Business publisher Emap considers moving titles to monthly or online-only

Business publisher Emap is considering a change to its magazines model, examining strategies to take their weekly titles monthly or even online-only, in an attempt to streamline the business.

Retail Week: an Emap title
Retail Week: an Emap title

The move could see Emap, which owns trade titles including Drapers, Broadcast and Retail Week, enact the change before an internal deadline of 2015. The first title due to test the move to a monthly frequency is understood to be Nursing Times.

All Emap titles are already set behind an online paywall, including Broadcast and Retail Week. The paywall for the titles was enforced at the end of 2009.

Just last month, the publisher parted company with its chief executive David Gilbertson. He left the company with immediate effect and is yet to be replaced.

At the end of last year, Claudia Arney, the group managing director at the publisher, also left.

It is understood the decision regarding Gilbertson's departure was reached "mutually" with Emap's joint investors, private equity group Apax Partners and Guardian publisher Guardian Media Group.

It is believed the company's end-of-year financial results for 2010, due out in the next two months, will reflect a business performing well.

Between 2008 and 2009, the company's revenue dropped from £283m to £282m, but it turned a pre-tax loss of £2m into a pre-tax profit of £34m.

Emap also publishes film industry magazine Screen International, textiles industry title Drapers, and owns the Cannes Lions advertising festival.

Apax and the Guardian Media Group acquired Emap in April 2008.

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