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Morning Media Newsfeed: NYT Profit Plummets | Twitter Beats Street, Stock Soars

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NYT Profits Plummet 21 Percent (FishbowlNY)
As usual, the New York Times’ earnings report features both good and bad news. While the Times’ digital subscriptions continued to grow, the lack of print ad dollars weighed the paper down. HuffPost / AP The New York Times Co. on Tuesday reported earnings that declined by 54 percent in its second quarter, and missed analysts’ expectations. The New York-based company said net income declined to $9.2 million, or 6 cents per share, from $20.1 million, or 13 cents per share, in the same quarter a year earlier. Financial Times Adjusted operating profit, which strips out some one-time items including retirement costs and depreciation, fell 21 percent to $55.7 million. A fall in advertising sales and stepped-up investment in digital products sapped second-quarter profit at the Times as the publisher forecast flat circulation revenue and further declines in advertising in the coming months. Poynter / MediaWire The Times added 32,000 digital subscribers in the second quarter of 2014. The number was driven by its new products — the NYT Now and NYT Opinion apps and the new Times Premier subscription tier. Paid digital-only subscribers now total 831,000, the company said. Revenue from those subscriptions jumped 13.5 percent, to $41.7 million, from the same period a year ago. Total circulation revenue increased 1.4 percent. Mashable During the quarter, the company’s flagship newspaper fired top editor Jill Abramson and replaced her with former managing editor Dean Baquet. A Times spokesperson said at the time that Arthur Sulzberger Jr., publisher of the Times and chairman of The New York Times Company, was spurred by a desire to change how the newsroom was managed.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: World Cup Sets Ratings Records | Plotz Resigns From Slate

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World Cup Shatters Facebook Engagement Records (LostRemote)
The World Cup set single-event Facebook engagement records within the tournament’s first week. Now, with the tournament over, it is official: the 2014 World Cup is the most talked-about event in Facebook history. From June 12-July 13, 350 million people generated 3 billion World Cup-related interactions. AllFacebook These numbers make the 2014 World Cup the most-talked-about sporting event in the social network’s history. The tournament’s final match, which resulted in 280 million interactions from 88 million users, was the top sporting event in Facebook’s history. Capital New York All told, 26.5 million people watched the match Sunday via either ABC or Univision, making it the most-watched men’s World Cup final ever. ABC drew an average of 17.3 million viewers according to Nielsen Fast National ratings, the best numbers ever for a World Cup final, and the third best for any World Cup game. The two games that beat it were U.S.-Portugal from earlier in this year’s tournament (18.2 million viewers), and the 1999 Women’s final between the U.S. and China (17.9 million viewers). Deadline Hollywood Both ABC/ESPN and Univision had their best World Cup ever this year, with ESPN/ABC up 39 percent in viewership over the 2010 World Cup and up 96 percent over the 2006 World Cup. Over the 64 games of this year’s tournament, Univision was up 34 percent from its total audience from 2010. Variety The combined 26.5 million for Germany’s 1-0 victory is a larger audience than the deciding game for the most recent World Series on Fox (19.2 million) and NBA Finals on ABC (18.0 million), and also tops the BCS Championship game in college football on ESPN in January (25.6 million).

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Spike Lee Gets Sirius

A month after the launch of Sirius XM’s NBA Radio, the audio vertical has its first official rabble rouser – Spike Lee.

SiriusNBARadioLogoPer a tipped release to the AP, the filmmaker will debut bi-weekly show  Spike Lee’s Best Seat in the House January 30 at 7 p.m. Subscribers can catch it via Channel 217:

“While he’s well known for his courtside allegiance to the Knicks, he knows the league and its history inside and out and can bring together the worlds of basketball and entertainment like no one else can,” SiriusXM president and chief content officer Scott Greenstein said in a statement.

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Steven Hirsch Moderates X-Rated CEO Discussion

To all those who got a Sirius XM receiver and subscription from Santa this year, welcome to the freewheeling club. We are big fans of the satellite broadcaster’s breathtaking range of musical and talk programming, listened to both at the office and while on the road.

VividLogoPremiering on the service tonight at 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT on Vivid Radio (Channel 102) is yet another intriguing bit of Sirius content. It’s the debut episode of monthly series CEO Roundtable, moderated by Vivid Entertainment founder and co-CEO Steven Hirsch. Tonight’s episode features Evil Angel Productions owner John Stagliano, Penthouse Entertainment managing director Kelly Holland, Free Speech Coalition CEO Diane Duke and free speech attorney Paul Cambria. From the announcement:

“It’s great to have a regular, unfiltered national media platform that will enable the industry to speak for itself, talk about the challenges we face and the strategies we are using to present great entertainment to our fans,” said Hirsch.

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Regis Philbin Set for More Bing Crosby Christmas Radio

RegisPhilbinIt’s been 36 years since Bing Crosby passed away in Madrid, Spain. But his memory shines bright each holiday season, with extra help this Christmas from lifelong fan Regis Philbin.

Philbin credits Crosby as his idol and greatest inspiration growing up, leading to an eventual opportunity to sing for the superstar on The Joey Bishop Show. There’s no better person to be in the middle of Sirius XM’s Bing Crosby Christmas Radio (Channel 111), which will re-up December 20 at 12:00 pm ET and air through noon December 26. From today’s announcement:

The channel will feature vintage Bing Crosby holiday radio programs from 1942-1962 and two new specials: SiriusXM’s Crosby Christmas Town Hall, an intimate Q & A hosted by Philbin with Crosby’s wife Kathryn, son Harry and a select group of listeners, and a music show on which Kathryn will share memories and the stories behind her favorite Bing Christmas songs.

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Eminem Raps About Social Media

Rapper-reporter Sway Calloway has known Eminem since the 1990s, a fact that helped lend an extra layer of comfort to the pair’s Sirius XM Town Hall chat. The conversation premiered Tuesday on the Shade 45 channel and will repeat through the week and into the weekend.

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At one point, Calloway asked Eminem how – just like the rest of us – he deals with Twitter heckling. The rapper’s answer:

“I really try not to pay attention. Put it this way, I want to keep my finger on the pulse of what’s going on, so I don’t want to be ignorant in that sense. But at the same time, I can’t pay attention to what everyone is saying.”

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SIRIUS XM CEO Heralds ‘Exciting New Milestone’

The satellite radio service is all over the news wire this morning with coverage from David Lieberman (Deadline), Georg Szalai (The Hollywood Reporter), James Rogers (TheStreet.com) and others. The reason: a press release announcement by CEO Jim Meyer that SIRIUS has crossed the magical mark of 25 million subscribers.

What’s most interesting about all this, besides the morning stock bump if you’re a SIRIUS XM stakeholder, is the main source of the larger-than-expected Q2 2013 subscriber increase. From Lieberman’s report:

Most of SiriusXM’s new customers are auto buyers, and the company attributes much of its recent growth to the continued strength in that market. Sales in June were up 11.2% vs the same month last year, to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 15.98M, Automotive News reported.

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Tina Fey, Husband Set for Weekend Town Hall

As EW managing editor Jess Cagle recently explained to us, the magazine’s brand new 24/7 SIRIUS channel kicked off with a Hugh Jackman town hall discussion, moderated by Cagle. This weekend, the town hall fun continues.

This time, the discussion is with Tina Fey and husband Jeff Richmond. It was taped June 27 at the satellite broadcaster’s Avenue of the Americas studios and is hosted by SIRIUS XM’s Seth Rudetsky. The program will premiere on the Stars Channel (#106) at 9 a.m. ET Saturday July 6 and then repeat at various times on both that channel and EW‘s.

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(VIDEO) Howard Stern Marks 30th Anniversary of New York Debut at WNBC

Howard Stern was a personality that radio would not soon forget. But in 1982, listeners in the New York City area could only imagine what the hype was about.

And then August 30 happened.

Thirty years ago, Stern arrived in New York at WNBC Radio (clip below), complete with sidekick Robin Quivers, who first worked with Stern in Washington a year earlier. Of course, with his roots in rough and tumble Roosevelt, Long Island, this was Howard’s homecoming.

As characterized in his book and film, Private Parts, Stern dealt with internal clashes from day one at WNBC. Specifically, his verbal barrages with program director Kevin Metheny, not-so-affectionately called “Pig Vomit” in the film (“Pig Virus” in real life). Stern slightly altered the immortalized version of Metheny, changing his name to “Kenny Rushton,” played exquisitely by Paul Giamatti.

“The book and the script are fascinating, engaging, and entertaining,” Metheny tells FishbowlNY. “I think [there's] a fair and appropriate amount of artists’ liberties taken with factual elasticity in order to make a more interesting project.”

In one memorable scene, Giamatti’s Rushton attempts to teach Stern the key to success, announcing the call letters properly (W-N-N-N-N-B-C). (See clip after the jump)

“I’m certain that I was a pain in the tush with respect to putting the emphasis on the “N” in WNBC,” Metheny says.

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Thom Morrera, Former WNEW-FM Jock, Passes Away

For a stretch from the late 1970s into the early 1980s, Thom Morrera was the overnight air personality at WNEW-FM. It was the height of WNEW’s and Morrera’s popularity.

Multiple sources confirm to FishbowlNY that Morrera died over the weekend. We’re told that Morrera died of complications from a massive heart attack last month.

Paul Cavalconte remembers his longtime friend and colleague, having worked with Morrera at three radio outfits, including Sirius.

“His many friends in the music and radio biz will miss him because he was so good at keeping up with people and being social and a gracious host,” Cavalconte tells FishbowlNY. “And also a committed mentor to many people. He earned the name ‘Father Thom’ as well.”

While playing the now-deemed “Classic Rock,” Morrera also spent time in management as the WNEW-FM music director. He returned for a brief weekend stint in the early 1990s.

Morrera’s voice was also familiar to New York Rangers fans as the team’s public address announcer for several years.

Cavalconte added on his Facebook page, “I will miss his candlelit holiday feasts, summer cocktail fetes, phone chats, e mail hits and most of all encouragement to take it all in stride.”

Morrera’s death marks the second passing of a WNEW personality this year. In April, Pete Fornatale died a short time after suffering from a brain hemorrhage.

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