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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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BuzzFeed Fires Staffer for 40 Instances of Plagiarism (FishbowlNY)
It looks like the magic number was 40. BuzzFeed has decided to fire its viral politics editor, Benny Johnson, after finding that many instances of plagiarism in his work. FishbowlDC A note to editorial staff sent Friday evening from BuzzFeed editor-in-chief Ben Smith announced that the website has parted ways with Johnson after identifying “40 instances of sentences or phrases copied, word for word, from other sites, many of them inappropriate sources in the first place.” Capital New York Earlier last week, a pair of Twitter users called into question several of Johnson’s posts that had taken phrases and sentences from sources including About.com and National Review. Smith said Friday that editors were reviewing Johnson’s work. Poynter / MediaWire In his note to readers, Smith wrote that the plagiarism constituted “an act of disrespect to readers” and that Johnson’s editors were “deeply embarrassed and sorry” for misleading BuzzFeed’s audience. HuffPost Smith said BuzzFeed would correct every post where plagiarism was found and add editor’s notes to them. Johnson was previously with Glenn Beck’s The Blaze and has also written for Breitbart News.

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Stephen A. Smith Headed to Sirius [Updated]

StephenARuoccoLogoWe agree with New York Daily News sports media columnist Bob Raissman. The idea of Stephen A. Smith moving from New York’s ESPN Radio to Sirius XM is ripe with possibilities:

Smith will soon leave ESPN 98.7 FM and take his verbal stylings to SXM’s Mad Dog Radio, where he will host his own show, according to satellite radio sources. Smith currently co-hosts a 1 p.m.-3 p.m. program with Ryan Ruocco on 98.7…

The idea of Smith working freestyle in the uncensored world of satellite radio is fascinating. SAS has gone right up to the line, and sometimes crossed it, as he did on Friday on ESPN’s First Take when he went on a rant concerning Ray Rice’s two-game suspension and implied some women should be blamed for domestic violence.

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Friday Nights, Skip Bayless is All About Jeopardy!

We thoroughly enjoyed the profile of ESPN2 First Take co-host Skip Bayless in the Washington Post by Rick Maese.

Some people who have known Bayless personally for decades don’t recognize the guy on the air, at all. But the 62-year-old Bayless insists it’s not an act. There’s also a funny little tidbit about Bayless’ Friday-night routine with girlfriend Ernestine Sclafani:

She lives in Manhattan, and he’s mostly in Connecticut. They reunite on weekends, and on Fridays, they’ll watch a week’s worth of Jeopardy! episodes — “He competes with me,” Sclafani says — before catching a movie.

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Ryan Ruocco Expands YES Network Duties, Named Host of This Week in Football

Ryan Ruocco has not quit his day job as midday co-host on ESPN 98.7 with Stephen A. Smith. Instead, Ruocco, is adding more visibility at night on the YES Network.

Ruocco has been named host of the cable network’s This Week in Football, the in-season studio show that focuses on the Giants and Jets matchups. Ruocco works alongside veteran analysts Howard Cross, Ross Tucker and Gary Myers.  Ruocco will remain part of the inaugural Brooklyn Nets broadcast team.

“Ryan has displayed a maturity, confidence and a grasp for his assignments that belies his age,” said John J. Filippelli, president of production and programming, YES Network.  “His play-by-play work for us has been very impressive, and we look forward to his enriching This Week in Football, already among the best NFL studio programs on television, with his contributions.”

Ruocco’s start at YES dates back to 2007 as a statistician for the network’s New York Yankees telecasts.  His responsibilities soon grew to include play-by-play work on Nets and Fordham Rams basketball telecasts. Prior to joining the YES Network, Ruocco handled basketball and football play-by-play at WFUV, Fordham’s radio station, while an undergraduate there.  In addition, he hosted WFUV’s One on One, New York’s longest-running sports call-in show.

Mike Francesa Named Most Influential Sports Talker

For several years, Talkers magazine has compiled the “Heavy Hundred” talk radio hosts. With sports such a huge radio genre, the magazine is unveiling its first list of 100 Most Important Sports Talk Hosts in America.

Numerous New York personalities dot the survey. But you can start right at the top, as Mike Francesa (left) is selected as the best. The WFAN afternoon host has been in the driver’s seat alone since 2008 when Chris Russo (a.k.a. Mad Dog) bolted for SiriusXM.

Russo failed to get the same support from Talkers, landing at number 39. He was surpassed by WFAN’s morning team Boomer Esiason and Craig Carton, in the high rent district of number 4.

Other WFAN hosts on the inaugural list include: Joe Benigno and Evan Roberts at 42, and original host Steve Somers at 56.

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ESPN 98.7 Finds Positives in First Ratings Since Move to FM

The first Arbitron PPM ratings since the changes for WBLS and WEPN are out.

Inner City’s WBLS powered up the survey to number four. The Urban station leaped 2.2. It was the first full month since 98.7 was purchased by ESPN. Picking up the KISS/WRKS slack, ‘BLS added several personalities from 98.7.

As for ESPN, on the surface, it could be deemed a disappointment for the sports station still simulcasting on 1050 AM. The 98.7 frequency with KISS ended with an overall 4.0, while WEPN only managed a 1.8. WFAN increased slightly to a 3.2.

The cume (listenership) dropped from just shy of 2 million in April as an R&B station, to 1.4 million as ESPN Radio’s flagship.

“That’s because they [KISS] probably … [had] a lot of women listeners, which is typical of an Urban format,” Dave Roberts, ESPN New York GM, tells FishbowlNY.

That cume, though, has nearly doubled from a year ago among the people 12+ category.

“That’s a nice foundation [on which] to build new, loyal listeners,” Roberts says.

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ESPN Radio Switching to 98.7 FM Sunday

In a complicated radio maneuver, ESPN Radio announced today that it will be moving to the FM frequency at 98.7 in New York, the longtime home of KISS FM. The switch to the FM dial begins at 12:01 a.m. Sunday. ESPN’s lackluster 1050 AM signal, which had equally lackluster ratings since competing against all-sports station WFAN in 2003, will simulcast ESPN Radio programming until September. Then, to coincide with Hispanic Heritage Month, ESPN will debut a 24-hour Spanish sports talk station.

“The bottom line is we’re extremely delighted that the company is providing this resource,” David Roberts, ESPN New York general manager, says. ”…We have to make sure that we produce the kind of content and programming that will not only get sampling, but to get people to come back more often.”

Part of the programming will have new times for Stephen A. Smith and Ryan Ruocco, together from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., as the lead-in to The Michael Kay Show.  The station also announced Patrick McEnroe will do a Saturday show from 10 a.m. to noon, beginning May 5.

As the rumors about ESPN’s move became more widespread this week, so did the speculation about bringing the Yankees on board in 2013. Traug Keller, senior vice president, production, business divisions, tells FishbowlNY in today’s conference call that no deal is in place.

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Rob Lowe: Sports Reporter

Actor Rob Lowe is getting absolutely hammered around the web for his attempt at sports reporting yesterday. Manning’s father and agent denied Lowe’s reporting to USA Today. Lowe is apparently friendly with Colts owner Jim Irsay–who is the presumed source of the tweet heard round the sports world.

Not sure how Lowe’s tweet is different from the thousands of reports we heard in the run-up to Lebron James‘ “decision,” that had him going everywhere from the Chicago Bulls to the Death Star to play alongside Emperor Palpapatine. Remember though, everyone made fun of Stephen A. Smith for reporting out-of-the-blue that Lebron was going to Miami. And we know how that turned out.

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Quite Honestly | Untrue Truth | More Kim

  • SportsNewser: Stephen A. Smith discusses what it takes to be successful, and the lure of radio. We promise he doesn’t yell once. We promise!
  • SocialTimes: Steve Jobs says that Apple isn’t tracking anyone, which is sort of true. This is why Jobs makes a ton of money and we do not.
  • FishbowlDC: Here’s a case of two reporters actually trying to get Kim Kardashian more press.

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