BRIEFS 21.01.05

Seconds out in NoW libel row

The gloves are off in a legal battle between celebrity Jodie Marsh and her former boyfriend, boxer Garry Delaney.

Delaney is demanding damages of more than £150,000 from Marsh and
News Group Newspapers over a story in the News of the World headed: “My
boxer lover beat me every week for four years.”

Delaney is also suing Marsh and the paper over an editorial and versions of the story on the paper’s website.


Keyboard hits the right note

Keyboard magazine has relaunched with a “revamped editorial package”, increased size and new design.

The CMPi-published magazine, which has the highest paid-for
circulation in its sector at 60,000, features Brit-rock band Keane on
the cover of the relaunch issue.

The expanded features section focuses on keyboard-oriented artists. Keyboard is also doubling its newsstand distribution.


PLC Director goes monthly

PLC Director magazine is to change from quarterly to monthly from
February, and has just launched a website. The Crimson Publishing
title, distributed to the board directors of every quoted company on
the London Stock Exchange, will also introduce new columns on wealth
management, IT and events next month.


Reporter tale of Chester murder

The Ellesmere Port Pioneer’s chief reporter, Chris Smith, has
fulfilled a life-long ambition by getting his first book published.
Smith’s novel, No More Lonely Nights, tells the story of a highclass
Chester prostitute murdered while having an affair with an MP.


Incisive awards mark excellence

Incisive Media has held its first internal awards ceremony to
celebrate a decade in business. The company was founded on a shoestring
with 13 people in January 1995 and now has 400 staff. Journalism
winners included: Editor of the Year – Nick Sawyer, Asia Risk ; Scoop
of the Year – Nick Dunbar for Lost in the Post, Risk ; Journalist of
the Year – Lynn Rouse, Post Magazine; Editorial Team of the Year – Post
Magazine; and Magazine of the Year – Investment Week.


Plans to keep villages in mags

Publishers and wholesalers are planning a raft of measures to ensure
rural newsagents can still get hold of the full range of magazines and
papers, amid fears about Government plans to change the distribution
system. The Rural Shops Alliance says 20,000 small newsagents could be
affected by changes to competition law, which would mean the end of a
universal guarantee of supply to shops in far-flung areas.

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