July 22, 2016 Last Updated 8:06 am

Morning Brief: Al Jazeera English to give it another try; Anti-Brexit paper claims success

Al Jazeera English is going to give it another try, saying in an internal memo that it would launch another English language digital streaming service in the US, planning for a September launch.

AJA-icon-300The company did not issue an official statement, likely because it will again have to negotiate with cable companies in order to pull it off. That means that the chances of them actually launching may end up being low.

If the reports are true, however, it may be that the company felt that their old service, Al Jazeera America, was so badly managed that the only way to fix things would be to close it down and start all over again.

If that is the case, that may have been a smart decision.

The New European, the ‘pop-up’ newspaper launched by the Norwich-based regional publisher Archant, is said to have been able to sell 40,000 copies – a number that the publisher said was enough to make the paper profitable.

TNE-iPhone-feature“Some have said print is dead. No it’s most certainly not. It has made money from the get-go. It is a profitable endeavor,” Jeff Henry, chief executive at Archant, told The Guardian.

Am I too cynical to call bullshit on the whole thing? If selling 40K newspapers is enough to generate a profit for the paper then a couple things also be true, such as no one is getting paid much to do the work.

Of course, as a ‘pop-up’ paper, or as we might call it here, a special section, there is no new staff. There is also a minimal marketing budget behind the project

But, if the company is right, they haven’t lost their shirts on the project and so are happy so far with the results. But Archant has not committed to more than a couple more issues.

“It may only have a shelf life of four editions, it might not. We will decide what to do probably between the third and fourth editions,” Henry said.

Gannett announced yesterday that it would consolidate the editing and design of its Corpus Christi newspaper, the Corpus Christi Caller-Times, a paper it acquired when it bought the Journal Media Group chain, in its Arizona facility. Getting less notice, though, was the announcement that it was shutting down a paper.

CFF-300The Central Florida Future, the student newspaper at the University of Central Florida, the paper will print its last edition on August 4.

Gannett issued a statement that was not exactly well worded:

“The recent investments Gannett has been making to build out the USA TODAY Network nationally and in the state of Florida have created new demands for our time and attention,” said Jeff Kiel, Gannett’s regional president.

That’s right, the company has other priorities, and students at UCF don’t rate. Sheesh, I hope Mr Kiel doesn’t plan on going into politics.

The paper has been published since 1968.

I searched to see if there was an alternative to Gannett’s paper and found a website that claims to serve the same readers. But when I clicked on the “About” page, the site tried to install malware, which is why it won’t be linked to here.

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