Global round-up: Tribune titles go to metered model

Global round-up: Tribune titles go to metered model

The publisher of Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune and Balitmore Sun has announced plans to move all of its newspapers from a comprehensive premium subscription to a metered model.

Tribune Publishing’s digital chief Denise Warren announced last week the company’s intention to implement the new model in the second quarter of 2016, according to reports by Politico.

Ms Warren joined Tribune several months ago and previously played an instrumental role in the development of The New York Times successful metered model.

Tribune Publishing launched its premium subscription model in 2012 and its change of strategy follows the announcement by UK daily The Sun that it would drop its subscription model in favour of becoming a primarily a free news site.

Politico plans to double size in Europe

Politico Europe intends to expand in 2016 and introduce a new European financial services vertical.

The US political journalism site launched in Europe seven months ago and gained more than one million unique visitors by its third month.

A memo to staff said the expansion would be aided by two significant hirings. Former global finance editor of The Wall Street Journal Francesco Guerra will be chief financial correspondent and associate editor, and Kate Day who previously worked with Telegraph Media Group in London, will be editorial director for growth.

“Over the coming months, our operation will grow significantly, armed with overwhelming evidence that our news and business teams are exceeding the very ambitious goals we set for ourselves less than a year ago,” the memo said.

Digital Media Asia kicks off next week

Data strategy, media for millennials, programmatic and native advertising are some of the themes of the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers Digital Media Asia conference to be held next week.

The six-year-old conference is the largest new media conference dedicated to the Asian publishing industry and will be held across three days in Hong Kong.

Speakers at the conference include Iain Martin, Asia editor of News Corps’ user generated content business storyful; Suzy Hay, Guardian News and Media’s global director of content partnerships; Eugene Leow, digital editor of Singapore Press Holdings’ Strait Times; and Anjali Kapoo, Bloomberg’s head of digital, Asia Pacific.

Digital Media Asia will also feature the presentation of the Asian Digital Media Awards.

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