Archives: November 2008
We hearing that NBC Sports cut a number of staffers who worked on the Notre Dame halftime show at 30 Rock after the broadcast this past Saturday, the last of the year. NBC Sports televises at least six Notre Dame home games per year. We haven’t been able to confirm the number of staffers let go, but it’s likely not more than a handful.
The cuts come at a time when NBC Universal is trying to reduce its budget by $500 million next year.
In June, NBC and ND reached an agreement to extend the broadcasts through the 2015 season.
We contacted NBC Sports PR for confirmation but have yet to hear anything back. We’ll update when we do. If you have any additional information, email us.
Newspaper industry veteran Henry “Buzz” Wurzer posted a scathing 16-point checklist outlining his take on how newspaper publishers should solve the current news crisis. His first order of business? “I would fire myself as publisher.” Wurzer, whose 40-plus years in newspapers span from the Tribune Co. to Hearst and include digitally-focused roles, tells publishers he would “aggressively and continuously promote my brand” and “unify all my existing and future channels of news, information and advertising in both digital and print formats.”
There you go people — brand management and unification.
The full 16-point memo, after the jump…
The international box office is truly suffering with receipts way down from years past in this global downturn, Variety reports.
Except for Bond, James Bond.
We’ve been hearing about the Time Europe layoffs for a couple of weeks now — they are part of the larger bloodbath going on at Time Inc. that’s being overseen by MPA lifetime achievement recipient Ann Moore. Today Keith Kelly is reporting that they were part of a larger (previously rumored) plan to consolidate the international editions of Time so that they will be primarily edited out of New York.
When it’s over, the various overseas editions of Time will be edited largely out of New York, and to a lesser extent, out of Hong Kong, insiders said. The move effectively ends a decades-old tradition of major editing taking place in London. The South Pacific edition that’s edited out of Sydney, Australia, will cease at year-end, and will get the same editorial content as the Asian edition. The edition that goes to Europe, the Middle East and Africa — called Time Atlo — will begin looking a lot more like the Time Asia edition, sources said… Tsunami survivor Michael Elliott, already editor of Time International, will continue to oversee the international editions from New York
Craig Newmark, founder of Craigslist got interviewed about the future of journalism in the LA Times. Let’s not forget that newspapers are struggling in part because of the ad revenue lost to Craigslist. Not that we don’t love the list…because we do.
Here’s part of the interview after Huffington Post is mentioned:
Jon Healey: That’s a great business model too — you don’t pay your writers.
Newmark: There is that, and I am one of them. But we’ll see, then, looser, weaker networks of talented writers who maybe wind up being some of your natural allies who may feed into your organization or similar. But networking is going to be probably the biggest critical success factor, as we used to say at IBM, and right not it’s the size of your network that may determine success in large part. And you will be, you know, involving amateur writers, since some of them will provide some really useful stuff to you and help out.
I would like to see networks of fact-checkers, but I don’t know if that’s exciting or sexy enough for people to do. In my fantasy life, we would see fact-checking becoming a new, distinct, big profession, but that’s probably just my fantasy life since I can’t see people paying people to do full-time fact-checking, at least in substantial numbers.
Healey: We have at least two full-time blogs in L.A. devoted to fact-checking the L.A. Times on a daily basis.
Back when the New York Times launched their social networking site TimesPeople we agreed to give it a whirl but expressed hesitation over adding another social networking start up to our list — why bother when Facebook was such familiar, user-friendly, one-stop-shop? Well looks like the Times may agree with us — at least about the friendliness part. Turns out earlier this month in the heady days following the election before we all returned to the reality of the Depression 2.0 the Times took out an exclusive ad on the front page of Facebook, which included a brief video of Barack Obama and an invitation to submit comments. The ad was apparently seen by 68.3 million people, and received 34,000 comments. Voila! According to an internal memo the Times quadrupled the numbers on their Facebook fan page.
Last night it was teenager Meghan Lambe‘s turn:
The third of seven public wish celebrations during the 4th annual A Season Of Wishes holiday campaign will be held at Westfield Santa Anita with wish child 17-year-old Meghan Lambe from Palmdale, CA, whose wish is to go on a shopping spree. Meghan’s wish will include a limousine ride to Westfield Santa Anita with a red carpet arrival, a makeover and a $500 for a shopping spree throughout the mall with her own personal shopper.
Watch the KTTV video here.
We like sometimes LAT scribe Regina Schrambling‘s piece in Slate today about how food writers secretly hate Thanksgiving. Why? Because we have food on the brain today – so we must give thanks to those that have food on the brain everyday:
We whip ourselves into a lather trying to make Thanksgiving trendy, but no one really wants to mess with the hoariest menu. In a country that worships sickening candied yams under marshmallows, I know that almost no one will try something like sweet potatoes Anna-a gratin of thin slices layered with thyme, Aleppo pepper, and lots of butter. I can angst over a new recipe for shredded Brussels sprouts with fancy-pants pistachio oil and know for certain that most tables will be disgraced by green bean casserole with onions from a can.