N-ked Kate pics a suicide note for publishers.
Are we about to get a highly principled magazine publisher and owner in the German group, Bauer, which is about to take control of ACP Magazines, Australia’s largest magazine publishing group? The topless Kate Middleton photos-story and the reaction by Bauer to it in Britain and Europe suggests that there will be changing of the ACP’s at-times cowgirl approach to publishing stories and photos that breach someone’s privacy, or are invented.
Bayer owns the Closer name and publishes the UK version of the magazine, which is one of the biggest selling in Britain. It is an important asset. Closer in France is published under licence by Mondadori, part of the media empire run by Italian politician Silvio Berlusconi. Mondadori is actually run by Berlusconi’s 46-year-old daughter. Mondadori also publishes Chi
, the Italian gossip mag that is due to reveal its 26-page special spread in an edition tonight, our time.
In a statement on the Closer UK
and Bauer websites at the weekend, the German group has taken a very strong stand on the photo story and suggests that it could remove the licence rights from the French group. Bauer seems to have recognised the dangers to its big UK business (more than £230 million of revenues and nearly £60 million of profits in 2011) in the Middleton photos judging by the statements.
The statements explains the relationship between the UK Closer
and that in France: "Closer
magazine UK is published by Bauer Consumer Media. The French edition meanwhile is published under a licence by a totally different company, an Italian business called Mondadori, which is owned by Fininvest (a key company in the Berlusconi empire). -- Glenn Dyer (read the full story here)
Benvenuto a Del Piero.
We're not entirely sure if The Sydney Morning Herald
's sports scribes had drunk too much prosecco or just wanted to make Alessandro Del Piero, Sydney FC's latest recruit, feel welcome (perhaps both?), but grazie
for the Italian-only front of the sports section today. Exquisite attention to detail in the "La Gazzetta Del Piero", including the date and excerpts -- read Roy Masters on "Manly non teme gli Storm"!
Front page of the day.
It's not the actual front page of The Oz
, but a round of applause for this slick Photoshop job (via @platinumdepot