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  • CNN and MSNBC Lose Almost Half Their Viewers in One Year (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    11/27/2013 1:34:49 PM PST · by Zakeet · 109 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | November 27, 2013 | Noel Sheppard
    It's been a tough year for the liberal cable news outlets. Data released Tuesday show CNN shedding 48 percent of total viewers since last November and MSNBC dropping 45 percent. The numbers were even worse in the all important demographic of people aged 25 to 54 as CNN's ratings dropped 59 percent and MSNBC's 52 percent. In an off-election year, and with last November's numbers skewed higher as a result of the presidential election, it should be expected for ratings to decline. However, Fox News didn't see close to these losses. In total day, FNC is only down 18...
  • AP's Attempt At DRM'ing The News Shuts Down

    05/18/2013 6:07:15 PM PDT · by Salman · 4 replies
    Tech Dirt ^ | May 17th 2013 | Mike Masnick
    Plenty of people rightly mocked the news a few years ago that the Associated Press was working on a plan to "DRM the news." The idea was to put some sort of licensing mechanism together to get news aggregators to pay to promote their news. This seemed incredibly dumb for a whole host of reasons. It added no value. Its only purpose was to limit the value for everyone in the system by putting a tollbooth where none needed to exist. When it finally launched last year to great fanfare in the newspaper world, under the name "NewsRight," we pointed...
  • Washington Post suffers 85% earnings drop [ Why do they track earnings? / sarc ]

    05/03/2013 1:05:21 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 22 replies
    politico.com ^ | May 3, 2013 | MACKENZIE WEINGER
    The Washington Post Co. on Friday reported bad news for its newspaper division, with revenue totaling $127.3 million for the first quarter of this year — down four percent from 2012 — and an operating loss of $34.5 million. Overall, the company posted a profit of just $4.7 million, an 85 percent drop in earnings from the net income of $31 million for the first quarter of last year.
  • Michelle Obama surprises Oscars by presenting Best Picture award

    02/25/2013 7:31:49 AM PST · by LucianOfSamasota · 54 replies
    Reuters ^ | February 25th, 2013 | Tim Reid and Nichola Groom
    OS ANGELES (Reuters) - U.S. first lady Michelle Obama made a surprise and unprecedented appearance on Sunday's Oscars telecast when she presented the award for Best Picture, the first time a president or first lady has ever presented an Academy Award. Appearing live on screen from the White House in Washington, almost 3,000 miles from the Oscars ceremony in Hollywood, Obama praised the work of the movie industry before announcing the Iran hostage drama "Argo" the Best Picture winner. Wearing a silver evening dress, Obama said this year's nominated films had "made us laugh, made us weep and grip our...
  • NYT Tries Again to Sell Off Struggling Boston Globe (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    02/21/2013 2:36:23 PM PST · by abb · 17 replies
    News Busters ^ | February 21, 2013 | Matthew Sheffield
    The New York Times Company, owners of the Boston Globe newspaper, is once again trying to find someone to take the struggling Massachusetts newspaper off its hands. The Times previously tried to sell the Globe in 2009 but canceled the sale process after it received concessions from is unions (love the irony there). More from Reuters: The sale is expected to come at a big loss. Ken Doctor, an analyst with Outsell Research, estimated that the Globe could fetch about $150 million. The New York Times paid $1.1 billion for the newspaper in 1993. The New York Times is putting...
  • New York Times misses revenue forecast, shares tumble (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    10/25/2012 9:21:47 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 44 replies
    Reuters ^ | October 25, 2012 | Jennifer Saba
    The New York Times Co reported worse-than-expected results on Thursday as advertisers cut spending on both print and digital outlets, sending shares down 12 percent. The newspaper company said that revenue was up almost 1 percent to $449 million. Still, the result missed the analysts' consensus estimate of $479.23 million, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S. Adjusting for severance costs and other special items, the company reported a quarterly loss of 1 cent per share, well below expectations of earnings of 8 cents per share. The slight uptick in revenue was due to a 7.4 percent rise in circulation revenue helped...
  • New Gallup Poll Says Americans Are Tuning TV News Out

    07/13/2012 6:18:06 PM PDT · by lbryce · 26 replies
    PJMedia ^ | July 12, 2012 | Ed Driscoll
    At Big Journalism, William Bigelow writes, “According to a new Gallup poll measuring Americans’ confidence in television news, the level is the lowest since the poll was begun in 1993:” 21% of adults expressed a great deal of confidence in television news reporting. No wonder CNN’s ratings are in the toilet. Gallup tested 16 institutions, including newspapers, and TV news ranked 11th. Newspapers were ranked 10th. There was an interesting divide among those on the left; Democrats were the most confident in television news of all the groups surveyed (now there’s a shock) but postgraduates, who are more generally Democrats,...
  • CNN Sinks To 21-Year Primetime Ratings Low.

    Coming off its least-watched month in primetime in 20 years in May, CNN has taken another big ratings blow: The cable news network has its lowest-rated quarter in primetime since 1991. For this year’s second quarter, CNN hit a low among total viewers and the key adults 25-54 demographic, with all primetime programs posting steep declines. The network averaged 446,000 total viewers and 129,000 in the 25-54 demo in primetime. Compared to last year’s second quarter, that’s down 35% and 41%, respectively. Rival Fox New Channel, meanwhile, with 1.79 million primetime total viewers on average, was down 1% from its...
  • (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...
  • Hollywood in turmoil as DVD sales drop and downloads steal the show (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    05/06/2011 11:03:26 AM PDT · by abb · 68 replies
    UK Guardian ^ | May 3, 2011 | Dan Sabbagh
    It's been a huge source of Hollywood profit but the silvery, lucrative DVD could be consigned to the pages of a history book if plunging US sales continue for the rest of the year. Sales of new titles tumbled by nearly one fifth in the first three months of this year, a decline fuelled partly by a lack of hits and the timing of Easter – but also by the start of what appears to be an irreversible change in consumer habits. The sale of DVDs has been falling since 2007, but the Digital Entertainment Group (DEG) reported that physical...
  • Washington Post profit down 67 percent!

    05/06/2011 7:34:44 PM PDT · by Salvavida · 42 replies · 1+ views
    AFP ^ | May 6, 2011 | Nicholas Kamm
    WASHINGTON (AFP) – The Washington Post Co. said Friday that revenue was flat in its newspaper publishing division in the first quarter but net profit fell by two-thirds on lower enrollment in its education business. The Post Co., which owns the Kaplan chain of schools and television outlets in addition to its flagship newspaper The Washington Post, said net profit was down 67 percent in the quarter at $15.2 million. Revenue was down seven percent in the quarter that ended on April 3 to $1.06 billion while earnings per share fell to $1.87 from $4.91 per share a year ago....
  • Couric’s Rocky Path to a Likely Parting With CBS (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    04/11/2011 5:01:35 AM PDT · by abb · 28 replies
    The New York Times ^ | April 11, 2011 | Bill Carter
    For Katie Couric, the offer in 2006 to become the anchor of “CBS Evening News” came with another incentive, one she prized almost as highly, according to two of her friends: the chance to report for “60 Minutes,” the newsmagazine that for Ms. Couric stood for the kind of serious journalism she had always aspired to. Regular appearances on “60 Minutes” were written into her $15 million-a-year contract with CBS, but once she arrived at the network, she found a chilly reception from some of the staff members at the venerable program. Some of Ms. Couric’s associates said that the...
  • Two George Soros Events Aim to Remake the Financial Order and the Media

    04/06/2011 11:45:50 AM PDT · by xtinct · 14 replies
    Fox News ^ | 4/5/2011 | Dan Gainor
    > READ < Apparently, megalomaniacs need schedulers. Just ask George Soros. The left-wing billionaire is helping fund two major conferences that start on the same day, in two different locations just a three hours apart by car. Two liberal events packed into one long weekend. God created the world in six days. Apparently, Soros, who sees himself as “some kind of god,”needs just a long weekend to start remaking today's world in his image. The emphasis of both conferences is a familiar one to American voters – change. Soros wants to begin changing the global economy in one event. In...
  • Chris Wallace takes a shot at White House on behalf of ‘Fox News Sunday’

    03/27/2011 11:31:57 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 66 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 26 mar 2011 | Jeff Poor
    Is the White House playing favorites again with media outlets? There has been a back-and-forth between Fox News and the White House ever since President Barack Obama took his oath in 2009. And the latest episode appears to have occurred on Sunday after Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates made the rounds on the Sunday morning talk show circuit to discuss Libya, appearing on ABC’s “This Week,” NBC’s “Meet the Press,” and CBS’s “Face the Nation,” but not “Fox News Sunday.” That drew a response from Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace, following his interview...
  • New York Times CEO: Q4 ad sales to decline by 4% (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    12/07/2010 10:20:30 AM PST · by abb · 13 replies
    Marketwatch.com ^ | December 7, 2010 | David B. Wilkerson
    New York Times Co. Chief Executive Janet Robinson said Tuesday that the company expects fourth-quarter advertising revenues to show improvement over third-quarter results, though "visibility remains limited." Robinson, speaking to investors at the UBS Media Conference, said the company expects ad sales to decline by 4% in the fourth quarter compared with the same period a year ago.
  • No Longer 'Must-See TV' (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    10/24/2010 5:29:44 PM PDT · by abb · 37 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | October 25, 2010 | Sam Schechner
    Television is losing ground in one of its most lucrative strongholds: Thursday nights. Fewer people in the U.S. are watching Thursday prime-time TV so far this fall, as changing viewing habits, weaker shows and more varied competition take a toll on a night that for decades has showcased some of TV's most high-profile programs, and priciest commercials. Over the first four Thursday nights of the TV season, an average of 48.5 million people between the ages of 18 and 49 years old were watching prime-time on any channel, broadcast or cable, recorded or live, according to Nielsen Co. estimates. That...
  • At Flagging Tribune, Tales of a Bankrupt Culture (Dinosaur Media Death Watch)

    10/05/2010 10:03:54 PM PDT · by lbryce · 25 replies · 1+ views
    New York Times ^ | Ocotber 5, 2010 | David Carr
    In January 2008, soon after the venerable Tribune Company was sold for $8.2 billion, Randy Michaels, a new top executive, ran into several other senior colleagues at the InterContinental Hotel next to the Tribune Tower in Chicago. Mr. Michaels, a former radio executive and disc jockey, had been handpicked by Sam Zell, a billionaire who was the new controlling shareholder, to run much of the media company’s vast collection of properties, including The Chicago Tribune, The Los Angeles Times, WGN America and The Chicago Cubs. After Mr. Michaels arrived, according to two people at the bar that night, he sat...
  • Changes at the Deseret News announced (43% of staff laid off - Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    08/31/2010 11:21:39 AM PDT · by abb · 22 replies
    Deseret News ^ | August 31, 2010 | Sarah Jane Weaver
    SALT LAKE CITY — The Deseret News announced today work force reductions and unveiled a plan to refocus the quality and reach of its product. "Changes in the industry have forced some newspapers to fade or even close," said Clark Gilbert, Deseret News CEO and president. "At the Deseret News, we choose to lead and innovate." Part of that leadership, he added, is the willingness to make hard choices. "Today we have announced the reduction in our print work force by 57 full-time and 28 part-time employees, which reflects just over 43 percent of our work force," Gilbert said. Gilbert...
  • Keeping Old-Fashioned Journalism Alive (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    06/26/2010 6:25:14 AM PDT · by abb · 16 replies · 1+ views
    Voice of America ^ | June 25, 2010 | Sandra Gary
    Online news source for the digital age invites public participation Sandra Gary | San Francisco, California25 June 2010 The people behind the just-launched Bay Citizen believe they've found a way to keep old-fashioned journalism alive in the digital age. The people behind the just-launched Bay Citizen believe they've found a way to keep old-fashioned journalism alive in the digital age. As Americans increasingly turn to the Internet for their news — and advertisers follow them — newspapers and magazines are struggling to stay in business. In San Francisco, an unlikely group of partners may have found a way to keep...
  • The Press Can No Longer Afford to Keep Up With the President (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    05/24/2010 1:27:48 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 26 replies · 1,119+ views
    New York Observer ^ | May 24, 2010 | Zeke Turner
    At the end of April members of the White House press corps began to speak out against a perceived lack of access to the president. Now White House correspondents are facing a whole new type of access issue: Their travel budgets have fallen off, making it harder for them to keep up with the president. The number of charter flights for reporters to follow the president on trips has sharply declined in recent months, according to The New York Times. Last year the press spent a total of $18 million on such travel arrangements. Only a dozen reporters are allowed...
  • Hoiles: Dynasty to bankruptcy (OC Register Saga)

    05/03/2010 6:14:44 AM PDT · by abb · 19 replies · 632+ views
    Orange County Register ^ | May 2, 2010 | Mary Ann Milbourn
    They could have been millionaires, many times over, in 1985 when a million dollars meant something. But 25 years ago, the majority of the Hoiles family, owner of The Orange County Register, spurned a $1 billion buyout of the Santa Ana newspaper and its parent company's other holdings. Some say the rejection was to spite Harry Hoiles, the disaffected son of company founder R.C. Hoiles. Others argue that it came from a commitment to keep the media company in the family as a platform to carry on R.C.'s lifelong crusade for libertarianism and individual freedom. Either way, those who bet...
  • Helen Thomas: The Last Defiant Roar Of the Old Media Dinosaurs [FR buckhead incident mentioned]

    05/01/2010 9:08:11 AM PDT · by Notwithstanding · 96 replies · 3,476+ views
    BigJournalism.com ^ | 5/1/2010 | Kevin L Martin
    Helen Thomas simply longs for the days when reporters and pundits could report spin, lies and opinion as fact and were never held accountable outside of page A-16 retractions. The new media’s finest moment came when in 2004 CBS’s Dan Rather attempted to influence a national election (much like his predecessor Walter Cronkite did with the Vietnam War after the Tet Offensive), but unlike then, now there is a new media filled with grassroots activists who were going to hold the old media accountable and one of those activists on the Conservative Site Free-Republic under the handle “Buckhead,” was able...
  • Associated Press profit and revenue slide in 2009 (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    04/29/2010 2:55:31 PM PDT · by abb · 19 replies · 577+ views
    Google News ^ | April 29, 2010 | Michael Liedtke
    The Associated Press said Thursday its net income plunged as revenue fell nearly 10 percent last year. The news cooperative also expects a decline in revenue this year, which would be its first back-to-back drop since the Great Depression. The AP released its 2009 financial results at the not-for-profit organization's annual meeting in New York. AP executives used the forum to explain some of the ways they hope to boost revenue for the organization and its members, such as with news applications for the iPad. Net income decreased 65 percent to $8.8 million in 2009 from $25.1 million a year...
  • Newspaper circulation slides nationwide (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    04/27/2010 2:33:16 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 31 replies · 610+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | April 27, 2010 | Alejandro Martínez-Cabrera
    The Chronicle said Monday that remaking its business model by charging more for the newspaper has, as expected, produced a sharp drop in circulation even as it has improved the paper's bottom line. For the six months ending in March, the Audit Bureau of Circulations reported Monday that The Chronicle's daily circulation declined 22.7 percent, from 312,118 to 241,330, the largest decline among the nation's top 25 newspapers. Weekday circulation nationwide went down 8.7 percent, and 6.5 percent on Sundays. [Snip] The top U.S. newspapers by average weekday and Sunday circulation from October 2009 through March. The percentage changes are...
  • Ratings Fall on Newscasts at 2 Networks (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    04/02/2010 3:12:29 AM PDT · by abb · 27 replies · 659+ views
    The New York Times ^ | April 1, 2010 | Bill Carter
    With buyouts and layoffs in progress, the mood at ABC News cannot be good. It was probably not enhanced by the ratings report for the first quarter of the year showing that the network’s evening newscast, “World News,” had sunk to the lowest numbers the program has had in a first quarter since the People Meter was introduced by Nielsen in 1987. The same situation prevailed at CBS, where the “Evening News” also hit a new low for the months of January through March. The beneficiary was NBC, where “Nightly News” scored its best first-quarter numbers since 2005. Over all,...
  • Rupert Murdoch to charge for access to Times and Sunday Times online

    03/27/2010 12:22:33 AM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 27 replies · 628+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 3/26/2010 | Rupert Neate
    Murdoch has decided to block the 20m online readers of The Times from accessing the paper free of charge on the internet. From June, anyone wanting to read The Times or The Sunday Times online will have to pay £1 a day or £2 a week for the privilege. Those who subscribe to the printed edition will be able to access the paper’s planned thetimes.co.uk and thesundaytimes.co.uk websites as part of their subscription. Analysts warned that The Times risks losing “almost all” of its online readers when it erects the so-called “pay walls”. Rebekah Brooks, a former editor of The...
  • Massive Cuts at ABC News; 300-400 Positions to be Eliminated

    02/23/2010 12:19:58 PM PST · by Beaten Valve · 194 replies · 5,813+ views
    TV Newser ^ | Feb. 23, 2010 | Chris Ariens
    ABC News has begun the process of eliminating 300 to 400 positions at the news division by asking employees to participate in a buyout of their services. In a move that has been rumored for weeks, and coming on the heels of layoffs at CBS News, ABC's cuts are a combination of union and non-union jobs affecting all areas of ABC News. Developing...
  • Unpaid leave at USA Today (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    02/12/2010 1:46:50 PM PST · by abb · 28 replies · 476+ views
    Washington Business Journal ^ | February 11, 2010 | Jeff Clabaugh
    Unpaid furloughs at Gannett Co. Inc. in McLean will now include nearly 1,500 employees at its flagship USA Today. USA Today employees will be required to take one week of unpaid leave between now and July. In a memo to employees Thursday, USA Today publisher David Hunke also said an existing pay freeze, first implemented in February 2009, will be extended by at least 90 days. A USA Today spokesperson confirms the furloughs and pay freeze extension affect all 1,495 of USA Today’s employees. "National advertising revenues in general were still down from the previous year as were paid advertising...
  • Mexican Billionaire Carlos Slim Now Among Biggest NY Times Shareholders (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    02/12/2010 2:10:58 PM PST · by abb · 33 replies · 764+ views
    Editor & Publisher ^ | February 12, 2010 | Jennifer Saba
    Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim Helu isn't just one of The New York Times Co.'s creditors anymore -- he's now one of their biggest stockholders, according to a Security and Exchange Commission filing Friday. Slim exercised warrants for 15.9 million in Class A shares for a strike price of $6.3572 through his companies Inmobiliaria and GFI, raising his stake in the Times Co. to 16.3% from 6.9% at the time he was approached to loan a substantial sum to the venerable publisher. Slim got the warrants in January 2009 when he lent the Times Co. $250 million. The company said that...
  • How Zucker's Leno quick fix got NBC into a quagmire (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    01/10/2010 2:38:27 PM PST · by abb · 58 replies · 2,255+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | January 9, 2010 | Meg James and Matea Gold
    Jeff Zucker was a fearless news producer and fast-rising entertainment executive who was just 41 when he became head of NBC Universal. But in the last few years, the onetime whiz kid behind the "Today" show -- he turned Katie Couric into a star -- has made several costly miscalculations that have led to a spectacular fall by the country's premier television network. Zucker's troubles were magnified this week when, with NBC facing a revolt by affiliate stations furious over their sinking ratings, he decided to move Jay Leno back to late night after less than four months. The unusual...
  • Nielsen Business Media folds Editor & Publisher (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    12/10/2009 8:19:50 AM PST · by abb · 64 replies · 3,033+ views
    Poynter Online ^ | December 10, 2009 | Staff
    Today, we announced that Nielsen Business Media has reached an agreement with e5 Global Media Holdings, LLC, a new company formed jointly by Pluribus Capital Management and Guggenheim Partners, for the sale of eight brands in the Media and Entertainment Group, including Adweek, Brandweek, Mediaweek, The Clio Awards, Backstage, Billboard, Film Journal International and The Hollywood Reporter. e5 Global Media Holdings has also agreed to acquire our Film Expo business, which includes the ShoWest, ShowEast, Cinema Expo International and CineAsia trade shows. In addition, we’ve made the decision to cease operations for Editor & Publisher and Kirkus Reviews. This move...
  • Network (TV) Shows Down In November Sweeps (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    11/23/2009 10:08:43 AM PST · by abb · 36 replies · 1,318+ views
    Media Daily News ^ | November 20, 2009 | Wayne Friedman
    Remember how big the November sweeps used to be? For viewers, the memory is becoming more distant. On the last Thursday of the still-big November TV period, virtually every network show took it on the chin. Similar ratings trends also took place earlier in the week. Big shows -- such as ABC's "Grey's Anatomy," CBS' "CSI," NBC's "The Office" and Fox' "Fringe" -- all sank lower versus their respective results of a week before. Some of this could be due to a NFL Network Thursday night game between the Miami Dolphins-Carolina Panthers. That network's Thursday games have been pulling in...
  • The Price of Free (Television) (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    11/14/2009 2:08:53 PM PST · by abb · 26 replies · 1,236+ views
    New York Times Magazine ^ | November 13, 2009 | Nicholas Carr
    When, in late September, rumors surfaced that Comcast was trying to buy NBC Universal from General Electric, Wall Street reacted with dismay. Grandiose attempts to combine media production and distribution — programming and plumbing — are nothing new in the entertainment business, but they almost always end in disappointment. Witness AOL Time Warner. So what in the world could be prompting the Comcast chief executive, Brian Roberts, to start down this accursed path? I fear that I’m to blame. A few months ago, while stalking the aisles of my local Best Buy, I gave in to techno-temptation. I bought a...
  • Warren Buffett: 'Newspapers Have Got a Terrible Future' (Dinosaur Media Deathwatch)

    11/04/2009 1:10:37 AM PST · by Rufus2007 · 14 replies · 802+ views
    Newsbusters ^ | November 4, 2009 | Jeff Poor
    Warren Buffett, the second richest man in the world and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE:BRK.A), doesn't have much faith in the future of print media. In an interview on CNBC's Nov. 3 "Squawk Box," following the announcement of his purchase of Burlington Northern (NYSE:BNI), Buffett was asked to comment on the future of news media, in particular newspapers and business news by "Squawk Box" co-host Becky Quick. Buffett is optimistic on the future of business news. "Our system has just gotten started," Buffett said. "I mean, we've had a couple of hundred years of progress, but we have not exhausted...
  • TIME Inc., Newspaper Guild meet to talk layoffs (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    11/03/2009 6:21:57 PM PST · by abb · 21 replies · 554+ views
    Daily Finance ^ | November 3, 2009 | Jeff Bercovici
    The guillotine has begun its descent at Time Inc. Sources at the publishing company (which is part of the same conglomerate as DailyFinance parent AOL) say executives have asked for an emergency meeting with representatives of the Newspaper Guild to discuss job eliminations. A Time Inc. spokeswoman declined to comment, but John Shostrom, chairman of the company's Guild unit, said the meeting will take place "soon." He said it was Time Inc. that called the meeting. "They act, and we react," said Shostrom. "The Guild doesn't lay people off. We just fight back when they make proposals to lay people...
  • Crawford says Time Warner will sell magazine unit (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    09/26/2009 2:29:14 PM PDT · by abb · 19 replies · 766+ views
    Yahoo Finance ^ | September 26, 2009 | Jessica Wohl
    Time Warner Inc (NYSE:TWX - News) will eventually sell the Time Inc magazine unit and could buy holdings in its core entertainment category, Gordon Crawford, managing director of its largest shareholder, said during a presentation this week. "Time Warner just spun off their cable division, they are going to sell their print division, they are going to spin off AOL and they're just going to be Warner Brothers, HBO and the Turner Networks," said Crawford, managing director of The Capital Group. "Now, they will make acquisitions ... but they're probably going to buy just stuff in their wheel house of...
  • MSM Name Change Required (Partisan Liberal Media)

    09/21/2009 7:37:50 AM PDT · by SampleMan · 179 replies · 1,864+ views
    Self | Sept. 21, 2009 | SampleMan
    The "MSM" label has stuck and gets a lot of play, but we need to revise it. It is not enough to imply that "Main Stream Media" means liberal lapdogs. The MSM is no longer just biased, they are partisan. We need to press this issue and to that end I believe it would be very effective to replace the "MSM" referece with "PLM" i.e. Partisan Liberal Media. PLM, or another suitable name, needs to become the next commonly understood household name. The DNC is simply the political wing of the PLM and we need to go after the PLM's...
  • Down Steeply Since Late Jan., Big 3 Evening Newscasts Stuck at Low Summer Levels

    09/18/2009 12:39:09 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 27 replies · 1,309+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | September 17, 2009 | Tom Blumer
    After a summer swoon, you would think that the evening newscasts of the Big 3 networks would start to recover a bit now that many Americans are back from vacations, kids are back in school, and fall routines are getting established or re-established. So far, you would be wrong. It's early, and there's still plenty of time this fall to recover, but during the time period after Labor Day, the broadcasts primarily anchored by Brian Williams at NBC, Charles Gibson at ABC, and Katie Couric at CBS: Are down a combined 28.5% from their peak in late January during...
  • WGA report shows tough times for screenwriters (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    09/04/2009 6:20:12 AM PDT · by abb · 24 replies · 684+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | September 4, 2009 | Richard Verrier
    To pen a living as a Hollywood screenwriter has always required fortitude and patience. Given the ratio between number of writers and available work, the odds of success are long. Now it looks like the odds have become a whole lot longer. Thanks to a recession-driven downturn forcing studios to make fewer movies and TV shows, coupled with a screenwriters strike last year that ground production to a halt, the wordsmiths of Hollywood have seen jobs and income evaporate. That's the bleak take-away from the annual financial report of the Writers Guild of America, West, the union that represents about...
  • Summer movie season wasn't a breeze for Hollywood (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    09/07/2009 2:18:10 AM PDT · by abb · 26 replies · 1,232+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | September 7, 2009 | Ben Fritz and John Horn
    If the year's first four months defied all expectations for what Hollywood could do in a recession, this summer delivered some sobering reality. Through the end of April, domestic box-office receipts leaped 17% while admissions surged nearly 16% from the previous year, according to Hollywood.com. But as the weather turned hot, business cooled: From May 1 through Aug. 31, attendance was down 2.4% from 2008 and 6% from 2007. Summer box-office revenues rose 1.3%, not even enough to account for ticket price inflation, let alone the premiums charged in a growing number of 3-D theaters. In the midst of the...
  • The 'Creative' Technology Behind The AP's News Registry

    08/07/2009 9:58:23 AM PDT · by CutePuppy · 4 replies · 557+ views
    TechDirt ^ | August 06, 2009 | Blaise Alleyne
    The 'Creative' Technology Behind The AP's News Registry from the magic-beans dept The Associated Press' attempt to DRM the news is a bad idea for a variety of reasons, but its claims for the news registry's capabilities seem pretty misguided, once you examine the technology behind it (the "magic DRM beans"). Ed Felten dug into the details of the registry's microformat, hNews, which the AP announced a few weeks earlier, and here's where it gets really interesting: the hNews rights field is based on the Creative Commons Rights Expression Language (ccREL). If the AP thinks it'll be able to build...
  • Axe hangs over The (UK) Observer (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    08/02/2009 4:21:19 PM PDT · by abb · 11 replies · 563+ views
    Financial Times ^ | August 2, 2009 | Ben Fenton
    Guardian News and Media was on Sunday considering options for the future of the UK’s Observer, the world’s oldest Sunday newspaper, that could see the 218-year-old title close in its current form. GNM has started work on a three-year strategic plan, including radical measures aimed at assuring the future of The Guardian, the group’s daily newspaper, a senior figure in the group said. The plan is aimed not so much at addressing a fall in newspaper advertising revenues caused by the economic downturn but at surviving the effects of a longer-term shift by readers and advertisers to the internet. On...
  • Associated Press Declares War on the Internet

    07/25/2009 1:31:05 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 53 replies · 1,938+ views
    Little Green Footballs ^ | July 25, 2009 | Charles Johnson
    Here’s one of the most short-sighted and self-destructive things I’ve ever seen the Associated Press do — they’re going to try to prevent search engines and blogs from even linking to their articles, unless they pay for the privilege.
  • AP settles case over copying of news-orgs can sue when competitors copy time-sensitive stories

    07/13/2009 1:12:01 PM PDT · by Nachum · 35 replies · 2,477+ views
    breitbart ^ | 7/13/09 | ap
    NEW YORK (AP) - The Associated Press will collect undisclosed damages as part of a settlement of its lawsuit against All Headline News, a site that allegedly misappropriated AP stories online. The AP considered the lawsuit an important test of the "hot news" doctrine, which was established in a 1918 Supreme Court case involving the AP. That principle holds that while facts cannot be copyrighted, news organizations can sue when competitors copy time-sensitive stories.
  • Obama Adds another “News” Network to his Stable -- "A substantive sign of tyranny"

    06/17/2009 6:13:01 PM PDT · by GVnana · 41 replies · 1,463+ views
    Canada Free Press ^ | 6/17/2009 | Sher Zieve
    Reminiscent of Orwell’s book 1984, soon all television broadcasts may carry Dictator in Chief Barack Hussein Obama and his message all of the time. Joining NBC (the New Barack Channel), ABC (the All Barack Channel) will now begin broadcasting from the White House. We assume CBS (perhaps the Central Barack Station?) will follow its betters soon and announce that it too will officially become an Obama mouthpiece. By the way, no opposing viewpoints will be carried or allowed. ABC also plans to run a free-to-Obama campaign promoting the dictator’s healthcare plan. Does anyone at all remember the name Hugo Chavez?...
  • Broadcast TV advertising drops 11.9% (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    06/13/2009 1:26:15 PM PDT · by abb · 19 replies · 835+ views
    The Hollywood Reporter ^ | June 12, 2009 | Katy Bachman
    Spot TV in the top 100 markets cratered The Television Bureau of Advertising on Friday released its broadcast TV crunch of the TNS Media Intelligence ad spending estimates put out earlier in the week. Total broadcast TV, including spot TV, syndication and network TV, dropped 11.9% to $10.5 billion in first quarter. The decline was driven by spot TV in the top 100 markets which cratered, falling 27.6% to $2.89 billion. In stark contrast, network TV dipped 4.8% to $6.5 billion, while syndication inched up 0.2% to nearly $1.1 billion. Spending in nine of local broadcast TV's top 10 ad...
  • How the Obama administration can save newspapers (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    05/30/2009 2:08:41 AM PDT · by abb · 52 replies · 1,684+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | May 30, 2009 | Tim Rutten
    Executives from many of America's leading newspaper companies and the head of the Associated Press met quietly in Chicago on Thursday to discuss ways to increase revenues from their online operations -- presumably by charging visitors to their websites -- as well as how to recapture some share of their catastrophically declining classified ad business. The meeting, whose participants included an antitrust lawyer to make sure the conversation didn't stray into impermissible collusion or price-fixing, was conducted under the auspices of the Newspaper Assn. of America, and its agenda was titled "Models to Lawfully Monetize Content." These guys may be...
  • Newspapers face 'unending losses,' Buffett says (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    05/02/2009 11:53:33 AM PDT · by abb · 34 replies · 1,219+ views
    Marketwatch.com ^ | May 2, 2009 | Alistair Barr
    U.S. newspaper businesses face the possibility of "unending losses" and Berkshire Hathaway wouldn't invest in the industry "at any price," Chairman Warren Buffett told shareholders on Saturday. "They were the ultimate business 30 or 40 years ago," Buffett explained at the company's annual meeting. "They lost their essential nature." Berkshire owns a large stake in the Washington Post Co. (WPO) and owns the Buffalo News. The Buffalo News is trying to develop a business model that allows it to make a little money, with the help of its unions, Buffett said. The Washington Post has other attractive businesses, but it...
  • 5 Other Reasons the Boston Globe Faces Closure

    04/11/2009 5:59:35 PM PDT · by raccoonradio · 8 replies · 417+ views
    High Talk ^ | 04/08/09 | Hightalk blog
    The urgency I’ve felt about the possible closure of the Boston Globe was put into stark contrast yesterday morning. As I walked home after accompanying my daughter to her elementary school, I was joined by another parent who had just completed the same duty. As we strolled up the street, I mentioned the story that I’ve been obsessing over the last few days. Cadbury, put the Boston Globe next to the champagne and cavier. And send a check to some orphans. Cadbury put the Boston Globe next to the champagne. And send a check to some orphans. It was news...
  • A Plan to Save Our Free Press (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    04/03/2009 7:13:03 AM PDT · by abb · 49 replies · 2,079+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | April 3, 2009 | Benjamin L. Cardin
    The newspaper industry is turning upside down. The Seattle Post-Intelligencer, the Rocky Mountain News, the Baltimore Examiner and the San Francisco Chronicle are among the papers that have ceased daily publication or announced in recent months that they may have to stop publishing. Not long ago, Tribune Co., owner of the Baltimore Sun, filed for bankruptcy. None of this bodes well for our democracy. Our country depends on an open and free press to monitor what happens in our communities so that Americans can make sound judgments about their lives and leaders. Thomas Jefferson, a man who was frequently vilified...