– Guardian.co.uk: Guardian.co.uk has appointed foreign advertising specialist AdGent 007 to sell advertising on the site for European readers outside the UK. Guardian News and Media joins UK publishers Telegraph Media Group, Bauer Media, Independent News & Media and Johnston Press as AdGent 007 users. While GNM’s focus is very much on increasing audiences and revenues in the States, expansion in western European markets as well as India and China remain big priorities. Disclosure: paidContent:UK’s parent company Content Next is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Guardian News and Media.
— Newsquest Colchester: The National Union of Journalists says the Newsquest-owned Colchester Gazette is to axe 13 jobs and remove the position of editor as part of the company’s long-running process of restructuring its local and regional titles. And it’s not just job cuts: the paper’s management and subbing operation is top be moved to Basildon, some 40 miles away, and the paper’s two editions are to be merged into one. Expect much more of this sort of thing for the rest of 09. NUJ release.
— Evening Standard: It looks to be early days in this story: Guardian.co.uk is reporting that Russian billionaire Alexander Lebedev is interested in buying Daily Mail (LSE: DMGT) & General Trust’s Evening Standard, a move that is understood to be have been rejected the company’s chairman Lord Rothermere. Guardian.co.uk reports, citing sources, that some within DMGT are in favour of selling the paper but Rothermere personally intervened to veto the move. Lebedev owns 49 percent of independent Russian paper Novaya Gazeta.