Thursday, November 29, 2012

Morning Brief: U.K. media braces for release of Leveson report; Next Issue adds 8 new titles to iPad catalog

The U.K. media and politicians alike are bracing for the release today of the Leveson report, a report titled "An Inquiry Into The Culture, Practices and Ethics of the Press" written by Lord Justice Brian Leveson.

The report will be released right around the time this post hits TNM and several U.K. newspapers will are live blogging the event including The Guardian and The Telegraph.

The report was sparked by the phone hacking scandal surrounding the Murdoch press and included testimony of 474 people over 97 days. The report is said to be nearly 2000 pages long, so it won't exactly be light reading.

Both the Prime Minister David Cameron and Nick Clegg, the leader of the Liberal Democrats, the Tory's coalition partner, will be making separate statements on the report – the big question being what, if any changes or strengthening of press regulations will occur in the U.K.

Next Issue Media, the joint venture formed of Condé Nast, Hearst, Meredith, News Corp., and Time Inc., today added eight new magazines to its iPad catalog: ESPN The Magazine, Fast Company, Food & Wine, Inc., Men's Fitness, Men's Journal, New York Magazine and Travel + Leisure.

next Issue now has 80 titles available. The new titles will be added to the offerings available through the $9.99 per month unlimited plan, while the Unlimited Premium plan remains priced at $14.99.

"These new titles augment key areas of our catalog, including men's interest and business, and enhance the value to unlimited customers by giving them an even broader selection of world class, category leading magazines for a single low price," said Morgan Guenther, CEO of Next Issue Media.