South China Morning Post will launch two new regular supplements this autumn. Footy, a weekly supplement will kick off on August 13 to coincide with the start of the English Premiere League season and China Business, a monthly supplement to the Business section, will be launched on September 5.
Commenting on these developments, Managing Director Nancy Valiente said, "We work continuously to provide news, analysis and features that are of great value and interest to our readers. 70% of our readers read our China news coverage regularly and 38% of our readers are avid sports fans. We’re building on these strong interests with these new supplements."
Footy, the first of the two to debut, will be edited by Deputy Sports Editor Donal Sculley. He expects the new product to set his readers up perfectly for the weekend’s games in England and beyond. "Footy is packed with match previews, statistics and behind-the-scenes gossip," he says, "It also boasts two world-famous football columnists in John Dykes and Nick Pulford who will ensure that whether you’re a partisan fan or an armchair critic you’re never at a loss for insightful tips and expert analysis."
To top off the Footy launch, SCMP.com will simultaneously launch an online fantasy football competition. SCMP.com readers can become virtual team managers with a £100 million budget and stand to win fabulous monthly prizes. At the end of the season, the overall winner will receive a free return ticket to London to watch an EPL match live.
Meanwhile, China Business will focus each month on a specific sector, with the first issue covering the telecommunications industry. China Business Editor, Elaine Chan describes the supplement as giving "an Asian perspective of China and the cultural climate that affects the way business is done".
SCMP sees a need in the market for in-depth analysis, different perspectives, and thought-provoking treatment of current business issues in China. "Unlike other business publications who re-purpose editorial content or use wire stories, our content will be 100% original, written by 24 journalists based in our three China bureaus", says Chan. "We will provide customized ‘news you can use’ to give our China business readers ‘hands-on’ information which they can convert into a competitive advantage."
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