The Evening Standard is a local, free daily newspaper, published Monday to Friday in tabloid format in London. It is owned by Russian businessman Alexander Lebedev, it is the dominant local/regional evening paper for London and the surrounding area, with coverage of national and international news and City of London finance. Its current editor is former UK Conservative Member of Parliament and Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne. In October 2009, the paper ended a 180-year history of paid circulation and became a free newspaper, doubling its circulation as part of a change in its business plan; the newspaper was founded by barrister Stanley Lees Giffard on 21 May 1827, as the Standard. The early owner of the paper was Charles Baldwin. Under the ownership of James Johnstone, The Standard became a morning paper from 29 June 1857; the Evening Standard was published from 11 June 1859. The Standard gained eminence for its detailed foreign news, notably its reporting of events of the American Civil War, the Austro-Prussian War of 1866, the Franco-Prussian War of 1870, all contributing to a rise in circulation.
By the end of the 19th century, the evening edition eclipsed its morning counterpart. Both The Standard and the Evening Standard were acquired by C. Arthur Pearson in 1904. In May 1915, Edward Hulton purchased the Evening Standard from Davison Dalziel. Dalziel had purchased both papers in 1910, closed The Standard, the morning paper, in 1916. Hulton introduced the gossip column Londoner's Diary billed as "a column written by gentlemen for gentlemen". In 1923, Lord Beaverbrook, owner of the Daily Express, bought Hulton's newspapers, although he sold them shortly thereafter to the Daily Mail's owner Lord Rothermere, with the exception of the Standard, it became a staunchly Conservative paper, harshly attacking Labour in 1945 in a high-profile campaign that backfired. In the 1960s, the paper was upstaged by The Evening News. During the decade, the paper began to publish the comic strip Modesty Blaise, which bolstered its sales throughout the 1970s; the Evening Standard ceased publishing on Saturdays on 30 Nov 1974, when it still produced six editions daily.
In 1980, Express Newspapers merged the Standard with Associated Newspapers' Evening News in a Joint Operating Agreement. The new paper was known as the New Standard until 1985, when Associated Newspapers bought out the remaining stake, turning it into The Standard. In 1987 the Evening News was revived to compete with Robert Maxwell's London Daily News, but was reabsorbed into The Standard that year, after the collapse of Maxwell's paper. In 1988 the Evening Standard included the by-line "Incorporating the'Evening News'", which remained until the paper's sale in 2009. On 21 January 2009, the Russian businessman and former KGB agent Alexander Lebedev and his son Evgeny Lebedev, owners of The Independent, agreed to purchase control of the newspaper at £1 for 64 percent ownership. A few years earlier, 12 percent of the paper was sold to Geordie Greig. Associated News keeps the remaining 24 percent. In November 2009, it was announced that the London Evening Standard would drop its midday "News Extra" edition from 4 January 2010 with the first edition being the West End Final, available from 2 pm.
One edition of 600,000 copies would be printed starting at 12:30 pm, ending 3 am starts for journalists and the previous deadline of 9 am for the first edition. There were three editions each weekday, excluding Bank holidays; the first, "News Extra", went to print at 10:00 am and was available around 11 am in central London later in more outlying areas. A second edition, "West End Final", went to print at 3 pm, the "Late Night Final" went to print at 5 pm and was available in the central area from about 6 pm. There was considerable variation between the editions with the front-page lead and following few pages, including the Londoner's Diary, though features and reviews stayed the same. In January 2010, circulation was increased to 900,000. In May 2009, the newspaper launched a series of poster ads, each of which prominently featured the word "Sorry" in the paper's then-masthead font; these ads offered various apologies for past editorial approaches, such as "Sorry for losing touch". None of the posters mentioned the Evening Standard by name, although they featured the paper's Eros logo.
Ex-editor Veronica Wadley criticised the "Pravda-style" campaign saying it humiliated the paper's staff and insulted its readers. The campaign was designed by McCann Erickson. In May 2009 the paper relaunched as the London Evening Standard with a new layout and masthead, marking the occasion by giving away 650,000 free copies on the day, refreshed its sports coverage. After a long history of paid circulation, on 12 October 2009 the Standard became a free newspaper, with free circulation of 700,000, limited to central London. In February 2010, a paid-for circulation version became available in suburban areas of London for 20p; the newspaper won the Media Brand of the Year and the Grand Prix Gold awards at the Media Week awards in October 2010. The judges" quite simply... stunned the market. Not just for the act of going free, but because editorial quality has been maintained, circulation has trebled and advertisers have responded favourably. Here is a media brand restored to health." The Standard won the daily newspaper of the year award at the London Press Club Press Awards in May 2011.
The Evening Standard launched a mobile app with US app developer Handmark in May 2010. The range of apps was updated in 2015. In Mar
The Surrey Comet is a weekly local newspaper covering the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames, in South West London, surrounding areas. It is now a free sheet but can be purchased, it was founded in 1854 and is among the oldest London newspapers and the oldest newspaper covering Surrey. The newspaper is published once a week, every Friday, is sold in Kingston upon Thames, Surbiton, New Malden, Old Malden, Worcester Park and Chessington; the Surrey Comet was founded in 1854 by Thomas Philpott, a printer from Surbiton, after he experienced a religious vision. He aimed to “expose the bad and promote the good”. Subjects for the paper included The Crimean War and the cholera epidemic of 1854. Philpott was forced to sell to Russell Knapp in 1859 due to ill health; when Knapp died in 1867 his wife Mary Ann ran the business for 33 years, before merging with rival operator and former Comet editor William Drewett, who ran the Kingston and Surbiton News, forming Knapp Drewett. The Kingston and Surbiton News continued as the mid-week Surrey Comet, published on a Wednesday until at least the late 1980s.
In 1982, the Comet was acquired by Argus Press and moved from its historic home in Church Street, Kingston, to a former furniture factory in Lower Ham Road. In 1993 it was bought by Reed Regional Newspapers, who in turn sold it to Newsquest, a management buyout group in 1996. During its existence it has interviewed notable personalities, including a 34-year-old Alan Turing on the development of his'electronic brain' at the nearby National Physical Laboratory in Teddington. Today, the Surrey Comet is owned by Newsquest with an office in London, it is sold for 55p at newsagents and other shops around the borough. It has an average distribution of 5,777 per issue, including 2,348 copies distributed at colleges and cinemas; the Surrey Comet has a number of sister publications, including the weekly Richmond and Twickenham Times, the Elmbridge Comet and the free Your Local Guardian series, including the Kingston Guardian. The Surrey Comet
The Fitzrovia News is a free community newspaper produced by volunteers living and working in Fitzrovia, United Kingdom. It is an example of what has been called community journalism, it is notable because it is "one of the country's oldest community newspapers". It is published by the central London charity the Fitzrovia Neighbourhood Association, which produces the news site and quarterly newspaper as part of its charitable activities; the Fitzrovia News was called The Tower and was started by a group of community activists in April 1973 in response to threats to their neighbourhood from building developers and the loss of housing. The name Tower was a reference to the Post Office Tower now the BT Tower which stands near the geographic heart of the neighbourhood; the Tower was produced from the flat of a local resident. The paper was renamed Fitzrovia News in 1980 when it was produced by the Fitzrovia Community Newspaper Group from the established Fitzrovia Neighbourhood Centre; the paper is printed in a tabloid format four times a year and distributed by volunteers to all residents in the London neighbourhood of Fitzrovia.
Like many hyperlocal media, the Fitzrovia News makes extensive use of available digital media: blog software WordPress and social media Twitter, Facebook. Fitzrovia News has taken a critical stance on many issues affecting Fitzrovia and the people who live and work there. In February 2011 it carried two articles supporting the occupation by the Really Free School of a house in Fitzroy Square owned by film-maker Guy Richie and criticised the mainstream media for inaccurate reporting of the neighbourhood; the newspaper is led by an author and former trade union journalist. Fitzrovia News is a non-profit paper supported by the Fitzrovia Neighbourhood Association and by advertising from local businesses and services, by public donations. Official website
South London Press
The South London Press is a bi-weekly newspaper based in Greenwich, South London, covering local news within the London Borough of Lambeth, London Borough of Southwark, London Borough of Lewisham, London Borough of Wandsworth and all South London First published in 1865, the newspaper is published every Tuesday in digital form and Friday in paper form. Many of its reporters have gone on to make careers in Fleet Street, it is still considered a training ground for the nationals. Max Wall and Richard Woolveridge edited the bi-weekly in its glory days when its circulation was over 130,000; the novelist Martyn Bedford used to work in the Lewisham office of the paper, while Brian Alexander, the former sports editor of The Sun and Mail on Sunday, was sports editor until 1986. Paul McCarthy, sports editor of the News of the World, John Pienaar, political correspondent and reporter on BBC Radio 5 Live and David Bond, appointed as the BBC's Sports Editor in 2010, worked at the SLP in the 1980s and 1990s.
Others who went on to Fleet Street include Brian McConnell, Peter Burden, Ron Ricketts, Geoff Manners, John Rodda and Colin Wood. The South London Press won the Press Gazette Regional Press Awards 2009 Newspaper of the Year for weekly newspapers above 20,000 circulation; the South London Press incorporates former newspapers, South London News and South London Observer, the South London Advertiser Group. Between 2007 and 2016 the paper was part of the Tindle Group. In 2017 the paper was acquired by Street Runners Ltd Sponsored Millwall F. C.. In August 2017 the South London Press moved from its Streatham High Road offices, to Rathmore Road in Charlton, where the editorial and pre-press departments are now all based. List of newspapers in London South London Press website
City A. M. Media Group is the publisher of City A. M. a free, business-focused newspaper distributed around London, England. Its certified distribution was 85,982 copies a day in January 2019, according to statistics compiled by the ABC, a drop of 5% year-on-year; the media group, City A. M. Limited, is owned by The Blue Bull Limited, Nashco Limited, founders Jens Torpe and Lawson Muncaster City A. M. operates as an independent media company. City A. M.'s editor is Christian May Communications Chief of the Institute of Directors, appointed in 2015. The paper employs an editorial team of 27 across its four daily sections – news, business features and investment and sport, its pagination averages around 40 tabloid full-colour pages a day. City A. M.'s launch editor was Sunday Express journalist David Parsley. He was succeeded by Allister Heath, editor for six years, he was the editor of The Business, a weekly magazine which closed in February 2008. David Hellier of the Independent and the Daily and Sunday Express, replaced Heath and served until 2015 when he was replaced by May.
The news section is made up of corporate and economic stories, as well as political and regulatory stories relevant to its readership. The paper runs interviews of business leaders; the news pages contain a variety of corporate and economic comment. The business features section is dominated by investment and wealth management pieces but includes a range of articles on other business topics; the lifestyle pages cover a vast range of subject matters, including travel, restaurant reviews, fashion, books, entertainment and property. The sport section reports and comments on all the major events and games, with a bias towards sports of interest to London-based professionals; the paper's philosophy is broadly supportive of the free-market economy, of capitalism, of private enterprise and of the City of London and those who work in it. It endorsed the Conservative Party at the 2010 general election but was critical of several of the coalition's policies subsequently. IN 2014, former editor Allister Heath argued that London and the south-east should be entitled to a greater rebate of UK tax revenue and has approved of the principle of London's becoming an independent city state.
He supported introducing a single income tax rate of 30% on personal earnings, dividends and interest. Heath's stance reflected the paper's classic liberal / libertarian philosophy, with a focus on capitalism and market forces as the drivers of economic and social progress; the paper's front page is dominated by a large capitalised banner headline reminiscent of a traditional UK popular newspaper. The rest of the news stories, as well as the commentary and features, come in bite-sized chunks, in a modern compact-style format illustrated with images, bullet points and diagrams; the newspaper involves a debate section in the comments section, which involves politicians with an opposite view on a subject, such as on Brexit or economic reform, give short answers explaining their case. City A. M. is one of the only newspapers in the UK with a dedicated weekly crypto and blockchain technology column. Current editor Christian May voted for Brexit, saying his vote was grounded in social and economic liberalism with a pro-immigration stance.
May acknowledges there was an institutional City view in favour of Remain and, editorially, he took the decision not to support one side or the other.. Alongside the newspaper, other initiatives include The Magazine, a bi-monthly lifestyle magazine for City professionals, the City A. M. Awards, an annual event that celebrates London’s individuals and companies; the publication runs its own content marketing platform, City Talk, that allows partners to publish content to the platform, representing the voices and views of the City beyond the editorial staff. The newspaper is published in print Monday to Friday and is distributed at more than 250 chosen commuter hubs across London and the Home Counties, as well as 1,600 offices throughout the City, Canary Wharf and other areas of high business concentration, giving it a daily readership in excess of 399,000 professionals, it is available from around 6 am at London commuter stations and is handed out at key points in the City, Canary Wharf and other central London locations..
There are now three principal free newspapers in London: Metro, City A. M. and the London Evening Standard. City A. M. is aimed at private-sector workers those in finance and business services and corporations, those who are interested in investing and personal finance. The newspaper announced a major digital expansion in March 2014 and appointed Metro's head of digital content Martin Ashplant to be its digital and social media director. Chief executive Jens Torpe said at the time that he expected the website audience to grow to be bigger than the printed version. In October 2014, City A. M. reported that it had seen its website traffic grow three-fold in a year. In 2015, cityam.com became the first UK newspaper website to prevent users with ad blockers switched on from reading content. One of the original founders, Leonid Rozhetskin, disappeared in 2008 and was confirmed dead in 2013 in a Latvian forest. Official website City A. M. resources at Internet Archive
Daily Mail and General Trust
Daily Mail and General Trust plc is a British media company, the owner of The Daily Mail and several other titles. The company manages a multinational portfolio of companies, with total revenues of £2 billion; the company operates in over forty countries through its subsidiaries RMS, DMG Information, DMG Events, Euromoney Institutional Investor and DMG Media. It is listed on the London Stock Exchange. Jonathan Harmsworth, 4th Viscount Rothermere, is the chairman and controlling shareholder of the company; the head office is located in Northcliffe House in London. The group traces its origins to the launch in 1896 of the mid-market national newspaper the Daily Mail by Harold Harmsworth, 1st Viscount Rothermere, his elder brother, Alfred Harmsworth, 1st Viscount Northcliffe, it was incorporated in 1922 and its shares were first listed on the London Stock Exchange in 1932. Harmsworth, elevated to the peerage as Lord Rothermere, was editorially sympathetic to Oswald Mosley and the British Union of Fascists and he wrote an article, "Hurrah for the Blackshirts", in January 1934.
Referring to Adolf Hitler's proposed invasion of Czechoslovakia, again writing in the Daily Mail, said in 1938 that "Czechs were of no concern to Englishmen". Harold Harmsworth's son, Esmond Cecil Harmsworth, 2nd Viscount Rothermere, took operational control of the organization in 1932 and complete control in 1940, when his father died. Vere Harmsworth, 3rd Viscount Rothermere became the Chairman of Associated Newspapers in 1970. After the death of his father in 1978, he became chairman of parent Daily Mail and General Trust plc. After 100 years in Fleet Street, the company left its original premises of New Carmelite House in Fleet Street in 1988 to move to Northcliffe House in Kensington. On 14 December, 2017, the board of commercial real-estate data firm Xceligent Inc., owned by Daily Mail and General Trust, filed for chapter 7 liquidation. Risk Management Solutions, which targets the global property and casualty reinsurance industry, producing risk analysis models, services and data solutions for use in the quantification and management of catastrophic risk, is involved in catastrophe risk modelling, is a subsidiary of the DMGT group.
DMG information aims to invest in high-growth businesses offering information to niche markets. DMG Information is headquartered in the US, with its main office in Stamford and other offices in California and Massachusetts. Foremost amongst these are Landmark Information Group and Environmental Data Resources. In 2006 DMG Information bought Genscape, a US company that supplies information on the energy market. Genscape is a provider of real-time energy generation and transmission information to the energy trading markets in North America and Europe. Dmg Information owns Xceligent, Trepp and SearchFlow. DMG Information has invested in Skymetweather.com, Real Capital Analytics, Point X, Liases Foras, dmg events, ARC, iprof. DMG Events is active in more than 60 countries. Headquartered in Dubai, it is active in North America, the Middle East, North Africa, Europe and Australia, employing over 370 staff. Events ran by dmg events include ADIPEC, Global Petroleum Show, The Big 5, Index and The Hotel Show.
Euromoney Institutional Investor plc is one of Europe's largest business and financial magazine publishers. The company, 49% owned by DMGT, was founded in 1969; the company owns close to a hundred international specialist magazines in finance, aviation and law. Euromoney trains international bankers and securities specialists around the world, runs international conferences, is strong in electronic publishing. With offices worldwide, its shares are listed in Luxembourg. Euromoney has invested in businesses such as MetalBulletin, BCA Research and Ned Davis Research Group. DMG Media is the media subsidiary of DMGT and publishes the following titles: Daily Mail – The main national newspaper owned by dmg media; the Mail brand is the number one newspaper brand in the UK. The Mail on Sunday – The sister paper of the Daily Mail, published weekly on Sundays. First published in 1982. Ireland on Sunday – Associated Newspapers took over the publishing of Ireland on Sunday in 2001; the title was re-launched in April 2002 to coincide with the move to its new offices in Ballsbridge, Dublin.
It included TV Week magazine and in September 2006 it was merged with the Mail on Sunday and became the Irish Mail on Sunday. Mail Today – A 48-page compact size newspaper launched in India on 16 November 2007, printed in Delhi and Noida. Based around a subscription model, the newspaper has the same fonts and feel as the Daily Mail and was set up with investment from Associated Newspapers and editorial assistance from the Daily Mail newsroom. Metro – Metro is a national newspaper. Launched in March 1999 as a free, stapled newspaper, it was distributed in London, but since has been published every weekday morning, around Yorkshire, the North West and the North East, the East Midlands, Birmingham, Liverpool and Scotland. Metro.co.uk is a UK-based online newspaper. Created in 2002 as the digital counterpart to the print Metro, it now operates as an independent publication within the DMG group, attracting a daily audience of over 1.6 million. MailOnline is the world's most visited English language newspaper websiteThe London Evening Standard was owned by DMGT until it was sold to Alexander Lebedev in January 2009.
In October 2009 it was made a free newspaper. DMGT still maintains a 25% share. DMG Media's consumer brand portf
Alexander Yevgenievich Lebedev is a Russian businessman, referred to as one of the Russian oligarchs. In early 2008, he was one of the golden 100 top Russian billionaires listed as the 39th richest Russian worth an estimated US$3.1 billion by Forbes magazine, but by October 2008 he was worth only $300 million. In March 2012, he was listed by Forbes magazine as one of the richest Russians with an estimated fortune of US$1.1 billion. His fortune has since declined, he is no longer considered to be a billionaire, he is part owner of the Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta and owner of two UK newspapers with son Evgeny Lebedev: the London Evening Standard and The Independent. Alexander Lebedev was born in Moscow, his parents were part of the Moscow intelligentsia. His father, Yevgeny Nikolaevich Lebedev, was an elite athlete–a member of the Soviet national water polo team, a professor at the Bauman Moscow State Technical University, Moscow's highest technical school. After graduating from Moscow Pedagogic Institute, Alexander's mother, Maria Sergeyevna, worked in a rural Sakhalin school and taught English in a Moscow tertiary school.
In 1977, Alexander Lebedev entered the Department of Economics at Moscow State Institute of International Relations. After he graduated in 1982, Lebedev started work at the Institute of Economics of the World Socialist System doing research for his Kandidat dissertation, The problems of debt and the challenges of globalization, he transferred to the First Chief Directorate of KGB. According to The Sunday Times, as a KGB spy, he was based at the Russian embassy in London during the 1980s, he worked for the KGB's successor, the Foreign Intelligence Service, until 1992. Lebedev had the diplomatic cover of an economics attaché. According to his personal website, Lebedev's assignments included fighting capital flight from the Russian Federation. Upon leaving the Russian intelligence community, Lebedev set up his first company, the Russian Investment-Finance Company. In 1995 this bought the National Reserve Bank, a small Russian bank, in trouble at the time; the bank subsequently grew to become one of Russia's largest banks.
It and the Alfa-Bank were the only two out of the ten biggest Russian banks to survive the 1998 Russian financial crisis. Among the bank's assets are: 11% of the main Russian national airline Aeroflot 44% of the Ilyushin Finance Co, that owns a significant share of Russian aircraft-building industry significant parts of Sberbank, Gazprom, RAO UESThe bank is the core of the group of companies holding National Reserve Corporation, that according to Lebedev's personal site owns around US$2 billion of assets. In March 2006, Forbes estimates Lebedev's fortune as high as US$3.5 billion, but as of July 2013 he dropped out of the billionaires list and is no longer considered to be a billionaire. The National Reserve Corporation included the National Land Company, National Housing Corporation, National Mortgage Company, as well as interests in textiles, telecommunications and trolleybuses, electrical power and tourist industries owning a large hotel network in Crimea and plan to create the National Reserve Park that will manage diverse tourist enterprises in Russia and France.
Lebedev used to own the Moskovski Korrespondent, but according to Channel 4's Dispatches programme, Lebedev closed it down "for political reasons after it published a spurious article about Vladimir Putin having an affair with an Olympic gymnast half his age". On 21 January 2009, Lebedev and his company Evening Press Corporation, part of Lebedev Holdings, bought a 75.1% of share in the Evening Standard newspaper for £1. The previous owners, the Daily Mail and General Trust, continue to hold 24.9% in the company in the new firm, named Evening Standard Ltd. Lebedev promised to not interfere with the editorial running of the paper. Lebedev commented that during his time as a spy in London, he used the Evening Standard to find information. Paul Dacre, the editor-in-chief of the Evening Standard at the time of the sale said: "It's a sad day for the paper, it's a sad day for the Rothermeres. We are sorry that it leaked out, we had no control over that. Everyone's been working hard and there's a lot of hope for the future of the Evening Standard."In 2009 he entered into exclusive negotiations with Independent News & Media to buy the company's British national newspapers, The Independent and Independent on Sunday.
Before the purchase was completed, his representatives offered the editorship of The Independent to Rod Liddle, former editor of BBC Radio 4's Today Programme. The offer was withdrawn after Liddle's putative appointment was opposed by the newspaper's staff and by a campaign online. On 25 March 2010, Lebedev bought The Independent and Independent on Sunday for £1. In 2012, National Reserve Bank faced difficulties: corporate deposits decreased by 2.2bn rubles, retail deposits by 1.2bn rubles. 20% of the bank's liabilities had run off by the end of January 2012. In March 2012, two top managers left the bank. On 5 November 2012, Lebedev announced he would close all the regional offices of the National Reserve Bank and sell off the real estate as well as 75% of the bank's loan portfolio, worth 16.8bn rubles. In November 2012, Lebedev announced that he is selling off his assets in Russia. In September 2011 while appearing on a Russian television programme, he punched a fellow guest, billionaire property developer Sergei Polonsky.
Lebedev claimed afterwards that he had