International round-up: Times signs up to Methode

Times signs up to Methode

The Times of London has transferred its publishing operations to EidosMedia’s Methode platform, a production system that allows for the streamlining of cross-platform publishing.

The announcement that The Times, a title of News Corp UK & Ireland Limited, has adopted Methode signals a strengthening relationship between EidosMedia and News Corp, which recently switched over to Methode across its full Australian operations.

Craig Tregurtha, managing editor of The Times, said that the move, which is part of a strategic reorganisation of the group’s operations known as Newsroom 360, will provide the newspaper with the tools to better perform under the multi-platform demands of the digital age.

“It has been a huge investment by the company in the future of The Times, both in terms of the new software and the training and education program that has accompanied it,” he said.

The general manager of EidosMedia Limited, Patrick Mawhood, said that the move will give The Times the agility and flexibility to respond to changing reader demands.

News Corp UK & Ireland’s Newsroom 360 project will see Methode’s roll out at The Sunday Times and The Sun in the near future. When the rollout is completed, the platform will serve roughly 1500 journalists and editors.

Quartz TV site experimenting with Fargo platform

Quartz, Atlantic Media’s business news website, has launched a new vertical called Glass, which is powered by new publishing software launched by blogger Dave Winer.

Glass, which covers changes in the TV market, will be able to use Winer’s Fargo software to present content through a scrolling list of headlines, which readers can then click on and expand or collapse on the same page.

The website both aggregates content from other sites and produces original news, with readers able to view all posts in reverse chronological order from the home page and stay there to read all articles.

Fargo is particularly suited for viewing on mobile and tablet, however at this stage Glass has not integrated advertising into the platform.

Scottish group buys new titles

Scottish Provincial Press (SPP) has purchased family publisher J&M Publishing, adding three new titles in a deal estimated to be around £100,000.

J&M, which has been under the ownership of husband and wife Jack and Jackie Johnston and their forebears for the past 133 years, will hand ownership of Scottish weeklies The Banffshire Advertiser, the Huntly Express and the Banffshire Herald to SPP.

SPP managing director Thelma Henderson said of the purchase: “This is fantastic news, not just for SPP but for the three titles we have acquired.

“We are an independent company that is completely committed to local newspapers and the vital role they play in their communities.

“It is a massive vote of confidence in the local newspaper scene in Scotland from a group with a proud tradition of serving the news and information needs of some the remotest communities in Scotland.”

SPP will take on all of the 23 members of staff employed by J&M, adding them to SPP’s existing workforce of 240.

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