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Departures Unsettle Newsweek (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/15/business/media/newsweek-departures-unsettle-magazine.html?ref=busi ^ | November 14, 2011 | Jeremy W. Peters

Posted on 11/15/2011 11:27:12 AM PST by abb

Newsweek was jolted by three high-level departures on Monday, a sign that the merger a year ago with The Daily Beast has left the magazine deeply unsettled.

The upheaval hit the challenged advertising sales unit and the newsroom, where the editing and reporting ranks are straining under Tina Brown’s high-pressure management style.

The executive editor, Edward Felsenthal, who has been with Ms. Brown since The Daily Beast first went online in 2008, handed in his resignation on Monday. He was joined by Tom Weber, the managing editor who started at Newsweek in January.

The publisher, Ray Chelstowski, was fired. His tenure was short as well, just 10 months in which he had to persuade advertisers to endorse the magazine’s new direction.

Though the magazine had begun to see some turnaround in its advertising sales — it announced on Monday along with news of Mr. Chelstowski’s firing that October numbers were up 10 percent — the progress was evidently not enough. Over all this year, Newsweek’s ad pages are down 21 percent. By comparison, Time magazine’s pages are up about 1 percent for the year.

Ms. Brown has brought in two new people — Mark Miller, a former Newsweek editor with 21 years of experience at the magazine, and Justine A. Rosenthal, formerly the editor of The National Interest — to take over the responsibilities of Mr. Felsenthal and Mr. Weber.

Mr. Chelstowski’s duties will be assumed in part by someone with more digital experience, Eric Danetz, a former executive with CBS Interactive.

Ms. Brown cast the moves, which coincided with a meeting of the Newsweek-Daily Beast board on Monday, as a restructuring. Mr. Miller will run the operational side of the newsroom while Ms. Rosenthal will help steer the news report.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Extended News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: advertising; dbm; magazines; newsweek; sourcetitlenoturl
More on Tina Brown's rag.
1 posted on 11/15/2011 11:27:16 AM PST by abb
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2 posted on 11/15/2011 11:27:50 AM PST by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: abb

Newsweek has been on life support for ages. Someone issue the DNR order


3 posted on 11/15/2011 11:34:57 AM PST by CriticalJ (Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress.. But then I repeat myself. MT)
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Rats flee the sinking ship!


4 posted on 11/15/2011 11:42:48 AM PST by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: abb

“Tina brown’s rag”? Lol wow post of the day.

Sooooo many uses for that little phrase


5 posted on 11/15/2011 11:56:00 AM PST by SpringtoLiberty (Liberty is on the march!)
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To: abb

http://www.netnewscheck.com/article/2011/11/14/15284/online-poised-for-dominance-in-local-ads
Poised For Dominance In Local Ads
A new report from Borrell Associates predicts that online could become the primary destination for local advertising dollars by 2013, while mobile advertising will steadily increase its share of local ad dollars, reaching 88% by 2016.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204323904577038040656015860.html
Publisher, Top Editors Out at Newsweek, Daily Beast

http://www.deadline.com/2011/11/analyst-big-media-earnings-set-to-decelerate-sharply-in-2013-as-tv-becomes-a-zero-sum-game/
Analyst: Big Media Earnings To “Decelerate Sharply” In 2013 Due To TV Zero-Sum Game

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970203537304577032633626204846.html
Ad Spending Loses Steam

http://www.latimes.com/business/fi-ct-tv-advertising-20111115,0,2690449.story
TV’s ad revenue stream faces crosscurrents

http://adage.com/article/mediaworks/abc-seeks-1-6m-1-7m-oscars-ad-time/230995/
ABC Seeks $1.6M to $1.7M for Oscars Ad Time - Pricing Flat or Slightly Below That of Last Telecast

http://www.philly.com/philly/news/133854188.html
Inquirer and Daily News moving to Eighth and Market

http://www.mediapost.com/publications/article/162145/big-4-tv-nets-wane-as-google-facebook-command-ad.html
Big 4 TV Nets Wane As Google, Facebook Command Ad Dollars


6 posted on 11/15/2011 11:57:34 AM PST by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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My local NPR station sometimes offers free subs to Newsweek for a $40 or more donation. Forgive me for listening. They play classical music full time. I ALWAYS turn off or switch when NPR news comes on.


7 posted on 11/15/2011 12:22:14 PM PST by all the best (`~!)
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Tina Brown, yet ANOTHER Radical Gay Big Media “Mogul”.


8 posted on 11/15/2011 12:32:38 PM PST by tcrlaf (Election 2012: THE RAPTURE OF THE DEMOCRATS)
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To: abb

Newsweek had an offer from a legit (conservative) web site for serious money (that would have presumably saved the company and many of the jobs).

Instead, they decided to sell themselves to a left-wing site for $1, because they couldn’t stand the idea of being turned into a conservative magazine.

Do I feel sorry for them now? No; being liberal was more important to them than being profitable; they are reaping what they have sewn.


9 posted on 11/15/2011 12:37:06 PM PST by Brookhaven (The media is throwing smoke bombs at Cain and claiming the smoke is proof of fire)
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10 posted on 11/15/2011 12:48:54 PM PST by TheOldLady (FReepmail me to get ON or OFF the ZOT LIGHTNING ping list)
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To: all the best
I ALWAYS turn off or switch when NPR news comes on.

Strange as it may seem, I listen to NPR's broadcasts on occasion. With over fifty years as a news junkie, and the corresponding experience in differentiating news from propaganda, I can actually glean a few nuggets of real information in their alleged newscasts.

In other words, I know what to believe and what not to believe.

11 posted on 11/15/2011 12:54:16 PM PST by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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Kirsten Powers was not on the list. Too bad


12 posted on 11/15/2011 2:24:34 PM PST by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 ..... Crucifixion is coming)
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To: abb

Newsweek is now Newsweak.


13 posted on 11/15/2011 2:26:23 PM PST by exit82 (Democrats are the enemies of freedom. We have ideas-the Dems only have ideology.)
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