The Press Gazette today has a special section on the environmental agenda in the newspaper and magazine industry. It includes an important article from Peter Phippen, managing director of BBC magazines. As he says, we need ‘a combination of rapid technical innovation and significant behavioural change’.
Then Phippen covers key aspects of the distribution and recycling chain: the BBC is now using paper only from sustainable sources, paying careful attention to the way waste is generated, particular focus on polylopes and cover mounts. Its all praiseworthy and ‘steps in the right direction’. But Phippen does not mention digital magazines or a digital strategy. What a missed opportunity! Get the digital magazine strategy right, and the BBC will not only save money, it will improve revenues and profits. Of course it will dramatically reduce its carbon footprint at the same time.
“Rapid technical innovation and significant behavioural change”, yes that is something for the magazine industry to embrace at its core. Get the digital strategy in place. This is much more important than ‘cutting down on cover mounts’, though that is also a priority.