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Railway magazines by Alan Geere

Crowded services, HS2, labour disputes, even freight trains to China – the rail sector is hardly out of the news. Alan Geere gets down to the booking office to see which magazines are on the right track.

Posted on: 25 May 2017

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Supermarket magazines by Alan Geere

They’ve now got their loyalty cards, their BOGOFs and their home shopping. But the big supermarkets haven’t forgotten their own magazines, and are increasingly to be found in digital media too. Alan Geere sees if there are any unexpected items in the bagging area.

Posted on: 28 March 2017

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Newspaper magazines by Alan Geere

In a non-digital all-print foray into multi-media, no self-respecting modern newspaper can be seen without a magazine. Alan Geere checks the insertions on the weekend newsstand.

Posted on: 03 February 2017

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Spotlight – In-flight magazines by Alan Geere

In-flight magazines may have a captive audience, but they still have to work hard for readers. Alan Geere looks in the seat-back pocket in front of him to see who is ready for take-off.

Posted on: 27 November 2016

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Spotlight – Music magazines by Alan Geere

Don’t know your bluegrass from your elbow? Never fear, help is at hand in the vibrant rock music magazine sector. Alan Geere finds there’s lots of fun to be had reading about something rather than actually listening or watching.

Posted on: 03 October 2016

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Spotlight – Pre-school magazines by Alan Geere

Comics have come a long way from a pocket money treat. Now there are toys, posters, stickers and even a magazine thrown in. Alan Geere peruses the bottom shelf of the newsagents for the pre-school magazines.

Posted on: 27 July 2016

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Spotlight – Boating Magazines by Alan Geere

“There is nothing - absolutely nothing - half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boating magazines.” With apologies to Ratty, Alan Geere gets his feet wet in a buoyant publishing sector.

Posted on: 03 June 2016

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Spotlight – Wedding Mags by Alan Geere

Dee-di-di-dee, Dee-di-di-dee. Yes, that is, of course, Here Comes the Bride heralding the march of wedding titles to a newsstand and mobile device near you. Alan Geere takes you down the aisle.

Posted on: 01 April 2016

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Spotlight: The New Day by Alan Geere

Alan Geere, who was part of the launch team of Today, wobbly colour and all, that shook the newspaper market thirty years ago, casts his eye over the latest national newspaper launch.

Posted on: 29 February 2016

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Spotlight – Holiday & Travel Mags by Alan Geere

Need to get out more? Want to be taken to places you can only dream of? Look no further than the travel section of the newsstand. Alan Geere sets the doors to manual.

Posted on: 03 February 2016

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Spotlight - News & Current Affairs Mags by Alan Geere

Instant news is everywhere - on TV, radio, phone, tablet and even a bus shelter near you. So who needs a news and current affairs magazine anymore? Alan Geere gets the intelligence on a sector that is showing consistent sales increases and multimedia innovation.

Posted on: 26 November 2015

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Spotlight - Motoring Mags by Alan Geere

Haven't got £250,000 to splash out on the latest Aston Martin Vantage? Never fear, for less than a fiver, you can get the lowdown from any one of these motoring magazines. And lots about cars you can afford too. Alan Geere has been peering under the bonnet in this competitive magazine sector.

Posted on: 24 September 2015

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Spotlight – Gardening Mags by Alan Geere

Now it's not enough to know your onions - you have to read about them too. So, who's coming up smelling of roses in the gardening magazine sector and who's in need of some care and attention? Alan Geere has been down to the potting shed to find out.

Posted on: 15 July 2015

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Spotlight – Photography Mags by Alan Geere

Photography is a growing market – cameras, lenses, gadgets, gizmos and digital software – and magazines covering the sector are big business too. Alan Geere looks through the viewfinder at the five top-selling titles.

Posted on: 28 May 2015

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Spotlight – Food Mags by Alan Geere

Don’t know your saltimbocca from your bourguignon? And is your Eton Mess just a muddle? Never fear, there is a food magazine on a newsstand near you with all the answers. Alan Geere looks for the recipe for publishing success.

Posted on: 25 March 2015

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Spotlight – Celebrity Mags by Alan Geere

Can’t get enough of Kim and Kanye or I’m a Celebrity and X Factor? Or do you prefer your celebrities a bit more old school like royalty and actors who have actually done something? Whether it’s Kerry or Geri, Mel S or Mel B, Kate or Katie, there’s a celebrity gossip magazine just for you. Alan Geere joins the red carpet at the newsagents.

Posted on: 27 January 2015

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Fashion, Art, Travel, Style… It's All About Love by Alan Geere

It weighs in at two kilogrammes, has 510 pages and costs more than £5 to put in the post. But Love magazine is just one of a number of high end publications that attract readers with a heady mix of fashion, art, travel and up-to-the minute style and target exclusive advertisers with premium positioning and quality paper and printing. So what's the lure behind the allure? Alan Geere heads to the reinforced shelf at the newsagents to find out.

Posted on: 25 November 2014

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