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Newsweek Deadline Draws Near (Chris Ruddy may bid - Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)
The Wall Street Journal ^ | May 29, 2010 | Russell Adams

Posted on 05/30/2010 6:02:57 AM PDT by abb

A private-equity firm and a publisher of a right-wing magazine are among prospective buyers expected to enter the first round of bidding for Newsweek magazine.

OpenGate Capital, the investment firm that owns TV Guide, plans to formally declare its interest in acquiring Newsweek before Wednesday's deadline for nonbinding bids, according to managing partner Andrew Nikou. Christopher Ruddy, publisher of the conservative monthly magazine Newsmax, said he also plans to bid.

Thomson Reuters Corp. is unlikely to submit a letter of interest by next week's deadline, but the financial news and information company could partner on a bid later in the process, according to a person familiar with the company's thinking. Media mogul Haim Saban initially expressed an interest, but it is unclear if he will enter the fray. A spokesperson for Mr. Saban declined to comment.

Meanwhile, Bloomberg LP, Fast Company publisher Mansueto Ventures and Mort Zuckerman, owner of U.S. News & World Report, all said they are not interested.

Newsweek owner Washington Post Co. recently said it would try to sell the unprofitable magazine and hired Allen & Co. to shop it. The investment bank has circulated a summary of Newsweek and details about the bidding process, which requires prospective buyers to submit a purchase price and financing plan by 5 p.m. EDT Wednesday.

Post Co. indicated in the summary sent to potential buyers that the company would assume all long-term employee-related liabilities, including pension and retirement obligations, as of the sale date. It also indicated in the summary it will assume "certain" severance obligations. A person familiar with the matter said Post Co. has offered to cover severance costs for up to 200 Newsweek employees not retained by the new owner. Newsweek has 379 full-time-equivalent employees.

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It has a negative net worth.
1 posted on 05/30/2010 6:02:57 AM PDT by abb
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2 posted on 05/30/2010 6:05:47 AM PDT by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: abb

Good move by Ruddy. He’ll get a bunch of Newsmax stories out of how the Obama admin blocked his purchase of the magazine.


3 posted on 05/30/2010 6:05:55 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: abb

If Chris Ruddy buys it, will it still be “dinosaur media”?

And Media is not dead ... it’s merely morphing [for those who are cheering].


4 posted on 05/30/2010 6:06:07 AM PDT by BunnySlippers (I LOVE BULL MARKETS . . .)
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To: Joe 6-pack

Wow! Did not know this. Do you have a link?


5 posted on 05/30/2010 6:06:57 AM PDT by BunnySlippers (I LOVE BULL MARKETS . . .)
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To: abb

Rush should just buy it and turn it into the PREMIER Conservative magazine in the World.

Rush H. Limbaugh - Publisher and Editor in Chief
Bo Snerdly - Black Enough to Criticize “The One” VP!


6 posted on 05/30/2010 6:09:11 AM PDT by GRRRRR (He'll NEVER be my President, FUBO!)
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To: abb

http://www.businessweek.com/news/2010-05-29/newsweek-magazine-losing-money-since-2007-draws-possible-bids.html
Newsweek Magazine, Losing Money Since 2007, Draws Possible Bids

http://www.niemanlab.org/2010/05/publish2s-ryan-sholin-we-did-not-set-out-to-kill-the-associated-press/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+NiemanJournalismLab+%28Nieman+Journalism+Lab%29
Publish2’s Ryan Sholin: “We did not set out to kill the Associated Press”

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ynews/ynews_pl2312
Critiquing the D.C. echo chamber from within

http://www.kitv.com/news/23705740/detail.html
Newspaper Unions File Grievance Over Severance

http://newsosaur.blogspot.com/
Newspapers now have lost half of core sales

http://www.editorsweblog.org/web_20/2010/05/study_says_citizen_journalism_not_yet_a.php
Study says: citizen ‘journalism’ not yet a threat

http://www.voiceofsandiego.org/this_just_in/article_19fe4fb8-6aa8-11df-824f-001cc4c002e0.html
More Staff Cuts Loom at Union-Tribune

http://www.news.ucdavis.edu/search/news_detail.lasso?id=9491
UC Davis study predicts newspapers will survive

http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/blogs/white/Digital-paper-has-arrived-94924699.html
Digital paper has arrived

http://www.vocus.com/invocus/blogMay10.html
A one-newspaper world: another community loses a voice


7 posted on 05/30/2010 6:14:44 AM PDT by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: Joe 6-pack

Yes. Seems like a logical move for Ruddy. And the Newsweek banner.


8 posted on 05/30/2010 6:15:14 AM PDT by GVnana
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To: GRRRRR

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M1u9slsAHTc

Bo in action.


9 posted on 05/30/2010 6:15:27 AM PDT by 70th Division (I love my country but fear my government!)
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To: abb


10 posted on 05/30/2010 6:15:40 AM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: BunnySlippers
"Wow! Did not know this. Do you have a link?"

LOL...they didn't try to bar the sale yet, but there's no way they'll let a conservative entity buy up one of their most outspoken allies and propaganda arms. It may not be done directly through gov't force, but more likely through their allies in the media.

It will be the kind of stuff that's perfect for Newsmax stories!

11 posted on 05/30/2010 6:21:17 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: abb

Jim Robertson should buy it and call it NewsFreep.

Pray for America


12 posted on 05/30/2010 6:23:04 AM PDT by bray (No You Don't!)
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To: abb

Whoever buys it in the end...ends up with a magazine that cannot sustain a profit. The only plus is that you have a dozen reporters who can appear on Sunday talk shows for MSNBC or CNN....and talk. Basically, you run a stable of horses who can’t run with real racehorses but they are happy to be just marginal horses.

In fact, I would even say this....I could open a new magazine called Newsweek II...with all college students (no one over the age of 24) and carry the same subscription level and profit margin. At least with my concept....I’d be paying out half the salary that they pay today, and I could actually say I’m making a profit.


13 posted on 05/30/2010 6:24:54 AM PDT by pepsionice
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To: abb

The offices will need to be disinfected, if not outright incinerated.


Frowning takes 68 muscles.
Smiling takes 6.
Pulling this trigger takes 2.
I'm lazy.

14 posted on 05/30/2010 6:25:19 AM PDT by The Comedian (Evil can only succeed if good men don't point at it and laugh.)
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To: abb

The 4th estate is a 5th column.


15 posted on 05/30/2010 6:27:29 AM PDT by Drango (A liberal's compassion is limited only by the size of someone else's wallet.)
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To: Joe 6-pack

Why would Chris Ruddy buy Dinosaur Media? Does he want to lose money?

I think some Freepers don’t know that media is not dying.


16 posted on 05/30/2010 6:34:04 AM PDT by BunnySlippers (I LOVE BULL MARKETS . . .)
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To: abb

http://www.buzzmachine.com/2010/05/29/ftc-protects-journalisms-past/
FTC protects journalism’s past

http://www.ftc.gov/opp/workshops/news/jun15/docs/new-staff-discussion.pdf
POTENTIAL POLICY RECOMMENDATIONS TO SUPPORT
THE REINVENTION OF JOURNALISM

http://www.mediabistro.com/tvnewser/cnn/this_is_where_cnn_makes_its_money_162961.asp
This Is Where CNN Makes Its Money

http://www.editorandpublisher.com/Headlines/study-newspapers-need-greater-union-role-new-ownership-models-to-survive-61496-.aspx
Study: Newspapers Need Greater Union Role, New Ownership Models to Survive

http://www.smartmoney.com/news/ON/?story=ON-20100527-000696
Time Warner CEO Rules Out Sale Of Publishing Unit This Year

http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE64R04G20100528
Wall Street debates fate of Disney’s ABC

http://www.pcworld.com/article/197395/ipad_to_rescue_media_from_pennypinching_web_surfers.html
IPad to Rescue Media From Penny-pinching Web Surfers?

http://timwindsor.com/2010/05/25/how-do-you-spell-chutzpah/
How do you spell chutzpah?

http://newspaperdeathwatch.com/
Fit to Print’ Filmmakers Forge Ahead

http://recoveringjournalist.typepad.com/recovering_journalist/
The Social Subscription


17 posted on 05/30/2010 6:40:47 AM PDT by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: abb

Mr Ruddy, I’ll buy a subscription. ...go for it.


18 posted on 05/30/2010 6:49:08 AM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: abb

Wouldn’t that be a total BOL for our side if Ruddy buys Newsweek?


19 posted on 05/30/2010 6:57:53 AM PDT by Grampa Dave (ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION IS DESTROYING AMERICA-LOOK AT WHAT IT DID TO THE WHITE HOUSE!)
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To: abb

Big Time “negative net worth”


20 posted on 05/30/2010 7:02:13 AM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (Support our troops....and vote out the RINOS!)
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