Travel Media & Technology Bulletin – Tuesday 16 October 2018

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The Guardian Weekly
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Hello and welcome to our weekly travel media and technology bulletin featuring the latest developments on media and technology around the world, published every Tuesday at 06:00 BST.

The Guardian Weekly relaunches

Once upon a time, travelling abroad meant being in blissful ignorance as to what was happening back at home.

This was often a blessing and a curse.

Sometimes a political brouhaha could have come and gone. On one memorable occasion, on boarding a flight from New York to London Heathrow in September 2000, there was the shock of being handed a letter advising that protests at fuel refineries had resulted in empty supermarket shelves at home.

There was of course the option of buying a 2-3 day old newspaper printed and flown out from the UK. Many British papers such as the Telegraph would produce weekly editions for international readers. As has The Guardian which, for more than 99 years, has distributed “The Guardian Weekly” in some 170 countries.

The internet may have rendered the concept superfluous, however The Guardian has now relaunched its weekly edition as a news magazine and the first edition was published last week. It will also be available more widely in the UK with a new cover price of £4.40. There are also special editions for the US and Australia, where The Guardian has dedicated bureaux.

Whilst it has been a very tough market for print, a lot of weekly/bi-weekly news magazines have continued to thrive thanks to strong cover images and editorial and, of course, the current political climate.

The Guardian Weekly is published every Thursday.

BBC World Service Radio Map

The renowned BBC World Service broadcasts around the globe in more than 40 languages.

It was largely accessible on short-wave radio. Now each of its language services are available online. As part of the BBC Taster initiative, Tom Dodds has created an interactive radio map where you can navigate every BBC World Service radio stream by country around the world.

It will be online for the next two months and, if deemed sufficiently popular, could become a permanent fixture.

The Financial Times launches a new daily briefing

For nearly two years, the New York Times has been running a hugely successful podcast “The Daily” with a 25 minute or so look at the day’s news.

The Financial Times, which has long offered podcasts, has launched a new daily FT News Briefing.

At a more concise 10 minutes, with contributions from well known FT journalists and editors, the FT News Briefing is published at 05:00 BST every morning.

Google unveils new products

ICYMI last week, Google held its “Made By Google” event and unveiled a new suite of products.

Most of note is a new Google Home Hub which combines a screen with the Google assistant built in. It is now available for pre-order in the UK for £139.

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