NEWS: Guardian to launch standalone media section and Netsite

The Guardian is to launch a standalone full-colour media supplement in January, capitalising on its successful media section and creating a third string to its Monday package.

The Guardian is to launch a standalone full-colour media supplement in

January, capitalising on its successful media section and creating a

third string to its Monday package.



The move, which is mirrored online by the launch of a Media Guardian

Website, doubles the paper’s media coverage, which currently runs in the

G2 tabloid on Mondays. In look and feel, Media Guardian will be similar

to existing third sections, such as Guardian Online.



The Guardian currently has a 90 per cent share of creative/media

recruitment ads and 54 per cent of marketing ads in the broadsheet

press.



Carolyn McCall, the advertising director of the Guardian, said: ‘By

making it colour and separating it from Guardian G2, we are giving Media

Guardian a clear identity, both editorially and in terms of advertising.

It offers us the opportunity to extend and protect our position in a

growing market.’



The debut of the online Media Guardian promises daily news updates on

media stories as well as a new-media column, features on US media and

the chance to create TV schedules.



The Guardian is planning to sign up commercial partners to work with it

on the Website, McCall says.



The site will have links to existing Guardian Websites, including the

recruitment advertising site, RecruitNet.



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