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Articles by Ray Snoddy

Reinventing the Post by Ray Snoddy

As the Sunday Post approached its centenary year in 2014, its circulation was in trouble. It had an ageing readership and the newspaper was simply not registering with many Scots. Part of the answer, as Richard Prest tells Ray Snoddy, was to make the paper more relevant by investing in hard-hitting investigative journalism.

Posted on: 24 July 2018


A Higher Calling by Ray Snoddy

Newspaper publishing is special. It’s not like widget-making. An independent and inquisitive press is often the difference between a free society and an autocratic one. Miami Herald publisher Alexandra Villoch talks to Ray Snoddy about her deep sense of purpose.

Posted on: 22 May 2018


The Scourge of Short Termism by Ray Snoddy

This year’s Shift conference heard a lot about the negative impact of short termism and the positive advertising environment provided by premium sites. So, when will agencies and brands start to change their current buying patterns? Ray Snoddy listened to the presentations.

Posted on: 27 March 2018


Opportunities & Threats: National Press by Ray Snoddy

Ray Snoddy's article in the Publishing Partners Guide 2018

Posted on: 02 February 2018


Friend or Foe? by Ray Snoddy

When he gave the annual lecture at November’s Society of Editors conference, Google executive Ronan Harris ignited a debate that will continue throughout this year. The issue? Is Google good or bad overall for the news industry? Ray Snoddy reports.

Posted on: 01 February 2018


A balancing act by Ray Snoddy

On top of the usual challenges every editor has to face, the Belfast Telegraph’s Gail Walker also has Northern Ireland’s troubled history and sectarian politics to deal with. As she tells Ray Snoddy, the job involves “a thousand little calibrations a day” to get the mix just right.

Posted on: 30 November 2017


Man vs Robot by Ray Snoddy

The automation of certain news gathering tasks has long been talked about, but recently has come one step closer to reality with a new initiative at the PA, funded by Google. Will robots take over the newsroom, Ray Snoddy asks PA editor-in-chief, Pete Clifton.

Posted on: 26 September 2017


Exceeding expectations by Ray Snoddy

Chief executives are not paid to be downbeat. Visionary, forward-looking, over-achieving is what it’s all about. As the Guardian’s David Pemsel tells Ray Snoddy, having embarked on a three-year plan, they are well ahead of where they thought they’d be and there are lots of exciting plans – including a new tabloid edition – in the pipeline.

Posted on: 27 July 2017


Tackling the headwinds by Ray Snoddy

The press has a long list of challenges, from Section 40 to Google and Facebook hoovering up all the digital ad spend. Ashley Highfield tells Ray Snoddy how the News Media Association is working to tackle those challenges.

Posted on: 25 May 2017


Time for grown up thinking by Ray Snoddy

On 1st March, Newsworks held its annual Shift conference in London. One of the messages Ray Snoddy came away with was the need for the advertising industry to shed its obsession with the shiny and the new and get to grips with what is a seriously deficient digital advertising supply chain.

Posted on: 28 March 2017


Hugo Dixon by Ray Snoddy

Fakery, distortion and misrepresentation found a new name in 2016 - ‘fake news’. Last year’s two big elections saw a poisoning of public discourse, as election protagonists, their shadowy online backers and highly partisan media outlets created, perpetuated and amplified a tsunami of lies and half-truths. Ray Snoddy meets one man who swam against the tide – Hugo Dixon.

Posted on: 03 February 2017


Opportunities & Threats: National Press by Ray Snoddy

Ray Snoddy's article in the Publishing Partners Guide 2017

Posted on: 03 February 2017


SoE Conference 2016 – spooks, police, robots et al by Ray Snoddy

In October, in Carlisle, the Society of Editors held its annual conference. Press regulation and freedom were once again hot topics. Also touched upon was the growing democratic deficit caused by the mass shedding of journalists by local papers. Ray Snoddy was there.

Posted on: 27 November 2016


Lawson Muncaster - interview by Ray Snoddy

City A.M. has become a regular sight on the streets of London over the past decade. Despite a recession, continued digital disruption and now Brexit, it’s still standing, but not yet profitable. As Lawson Muncaster tells Ray Snoddy, a profitable 2017 is the top priority.

Posted on: 03 October 2016


Sir Alan Moses – interview by Ray Snoddy

One of the toughest jobs in publishing is held by a lawyer, or to be more precise, a high court judge. Sir Alan Moses, chairman of IPSO, has to deal with a sceptical public, an unbiddable press and a determined pressure group, not to mention a rival regulator. Sir Alan talks press regulation with Ray Snoddy.

Posted on: 27 July 2016


Will Lewis - interview by Ray Snoddy

A Londoner in New York, Will Lewis has been CEO of Dow Jones, publishers of the Wall Street Journal, since 2014. Surveying the US newspaper scene, the former Daily Telegraph editor tells Ray Snoddy that the outlook is incredibly bright for some titles, but pretty dire for others…

Posted on: 03 June 2016


Shift 2016 - review by Ray Snoddy

On 1st March, at the British Library, Newsworks held its fourth annual Shift conference, at which the great and the good of the national newspaper world discussed the opportunities and threats facing their sector. Ray Snoddy was there.

Posted on: 01 April 2016


Opportunities & Threats: National Press by Ray Snoddy

Ray Snoddy's article in the Publishing Partners Guide 2016

Posted on: 04 February 2016


Sarah Sands - interview by Ray Snoddy

In 2009, the Evening Standard’s ABC stood at 256k – it’s now over 900k. Removing the cover price was obviously the clincher, but there’s no denying the new-found spring in the Standard’s step. As editor Sarah Sands tells Ray Snoddy, no one has to pick up the paper, so she and her team work very hard to give them reasons to do so.

Posted on: 03 February 2016


SoE Conference 2015 – the main talking points by Ray Snoddy

In October, the Society of Editors held its annual conference at Stationers’ Hall in London. The big issues discussed included press regulation (again), freedom of information, the BBC and paywalls. Ray Snoddy was taking notes.

Posted on: 26 November 2015


Steve Auckland - interview by Ray Snoddy

In publishing, it’s all about the direction of travel. Circulation declines and financial losses must be seen in context and if the year-on-year trend is upwards, then there’s hope! At ESI Media, as Steve Auckland tells Ray Snoddy, the key indicators are pointing in the right direction.

Posted on: 24 September 2015


Jeff Henry - interview by Ray Snoddy

Last year, Archant appointed as its new chief executive Jeff Henry, a man who had never worked in newspapers before; someone whose whole media career had been spent in television and film. An intriguing choice, but, as Jeff explains to Ray Snoddy, all media companies face the same challenges – how to create and monetise high value content.

Posted on: 15 July 2015


Alan Rusbridger - interview by Ray Snoddy

At the end of May, Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger is stepping down after twenty years in the job. He interrupted his packing to talk to Ray Snoddy about the highs and lows, the Guardian’s digital trajectory and his abiding passion for journalism.

Posted on: 28 May 2015


Shift 2015 – Context is Queen by Ray Snoddy

Newsworks’ Shift 2015 event, held in February at the British Library, focused on ‘context’ – an area where traditional newsbrands score highly, but one which is perhaps undervalued by automated trading algorithms. Ray Snoddy reviews the day’s discussions.

Posted on: 25 March 2015


SoE Conference – the main talking points by Ray Snoddy

In November, the Society of Editors held its annual conference in Southampton. Two of the main themes, writes Ray Snoddy, were the ongoing debate over press regulation and the deteriorating relationship between press and police.

Posted on: 27 January 2015


John Ridding - interview by Ray Snoddy

The Financial Times has handled digital transition better than most. The result of meticulous planning? A bit of luck perhaps? Or simply because it’s a rock-solid must-read product? Ray Snoddy talks to John Ridding about their enviably successful publishing strategy.

Posted on: 25 November 2014


Jonathan Grun - interview by Ray Snoddy

Next May, Jonathan Grun will be stepping down from a role he describes as the best job in British journalism - editor of the Press Association. Jonathan talks to Ray Snoddy about his 36 years at the agency and about how the organisation is adapting to the financial squeeze and the changing media landscape.

Posted on: 23 September 2014


Ashley Highfield - interview by Ray Snoddy

Former BBC and Microsoft executive, Ashley Highfield, took up his post as chief executive of Johnston Press three years ago, with a brief to expand the publisher’s digital presence. Since then, the company has undergone significant structural change and seen strong digital growth. Ray Snoddy caught up with Ashley for a progress report.

Posted on: 14 July 2014


What is the Telegraph up to? by Ray Snoddy

At Shift 2014, Newsworks’ second annual conference, held at the British Library on 10 April, all eyes were on new Telegraph boss, Jason Seiken. What surprises would he spring and what clues would he give as to the Telegraph’s digital future? Ray Snoddy was in the audience.

Posted on: 19 May 2014


Steve Auckland - interview by Ray Snoddy

In December, Steve Auckland rejoined Metro and immediately turned his attention to the brand’s … print product! Ninety per cent of the company’s revenues come from print, and as he tells Ray Snoddy, that is where his primary focus will be during his first twelve months back in charge.

Posted on: 19 March 2014


Society of Editors Conference 2013 by Ray Snoddy

The SoE held its annual conference on 11/12 November at the Tower Hotel in London. The conference theme was ‘Freedom to Inform’ and an impressive line-up of speakers debated the issues facing the press today. Ray Snoddy was there.

Posted on: 25 January 2014


Andrew Miller - interview by Ray Snoddy

The Guardian, with its global online following, has been at the forefront of Fleet Street’s digital charge for some time now. Ray Snoddy talks to Andrew Miller about The Guardian’s digital strategy and his plans to improve the financial health of the company.

Posted on: 30 November 2013


Mike Darcey - interview by Ray Snoddy

It is perhaps telling that not having any newspaper experience is nowadays considered no bar to running a newspaper company. Former BSkyB executive Mike Darcey certainly had none when he was chosen by Rupert Murdoch to head up News UK, but, as he tells Ray Snoddy, what he did have loads of experience in was getting people to pay for content.

Posted on: 17 September 2013


Mike Ironside - interview by Ray Snoddy

With the plethora of new reading devices and the consequent audience fragmentation, the task of measuring readership has become a mightily complicated one. The National Readership Survey took a big step forward last September with the release of PADD. Ray Snoddy talks to Mike Ironside about the continuing challenges of readership measurement.

Posted on: 15 July 2013


Shift 2013 by Ray Snoddy

In April, Newsworks held its first ever conference, entitled Shift 2013. The purpose of the event was to highlight how newspapers are effective and influential platforms in the multiplatform age. Ray Snoddy was in the audience.

Posted on: 19 May 2013


Andrew Mullins - interview by Ray Snoddy

The Independent and the Standard have had a tumultuous few years. Between them, and not necessarily in this order, they’ve faced new Russian owners, shared back office functions with DMGT, been sold for £1, switched to free, launched a compact sister paper, and, next up, they are to be stable mates with the new London local TV franchise. It’s all go! Ray Snoddy talks to managing director Andrew Mullins.

Posted on: 18 March 2013


David Montgomery - interview by Ray Snoddy

November saw a seismic shift in the regional media landscape, with the launch of Local World. Headed by David Montgomery and Steve Auckland, the new company plans to radically overhaul the structure of local media and ensure its profitable future. Ray Snoddy caught up with David to find out more.

Posted on: 16 January 2013


Tom Toumazis - interview by Ray Snoddy

The reign of Tom Toumazis at the top of Mecom, the European newspaper group may, at just over a year, be one of the shortest on record at a major publisher. But, as he tells Ray Snoddy, he remains optimistic about the future of newspapers.

Posted on: 12 November 2012


Rufus Olins - interview by Ray Snoddy

Some jobs are more challenging than others, and the task of marketing newspapers to the media buying community in the current climate is probably one of those. Ray Snoddy talks to Rufus Olins about what he hopes to achieve at Newsworks.

Posted on: 18 September 2012


MediaTel seminar by Ray Snoddy

MediaTel recently held a seminar looking into the future of national newspapers. Ray Snoddy, who was one of the panellists, picks out some of the main talking points.

Posted on: 07 July 2012


Lord Hunt - interview by Ray Snoddy

In the current climate, the chairmanship of the much maligned PCC might not appear a particularly enticing position. Yet, former Conservative cabinet minister, Lord Hunt of Wirral, jumped at the chance. He explains to Ray Snoddy why he wanted the job and where he thinks press regulation should go from here.

Posted on: 14 May 2012


Team Tindle by Ray Snoddy

The term ‘hyperlocal’ has been a buzzword in regional publishing for the past couple of years, yet it has been the guiding philosophy of one particular newspaper group for decades. Ray Snoddy talks to Sir Ray Tindle and his senior team at Tindle Newspapers about their approach to publishing.

Posted on: 09 March 2012


Ashley Highfield - interview by Ray Snoddy

Johnston Press, one of the largest newspaper publishers in the UK, recently appointed a man with no newspaper experience as it new chief executive. Ray Snoddy talks to Ashley Highfield about his plans for the company.

Posted on: 19 January 2012


James Harding - Interview by Ray Snoddy

Tuesday July 5th is a day James Harding, the editor of the Times, is unlikely to forget. It was the day the Milly Dowler story broke, and by chance, Harding was speaking at the annual lunch of the Incorporated Society of British Advertisers (ISBA). Ray Snoddy takes up the story.

Posted on: 14 November 2011


You couldn’t make it up by Ray Snoddy

The events of the past few months still defy belief. Surely, we’ll wake up soon and it will all have been a dream. Ray Snoddy looks back at one of the most tumultuous periods in the history of the British press.

Posted on: 12 September 2011


No more navel-gazing? by Ray Snoddy

There is one small paradox about the newspaper business at the moment that has largely gone unnoticed. It’s rather like the dog that hasn’t barked. Whatever happened, asks Ray Snoddy, to the specialist media pages in the national press?

Posted on: 12 July 2011


Georgina Harvey - interview by Ray Snoddy

Georgina Harvey, first female president of the Newspaper Society and managing director of Trinity Mirror’s Regional Newspapers, has spent much of the last year being very annoyed, frustrated, offended and sometimes downright angry. Ray Snoddy finds out why.

Posted on: 18 May 2011


David Montgomery - interview by Ray Snoddy

There are few people so steeped in newspapers as David Montgomery. At various times, editor, investor and proprietor, David has worked in publishing for almost forty years. Ray Snoddy spoke to him on the eve of his departure from Mecom about why he won’t be retiring and why he still believes in newspapers.

Posted on: 17 March 2011


Society of Editors Conference 2010 by Ray Snoddy

There were many big hitters at the conference in Glasgow. They ranged from the owner of the Independent and the Evening Standard, Alexander Lebedev, to Alex Salmond, first minister of Scotland and Ellis Watson, chief executive of Simon Cowell’s Syco Entertainment. But the surprising star of the show, writes Ray Snoddy, was an unassuming editor who has never sought the limelight and who is on the verge of retirement.

Posted on: 14 January 2011


Mike Soutar - interview by Ray Snoddy

It is difficult to think of anyone, writes Ray Snoddy, who has had a greater impact on the men’s magazine market in the UK – for good or ill - than Mike Soutar, co-founder and chief executive of ShortList, the free weekly.

Posted on: 22 November 2010


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