Emap has "conditionally agreed" to sell Bliss magazine and its website to Panini in its 2006 clear-out of teen titles. With the closure of Smash Hits and the sale of Sneak and Bliss, Emap has effectively cleared out its teen girls titles. IPC sold off Mizz to Panini in March this year. It is expected that the magazine, website and editorial staff will transfer to Panini offices in Tunbridge Wells early next year.
The Economist came third in the best magazine cover category at the American Magazines Conference, held by the Magazine Publishers of America. The Economist's July 8-14 cover of "Rocket man" Kim Jong-il of North Korea appeared in the week following the country's decision to launch a Taepodong rocket. A New Yorker cover depicting a flood in the Oval Office following Hurricane Katrina was named the best in 2006. Rolling Stone's 1,000th issue came second.
Property Week has published a themed women's issue in which male faces were banned from the magazine — with the ad team asking advertisers to use female images. The 170-page edition highlighted the role of women in real estate with a list of the 100 most influential women in property.
Property Week editor Giles Barrie said: "Women play a huge, but often-understated, role in real estate. We wanted to show how successful they are, and to enrich our title, which is sometimes dominated by cigar-chomping, champagne- swilling men."
Haymarket's Eve has claimed to be the first women's glossy to appoint an environmental editor.
Claire Baylis has taken up the role after reader research showed heightened interest in green issues. Baylis, formerly deputy editor of New Woman magazine, has been a contributing editor with Eve for the past year.
VNU has brought in an advertising service to provide audience measurement and ad inserts for its podcasts.
The agreement with Podbridge Inc.
will allow the publisher to develop adsupported downloadable content. It has been generating such content since June this year through the launch of VNU On Air, its portfolio of internet-based audio and video content, from news, product and technology demonstrations to industry debate. Podbridge claims it can offer accurate audience measurements, including the number of actual "plays" and user demographics.
IPC is to launch Nuts TV on its lads'
mag website, in a partnership with internet video specalists ROO. Nuts TV will offer users free streamed video content, including behind the scenes footage of Nuts girls' photoshoots, alongside music, movies, entertainment and games channels — whose content ROO will provide.