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Posts Tagged ‘Felix Gillette’

Newsweek Relaunch is Also Sweet Music for Slovakia’s Piano Media

PianoMediaLogoIn the summer of 2011, Bloomberg Businessweek‘s Felix Gillette wrote about a bold new digital experiment in Slovakia. For just over four dollars a month, consumers were being encouraged to subscribe to a national Internet paywall grouping together the publications of nine different media organizations.

The company behind that technology was Piano Media and today, Gillette notes that they’ve come a long way. The $149.99-$39.99 price-points relaunch of Newsweek marks the Slovakian company’s first foray into the U.S. market and in fact their first digital client of any kind outside Europe:

The timing of Piano Media’s stateside arrival makes a certain kind of sense. As we noted last year, 2014 is shaping up to be the Year of the Paywall for a range of U.S. news publishers hoping to replace rapidly declining ad dollars with a bump in digital subscription revenue. It was only a matter of time before Piano Media’s experimental approach to paywalls, tested in the relatively calm waters of the Slovakian news media, would entice a U.S. publisher looking for a novel way to survive the roiling hell-broth that is the modern magazine market.

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Cumulus Positioning NASH FM as National Country Radio-Lifestyle Flagship

NASHFMLogoIf there were a couple of country and western songs in the rotation about battling 2013-14 winter blizzards and the #polarvortex, chances are the following numbers would be even more impressive. But as it stands, Bloomberg Businessweek staff writer Felix Gillette frames the radio stats as solid:

In December 2013, according to Nielsen (NLSN), 94.7 Nash FM reached 988,000 cumulative listeners, making it the 19th most popular station in the New York region. That’s still well behind such New York mainstays as No. 1 ranked 106.7 Lite FM, (5.3 million listeners), No. 7 ranked Hot 97.1 FM (2.5 million), and 15th-ranked WFAN-FM sports radio (1.7 million).

According to Gillette’s piece, the performance of NASH FM is on track to exceed Cumulus’ initial break-even expectations and become profitable sometime later this year. The 94.7 FM station is also the flagship for a growing national network of re-branded Cumulus stations in Detroit, New Orleans and elsewhere. Recently, the company sponsored a “Nash Holiday Bash” at the Beacon Theatre and has an ongoing lineup of local concert events.

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Bloomberg Businessweek on the Franchising of Politico

CapitalProLogoFor major U.S. media markets such as Chicago and Los Angeles, there’s a lot riding on the Allbritton Communications purchase and re-branding of Capital New York. Per a feature article by Bloomberg Businessweek staff writer Felix Gillette, success here could pave the way for circa-2015 sites like Capital Chicago and Capital Los Angeles:

If the experiment succeeds, the Politico colonization will spread to other cities. “Essentially, this is the first experiment of taking Politico and exporting it somewhere else,” says [Politico/Capital New York CEO Jim] VandeHei.

Gillette shares some interesting numbers. Politico’s monthly Web traffic is, as one would expect, currently much more substantial than Capital New York’s (five million to 184,000). The more capitally important stats are those of Politico Pro, the subscriber service launched two years ago by Allbritton in D.C.

That’s where Capital New York is headed after the site’s Pro services free-trial period ends January 31. According to Gillette, around 80 full-time staffers deliver Politico Pro content and event streams to a base of 1,300 subscribing D.C. companies.

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2012 Mirror Awards Finalists Announced

The S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications has unveiled the 2102 Mirror Awards finalists. Winners will be announced June 13, at an event hosted by Anderson Cooper.

Below is the complete list of finalists.

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Morning Media Menu With NYO‘s Felix Gillette

mornmm.gifToday on the menu we are joined by New York Observer media reporter Felix Gillette.

Gillette had this to say about Obama’s lack of love for newspapers at last night’s presser: “Will that create some anxiety, further anxiety, for big newspaper reporters about their status in the world? Yes.” However, “a lot of times some of the coverage of who gets question at these press conferences is a little bit self-serious.”

Also up for discussion the Observer‘s recent Website redesign, the disappearance of the Media Mob blog and Gillette’s take on Ed Schultz and his future at MSNBC. You can listen to all the past podcasts at BlogTalkRadio.com/mediabistro and call in at 646-929-0321.

Inaug Eve Party-Hopping: MoDo’s ‘Timeless’ Quality, Traveling With the Jonas Bros.

100_3637.JPGOur two favorite stories to come out of last night’s party-going both involve New York Observer reporters. The first from Gwen Iffill‘s book party hosted by Atlantic publisher David Bradley at his home on Embassy Row. Rumor has it when a certain NYO media reporter asked guest Maureen Dowd (looking svelte in black lace) whether or not she had a minute for the paper she answered “No.” Did she have 50 seconds? Still no. Forty-five? Nope. And so on. In a last ditch effort said reporter wanted to know whether MoDo had time for one question. Not so much.

Meanwhile, NYO‘s Felix Gillette, who was declined an invite for the HuffPo wrist-banded cluster scene last night at the Newseum, managed to sweep in as part of the Jonas Brothers entourage. For her part (also uninvited) Julia Allison told she’d managed slip through the security by storming the red carpet.

What Surprised Michael Wolff Most About Rupert Murdoch May Also Surprise You!

100_3532.jpgThe party for Michael Wolff‘s much ballyhooed official Rupert Murdoch biography The Man Who Owns the News was held last night at the stunning penthouse of Milk Studios on the West Side and, not surprisingly, attracted a whole slew of media big wigs (every style of horn-rimmed glasses appeared to be present — said one party-goer on knowing the room was packed with famous names but not recognizing the faces: “I wish there was an iPhone app for that.”). Sadly Rupe himself was noticeably absent. Turns out the last-minute party date switcheroo from Monday night to Tuesday was just…a mistake, and not actually a scheduling conflict with Wendi Murdoch’s 40th birthday party.

100_3535.jpgWe eventually caught up with Wolff — the man knows how to work a room! — and asked him what, in the course of writing the book, had most surprised him about Rupert Murdoch?

That he takes an enema before a long-haul flight.

There you have it! To file in your TMI folder. We also managed to chat with Christie Hefner for a few minutes (full disclosure: we have written for Playboy) about her decision to step down as CEO from Playboy Enterprises.(Above: Michael Wolff; Right: Dan Abrams and David Zinczenko)

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O’Reilly Thinks Nick Denton Should Go to Jail, and Other Stories of New York Media Doing the MSM’s Job For Them

No one is safe! Threat Level, the new go-to for all hacker stories, is reporting that a hacker has claimed to have infiltrated Bill O’Reilly‘s website and “purloined a list of subscribers to the site, which includes their names, e-mail addresses, city and state, and the password they use for their registration to the site.” This is apparently in retaliation for O’Reilly’s comments about the “despicable, slimy, scummy” website that posted (or, say, “repackaged“) the Sarah Palin emails — we are assuming he is referring to Gawker. During the same segment O’Reilly asks Townhall’s Amanda Carpenter why the Feds can’t just go to the guy’s house who runs it (or say to his big roof party the other night) and “put him in cuffs and take him down and book him?” Because if the government can’t protect the world, or a governor using a private email address to conduct government business, from Nick Denton‘s Gawker we ought to just “pack it up.” Of course right this second the Feds may be too interested reliving the Great Depression to fast forward into a 2.0 version of McCarthy, but stay tuned!

Denton isn’t the only New York media type making the rounds of the worst person in the cable news world.

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