Defending profit margins through transformation at Singapore Press Holdings

With a profit margin of 35%, many newspaper publishers would consider Singapore Press Holdings to be in an enviable position. But Patrick Daniel, editor-in-chief of the company’s English and Malay language newspapers, says that guarding that margin is a tough challenge. Daniel was speaking at the opening session of the World Newspaper Congress in Bangkok.

World Press Trends: Future is about audience engagement

Print newspaper circulations are rising in Asia and declining in mature markets in the West, while digital advances have increased the audience for newspaper content as never before.

Print and circulation being redefined in the MENA region

“Print is not dead, neither in our market nor in the world, it is just being redefined: there is a huge demand for niche products,” said Michael Chalhoub, Founder of Gulf Sports Media FZ-LLC, UAE about the Middle East and North Africa region during the “Around the world in 60 minutes,” session today at the World Newspaper Congress in Bangkok.

Paid content strategies

Digital paid content strategies will surely be discussed and debated in Bangkok this week as Monday’s afternoon session will be completely dedicated to the topic. Shortly after Congress, WAN-IFRA will publish a Shaping the Future of News Publishing (SFN) report entitled, “Digital paid content: the journey just begins.”

How is L’Opinion faring after its first two weeks?

Two weeks on from the launch of his new “liberal, pro-business” daily newspaper, Nicolas Beytout describes his state of mind as “satisfied and realistic,” while sales figures have shown that the newspaper is slowly picking up speed.

The Financial Times launches rapid-fire news service, fastFT

The Financial Times has launched a digital breaking-news platform to facilitate the rapid delivery of “market-moving news and views 24 hours a day” in the form of 150-300 word stories. By providing up-to-the-minute reporting, it is hoped that this new application will encourage the “active news consumer” to stay loyal to the FT for their daily fix of financial news.

Ekstra Bladet launches digital paid subscription model

Denmark’s largest news website, launched EKSTRA, a paid subscription system based on the “freemium” model, on 13 May. Content that was previously accessible on the site for free remains so, whilst EKSTRA will offer extra “quality journalism” in the form of in-depth reports and analyses on complex current affairs issues for 29 DKK (3.90 €) per month, with a 30 day free trial.

Our interview with Arianna Huffington: an excerpt

Arianna Huffington’s spreading the word. She wants to start a new conversation. It’s what she and the Huffington Post do better than most in the news media industry. This time it’s all about redefining success. “We need a third metric, beyond money and power, that places value on our well-being, wisdom and our ability to make a difference in the world,” she says.

In Switzerland, NZZ paywall nets few subscribers

Leading Swiss quality paper Neue Zürcher Zeitung has attracted only a handful of website subscribers since erecting a metered paywall last autumn, according to another Swiss paper’s website.

Paywall imminent for Axel Springer’s

Germany’s Axel Springer publishing house, which in December instituted a metered paywall for mainstream title Die Welt, will follow up with a paid-content offer for by the end of May, according to media site