Media: The Week in Media

Sunday tabloids could face competition in the form of a potential title by ex-Sunday Express editor Sue Douglas and ex-ITV executive Rupert Howell. The pair are approaching investors about a media brand encompassing digital, print, TV and radio. Douglas told MediaGuardian that the paper would rival Rupert Murdoch's seven-day Sun operation as a 'reincarnation of the News of the World'.

GMG Radio has closed Manchester-based TV station Channel M after 12 years, with the loss of three jobs. A company statement said it 'could not provide a commercially viable quality service within the new government structure for local television in the UK'. There had been no new content on the channel since GMG's 2010 takeover.

The Independent has upped its cover price to £1.20 from £1, matching recent price rises by The Guardian and The Daily Telegraph. Editor Chris Blackhurst blamed the rise on the pressures of the increasing costs of newsprint, transportation and production. The Saturday edition remains at £1.60.

Hubert Burda Media has launched LandLove, a bimonthly gardening and crafts magazine aimed at women aged 35-plus. The firm said the title, with a cover price of £3.85, would serve women who want to enjoy a slower-paced, more traditional life alongside the romantic ideal of living in the countryside.

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