A release announced, “1105 Government Information Group, a division of 1105 Media Inc., announced that Evilee Ebb is joining the company as Group Publisher for print and online products. Those include Federal Computer Week, Government Computer News, Washington Technology, Government Health IT and Defense System magazines and their respective Web sites.”
The Chicago Tribune reports, “Readers of the Chicago Sun-Times picked up a smaller paper Tuesday, the latest tangible sign of the economic struggles engaging metropolitan newspapers around the country. The tabloid’s physical shrinkage, by about 1 inch to save newsprint costs, is more easily accomplished than the pending staff cuts that will pare editorial positions by 19 percent, the largest local newsroom layoff in recent memory.”
The New York Observer reports, “City Room, the local news blog launched last June by The New York Times as part of a paper-wide effort to offer readers more exclusive content online, will soon get some space in the print edition of the Metro section, according to the blog’s editor, Patrick LaForge.”
Check out Reuters interview with Financial Times Chief Executive John Ridding.
NBC announced, “According to Nielsen Media Research data, ‘Meet
the Press with Tim Russert’ was the top-rated Sunday morning public affairs program, winning the 2007 calendar year in total viewers, homes, and all key demos. This marks the broadcast’s tenth straight year as the top-rated Sunday morning show (1998-2007).”
A NBC release announced, “NBC News will debut today a new ‘NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams’ experience online, available at www.nightly.msnbc.com. The redesigned site, which will be officially unveiled … at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, gives the growing ‘Nightly News’ online audience an immersive and visually compelling TV-like viewing experience, as well as an enhanced extension of the ‘Nightly News’ brand online.”
Bloomberg reports, “Comcast Corp., the largest U.S. cable provider, said it will work with the Federal Communications Commission to address concerns that it blocks customers from using file-sharing services.”
Have Clinton and Obama lifted their Fox boycott? B&C’s John Eggerton explores.
Check out “A Conversation with Kelly DiNardo.” She is the featured author of the week on WETA.
The Hollywood Reporter reports, “Up to 1,000 employees on the Warner Bros. lot theoretically could be laid off anytime after Friday under federally mandated notices the studio recently distributed. The notices, or so-called WARN mailings, represent the first concrete sign that the WGA strike could trigger massive layoffs in Hollywood.”
ABC announced, “Record TV viewership of ABC News’ back-to-back presidential debates on Saturday, Jan. 5, extended to the Internet with a weekend of unprecedented traffic on ABCNEWS.com. The site then experienced a huge surge in traffic and video views on Tuesday with coverage of the New Hampshire primary. ABCNEWS.com received more than 1.2 million video views — mostly for political news. Fueled by coverage of the N.H. primary, the politics section of the site saw nearly 1 million video views — one of the top 10 highest traffic days on record for ABCNEWS.com.”
CNet News.com reports, “CBS Interactive announced Tuesday that its CBSNews.com property has teamed up with social news site Digg for online coverage of the 2008 election. Through this partnership, the recognizable “Digg buttons” will be featured on CBSNews.com articles and videos that pertain to the election. In return, Digg’s election-related headlines will be displayed throughout CBSNews.com.”
Brand Republic reports, “The Financial Times is to relaunch its website in the summer, adding more blogs and international video content to the site. FT’s chief executive John Ridding said the relaunch was being planned for the middle of the year as one of several projects in the works.”
The Boston Herald reports, “The 24-hour news cycle that has made presidential races an unavoidable spectacle has extended far beyond the mainstream media as hundreds of bloggers, YouTubers and ‘citizen journalists’ have descended on the Granite State. Former CBS anchor Dan Rather, covering the primary for the high-definition cable channel HDNet, said the new media is a plus overall, but there are some negatives.”
Folio reports, “Magazines announcing digital initiativesâ€”video, content sharing partnerships, integrated marketing, social networking and anything other buzzy product related to Web 2.0â€”increased by more than 33 percent in 2007, according to year-end data by the Magazine Publishers of America”
The New York Post reports, “Rock star Bono is looking to buy into the Robb Report, the bible of conspicuous consumption. The U2 front man, through his investment firm Elevation Partners, is in talks to buy into CurtCo Media, which owns the Robb Report, Worth and several other magazines.”
Reuters reports, “McGraw-Hill Cos, which publishes educational books and magazines and owns the Standard & Poor’s credit rating agency, on Tuesday said it is eliminating 611 jobs, or 3 percent of its workforce, to reduce costs and boost shareholder returns. The cuts will result in a $43.7 million pretax restructuring charge, reducing fourth-quarter earnings by $27.3 million after taxes, or 8 cents per share, McGraw-Hill said.”
And also from Reuters, “McGraw-Hill Cos Inc (MHP.N: Quote, Profile, Research) may cut more jobs beyond the 611 reductions it earlier announced, Chief Executive Harold McGraw said on Tuesday.”
Reuters reports, “Sirius Satellite Radio Inc Chief Executive Mel Karmazin said on Tuesday he has not yet “officially” heard from the Department of Justice on a decision relating to its merger with XM Satellite Radio Inc (XMSR.O: Quote, Profile, Research), but remains confident the deal will be approved.”