Print Round-Up: Johnston Cuts?; Sun Mobile; TV Spending Protests; Mirror’s 3am-Samsung


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Johnston Press: The torrid period of cuts at the UK’s big regional publishers isn’t over at all: Johnston staff fear that a new editorial system will mean more redundancies, particularly among sub-editors. CEO John Fry wrote in an email to staff that the company has signed up a new CMS partner — which insiders expect will involve journalists writing onto pre-templated pages for both print and online. Rival publisher Trinity Mirror (LSE: TNI) made a string of redundancies after installing CMS technology from ContentWatch across its regional titles. From HTFP.

Sun Mobile: News International is revamping Sun Online’s mobile section, adding video and personalised content. The Bluestar Mobile-made site has grown to 44 editorial sections from seven and has chosen YOC as its new ad sales agency, ending a relationship with Nokia (NYSE: NOK). Bluestar makes mobile sites for, and Times Online, among others.

Carmarthenshire council TV: A new row has broken out over a local authority’s web TV plans. Newspapers and opposition politicians are voicing their opposition to a 12-month VOD pilot from Carmarthenshire County Council costing £30,000 a year. A similar debate is raging in Kent where the county council is spending some £695,000 a year on a Ten Alps-run web TV project. More from Roy Greenslade at The Daily Mirror‘s recently launched celeb news and gossip site 3am is doing a promotional campaign with Samsung. Over two weeks the site is asking readers to take snaps of vaguely famous people to win Samsung’s new B3310 phone.

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