News of the World, RIP

I couldn’t bring myself to buy a copy of last Sunday’s final edition of the News of the World, but here for the record is its front page. Apparently it included just a few paragraphs about the phone-hacking scandal that brought about its demise; otherwise it was a look back at the many stories, some important, it has broken over the years.

Like most people I’m relishing seeing Murdoch’s corporation wobble and cheer at the thought it might yet come crashing down. But I also share Peter Wilby’s concerns expressed in his excellent Guardian piece yesterday. The NotW at its best had a role to play in checking those in power. In classic ‘Animal Farm’ style it latterly mislaid that role and started abusing power itself. It may be a victim of its own excesses but who/what will assume that previous role?

The other thing to note is that the hugely successful NotW effectively subsidised Murdochs loss-making Times and Sunday Times newspapers. Will the Times go next? If it gets sold who would buy it?

While we await further twists I recommend a read of Adam Curtis’ excellent summary of Murdoch’s 1968 arrival in the UK to buy his first media property. Which was, of course, a newspaper called the News of the World. It’s the start of the current story in every sense.


Overmatter 04.07.11

Celebrating their fifteenth birthday, Wallpaper* offer you the chance to choose your favourite cover and see it on your copy of their September issue.

Eye reports from Italy’s Enformato creative magazine get-together earlier this year.

US magazine launches increase in first six months of 2011.

Yaaawn… issue six of OK Periodical is out on July 8. Theme: Boring.

Following Newsweek’s weird aging-of-Diana cover, Vanity Fair has some fun.

This years APA customer publishing awards morph into the International Content Marketing Awards.

An archive of front Moster Children cover designs by Campbell Milligan.


Overmatter 24.05.11

Q Magazine is 300 issues old, The Guardian have their 25 best photographs.

The New Yorker sells whole issue to one advertiser.

A little off-subject but I love these six-word stories.

A striking design from Non-Format for The Sanahunt Times, a Ukranian fashion brand publication (thanks Christophe).

Wallpaper*’s June issue features a rather smart bespoke font

…and don’t forget they’re doing their handmade cover thing again. Join in here.

Ex- editor of French Vogue Carinne Roitfeld ‘builds her cult’.



Australia considers health warning about Photoshopped images to help combat eating disorders.

De.Zines show opens in Madrid. Looks great.

Al Queda launch an English-language magazine.

‘People prefer print’ says poll, but they won’t pay for online content.

Mr Magazine lists his 25 notable magazines from the last 25 years.


Major US publishers working to create a joint online newsstand (thanks André).

Stack adds Eye and Zeotrope to their line up of their independent magazine subscription.

The surprise big winner at this week’s APA International Customer Publishing Awards? CAMRA’s Beer magazine, produced by Think. See how the big agencies continue to be challenged by smaller ones in the winners brochure.

Michael’s Linefeed publishes it’s latest video reading list. See 032c, Kasino A4 and Little White Lies (amongst others).

May 18, 2009


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The other guy at Wired

Wired creative director Scott Dadich is always full of praise for his editor-in-chief Chris Anderson. Find out more about Anderson and the challenges Wired faces in this NYTimes piece.

Celebrity publishing

‘Rio Ferdinand is a footballer not a journalist, and he has no inherent value as a commentator…’

The Guardian looks at celebrities publishing their own magazines.

Condé Nast cutbacks

The recession begins to bite at Condé Nast, according to the Guardian. Full marks for continuing with the launches: tonight the UK edition of Wired celebrates it’s arrival, more of which shortly.

February 11, 2009


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Cahiers du Cinema

Cahiers du Cinema, once one of the most influential film magazines in the world, has been sold to art/design book publishers Phaidon. Cahiers was the magazine that introduced the French new wave of film makers to the world in the 50s and 60s, but has struggled to match that influence since. It’s an interesting extension for Phaidon, known for their well-produced and cleverly targetted hardback books rather than magazines. They seem serious about the project – more here (thanks Simon).

Google magazine search

Google have a long-running programme to scan and make searchable the worlds books; now they plan the same for magazines. More here.