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Associated Northcliffe Digital (AND) is the digital consumer division of Daily Mail and General Trust(DMGT), operating the digital assets of Associated Newspapers and Northcliffe Newspapers Group, as well as key online properties including Jobsite, Motors.co.uk, the Digital property group including Findaproperty & Primelocation, online dating aggregator Allegran and Teletext Ltd. It was formed in mid-2006 from Associated New Media, Associated New Ventures and Northcliffe Electronic Publishing.

AND also publishes websites including Mail Online, for the Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday newspapers, Loot, and a variety of digital publications including This is Money, for Financial Mail on Sunday, business and financial news, and the This is London. Teletext Ltd provides commercial teletext services on all the ITV channels, Channel 4 and analogue five. AND's digital travel businesses include Teletext Holidays, This is Travel, and [Villarenters.com]. AND overseas over 150 websites, whose monthly reach exceeds 70% of the UK internet population. In April 2009, Richard D. Titus was named as CEO [1].

Projects and Successes

On 1 July 2009, AND launched its hyperlocal project, LocalPeople [2]. The pilot project across an initial 50 websites is led by the Associated Northcliffe Digital (AND) and sees the creation of a series of community sites targeted at small towns and neighbourhoods. Each site offers a wealth of local information, such as news and local classifieds, but also allows local groups to be formed by residents who participate in discussion forums, publish their own stories and connect with people nearby.

Shortly after its formation in 2006 AND won the AOP's Online Publisher of the Year award. According to DMGT's preliminary annual results on 23 November 2006, AND generates annualized revenues of £90 million with a profit margin of approximately 20%. A comprehensive review of AND's strategy was presented to Lehman Brothers on 12 July 2006 and can be seen here(pdf).

In May 2007, AND's new product development division launched Lasting Tribute, an online memorials website which includes all the death and in memoriam notices published in its sister regional newspapers. Later that year, a series of white-label Lasting Tribute portals were rolled out enabling every Northcliffe-owned newspaper website to have its own version of the site. In October 2008, Lasting Tribute won the Gold awards for Digital Innovation and Niche Website of the Year at the Newspaper Society Advertising and Digital Media Awards. The AND team that devised, designed and created Lasting Tribute was named as Digital Team of the Year at the same event[3] In the same month, Lasting Tribute also scooped two top accolades from the Data Publishers Association - Consumer Product Development of the Year and Consumer Outstanding Achievement Award.[4]

References

  1. ^ Richard Titus named CEO.
  2. ^ DMGT Launches Hyper local websites
  3. ^ "Newspaper Society winners list" newspapersoc.org.uk October 2008. Retrieved: March 27, 2009.
  4. ^ "Data Publishers Association 2008 Winners announced" dpa.org.uk 31 October 2008. Retrieved: March 27, 2009.

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