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  • Eating more fruit, veggies may cut stroke risk: Study

    05/09/2014 7:10:27 AM PDT · by Innovative · 13 replies
    Sun News Network ^ | May 9, 2014 | QMI Agendy
    Researchers at the Medical College of Qingdao University in Qingdao, China, saw a 32% decrease of stroke risk with every 200 grams of fruit consumed each day, and an 11% decrease for every 200 g of vegetables eaten daily. High fruit and vegetable intake can lower blood pressure and improve microvascular function, the researchers said in the study, which was published in the American Heart Association's journal Stroke.
  • Sitting comfortably? You won't be after reading this:

    03/04/2014 6:25:01 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 3 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 3-3-14 | Diana Pilkington
    With many of us chained to a desk for hours a day before heading home to slump in front of the telly, we're spending much of our time on our bottoms. And it's having an impact on our health, a growing body of evidence suggests. Last month, for instance, it emerged that spending an extra hour sitting a day (for 13, rather than 12, hours) is linked to a 50 per cent greater risk of being disabled. And this was regardless of whether the participants - all over 60 - also did moderate exercise, according to the U.S. study published...
  • Washington Post 1Q Net Tumbles 84% (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    05/03/2013 8:19:04 AM PDT · by abb · 28 replies
    Fox Business ^ | May 3, 2013 | Matthew Rocco
    Washington Post Co. (WPO) reported Friday an 84% drop in first-quarter profit amid one-time charges and a loss from discontinued operations. Decreases in print advertising and circulation at its namesake paper have weighed on the newspaper and education company’s earnings in recent years. Washington Post announced in March that it will begin charging readers for access to its paper’s website, after raising circulation prices in January. The company’s profit tumbled to $5.2 million, or 64 cents a share, from $31.5 million, or $4.07 a share, in the year-ago period. Revenue remained level at $959.1 million and operating expenses were also...
  • (New Orleans) Times-Picayune lays off more than 200 employees (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    06/13/2012 6:03:35 AM PDT · by abb · 15 replies
    The (New Orleans) Times-Picayune ^ | June 13, 2012 | Jaquetta White
    Managers at The Times-Picayune informed more than 200 members of the newspaper staff Tuesday that their last day at the company will be Sept. 30. The Times-Picayune, according to company executives, is shrinking its overall staff - including news, advertising, circulation and other departments - by 32 percent, or 201 employees. Employees who were not laid off were offered new jobs beginning this fall with Nola Media Group or Advance Central Services Louisiana, two new companies that will oversee news coverage and production and distribution, respectively, for The Times-Picayune and its affiliated website The layoffs come as part of...
  • New Orleans Paper Said to Face Deep Cuts and May Cut Back Publication (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    05/24/2012 4:26:41 AM PDT · by abb · 19 replies
    The New York Times ^ | May 24, 2012 | David Carr
    The New Orleans Times-Picayune, which distinguished itself amid great adversity during Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath, is about to enact large staff cuts and may cut back its daily print publishing schedule, according to two employees with knowledge of the plans. Newhouse Newspapers, which owns the Times-Picayune, will apparently be working off a blueprint the company used in Ann Arbor, Mich., where it reduced the frequency of the Ann Arbor News, emphasized the Web site as a primary distributor of news and in the process instituted wholesale layoffs to cut costs. A request for comment late Wednesday night from the...
  • Los Angeles Times to discontinue LA, its Sunday magazine (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    05/16/2012 5:38:39 PM PDT · by abb · 23 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | May 16, 2012 | Alana Semuels
    The Los Angeles Times said its Sunday magazine, facing tough challenges, will cease publication. LA, Los Angeles Times Magazine will print its final issue June 3, Kathy K. Thomson, president and chief operating officer, said in an email Tuesday to employees. The magazine came out weekly until 2008, when the paper's editorial department stopped publishing it. The Los Angeles Times Media Group then put out the magazine in a monthly format. "The entire magazine industry has been faced with a very challenging environment," Thomson wrote. "We are not immune to the challenges." In 2010, U.S. News & World Report switched...
  • PMN seeks to reduce (Philly Inquirer) newsroom positions by 37 (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    02/16/2012 7:40:43 AM PST · by abb · 4 replies
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | February 15, 2012 | Mike Armstrong
    In a cost-cutting move, the parent company of The Inquirer, the Philadelphia Daily News, and said it will reduce the number of newsroom positions by 37 — through buyouts, it hopes — by the end of March. On Wednesday afternoon, management of Philadelphia Media Network Inc. (PMN) informed Newspaper Guild Local 10, which represents editorial, advertising and circulation employees, that it needed to cut costs because of challenging industry conditions. The move was not unexpected since PMN had announced plans last fall to create one newsroom for all its media properties as part of the relocation of its offices...
  • Washington Post offers buyouts for 5th time in recent years (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    02/08/2012 4:38:05 PM PST · by abb · 13 replies
    Poynter Online ^ | February 8, 2012 | Andrew Beaujon
    This morning, news of a new buyout offer began circulating in The Washington Post newsroom. This is the paper’s fifth round of buyouts since 2004. Post ombudsman Patrick Pexton tweeted this afternoon that the buyouts would be capped at 48 people or 8 percent of the 600-person newsroom. The Washington Post Company, which owns the Post, Slate, a community newspaper group, and an educational unit, had a dismal third quarter. Its report from that time period was filed last November (PDF). It said that newspaper revenue was down 9 percent from the same period the year before, advertising revenue shrank...
  • Gannett Profit Falls 33% on Lower Ad Sales (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    01/30/2012 2:28:01 PM PST · by abb · 13 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | January 30 2012 | Russell Adams
    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...
  • Ticked off at (Washington) Post price increase (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    01/22/2012 11:17:48 AM PST · by abb · 18 replies · 1+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | January 20, 2012 | Patrick B. Pexton
    The Post managed to tee off its readers twice this week.. It raised its single-copy price at the newsstand to $1, from 75 cents, and the company did so with no announcement, no publisher’s note, nothing online or in print that I could find. That angered readers. Remember that the No. 1 revenue stream for The Post still is print circulation — that is, the money received from home subscribers, newsstand sales and print advertising. Here’s what one phone caller left on my voice mail: “This [price increase], so far as I can tell, was unannounced. . . . I looked at...
  • Online Ad Spending to Pass Print for the First Time, Forecast Says (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    01/21/2012 4:20:45 AM PST · by abb · 13 replies
    Ad Age ^ | January 19, 2012 | Nat Ives
    Online advertising spending will cruise past print in the United States this year for the first time, according to a new forecast by eMarketer. Online ad spending in the U.S. grew 23% to $32.03 billion in 2011 and will grow 23.3% more to $39.5 billion in 2012, eMarketer said. That will put it above total U.S. magazine and newspaper spending, which will fall 6.1% to $36 billion this year, said the report. Print ad spending in magazines will actually tick up to $15.4 billion from $15.3 billion, according to eMarketer. Magazine and newspaper publishers themselves enjoy rising digital ad revenue,...
  • Tribune offers newsroom voluntary buyouts (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    01/17/2012 4:15:58 PM PST · by abb · 9 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | January 16, 2012 | Robert Channick
    Looking to reduce costs as it continues to grapple with a changing media landscape and challenging economy, the Chicago Tribune told employees Monday it will offer an undisclosed number of voluntary buyouts in the newsroom. Gerry Kern, senior vice president and editor of the Tribune, issued a memo outlining the voluntary separation program, which will be open to all editorial staff except top departmental management. "We begin the year with a need to reduce costs as we face the continued financial pressures from a weak economy and structural changes in our industry," Kern said. "We are committed to taking action...
  • Labor unrest and family intrigue at Gray Lady (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    12/21/2011 5:33:35 AM PST · by abb · 17 replies
    New York Post ^ | December 21, 2011 | Keith J. Kelly
    Labor unrest is simmering just below the surface at the New York Times Co., and the unions appear to be gearing up for a protracted fight. Sources say that the Communications Workers of America, the parent union of the Newspaper Guild and others, has earmarked a $350,000 war chest and hired the politically connected public relations firm of BerlinRosen to advise in what seems to be shaping up as a pivotal battle among several unions. The Newspaper Guild, which claims to represent about 1,000 journalists and photographers at the flagship, and the smaller Mailers Union Local 6, with about 170...
  • (New York) Times Co. Negotiating to Sell Regional Newspapers (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    12/20/2011 12:15:26 PM PST · by abb · 15 replies
    The New York Times ^ | December 19, 2011 | Amy Chozick
    The New York Times Company said on Monday it was in advanced talks to sell 16 regional newspapers, another indication the company was divesting itself of assets to concentrate on its core newspaper business. Halifax Media Holdings of Daytona Beach, Fla., is currently negotiating the purchase of the Times Company’s Regional Media Group, a division that includes newspapers across the country like The Sarasota Herald-Tribune in Florida; The Press Democrat in Santa Rosa, Calif.; The Star-News in Wilmington, N.C.; The Gainesville Sun, also in Florida; and The Tuscaloosa News in Alabama. Combined, the papers have a Monday-through-Friday circulation of 433,251...
  • (St. Louis) Post-Dispatch Parent Co. Files Bankruptcy (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    12/13/2011 2:26:00 AM PST · by abb · 16 replies
    Riverfront Times ^ | December 12, 2011 | Chad Garrison
    Here's betting that the corporate brass at Lee Enterprises up in Davenport has no idea that today is the anniversary of the founding of the Post-Dispatch. If it did, you'd think it would choose any day but today to officially file for bankruptcy. But even if the anniversary is lost on Lee Enterprises, the irony of its predicament cannot be. Lee wanted to be a big-boy media company back in 2005 when it swallowed up the larger Pulitzer Inc. (then owner of the Post-Dispatch). Now Lee is choking on all the money it borrowed to fund the acquisition and is...
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • (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...
  • (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...
  • 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....
  • (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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Charlotte Observer to cut 26 employees (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    05/09/2011 9:02:55 AM PDT · by abb · 22 replies
    The Charlotte Observer will lay off 26 employees in an effort to battle continued revenue declines, publisher Ann Caulkins announced today. Company officials were notifying those workers, including four in the newsroom, this morning. In some departments, employees were given the option to volunteer for a buyout. More than half of the cuts will come from operations; Caulkins said the Observer is transferring its pre-run printing to a sister paper in Columbia, S.C. The company is also freezing 25 vacant positions, she said. Caulkins said the paper continues to experience year-over-year revenue declines. Local advertising has improved, but national accounts...
  • BBC, Under Criticism, Struggles to Tighten Its Belt (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    04/23/2011 4:49:02 AM PDT · by abb · 16 replies
    The New York Times ^ | April 23, 2011 | Eric Pfanner and Sarah Lyall
    DAVID CAMERON, the British PM, was in Brussels meeting the press last October when he took a few moments to make fun of the British Broadcasting Corporation. “Good to see that costs are being controlled everywhere,” Mr. Cameron said as he directed a mocking glance at three BBC correspondents, each from a different BBC program, covering his news conference. “We’re all in this together,” Mr. Cameron said sarcastically, reciting his government’s favorite austerity slogan, and then added, “including, deliciously, the BBC.” Why would the British premier celebrate the financial woes of the BBC? The corporation is the biggest, oldest and...
  • The State of the News Media 2011 - Audience Turns to Web (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    03/14/2011 3:27:22 AM PDT · by abb · 12 replies
    Pew Research Center ^ | March 14, 2011 | Staff
    Key Findings Audience People are spending more time with news than ever before, according to Pew Research Center survey data, but when it comes to the platform of choice, the web is gaining ground rapidly while other sectors are losing. In 2010, digital was the only media sector seeing audience growth. And cable news joined the ranks of older media suffering audience decline. Source: Nielsen Media Research, Pew Research Center for the People & the Press, Audit Bureau of Circulations. 1 Digital: In December 2010, 41% of Americans cited the internet as the place where they got “most of their...
  • Newspaper Giants Exempt From Ad Recovery (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    02/28/2011 6:06:05 AM PST · by abb · 14 replies
    Media Post ^ | February 25, 2011 | Erik Sass
    While overall ad spending enjoyed a modest recovery in 2010, that did not extend to newspaper publishers, which suffered another round of declines (albeit smaller than previous ones) in the fourth quarter of the year. The weak results were rounded out this week by A.H. Belo, publisher of The Dallas Morning News, which announced that total revenues in the fourth quarter came to $130.8 million, down 3.4% from the same period in 2009. The company attributed this to a 6% drop in ad revenue, including a 10.7% drop in display ads and an 8.8% drop in classifieds. Belo's digital ad...
  • At Newsweek, a Humble and Frugal Tina Brown (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    02/21/2011 2:32:30 AM PST · by abb · 26 replies
    The New York Times ^ | February 20, 2011 | Jeremy W. Peters
    There will be no celebrity-studded gala with fireworks over New York Harbor this time. No brash predictions of upending the magazine business. The debut of Tina Brown’s Newsweek will, in fact, look nothing like the opening of her last magazine, Talk in 1999, an extravagant exercise in self-promotion and impossibly high expectations that came back to haunt her when that magazine closed after barely two years. snip Newsweek has been starved for advertising revenue in the last year as it has languished like a ghost ship — first without a buyer after The Washington Post Company put it up for...
  • (Sacramento) Bee will cut 32 jobs as ad revenue lags (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    02/01/2011 5:27:46 AM PST · by abb · 16 replies
    The Sacramento Bee ^ | February 1, 2011 | Dale Kasler
    The Bee announced another round of staff cuts Monday, saying it plans to eliminate 32 jobs amid a stubborn slump in advertising. The cutbacks will be the sixth at the newspaper in three years. About 360 positions have been eliminated, including the latest round, reducing the staff by around 30 percent. Although conditions have eased in the past few months, newspapers and other traditional media have continued to struggle with a tough economy and increased competition. "Our revenue performance looks a lot like other area businesses," Bee Publisher and President Cheryl Dell said in an interview. "The recovery hasn't manifested...
  • Charlotte Observer to cut 20 jobs (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    01/31/2011 5:21:40 PM PST · by abb · 14 replies
    Charlotte Observer ^ | January 31, 2011 | Kirsten Valle Pittman
    The Charlotte Observer will lay off 20 employees, part of an effort to cut costs as the shaky economy continues to plague advertisers and revenues remain short of the company's goals, publisher Ann Caulkins announced today. Company officials were notifying those workers - including five in the newsroom - this morning, they said. The Observer is also implementing weeklong furloughs for salaried employees beginning this quarter. During a meeting with employees this morning, Caulkins said the company was "living quarter by quarter with our budgets." Despite some improvement in ad revenue last year, the economy remains turbulent, and revenues have...
  • (Seattle) Times sells building to California real-estate investors (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    01/30/2011 4:42:47 PM PST · by abb · 7 replies
    Seattle Times ^ | January 28, 2011 | Eric Pryne
    The Seattle Times Co. has sold an eight-story South Lake Union office building to California real-estate investors and will become the building's prime tenant, vacating the nearby building that has been its headquarters for 81 years. The 1000 Denny Building was purchased this week for $36 million by an affiliate of Simms Commercial Development of Beverly Hills, public records indicate. It was one of two properties The Times put up for sale in 2008, saying it needed cash to pay down debt and subsidize its flagship newspaper, which, like most dailies, is struggling financially. The sale "contributes to our financial...
  • Despite Distinctions, Los Angeles Times Loses Standing at Home (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    01/24/2011 5:26:01 AM PST · by abb · 31 replies
    The New York Times ^ | January 23, 2011` | Jeremy W. Peters
    Big city newspapers all across the country have suffered one indignity after another in the last few years. But few of them have been as hard hit — or gotten as much grief for it — as The Los Angeles Times. Here in the city that has always strived to show how a sense of sophistication lies beneath the silicone and the superficial, The Times has joined the city’s impossible freeway traffic as a unifying force of complaint. On a recent weekday evening, Edie Frère, owner of a stationery store in the city’s quaint Larchmont Village section, wistfully recalled reading...
  • Consolidation Weighed for Newspaper Publishers (Denver Post Publisher - Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    01/19/2011 12:22:41 PM PST · by abb · 6 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | January 18, 2011 | Russell Adams
    MediaNews Group Inc., publisher of more than 50 daily U.S. newspapers including the Denver Post, is eyeing a merger with Freedom Communications Inc. and possibly several other newspaper companies, according to a person familiar with the matter. Affiliated Media Inc., MediaNews' holding company, filed for bankruptcy protection a year ago and emerged in March under the ownership of dozens of lenders including the investment firm Alden Global Capital. Alden also is part of a group of lenders that now owns Freedom Communications, which publishes the Orange County Register. Freedom emerged from bankruptcy protection last April. The person familiar with the...
  • Zuckerman's ax set to swing at the (NY) Daily News (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    01/14/2011 11:36:15 AM PST · by abb · 19 replies
    New York Post ^ | January 14, 2011 | Keith J. Kelly
    Daily News owner Mort Zuckerman is apparently unhappy with advertisers' response to the new four-color paper, and the word inside is that more editorial cutbacks will follow. Decisions about the cuts are expected to be made today. New Editor-In-Chief Kevin Convey is said to be prepping key staff reductions in the paper's Washington, DC, bureau that houses five people, including Bureau Chief Thomas DeFrank. When contacted by Media Ink, DeFrank was noncommital: "I don't talk about internal matters." Sources tell us DeFrank, with more than a decade at the News and an earlier career at Newsweek, is not in danger...
  • Gannett Imposes One-Week Furlough (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    01/04/2011 1:51:04 PM PST · by abb · 22 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | January 4, 2011 | Russell Adams
    Gannett Co. said all non-union employees in its U.S. community newspaper division will be required to take a one-week furlough during the first quarter due to continuing revenue declines. Gannett executives said the unpaid time off is in response to revenues that remain short of where they were a year ago. "This was, quite frankly, an option I had hoped we could avoid," Bob Dickey, president of Gannett's U.S. Community Publishing division, wrote in a memo. "Furloughs, while difficult, do allow us to protect jobs." A spokeswoman for Gannett confirmed the furloughs. The U.S. Community Publishing division houses more than...
  • 2010: The Decade That Killed (Newspaper) Classifieds (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    01/03/2011 7:12:59 AM PST · by abb · 27 replies
    Media Daily News ^ | January 3, 2011 | Erik Sass
    The much-publicized woes of the newspaper industry are due, in large part, to the collapse of classified advertising revenues, and 2010 may well have been the year that buried them for good. Wherever you looked -- real estate, the job market, the auto industry -- the news was bad, not to say disastrous. Combine that with the secular shift to online classifieds, and you have a perfect storm of adverse business conditions. Classifieds used to be a mainstay of the newspaper business, reflecting their once-dominant position in local media markets. In 2000, classifieds contributed $19.6 billion or 40% of total...
  • (New Hampshire) Union Leader drops AP for new wire services (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    12/27/2010 5:54:22 AM PST · by abb · 26 replies
    New Hampshire Union Leader ^ | December 27, 2010 | Staff
    The New Hampshire Union Leader and Sunday News and will make a major change in national and regional news, feature and photo providers as of Jan. 1, when they subscribe to both the Reuters America and the McClatchy-Tribune Information Services and end their membership in the Associated Press. New Hampshire's only statewide newspapers and largest newspaper website will also continue to feature content from the Scripps Howard News Service and from the Washington-based Politico group. Union Leader Corp. President and Publisher Joseph McQuaid said the move to Reuters and McClatchy offers editors a wider and deeper choice of content...
  • Online Ads Pull Ahead of Newspapers (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    12/20/2010 9:50:30 AM PST · by abb · 13 replies · 3+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | December 20, 2010 | Russell Adams
    This year, for the first time, advertisers will have spent more on Internet ads than on print newspaper ads, according to new estimates from eMarketer. The digital-marketing research firm says U.S. spending on online ads will hit $25.8 billion, surpassing the $22.8 billion spent on print ads in newspapers. The eclipse has been on the horizon for years as consumers have migrated en masse to the Internet, where there are many more options for news, and where newspaper publishers can't charge nearly as much for ads as they can in print. So even while the total audience for many newspapers...
  • New media and old media are “neck and neck” in value (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    12/03/2010 7:44:05 AM PST · by abb · 8 replies
    Media Beat ^ | December 2, 2010 | Owen Thomas
    Nonstop handwringing over the supposed demise of old media has missed the real story — the huge amount of value that’s been created in new online content businesses, according to Henry Blodget, CEO and editor of The Business Insider, an online news startup. In fact, new media companies running the gamut from Google to Gawker Media are now collectively worth $289 billion — nearly as much as the total market value, $296 billion, of traditional media companies like Time Warner, Disney, and News Corp. The two groups are “neck and neck,” said Blodget. But the bulk of that new-media value...
  • Newspaper industry's 3Q ad revenue slipped 5 pct (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    12/02/2010 4:32:53 PM PST · by abb · 7 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | December 2, 2010 | Staff
    Advertising revenue at U.S. newspapers has continued to slip in the third quarter. New figures from the Newspaper Association of America show that in the July-to-September period, the industry's total print and online ad revenue fell 5.4 percent to $6.1 billion from $6.4 billion last year. Publishers across the country have seen ad revenue plunge over the past few years, hurt by the recession and by rising competition on the Web. The latest figures mark 15 consecutive quarters — close to four years — of steady declines. snip