Independent Arabia launched by Saudi media group SRMG

Updated 24 January 2019

Independent Arabia launched by Saudi media group SRMG

  • Adhwan AlAhmary named editor-in-chief of news website
  • Licensing agreement to launch sites in Arabic, Turkish, Urdu and Persian

LONDON: Independent Arabia has been launched under a licensing agreement between the UK news brand and the Saudi Research and Marketing Group (SRMG), it was announced on Thursday.

The launch of the news service — — marks the first phase of a deal between SRMG and the publisher of The Independent, which started life as a national newspaper in the UK.

Independent-branded digital properties will be launched in Arabic, Turkish, Urdu and Persian. 

The Arabic-language news service will be staffed by a team of experienced journalists from Saudi Arabia and the wider Arab world, and based in London, according to a statement issued by SRMG.

SRMG also announced the appointment of Saudi journalist and political analyst Adhwan AlAhmary as editor-in-chief of Independent Arabia.

AlAhmary has 16 years of experience in the industry, having worked for Al-Watan, Al-Hayat, and Asharq Al-Awsat newspapers, as well as in television.

Adhwan AlAhmary

Abdulrahman bin Ibrahim Rwaita, chairman of SRMG, said: “We are delighted to launch this distinguished project and to have built this great relationship with The Independent.”

The four foreign-language sites will feature translated articles from alongside content from teams of SRMG journalists based in London, Islamabad, Istanbul and New York, as well as operations teams in Riyadh and Dubai, according to an announcement following the licensing agreement.

SRMG is also the publisher of Arab News and Asharq Al-Awsat.

News Corp. Australia’s push for digitization to lead to job losses

Updated 28 May 2020

News Corp. Australia’s push for digitization to lead to job losses

News Corp. Australia said it would restructure its organization to focus on digital publishing, a move that will also lead to job losses.
Scores of regional and community titles will be published only digitally from June 29 under the reorganization, the Australian arm of the mass media and publishing firm News Corp. said in a statement on Wednesday.
The company did not specify how many jobs could be lost, but Australian media reported up to 1,000 staff could be axed as a result of the restructuring.
It said its print publications had become unsustainable amid the coronavirus pandemic and the loss of revenue to digital platforms that use its content without payment.
“To meet these changing trends, we are reshaping News Corp. Australia to focus on where consumers and businesses are moving and to strengthen our position as Australia’s leading digital news media company,” News Corp. Australasia Executive Chairman Michael Miller said.
News Corp. incurred an impairment charge of $1.1 billion in the third quarter ended March 31, primarily related to a write-down at its struggling Australian pay television unit, Foxtel.