Danny Murphy: Liverpool must make these signings this month…

first_imgDanny Murphy has told Jurgen Klopp he must be active in the January transfer window to get Liverpool’s top four challenge back on track.Klopp revealed in December that he is reluctant to make any major signings mid-season as he wants to give the current squad the chance to make their mark.But after seeing his former club start the New Year with a disappointing 2-0 defeat at West Ham, Murphy says the German must alter his stance and bring in reinforcements.“I am looking at Liverpool to bring in a few because they really need to finish in the top four,” said the ex-England international, speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“I think they need a goalkeeper, a centre-half and maybe if you could get someone in on loan with a bit of pace. Someone you could nick who is not playing in one of the big teams, maybe.“Most importantly, though, they need a centre-half because I think they look vulnerable.”Klopp is expected to make his first signing at Anfield this week, with Marko Grujic on the verge of a £5m move to Merseyside.But the 19-year-old is expected to be loaned back to Red Star Belgrade until the summer before linking up with the Liverpool squad next season.last_img read more

OK Publisher Reports of Our Losses Completely Exaggerated

first_imgPeople1768.681527.5715.8 CELEBRITYH1 2010H1 2009%CHNG Star698.8558.8325 Entertainment Weekly502.53412.0122 In Touch456.68393.4216.1 Life & Style242.51172.6940.4center_img OK!560.06429.4330.4 According to Barr, the magazine’s revenues are consistent with its ad page growth. “And our expenditures are those you’d see regularly associated with publishing a weekly magazine,” he says. “Our profits are in line with growth expectations and the normal economic fluctuations. Again, we’re happy to be seeing profitability, but we’ve had out weeks with losses just like others inside and outside of our competitive set.”Circulation DeclinesMeanwhile, the magazine recorded an overall circulation of 695,197 through the first half and missed its 800,000 rate base, according to ABC numbers. OK! saw a 9.6 percent decline in newsstand sales (which made up about half of the magazine’s overall circ) and 35.3 percent decline in verified circ. While Barr says he isn’t overly worried about the declines, he does want to “take the appropriate steps” to address the issue, including coming up with a new subscription model and delivering on rate base.“We take into account that newsstand sales are a reflection of the economy and consumer purchasing habits and also take note that more of our competition has moved away from a heavily-weighted newsstand model,” he says. “Our editors are mindful of consumer wants and each week deliver an editorial product that will generate interest.  We’ve introduced more beauty and fashion service, and continue to evolve our take on entertainment to further differentiate from the competition, but with the celebrity category, weekly relevance is key. So, our editors strive to produce the right formula –that delicate balance that services the news interest and the lifestyle interest—that will deliver us positive newsstand results.”The Magazine is Not ClosingBarr admits that OK! is still a work in progress, and takes exception to reports that the magazine is losing millions and is on the verge of shutting down.“The negativity, which will tell you otherwise and speculate about the magazine’s closing, seems to come from a mixture of sources competing for business and overzealous reporters,” Barr says.  “We don’t dwell on it, but on more than one occasion, and even very recently, we’ve seen a reporter use and twist legitimately old numbers to substantiate a story. Luckily, we know better.”Celebrity Ad Pages Through the First Half (PIB): Celebrity glossy OK!, which was launched into the U.S. market in 2005 by U.K.-based owner Northern & Shell, has since enjoyed steady ad page growth and has been the subject of much criticism—especially on the financial end of the business. According to several reports, Northern & Shell pumped more than $100 million into the launch. And, more recently, reports have indicated that the magazine is losing more than $700,000 per issue.“Financially, the reports of our ‘losses’ are completely exaggerated,” says recently-installed OK! publisher Stephen Gregory Barr. “We’ve said this many times on-the-record: In just five years—during which many magazines have closed their doors—we’ve launched, made ourselves a recognizable name in a crowded category and have indeed achieved run-rate profitability in the past year. Based on this, OK!’s parent company, Northern & Shell has made a fully committed monetary, product extension investment in the U.S.”Barr, who joined the magazine at the end of June, previously served as associate publisher of sales and marketing at Zinio/VIV Magazine and as advertising director at Time Inc.’s InStyle. Through the first half of the year, OK!’s ad pages have increased more than 30 percent, according to PIB figures. Pages grew more than 20 percent through all of 2009. Us Weekly824.85827.33-0.3last_img read more

PHOTOS Scenes From The Wilmington Farmers Market

first_img Hannah’s Herbals Beads By Barbara Purple Carrot Bread Children’s Craft Table Polish Prince Pierogi WILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington Farmers Market held its second ever Winter Market on Sunday, December 2 at the Wilmington United Methodist Church (87 Church Street). Below are some scenes from the Market. Click on each image for a larger view. Bee Balm Co. Sweet Lydia’s Susan Anton LMT Wilmington Figure Skating Club Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Thank You To Our Sponsor:Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPHOTOS: Scenes From The Wilmington Farmers MarketIn “Photo of the Day”SAVE THE DATE: Wilmington Methodist Church’s Annual Harvest & Holly Fair Set For October 26In “Community”What To Expect At The Wilmington Farmers Market On September 1In “Community” Juicebox Diva Arrowhead Farm Rustic Life Farm Soap Seafood Expresslast_img read more