Global: Daily Mail mulls bid for Yahoo!

The owner of London’s Daily Mail has confirmed that it’s considering a bid for Yahoo! to expand its footprint in America, where its mix of celebrity gossip and news has made its website a household name.

The Times reports that a bid by Daily Mail & General Trust for Yahoo!’s news, sport and finance sites would provide the British company with new content and open the door to Yahoo!’s advertising sales expertise and relationships.

The US has been the main driver of digital growth for DMGT. MailOnline is the second-biggest newspaper website, behind that of The New York Times. However, it has not been as successful in monetising its success and turning hits on its website into advertising dollars. The majority of its revenue comes from the UK.

There has been speculation a sale could have an impact on the Yahoo! joint venture with Seven West Media, with the Australian company possibly buying out its partner in Yahoo7!  Seven West has made no comment at this stage.

Women writers most abused in digital comments

New research commissioned by The Guardian into 70 million comments left on its site since 2006 has revealed that of the 10 most abused writers eight are women.

The Guardian reports that the research into its comment threads provides the first quantitative evidence for what female journalists have long suspected: that articles written by women attract more abuse and dismissive trolling than those written by men, regardless of what the article is about.

Although the majority of the masthead’s regular opinion writers are white men, the research found that those who experienced the highest levels of abuse and dismissive trolling were not. The 10 regular writers who got the most abuse were eight women (four white and four non-white) and two black men. Two of the women and one of the men were homosexual.  Of the eight women in the “top 10”, one was Muslim and one Jewish.

And the 10 regular writers who got the least abuse? All men.

Britain registers 71pc level of recycled newsprint

Average recycled content of newspapers in Britain last year was 71 per cent – ahead of the 70 per cent voluntary target agreed between newspaper publishers and the government – but still 7 per cent below levels in Australia.

The 71 per cent figure was confirmed by independent auditors for the Newspaper Industry Materials Committee.

The auditors said the results had been affected “fairly dramatically” by the closure of Aylesford Newsprint in the early months of 2015, resulting in loss of some major domestic recycled newsprint capacity.

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