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  • Sony Considers Internet Rival to Cable TV (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    11/16/2011 3:14:58 PM PST · by abb · 20 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | November 16, 2011 | Sam Schechner
    Sony Corp. is considering launching an Internet-based alternative to cable-TV service, people familiar with the situation said, posing the latest threat to the cable and satellite operators that dominate pay TV. The Japanese electronics and entertainment company has approached several big media companies to negotiate the rights to offer their TV channels over the Web in the U.S., the people said. Sony is proposing to beam the channels over Internet connections to Sony-made devices, including PlayStation gaming consoles, TV sets and Blu-ray players, the people said. Sony has sold about 18.1 million PlayStation 3 consoles in the U.S. alone, according...
  • Departures Unsettle Newsweek (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    11/15/2011 11:27:12 AM PST · by abb · 12 replies · 1+ views
    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...
  • US schools sell ad space on report cards

    11/14/2011 5:08:18 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 11 replies
    US schools sell ad space on report cards AAP November 15, 2011 9:07AM FACED with stinging budget cuts, a county school board in Colorado is selling advertising space on report cards to help make ends meet. Jefferson County Public Schools expects to make $US90,000 ($A87,000) over three years from Collegeinvest, a college savings plan, for the 5cm ads on report cards issued by its 91 primary schools. That seems like a drop in the bucket for the school board, which last year slashed its spending by $US40 million in the face of reduced state and federal government support and a...
  • Newsweek, Mired in Red Ink, Cancels Longtime Political Series (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    11/14/2011 4:10:35 PM PST · by abb · 25 replies
    The New York Times ^ | November 14, 2011 | Jeremy W. Peters
    It has been one of Newsweek’s signature ventures and a staple of American political journalism since 1984. Every presidential election season, the magazine detached a small group of reporters from their daily jobs for a year to travel with the presidential candidates and document their every internal triumph and despair — all under the condition that none of it was to be printed until after the election. Then two days after Election Day, the sum of their reporters’ work would appear in the magazine. But the ambitious undertaking, known inside the magazine simply as “the project,” is no more. Newsweek,...
  • It’s Just A TV Commercial – But What A Beautiful Family Message….

    11/14/2011 8:42:37 AM PST · by sussex · 13 replies
    The Aged P.com ^ | 12/09/11 | The Aged P
    In 90 seconds this advertisement says more about love and family than a regiment of pundits could ponticate about in a thousand books….
  • Meet Porter Stansberry, the fraudster behind ominous "NewAmerica3" ads

    11/09/2011 9:16:11 AM PST · by martosko · 17 replies · 2+ views
    The Daily Caller ^ | 11/09/2011 | Steven Nelson
    Many television viewers encounter strange, disjointed ads promoting NewAmerica3.com. The ads plead with viewers to visit the website, where the narrator promises a Nostradamus-like offering of dire prophecies for the future. What most viewers don’t know is that the man behind the ad has been found liable in the past for defrauding investors. Meet Frank Porter Stansberry. In 2003 the Securities and Exchange Commission filed a complaint against him for peddling false information to subscribers of his financial newsletter. The name of his company at the time was Pirate Investor.
  • Layoffs at the (New York) Daily News (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    11/05/2011 3:29:15 AM PDT · by abb · 69 replies
    Capital New York ^ | November 4, 2011 | Joe Pompeo
    Layoffs have come to the Daily News. Since this morning, staffers to be laid off have been getting called into a conference room to meet with senior vice president of human-resources Jeff Zomper. They're being told the layoffs are part of a "downsizing" operation at the paper. The layoffs aren't yet complete, (The New York Observer and the New York Post are putting the total number at 10); we've confirmed the names of a few of those who've been laid off so far. Bob Kappstatter, a 43-year veteran of the paper who just turned 68, was one of them. "It's...
  • New round of belt-tightening (layoffs) at L.A. Times (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    11/03/2011 10:52:21 AM PDT · by abb · 9 replies
    LA Observed ^ | November 3, 2011 | Kevin Roderick
    According to a couple of independent newsroom sources, Los Angeles Times editor Russ Stanton called meetings on Wednesday to inform affected people that the design, news operations and web operations staffs would be combined into one department, along with at least some of the copy editors. The merging would take place by the end of January and lead to 10-20 layoffs, the sources say. One of the sources said there's also new talk of combining sections to save money.
  • Newsweek, Daily Beast together have lost about $30 million (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    10/31/2011 12:20:56 PM PDT · by abb · 19 replies
    Poynter Online ^ | October 31, 2011 | Jim Romenesko
    Tina Brown says The Daily Beast website is on track to be profitable this year, but Lucia Moses points out that getting the combined NewsBeast into the black by early 2013 — Daily Beast backer Barry Diller insists that’s possible — will be a daunting task. “If that task takes years and Newsweek can’t find a way to regain the relevance weekly newsmagazines have lost since the explosion of news on the Internet, then Diller and Jane Harman, Sidney Harman’s widow, could reach the point where they finally decide to cut bait,” she writes. “The idea that NewsBeast could ever...
  • Cablevision loses pay-TV customers (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    10/29/2011 3:41:35 AM PDT · by abb · 23 replies
    Financial Times ^ | October 28, 2011 | David Gelles
    High quality global journalism requires investment. Cablevision, the cable operator servicing New York and the north-east US, reported a loss of pay-television customers but a gain in high-speed internet customers, mirroring Thursday’s results from competitor Time Warner Cable. Revenues were up 8 per cent from a year earlier at $1.67bn, but organic growth was nearly flat. Revenues from pay-television services were up despite a loss in subscribers in the past three months. Cablevision added new internet customers, generating revenues from the segment with the addition of a new broadband operator. “Broadband results, increasingly the cornerstone service for all cable operators,...
  • Herman Cain radio ad: "I approved this message, but Obama doesn't." [vanity]

    10/26/2011 9:41:41 AM PDT · by martosko · 23 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 10/26/2011 | Matt Lewis
    Sounds a bit bare bones to me — like he might be running for County Commissioner somewhere. Maybe that works? I don’t know. There’s also the interesting concept of running national radio ads — rather than targeting them to, say, Iowa. The theory is that raising Cain’s national name ID raises his national poll numbers. This, in turn, will generate momentum, positive press, and — most important — and boost fundraising. So far, this unconventional strategy has worked for Cain. The question is whether or not it will continue to work.
  • OWN 'Not Panicking' After Lackluster 'Rosie' Launch, Needs a Hit Soon (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    10/19/2011 10:17:00 AM PDT · by abb · 57 replies
    Fox News ^ | October 18, 2011 | Meaghan Murphy
    Rosie O’Donnell is not exactly the savior Oprah Winfrey’s OWN cable network was hoping for. Despite appearing on the cover of Winfrey’s O magazine and constant promotion on the Discovery Channel network, the October 10 premiere of “The Rosie Show” on OWN produced less than half a million viewers, while “Oprah’s Lifeclass” did even worse, attracting just 333,000 viewers. And both shows lost viewers the night after their premieres, with “The Rosie Show” dropping more than 36 percent, to 317,000 viewers the following Tuesday, while “Oprah’s Lifeclass,” also dropped to just 279,000 viewers. But even with the lackluster ratings, OWN...
  • Peacock looking plucked as NBC cancels shows (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    10/18/2011 7:42:41 AM PDT · by abb · 84 replies
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | October 16, 2011 | Johnathan Storm
    The Peacock is looking like a bedraggled starling at the start of its first fall TV season in Comcast's nest. Three weeks in, overall viewership, according to the Nielsen Co., is up at CBS and Fox, and down less than 1 percent at ABC, vs. year-ago numbers. But at NBC, it's down 6 percent. More ominous: Despite a new entertainment boss and a large bump in spending on program development, NBC has seen the average viewership of its five new series drop a stunning 28 percent from levels achieved by last year's five new series in the first three weeks...
  • Gannett Co. Inc. Earnings: Four Straight Quarters of Profit Drops (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    10/17/2011 12:51:33 PM PDT · by abb · 17 replies
    WallStCheatSheet ^ | October 17, 2011 | Derek Hoffman
    S&P 500 (NYSE:SPY) component Gannett Co. Inc. (NYSE:GCI) reported its results for the third quarter. Gannett is an international news and information company operating mainly in the realms of publishing, digital and broadcasting. Results: Net income for the publisher fell to $99.8 million (41 cents per share) vs. $101.4 million (42 cents per share) a year earlier. This is a decline of 1.6% from the year earlier quarter. Revenue: Fell 3.5% to $1.27 billion from the year earlier quarter. Actual vs. Wall St. Expectations: GCI reported adjusted net income of 44 cents per share. By that measure, the company fell...
  • Bloodbath at The Palm Beach Post! 20+ Workers Laid Off (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    10/16/2011 3:56:42 AM PDT · by abb · 28 replies
    Gossip Extra ^ | October 14, 2011 | Jose Lambiet
    The Palm Beach Post, privately held by an Atlanta family with three members on the Forbes 400 richest Americans, is laying off “more than 20″ employees today, according to a memo exclusively obtained by Gossip Extra. The Palm Beach Post In an email sent an hour ago to the entire company in West Palm Beach, Publisher Tim Burke made it clear more layoffs could come soon as the newspaper’s umbrella company, Cox Newspapers, continues to contract during the economic downturn. Today’s unexpected cuts from a staff that’s already stretched thin include four newsroom workers, including two who work mainly for...
  • New York Times Plans Staff Reductions (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    10/13/2011 5:30:14 PM PDT · by abb · 36 replies
    The New York Times ^ | October 13, 2011 | Brian Stelter
    In the midst of a deteriorating advertising climate, The New York Times plans to eliminate up to 20 newsroom positions and seek additional savings in the business units, the company said Thursday. The reductions, described by the New York Times Company as a rebalancing, were announced to employees on Thursday morning. The company will seek volunteers for buyouts in The Times newsroom, Jill Abramson, the paper’s executive editor, said in a memo to the staff, adding that no newsroom employee would be laid off. She said there would be “fewer than 20” buyouts. The Times will also seek to cut...
  • Layoffs follow pay cut at Poynter’s St. Petersburg Times (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    10/10/2011 7:58:04 AM PDT · by abb · 17 replies
    Poynter Online ^ | October 10, 2011 | Julie Moos
    When he announced a recent 5 percent pay cut for staff and change in severance payments, St. Petersburg Times chairman and CEO Paul Tash said the cost-cutting “will likely include further job reductions,” and now it has. In a memo to staff, executive editor Neil Brown acknowledged that layoffs at the Poynter-owned paper had started. “The economy affords us no guarantees,” Brown wrote, “but we hope to wrap up these staffing decisions by the middle of October.” We’ve been told about eight people who were laid off, but have confirmed only three. The full memo follows. From Neil Brown to...
  • END TIMES: LA Times Employee Predicts Paper Online-Only In 3 Years (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    09/27/2011 12:26:34 PM PDT · by abb · 30 replies · 1+ views
    Business Insider ^ | September 26, 2011 | Noah Davis
    Ed Padgett knows a thing or two about printing newspapers. For the last 39 years, he has been working as a pressman at the Los Angeles Times. In the near future, he could be out of a job. "[The management is] expecting a really bad fourth quarter. The senior vice president told us we’ve got three years more of printing the hard copy Times before they shut it down. Our plant manager says five years," he told The Frying Pan. A LAT spokeswoman said that there were no plans to cease publication of the print product, but you would not...
  • Netflix Secures Streaming Deal With DreamWorks (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    09/26/2011 5:43:49 AM PDT · by abb · 21 replies
    The New York Times ^ | September 26, 2011 | Brooks Barnes and Brian Stelter
    DreamWorks Animation, the company behind successful movie franchises like “Madagascar” and “Shrek,” said it had completed a deal to pump its films and television specials through Netflix, replacing a less lucrative pact with HBO. The Netflix accord, which analysts estimate is worth $30 million per picture to DreamWorks over an unspecified period of years, is billed by the companies as the first time a major Hollywood supplier has chosen Web streaming over pay television. It is also a bet by Jeffrey Katzenberg, the animation studio’s chief executive, that consumers in the near future will not distinguish between the two. “We...
  • Layoffs at Viacom - Cuts hitting across company (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    09/23/2011 10:58:49 AM PDT · by abb · 20 replies
    Adweek ^ | September 23, 2011` | Katie Feola
    Viacom employees have been hit with a round of layoffs, Adweek has learned. Pink slips were handed down Thursday afternoon. A Viacom spokesperson confirmed the cuts, and said that the downsizing primarily took place within the media conglomerate’s music group, which includes MTV, VH1, CMT, and Logo. A number of departments within the music group were affected, including digital, consumer marketing, and on-air promotions. Outside of the music group, cuts were made in affiliate marketing, an area that supports BET Networks and Viacom Media Networks, which counts Comedy Central and Nickelodeon among its holdings. The downsizing took place the same...
  • How Whole Foods "Primes" You To Shop

    09/21/2011 11:20:06 AM PDT · by Daffynition · 61 replies
    FastCompany.com ^ | Sep 15, 2011 | Martin Lindstrom
    Have you ever been primed? I mean has anyone ever deliberately influenced your subconscious mind and altered your perception of reality without your knowing it? Whole Foods Market, and others, are doing it to you right now.
  • Of UN Palestine Vote, Israel, Islamic Jihad Hamas Advertising in New York

    09/18/2011 9:57:41 AM PDT · by IsraelBeach · 4 replies
    Israel News Agency / Google News ^ | September 17, 2011 | Joel Leyden
    Of UN Palestine Vote, Israel, Islamic Jihad Hamas Advertising in New York By Joel Leyden Israel News Agency New York --- September 17, 2011 .... After having been absent from the US for 25 years, having worked and lived in Israel, this Marco Polo has returned to a nation which for the most part has grown fat. It's Jewish community has become almost totally insensitive to the prospects of a war destroying Israel in the coming weeks. Yes, many in the Jewish community know about an upcoming vote in the UN to establish a state of Palestine. What they are...
  • Magazine Newsstand Sales Halved from 2001-2011 (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    09/13/2011 8:07:33 AM PDT · by abb · 27 replies
    Media Daily News ^ | September 13, 2011 | Erik Sass
    The combined newsstand sales of 68 major American magazines declined by nearly half from 2001-2011, a MediaPost analysis of Audit Bureau of Circulations data revealed. According to ABC FAS-FAX circulation reports, this group of leading weekly and monthly magazines saw total average newsstand sales plunge from 22,019,953 in the six-month period ending June 2001 to 11,562,028 in the six-month period ending June 2011 -- a 47.5% decline over the course of the decade. Total newsstand sales have gradually collapsed over the last 10 years, accelerating in recent years in response to broader economic pressures. Newsstand sales have declined steadily, dropping...
  • America's Most Beloved Icons and Slogans Vie for Top Honors on Advertising Walk of Fame

    NEW YORK, Sep 12, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- America's favorite advertising icons and slogans from many of the world's biggest brands will go head-to-head to determine this year's inductees to The Madison Avenue Advertising Walk of Fame, held during Advertising Week 2011 in New York City, October 3-7. Voters across the nation are encouraged to vote for their favorite icon and slogan on BuzzFeed at http://www.buzzfeed.com/adwalkoffame . Voting begins today and closes Friday, September 30th at midnight ET. The winners will be inducted into the Walk of Fame during the Advertising Week on October 4th and will gain a permanent...
  • Pay for staffers at St. Petersburg Times cut 5% for 5 months (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    09/09/2011 5:23:30 AM PDT · by abb · 12 replies
    St. Petersburg Times ^ | September 8, 2011 | Eric Deggans
    Pay for full-time employees at the St. Petersburg Times will be cut by five percent until January 2012 under a new cost-savings plan implemented by the newspaper starting Monday. Staffers will be given five additional days off, with pay, during the five-month period, distinguishing this move from compulsory furloughs used by some other media outlets. The change will save about $1-million over the next five months in payroll costs. The company also will reduce its maximum severance payment from 40 weeks to 26 weeks, starting Oct. 1. The newspaper’s cost-saving plan will also likely include further job reductions, though officials...
  • No, licensing journalists isn’t the answer (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    09/08/2011 6:23:31 AM PDT · by abb · 25 replies · 1+ views
    GigaOm ^ | September 7, 2011 | Mathew Ingram
    Is the media industry in turmoil? Clearly it is, with publishers fighting declines in circulation and advertising revenue, combined with competition from digital-native entities such as blog networks and the “democracy of distribution” that comes from social-media tools like Twitter and Facebook. Journalism itself is even said to be in jeopardy, or at least the journalism we are used to. So what’s to be done? Some are recommending journalists be licensed by some kind of official body, so we can get “real” journalism from professionals — but these kinds of solutions would create even worse problems than the ones they...
  • (Dallas) Morning News lays off employees as ad decline continues (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    09/07/2011 1:45:32 PM PDT · by abb · 13 replies
    Dallas Business Journal ^ | September 7, 2011 | Lance Murray
    The Dallas Morning News laid off a reported 38 employees on Tuesday as the paper's parent company, A.H. Belo Corp., contends with a continued decline in advertising revenues at its newspapers. The layoffs ran the spectrum of jobs at the Morning News, including editors, reporters, photographers and designers. James M. Moroney III, executive vice president of A. H. Belo Corp. and publisher and CEO of the Morning News, said in an email that the company is battling a revenue problem that plagues the entire newspaper industry. In his email, Moroney did not confirm how many employees were let go. "No...
  • Newspapers Edit Down Outlooks (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    Newspaper companies are resetting their advertising expectations after a discouraging first half of the year, a shift that could spur a return to more of the job cuts and other belt-tightening moves that spread through the industry in 2008 and 2009. A spate of publishers in recent weeks reported that newspaper advertising revenue in the second quarter declined at rates in the mid- to high-single digits because of persistent weakness in print, and executives said they expect similar trends in the third quarter. "Right now, I'd have a hard time presenting a plan with revenues flattening out," one newspaper executive...
  • Nivea Apologizes For Ad Some See As Racist

    08/19/2011 7:56:26 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 38 replies
    MSNBC ^ | August 19, 2011 | Mark R. Bryant
    Nivea Apologizes For Ad Some See As Racist Demand to 're-civilize yourself' sparks flurry of negative comments By Mark R. Bryant 8/19/2011 Nivea USA, maker of skin care products, boosted its profile this week, but not in a civilized way. An ad in Esquire magazine showed a clean-cut black man ready to heave a dark-skinned head with long locks and an unkempt beard, with the words, “Re-civilize yourself.” Reactions fanned across the Web, with accusations ranging from racism and ignorance to we’re-reading-too-much-into-this. “Are you suggesting that Black men are uncivilized to begin with? There is too much history rooted in...
  • Burger King's "king" getting the ax: report

    08/19/2011 8:44:24 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 44 replies
    CBS News ^ | August 19, 2011
    (CBS News) Things are apparently changing at Burger King -- and the king himself is reportedly taking the fall. According to USA Today. the fast-food chain is de-throning its "king" character as it gives its menu more fresh, healthy options. So -- no more commercials featuring that frozen smile. The newspaper calls Burger King's plan "the first of many steps to reinvent itself over the next year," making its advertising target Mom rather than teens, and stressing healthy items on its menu, including some new ones.
  • (Cincinnati) Enquirer to shrink paper size, close local printing plant (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    08/17/2011 8:30:13 AM PDT · by abb · 13 replies
    Cincinnati Business Courier ^ | August 16, 2011 | Staff
    Cincinnati Enquirer parent Gannett Co. Inc. has signed a letter of intent under which the Columbus Dispatch will print a much smaller version of the newspaper. The move, if finalized, will result in the closure of the company's local printing operations by the fourth quarter of 2012. In a statement, the company said the new format would be 10 1/2 inches by 14 1/2 inches. The paper is now 11 inches by 22 1/2 inches. "We are committed to serving the greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky communities – and providing consumers with the best news and information anywhere, anytime. We...
  • Layoffs Coming to LA Times Pressroom (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    08/16/2011 6:39:08 PM PDT · by abb · 23 replies
    Fishbowl LA ^ | August 15, 2011 | Pandora Young
    A Times pressroom is being further downsized “in response to the decline in revenue and page counts.” Ten union pressroom employees will be laid off at the end of August. The LAT pressroom has been hit hard by layoffs in the past. Last year the paper closed their Orange County printing facility as a cost-cutting measure. There are currently about 127 pressroom employees at the one remaining printing facility The full email from management is included after the jump. The email below was found at the union blog Save Our Trade. Ronnie Pineda GCC-IBT Local #140N As we have previously...
  • Airline sex scandal delays ad campaign

    08/16/2011 4:17:38 AM PDT · by tlb · 13 replies
    cnn ^ | August 15, 2011 | staff
    Widely circulated photos of Cathay Pacific crew members apparently engaged in a sex act have postponed the launch of an airline ad campaign, according to the New York Times. The slogan: "meet the team who go the extra mile to make you feel special." The second installment of the international ad campaign focusing on the company's employees was due to launch next month but will be postponed until October 1, the Times reported. "The original timing doesn't suit us," an airline spokesman told the newspaper. The airline announced Friday that the two are no longer employees of the airline.
  • Baltimore Sun looking to buy out up to 25 employees (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    08/11/2011 8:33:50 AM PDT · by abb · 19 replies
    The Daily Record ^ | August 10, 2011 | Rachel Bernstein
    Management at The Baltimore Sun gave a buyout proposal to the Washington-Baltimore Newspaper Guild Wednesday, looking to cut from 20 to 25 positions. “The company has initiated bargaining today with the guild over the terms of a voluntary buyout offer,” Renee Mutchnik, director of marketing for The Baltimore Sun, said in a statement. Mutchnik wrote in an emailed response to questions that this is the first voluntary buyout offer since 2008. The Newspaper Guild will be meeting with management Thursday afternoon to discuss the proposal, said Andrea K. Walker, a business reporter and newsroom chair for The Sun’s guild unit....
  • Circle of Protection Ads: A Telling Distortion of Scripture

    07/30/2011 7:19:21 AM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies
    Acton Institute ^ | July 29, 2011 | KENNETH SPENCE
    The Circle of Protection radio advertisements being broadcast in three states right now make their arguments, such as they are, from a quotation of the Bible and a federal poverty program that might be cut in a debt ceiling compromise. But the scriptural quotation is a serious misuse of the Book of Proverbs, and the claims about heating assistance programs are at best overblown: the ads are really not better than their goofy contemporary piano track.The Circle of Protection, of which the group Sojourners that produced the ads is a founding member, enjoyed the high honor of a meeting at...
  • Food Totalitarians on Parade – Part Deux

    07/29/2011 3:43:56 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 12 replies
    Conservative Action Alerts ^ | July 29, 2011 | Chuck Roger
    Well that didn’t take long. Yesterday, in a post discussing a New York Times op-ed that called for heavy taxation on “unhealthy” foods, I asked, “How long before some starry-eyed but angry-faced Democrat proposes legislation to force ‘healthy food’ advertising?” Now The Daily Caller reports that food producers could face government regulations requiring “healthy” composition profiles for foods marketed to children two to seventeen years old.If enacted, new regulatory criteria will reclassify many foods which the FDA presently considers healthy as off limits for advertising to children. In the present formulations, eighty-eight of the top 100 most-consumed foods will be...
  • Experiment Creates Advertisements to Sell Food to Monkeys

    07/23/2011 5:15:05 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    Popsci ^ | 06.27.2011 | Julie Beck
    It was only a matter of time before monkeys, like their hairless primate counterparts, became the target of advertising. Laurie Santos, a primatologist at Yale University who was included in PopSci’s Brilliant Ten in 2007, is partnering with advertising executives Keith Olwell and Elizabeth Kiehner to create an ad campaign aimed at brown capuchin monkeys. The team hopes to determine if the presence of advertising will change a monkey’s preference between two similar foods. Santos’ monkeys have already demonstrated that they understand the concept of money, and behave similarly to humans when making economic decisions. The monkeys will have a...
  • Oprah's new weight issue: a skinnier magazine (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    07/22/2011 6:46:54 AM PDT · by abb · 21 replies
    New York Post ^ | July 22, 2011 | Keith J. Kelly
    With ratings on Oprah Winfrey's OWN network sagging, the top brass at Hearst must be worried about the impact on the talk-show queen's eponymous magazine. O, the Oprah Magazine -- the second-most profitable Hearst title behind Cosmopolitan -- has been putting up less-than-impressive ad sales figures in recent months. According to one former Hearst insider, "I think that the Oprah brand has gotten slightly weaker. Ratings are down significantly for the new network, and there is a sense some of the magic is gone." Most of the magazine publishing world had a dismal August, with ad sales down 7 percent...
  • Cord-Cutting On Rise, 10% Of Homes By 2015 (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    07/21/2011 8:22:08 AM PDT · by abb · 19 replies
    Media Daily News ^ | July 21, 2011 | David Goetzl
    A new report estimates about 4.5 million, or 4%, of U.S. homes will have only over-the-top delivery of video service by the end of this year. That figure, according to SNL Kagan, is projected to rise to 12.1 million over the ensuing four years, which would be about 10% of homes. They would rely on Netflix and Amazon for content. Kagan says over-the-top consumers "impacted the subscriber counts for multichannel service providers in 2010." They are expected to "exert competitive pressure going forward." Executives at cable providers say there is scant evidence of cord-cutting, and reductions in subscriber rolls are...
  • (Chicago) Tribune to print Sun-Times (400 layoffs - Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    07/20/2011 8:30:40 AM PDT · by abb · 13 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | July 19, 2011 | Robert Channick
    The Chicago Tribune Media Group announced Tuesday it has reached an agreement to print the Chicago Sun-Times and seven of parent Sun-Times Media’s suburban newspapers. Printing will be moved from the Sun-Times plant on Ashland Avenue to the Tribune's Freedom Center, with work phased in during the fall. The Tribune has distributed Sun-Times products since 2007. "They are our No. 1 client, they are our largest client," said Becky Brubaker, senior vice president of manufacturing and distribution for Chicago Tribune Media Group. "It was an opportunity for both of us to expand services." The Tribune did not disclose the terms...
  • Gannett Earnings Decline by 22% (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    07/19/2011 5:31:37 AM PDT · by abb · 19 replies
    Gannett Co.'s second-quarter earnings fell 22% as advertising and circulation revenue continued sliding, though the company posted strong digital sales. The media company saw its bottom line rise for most of last year, aided by cost cuts and revenue growth at its broadcast and digital operations. But the trend ended last quarter, as earnings fell on persistent declines in print advertising and circulation. Advertising revenue fell 7% while circulation revenue dropped 2%. The broadcasting segment saw a 0.2% revenue increase while the digital business posted a 13% gain. Overall, revenue declined 2.2% to $1.33 billion. Gannett reported a profit of...
  • 3 ways things went wrong for newspapers in the first half of 2011 (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    07/05/2011 12:25:51 PM PDT · by abb · 23 replies
    Poynter Online ^ | July 5, 2011 | Rick Edmonds
    Through most of 2010, newspaper companies talked of “sequential improvement” in their revenues. That was a euphemism for advertising losses, which continued but were getting gradually less severe. Then in the first months of 2011, the losses began accelerating again. Advertising, down 4.7 percent year-to-year in the fourth quarter of 2010, fell 7 percent in the first quarter of 2011, according to the Newspaper Association of America. Results for the second quarter are still being computed, but they are bad enough to prompt mass layoffs at Gannett two weeks ago and a move last week that consolidated editing of all...
  • Internet-Connect TV Soars, Clicks With Mainstream Audience (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    07/01/2011 11:17:50 AM PDT · by abb · 19 replies
    Internet-connected television sets have been growing fast, and by the end of the year -- for the first time -- there will be more connected TVs than videogame consoles. By the end of 2011, some 52 million connected TV sets will be sold globally -- from Samsung, LG and Sony versus 37 game consoles in the market from Microsoft, Nintendo and Sony --Xbox, PlayStation and Wii respectively. This is according to U.K.-base Informa Telecoms & Media. "Until now, many online video services were launched primarily with the game console in mind, mainly because console users innately understand how to connect...
  • (Andrew Breitbart) The Right’s Blogger Provocateur (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    06/27/2011 2:40:12 AM PDT · by abb · 23 replies
    The New York Times ^ | June 26, 2011 | Jeremy W. Peters
    Andrew Breitbart wasn’t supposed to be sitting here in a television studio makeup chair. But when he heard that Anthony Weiner was about to announce his resignation, he dropped everything. Mr. Breitbart, the conservative author and blogger who first published Mr. Weiner’s suggestive self-portraits, had ditched his book-signing in central Illinois and hopped on a flight earlier than planned to the Twin Cities, where he was booked as a marquee attraction at RightOnline, a conservative bloggers conference. “To put myself in Decatur, Ill., without a satellite connection would have put me in a bad situation,” he explained as a woman...
  • Venture Capitalists Oppose Anti-Piracy Bill

    06/26/2011 5:33:57 AM PDT · by abb · 13 replies
    Online Media Daily ^ | June 26, 2011 | Wendy Davis
    A pending bill aimed at curbing online piracy would "put American innovators and investors at a clear disadvantage in the global economy," a coalition of venture capitalists and Internet experts warned this week. The Protect IP Act (S. 968) "is ripe for abuse," they say in a letter to Congress. "It allows rights-holders to require third-parties to block access to and take away revenues sources for online services, with limited oversight and due process." The letter was signed by more than 50 executives, including Marc Andreessen of Andreessen Horowitz, Esther Dyson of EDventure Holdings and Fred Wilson of Union Square...
  • Cable Suffers Customer Loss, Telco Up 24% (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    06/24/2011 5:40:26 AM PDT · by abb · 80 replies
    Media Daily News ^ | June 23, 2011 | Wayne Friedman
    Cable TV distribution continues to lose customers in the top 15 markets, with telco companies sharply rising and satellite TV companies seeing little change. There was a 3.8% decline in the first quarter of 2011 versus the same period in 2010 in the top 15 markets, slipping to 23.2 million customers, per SNL Kagan. New York City, the biggest TV market, dropped 3.4%; Los Angeles, at No. 2, sank 4%; and Chicago, the third-largest market, slipped 5.1%. The biggest declines in major markets were in Atlanta (eighth-biggest), losing 8%; Dallas (fifth place) gave up 7.7%. Seattle (13th place) lost the...
  • The Guardian to cut jobs over next two years (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    06/23/2011 6:31:48 AM PDT · by abb · 10 replies
    The Drum ^ | June 23, 2011 | Staff
    The Guardian will make job cuts over the next two years in a bid to save £25m by 2016 and continue its move towards a ‘digital first’ news strategy. The newspaper’s editor-in-chief Alan Rusbridger has said that a ‘significant’ number of jobs will be shed across the group which currently employs around 1,500 members of staff, including 630 journalists. Talking to BBC Radio 4’s The Media Show, Rusbridger admitted to cut its staff numbers over the next two years while the company also aims to boost its digital revenue to £91m by 2016. Andrew Miller, chief executive for the Guardian...
  • The media donates millions of dollars worth of advertising time for Obamacare (disguised as news)

    06/22/2011 8:15:23 AM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 6 replies
    This is all over the news, and it's sickening how the media is using it. Man robs bank to get medical care in jail Check it out on google news. The LA Slimes is donating tens of thousands of dollars to Obamacare.CBS carried itUSA Today has itThe NY Daily news And there's more, much more. The entire liberal media it seems(save a few) have united on this story. Now ask yourself this question: How is it that the liberal media can't report on Obama's past, agenda 21, or the uniting of socialists and islamists in the middle east, but yet...
  • Gannett layoffs ‘a vote of no confidence in the future of print’ (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    06/22/2011 6:59:29 AM PDT · by abb · 19 replies
    Poynter Online ^ | June 22, 2011 | Rick Edmonds
    The 700 layoffs Gannett announced at its community newspapers Tuesday can rightly be read as a vote of no confidence in the future of print by America’s largest newspaper company. Given the company’s long history of playing to Wall Street, it is no big surprise, though. Gannett probably would say it is just being realistic in recognizing that these 81 newspapers have permanently become much smaller businesses. The market liked the hard-headed cost control move, with Gannett shares up about 4 percent from late Monday to Tuesday’s closing bell. Here is my take on the factors that went into the...
  • (Gannett) Monroe Print shifts to Shreveport; 27 jobs cut (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    06/16/2011 10:56:17 AM PDT · by abb · 5 replies
    Gannett Blog ^ | June 16, 2011 | Jim Hopkins
    Louisiana's Monroe News-Star said today that it would move its printing to The Times at Shreveport, effective Aug. 1. The switch will eliminate 12 full-time and 15 part-time jobs, the newspaper says in a story. The two cites are about 100 miles apart. "New positions will be added in Shreveport with the consolidation," the story says, "and Monroe employees will be given first option for those positions." The Times installed a Berliner press last year that produces a newspaper with an 18-inch depth. In addition, the Berliner press allows advertisers to place color advertising on every page, "which is important...