Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

In the Air

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

In the Air

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Byline: GIDEON SPANIER

A BLEAK day looms for the lad-mags sector.

Tomorrow's six-monthly circulation figures are expected to see heavy falls of 20 per cent or more for virtually all the monthlies including Loaded, Maxim, Arena and FHM. Even the weekly men's titles are not immune - Zoo could be down as much as 20 per cent on the year, too. Anthony Noguera, who became editor-in-chief of troubled FHM last week, in addition to Zoo and Arena, looks to have his work cut out. The women's sector, and upmarket titles in particular, appear to be more buoyant. Vogue, Vanity Fair and Heat are among those set to record new circulation highs while fashion weekly Grazia is expected to crack 200,000 for the first time. The fight for top spot in the celebrity weekly sector between Closer and OK! is too close to call.

RUPERT Murdoch has been keeping the Times newsroom on its toes with a flying visit just as news emerges that Times Newspapers has recorded an annual loss of more than [pounds sterling]80 million. Times editor Robert Thomson (right) gave the boss a guided tour, stopping at the desk of reporter Daniel McGrory, who apparently got the shock of his life to find Murdoch standing at his shoulder. McGrory was introduced as the paper's top man on terrorism and was quizzed about the latest evidence of Islamic extremism on the web.

However, rumours that McGrory showed Murdoch some Jihadi-style videos from YouTube are wide of the mark. Murdoch then went on to meet the Times Online team, who had all those teething problems with their relaunch. Fortunately the lime greencoloured site was working properly by the time of KRM's arrival.

MORE news of Con Coughlin, the Daily Telegraph's executive foreign editor. Following all the upheaval on his watch, which has seen eight correspondents depart in the space of five months, Coughlin has handed over much of his responsibilities to foreign news editor Mike Smith. Now Telegraph chiefs have a plan to make the best use of Coughlin's talents. …

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