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RumorFix Needs a Press Release Fix

HutchMediaLogoWe’re as happy as the next media blog when a legitimate Web operation like RumorFix kicks off a spring month with exciting, acquisition news. However, the folks that wrote up today’s announcement may want to review the following sentence:

As the fastest growing entertainment website in America, RumorFix is also known for exclusive and verified scoop [sic] about the Real Housewives franchises, The Bachelor and other popular reality shows.

The fastest growing entertainment website in America? Really? Even if RumorFix had done the gargantuan comScore and Quantcast heavy lifting to back up such a claim, we’re guessing TMZ, Hulu and Netflix – among others – might still have something to say about this.

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Thanks to George Stephanopoulos, Museum Enlarges Permanent Collection by 3200%

GeorgeStephanopoulosPicWe’re a little late to this one, but still thought it was worth sharing.

Per The Post-Star reporter Bill Toscano, The Hyde Collection and Historic House in Glen Falls, NY until recently had four photos in its snapshots collection. Moving forward, that total has grown to 132, all thanks to a very generous donation by George Stephanopoulos:

“We have been hopeful of making additions to our photography holdings, but did not imagine that such a significant group of work might come into the collection at one time,” Hyde Collection director Charles Guerin said. “The great breadth of photography history, as well as the variety of national origins represented by this generous gift by Mr. Stephanopoulos, makes this a truly exciting and important moment for the growth of our permanent collection.”

When asked about his gift to The Hyde, Stephanopoulos said in a statement: “Our whole family is thrilled that this collection has found the perfect home. Knowing these images will be seen and valued makes us very happy.”

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PandoDaily Acquires NSFWCORP

NSFWCorpTestimonialsThis morning, PandoDaily’s Sarah Lacy writes that one out of three can sometimes in fact be very good.

In her item about PandoDaily’s agreement to acquire Paul Carr‘s NSFWCORP, she notes that there are still two other ideal partnerships on her radar and that this one is very safe one for NSFW:

We aren’t just getting Paul. I’m equally thrilled to announce that we’re also adding Mark Ames, Brad Jonas, Yasha Levine and David Sirota as full-time staffers. NSFWCORP contributors like John Dolan and Dayvid Figler will be making regular appearances too, and Katherine Dolan will continue to work her copy editing magic behind the scenes.

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From Staff Writer Intern to 300K EIC

CentelMediaLogoThe first paragraph of this week’s announcement about the acquisition of libertymetro.com by Centel Media is notable for two reasons. One, it reveals in the very first paragraph the annual salaries of two folks associated with the forthcoming, revived website. And two, those salaries are insane:

The details are still being finalized, but the website is slated to return early next year. Regina Edmond has been named CEO of Liberty Metro and will have a starting salary of 480K per year, while Matthew Shaffer, editor-in-chief, will be paid 300K. These salaries were not originally part of the deal, but were spearheaded by [Centel Media CEO Jack] Cola in the late stages of the buyout.

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Boston Globe Sale Goes Into Extra Innings

The bottom of the ninth for this particular media deal was last Friday. That’s when the New York Times Company was all set to complete the transfer of the Boston Globe to Red Sox owner John Henry.

NewsTelegramLogoHowever, per a report in the Worcester Telegram & Gazette (one of the other publications attached to the deal), a Superior Court judge on that same day issued a temporary restraining order blocking finalization of the $70 million transaction. It has to do with a class action suit, filed in 2009 against the Telegram & Gazette, by the paper’s carriers. From T&G editor Aaron Nicodemus:

On Monday, the New York Times asked that the judge’s restraining order be lifted, and the sale be allowed to go through. In exchange, the New York Times would set aside a sum of money — to be determined by Judge [Sharon] Frison — that would be designated to pay a future settlement in the case.

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Maker Studios Co-Founder Acquires NewMediaRockstars

Not too long ago, like everyone else in the Web video content media space, newmediarockstars.com was covering the turmoil at Maker Studios and the exit of CEO Danny Zappin. Today, Zappin is on the site again but this time in a completely different context, under the headline “I Guess That Fortune Cookie Was Right”.

Zappin has purchased all assets of NMR from founding investor Ryan Devitis. And he’s got big plans:

NMR original CEO Benny Luo, who had left to work on other startups, returns to the site as president, and will retain an ownership stake in the business. NMR editorial chief Alan Van will continue at NMR in the editor role.

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TripAdvisor Gobbles Up Oyster.com

The TripAdvisor press release is short and not very sweet. Terms are not going to be disclosed; there’s no quote from the oyster.com end.

So we’ll go elsewhere for some real meat. Via Travel Weekly, it didn’t take long after the pick-up of this announcement for a reader to express their concern:

Travelerkate: Do we know if this will change their content? I liked Oyster because it was much more reliable than TripAdvisor.

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Livefyre Snaps Up Storify

Lifefyre, a company with offices in New York and San Francisco, already counts among its clients the New York Times, Conde Nast and the Wall Street Journal. The social media platform’s client base has suddenly become much larger and is set to now grow at an even faster pace.

Per a release tipped by journalism.co.uk’s Sarah Marshall, Livefyre has acquired the popular social media storytelling tool Storify for undisclosed terms:

“Acquiring Storify made perfect sense,” says Jordan Kretchmer, founder and chief of Livefyre. “Livefyre powers social media and user engagement on the largest media properties and brands on the web. Storify also delivers a unique and vital curation tool for journalists and editors at many of those same companies…”

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Cumulus’ Price Tag for WFME: $40 Million

We’re getting more details about Cumulus’ recent acquistion of Newark, New Jersey-based WFME. The broadcasting company is paying Family Stations $40 million, All Access reports.

Cumulus is using Radio License Holding X, LLC for the purchase that includes Country WDVY in Mount Kisco, a simulcast of WDBY/Kicks 105.5.

There’s an added wrinkle that could ultimately bring Cumulus a larger payout. Cumulus will receive an extra $8.5 million if WFME is moved into the five boroughs as a Class A or B1 within five years. It jumps to $10 million if WFME finds a home within the city limits at a classification higher than B1.

The deal also includes a provision for Family Stations to keep the WFME call letters, while Cumulus will retain the WDVY calls.

Cumulus Acquires WFME

Cumulus has added a third station to its New York stable. WFME, the Religion station part of evangelist Harold Camping‘s Family Stations, covers much of the New York area from a West Orange, New Jersey tower.

WFME, a Newark based station, joins WPLJ and WABC under the Cumulus ownership.

All Access reports the deal is for an undisclosed price.

“This strategic acquisition of our second FM in the nation’s largest market will enable us to provide compelling new programming for our listeners and a powerful marketing vehicle for our advertising partners,” said Cumulus CEO Lew Dickey said in a statement.

The acquistion is expected to be completed by the end of the year, with format plans to be released at that time.

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