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Posts Tagged ‘Wayne Friedman’

TV Guide Network Underperforms, No One Surprised


MediaPost’s Wayne Friedman suggests the TV Guide Network needs a bigger picture. Macrovision is buying the Gemstar assets, including TV Guide magazine, website and the cable network. The TV channel underperforms:

TV Guide Network is in some 81 million homes. But like some other networks of its type and size–Hallmark Channel, for instance–it grabs on average just 3 cents a subscriber per month from cable operators. Last year TV Guide Network pulled in a modest $130 million in national advertising revenue.

Friedman doesn’t mention that the programming sucks (Lisa Lips Rinna and stale VH1 reality shows don’t cut it). Sorry for the inelegant phrasing. The magazine and website are doing well, with lively writing and personalities, but pulling the plug on the mortibund cable channel would be the best plan.

Bill Hamilton comments that Hallmark Channel provides a quality product, which leads to commercial success. What a novel strategy! But that requires hiring executives and producers with a functioning brain stem, and you know how troubling that can be.

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Truth In Advertising: One Reporter Tries to Figure Out How Much Super Bowl Ads Really Cost

We hear there’s going to be some kind of a football game or something next month — which can only mean one thing: We need to ready our TiVo to catch all the commercials.

We love Super Bowl commercials. They’re typically the wittiest, edgiest and — so the legend goes — most expensive ones on TV. But when longtime advertising reporter Wayne Friedman checked it out, the numbers didn’t add up.

The NYT reported that advertisers spent a record $2.6 million for each 30-second ad, but what is more likely, Friedman found, is that advertisers paid that much (or far less) for ad packages that include Super Bowl spots.