The New York Post reports, “Nielsen Business Media has shaken up the ranks at some of its prized trade magazines, naming former Variety group publisher Gerry Byrne as head of the company’s new entertainment group, which includes The Hollywood Reporter and Billboard.”
Bloomberg reports, “annett Co., the owner of USA Today, named Robert J. Dickey president of its newspaper division, succeeding Sue Clark-Johnson, who is retiring.”
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The Austin Statesman TV writer Diane Hollowaywrites, “Somebody needs to tell Tim Russert that it’s not all about him. Oh, OK. Let me be the one … During last nightâ€™s Democratic debate on MSNBC, Russert was beyond obnoxious. I know he thinks he’s just being a tough journalist, boring into the candidates with long-winded questions and barking, bug-eyed follow-ups. But really, he’s just being rude.”
Mark Dawidziak, The Plain Dealer’s Television Critic, writes, “It turned into a good political scrap, thanks to the crisp campaign jabs scored in the second half by Democratic opponents Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama. But it started out as lousy television, thanks to stumbling in the first half by moderators Tim Russert and Brian Williams. … What happened Tuesday night at Cleveland State University’s Wolstein Center? From the opening bell, NBC’s Russert and Williams let the combatants set the rules. In the parlance of the boxing ring, they allowed Clinton and Obama to dance for 16 minutes, tediously dwelling on differences in their health plans.”
phillyBurbs.com wrote, “The hype all day long throughout the media was that there would be fireworks at the MSNBC Democratic debate last night. Who would attack first? Who would lose their cool? Some people predicted Obama, most predicted Clinton, but who would have guessed that Tim Russert would be the lunatic of the evening.”
Jack Myers.com reports, “This morning, National Geographic will announce a digital initiative they hope will push their Web traffic to new heights. It’s part of a revamp the venerated brand has been undergoing since last Fall with reorganizations, repositioning, management changes and new sales programs. Many of the new initiatives are on its Web sites, which have seen traffic soar since early last year. A significant part of the growth has been from user generated content, especially the ‘Your Shot’ area on the National Geographic Magazine Web site, where people submit photos that are sifted by editors and voted on by users. A select few get published in the magazine.”
Wall Street Journal’s Lee Gomeswrites, “In New-Media World, Everyone Is Sounding Like a Beltway Insider”
Folio reports, “While dozens of magazines have partnered with YouTube in recent months to create brand channels, the $1.6 billion video-sharing site wants more.”
The Press Gazette reports, “Bidding for Reed Elsevier’s US magazines — which are currently on the market — is understood to be slow. Titles on the auction block include Variety, the American show biz daily and Publishers’ Weekly. At least one major American company Conde Nast, which everyone thought might be interested, has said it does not even plan to bid.”
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