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Print Bits: Metro.co.uk Bonuses, Nottingham Local, Johnston, Commons Inquiry, Feb ABCe

Metro.co.uk: The freesheet’s website says it gives bonuses to senior editorial team members who meet unique-users and page-views growth targets. It’s been a trial ongoing for 18 months and could be extended to content channel heads, digital director Jamie Walters told Journalism.co.uk.

Nottingham hyperlocal: Northcliffe’s Nottingham Evening Post is adding more hyperlocal sitelets to its ThisIsNottingham website. There are now 72 such neighbourhood sites, like thisisbottesford.co.uk, the network organised by postal code and keywords. Via HTFP.

Johnston Press: The debt-laden regional publisher is ripping up its share incentive scheme for new CEO John Fry and starting again after its lowly share price forced a rethink. Fry was awarded shared worth £1.5 million on joining in January, but Johnston’s plummeting price means “the proposed long-term incentive is no longer fit for purpose and it is impractical to implement”, its annual report says, via The Herald.

Commons inquiry: The Culture, Media and Sport select committee is launching an inquiry in to the future of local and regional media, with fears growing communities will be left without reporting. It’s opened a consultation on funding, ultra-local online news and the impact of newspaper closures. It will consider changing rules on cross-media ownership (a victory for proprietors like Trinity Mirror’s Sly Bailey and GMG’s Carolyn McCall) and the BBC’s proposed local news syndication project.

ABCe: Fans of the monthly urinating contest, in which online newspaper proprietors compete for the most users with which to impress their advertisers, will observe the latest ABCe results, in which Sun Online leapfrogged Guardian.co.uk, Telegraph.co.uk and Mail Online to take the top spot in February. Sun also scored the most page views, on 344 million.