Archive for August, 2011

BBC sheds magazines

August 16, 2011

BBC Worldwide has reached agreements to sell or licence its magazines to Exponent, a private equity firm that own Magicalia, for £121m and offload its joint venture in India.

Essentials of the deals include:

  • Exponent buys all non-BBC-branded magazines – including Radio Times;
  • Exponent to publish BBC titles under licence or as  contract  magazines;
  • Exponent to take subscriptions  and distribution businesses, Dovetail and Frontline;
  • BBC stake in Bath-based Origin also to go to Exponent;
  • Bennett, Coleman & Co, owner of Times of India, buys BBC’s half stake in Worldwide Media, a joint venture in India.





August 11, 2011
Kate Middleton's image was manipulated to remove Prince William

Kate Middleton's image was manipulated to remove Prince William

Grazia has admitted digital manipulation of images of the royal wedding, says the Guardian. Kate Middleton’s image was manipulated to remove Prince William and she was ‘touched up’ in the process.

The magazine responded to a complaint to the Press Complaints Commission, saying:

‘… we asked our reproduction house to remove him from the picture (common practice among glossy magazines). This would have left the Duchess with only one arm, so they copied over her arm to complete the picture. We would like to reassure all our readers that we did not purposely make any alternations to the Duchess of Cambridge’s image to make her appear slimmer, and we are sorry if this process gave that impression. Grazia takes the issue of women’s body image very seriously and we would never “slim down” a picture of a female role model.’