– The Sun: Having announced the launch of its Sun Talk daily radio broadcasts, News International’s flagship red-top is launching a live, online gameshow produced by Pop Idol maker Fremantle Media. Putting its new £1 million studios (pictured) to good use, Sun Quiz Live will debut this summer and will be a mixture of word, number and logic puzzles. Watching the two-hour, five days-a-week show will be free but viewers will have to pay to take part. Sun Talk goes live on April 20. Via Mediaweek.
— BBC Magazines: The BBC is shutting three of its kids’ magazine due to falling circulations: Tweenies and Balamory, which are outlived by BBC TV shows of the same name, will close due to falling circulation as will standalone girls’ magazine Amy. Staff will be redeployed throughout the BBC Magazines division, which is part of the commercial BBC Worldwide group. Tweenies became a success story after its launch ten years and it 2002 was selling 200,000 copies per issue — but between January and June last year it sold just over 30,000. From Mediaweek.
— Manchester Evening News: The Guardian Media Group-owned Manchester Evening News is pulling back on its free distribution model slightly: from next week there will be 20,000 free copies available in the city centre on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays — a 75 percent reduction on the current level — but the normal 90,000 will be given out on Thursdays and Fridays. The extra copies could come back, depending on advertising revenues, but in the meantime the move will have a big impact on the paper’s circulation which reached a daily average of more than 150,000 in H208. Via Mediaweek.com.
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