Pagemasters North America

Pagemasters North America
The Canadian Press

The Canadian Press

October 13, 2009 09:01 ET

Pagemasters North America swings into operation with appointment of Stewart Muir as Managing Director

Company provides full range of editorial production services to newspapers in United States and Canada

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 13, 2009) - Pagemasters North America, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Canadian Press, is pleased to announce the appointment of Stewart Muir as Managing Director. His appointment, which is effective immediately, marks the start of operational activity for Pagemasters North America after its launch was announced in August.

The company will provide U.S. and Canadian newspapers with a complete range of editorial production services, from copy editing and headline writing to design and layout of pages. Pagemasters North America is a close collaboration between The Canadian Press and Pagemasters, a subsidiary of Australian Associated Press (AAP) that has won international acclaim for the services it provides to newspapers in Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.

Pagemasters helps clients significantly reduce production costs by more efficiently preparing, editing and designing pages tailored to each newspaper's specifications. A key component of the new venture's business model is having the work done in North America by editors who are familiar with local culture, language and style guidelines.

Having already received very positive feedback and interest from prospective clients in the United States and Canada, Pagemasters North America expects to have its first production centre in full operation by the first quarter of 2010.

Its new Managing Director has 25 years' experience in journalism, newspaper production and editorial management. Mr. Muir joins Pagemasters North America from Canwest News Service, where he worked as Business Manager. He previously served as Deputy Managing Editor, Business Editor and World Editor at the Vancouver Sun.

"Stewart has an excellent grasp of the pagination business that will serve us well in helping newspapers save money while upholding the highest standards of quality and editorial integrity for their pages," said Eric Morrison, president of The Canadian Press, the country's national news agency. "He brings a wealth of management experience to his new role at Pagemasters North America, and I am pleased to welcome him to our team."

Mr. Muir relishes the opportunity to lead the new venture. "The Canadian Press is widely respected in the media industry for its commitment to accuracy, integrity and speed. These principles will be ingrained in the operations of Pagemasters North America."

A native of Lethbridge, Alta., Mr. Muir is a graduate of Simon Fraser University and the University of British Columbia. He has been actively involved in a number of associations, including the Nature Trust of British Columbia, the Vancouver Board of Trade and the Commonwealth Press Union Editors Forum.

About The Canadian Press

The Canadian Press is Canada's most trusted news source and leader in providing real-time, bilingual multimedia content for online, mobile and emerging platforms. More than 250 journalists deliver news stories, photos, graphics, audio and online video, plus news coverage from The Associated Press, to daily newspapers, radio and TV stations and websites. Members and clients depend on The Canadian Press for reliable, accurate and fast coverage, written and edited according to the standards set by The Canadian Press Stylebook and The Associated Press Stylebook. For over 90 years, its journalists have reported news round the clock, from coast to coast and around the world, in English and French.

The establishment of Pagemasters North America as a wholly owned subsidiary of The Canadian Press builds upon the agency's current experience paginating financial and sports data for Canadian daily newspapers such as The Globe and Mail and Toronto Star.

About Pagemasters

Pagemasters leads the world in the establishment and operation of centralized sub-editing centres for the newspaper and magazine industry. Its operations in Australia and New Zealand provide complete design, editing and production services for a range of metropolitan, regional and community newspapers.

Pagemasters produces more than 10,000 editorial pages a month. Customers include the Sydney Morning Herald, The Age in Melbourne, The New Zealand Herald, and London's Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph. Formed in 1991, the company is a wholly owned subsidiary of Australian Associated Press, the national news agency of Australia.

About Australian Associated Press (AAP)

AAP is the national news agency of Australia; it employs more than 600 people and provides a comprehensive Australian and international news service to the Australian media, business sectors and beyond - 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Virtually all of Australia's newspaper and broadcast media subscribe to AAP news services.

The Canadian Press President Eric Morrison and Pagemasters North America Managing Director Stewart Muir are available for interviews or meetings with newspaper publishers interested in editorial production services. To arrange a date and time, please contact:

Sharon Hockin
The Canadian Press
+1 416-507-2137

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