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Publishers must accept price rises to ensure supply base

UK web offset is facing unprecedented challenges. This year, some of the main players have been forced to take previously unthinkable actions. Polestar came close to insolvency and had to enact a radical financial restructuring, and St Ives, the old bellwether of the sector, has exited altogether.

Murdoch: newspapers will be gone in 20 years

Media mogul Rupert Murdoch has predicted the death of the newspaper within the next 20 years, as he gave his view on the future of press regulation to the Leveson inquiry yesterday morning (26 April).

The world has changed and so must we

The imminent demise of The Independent in printed form, unsurprisingly, triggered a rush of commentators to once again predict the end of printed publications.

Challenges should inspire all to innovate and collaborate

This week's issue is our magazine special, and, frankly, the timing is perfect. This very organ has been packed with stories over the past few months on the turbulent world of web offset, with this week's confirmation of Polestar's plan to slim capacity just the latest instalment in what is rapidly becoming a plotline worthy of a John Grisham thriller.

Bosses' change of tack will put web on the right course

The turnaround in the web offset sector in the past 12 months has been fascinating. Web printers have been losing money at an escalating rate for the past five years, so I'm obviously not referring to a reduction in the level of red ink on the sector's balance sheets.

Look out publishers, web is finally standing up for itself

BGP's decision to take (probably) its first stand on price, has resulted not only in Future packing its mags for the West Midlands, but also sparked a quiet revolution in the web offset market. Whisper it softly, but the next time you hear about price rises, it might just be the printers that are instigating them.

A country where print still reigns...

Digital adds another dimension, but the earning and revenue share which print advertisements still command, confirms that the future of traditional print is also bright, as Ramu Ramanathan finds out

Print has learned the marketing lesson

At the tail end of last month PrintWeek Towers was a picture of (organised) cardboard chaos, with the atrium of St Jude’s crammed full of boxes of all descriptions in anticipation of the four judging days of the PrintWeek Awards.

New year predictions: Kirk Galloway, Buxton Press

As managing director of PrintWeek’s reigning Company of the Year, it’s safe to say that Kirk Galloway has been pretty happy with his 2015 lot. And it sounds like he’s planning to carry that ‘feel-good factor’ into 2016.

Web will take no prisoners if the numbers don't add up

It seems that the ongoing saga of industrial action at Wyndeham Impact is set to reach a sorry conclusion. But while the conspiracy theorists have suggested Impact's demise has something to do with the level of union recognition (not to mention unrest) at the site, it seems the reality is far less cloak-and-dagger: Impact was not a financially sustainable business.

The power of negative thinking

What if instead of using inkjet heads to jet ink they were used to apply an ink-resistant substance to subtract part of an offset litho produced image (like a photographic negative blocks light) as it was being printed?

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