digital

Smartphone daily activities

Before we look at the statistics, it’s as well to look at this locally first. A report from O2 in the UK came up with some fairly interesting numbers on the daily interaction of smartphones users and their devices. Actually, there was another article related to that suggesting the “smart” phone as a word is not redundant and that we should really replace it with “phone” – I’d also advocate that we give “Ahoy” another shot as the introductory greeting! Let’s first take a look at the smartphone landscape in Ireland, or rather the estimates. ComReg keeps a track of whats they suggest are the number of smartphones in Ireland. The get this by knowing the total number of mobile subscriptions, knowing the number of 3G users (ability to consuming internet data) and then subtracting the “dedicated mobile broadband subscriptions” (aka Dongle users). From this they estimate that 44% (2,171,532) of all mobile subscriptions are for dedicated smartphone subscriptions. So, over 2m sims in Ireland are for dedicated smartphones – if you dwell on that as a media owner you have be thinking about plan “b” – if you don’t already have one. But let’s not this time out. So,…

Print

Celtic Media Group and Johnston Press changes

Two different scenarios is the ever changing landscape of Local press. Celtic Media Group has been acquired but some of its management team and Johnston Press closes one of its titles and makes some editorial changes. Celtic Media Group have acquired five titles from its (one time) parent Dunfermline Press at what can only be described as a fire sale in terms of the previous selling prices of the titles. They have acquired the titles for €5.5m in total – about 11 times less than the combined purchase price of the titles over the years. Not only have they purchased the titles, but also the print facilities in Navan. Title Price (m) Year ABC Circ Westmeath Examiner* 5,799 Westmeath Independent* €20 2004 Offaly Independent* The Meath Chronicle €30 2001 10,862 The Anglo Celt €15 2004 12,310 €65 *Collective Sale So, it’s not been a bad week for the management nor the 125 staff whose jobs are secured buy the change of ownership. Hot on the heels of the takeover, Johnston Press  decided to close the Offaly Express which, at the last ABC, had a circulation 11,070. It’s a strange twist of faith for the Celtic Media Group who has just…