Bertelsmann continues to expand its educational activities in Brazil: The international media, services and education group is now the majority stakeholder in Affero Lab, having acquired the shares of the remaining founders of the Brazilian training company. IFC, a member of the World Bank and ALAC, a fund managed by IFC Asset Management Company, will remain minority shareholders. The partners have agreed not to disclose the financial details of the deal. Affero Lab is the biggest player in Brazil’s corporate training sector and offers digital solutions for learning as well as classroom-based and blended training solutions for companies. Around 500,000 people use its services every year. The company employs approximately 450 people mainly in São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. Bertelsmann had already acquired around 40 percent of the shares in Affero Lab in 2015 and is now increasing its stake in a second step. Click Read More below for additional information.
The Village Voice is ending its weekly print product, which has been distributed for free in the New York City area since 1996.
Back then, “Craigslist was in its infancy, Google and Facebook weren’t yet glimmers in the eyes of their founders, and alternative weeklies—and newspapers everywhere—were still packed with classified advertising,” Village Voice owner Peter Barbey stated.
“Clearly, a lot has changed. That business has moved online—and so has the Voice’s audience, which expects us to do what we do … every day, across a range of media, from words and pictures to podcasts, video, and even other forms of print publishing.”
The alt-weekly paper, founded in 1955 and known for its coverage of New York City’s culture, social and political issues, as well as nightlife, will live online.
The Village Voice brand will also introduce new events, products and editorial initiatives going forward. The decision is part of ongoing changes to overhaul the once-struggling Village Voice brand. Barbey purchased the paper in October 2015 from Voice Media Group.
“This decision will allow us to move forward more freely in our pursuit of all of those avenues, so The Village Voice brand is not just once again viable, but vital,” Barbey stated.
The paper has recently undergone a rotation of top editors.
more at: https://www.mediapost.com/publications/article/306111/the-village-voice-ends-weekly-print-edition.html