Online tabloid creator Mike Magee, the co-founder of The Register and founder of The Inquirer, is taking on the mainstream international press with the launch of The News, a site he says will deliver breaking global news in a "characteristically punchy and controversial style".
The site will have its news hub in India, where editorial operations will be headed by Subhash Rai who joined Magee after successfully starting and then running AOL’s Indian news portal. Rai’s team will include full-time staff and freelancers from around the world.
"At a time when multinational and national newspaper groups are cutting staff, closing offices and facing the overhead of print production, distribution costs and declining readership, we feel we’ve a good chance of taking on the giants by concentrating on sound journalism and challenging the state of journalism now," Magee says. "A recent article on forbes.com told a stark truth. Print advertising, the piece said, is evaporating, meaning that in the UK, at least, Northcliffe Media and Trinity are still tied to classified ad revenues and can’t scale their operations to take advantage of the low-cost model in the online world."
Adds news chief Rai: "Journalism divorced of traditional journalistic values is there for all to see. Online journalism of The News variety will bring a breath of fresh air."
A sentiment wholeheartedly endorsed by Magee: "Journalists these days are frightened little rabbits told to print or pixellate press releases and taught not to challenge power and vested interests. We will prove that journalism is not dead and that readers want strong journalism and not wishy-washy pap dictated to them by multiple vested interests.
"We don’t follow the news, we make The News," he says.
For those on the hunt for un-pixellated news and views, The News can be found at www.instantnews.net .