News in brief 21.01.04

Hodgson joins Dow Jones

Media and retail reporter for The Business Jessica Hodgson is moving to Dow Jones Newswires as UK media correspondent.

Hodgson has previously covered the media beat for The Observer, Evening Standard, MediaGuardian, Press Gazette and Broadcast.

Canadian Michael Wang has been appointed Dow Jones Newswires mergers and acquisitions reporter for Europe.

Mainland move for County Press

The
Isle of Wight County Press has signed a contract to be printed on the
mainland in West Berkshire with independent publisher and printer
Newbury Weekly News (printers). The new printing arrangement for the
independent island title will begin when Newbury’s new Goss printing
press, costing in the region of £5.5m, is commissioned in early March.
The County Press is presently printed by the Kent Messenger Group,
another independent publisher.

BECTU members at BBC on hold

BECTU
members who could be affected by the BBC’s plans to move some divisions
out of London have been advised not to complete management
questionnaires until the union issues further advice.

Springer to float on stock market

The
world’s second-largest academic publisher, Springer Science &
Business Media, is planning a stock market flotation that could value
the company at more than £1.4bn. In Britain, the company oversees 20
publications at its base in Surrey. The company is expected to float by
2007 at the latest.

December boost for sports site

Skysports.com
has registered a record 177 million page impressions in December. The
site attracted 3.4 million unique users, which included live text
commentary of England’s opening tests against South Africa.

Record behind Unison scoop

The
Daily Record landed the exclusive that the boss of Unison, the
country’s biggest trade union, had called for Tony Blair’s resignation
after the next election so that Chancellor Gordon Brown could take over
as Prime Minister. Dave Prentis told the paper “something dishonourable
is happening at the moment. We need a timetable for changeover.”

Plans to air TG4 in the spring

The
British and Irish Governments plan to begin broadcasting TG4 from
Belfast in the spring to extend the reach of the Irish-language
television channel to Northern Ireland’s Irish speakers, said to number
I67,000.

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