THOMSON TO SELL PAPERS BY MARKET GROUP : Globe and Mail will be only newspaper left as a major player heads for the Web.Thomson Newspapers will be gone in a few months, but the Strategic Marketing Groups the company established in the '90s will live on.
Thomson Corp. put its 55 daily newspapers and 75-plus non-dailies up for sale Feb. 15, saying it wanted to focus on a global strategy to deliver information and services to businesses and professionals. Thomson will retain its flagship, the Globe and Mail, the older of Canada's two national newspapers, because the paper fits the strategic plan well. "We'll be free to grow as the Globe and Mail," says Chairman Roger Parkinson Par·kin·son , James 1755-1824.
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Toronto-based Thomson began as a newspaper company. In the mid-'90s, it consolidated its papers into Strategic Marketing Groups (SMG SMG - Screen Management Guidelines. A VMS package of run-time library routines providing windows on DEC VT100 terminals. ), clusters of dailies and non-dailies that shared resources Sharing a peripheral device (disk, printer, etc.) among several users. For example, a file server and laser printer in a LAN are shared resources. Contrast with shared logic. such as presses and business offices to achieve cost savings. "The first thing to stress is that we're not going to break the business up beyond the Strategic Marketing Groups," says Stuart Garner, president and chief executive officer of Thomson Newspapers in Stamford, Conn. "It's not a question of people looking at individual newspapers."
The strength of each Thomson SMG -- 11, plus nine stand-alone properties are for sale -- lies in its in-depth knowledge of the local market, Garner says. "I don't mean selling newspapers," he stresses; each group has a database about its communities that advertisers prize. "We can tell them about their customers," Garner says, as well as their competitors, their competitors' customers, local spending habits and "how far people will travel to spend money in their location."
Also in the mix are web sites that collectively drew $9 million in revenues last year and yielded a profit of $1.5 million, Garner says. To be sold separately are ClassifiedIQ, which put Thomson classifieds on-line, and the syndicated products unit, Thomson Target Media. The future of Thomson's Reader Inc. readership-improvement program and training center "remains to be seen," Garner says, noting that Reader Inc. "is more than just a training program, it's a whole attitude" about newspapering news·pa·per·ing
Noun 1. newspapering - journalism practiced for the newspapers
journalism - the profession of reporting or photographing or editing news stories for one of the media (see NewsInc., Nov. 22, 1999).
Thomson's exit from newspapers is not unprecedented, notes John Cribb, a principal with Bolitho-Cribb & Associates, a newspaper brokerage firm based in Bozeman, Mont., which had no role in the Thomson sale when Cribb was interviewed. "The concept is not all that unusual," Cribb says, pointing to the sell-off Sell-Off
The rapid selling of securities, such as stocks, bonds and commodities. The increase in supply leads to a decline in the value of the security.
A sell-off may occur for many reasons. of newspapers by marketing company Harte-Hanks and the Walt Disney Noun 1. Walt Disney - United States film maker who pioneered animated cartoons and created such characters as Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck; founded Disneyland (1901-1966)
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While scores of Thomson papers are now on the market, Cribb doesn't expect prices to be driven down by high supply. In fact, because Thomson is selling marketing groups, Cribb thinks "if anything, it may create more activity in the newspaper marketplace as all these regions reconfigure To change the status of something. ." Buyers may put others of their papers up for sale to strengthen or exchange their own clusters: "It's a major change in reconfiguring media markets in different parts of the country, and everybody is going to have to react to that."
A single buyer for all of Thomson is not likely to emerge, Cribb says, as the process plays out over the next four months or so. The whole package could command $2.2 billion, which is 10 times the papers' annual cash flow of $220 million, but says Cribb, "I think it'll also bring more than that sold in pieces."
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Godfrey grew up in a working class Jewish family in the Kensington Market neighbourhood of Toronto and later moved to the Bathurst and Lawrence area of North says his company certainly will take a look at titles for sale.
"They happen to be in regions of the country we're not in and we'd like to be in, or they're close enough to our existing papers to pose the possibility for synergies," Godfrey says. "We'll make some decisions after we do our due diligence Research; analysis; your homework. This term has caught on in all industries, because it sounds so "wired." Who would want to do analysis or research when they can do due diligence. See wired. ."
Citing Sun Media's role in Canoe, a national portal for Canada, Godfrey predicts: "We'll stand the challenge from the Internet Internet
Publicly accessible computer network connecting many smaller networks from around the world. It grew out of a U.S. Defense Department program called ARPANET (Advanced Research Projects Agency Network), established in 1969 with connections between computers at the . The newspapers that survive will have strong Internet connections."