London-based Boat International Media announced late last week that it will be expanding its presence in the superyachts sector with the acquisition of the monthly ShowBoats International, associated publications, events and Web sites from CurtCo Media LLC.Terms of the deal were not disclosed.Boat International USA, launched in 1997 and published 10 times a year, carries a circ of approximately 48,000, Boats International Media CEO Tony Harris told FOLIO:. Other Boat International Media titles include Boat International, Boat International Russia, Boat International Gulf, Mer & Bateaux, Meer & Yachten and Dockwalk.This acquisition will see Boat International Media merge Boat International USA with CurtCo’s ShowBoats International. The combination of these two titles will up the overall circulation to over 50,000, primarily in the United States, Harris added. “This deal gives us the leading brand serving the US superyacht market and greatly enhances our position as the leading media company serving the global superyacht industry,” said Harris in a release.Overall, the boating market has been one of the hardest-hit sectors over the past year. As Ed McKnew, owner of The Power Boat Guide, told FOLIO: just a few months ago, “The boating market is beat up.” However, Harris said he will continue to invest in the yachting print titles, upping the editorial page count by 50 percent to around 80-90 editorial pages among the 300-plus total issue pages. The upcoming issue will also merge Boat International USA and ShowBoats International. The company also expects to launch new events and Web businesses for the U.S. superyacht market in the near future. The annual subscription price will remain at $23.95.Three to four full-time CurtCo editorial staffers associated with ShowBoats International were laid off, said Harris. However, most of the CurtCo’s employees have been reemployed; additional changes include Boat International USA’s Rebecca Cahilly becoming editor of the combined title immediately and Gary De Sanctis, former ShowBoats International publisher, moving to CurtCo’s Robb Report team while acting as a consultant to transition the title to Boat International Media for six months.
6 DU students among 8 arrested over question-paper leak. Illustration/Prothom AloPolice said they have detained eight people on a charges of leaking out question papers.An SMS of the police’s Criminal Investigation Department (CID) sent to the media outlets said on Tuesday six of the eight detainees are students of Dhaka University.The CID said two of the detainees are the masterminds behind the question-paper leak.The detainees were taken to CID’s Malibagh office. The police, however, didn’t disclose the identities of the culprits behind the question-paper leak.
Tim Watts was an on-air personality at Magic 95.9 for 17 years. (Facebook photo)Tim Watts and Lorraine ‘Lolo’ Milliner, both long-time radio personalities for Magic Baltimore 95.9 FM, have been suddenly let go by the station according to statements posted on their respective Facebook pages. Watts’ statement suggested that his age was behind his having been let go, as the station seemed to be moving towards attracting a younger audience.“Well family, I just got back from vacation only to find that I am now on permanent vacation,” read Watts’s Facebook statement, in part. “Nojoke, I was called into the conference room and told this was my last day at Radio one. So this brings to an end 17 years at 95.9 . . . I guess the age of the listener they need to attract stayed the same. But my age kept going up. . . . I’ve got nothing bad to say about Radio One. They’ve always been very good to me. I would have liked to been able to say good bye on the air.”Similarly, Milliner wrote, in part, “Radio One let me go today after 22 years on the air. . . . I thank Radio One for the opportunity. It has truly been a blessing. I know God has a plan.”The AFRO has reached out to both Watts and Milliner, but both indicated that they were not prepared to comment publicly at this time. Watts’ Facebook statement suggested he might retire and joked he might be “sold for stud.” Milliner’s Facebook statement indicated she would now turn her focus to serving her community, the U.S. Virgin Islands, from which she hails.Online, fans expressed support for the radio personalities, thanking and encouraging them through comments on their respective Facebook posts. Valarie M. Jackson-Saunders commented on Watts’ page that she wished the radio station had handled the situation differently, while Michael-Alan Goodwin responded to Watts post, saying “[I] salute you for handling this situation with the utmost of class. You ARE a real class act.”Sandra Levin Setorie commented on Milliner’s post, saying, “Sorry to hear this LoLo. It’s not just Radio One’s loss, it [sic] a huge loss to the B’more community and diaspora. The wonderful thing is, there’s more to life post Radio One.”The AFRO reached out to Magic 95.9 for comment, but received no response prior to publication.