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  • Israeli former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s health 'worsens' (a matter of days)

    01/01/2014 6:09:54 PM PST · by RoosterRedux · 24 replies
    A spokesman for Tel Hashomer hospital said Sharon's condition had deteriorated in the past few days, while refusing to elaborate further. Reports from Israeli media, including the broadcasters Channel 10 TV and Israel Radio, said that the former prime minister was in a "life threatening" condition after suffering kidney malfunction. The website of the Haaretz newspaper quoted an unnamed source as saying that Sharon could die in "a matter of days," should his condition continue to decline. The television station Channel 2 said that Sharon's sons were at his bedside.
  • Doctors notify Chavez’s family of the Venezuelan President’s imminent death

    02/12/2013 2:57:36 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 62 replies
    ABC.es via InterAmerican Security Watch ^ | February 12, 2013 | BY EMILI J. BLASCO
    Translated by IASW Physicians caring for Hugo Chávez in Havana have notified his family, the Castro brothers, and the main chavista leaders that their patient will no longer be able to return to his functions as president of Venezuela. This is according to sources in direct contact with his medical team, who also indicate that Chávez has lost his voice completely as a result of medical treatment. His vocal cords have endured permanent damage making recuperation highly unlikely. Speechless and unable to move from the bed in which he has spent the last two months, our sources tell us the...
  • The New York Times' latest cutbacks: Proof its digital strategy is failing?

    12/03/2012 2:23:13 PM PST · by Beave Meister · 5 replies
    The Week ^ | 12/3/2012 | Ryu Spaeth
    he New York Times on Monday announced that it would offer buyout packages to 30 newsroom employees, and that layoffs would ensue if the 30 spots were not voluntarily filled. Citing a difficult "economic environment" that has led in recent years to a 60 percent staff reduction on the paper's business side, Executive Editor Jill Abramson said, "There is no getting around the hard news that the size of the newsroom staff must be reduced." While the loss of 30 jobs pales in comparison to the ousting of roughly 100 newsroom staffers in 2008, it is the latest evidence that...
  • Providence Journal lays off 23 full-time employees

    11/08/2012 11:50:49 PM PST · by My Favorite Headache · 2 replies
    Providence Journal lays off 23 full-time employees PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- The Providence Journal Co. laid off 23 full-time workers Wednesday as part of a cost-cutting effort, including 16 members of the Providence Newspaper Guild and 7 non-union employees. The cutback represents 5 percent of The Journal's workforce. The reductions come about two months after 11 employees accepted a voluntary separation offer. "Given a persistent softness in advertising revenue and the resultant impact on our earnings, it is necessary that we reduce our cost structure," said Howard G. Sutton, publisher, president and chief executive officer, in a statement. "It is always...
  • Saving CNN

    08/13/2012 9:04:19 PM PDT · by Qbert · 45 replies
    NY Post ^ | August 13, 2012 | MICHAEL SHAIN
    Late night and reality shows in works at news channel Suffering its worst ratings in 20 years, CNN is going Hollywood. In the past few weeks, the No. 3 cable news channel has started seeking out reality-show ideas and big-name stars not afraid to talk politics. They have even begun working on a late-night talk show, The Post has learned. Convinced that its current programming badly needs updating, CNN execs have been making the rounds of Hollywood’s top talent agencies — something entertainment networks do several times a year but a first for the old-line news channel. In a series...
  • Ustream Mars Curiosity broadcast numbers beat primetime CNN, company says (Media Death Watch)

    08/08/2012 1:14:28 PM PDT · by tennmountainman · 8 replies
    The Verge.com ^ | 8-8-2012 | Adi Robertson
    The live stream of NASA's Curiosity rover landing garnered more interest than primetime Sunday television, Ustream says. A spokesperson told Mashable that 3.2 million people in total had checked the stream at some point during the landing, with a peak of 500,000 people watching at the same time. That's higher than the estimated viewing numbers for CNN during Sunday primetime, which came in at 426,000, or MSNBC, which had an audience of 365,000 viewers over age two. Ustream's peak audience was lower only than that of Fox, which had an audience of 803,000.
  • The Times-Picayune: Less sass and flash in 'Nawlins

    05/30/2012 12:35:25 AM PDT · by WVKayaker · 11 replies
    Sunherald.com ^ | 05/29/2012 | GREGORY FAVRE
    The words flowed over me like a cold shower, leaving a chill: "The New Orleans Times-Picayune will no longer be a daily newspaper in print. It will publish three times a week." I stood in the silence of my memories. As a kid growing up in Bay St. Louis I read three, sometimes four, daily newspapers, The Times-Picayune and New Orleans Item, the Sun Herald, and on occasion the New Orleans States. And, of course, I read and wrote for my dad's weekly, the Sea Coast Echo, one of three weeklies in Bay St. Louis. For someone who loved newspapers,...
  • FLASH - Fidel Castro is DEAD (Unconfirmed, perhaps he's just pining for the fjords)

    12/28/2011 7:22:52 AM PST · by mkleesma · 144 replies · 3+ views
    radio | 12/28/2011 | me
    Buddy of mine just heard it on a Dominican radio station Can anyone confirm this?
  • Mark Levin neurosurgeon caller: not yet released Obamacare plans - older folks called 'units'

    11/23/2011 4:04:23 AM PST · by Libloather · 93 replies · 1+ views
    From Mark's website - Also, Mark gets an excellent call from a neurosurgeon who gives an inside look on what exactly Obamacare will do. For example, instead of patients, some people over a certain age will be considered, "units," as they try to dehumanize patients and the care they receive.
  • Bank of America Death Watch

    08/17/2011 9:08:34 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Naked Capitalism ^ | 08/16/2011
    Bank of America’s actions continue to betray its words. CEO Brian Moynihan bravely maintained in an investor conference call last week that the beleaguered bank would be around for the next 230 years and did not need more new capital. He nixed selling equity at its current price levels, because it would be highly dilutive. Yet we and others have raised the issue that the bank is in a corner in dealing with its not so hot balance sheet. Not only are equity sales an alternative the bank desperately wants to avoid, but the other route back to health, earning...
  • Fidel Castro steps down

    04/18/2011 11:45:59 PM PDT · by ConservativeMan55 · 128 replies
    Breaking on Fox. Castro has stepped down as head of the Communist country. Wonder what's going on???
  • The Times’ Paywall and Newsletter Economics(For Dinosaur Media It May Be the End of the Beginning)

    11/25/2010 2:13:13 AM PST · by lbryce · 4 replies
    Clay Shirky ^ | November 8, 2010 | Clay Shirky
    In early July, Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation placed its two London-based “quality” dailies, the Times and Sunday Times, behind a paywall, charging £1 for 24 hours access, or £2 a week (after an introductory £1 for the first month.*) At the same time, News Corp also forbad the UK’s Audit Bureau of Circulations from reporting site traffic*, so that no meaningful measure of the paywall’s effect was available. That situation has now been partially reversed, with News reporting some of its own numbers: they claim 105,000 total transactions for digital content between July and October.* (Several people have wrongly reported...
  • Olbermann to Strike Back at Koppel for Saying He Represents 'The Death of Real News'

    11/14/2010 7:49:23 PM PST · by Mozilla · 36 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | 11-14-10 | Noel Sheppard
    Ted Koppel on Sunday published an op-ed at the Washington Post wherein he claimed that opinionated television personalities like MSNBC's Keith Olbermann represent the death of real news. The "Countdown" host apparently isn't taking this lying down for he tweeted the following Sunday evening: FYI Special Comment tomorrow night: Koppel, False Equivalence, and his part in the real "death of news" [sic] Here's what's caught Olbermann's ire this time: To witness Keith Olbermann - the most opinionated among MSNBC's left-leaning, Fox-baiting, money-generating hosts - suspended even briefly last week for making financial contributions to Democratic political candidates seemed like a...
  • 67% Say They Are Better Informed Than 10 Years Ago

    09/20/2010 4:48:53 PM PDT · by Libloather · 11 replies
    67% Say They Are Better Informed Than 10 Years AgoSunday, September 19, 2010 While newspapers and broadcast outlets struggle to survive in the Internet age, two-out-of-three Americans (67%) feel they are more informed today than they were 10 years ago. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just eight percent (8%) consider themselves less informed these days, while 22% think their level of knowledge is about the same. Women are more confident than men that they are better informed now. Adults ages 30 to 49 believe that more strongly than those in any other age group. Forty-four percent...
  • Rachel Maddow's Dick Cheney Death Watch

    07/15/2010 2:10:27 PM PDT · by TexasCajun · 29 replies · 1+ views
    MSNBC - The Rachel Maddow Show ^ | July 14, 2010 | Rachel Maddow
    While channel-surfing last night I wanted to see which Conservative Rachel Maddow was trashing and lying about. To my astonishment, she was doing her best impression of 'Poor Dick Cheney' and his heart condition. The segment included a heart specialist explaining Cheney's new hardware as Rachel sat listening intensely and sympathetically. This was the most phony BS concern I've ever seen. Watching her, you knew what she was really thinking, 'When is this bastard gonna die?'Rachel Maddow's Dick Cheney Death Watch
  • 154-year-old Honolulu Advertiser prints last issue

    06/05/2010 8:32:20 AM PDT · by STARWISE · 31 replies · 730+ views
    Town Hall ^ | 6-5-10 | Audrey McAvoy
    The Honolulu Star-Bulletin and The Honolulu Advertiser have competed to chronicle Hawaii for more than a century. That rivalry ends Sunday when the Advertiser, Hawaii's largest newspaper, publishes its last edition. It's being bought out and combined with its smaller rival. More than 400 reporters, pressmen and other workers are losing their jobs. The 154-year-old Advertiser is the latest casualty of the recession and the upheaval that the Internet has unleashed on the traditional media industry. The new owner plans to launch the Honolulu Star-Advertiser on Monday. Honolulu now joins Denver and Seattle as cities served by only one daily...
  • US Approved Flight 253 Passenger List, Source Says [Abdul Listed in Counter-Terrorism Database!]

    12/26/2009 10:14:47 AM PST · by Steelfish · 19 replies · 910+ views
    Newsweek ^ | December 26th 2009
    US Approved Flight 253 Passenger List, Source Says Mark Hosenball American security agencies reviewed the passenger list for Northwest Airlines flight 253 before it left Amsterdam for Detroit on Christmas day and informed the airline that the flight was cleared to take off for the U.S., a Dutch government spokeswoman tells NEWSWEEK. Judith Sluyter, spokeswoman for the NCTB, the office of Holland's national counter-terrorism coordinator, said that before Flight 253 left Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport, the passenger list was transmitted in full to U.S. authorities for review. Under procedures negotiated between the United States and various foreign countries, U.S. agencies --...
  • Coming soon! A giant anger-palooza

    11/29/2009 6:15:07 AM PST · by Bean Counter · 30 replies · 1,177+ views
    The columbian ^ | November 29, 2009 | John "Pasture Pansy" Laird
    BY JOHN LAIRD THE COLUMBIAN EDITORIAL PAGE EDITOR Tea party patrons, rejoice! Unite! Or for some of you, I suppose, to arms! Your grass-roots movement has gained such momentum as to warrant a national blue-ribbon, round-table, fact-finding, rootin' tootin' hoedown! The first National Tea Party Convention is set for Feb. 4-6 at Nashville's Gaylord Opryland Hotel & Convention Center. For details, visit the Web site www.nationalteapartyconvention.com. Hurry, and get an early discount on registration: $558.95 (excluding hotel) to show up and protest excessive spending by the government. Headline speakers will include the electrifying and eloquent Sarah Palin, a renowned expert...
  • Graydon AWOL as Vanity Fair cuts staff

    10/23/2009 9:50:47 AM PDT · by OldDeckHand · 5 replies · 332+ views
    New York Post ^ | 10/23/09 | Keith J. Kelly
    VANITY Fair yesterday took some of the deepest staff cuts at Condé Nast, but Editor Graydon Carter didn't deliver the bad news himself. Although Carter was said to have been at his restaurant, The Monkey Bar, Wednesday night, he was a no show in the office yesterday because he had jetted off on a vacation yesterday morning. Vanity Fair's layoffs were said to be in the double-digit range, and hit as high as senior editors and as low as fact checkers, and were deep, in part, because Carter largely ignored the edict to chop 5 percent late last year.
  • The New York Times To Eliminate 100 Newsroom Jobs- Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™

    10/19/2009 4:37:24 PM PDT · by Stayfree · 8 replies · 409+ views
    TechCrunch.com ^ | October 9, 2009 | Leena Rao
    The New York Times reports today that the paper will cut 8 percent of its newsroom staff, or around 100 people by the end of 2009. Currently, the New York Times employs 1,250 staff members in the news department. The media company is planning to offer buyouts to both union and non-union staff and will need to implement layoffs if they can’t get enough people to participate in the buyout offer.
  • Press Accuracy Rating Hits Two Decade Low

    09/14/2009 5:44:58 AM PDT · by MNJohnnie · 13 replies · 450+ views
    The public’s assessment of the accuracy of news stories is now at its lowest level in more than two decades of Pew Research surveys, and Americans’ views of media bias and independence now match previous lows. Just 29% of Americans say that news organizations generally get the facts straight, while 63% say that news stories are often inaccurate. In the initial survey in this series about the news media’s performance in 1985, 55% said news stories were accurate while 34% said they were inaccurate. That percentage had fallen sharply by the late 1990s and has remained low over the last...
  • New Photo of Fidel Castro Published (Real or Fake) You Decide

    09/04/2009 5:52:34 PM PDT · by My Favorite Headache · 28 replies · 2,671+ views
    Visiting Chinese top legislator Wu Bangguo (L) shakes hands with Fidel Castro, first secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba, in Havana on Thursday.
  • US media lose $10 billion advertising in first half (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    09/02/2009 7:36:13 AM PDT · by abb · 22 replies · 869+ views
    Financial Times ^ | September 1, 2009 | Andrew Edgecliffe-Johnson
    More than $10bn in advertising disappeared from US media markets in the first six months of this year, according to new data that show intense pressure on media owners and ad agencies as they search for other business models. Preliminary figures from Nielsen show a 15.4 per cent year-on-year decline in US advertising revenues, the largest drop for any period in the decade since the marketing and media measurement group began compiling such reports. The study showed sharp differences in the behaviour of different media and product categories, with cable television the only medium on which ad spend increased, up...
  • CA: Freedom Communications may declare bankruptcy-source (Orange County Register owner )

    08/30/2009 8:48:13 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 23 replies · 2,346+ views
    Reuters ^ | Sun Aug 30, 2009 9:44pm EDT | Thomson Reuter
    Freedom could file bankruptcy this week - source * Freedom has reached agreements with lenders - report (Recasts; adds new sourcing) PHILADELPHIA, Aug 30 (Reuters) - Freedom Communications Inc, owner of the Orange County Register newspaper, is expected to file for bankruptcy this week, a source familiar with the situation said on Sunday. Freedom, which has been majority owned for more than 70 years by the Hoiles family, has reached agreements with its lenders to restructure its debts, according to a report in the online edition of The Wall Street Journal. The lenders include JPMorgan Chase (JPM.N), SunTrust and Union...
  • New photo shows 'healthy' Castro

    08/23/2009 1:14:43 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 6 replies · 688+ views
    bbc ^ | 23 August 2009
    A new picture of Fidel Castro has been published in a state-run newspaper, apparently showing Cuba's ailing former leader in much better health. The photograph in Juventud Rebelde, the Communist Youth newspaper, showed Mr Castro talking to Ecuador's left-wing president, Rafael Correa. Mr Castro, 83, was dressed more smartly than in other recent photos, wearing a white shirt rather than a tracksuit. He has not been seen in public since undergoing an operation in 2006. Mr Castro stepped down and his younger brother, Raul, took over his various offices.
  • Look again, Events bear out Homeland Security report’s warnings (Dinnosaur Media Death Watch)

    06/15/2009 5:15:27 AM PDT · by cbkaty · 20 replies · 652+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | June 14, 2009, 7:57PM | editorial board
    The recent cases of a right-to-life extremist accused of killing an abortion doctor in Kansas and an elderly white supremacist accused in the fatal shooting of a Holocaust museum guard in Washington, D.C., match warnings in the report. It concluded individuals with white supremacist views, acting as so-called lone wolves, pose the most significant domestic terrorism threat because they are difficult for law enforcement to detect before they commit crimes. Right-wing extremism is not a liberal figment of the imagination. As the DHS report and recent incidents make clear, it is a growing threat and a valid concern for federal...
  • Figuring out the Globe's new price structure ($637 per year?)

    05/17/2009 8:06:55 AM PDT · by raccoonradio · 5 replies · 394+ views
    Media Nation Blog ^ | 05/15/09 | Dan Kennedy
    I'm not going to complain about the latest price increases announced by the Boston Globe, since I'm on the record as believing that newspapers can and should charge a lot more for their print editions. But does it have to be so confusing? (snip) Over at the Boston Phoenix, Adam Reilly, ponders moving to online-only, and asks whether his readers will pay the higher price. My answer: I couldn't rely solely on Boston.com, the Globe's free Web site, because its ad servers are miserably slow. It's fine for reading a few stories, but not the whole paper. (snip) In such...
  • N.Y. Times to File Notice It Will Close Boston Globe

    05/04/2009 6:31:14 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 117 replies · 5,976+ views
    Washington Post ^ | May 4, 2009 | Howard Kurtz
    The New York Times Co. said last night that it is notifying federal authorities of its plans to shut down the Boston Globe, raising the possibility that New England's most storied newspaper could cease to exist within weeks. After down-to-the-wire negotiations did not produce millions of dollars in union concessions, the Times Co. said that it will file today a required 60-day notice of the planned shutdown under the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification law. The move could amount to a negotiating ploy to extract further concessions from the Globe's unions, since the notice does not require the Times Co....
  • Top 25 Newspaper Circulation Changes 2008 vs. 2009 (Ruh roh Raggy)

    04/27/2009 6:01:09 AM PDT · by PittsburghAfterDark · 14 replies · 1,479+ views
    Editor and Publisher ^ | April 27, 2009 | E&P Staff
    USA TODAY -- 2,113,725 – (-7.46%) WALL STREET JOURNAL -- 2,082,189 -- 0.61% NEW YORK TIMES -- 1,039,031 -- (-3.55%) L.A. TIMES -- 723,181 -- (-6.55%) WASHINGTON POST -- 665,383 -- (-1.16%) NEW YOK DAILY NEWS -- 602,857 -- (-14.26%) NEW YORK POST -- 558,140 -- (-20.55%) CHICAGO TRIBUNE -- 501,202 -- (-7.47%) HOUSTON CHRONICLE -- 425,138 -- (-13.96%) ARIZONA REPUBLIC -- 389,701 -- (-5.72%) DENVER POST (02/28/2009 to 03/31/2009) -- 371,728 -- N/A NEWSDAY -- 368,194 -- (-3.01%) DALLAS MORNING NEWS -- 331,907 -- (-9.88%) MINNEAPOLIS STAR-TRIBUNE -- 320,076 -- (-0.71%) CHICAGO SUN-TIMES -- 312,141 -- (-0.04%) SAN FRANCISCO...
  • News publishers' misdirected online anger -- Aggregators aren't the problem, it's the business model

    04/11/2009 6:26:49 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 14 replies · 848+ views
    MarketWatch ^ | April 8, 2009 | Adam L. Penenberg
    William Dean Singleton, a newspaper publisher and chairman of the Associated Press, speaks for many of his comrades when he says online news aggregators are making him "mad as hell and we are not going to take it any more." Singleton and his colleagues threaten legal action against Web sites like Google, Drudge Report, Huffington Post and Digg -- the sites that have been linking to their newspaper stories without paying. But their righteous indignation is misplaced. Forget that these aggregators push vast amounts of traffic to their sites and readers to stories that would otherwise disappear without a trace....
  • Uproar over 'news story' ad on front page of LA Times (uses ad for TV show on front page..pathetic)

    04/10/2009 11:30:50 AM PDT · by max americana · 24 replies · 1,029+ views
    AFP ^ | April 10, 2009 | AFP
    Uproar over 'news story' ad on front page of LA Times April 10, 2009 WASHINGTON (AFP) – An advertisement dressed up as a news story on the front page of the Los Angeles Times has reporters at the newspaper fuming and the publisher defending the move. The advertisement, for the NBC television series "Southland," appeared on page one of the Times on Thursday. Although it was labelled "advertisement," the ad resembled a news story complete with a bold-type headline. According to the blog MediaMemo, more than 100 staffers at the newspaper signed a petition protesting the appearance of the fake...
  • Columbian newspaper faces foreclosure, Sheriff's sale of existing building.

    04/08/2009 7:06:58 AM PDT · by Bean Counter · 5 replies · 469+ views
    The Oregonian ^ | April 8, 2009 | RYAN FRANK and JEFF MANNING
    Bank of America has sued The Columbian Publishing Co., the parent company of Vancouver's daily newspaper, to recover $15.4 million in unpaid debts and interest. The bank also seeks to foreclose on the newspaper's current headquarters through a sheriff's sale. The bank's suit, filed Monday in Clark County Superior Court, says The Columbian Publishing Co. has defaulted on $14.5 million it borrowed for working capital between 2006 and 2007. The company owes $498,419 more under a separate agreement tied to interest rate changes, according to the suit and bank spokeswoman Shirley Norton. As part of a 2006 loan, The Columbian...
  • Chicago Sun-Times files for bankruptcy (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    03/31/2009 8:43:22 AM PDT · by library user · 28 replies · 1,280+ views
    CNN ^ | March 31, 2009 | Staff
    ~ EXCERPT ~ CHICAGO, Illinois (CNN) — The company that owns the Chicago Sun-Times and 58 other newspapers and online sites said Tuesday it had filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
  • MEMO TO MSM(Cry Me A River!)

    03/19/2009 1:29:43 PM PDT · by ForGod'sSake · 51 replies · 1,114+ views
    I Diddit | March 19, 2009 | Yours Truly
  • Seattle Post-Intelligencer newspaper goes Web-only (AP) Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    03/16/2009 12:11:37 PM PDT · by SloopJohnB · 14 replies · 669+ views
    Yahoo Tech ^ | March 16,2009 | Staff
    SEATTLE - The Seattle Post-Intelligencer, which has chronicled the news of the city since logs slid down its steep streets to the harbor and miners caroused in its bars before heading north to Alaska's gold fields, will print its final edition Tuesday.
  • New York Times sells, leases back part of building

    03/09/2009 6:44:31 AM PDT · by GQuagmire · 12 replies · 416+ views
    Bostonhearld.com via AP ^ | March 9, 2009 | ap
    NEW YORK — The New York Times [NYT] Co. has sold 21 floors of its headquarters building near New York’s Times Square. The sale to investment firm W.P. Carey & Co. is for $225 million. The newspaper had said in January that it was in talks with Carey for such a deal. Like other publishers, it has been seeking different ways for raising cash to pay off debt as sales of advertising decline. It suspended its dividend in February.
  • Obama will use spring summit to bring Cuba in from the cold (Is Hussein the anti-JFK?)

    03/07/2009 7:48:46 PM PST · by Libloather · 25 replies · 910+ views
    Guardian.uk ^ | 3/08/09 | Rory Carroll
    Obama will use spring summit to bring Cuba in from the coldUS companies are queuing up as the president moves to ease restrictions on travel and trade, raising hopes of warmer relations and an end to the embargo Rory Carroll, Latin America correspondent The Observer, Sunday 8 March 2009 President Barack Obama is poised to offer an olive branch to Cuba in an effort to repair the US's tattered reputation in Latin America. The White House has moved to ease some travel and trade restrictions as a cautious first step towards better ties with Havana, raising hopes of an eventual...
  • Power shakeup casts more doubt on post-Castro Cuba

    03/04/2009 6:12:32 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies · 324+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 3/4/09 | Will Weissert - ap
    HAVANA – The ouster of Cuba's two most prominent younger leaders leaves more doubt than ever about who will guide the country once the Castro brothers and their gray-haired revolutionary contemporaries are gone. President Raul Castro is 77. His hand-picked No. 2, Jose Ramon Machado Ventura, is a year his senior. And there are no obvious next-generation successors in the ranks of mostly obscure communist party officials, military officers and bureaucrats who were suddenly promoted this week in Cuba's largest leadership shake-up in decades. "This is the old guard, most of them are very traditional hard-liners," said Uva de Aragon,...
  • Philadelphia "Inquirer" and "Daily News" Consolidate

    03/02/2009 9:33:57 PM PST · by Intolerant in NJ · 4 replies · 404+ views
    Philadelphia Channel 6 (ABC) | 3 March, 2009 | INtolerant in NJ
    It was announced this evening that the Philadelphia "Daily News" soon would no longer publish as an independent newspaper, but instead would begin printing as a separate "edition" of the Philadelphia "Inquirer". Both papers are owned by the same parent company which announced only last week that it was filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. In doing so the company insisted that the filing was only to reduce its debt load, and that current operations were financially strong for both papers - - - maybe not.......
  • Raul Castro ousts top Cubans loyal to Fidel Castro

    03/02/2009 2:32:53 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 497+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 3/2/09 | Will Weissert - ap
    HAVANA – President Raul Castro abruptly removed some of Cuba's most powerful officials Monday, putting a personal stamp on the government in the biggest shakeup since he took over from his ailing brother Fidel Castro a year ago. The changes replaced some key Fidel loyalists, including the longtime foreign minister and the secretary of the Council of State, with men closer to Raul. They also reduced the enormous powers of a vice president credited with saving Cuba's economy after the fall of the Soviet Union. But analysts saw no immediate indication that the changes are related to hopes for closer...
  • Decline in Newspapers Renews Idea of Nonprofits

    03/02/2009 4:29:39 AM PST · by deaconjim · 22 replies · 567+ views
    Fox News / AP ^ | Monday, March 02, 2009 | Associated Press
    NEW HAVEN, Conn. — As sharp revenue reductions put the future of many U.S. newspapers in doubt, one idea gaining attention is the conversion of newspapers into tax-exempt nonprofits supported by large endowments. Although viewed by many as a long shot at best, such a radical change could be a savior for the industry and its vital role in a democracy. That's why the endowment model is drawing renewed attention as newspapers impose massive layoffs, scale back home delivery and make other drastic cuts to counter plunging advertising revenue amid a recession that has compounded struggles from the migration of...
  • Rocky Mountain News publishes final edition

    02/27/2009 7:04:03 AM PST · by Redbob · 118 replies · 3,335+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 2-27-9 | CATHERINE TSAI
    DENVER – Questions about the future of the Rocky Mountain News had become so common, the newspaper's staff put up a handwritten paper sign on the news desk that said, "We don't know." On Thursday, someone wrote over it in heavy black marker: "Now we know." Colorado's oldest newspaper, which launched in Denver in 1859, printed its last edition Friday, leaving The Denver Post as the only daily newspaper in town. Since 2001, the News has shared business operations with The Denver Post in a joint operating agreement between Scripps and The Post's owner, MediaNews Group Inc.
  • Philadelphia "inquirer" and "Daily News" File Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

    02/22/2009 9:24:50 PM PST · by Intolerant in NJ · 84 replies · 3,950+ views
    Philadelphia local TV | 23 February 2009
    Breaking news on Philadelphia local TV - Philadelphia "Inquirer" and "Daily News" are filing for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy - company says papers will continue to publish, filing is to retire debt primarily -
  • 3 Philly-Area Dailies Will Drop Saturday Paper (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    01/31/2009 12:34:37 PM PST · by abb · 33 replies · 690+ views
    Editor & Publisher ^ | January 31, 2009 | Staff
    Three Calkins Media newspapers in suburban Philadelphia will stop publishing Saturday print editions next week. The Bucks County Courier Times, The Intelligencer of Doylestown and the Burlington County Times in Willingboro, N.J., will continue to publish Saturday editions online. The newspapers announced the change Saturday. It goes into effect Feb. 7. Publisher Michael Scobey says the move is being made to control costs and provide expanded local and national news and sports coverage. Scobey says the change is a return to the traditional publishing schedule. The Saturday print editions were introduced about five years ago. He says the market no...
  • Castro Photo Released Amid Concerns About Health

    01/23/2009 8:14:13 AM PST · by Zakeet · 26 replies · 833+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | January 23, 2009
    A photograph of Cuban leader Fidel Castro has appeared for the first time in more than two months. The office of Argentine President Cristina Fernandez released the photo on Friday, two days after they met in Havana. [Snip] The long spell without a photo of Mr. Castro had contributed to rumors he was gravely ill.
  • Is Fidel Castro Gravely Ill?

    01/15/2009 8:18:03 PM PST · by WellyP · 37 replies · 1,015+ views
    CBS News ^ | 14 Jan. 2009 | Keith Millstone
    El País newspaper in Spain reported Wednesday that there were apparent movements at the Armed Forces and Interior Ministries Friday after Castro suffered a "possible'' heart attack. Another Spain-based web site, Cubaecuentro.com, reported that his condition was ‘‘irreversible."
  • End (New York) Times (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    01/06/2009 1:21:42 PM PST · by abb · 48 replies · 1,013+ views
    The Atlantic ^ | Jan/Feb 2009 | Michael Hirschorn
    Virtually all the predictions about the death of old media have assumed a comfortingly long time frame for the end of print—the moment when, amid a panoply of flashing lights, press conferences, and elegiac reminiscences, the newspaper presses stop rolling and news goes entirely digital. Most of these scenarios assume a gradual crossing-over, almost like the migration of dunes, as behaviors change, paradigms shift, and the digital future heaves fully into view. The thinking goes that the existing brands—The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal—will be the ones making that transition, challenged but still dominant as...
  • Strib(Mpls 'Red' Star)union rejects concessions, bkrptcy seems certain (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    01/08/2009 3:22:49 PM PST · by abb · 31 replies · 866+ views
    MinnPost.com ^ | January 8, 2009 | David Brauer
    Get ready for a Star Tribune bankruptcy filing. The newsroom's Newspaper Guild announced today they had ended negotiations with management over concessions. The Strib's owners have said that unless all Strib's unions agree to a specific list of cutbacks, they will file for bankruptcy. Says Guild co-chair Graydon Royce, "We tried to work this out and this didn't happen. All we can do is go by what they have said, and that [bankruptcy] is what they said will happen. So we'll find out." Strib publisher Chris Harte has backed away from previous, more subtle bankruptcy threats, but few expect that...
  • Hollywood starts '09 with little to celebrate (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    01/02/2009 5:11:21 AM PST · by abb · 55 replies · 1,444+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | January 2, 2009 | Claudia Eller and Richard Verrier
    There is no Hollywood ending in sight in 2009 for the entertainment industry, which along with the rest of the nation is experiencing its worst economic slump in decades. The fallout from declining local TV ad revenue, weakening DVD sales and diminishing sources of film financing will continue to pound Los Angeles' signature industry, which employs more than 200,000 people and pumps an estimated $20 billion to $30 billion into the local economy. Many expect that will trigger further layoffs at the studios, networks, independent production outfits and other media companies on top of the thousands of job losses that...
  • NBC May Give Leno 10 p.m. Slot

    12/08/2008 5:07:22 PM PST · by BurbankKarl · 20 replies · 835+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 12/9/08 | By REBECCA DANA and SAM SCHECHNER
    NBC Universal is in serious negotiations to give its 10 p.m. weeknight time slot to Jay Leno, a move that would secure the popular "Tonight Show" host's place at the network after he vacates his late night perch this spring, according to three sources close to the network. An announcement could come as early as Tuesday. The move would address several major problems for the network, which is bleeding ratings and has failed to develop any new hit shows this fall, at a time when advertising revenue is plummeting. Under the proposal, NBC would only develop programming for two hours...