Category Archives: Politics

Newsweekly “Veja” launches iPad version in Brazil

An iPad edition of Editora Abril’s Brazilian newsweekly Veja debuted on September 4 in the Apple App store and shot immediately to the number one position among free apps. The new app is powered by the Holland-based Woodwing, a digital media solutions company.

Veja currently circulates about 1,1 million copies per week and has more than 8 million readers per issue.  Click to read the official Woodwing press release in English.

About Editora Abril:
Editora Abril publishes more than 370 titles in 2009 and is a leader in 21 out of the 25 segments in which it operates. Its combined publications have achieved a circulation of 188,5 million copies last year, in a country of 28 million readers and 4,1 million subscriptions. Seven out of the ten most read magazines in Brazil are published by Abril, and Veja is the third largest weekly information magazine in the world and the largest outside the United States.

About Veja:
It provides on a weekly basis the main facts and news on Brazil and the world, written by highly-qualified journalists, to readers who like to be well informed.

About Veja São Paulo:
São Paulo city’s magazine. Besides reporting the most important news on the life of Sao Paulo and its characters, the so-called “Vejinha” is committed to presenting readers, in its articles and weekly guide, the best options in terms of entertainment, leisure, programs and services.

About Veja Rio:
A portrait of the wonderful city through articles and guides, and a constant commitment of providing readers with the best options in terms of entertainment, leisure, programs and services. 

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The Economist fronts France’s “incredible shrinking Président” on cover

French President Nicolas Sarkozy and his former model of a wife Carla Bruni grace the cover of The Economist this week.  Sarkozy, often mocked for his modest height, is depicted only by his legs on the British weekly’s cover, the rest of his body being outrageously absorbed by a Napoleonic “bicorn” hat.  Napoleon, of course, was another French leader (emperor back then) of modest height.

Mr. Sarkozy is embattled in the Bettencourt scandal at home where his Labor Minister, Eric Woerth (former Budget Minister) is being investigated for pushing Liliane Bettencourt’s money manager’s application to the Medal of Honor (“Légion d’Honneur”).  In return, the press claims, the money manager, Patrice de Maistre, would hire his wife as part of this team.  Mrs Bettencourt, the L’Oréal heiress, is France’s richest woman and one of the largest donators to Mr Sarkozy’s UMP party.  Nicolas Sarkozy will most likely be seeking reelection in May 2012.

Click to read the story on the shrinking Président.

Marianne magazine mocks French President Sarkozy with cheeky cover

Mr. President, you are wonderful!!!  Marianne, the center-left French newsweekly, who is seen by most as anti-Sarkozy just released a very tongue-in-cheek cover proclaiming its love for the greatest French President ever. In my book, that’s called sarcasm…

Whether the current resident of the Élysée Palace and its close staff will find the cover amusing, that’s another story!  Maybe Carla has a sense of humour. After all, she was officially more lefty until she met Emperor “Sarko the First!”

Click to purchase a digital copy from the Relay.com site.

Germany: newsweekly Focus and The Economist are entering exclusive content syndication agreement

Starting this week with issue #33, the German newsweekly FOCUS just revealed it had reached an exclusive content syndication partnership with the renown London-based weekly “The Economist” magazine.

FOCUS will be the first print medium in Germany to feature content of The Economist translated into German.  In addition, FOCUS will have access to the latest analysis and reports being funneled through the economic title’s unique international network of business correspondents.  FOCUS’ new editor in chief Wolfram Weimer was thrilled to announce this journalistic cooperation with a major global player such as The Economist.  Only a few years after he took the reins of the newsweekly, it is quite a coup already for Weimer! 

Lastly, FOCUS announced that it would also publish a German version of The Economist’s spinoff “The World In” tailored for the German market.  The on-sale date is planned for December 6.   FOCUS and The Economist will publish it jointly with most content being translated from the English version.

What do you think of Time magazine’s Aisha cover?

min Poll: Time’s Aisha Cover

What do you think of Time magazine’s graphic cover of its August 9 issue featuring 18-year-old Aisha?
The poor Afghani teenager had her ears and nose cut off by her husband and family members for the “crime” of attempting to run away from previous abuses.

Go to min online to vote.

USA: Harman acquires Newsweek magazine for $1

It was just announced that Newsweek has finally been sold by The Washington Post Co. to 91-year-old businessman Sydney Harman for $1. 

A promise to keep the long-running title in tact is believed to have sealed the deal for Harman ahead of a host of other bidders including the former New York Daily News publisher Fred Drasner. The deal for the struggling title, which posted an $11 million loss in the first quarter of 2010, brings an end to 50 years of ownership by the Post Co.

The Washington Post Company’s chief executive Donald Graham said: “In seeking a buyer for Newsweek, we wanted someone who feels as strongly as we do about the importance of quality journalism.”

Reports suggest that The Washington Post will retain pension assets, liabilities and some employee obligations for magazine’s 300-strong staff.

As a reminder, Newsweek was first published in 1933.  And 77 years later, it is worth only a dollar…