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July 2015

31 July 2015

Russia Could Ban 'Gay Emojis'

The Russian government may ban 'gay emojis' from all social media platforms, if an investigation proves they violate the country's prohibition on what it calls gay "propaganda", Russian newspaper Izvestia has reported.

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30 July 2015

Russian Watchdog Threatens News Site Over Bitcoin Article

Russia's media watchdog has told Zuckerberg Pozvonit, a tech news site, that it must delete or edit a bitcoin-related article it published two years ago.

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29 July 2015

Russian version of Facebook settles piracy claims with Sony Music - media

The largest Russian social network VKontakte (VK) has signed a settlement agreement with the US record company Sony Music. This will put an end to a copyright lawsuit and legalize music on the network, says Russia’s Vedomosti newspaper.

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28 July 2015

"Our Russia" - Popularity of Alternative News Coverage Growing in West

The readership of those not taken in by pro-US media propaganda and preferring an alternative approach to news coverage, is growing, said Phil Butler, an American journalist who recently launched the Our Russia project to counter Western propaganda.

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27 July 2015

Russian Radio Station Slapped With Warning Over Program on Swingers

Russia's communications watchdog Roskomnadzor has issued an official warning to the Govorit Moskva radio station for broadcasting a program on swingers, the watchdog said Friday.

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24 July 2015

Hack Pack: Carving Out a Niche in the Russian Media Environment

If there is one thing you can say about the media landscape in Russia — it's bad and probably getting worse. But a young Russian-American team thinks that this tough media environment is just the place for a new start-up.

In the past years, the media in Russia and the former Soviet republics have been hit by several economic crises. Most recently when the ruble fell drastically against the dollar and euro, media organizations were among those hardest hit since a significant part of their production costs are in euros. Advertising income also dropped.

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23 July 2015

Financial Times sale: Pearson in 'advanced discussions' with buyer

Pearson is in “advanced discussions” over a sale of the Financial Times, it said on Thursday. Reuters said the London-based FTSE 100 company had decided to sell FT Group to an unnamed global digital news company, according to a person familiar with the deal. The sale of the global financial newspaper, which was first published in 1888, could net Pearson as much as £1bn. Potential buyers previously linked to a move for the Financial Times include Axel Springer, Thomson Reuters and Bloomberg.

On his return to running his eponymous financial information company Mike Bloomberg replaced his long-time editorial chief Matt Winckler with John Micklethwait, the erudite former editor of the Economist. The appointment immediately revived rumours of a bid for the FT. Other potential buyers could include a billionaire keen to own a global brand such as the Financial Times. Pearson has long been said to have been considering a sale of the title, which is edited by Lionel Barber. Its former chief executive Marjorie Scardino once said the paper would be sold “over my dead body”.

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22 July 2015

PDA XXIX International conference

Dear colleagues!

We invite you and your employees to participate in the PDA XXIX International conference, which will be held from September 27 to October 3 in Loutraki (Greece).

Conference topics cover the most actual problems in the functioning of the market of printed products, which are of interest for the media community. Participants will highlight the main trends in the Russian and foreign press markets, to assess the current state of the Russian media industry, present a forecast of its development in the coming perspective.

Special emphasis will be given to trends in the publishing market in the current unstable general economic situation, the fall of interest in reading among the population, reducing the advertising revenue in publishing budgets, reducing points of realization of printed materials. The issues on providing state support for socially significant media promotion, prospects of multi-channel publishing content, methods of attracting younger audiences, etc will be also covered.

Conference participants will be introduced with the foreign experience of publication and sale of printed materials, in particular with the work of the press publishers and distributors of Greece during the crisis.

For foreign colleagues PDA cancels the organizational fee. The cost of participation in the conference will consist of the payment for travel and accommodation at Hotel Poseidon Resort 5 *.

If you are interested to participate in the conference please let me know.


Yours faithfully

Alexander Oskin

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17 July 2015

Magazine Industry Growth Slows 60 titles launch, 23 close through the first half of 2015.

While first-half magazine launches outpaced title shutdowns for the sixth year in a row, the bottom line isn’t great: net growth is dwindling.

First, the good news. MediaFinder’s report says that 60 magazines started publishing in the first six months of 2015, while just 23 shuttered—a net gain of 37 publications.

There are signs that the industry is stabilizing, as the 23 closures are a low since MediaFinder started publishing its tallies in 2009, and are fewer than a tenth of the high-water mark set that year—279 magazines stopped publishing in the first half of 2009.

The bad news is that launches are falling at an even faster rate. Gains are better than losses, but net additions to the industry have been steadily dropping for the last four years. And with a 41-percent decline in growth year-over-year, this marks the worst first half since the recession (there was a net gain of just three magazines in 2010).

The lack of investment in new titles echoes the dearth of M&A activity in the beginning of 2015. According to Petsky Prunier, deal value is way down for both consumer (-100 percent) and B2B (-87 percent) magazine media, with volume only slightly better (-70 percent and 22 percent, respectively).

*Samir Husni, director of the Magazine Innovation Center at the University of Mississippi, tells a different story though. While he doesn’t track closures, Husni says 118 regular-frequency magazines launched in the first half of 2015.

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Britain Targets Russian Media

Britain, America and other Western nations disgracefully consider real news, information and analysis Russian media provide propaganda - in other words, anything exposing their destructive agenda truthfully.

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