New Zealand YP Jumps Into Mapping

Telecom Directories (New Zealand) is showing more aggressiveness in business development under its new leadership (GM Dudley Enoka). We recently noted in Local Media Journal that Telecom Directories has acquired a company that publishes a retirement guide for Kiwis over…

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Nice Work if You Can Get It

This from an article yesterday in a Norwegian newspaper: Cornel Riklin, who has been CEO of the Norwegian directory publisher Findexa for the past 11 months, is leaving his post now that the company is part of Eniro AB, which…

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Verizon Info Services on Block

As noted in Greg's post, last night, Verizon Corp. posted an announcement on its Web site that it is "reviewing strategic alternatives for the domestic operations of the company's wholly owned directories publishing business, Verizon Information Services." You can review…

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Sensis Seen as Telstra Growth Engine

An interesting story just appeared on Bloomberg that reports Australian publisher Sensis, a unit of telecom Telstra, will be spared from a massive job-cutting program because it represents a critical component of Telstra's growth plans. Telstra CEO Sol Trujillo has…

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BellSouth Plans New Ad Campaign

BellSouth Adveritsing & Publishing is about to launch its first new advertising campaign in three years, this one aimed at users, carrying the line, "May the Best Choice Win." We haven't seen the ads, but it sounds like BellSouth will…

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RHD, DEX Clear Hurdle

R.H. Donnelley Corp.'s proposed acquisition of Dex Media cleared a significant hurdle today when the waiting period required by the Hart-Scott-Rodino antitrust law expired, leaving no futher antitrust approvals in order for the deal to move forward. You can read…

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Stover Back in the YP Game

Former NYNEX Information Services (now part of Verizon) CEO Matt Stover finds himself back at the helm of a Yellow Pages publishing company, albeit a much smaller one. Yesterday, Texas-based independent publisher ypOne announced that Stover has taken over as…

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SBC CFO on Yellow Pages and IPTV

Interesting Q&A with SBC CFO Richard Linder in the latest issue of BusinessWeek. He discusses the possibilities for selling advertising on IPTV using the directory sales force. It's an indication of the strategic importance SBC is placing on its Yellow…

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Major Market Meltdown?

It's nothing new to observe that big markets are disproportionately important to Yellow Pages publishers and that they are often the most in distress. The recent spate of nine-month conference calls among European directory publishers has reinforced this point and…

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TPI Buys Argentine Publisher

The Spanish publisher Telef³nica Publicidad e Informaci³n (TPI) has expanded its presence in South America with the acquisition of Telinver, Argentina's largest directory publisher. The enterprise value of the deal was US$74 million. TPI already owns the market leaders in…

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Yellow Pages Group’s New Home Improvement Guides

Canada's Yellow Pages Group is working with magazine publisher Transcontinental Media to publish home improvement guides that combine magzine-like editorial with directory information. YPG's Ezana Raswork talked about this initiative at our recent DDC2005 conference. Transcontinental will provide the content…

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Developments in Euro Search & Directory

Here are some interesting items we've come across in the European search and directory world:* Eniro has announced a partnership with Internet telephony player Skype to include Skype addresses in Eniro's online database of names and numbers. Skype is launching…

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PagesJaunes Continues Growth

The French directory publisher PagesJaunes issued its third-quarter and year-to-date figures today. The highlights include a 3.1 percent print growth rate in France through the first nine months of 2005 and a 13.5 percent online growth rate for the same…

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More Consolidation in Hispanic Market

Ran into Jonathan Blue of Cobalt Publishing at the ADP conference last week. He pointed out that his company, which publishes Spanish-language directories under the Enlace (Spanish for Link) brand, has moved into its largest market to date by acquiring…

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