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Gan­nett circ rev­enues decline as it ex­plores HQ sale

Gan­nett re­ported that de­clines in cir­cu­la­tion rev­enue at USA To­day and its Bri­tish news­pa­pers out­weighed gains at the com­pany’s 80 com­mu­nity news­pa­pers for an over­all decline of 0.9 per­cent year to year. Ad­ver­tis­ing rev­enues were down 5.8 per­cent for the year and na­tional ad­ver­tis­ing was par­tic­u­larly weak, down 20.8 per­cent for the fourth quar­ter and 13.2 per­cent for the year.

How­ever, USAT con­tent was also sold to the Rich­mond (Va.) Times-Dis­patch and the Ar­ling­ton (Ill.) Daily Her­ald, said Gra­cia Mar­tore, CEO of Gan­nett, on a con­fer­ence call with in­vestors. She also said that the re­cov­er­ing econ­omy is boost­ing classi eds, es­pe­cially in auto and real es­tate. To­tal pub­lish­ing rev­enues are ex­pected to show quar­ter-to-quar­ter im­prove­ment “by a cou­ple of per­cent­age points,” Mar­tore said.

Mean­time, Mar­tore said Gan­nett is con­sid­er­ing sell­ing its Vir­ginia head­quar­ters and re­lo­cat­ing. Gan­nett cur­rently oc­cu­pies some 785,000 square feet in two o ce tow­ers at 7960 Jones Branch Dr. in Tysons Cor­ner.

e pos­si­ble move comes as Gan­nett pre­pares to split into two com­pa­nies — one fo­cused on dig­i­tal and broad­cast­ing and the other on news­pa­pers.

“ is is part of our tran­si­tion to more e - cient use of our real es­tate across the com­pany,” said Jeremy Gaines, spokesman for Gan­nett.

Gaines added that the com­pany plans to stay in the Wash­ing­ton D.C. area.

Courier ac­cepts RRD bid, pays $10M fee to Quad/Graph­ics

R. R. Don­nel­ley & Sons Co. and dig­i­tal print­ing, pub­lish­ing and con­tent man­age­ment com­pany Courier Corp. an­nounced that they have signed a de ni­tive agree­ment through which RRD will ac­quire Courier for $23.00 per share in cash, or 1.3756 RRD com­mon shares. e deal is sub­ject to pro ra­tion so that a to­tal of 8.0 mil­lion shares of RRD com­mon stock, rep­re­sent­ing ap­prox­i­mately 51 per­cent of the to­tal merger con­sid­er­a­tion, will be is­sued in the merger.

Courier on Jan. 16, en­tered into a merger agree­ment with Quad/Graph­ics.

In ac­cor­dance with that agree­ment, Courier paid Quad/Graph­ics a $10 mil­lion ter­mi­na­tion fee, which the com­pa­nies said will be fully re­im­bursed to Courier by RRD.

Un­der terms of that agree­ment, Quad/ Graph­ics would have paid a lesser to­tal pur­chase price for Courier — $20.50 per share.

“We con­tinue to be­lieve our o er to Courier was com­pelling and would have pro­vided sig­nif­i­cant value for all of Quad/Graph­ics and Courier stake­hold­ers, in­clud­ing share­hold­ers, em­ploy­ees and cus­tomers in the book mar­ket over the long term,” said Joel Quadracci, chair­man, pres­i­dent and CEO of the com­pany, in a state­ment. “How­ever, when it comes to spend­ing our cap­i­tal, we main­tain a dis­ci­plined ap­proach and, there­fore, did not sub­mit a re­vised o er.”

e ter­mi­na­tion of the deal with Courier will have no im­pact on Quad/Graph­ics’ pre­vi­ously an­nounced in­vest­ment in more than 20 HP color dig­i­tal web presses, the com­pany said.

Idaho daily out­sources cir­cu­la­tion, de­liv­ery

The (Boise) Idaho States­man tapped Global Ad Dis­tri­bu­tion to han­dle all of its cir­cu­la­tion and de­liv­ery op­er­a­tions, Global Ad Dis­tri­bu­tion said.

Be­gin­ning March 30, the rm will man­age home and sin­gle-copy de­liv­ery of the pub­lisher’s ag­ship daily, as well as its port­fo­lio of mid­week and Sun­day Se­lect prod­ucts.

e McClatchy Co.-owned States­man’s last re­ported daily cir­cu­la­tion was ap­prox­i­mately 45,000.

Reuters teams with TIMA to launch video con­tent ser­vice

Reuters part­nered with global con­tent ser­vice provider TIMA to o er lo­ca­tion ser­vices to broad­cast­ers and on­line me­dia out­lets. e news ser­vice com­bines Reuters’ ed­i­to­rial con­tent with TIMA’s tech­nol­ogy to ll a de­mand for live con­tent, the com­pa­nies said.

e ser­vice launched at the 87th Academy Awards on Feb. 22, where live po­si­tions over­look­ing the red car­pet will be pro­vided to clients.

At key global events the ser­vice will have ex­pe­ri­enced pro­duc­tion and ed­i­to­rial sta on the ground and clients will also have ac­cess to live stu­dio fa­cil­i­ties around the world.

“Reuters-TIMA Lo­ca­tion Ser­vices will sup­port broad­cast­ers and on­line pub­lish­ers with ed­i­to­rial, tech­ni­cal and in­fra­struc­ture sup­port on lo­ca­tion,” said Tim San­t­house, global head of video prod­ucts for Reuters. “Our ser­vice will en­able our cus­tomers to fo­cus on what they’re good at — telling their story to their au­di­ence — while the en­tire op­er­a­tional side, in­clud­ing tech­ni­cal and lo­cal knowl­edge is taken care of.”

Aus­trian news­pa­per printer diversifies with Ro­toman

Niederoster­re­ichis­ches Presse­haus Druck und Ver­lags­ge­sellschaft in St. Polten, Aus­tria, pur­chased a 16-page Ro­toman press from man­roland web sys­tems. e Ro­toman Di­rect­Drive is slated to go into pro­duc­tion in fall 2015, and pro­duce around 300 di er­ent news­pa­per ti­tles, cat­a­logs, sup­ple­ments and brochures in small and medium-sized runs.

“In re­cent years, boost­ing e ciency was a top pri­or­ity, but now we want to fo­cus on di­versi cation and o er­ing our cus­tomers new de­sign op­tions for their printed prod­ucts,” said NPD En­gi­neer and Man­ag­ing Direc­tor Ger­hard Sch­midrath­ner.

e Ro­toman Di­rect­Drive is ca­pa­ble of up

to 65,000 cylin­der rev­o­lu­tions per hour with a 965-mil­lime­ter web width. For e cient pro­duc­tion of low and ul­tra-low vol­ume print work, the press is equipped with the en­tire range of au­to­print fea­tures, man­roland said, in­clud­ing the Au­toJobChange sys­tem, which au­to­mat­i­cally ini­ti­ates a ti­tle change once the tar­get vol­ume is reached, trig­gers a fully au­to­mated plate change with APL and ramps up the press to the good copy stage.

e press also fea­tures In­line Con­trol sys­tems for cut-o and color reg­is­ter con­trol and ink den­sity mea­sure­ment. With its fth print­ing cou­ple, the press can pro­vide both fully au­to­mated ver­sion and ti­tle changes with Dy­naChange, and nish­ing op­tions such as coat­ing or spe­cial color print­ing. e press also fea­tures a per­fo­rat­ing de­vice, punch­ing tool and plow folder.

Re­port: Sports fans reg­u­larly con­sume dig­i­tal me­dia

A re­cent re­port from Sport­ing News Me­dia found that fans turned to their dig­i­tal de­vices to con­sume con­tent and en­gage in com­men­tary. e re­port, called “Sport­ing Views” an­a­lyzed data from Sport­ing News Me­dia’s Sport­ing News ePlayer net­work that serves up over 400 mil­lion streams in the U.S. each month. e net­work spans 350 lo­cal and na­tional pub­lish­ers and has over 30 mil­lion users.

On the Mon­day and Tues­day fol­low­ing the Su­per Bowl XLIX, to­tal video views in­creased nearly 50 per­cent. ere were over 10 mil­lion pro­fes­sional foot­ball video views, which is an in­crease of 95.6 per­cent from the pre­vi­ous year.

Desk­top tra c de­clined dur­ing the game, de­creas­ing 26 per­cent be­tween 6 p.m. and 7 p.m., while mo­bile tra c picked up con­sid­er­ably dur­ing the game, ac­count­ing for an av­er­age of 70 per­cent of unique vis­i­tors dur­ing the game win­dow.

rough­out a nor­mal week NFL fans are con­sum­ing the most video on Mon­days — 24.1 per­cent dur­ing regular sea­son and 27.7 per­cent dur­ing playo s. Week­day con­sump­tion peaks at 9 a.m., then again at 12 p.m. Fans are largely con­sum­ing video high­lights dur­ing the morn­ing hours, ac­cord­ing to the re­port.

e re­port also stated that the dig­i­tal con­sump­tion pat­terns of sports fans through­out the year sug­gest that foot­ball fans tend to con­sume dig­i­tal game high­lights on na­tional me­dia sites more than on lo­cal sites, while base­ball fans may lean more on lo­cal me­dia sites.

South­town Star gets new name, for­mat, web­site

The South­town Star, one of the Sun­Times Me­dia sub­ur­ban dailies ac­quired by Tri­bune Pub­lish­ing in Oc­to­ber 2014, rolled out a new web­site, dai­lysouth­town.com, and changed its name to the Daily South­town.

e daily also changed its print for­mat to a larger size and re­verted to what it called a more tra­di­tional news­pa­per look.

e web­site is de­signed to bet­ter ac­com­mo­date mo­bile use and to be more tightly in­te­grated with the Chicago Tri­bune.

e Daily South­town said it will also ex­pand lo­cal cov­er­age in the com­ing months.

e deal in which Tri­bune ac­quired the daily also in­cluded dozens of other daily and weekly pa­pers.

NYT posts op­er­at­ing decline; rev­enue re­mains flat at Lee

The New York Times Co. said that its an­nual op­er­at­ing pro t de­clined in 2014.

e com­pany pointed to in­vest­ments in dig­i­tal jour­nal­ism and sev­er­ance costs from a round of job re­duc­tions as the main causes for the decline. Rev­enue was at as growth in dig­i­tal ad­ver­tis­ing and cir­cu­la­tion o set de­clines in print busi­ness.

Dur­ing the fourth quar­ter of 2014, op­er­at­ing pro t was $62 mil­lion, com­pared with $69 mil­lion in the same pe­riod of 2013.

Net in­come fell to $30.3 mil­lion, about half the pro t in 2013, on rev­enues of $1.59 bil­lion, and nished the year with 910,000 paid dig­i­tal sub­scribers.

NYT CEO Mark omp­son noted that mo­bile and video ad sales, as well as na­tive ad­ver­tis­ing, all saw growth. Dig­i­tal ad­ver­tis­ing rev­enue in­creased 19 per­cent in the last three months of 2014.

“In 2015, e Times will re­main fo­cused on us­ing our unique jour­nal­ism and brand to broaden and deepen our au­di­ence and to mon­e­tize that au­di­ence more e ec­tively through in­no­va­tion in both dig­i­tal and print,” he said.

Lee En­ter­prises, mean­time, re­ported that dig­i­tal rev­enue grew 25.6 per­cent in the fourth quar­ter over 2013. Weak print ad­ver­tis­ing dragged to­tal ad and mar­ket­ing ser­vices rev­enue down 5.6 per­cent.

“As a re­sult both rev­enues and pro ts were es­sen­tially at com­pared to the pe­riod a year ago,” the com­pany said in its quar­terly earn­ings re­port.

Lee earned $9.7 mil­lion net for the quar­ter on rev­enues of $176.1 mil­lion.

Bos­ton Globe pub­lishes book on Pa­tri­ots' NFL victory

The Bos­ton Globe and Tri­umph Books pub­lished a hard­cover book cov­er­ing the New Eng­land Pa­tri­ots’ 2014 sea­son and playo s. e book called, “Un­de­ni­able: e New Eng­land Pa­tri­ots’ Road to a Fourth Su­per Bowl Ti­tle,” is 144 pages and in­cludes a re­view of the sea­son, anal­y­sis of the team, color pho­to­graphs, postgame com­men­tary, sto­ries of the cel­e­bra­tions and pho­tos of the victory pa­rade pro­duced by the sports sta at e Globe, in­clud­ing Chris Gasper, Dan Shaugh­nessy, Shalise Manza Young, Ben Volin and John Pow­ers.

“ e Globe has been cov­er­ing the team’s trou­bles and tri­umphs since the fran­chise was launched,” said Jan­ice Page, the edi­tor of the book. “ is book chron­i­cles the lat­est sea­son with the same rich sense of per­spec­tive and keen abil­ity to an­a­lyze what will surely be re­mem­bered as one of the most un­for­get­table runs in NFL his­tory.”

e book is avail­able for $24.95 on­line.

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