Archives: January 2010
CNN Radio|Government Subsidy Study|NBC-Comcast Start FCC Review Process|NYT Gets New Commenting System|More iPad
New York Times: A new study looks closely at government subsidies for journalism, why they are necessary, and why they are dropping.
AdAge: Some hard questions for print publishers to ask about the iPad.
The Associated Press announced today that Tom Brettington, chief revenue officer, will be retiring on March 1 after two years in the position. Senior vice president Jane Seagrave will be taking his position after the mid-year departure, though Brettington will still assist the company in digital marketing, the company said.
Seagrave began at the AP 31 years ago as a journalist, but left the company for a role as vice president at Lawyers Weekly Publications, rejoining the news wire in 2003. She also has unique qualifications for her new position: Seagrave ran the AP’s digital licensing operation for commercial image use and directed teams on those contracts the company has been negotiating with online aggregators.
Press release after the jump.
Previously: Google Pulls AP Stories From News Page
Leno told Oprah that NBC‘s decision to pull him from late night TV five years ago “broke his heart,” but he blamed ratings for the network’s ultimate decision to boot O’Brien in favor of him. But despite feeling “disrespected,” Leno said he chose to stay with the network as they moved him to 10 p.m. because “going to another network is a lot of work.”
“I’ve been at this network since 1984,” he added. “I’m comfortable here. I’m not someone who jumps around.”
Blaming ratings for the cancellation of his show and NBC’s desire to replace O’Brien, Leno told Oprah he wasn’t being selfish:
“It all comes down to numbers in show business…This is almost the perfect storm of bad things happening. You have two hit shows, Tonight Show, number one, Conan, number one. You move them both to another situation and what are the odds that both would do extremely poorly? If Conan’s numbers had been a little bit higher, it wouldn’t be an issue. But in show business, there’s always someone waiting in the wings.”
Still, Leno said he thought NBC could have handled the entire thing better, using what we think is a pretty macabre joke (although Oprah laughed):
“Anything they did would have been better than this. If they had come in and shot everybody, it would have been,’Oh people have been murdered,’ but at least it would have been a two-day story. NBC could not have handled it worse, from 2004 onward, this thing was a huge mess.”
Last week The New York Times announced that they would be introducing a metered pay wall to NYTimes.com by 2011, allowing readers to view a certain number of articles on the Web site before they were prompted to pay. Since the issue of paying for online content has been at the forefront of discussions about media lately, we asked our readers: Would you be willing to pay the price to access NYT articles?
Your response? The majority votes nay.
Before Apple’s big tablet computer unveiling yesterday, all people in the magazine industry seemed to be talking about was “the tablet” and all the promises its full color touchscreen held for in store for declining newsstand sales and waning advertiser interest.
But, we were surprised to see that not one magazine was included in Steve Jobs‘ presentation yesterday. While publishers like Time Inc. and Bonnier had developed tablet concepts for what they thought Apple’s product was going to look like, it seems like no one was willing (or asked?) to make an iPad-ready app in three weeks like The New York Times did.
So today, we wonder, will there be magazine apps ready when iPad is ready for purchase later this year? What issues will publishers be facing as they rush to put out something in the coming months?
Yesterday we reported that a Delaware court had ruled that Tribune Co. would be allowed to dole out $45 million in executive bonuses during a year when the company was mired in bankruptcy.
Obviously this has ruffled the feathers of not only Tribune employees, many of whom took the brunt of the revenue shortage, but of the Newspaper Guild-Communications Workers of America, which represents the company’s staffers. The union put out a statement about the court’s decision yesterday, saying they were “disappointed.”
“Although Tribune says its executives wouldn’t be motivated to work hard without bonuses, we think more highly of our bosses,” the guild said.
After the jump, the guild’s full statement.
With ad sales at a premium, it’s more important than ever for publications to have a stellar sales team in place.
That’s why it comes as no surprise that The Week, the opinion and commentary magazine, has brought Timothy Koorbusch to lead its national sales team. Koorbusch, who formerly worked as New York sales director for the Sports Illustrated Golf Group at Time Inc., has joined The Week as national sales director, where he’ll lead the magazine’s print and digital advertising teams.
Full release after the jump
We wonder how the Bancroft family would be feeling about this (if they weren’t too busy enjoying their $60 per share right now): News Corp.‘s Wall Street Journal has launched a travel service called WSJtravel, which will offer over 50 “premiere” travel packages to such exotic locations as Vietnam (for a study in local food), Tuscany (to stay in 1,0000-year-old castle and take seminars on books), and Napa Valley (to get wasted with class).
While we’ve been talking about Condé Nast possibly lending out its name for product licensing, it almost seems ingenious for The Wall Street Journal to pair with a travel agency and do it first. We’re happy to see media companies trying out new sources of revenue. And if it works, so much the better.
Full press release after the jump.
Last week, we were so excited about Marie Claire‘s new publisher, Nancy Berger Cardone, we completely missed this interview on mediabistro.com with the women’s magazine’s fashion director, Nina Garcia.
Garcia talked to FishbowlNY contributor and Lunch columnist Diane Clehane about juggling Project Runway and her fashion director responsibilities, leaving Elle for Marie Claire back in 2008, and advice for aspiring magazine fashionistas.
Our favorite quotes, after the jump