The AP reports, “MediaNews Group Inc.’s top newspaper executive in California has resigned, ending an 18-month stint marked by relentless cost cutting amid a wrenching industry downturn. George Riggs, the chief executive of MediaNews’ California Newspaper Partnership since August 2006, will relinquish the job at the end of this month, according to a Monday announcement.”
Certain members of the White House press corps are referring to dry-dry Saudi Arabia as “rehab.”
The Boston Globe reports, “Metro International S.A., the worldwide publisher of free daily newspapers, has put its three US properties, including Metro Boston, on the auction block, according to an executive briefed on the deal. The newspapers — Metro Boston, Metro New York, and Metro Philadelphia — have been a drag on the company’s earnings in recent years, losing more than $10.6 million in the past 12 months, according to company filings. In October, Metro International said it began a strategic review of its underperforming operations.”
The Project for Excellence in Journalism — The Campaign Coverage Index — shows, “Hillary Clinton enjoyed the most success in the race for media exposure amid her New Hampshire victory last week — far more so than GOP winner John McCain. Fully 37% of all campaign stories studied were either significantly or mainly about the New York Democrat.”
An ABC release announced, “For the week of January 7-11, ‘World News with Charles Gibson’ averaged 9.28 million Total Viewers and a 2.4/8 among Adults 25-54. The ABC News broadcast posted its best delivery in the key Adult 25-54 demographic (2.92 million) in more than ten months (week of 2/26/07).”
An NBC release announced, “According to Nielsen Media Research
data, ‘NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams’ was the most-watched network evening newscast, winning the week of January 7, 2008. During the week of the New Hampshire primaries, the Williams-led newscast averaged 9.673 million total viewers”
TVNewser reports, “Buoyed by political coverage that included a forum, a debate, and New Hampshire primary coverage, Fox News Channel was the third ranked cable channel in prime time last week. FNC was 5th in Total Day based on Total Viewers.”
TVNewser reports that CNN premiered CNN Election Center on Monday, “an hour-long weekday show featuring election coverage and news from the campaign trail. The program will feature a rotating roster of hosts from New York and John Roberts from the campaign trail. Last night, Anderson Cooper anchored from the new Election Center.” For more, click here.
Don’t forget — tonight is the Washington Blogger January Meetup at 7:00 p.m. at Regional Food and Drink. RSVP here.
Huffington Post’s Eat The Press writes, “Free Dennis Kucinich! Why MSNBC Should Let The Man Debate” (alas, they didn’t).
Media Matter’s Eric Boehlertwrites, “The dismal truth about New Hampshire was this: Never has a Granite State primary received so much media attention and been covered by so many journalists. And never has the press so badly botched a New Hampshire vote.”
Diane Mermigas, editor-at-large at MediaPost, writes, “Bottom-Line: Media Cos. Must Restructure Or Face Consequences”
The AP reports, “Comcast Corp. Monday said it has received letters of inquiry from the Federal Communications Commission regarding complaints that the company actively interferes with its subscribers’ Internet traffic. A coalition of consumer groups and legal scholars asked the agency in November to stop Comcast from discriminating against the sharing of certain types of Internet data among subscribers.”
Nicholas Carrsays, “Some of the biggest Internet companies are growing like weeds, serving millions of customers a day and operating globally. But, as commentator Nicholas Carr points out, they tend to employ very few people.”
Google reports, “Communications regulators have cleared Google Inc to bid in an upcoming auction of coveted wireless airwaves, according to auction documents released by the Federal Communications Commission on Monday.”
The QandO blog writes, “Atrios, Huffington Post, Media Matters/Eric Boehlert, The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart and Glenn Greenwald are constantly telling me things like how ‘it’s worth taking note of just how constantly wrong all of our Most Serious Political Analysts are’ (Glenn Greenwald, again) and how there should be some sort of consequence for that sort of relentless wrongness. Doesn’t seem to apply to their own, though.”
A U.S. News & World Report special report on gender bias in college admissions has sparked an NBC Nightly News investigative story, which is scheduled to air on tonight between 6:30 and 7 p.m. Eastern Time.
The Motley Fool reports, “Worst Stock for 2008: XM Satellite Radio”
The Sacramento Bee reports, “He is 91 and still cranks out his National Public Radio commentaries on an IBM typewriter. He eschews the Internet, openly disdains some bloggers and dismisses the whole ‘citizen journalism’ idea. But don’t accuse Daniel Schorr, a disciple of Edward R. Murrow and dean of NPR pundits, of being hopelessly out of touch. If anything, Schorr has been prescient when it comes to news analysis.”