FT cuts editorial staff, Facebook puts ads in middle of videos & Breitbart struggles in Europe: this week in media

FT cuts editorial staff, Facebook puts ads in middle of videos & Breitbart struggles in Europe: this week in media

FT cuts editorial staff

The Financial Times, under the new ownership of Japan’s Nikkei Inc, is set to cut 20 editorial staff (3% of its global editorial team) due to cuts in print revenue.  Read more on Bloomberg >>

Facebook starts to put ads in the middle of videos

In what is seen to be good news for publishers, Facebook has introduced a new ‘mid-roll’ ad format, meaning that publishers will be able to monetise their video content more effectively.  Read more on Recode >>

Google tests new anti spam / troll comment software

On Thursday, Jigsaw and its partners on Google’s Counter Abuse Technology Team released a new piece of code called Perspective, an API that gives any developer access to the anti-harassment tools that Jigsaw has worked on for over a year.  Read more on Wired here >>

Verizon cuts $350 million from Yahoo acquisition price

In light of recent user-data breaches, Verizon has cut its offer for Yahoo by 7%, or $350 million, now valuing the acquisition deal at $4.48 billion.  Read more on Mediapost >>

Breitbart European expansion slows

In the run up to forthcoming national elections in Germany and France, far-right news site Breitbart has to date failed to launch sites despite promising to conquer Europe.  Read more on Politico.eu >>

Life Support For Subscribers - using 'survival analysis' to help publishers build their subscription strategies [insight]

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Countries on the up: the top 5 European media outliers by digital growth, population size & ad spend [data]