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Associated Newspapers' History of Innovation

Magazine article Editor & Publisher

Associated Newspapers' History of Innovation

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THE WORLD'S BIGGEST NEWS flexo site and one of its first, Harmsworth Quays Printing Ltd. is also the only one in the United Kingdom. That's not surprising, given its parent company's willingness to adopt new technologies. Associated Newspapers Ltd. went its own way paginating with PostScript, trying still-video photography, experimenting with various new electronic media, creating a Lotus Notes-based editorial "front end," and building its own overarching work-flow and production- tracking system.

Willingness to back new technologies and those who can exploit them (ANL's managing editor is former Daily Mail production director and IFRA presiding director Murdoch MacLennan; its group technology director is the widely respected Allan Marshall) is a legacy of founder Alfred Harmsworth, Viscount Northcliffe, who at the outset of an earlier communications revolution, recognized value not only in new printing machines but also in the telephone, radio, automobile, and airplane.

With brother Harold (Lord Rothermere, whose great-grandson is now head of ANL), Northcliffe did more than put his publications in the technical vanguard. …

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