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Its day 73 covering the Obama administration and week nine for us. What we know and what we’re reading this Thursday morning…
A local media source tells DCRTV that WaPo’s Katherine Weymouth is “weighing” the possibility of ending Saturday publication of the paper and experimenting with an online edition one day a week. The source says Weymouth and a team of advisers have been studying online efforts by other publications, including the Post’s, for more than a year now and are attempting to decide whether to proceed with the one-day-a-week online-only experiment. Maybe “later this year.” Late last year, the Washington Times replaced its Saturday print edition with an online-only substitute.
FishbowlNY: At Michael’s in NYC yesterday, legendary newspaperman Ben Bradlee wasn’t about to buy into all the gloom and doom about the industry: “When I was editor of the Post, there was something like 7,500 papers and now there’s 1,200. But I don’t think it’s such a bad thing if there’s a few less papers — if they’re better.”
NYT’s Editor responds to VF Piece on Arthur Sulzberger in a letter to the editor. Bill Keller: “Last year readers paid The New York Times more than $600 million to buy our newspaper… it buys us time to answer the existential question of our business, which is how we assure that journalism continues to pay. I’ll bet on Arthur Sulzberger finding the answer to that question before Mark Bowden does.”
Fox News has 9 of the top 10 cable news programs in the first quarter of 2009, averaging more viewers than MSNBC and CNN combined and claiming the number 2 spot in cable primetime. Here’s are the programs in order: The O’Reilly Factor (3,438,000 total viewers), Hannity (2,579,000), Glenn Beck (2,271,000), Special Report with Bret Baier (2,092,000), On the Record with Greta Van Susteren (1,977,000), The FOX Report with Shepard Smith (1,927,000), The O’Reilly Factor- repeat (1,457,000), America’s Newsroom (1,445,000) and Your World with Neil Cavuto (1,428,000).
Countdown with Keith Olbermann is in tenth place with 1,327,000 total viewers.
CNN, surpassed by MSNBC for the first time in weekday primetime ratings last month, plans to increase its workforce this year and invest in its Web site. CNN is hiring about 30 workers for its newswire service this year and plans to recruit more for international news.
UrbanDaddy is looking for an editor for a new email magazine.
Preservation Magazine is looking for a business manager.
Thompson Publishing Group is looking for a director of marketing.