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Global: NYT enters the food delivery business

Users of The New York Times’ website NYT Cooking and app will now be able to purchase ingredients needed for selected recipes, following a deal between the publisher and online meal store Chef’d. Consumers can either order recipe meal kits individually, which Chef’d will deliver fresh to the home within 24 to 48 hours, or sign up...

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Users of The New York Times’ website NYT Cooking and app will now be able to purchase ingredients needed for selected recipes, following a deal between the publisher and online meal store Chef’d.

Consumers can either order recipe meal kits individually, which Chef’d will deliver fresh to the home within 24 to 48 hours, or sign up to a subscription service.

The service will be available from the 2016 US summer and The New York Times will continually add new recipes to the service based around trends, seasons and holidays.

“This collaboration will offer users an extensive array of recipes from NYT Cooking’s rich collection paired with the unique culinary experience of Chef’d,” said Michael Greenspon, The New York Times general manager, news services and international.

Digital, classifieds boost Axel Springer’s earning

German publisher Axel Springer has reported a 5.2 per cent increase in EBITDA at its first quarter results, buoyed by the growth of its digital businesses and increase in its classified ad models.

The group’s digital businesses now generate 72 per cent of the group’s EBITDA.

“During the first quarter, we made good progress with the implementation of our digital growth projects,” said Dr Mathias Döpfner, CEO of Axel Springer SE.

“With our digital offerings we are reaching 200 million users worldwide. Three quarters of our users can be attributed to our journalistic brands. We want to continue expanding this strong reach.”

During the quarter, Axel Springer’s classified ads models segment increased revenues by 20.9 per cent to EUR 212.9 million with EBITA up 18.4 per cent at 83.2 million.

However revenues from its paid models segment fell 5.5 per cent compared to last year to EUR 340.8 million.

The group’s total revenues increased by 0.4 per cent to EUR 783.4 million.

Amazon launches rival to YouTube

Online retail giant Amazon has launched an online video service to rival Google’s YouTube.

BBC News reports Amazon Video Direct will allow users to post videos and earn royalties.

Viewers can rent and buy content or watch it for free with ads. An ad-free version is offered to Amazon Prime members – a subscription service with other benefits.

Initially, videos will be viewable in the US, Germany, Austria, Japan and the UK.

The firm already offers access to professional TV shows and films via Prime Video, a rival to Netflix.

It also streams user-generated clips about video games via Twitch.

North Korea expels BBC reporters

North Korea expelled a BBC reporting crew on Monday for what it deemed a disrespectful portrayal of the country and its leader, Kim Jong-un.

More than 100 foreign journalists were granted visas to visit North Korea for the duration of the seventh congress of the Workers’ Party, the first such political gathering in 36 years.  However, authorities blocked those journalists from actually covering the event, forcing them to rely on state-run, propaganda-filled domestic news media to glean details of the meeting, The New York Times reports.

The BBC reported that its correspondent, Rupert Wingfield-Hayes, who had arrived with a delegation of Nobel laureates before the congress, was detained on Friday and questioned for eight hours before being made to sign a statement.

O Ryong Il, the secretary general of the North’s National Peace Committee, said that Wingfield-Hayes’s coverage had distorted facts and “spoke ill of the system and the leadership”.

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