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Publisher eyes Highbury House

Highbury House has confirmed that an unidentified publisher has made
an approach that could lead to a bid for the company. Shares in
Highbury rose 26 per cent on Wednesday after the news broke.

The company, which publishes Front and Fast Car , was hit by a
profits warning in September and last month warned that disappointing
trading and advertising results were to come. Industry insiders have
speculated that the company may be Future, which has made three
acquisitions in the past two months. Future has declined to comment.

Russian launch for Wallpaper*

Wallpaper* magazine is to launch in Russia this month, publisher IPC
has announced. The lifestyle and design title will be produced under
licence by publisher Axel Springer, and will include translated copy
from the UK edition as well as locally-targeted editorial. Yulia
Korsounkaya, who has previously edited the Russian editions of
Cosmopolitan and Harper’s Bazaar , is the new editor.

Oz court backs actress Kidman Actress

Nicole Kidman has won a restraining order in the Australian courts against two photographers.

Jamie Fawcett and Ben McDonald are ordered not to go within 60 feet
of her house in Sydney. Kidman claimed she had felt like a prisoner in
her own home because of the constant presence of the two photographers.
The injunction came after a listening device was found outside Kidman’s
home that was thought to have been used to monitor her movements. Both
photographers denied any wrong doing.

What to Wear in a sticky situation

The BBC has announced that its spring issue of What To Wear magazine
will be the first gNewsNnNlossy mag in the UK to carry stickers. The A5
shopping bible will feature 20 bound-in stickers carrying slogans such
as “Bad day pick-me-up” and “Must have it” so readers can mark their
favourites in the 164-page mag.

NUJ strike fund due to hit £1m

The NUJ strike fighting fund is on course to reach £1m during the
course of this year. The fund is being built up to help members who
lose pay when they go out on strike. The union’s National Executive
Council has proposed that a new legal action fund should be set up to
help the union fight legal cases on subjects such as bullying,
copyright and employment rights.

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