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Trinity Mirror

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The News of the World phone hacking scandal has ignited an international discussion on ethics in journalism. News organisations are both distancing themselves from News International's tactics and taking a second look at their own policies. In light of recent phone hacking allegations by a former employee, Trinity Mirror announced today that it will be conducting a review of editorial procedures and controls across its publications.

The investigation is due in large part to James Hipwell, who worked at The Daily Mirror from 1998 to 2000. In an interview with The Independent, Hipwell said phone hacking was "endemic" and "seen as a bit of a wheeze". This revelation, as well as his statement that he was willing to testify to authorities, was the first concrete accusation of phone hacking at a publication outside of News International. If the investigation brings back evidence supporting his claim when it concludes in September, this could blow the lid off of the scandal, pulling the entire tabloid industry in an uncomfortable position.

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2011-07-26 16:43

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The Daily Mail's website Mail Online continues to attract more and more visitors: the latest ABCe figures show that the paper had just over 56 million browsers in January, more than 3 million a day. This puts it up 56% on last year, reported Press Gazette.

Second in line is the Guardian, with 39.5 million, and behind that the Telegraph with 32 million. The Guardian is up 10.1% compared to last year and the Telegraph up just 0.7%.

Lingering well behind are Mirror Group Digital (12.9 million), the Independent (12 million) and Metro (5.8 million). The former two attracted significantly more visitors than last year, however, up 21 and 24% respectively.

Press Gazette noted that Mail Online now only has the BBC to beat, which, according to industry estimates, has about 60m unique users a month to its journalism websites.

Trinity Mirror's regional web sites were the fastest growing in the regional sector, Press Gazette also reported, with a year-on-year increase of 46% across the network of sites.

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Emma Goodman

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2011-02-25 17:06

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UK publisher Trinity Mirror announced that it is finalising plans for its upcoming paywalls on mirror.co.uk (The Daily Mirror) and sundaymirror.co.uk (The Sunday Mirror), Brand Republic reported today. According to Marketing, the concluded plans will be available by the end of the year.

"Our view is that people will not pay for ubiquitous content that is free elsewhere. But there may be a willingness to pay for unique, high-value content," said Mark Hollinshead, the managing director for the group's nationals, Brand Republic reported.

For more on this story please see our sister publication www.sfnblog.com

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Emma Goodman

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2010-10-20 11:21

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Journalists at Trinity Mirror's Mirror Group Newspapers have voted to strike in protest of the company cutting its staff by a third. The union members plan a two-hour walk-out this Friday between 5pm-7pm. If the strike actually occurs, members of the British Association of Journalists will be the first national newspaper to hold a strike in more than two years.

The BAJ voted early this summer to strike, but the vote was nullified after Trinity Mirror threatened to legally change the ballot results due to faults in the voting process. The vote was held for a second time, with 50 in favor of the strike and 33 in opposition. A large majority failed to vote, with 63 abstaining.

The conflict began back in June, when Trinity announced it would cut 200 positions from the Daily Mirror, the Sunday Mirror, and The People newspapers. A representative of Trinity Mirror said "We appreciate the changes we are making are difficult, however they are absolutely essential if we are to safeguard the future success of our great national newspapers in this multimedia world." The spokesman added "Clearly we are disappointed with the BAJ leadership as the strike will benefit no one...."

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Stefanie Chernow

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2010-08-17 17:50

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Cardiff school of Journalism research fellow Andy Williams has written a highly critical piece on Trinity Mirror, in light of its management of two national Welsh papers, the North Wales' Daily Post and South Wales' Western Mail, which he describes as in "serious (some suggest terminal) decline." He argues that Trinity Mirror is more concerned with generating profits for shareholders than providing high-quality news.

He asserts that both newspapers have lost large amounts of readers, and comments that "Trinity seems to display little concern that readers are abandoning its titles in droves" and that "the effect falling circulations have on the quality of the Welsh democratic debating chamber could not be further from their minds."

However, profits at Media Wales, TM's subsidiary that owns the Western Mail along with other more local titles, have been consistently high, according to Williams. He claims that these have been generated by cutting staff (by 41% in the last decade) and offering those who remain "extremely low" pay.

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Emma Goodman

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2010-07-21 17:22

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Trinity Mirror is to merge the editorial teams of the Manchester Evening News and its 22 weekly sister titles, leading to up to ten job losses, it was reported yesterday. MEN Media was bought from the Guardian Media Group by Trinity Mirror in February this year.

The move is part of a push to boost multimedia and user generated content, and will see the creation of a single editorial team with teams of reporters assigned to cover specific geographic areas producing multimedia content for MEN Media titles, according to the Guardian. There will be a training programme to help reporters make the shift to multimedia, and new equipment will be bought. There will be a single management structure to lead the newsroom and place more emphasis on content creation.

"I want to put original, local content at the heart of everything we do," said MEN Media editor-in-chief Maria McGeoghan in a press release. "This process is about using their skills in a better way, to make the business a success and to secure its long-term future," she continued.

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Emma Goodman

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2010-07-13 11:15

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The Trinity Mirror will not implement a broad paywall strategy on its websites, according to Sly Bailey, chief executive of the newspaper group.

Bailey discussed the group's stance on charging for online access to content with MediaGuardian, confirming there are no plans to install a broad paywall. The group favors charging for more specific online services and products instead.

"We certainly don't believe throwing up a paywall is the right strategy," said Bailey. "It won't be possible for general content, I can't see why people would pay for high quality content when it's free elsewhere...the BBC is an obvious one here."

Despite the Financial Times announcing a 43% increase in revenue from online subscriptions last year, and rumors of News Corporation's plans to erect paywalls for the Times and Sunday Times this year, as well as the New York Times' recent commitment to paid online content, Bailey remains unconvinced of the benefits of such a move.

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Trafton Kenney

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2010-03-04 14:56

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The Guardian Media Group (GMG) today sold its regional media business to Trinity Mirror in a £44.8 million deal, it was widely reported. Of the price, £7.4 million comes in cash and Trinity Mirror is releasing GMG from a £37.4 million print contract.

The deal is due to be completed by March 28. The Guardian, which was previously known as the Manchester Guardian before moving its main office to London in the 1960s, will still have a Manchester-based reporter.

GMG Regional Media publishes 32 newspapers including the Manchester Evening News (MEN). The group is made up of two operating businesses, MEN Media in the north-west and S&B Media in the south. The group reported an operating profit of £500,000 in the year to March 2009, with turnover of £94.5 million, but did not make a profit in the twelve months to December 2009. The sale will make Trinity Mirror the dominant media group in north-west England.

Chief executive of GMG Regional Media Mark Dodson and managing director of MEN Media Ruth Spratt are to leave the company. GMG Regional Media's chief operating officer has been made managing director of MEN Media. S&B Media will be managed as part of Trinity Media's existing business in the region.

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Elizabeth Redman

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2010-02-09 18:39

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Identify what you can offer that is unique, was Matt Kelly's advice to participants at the WAN-IFRA conference on using sports news to optimise your revenue. Digital content director at the Mirror Group (part of Trinity Mirror), Kelly led the creation of MirrorFootball.co.uk, a standalone football-focused site that has gained the paper new readership.

Kelly explained that despite a successful redesign of the Mirror's website in 2008 which resulted in a significant increase in readership, the implosion in advertising rates meant that he and his team started to think about ways to re-engage with their readers. The Mirror was already a paper with a strong sports section, and there were "compelling arguments" in favour of taking this further, Kelly said. A new site would re-engage the user, accentuate the Mirror brand and align it with football.. There would be the opportunity to open up new revenue streams via more effective advertising.

There was also the fact that it could be an opportunity to integrate the print and web sports journalists at the Mirror. Before the launch of MirrorFootball, the sports journalists for print and web worked quite separately, and "the paper journalists never felt like the website belonged to them," Kelly said.

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Emma Goodman

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2010-01-15 12:18

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Midland News Association, owner of the U.K.'s best selling regional paper, Wolverhampton's Express & Star, has revamped the paper's online offering complete with a useful business directory, Press Gazette reported.

The website has undergone aesthetic work to make it more user friendly, complete with larger photos, a simplified page layout and more intuitive navigation capability.

The makeover is part of the newspaper's new partnership with Trinity Mirror, which enables the publication to make use of its Local Mole business directory. The business directory will serve the communities of the Black Country and broader West Midlands.

The website has also recently struck a deal with Motors.co.uk, enabling it to bring readers classified cars sales ads from local dealers.

Other changes include the embedding of national and international ITN news videos onto the site, as well as a fantasy football game.

Midland News Association, which is to begin works on sister website Shropshirestar.com in the next few weeks, said it hoped the improvements to the Express & Star's site would help boost web traffic.

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Helena Humphrey

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2010-01-13 15:52

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