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Northcliffe Media has sold Northcliffe Retail to news agency chain Rippleglen for £8.2m.
The move is part of DMGT’s strategy of focusing Northcliffe on its local media operations. Northcliffe Retail has 61 outlets around the East Midlands, and made an operating profit of £1m on revenue of £35m in the year ending October 1 2006.

The Press & Journal in Aberdeen is to take the views of hundreds of readers around its circulation area through a special panel to get instant feedback on what it publishes.
Gender, age, geography and frequency of readership will all be taken into account when the stats are collated in a project that will increase the company’s reach into the community.

Black and minority ethnic professionals in newsrooms and studios across the UK are invited to take part in the first ‘Move on Up in News’ day in London on Friday, September 21.
The event is not only for journalists. It’s also aimed at camera operators, graphic artists, studio managers, gallery staff, floor managers, researchers and broadcast assistants.
It is being organised jointly by BBC News and the broadcasting union, BECTU. Others taking part include Sky News, ITV News, IRN, Channel 4 News, Reuters, the Press Association, The Telegraph Media Group, Times Online, GCap, Guardian Media Group, Bloomberg, Chrysalis and Al Jazeera English.
Application forms are available online at

Associated Northcliffe Digital has announced the launch of a new Profiling Study to give in-depth insights into actual and expected behaviour of consumers.

The new tool follows on from last month’s roll out of the web analytics system, Intellitracker, across the company’s network of more than 120 sites, and is another step towards AN Digital’s aim of becoming the industry leader in offering uniform network-wide planning.
The 10-week study will ask participants across 48 sites both generic questions and those specific to the site via which they were contacted.

A leading sports press photographer from the North-West has died, aged 65.
John Garfield Dawes worked for a number of national newspapers but started his career with news agency Mercury and John Mountfield Photography before working at the Widnes Weekly News in 1963. He won the British Picture Editors’ Award in 1978 when he was at the Daily Star. Do you have a story about the regional press?
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