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Gannett Profit Falls 33% on Lower Ad Sales (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)
The Wall Street Journal ^ | January 30 2012 | Russell Adams

Posted on 01/30/2012 2:28:01 PM PST by abb

Gannett Co. reported a 33% drop in fourth-quarter profit as persistent advertising declines at its newspapers and lower television revenues more than offset growth in the digital businesses.

The McLean, Va., publisher of more than 80 daily U.S. papers, including USA Today, said ad revenue in its newspaper segment decrease 7.1% from the year-earlier quarter. Coming after an 8.5% year-over-year drop in the third quarter, the results capped a difficult second half of a year when many publishers expected advertising deterioration to level off.

Executives said advertising got a boost in November from Black Friday and Cyber Monday but the newspaper segment was subsequently hit hard because retailers reported "the largest post-Thanksgiving, pre-Christmas decrease in spending in some time," Gannett chief executive Gracia Martore said in an earnings call.

Ms. Martore said the company is "getting off to a very solid start in the first quarter," though Gannett executives said it's too early to provide an outlook for newspaper advertising in the first quarter.

Revenue from the broadcast division slid 14% due to lower political advertising. Gannett said the year-earlier quarter included $52.4 million in political advertising.

Gannett, like a lot of newspaper publishers, has shifted its focus to digital businesses to adapt to changing consumer behavior and reduce its exposure to the deteriorating market for print advertising. Revenue in the digital segment increased 9.4% to $181.5 million in the fourth quarter due primarily to growth at the CareerBuilder website, where revenue increased about 15%.

However, digital revenue isn't growing quickly enough to make up for erosion at the newspapers, which still account for about two thirds of the company's total revenue.

Even amid the steep revenue declines of recent years, Gannett has managed to produce strong profits through aggressive cost cutting, including layoffs and furloughs.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Extended News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: advertising; circulation; dbm; newspapers
Monday good news!
1 posted on 01/30/2012 2:28:14 PM PST by abb
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ping


2 posted on 01/30/2012 2:29:07 PM 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

USA Today...only time I ever see one is when it’s shoved under my door at the Hampton Inn. It looks the same as it did in 1982 and it’s about as substantive as an Egg McMuffin. I always wondered how those guys stayed in business.


3 posted on 01/30/2012 2:36:19 PM PST by SamAdams76 (I am 2 days away from outliving Marty Feldman)
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To: abb

The singer in my band works as a printer at a newspaper. It’s a non-union shop and has thus survived so far.


4 posted on 01/30/2012 2:37:50 PM PST by Peter from Rutland
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To: abb

Quick. Raise your prices!


5 posted on 01/30/2012 2:38:46 PM PST by Sgt_Schultze (A half-truth is a complete lie)
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To: abb

http://paidcontent.org/article/419-gannett-misses-earnings-on-special-charges-digital-revenue-up/
Gannett Misses Earnings Targets On Special Charges, Digital Revenue Up

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970203718504577183022866272532.html
NBC Goes for It on Fourth and Long

http://www.nypost.com/p/news/business/hedger_pausing_on_print_9PLBSnWVPgWi88vsBxyEjN
Hedger pausing on print - Smith may pare ties

http://www.philly.com/philly/business/138302614.html
Inquirer, Daily News could be headed for sale

http://gannettblog.blogspot.com/2012/01/report-profit-falls-by-third-revenue.html
Report: Q4 profit falls by a third, revenue down

http://www.niemanlab.org/2012/01/david-skok-aggregation-is-deep-in-journalisms-dna/
David Skok: Aggregation is deep in journalism’s DNA

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/30/business/media/online-ambitions-fuel-newspaper-deals.html?_r=1
Online Ambitions, and a Dash of Real Estate, Drive Newspaper Deals

http://www.crainsnewyork.com/article/20120129/SUB/301299974
Times not getting much better for nation’s paper of record


6 posted on 01/30/2012 2:45:45 PM 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

and with P&G seriously considering cutting back, the Sunday paper might shrink... heh


7 posted on 01/30/2012 2:53:40 PM PST by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: abb

Unfortunately there is not enough time for some conservative organization to buy a majority share in one of these dying news organizations to save the country from making the same stupid mistake in electing a president.

Even FOX thanks to minority ownership by some sand monkey prince and the extortion by George Soros has moved into the left of center column.

Given how poorly Air American has done compared to conservative talk radio maybe a visionary with money will see there is a real need for something other than a bunch of house organs for the Marxist/Communist party (aka Progressive Dems and GOP).


8 posted on 01/30/2012 2:55:46 PM PST by Wurlitzer (Welcome to the new USSA (United Socialist States of Amerika))
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To: abb
Our local rag sheet is a Gannett paper and is now implementing a new subscription plan to include access to its Internet version as the sales of its paper version are falling. However, the content of the paper is so thin that they actually copy part of the daily USA Today as part of the local paper just so they have enough to print. I expect this subscription for online access to the paper on your smart phone, I-pad or laptop to also fall flat.

I used to subscribe to the local paper, but found the content so thin it wasn't worth the price and it just filled my recycling bin. I once told the local editor that when I subscribed, every day I would read the front page, the editorials and the comics and most days could not see much difference.

9 posted on 01/30/2012 3:18:45 PM PST by The Great RJ ("The problem with socialism is that pretty soon you run out of other people's money" M. Thatcher)
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To: The Great RJ

The local daily closest to me - The (Monroe, LA) News-Star - is so small on Mondays that when rolled up is about the diameter of your thumb.


10 posted on 01/30/2012 3:31:14 PM 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
Enemedia - RIH


rot in hell

11 posted on 01/30/2012 3:37:26 PM PST by tomkat (Newt '12)
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To: abb

http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20120130/NEWS06/120139968/tribunes-bankruptcy-bill-231-million-and-counting
Tribune’s bankruptcy bill: $231 million and counting

http://jimromenesko.com/2012/01/30/philly-newspapers-boss-responds-to-nyp-story/
Philly newspapers boss responds to NYP story


12 posted on 01/30/2012 5:45:02 PM PST by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: SamAdams76
USA Today...only time I ever see one is when it’s shoved under my door at the Hampton Inn. It looks the same as it did in 1982 and it’s about as substantive as an Egg McMuffin. I always wondered how those guys stayed in business.

LOL. I felt bad throwing mine away. Decided to keep them as fire starters for my wood stoves. Hampton has free wireless. Why bother with both snail and spun news. I do like the Hilton HHonors points though.
13 posted on 01/30/2012 7:50:14 PM PST by PA Engineer (Time to beat the swords of government tyranny into the plowshares of freedom.)
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To: abb

What a coincidence.

I think Drudge’s profit is down about 30%.

Maybe he can use a smaller font and call his propaganda sheet the “Dinosaur Report”.

Or maybe: RINOREPORT.


14 posted on 01/30/2012 7:53:11 PM PST by Cringing Negativism Network (Escape the Rino preserve!)
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