– SunTalk: The audio extension of News International’s leading red-top The Sun, is looking to extend its reach to British tourists and expats in Spain: daily three-hour the show, presented by Sun Jon Gaunt, will be aired on Spanish FM stations Bay Radio and Spectrum at 11am. It’s part of plans to reach 150,000 regular listeners within one year. Via Mediaweek.
— Trinity Mirror: Just days after Trinity told its Midlands staff that 94 colleagues would be on the way out, now 66 staff in the North East are facing the chop, at its papers in Newcastle and Middlesborough. The NUJ claims the “savage” cuts will leave the papers with 10 percent fewer journalists. When will Trinity Mirror (LSE: TNI) stop restructuring? When it’s saved “at least” £25 million this year as planned by CEO Sly Bailey.
— Telegraph’s Free Ad paper: We’d call this an advertising campaign rather than a newspaper launch, but it’s revenue all the same… Telegraph Media Group has signed a deal with Gordon’s gin to launch a free branded newspaper with a distribution of 150,000 in 25 UK railway stations. The deal was brokered by the Aegis-owned Carat agency. The 16-page paper launches on a trial basis in August and will also come free with Friday’s Daily Telegraph which has an average daily circulation of over 800,000. From Mediaweek.
— Danish freesheet handout: While the debate over state funding for UK newspapers goes unresolved — it’s a part of life in Scandinavia: the Danish Newspaper Board, the Dagbladsnævnet, is bailing out Danish freesheet Urban to tune of 7.3 million Danish Krone (£842,000) — the highest payout since the state-owned board was set up three years ago. The funds must go towards developing the title over the next three years and its publisher Berlingske has to put in an equal amount. Other Danish titles, MetroXpress and 24Timer have also received funding but just to cover distribution costs. From Newspaperinnovation.com.