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I’ll gladly pay you Tuesday….

“I’ll gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today” as Wimpy would suggest to Popeye that he feed him, yet again. A short term solution to a long term problem. The decision of the Irish Daily Star to publish the pictures of Kate Middleton was a decision very much based on selling papers on a Saturday but ultimately may lead to unwinding the company on Monday. The speed of the criticism was incredible and the only individuals who publically cling on to an unapologetic and near vitriolic line were its Editor Michael O’Kane and M.D. Ger Colleran. Both completely entitled to their stout defence of the publication of the ‘holiday snaps’. Their grounds and defence is that Middelton is nothing to do with “us” etc (do I hear an 800 years there for anyone) and Michaels assertion that she can be put on a pedestal here in the Republic and is simply up there with other celebs like “Lady Gaga”. I’m quite sure that his reference to “Lady” Gaga was a royalist Freudian slip in this case, “pass me the butter, you ruined my life” kind of slip. The Joint Venture is an intriguing one, both in terms of its…

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Irish Newspaper Circulation ABC August 2012

This month sees some actual month on month increases in newspaper sales. To highlight just how rare that is:  in the last 20 months there have only been six months where a month on month increase in the overall market has been recorded and one of those months was the introduction of the Sun on Sunday. The tabloids did well this month recording a 4,000 increase on the previous month. August is normally a strong month for the tabloids with the reintroduction of the UK soccer schedule and the business end of the GAA kicking off too. August was also helped by our neighbours hosting the games and some of our party doing very well in the ring.  Overall the morning market was up over 4,000 but nearly 15,000 behind last year. The Daily Star on Sunday went through the 30 mark and it hasn’t seen that side of that number since it was actually edited and published here. My thoughts one that! The Sunday Mirror also added nearly 2,500 and the Sun on Sunday managed not to lose as much as it did last month, perhaps its levelling out at last.   The Sunday Times jumped back over the…

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Hot water for The Scottish Sun & serialisation

Some interesting developments in Scotland that have some interest for us here as well. The Scottish Sun, which is similar to The Irish Sun in that it’s a sanitised version of the ‘main’ paper taking into account the different pallets of the various regions, has landed itself in hot water with many section of Scottish society and beyond. If you’re not a follower of the round ball (foreign game style naturally) in Scotland some background: Glasgow Rangers, one of the oldest and largest clubs in Scotland, was placed in administration this year and on the back of that, they now ply their trade in the Scottish third division. There are many reasons that the club was placed in administration in the first place one of them was due to a massive tax bill being demanded from the club by the UK authorities. The clubs financial affairs have been closely watched for the past four years by journalist and author Phil Mac Giolla Bhain and he has just penned a book on the saga called ‘Downfall: How Rangers FC Self-dectructed’ which was released this week. It’s a big story in Scotland (well Glasgow) and would be of interest to many individuals….