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Guardian News & Media, The Telegraph and News UK join forces to create joint advertising platform

The Ozone Project will offer buying at scale in premium, fraud-free and brand safe environments.

Guardian News & Media, News UK and The Telegraph are to launch The Ozone Project – a jointly-owned audience platform.

The Ozone Project, currently in alpha, will offer advertisers and agencies direct and transparent access to an audience of more than 39.4m million unique users in brand safe, fraud free, premium environments across the UK’s most trusted publishers.

Launching in Autumn 2018, the project has been developed in response to industry-wide concerns across the digital advertising ecosystem around brand safety, data governance, lack of transparency in the supply chain and ad fraud, as well as calls from advertisers for a single point of access to publisher inventory to facilitate an easy buy for scaled quality.

The Ozone Project will create rich, custom audiences across publishers – leveraging advertisers’ first party CRM data along with publishers’ audiences and facilitating sophisticated targeting across the combined inventories. By directly connecting brands, agencies and publishers, The Ozone Project will create a more transparent view of how segments are structured and where media is running.

Advertisers will be able to access the new platform through a single specialised Ozone Project sales team who will offer access to the joint inventory and data as a managed service or via premium programmatic channels.

The ambition is to open the platform up to other quality publishers and partners over time.

Dominic Carter, group chief commercial officer at News UK, said: "This project has been driven by a shared ethos to create a channel for advertisers to gain direct access to publishers' audiences at scale via a transparent and effective platform."

Dora Michail, managing director of digital at The Telegraph, said: "Funding quality journalism is essential for the good of the media industry and society as a whole. The Ozone Project puts in place an infrastructure that creates a better marketplace for advertisers, consumers and publishers alike."

Hamish Nicklin, chief revenue officer at Guardian News & Media, said: "We are working together to build a better digital ecosystem for advertisers, readers and publishers. The Ozone Project is a response to the challenges we all face and aims to facilitate the highest standard of digital advertising and ensure quality journalism and content continues to be funded."

by Jessie Sampson 20/06/18

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