— FT signs Adify deal FT.com has signed a partnership with ad network creator Adify to increase inventory for ad clients through a network of small and medium partner sites. Adify builds links with partner sites in relevant niche sectors and has deals with Guardian.co.uk and The Washington Post along with 140 publishers worldwide.
— Estate agents’ site: Estate agents in Leigh, Greater Manchester, have clubbed together to launch Leighpropertyguide.co.uk and an accompanying 24-page fortnightly magazine — and have pulled their advertising deals from Newsquest’s Leigh Journal in the process. The site is run by the people behind Northwestpropertyguide.co.uk. From How-Do.
— Independent receives bids?: New CEO Gavin O’Reilly stressed he wasn’t currently looking to sell The Independent upon his appointment in March but according to Telegraph.co.uk – quoting unnamed sources — the company has received bids for it. Times Online also reports that INM has held talks to sell its 21 percent stake in Indian newspaper Dainik Jagran.
— Salford Star Free community news magazine the Salford Star can’t afford the £6,000 it needs to keep on printing and is publishing its local news and investigations online. But it’s not ideal — editor Stephen Kingston, quoting Salford Council’s own figures, says that only one in five people in the the city have access to broadband. “I’m printing posters and putting them in shop windows to encourage people to go online, but many can’t,” he says. From Independent.co.uk.
— Dawson Holdings: It goes from bad to worse for the newspaper and magazine distributor. After losing contracts with Associated Newspapers, magazine group Comag and distributors Seymour and Frontline, the company now expects to lose big money deals with Trinity Mirror (LSE: TNI) and Marketforce when they expire at the end of the year. The Marketforce deal is worth £75 million alone. Telegraph Media Group will also not renew its contract with Dawson when it runs out in the autumn. From Telegraph.co.uk.
— Metro International: Free newspaper giant Metro International has called off takeover talks two months after talks began with a possible buyer. Metro says the company was unable to “present a fully-financed offer” and it will now have to raise more cash through rights issues. Release.
Metro also today releases its earnings for Q109: it made a net loss of