. For more, click here.



Nicole Levy at capitalnewyork.com scribes that 'Condé Nast is selling the fashion trade paper Women's Wear Daily, and the bulk of the other titles and businesses in its Fairchild Fashion Media division, to Penske Media Corporation. Says Alexandra Steigrad at wwd.com the deal includes 'WWD, its archive, Footwear News, M Magazine and the Fairchild Summits and events business.' Some brands that were the property of Fairchild will however stay at Condé Nast, for more on this, click here.



Dan Gilbert the owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers is said to be in talks to buy a bit of the Robb Report. $60,000,000 is the apparent asking price, so suggests Keith J. Kelly at the new York Post - and Keith is the guy that would know! Says Mr. Kelly 'the 52-year old Detroit native has no experience running any publishing entities' but if the deal is done, the current management would remain. For more, click here.


Hearst Launching TrendingNY in New York Metro Area





GENERAL NEWS BRIEFS... GENERAL NEWS BRIEFS... GENERAL NEWS BRIEFS
ISIS., a militant group releases a video purporting to show the beheading of US journalist James Foley, possibly by a British man.
Police in Paraguay arrest a fugitive Brazilian fertility doctor, Roger Abdelmassih, convicted of sexually abusing 39 of his patients.
Rain sparks deadly Japan landslides.
Independence 'would devastate BBC'.
Shares in South Africa’s largest banks have fallen after being downgraded by the credit ratings agency Moody’s.
UK Prime Minister David Cameron returns to Downing St for talks on Islamic State threat following video of James Foley "killing".

Aug 19th 2014

Today in History: 1561: Mary, Queen of Scots, returns to Scotland after spending 13 years in France; 1854: The First Sioux War begins; 1934: The first All-American Soap Box Derby is held in Dayton, Ohio; 1989: Radio Caroline, the offshore pirate station in the North Sea, is raided by British and Dutch governments. Holidays and Observances: None.

Day 231 there are 134 days remaining this year.

People born today:
Eustace Budgell, Politician, 1686-1737;
Orville Wright, Pilot, 1871-1948;
Coco Chanel,
Fashion designer, 1883-1971;
Ogden Nash, Poet, 1902-1971;
Gene Roddenberry,
Screenwriter, 1921-1991;
Frank McCourt, Author, 1930-2009;
Johnny Nash, Singer, 1940-;
William Clinton, Politician, 1946-;
Mary Matalin, Political consultant, 1953-;
Peter Gallagher, Actor , 1955-;
Adam Arkin, Actor, 1955-;
Kyra Sedgwick, Actress, 1965-;

Matthew Perry, Actor, 1969-;

Erika Christensen, Actress, 1982-.

People died today:
Augustus, Emperor, 63BC-14;
Frederick III, Emperor, 1415-1493;
Blaise Pascal, Mathematician, 1623-1662;
Kathleen Parlow, Violinist, 1890-1963;
Alastair Sim, Actor, 1900-1976;
Jessie Matthews, Actress, 1907-1981;
Hermione Baddeley, Actress, 1906-1986;

Betty Everett, Singer, 1939-2001;
Donald Woods, Journalist, 1933-2001;

Mo Mowlam, Politician, 1949-2005;
Lee Thompson Young, Actor, 1984-2013.


Newsweek was a print product, then it went digital, then back to print. According to Joe Pompeo 'Newsweek, resurrected in print, now turns to the web.' However, it looks like the good folks at Newsweek know what they are doing (something currently quite rare in our business) because Joe reports 'things have settled down since the print reboot in March, according to editor-in-chief Jim Impoco, so now Newsweek can devote some additional energy to digital growth.' For more on the plans, join Joe Pompeo by clicking here.

Cara Katz Hired as New York Media Ad Director


'Bimonthly lifestyle magazine City Life has undergone a cover redesign and content change' reports mastheadonline.com with managing editor Michael Hill saying “we feel the new direction has a refreshing and modern essence to it,” managing editor Michael Hill said. “It’s one we hope readers enjoy as much as we do.” For more, cliquez ici.



Hearst has named Alison DeBenedictis executive creative director, group marketing for Hearst Men’s Group.

'On Spec magazine has lost its Canada Council for the Arts funding for 2015' reports mastheadonline.com which means they are now reaching out to their readers for funds. The report says 'the science fiction and fantasy quarterly journal has showcased Canadian writers and artists for the past 25 years. The grant (between $20-25,000) was used to pay writers and its printer. For more, click on the cover.


The first half of 2014 saw a loss in the UK of 'nearly a million in sales' which is quite a lot considering the UK market. D.B. Hebbard says 'particularly hard hit was music magazines' but as publishers we know getting and maintaining circulation is an expensive business and as D.B. says 'letting some readers go away is a pretty smart idea... occasionally the decision to drop ten percent may actually improve the bottom line of a title.' For more on this, click here.



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Police and protesters clash again in Ferguson, Missouri.
A major US hospital group said it was the victim of a cyber-attack resulting in the theft of 4.5 million people's personal data.
New York Met Opera unions agree deal.

James Alexander Gordon, one of the most recognizable voices in British broadcasting, has died aged 78.

Iceland raises volcano alert level.
Don Pardo has died in his sleep, he was 96 years old.
Liberian Ebola patients 'found'.
Clive Palmer an Australian mining magnate turned MP has caused outrage by calling the Chinese "mongrels" and "bastards" who shoot their own people.
Comedian Tim Vine wins the funniest gag award twice at the Edinburgh Fringe. Here you go: "I've decided to sell my Hoover ... well, it was just collecting dust." (For those who do not not what a hoover is, it is a vacuum cleaner.

Aug 18th 2014

Today in History: 1634: Urbain Grandier, accused and convicted of sorcery, is burned alive in Loudun, France; 1877: Martian moon Phobos discovered; 2008: President of Pakistan Pervez Musharraf resigns. Holidays and Observances: National Science Day, Thailand.

Day 230 there are 135 days remaining this year.

People born today:
Maria Anna of Spain, 1606-1646;
Antonio Salieri, Composer, 1750-1825;
Margaret Murie,

Environmentalist, 1902-2003;
Amelia Boynton Robinson, Activist, 1911-;
Moura Lympany, Pianist, 1916-2005;
Shelley Winters, Actress, 1920-2006;

Rosalynn Carter, Past First Lady, 1927-;
Ronnie Carroll, Singer, 1934-;
Patrick Swayze, Actor, 1952-2009;
Bob Woodruff, Journalist, 1961-;
Christian Slater, Actor, 1969-;

Mika, Singer, 1983-;
Elizabeth Beisel, Swimmer, 1992-.

People died today:
Pope Sixtus III, ???-440;
Pope Adrian V, 1220-1276;
Pope Alexander VI
, 1431-1503;
Pope Paul IV, 1476-1559;
Louis de Freycinet, Explorer , 1779-1842;
Honoré de Balzac, Author, 1799-1850;
Cy Walter, Pianist, 1915-1968;
Grethe Ingmann, Singer, 1938-1990;
David Gale, Actor, 1936-1991;
Persis Khambatta, Actress, 1950-1998;

Magdalen Nabb, Author, 1947-2007;
Scott McKenzie, Singer, 1939-2012;

Victoria Eugenia Fernández de Córdoba, 18th Duchess of Medinaceli, 1917-2013.


'Departures is marking its 25th anniversary with a special issue with five separate covers' says Alexandra Steigrad at wwd.com and the covers were sponsored by Tiffany & Co.. For more, click here.

'Women’s lifestyle publisher SheKnows Media is moving further down the platform road by acquiring StyleCaster Media Group, a collection of fashion and beauty sites' says Lucía Moses a digiday.com. However in so doing, Ms. Moses says 'it faces the question of how it can double its contributor roster while maintaining quality and consistency across its array of properties.' To see if the question gets answered, click here.


Last week was a funny old week, a week that sent Jess Cagle, editor of People magazine into a frenzy - and he loved it! Christine Haughney reports on the man that has a passion for celebrity, click here for more.


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Julian Assange suggests he will "soon" leave London's Ecuadorean embassy.
Pope urges Korean reconciliation.
Texas Governor Rick Perry vows to fight an indictment against him for abuse of power.
Ricardo Izurieta, who succeeded General Pinochet
as Chilean army chief in 1988 has died, he was aged 71.
At least 160 people are reported to have been killed in floods and landslides following days of torrential rain in Nepal and northern India.
Confusion as Ebola patients vanish in the Liberian capital Monrovia.
Facebook tags satire in news feeds.
US opera star, Licia Albanese, one of the most admired
sopranos of the 1940s and 50s, dies in New York aged 105.
Sunday Night At The London Palladium is set to return to ITV with hosts that includes Rob Brydon and Jack Whitehall.
South Yorkshire Police have complained to the BBC about its reporting of the Sir Cliff Richard sex offence inquiry.

Aug 15th 2014

Today in History: 1057: King Macbeth is killed at the Battle of Lumphanan; 1914: The Panama Canal opens to traffic; 1969: Woodstock rock and roll concert opens. Holidays and Observances: Independence Day, India, Republic of the Congo, Korea; VJ Day.

Day 227 there are 138 days remaining this year.

People born today:
Blind Jack, Engineer, 1717-1810;
Edith Nesbit, Author, 1858-1924;
Edna Ferber, Author, 1885-1968;
Bill Whitty, Cricketer, 1886-1974;
Julia Child, Chef, 1912-2004;

Wendy Hiller, Actress, 1912-2003;
Robert Bolt, Screenwriter , 1924-1995;
Jim Dale, Actor, 1935-;
Raakhee, Actress, 1947-;
George Ryton, Engineer, 1948-;
Anne, Princess Royal of the United Kingdom, 1950-;
Carol Thatcher, Journalist, 1953-;

Mark Thatcher, Businessman, 1953-;
Stieg Larsson, Author, 1954-2004;
Željko Ivanek, Actor, 1957-;
Jack Russell, Cricketer, 1963-;
Debra Messing, Actress, 1968-;
Ben Affleck, Actor, 1972-;

Stavros Tziortziopoulos, Footballer, 1978-.

People died today:
Honorius, Emperor, 384-423;
Stephen I of Hungary, 975-1038;
Conrad II, Duke of Swabia, 1173-1196;
John Barclay, Poet, 1582-1621;
Adelaide Neilson, Actress, 1848-1880;

Wiley Post, Pilot, 1898-1935;

Mahadev Desai, Activist, 1892-1942;
Bendapudi Venkata Satyanarayana,
Dermatologist, 1927-2005;
Biff Elliot, Actor, 1923-2012;

Pat Wiggins, Politician, 1940-2013;
Rosalía Mera, Businesswoman, 1944-2013.


Is the day approaching where magazines and newspapers will no longer have an editor? Writes Nicole Levy at capitalnewyork.com 'New York magazine editor in chief Adam Moss announced two promotions at New York Media in a staff memo today. Editorial directors Jared Hohlt and Ben Williams are now "editor, print" and "editor, digital," respectively.' To see how this affects the editor in chief, click here.

The Economist now has more circulation in the UK than Private Eye according to the latest figures released by ABC. Eye's sale was 218,290 for the first half of this year, compared to The Economist of 223,730. However, The Economist is giving away over 57,000 copies free, which if the Eye had done the same, would mean it would still be in the number one position. In both cases sales actually dropped whereas The Spectator rose by 3.1% to 54,256 copies, even The Oldie managed a slight increase of just under 1%.

Meanwhile in other UK circulation news as 'Richard Desmond’s magazines had a first half to forget, as OK!, New and Star reported double digit percentage falls in sales in the six months to the end of June. scribes Mark Sweney at theguardian.com. For more on this, click here.

Ann Arbor is getting excited as 'the mobile engineering director for Hearst Magazines, the company will soon begin the development of its iOS and Android mobile platforms for its entire line of magazines' in Hearst magazines Ann Arbor offices, so reports Jeremy Allen at mlive.com. For more, click here.


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EU ministers are meeting in Brussels to discuss plans to arm Iraq's Kurds.
The Metropolitan Police confirms the names of two officers accused of deceiving women by having relationships with them while working undercover.
US President Barack Obama says US forces have "broken a siege" in north Iraq, to help rescue tens of thousands of people trapped on a mountain.
Robin Williams was suffering from the early stages of Parkinson's disease at the time of his death, his wife has said.
Banana firm Chiquita rejects a takeover bid by Brazil's Cutrale and Safra groups.
UN peacekeepers in Haiti clash with supporters of former president Jean-Bertrand Aristide at a protest in the capital Port-au-Prince.
Casey Kasem's body is being moved to Oslo for burial, according to a Norwegian newspaper, amid a family feud over his remains.
Leading members of the Church of Scotland are urging the Westminster parliament to be recalled so MPs can debate the deepening crisis in Iraq.
UK growth hits fastest annual pace since 2007.
A promotional Downton Abbey photograph has been withdrawn - because of a major historical inaccuracy in the background. Click here to see!

Aug 14th 2014

Today in History: 1893: France becomes the first country to introduce motor vehicle registration; 1947: Pakistan gains Independence from the British Empire; 1974: The Rocky Horror Picture Show is released. Holidays and Observances: Pramuka Day, Indonesia.

Day 226 there are 139 days remaining this year.

People born today:
Catherine of York, 1479-1527;
Princess Henriette of France, 1727-1752;
Doc Holliday, Dentist, 1851-1887;
Buddy Greco, Singer, 1926-;
Dick Tiger, Boxer, 1929-1971;
Trevor Bannister,
Shop assistant, 1936-2011;

David Crosby, Singer, 1941-;
Antonio Fargas, Actor, 1946-;
Susan Saint James, Actress, 1946-;
Maddy Prior, Singer, 1947-;
Carl Lumbly, Actor, 1951-;
Marcia Gay Harden, Actress, 1959-;
Halle Berry, Actress, 1966-;
Adrian Lester, Actor, 1968-;

Pramodya Wickramasinghe,
Cricketer, 1971-;
Christian Gentner, Footballer, 1985-;
Tim Tebow, Football player, 1987-.

People died today:
David Farragut, Admiral, 1801-1870;
Simeon Solomon, Painter, 1840-1905;
Paul Sabatier, Chemist, 1854-1941;
Tip Snooke, Cricketer, 1881--1966;
Dudley Nourse, Cricketer, 1910-1981;

Tony Williams, Singer, 1928-1992;
Coo Coo Marlin,
Race car driver, 1932-2005;

Remy Charlip, Dancer, 1929-2012;
Dilip Singh Judeo, Politician, 1949-2013;
Paddy Power, Politician, 1928-2013.


'Hearst UK’s Company magazine will shutter [its] print edition after [the] October issue' says D.B. Hebbard at talkingnewmedia.com. At the same time the digital edition (a.k.a. the replacement of print, or "the future") will also close. D.B. notes 'the digital edition, according to ABC figures, only reached a couple thousand readers.' For more, click here. Sadly, sales at the New Musical Express are lower than they have ever been with just 15,000 copies average in the first half of this year. For more, click here.

Once again, being able to distinguish between advertisements and editorial raises its head. This time People StyleWatch has a 'quiz, "Meet Your Celeb Style Twin," asks readers eight questions about their personal style and then matches them with one of 10 celebrities' says Michael Sebastian at adage.com, but it's an advertisement. For more, click here.


'When the latest issue of OWL magazine hits newsstands on Aug.18, readers will notice a few changes' says mastheadonline.com. Refreshed logo and a new mascot for starters, and says the report 'The publication will also use principles of the STEAM movement to engage its young readers.' For more, cliquez ici s'il vous plaît!


“My 14-year-old son brought in the mail today & was quite disturbed and fascinated by a ‘gift’ Lands’ End sent us — a copy of GQ magazine with an absolutely OBSCENE cover!!!” Have to be honest the words 'obscene cover' and 'GQ' are not something we would put together, but 'when the July issue of GQ landed in mailboxes across the country, the cover model was not wearing a monogrammed oxford or polar fleece. Instead, she was topless except for a strategically placed white flower lei.' Seems as though a gift idea twixt Land's End and GQ has slightly backfired. For more of the nytimes.com report, click here. (Oh, and if the magazine is "obscene" then the 14 year old should steer clear of the web site. (Click below for a glimpse!)

 



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Police search Berkshire property belonging to Sir Cliff Richard in relation to alleged historical sex offence involving a boy under 16 in the South Yorkshire area.
Heavy shelling is heard in rebel-held Ukrainian city of Donetsk.
Heavily armed police clash with protesters for a fourth night in the US city of Ferguson, MS.
UN declares major emergency in Iraq.
Brazil's president declares three days of mourning after the death of socialist presidential candidate Eduardo Campos in a plane crash.
Pope urges dialogue between Koreas.
Guinea declares Ebola emergency.
A-levels dip as degree places rise.
   
Canadian warbler Justin Bieber has pleaded guilty to careless driving and resisting arrest in a deal that avoided a drugged-driving conviction.

Frankie Bridge is the first celebrity to be confirmed for the line-up for Strictly Come Dancing 2014.


Aug 13th 2014

Today in History: 2004: 156 Congolese Tutsi refugees are massacred at the Gatumba refugee camp in Burundi; 1969: The Apollo 11 astronauts are released from a three-week quarantine ; 1624: Louis XIII appoints Cardinal Richelieu as prime minister. Holidays and Observances: International Lefthanders Day.

Day 225 there are 140 days remaining this year.

People born today:
Lucy Stone, Activist, 1818-1893;
Annie Oakley, Target shooter, 1860-1926;
John Logie Baird, Engineer, 1888-1946;
Bert Lahr, Actor, 1895-1967;


Alfred Hitchcock, Director, 1899-1980;
Ben Hogan, Golfer, 1912-1997;
Joycelyn Elders, Admiral, 1933-;

Rod Hull, Comedian, 1935-1999;
Mulgrew Miller, Pianist, 1955-2013;
Feargal Sharkey, Singer, 1958-;
C. C. Swiney, Screenwriter, 1981-.

People died today:
Radegund, Princess, 520-586;
Irene of Hungary, 1088-1134;
Florence Nightingale, Nurse, 1820-1910,

Jules Massenet, Composer, 1842-1912;
H. G. Wells, Author, 1866-1946;
Julia Child, Chef, 1912-2004;

Les Paul, Guitarist , 1915-2009;
Helen Gurley Brown,
Journalist , 1922-2012;

Lothar Bisky, Politician, 1941-2013;
Jean Vincent, Footballer, 1930-2013.


'Men's Fitness will this month undergo a redesign with its forthcoming issue' says thedrum.com. The magazine is owned by Dennis Publishing and the newly designed issue is 'set to hit shelves on 27 August.' Out apparently will be the half-naked men with muscles on the covers and all the changes are being made 'following research with subscribers, lapsed subscribers and newsstand readers.' For more, click here.



'Matt Taibbi announced two hires for his as yet unnamed magazine' yesterday says Benjamin Mullin over at poynter.org., namely Laura Dawn and Edith Zimmerman (right) who founded The Hairpin. For more, click here.


'People’s editorial staff went to work into the early hours Tuesday' says Arti Patel at minonline.com to release a special issue pivot 'that includes a 12-page cover story recounting the beloved comedian’s 40-year career.' For more, click here.


Cygnus Business Media sells construction and logistics groups to start-up AC Business Media.

Food Network Magazine Makes Editorial and Publishing Hires


Back in the 1970s we went to see the film Earthquake, and to make the experience more realistic, the seats in the cinema actually shook. Now in the 2010s we have sniff-o-rama because according to adage.com 'magazines have been more fragrant than usual this year,' for more, click here, or get really close to the screen, sniff, and then click!





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RAF Tornado jets leave the UK to support relief efforts in Iraq.

Lauren Bacall has died at home in New York, she was 89.
French President Francois Hollande says France will supply arms to Iraq's Kurds "in the coming hours".
Tens of thousands of civilians remain trapped
by militants on a mountain in northern Iraq.
A 15-year-old boy has been sentenced to four years for raping a 10-year-old girl in Shrewsbury town centre in the UK.
The European Court of Human Rights rules that the UK has again breached prisoners' rights by failing to give them the vote - but refused to award damages.

Aug 12th 2014

Today in History: 1851: Isaac Singer is granted a patent for his sewing machine; 1964: South Africa is banned from the Olympic Games due to the country's racist policies; 2004: Mr. Lee Hsien Loong was sworn in as Singapore's third Prime Minister. Holidays and Observances: Glorious Twelfth, United Kingdom.

Day 224 there are 141 days remaining this year.

People born today:
John Balguy, Philosopher, 1686-1748;
George IV of the United Kingdom,
1762-1830;
Cecil B. DeMille, Director, 1881-1959;
Guy Gibson, Pilot, 1918-1944;
Fulton Mackay, Actor, 1922-1987;
Norris McWhirter, Publisher, 1925-2004;

Ross McWhirter, Publisher, 1925-1975;
George Hamilton, Actor, 1939-;
Mark Knopfler, Singer, 1949-;
Ann M. Martin, Author, 1955-;
Sidath Wettimuny, Cricketer, 1956-;
Yvette Nicole Brown, Actress, 1971-;

Richard Reid, Terrorist, 1973-;
Casey Affleck, Actor, 1975-;

Plaxico Burress, Player, 1977-.

People died today:
Cleopatra, Queen, 69BC-30BC;

Louis II of Italy, 825-875;
Pope Sixtus IV, 1414-1484;
Pope Innocent XI, 1611-1689;
William Blake, Poet, 1757-1827;
William Renshaw,
Tennis player, 1861-1904;
Bobby Peel, Cricketer, 1857-1941;
Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr., Pilot, 1915-1944;
Ian Fleming, Spy, 1908-1964;
Artur Alliksaar, Poet, 1923-1966;

Henry Fonda, Actor, 1905-1982;

B. Kliban, Cartoonist, 1935-1990;
Loretta Young, Actress, 1913-2000;

Les Paul, Guitarist, 1915-2009;
Hans-Ekkehard Bob, Pilot , 1917-2013.


'Condé Nast, the publisher finally gave up on reviving Lucky on its own' reports Keith J. Kelly at the New York Post and 'the company will spin off its 14-year-old shopping magazine into a joint venture with BeachMint, an e-commerce company, to be called the Lucky Group.' In addition to spinning of Lucky, other changes occurred at Condé Nast including merging 'the sales and marketing team at Epicurious, its food Web site, with Bon Appétit.' For more, click here.


'New digital-only titles are launched at a time when even Apple has lost interest in its own digital newsstand' says D.B. Hebbard at talkingnewmedia.com. D.B. goes even further: 'it was only a few months more than four years ago that the tablet publishing era was born, now its death looks very near.' In other words the medium that caused the "death" of print is itself preparing to exit the world. For more, click here.


'House & Home magazine is rolling out an iPhone and iPod friendly app' reports mastheadonline.com adding to the tablet edition released earlier. For more, cliquez ici.

National Geographic announced today that it has established an alliance with Virtuoso®, the leading international luxury travel network, to promote National Geographic Expeditions travel programs through Virtuoso’s global consortium of travel agencies and travel advisors. National Geographic and Virtuoso will also collaborate on the development and launch of National Geographic Private Expeditions, a new line of trips geared toward independent travelers.


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President Obama leads tributes to actor and comedian Robin Williams, who has died in an apparent suicide.

Bolivia captures and extradites an Argentine ex-army officer accused of torturing and murdering opponents during Argentina's military rule.
Romney to campaign for West Virginia Republicans on Aug. 19
Ivory Coast travel ban over Ebola.
Rory McIlroy days breaking up with Caroline Wozniacki has made him better at golf.
Rob Ford has disclosed an alleged email warning that Toronto City Hall will be blown up if the disgraced mayor and his city councilor brother do not resign.
Veteran actor JJ Murphy dies after filming his first Game of Thrones scenes.

Aug 11th 2014

Today in History: 3114BC: Mesoamerican Long Count calendar begins; 1952: Hussein bin Talal is proclaimed King of Jordan; 1960: Chad declares independence. Holidays and Observances: Independence Day, Chad.

Day 223 there are 142 days remaining this year.

People born today:
Mary of York, 1467-1482;
John Hodges, Cricketer, 1855-1933;
Archie Wiles, Cricketer, 1892-1957;
Alex Haley, Author, 1921-1992;
Mike Douglas, Talk show host, 1925-2006;

Claus von Bülow, Lawyer, 1926-;

Anna Massey, Actress, 1937-2011;
Abigail Folger, Heiress, 1943-1969;
Pervez Musharraf, Politician, 1943-;
Eric Carmen, Singer, 1949-;
Vance Heafner, Golfer, 1954-2012;
Embeth Davidtz, Actress, 1965-;

Viola Davis, Actress, 1965-;
Nigel Harman, Actor, 1973-;
Alan Halsall, Actor, 1982-.

People died today:
Magnentius, Usurper, 303-353;
Johann Tetzel, Preacher, 1465-1519;
Henry James Pye, Poet , 1745-1813;
Lydia Koidula, Poet, 1843-1886;
Edith Wharton, Author, 1862-1937;

Jackson Pollock, Painter , 1912-1956;
Bill Woodfull, Cricketer, 1897-1965;
Anne Ramsey, Actress, 1929-1988;
Peter Cushing, Actor, 1913-1994;

Phil Harris, Actor, 1904-1995;
Mike Douglas, Talk show host, 1925-2006;

Sid Waddell, Sportscaster, 1940-2012;
Henry Polic II, Actor, 1945-2013.


Not quite sure what is going on at the Red Queen's empire, but "strange doings" is the phrase that comes to mind. 'The Blouin Artinfo.com site went dark on Aug. 1 with a note saying it was undergoing renovation' reports Keith J. Kelly at the New York Post, and according to his report, his visit to the 'Blouin Media headquarters at 88 Laight St' was not met with coffee and donuts. For more, click here.


The newsstand in our local supermarket seems to be devoid of one product - magazines! So there is more than enough room for “Hollywood at Home: Stylish Interiors & Smart Advice from 25 Top Stars.” As Arti Patel at minonline.com scribes it is 'a 128-page commemorative soft cover collector’s special issue filled with features ranging from a look at the kitchens of celebrity chefs Ina Garten and Bobby Flay to tips to help the average homeowner refresh his or her space using the latest interior design trends to a look at the iconic homes of classic stars like Frank Sinatra and Marilyn Monroe.' $4.99 will be the cover price, and if it actually makes it to the newsstand in our local A&P, we'll let you know. For more, click the cover.


As we have already noted here on circspot.com, the first half of the year was a rough one on the newsstand and despite any effort Time may make, the second half shows no real signs of being any better. But, as Chris O'Shea notes at mediabistro.com 'while most magazines were experiencing a rough first half of the year, Prevention somehow kept its head way above water.' In fact it jumped 13% year-on-year - so the question is how - Chris provides the answer, click the cover on the right to find out more.



'Much has been made of the digital magazine apocalypse which, apparently, has been looming just over our collective shoulder for the better part of four years now' says whatsnewinpublishing.co.uk, an "apocalypse" that is not quite 4% of the total circulation recently reported by the AAM. Continues the report 'the iPad has only been on the market for four years, and in that time it’s proven to be a disruptive piece of technology not only by giving the public a new way to read magazines, but by making the experience immersive and enjoyable.' Did we mention this 'disruptive piece of technology' accounts for less than 4%... for more, click here.

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Royal Mail has pulled forward the delivery times of 50,000 UK post boxes, from 4pm to 3pm, in a bid to cut costs at the newly privatized company.
Iraq president asks the deputy speaker of parliament to form a new government as the country faces a growing jihadist insurgency
American racing driver has died after being struck by the car of three-time Nascar champion Tony Stewart.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan hails a new era for Turkey and urges unity after winning the country's first direct presidential election.
Zimbabwe's anti-Mugabe SW Radio Africa shuts down.
Actor Charles Keating has died, he was 72.
Golfer Rory McIlroy wins his fourth major.
Venezuela says it will close its border with Colombia each night to try to curb large-scale smuggling of petrol and food.
David Cameron has been urged to recall Parliament from its summer recess to address the growing crisis in Iraq.
Manchester City have signed defender Eliaquim Mangala from Porto
Cyclist dies after RideLondon race.
Parts of Scotland are badly affected by high winds and heavy rain in the wake of what was Hurricane Bertha.
 

When it comes to a successful direct mail package, it pretty much all starts and ends with your outer envelope... Elaine explains and passes on some tips!  Click here to read more....


This week's column is worthy of Poet's Corner... And Another Thing! Click here to read.


We act as if “native advertising” is something new, so what is it and how should we best use it... an introduction to "native advertising!" Click here to read.


Virtually all marketing campaigns are most successful when they employ a multi-channel approach to a targeted audience... even in the "all-digital" world. Click here to read more....


On October 16th last year, a new regulation from the FCC went into effect. Ronen Ben-Dror asks how does the FCC rule affect you in the B2B environment? Click here to read more....


The Interactive Advertising Bureau found that more than a third of web traffic is fraudulent and BPA says only 40% of ads measured are actually viewable, but how much of a problem is this? Click here to read more....



Telemarketers are well aware of the Personal Identifier Question and recent changes in rules regarding the PIQ have caused somewhat of a debate in the industry. Ronen Ben-Dror of Blue Valley Telemarketing takes a look at what gives. Click here to read more....


An accurate call list is an extremely important aspect in waging a successful telemarketing campaign. Scrubbing the list is the responsibility of the publishing company and the telemarketing agency. Click here to read more....

Customers of telemarketing services often commission work without undertaking even the most elementary checks. What should the informed customer look for when choosing an outbound telemarketing agency? Click here to read,


Publishers need to address the USPS's suggested increase before it is too late. Click here to read,


Evaluating how a campaign is working while agents are in the process of communicating with current or potential clients, live monitoring is an essential tool. Can companies afford to waste all those efforts on a careless approach to monitoring the campaign? Of course not. Click here to read more....


Social media channels today are playing an interesting role in the future and the publishing world now views social media as a positive exchange with subscribers, so To Tweet or Not to Tweet, That Tis the Question Click here to read more....


How Well Do You Know Your Audience? The more you know, says Ronen Ben-Dror, this could eliminate the battle of qualifying leads. Click here to read more....


Free magazines are different from "Controlled" as we all know, but the distinction is becoming less and less relevant to advertisers. Click here!


Sending out a direct mail campaign requires a good lettershop operation... Karen Tyson explains....


Cash flow is probably the most important resource any business has. Benefit from Peter's insight and knowledge. Click here to read this exclusive article.


How to manage a telemarketing campaign and make it work for you. Karen Tyson explains....


While all major publishers maintain marketing databases, it is just as important for small publishers too. Pam would argue it’s more important than ever to maintain a database as a tool for identifying, developing and implementing strategy. Click here!


Circulation can be an asset on a sales call. Peter Lenahan explains what to do, and as importantly not what to do in this exclusive article. Click here!


For years the concept of earning and deferring income has confused many, but it is not that difficult. Get the facts behind earned and deferred income from Peter Sangiorgio. Click here to read more....


Getting a direct mail package printed takes advance planning. Karen Tyson has some thoughts and ideas as to how to make this sometimes daunting prospect easier to handle... Karen Tyson explains....


Enjoy and benefit from this exclusive article for CircSpot.com written by Peter Lenahan who explains why the circulation staff keep the sales force motivated, and how that benefits all concerned. Click here!

Reader's response: One of most intelligent articles I have ever read on ad sales and the all-important relationship with circulation. Well said. Harry S, Sacramento, Calif - via email.


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Not sure who is handling the promotions over at Vegetarian Times, but whoever it is, they are doing a great job.


In our last issue we got a renewal reminder informing us we had only one issue left.

There is a sticker on the outer envelope to remove and put on the order card inside. Good copy pointing out 'Last Chance for Maximum Savings!' and also a rather intriguing $25,000 Prize Number. Inside is a four color brochure just for good measure. These people obviously know the value of renewals. Click on any of the images above to see larger samples.

The original order was placed through Publishers Clearing House and sweeps sold, means sweeps renewed, and this is what the prize being offered is all about. Excellent technique.

Also, since we were looking at the current issue of Vegetarian Times, well done for including not one, not two, but three insert cards in the magazine.


Here's a good offer from Oracle Magazine for a qualified controlled publication. It has good benefits copy and makes requesting Oracle Magazine easy with a couple of "Subscribe Now" buttons.  There is interesting PS copy offering a new publication for those who might be interested in Java Magazine as well as Oracle. The design is clean, uncluttered and attractive. To view the offer, click here. Not sure why the publisher is only offering six free issues, but given the quality of the promotion there must be a very good reason.


Here's a nice promotion from The Nation.  It's quick to read, offers an invitation to receive exclusive free offers - it's a flattering offer and comes from a credible publication.

It ultimately leads you to a subscription landing page offering 4 free issues (very strong offer) plus attractive subscription prices and a choice of format - print or online access.
The promotion is clean and uncluttered with enough enticing benefits to attract readership.



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We received our monthly renewal offer from TV Guide this week, and it does all the right things and looks good, and makes ordering very simple. As with many publications the actual renewal date is not mentioned, something which annoys me as a subscriber, but pleases me as a marketer - can you tell I am a Gemini? IF you click on the image above, you can see what happens at the ordering stage, although this is made as simple as possible. Interestingly, for an online order form, and a renewal form at that, TV Guide offers a Bill Me option.


We recently received the regular offer from Opera News and this offer, like our old nanny Mary Poppins is practically perfect in every way. '3 Risk-Free Issues' always a vote grabber, a free gift offer of a CD, an involvement device, savings of 68%, and a reply by instruction. We may have died and gone to heaven!

Inside, or the reverse depending on your point of view, 'Free' is mentioned not once, nor twice but four times in as many paragraphs and an excellent re-stating of what we are going to get, or not if we don't reply in ten days. The Free issues are even restated on the reply card. Whoever wrote and designed this should be sent a bag of onions, because they sure as hell know them. It looks good, does all the right things and Opera News mail it regularly, so we can conclude that it works for them. (Click here or on the thumbnail to view larger image.


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Here is the latest offering from People magazine. Nice personalized outer envelope, and a simple and concise brochure showing good covers and copy that sells the subscription. To order, it's old school, snail mail - no mention of ordering via the web anywhere. Nice package and well done to People for knowing that direct mail via the post office is still a good way to get orders.

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Here’s what appears to be an advance renewal offer from Vegetarian Times.  It’s a renewal sweeps – smart idea because the original sub order was placed through PCH.  We’re assuming it’s an advance renewal as only one copy of the subscription has been received thus far.  The offer is a strong one –a 78% saving on the renewal plus a chance to win $25,000 (along with other prizes).  Package includes clever “sweeps” techniques on the outer envelope, an offer deadline and small flyer detailing prizes.  Good job, Vegetarian Times!

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We received this double postcard from GQ magazine. The card looks great, has a nice cover and a nice free gift, but also has a rather confusing offer. '24 issues of GQ for only $20.00 - that's 83c (plus 17 cents shipping and handling) per issue; in other words $24.00 then. If you add 83 cents to 17 cents, you get $1.00 which if you then multiply by 24 issues you get $24.00. Click on the image to see large versions.

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When my subscription of 'The Week' arrived last week, inside the envelope was an offer for 12 issues of 'The Oldie' magazine. As far as I am aware these magazines are independent of each other, but have a great deal in common.

This is a nice way of promoting a magazine that is probably already known to readers of another magazine and would be fairly cheap to produce and execute. Nice offer. Click on the image for a larger view of the outside and inside.

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Always nice to get something from 'The Economist' as they always do things so well.

A free copy of 'The World in 2013' is a nice incentive for the readers among us, and a free tablet cover for the tecchies to boot - which also indirectly pushes the digital version.

The predominant red is great as it screamed "ECONOMIST" as soon as I opened my email. Oh and 69c a copy, they got me! [Click here or on image for large version].
Now I just have to get a tablet - Christmas is coming!

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'People' really knows how to use it's house file. Good offer, nice creative and use of personalization.

The offer is strong and the order form is pre-populated - what's not to love? (Click on the image to see larger size and also the order form page.

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This is an interesting offer. On the one hand it pushes newsstand sales, you can save $1.00 if you print out the coupon. However if you clicked on the Save $1.00 link you can also subscribe and get eight issues free.


An offer is an offer,
even though this offer
is not publishing related,
it has ignored basic
promotion rule 1-0-1:
Know Thy Prospect!

I AM NOT A
MEDICARE RECIPIENT!

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A recent offer from People magazine. It looks simple but a great deal of thought has gone into this offer, not least the cover featured on the tablets.

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Let's state it up front - we know the email at the end of the link is spam. Even so, it is a great example of why some design is a good thing in email promotions - even text only promotions. We cannot believe anyone who got this email would even have got so far a clicking a link! Click here to see the email, which is a screen shot taken from our computer.



Rebecca Sterner wrote on CircSpot on how to set up an autorenewal. It just so happens that today we received our auto renewal for Time. In all honesty we had not planned to renew it, but it is done, and although we could cancel it, $81.00 for 56 issues is not worth the hassle of canceling, so we guess the auto renewal worked... at least in our case.


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A CircSpot.com reader looked for something on the Times of London web site, and this popped up while the page they wanted to view was loading. He liked it, took a picture, and sent it to us - thanks Glyn C-R of Buckinghamshire.


A CircSpot.com reader subscribed to Fast Company and paid $10.00 for a subscription. After placing the order, they received an email offering a $5.00 credit if she can get another person to subscribe in the next 6 hours. This seemed like a very clever idea to the the person who sent us the information - and we agree.

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