September 9th, 2013

Vanity Projects of the World Unite

Like two drunks staggering home propping each other up, loss-making magazines the New Statesman and New Republic have agreed a transatlantic tie-up. New Republic is owned by Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes, worth an estimated $700 million, so he is only slightly richer than Staggers‘ owner Mike Danson, worth some £300 million. They are certainly appropriate bedfellows, New Republic is haemorrhaging $3 million a year or some $5 a copy, while the New Statesman loses a mere £1.35 a copy. They will each publish three of the other’s articles every week. Apparently it’s a new Special Relationship. Groan.


24 Comments

  1. 1
    Andrew Efiong says:

    Aha this looks recipe for disaster! Two publishing disasters are having to merge their content to stay afloat.

    If you read one of these failing mags why would you want to read something from another dismal publication?

    • 6
      A Paperboy says:

      Paper is just too heavy!

      • 15
        PC Dixon says:

        Two disastrous politicians with two insignificant magazines – Not long and all will be history.

        • 19
          Grrr says:

          Can’t we get every Union, Council, Human Rights charity to take out massive ads to support the Staggers, like they do to prop up the Groniad.

          My taxes at work.

  2. 2
    Cynic says:

    What’s the current circulation of the Staggers? It was 24,910 in 2012. How many of those went to libraries and the BBC?

    • 9
      The NAO says:

      Libraries: 0
      BBC: 24,910

    • 10
      PAC Watch says:

      He’s having trouble explaining why he decided to pay off Byford GBP 1m at end of contract.

      Shortly after the HR Director confirmed that she is not a reliable witness.

  3. 3
    RomaBob...picking a pocket or two ! says:

    Mark Thompson being asked questions by Public Accounts Cmmtt….. just not answering them ?

  4. 4
    Bottom says:

    I thought Rik Mayall was The New Statesman?!?

  5. 5
    united they fall, divided they fall, seperate they fall. says:

    Why don’t they wrap the magazines in Brown paper and put them on the top shelves in the COOP supermarkets media shelves, they will make a fortune.

  6. 7
    Puke says:

    Is that supposed to be Ed’s casual, hip, man of the people pose?

  7. 13
    Glanaman says:

    Twinkle Twinkle Eds Rectum
    Union Cocks When You
    Least Expect Them

  8. 14
  9. 16
    Sir William Waid says:

    It’s a hundred years old. Shouldn’t it be the Old Statesman?

  10. 20
    Raptor says:

    And what about “The Old Republic” ? The United States came into its unfortunate existence in 1783.

    That makes 230 years of treason, by calendar reckoning.

  11. 21
    Postal Votes are Labour Loo Paper says:

    Almost cheaper than bog paper but not as useful.

  12. 22
    LeftyRetard (TM) Loans says:

    Why struggle to meet all the repayments on your credit cards, loans and other finances, when you can have an easier life with a LeftyRetard (TM) Consolidation loan?

  13. 23

    Heck dont tell dave


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Rod Liddle on the loony UN sexism special rapporteur:

“There is more sexism in Britain than in any other country in the world, according to a mad woman who has been sent here by the United Nations.

Rashida Manjoo is a part-time professor of law at Cape Town University in the totally non-sexist country of South Africa (otherwise known as Rape Capital Of The World).

Mrs Magoo has been wandering around with her notebook and is appalled by the sexist “boys’ club” culture here, apparently.

I don’t doubt we still have sexism in the UK. But is it worse than in, say, Saudi Arabia, d’you think, honey-lamb? Or about 175 other countries? Get a grip, you doolally old bat.”



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What’s he been doing FFS, mining bitcoins?


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