“In a week when the Democrats dominated campaign coverage, presumptive Republican nominee John McCain may have been the candidate to fare the best in the media, according to a Project for Excellence in Journalism study of campaign coverage from March 10-16.”
Former GW University President Stephen Joel Trachtenbergtells us that free newspapers have returned to GW’s campus. “Two years after the ‘second termination’ students once again have access to free newspapers. I confess I am delighted as I trust are Donald Graham and Arthur Sulzberger. I know that newspaper readership is going down all over the country but I’m pleased at least on my campus, it is not going down without a fight.”
Thomson Financial reports, “Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services said the US economic slowdown will hurt some media and entertainment companies, as the cutbacks in consumer discretionary spending could be reflected in as diverse areas as the number of attendees at The Walt Disney Co’s amusement parks and ad revenue at Time Warner Inc’s magazines or News Corp’s newspapers.”
The New York Times reports, “The New York Times Company has struck a deal with a pair of hedge funds that want to shake up the company, giving the funds two seats on the board in order to avoid a proxy fight, the two sides announced Monday. The agreement with Harbinger Capital Partners and Firebrand Partners marks the first time since the Times Company went public in 1967 that it has accepted directors nominated by outsiders, Times Company executives said.”
Market Watch reports, “The New York Times Co. said Tuesday that its advertising revenue for February fell 6.6% to $148 million.”
DCRTV hears that Tucker Carlson is planning to heard straight to Fox News as soon as his NBC/MSNBC contract is up, and his non-compete clause expires. Carlson ain’t happy that his MSNBC show got axed. Also, look for former WMAL News Director John Matthews to also wind up at Fox News, in some behind-the-scenes gig, we’re told. More soon…..
An ABC release announced, “ABC’s World News with Charles Gibson’ placed first among Adults 25-54 for the week of March 10-14. The ABC News broadcast averaged a 2.0/8 and 2.51 million, outperforming NBC’s ‘Nightly News’ by 60,000 demo viewers and tying in the demo rating/share. Among Total Viewers, the ABC News broadcast averaged 8.1 million, placing second.”
Media Daily News reports, “Big video content producers need to come up with aggregate ratings that combine television viewing with online video consumption, says Patrick Keane, vice president and chief marketing officer for CBS Interactive, speaking Monday morning at MediaPost’s OMMA Global conference in Hollywood. The combined rating would provide media buyers with a cross-platform option that’s simpler and more detailed in terms of data, because of online metrics.”
Washington Post reported yesterday, “The Supreme Court announced yesterday that it will rule on the government’s standards for policing the public airwaves for the first time since the court agreed 30 years ago that a midday radio broadcast of comedian George Carlin’s ‘seven dirty words’ monologue was indecent.”
The Philadelphia Inquirer reports, “Comcast Corp. is asking a federal appeals court to overturn a Federal Communications Commission rule enacted in December that bars it from making a major cable acquisition.”
A Slate release announced, “Slate, the daily online magazine, today launches a legal blog featuring some of the most prominent voices in law. ‘Convictions,’ the law blog, will include daily commentary from a wide range of legal professionals, including Slate’s Jurisprudence columnists Dahlia Lithwick and Emily Bazelon and top litigators and law professors across the country.”
CNet News.com reports, “It might not be Austin’s South by Southwest Interactive, but New York City will be getting its own digital-culture festival. Called Internet Week New York (OK, they could have picked a better name), it will span June 3 to 10 and encompass several existing events like Federated Media Publishing’s Conversational Marketing Summit, Advertising Age’s Advertising 2.0 conference, and the 12th annual Webby Awards.”
Norman Geras writes, “Was Czechoslovakia in 1975 a better place politically than the US is in 2008? I know what my answer to that question would be. But what is Tim Dowling’s answer? I couldn’t tell you. All I can do is point you towards the set of comparisons he offers. … There you go — low approval ratings for both Husak and Bush.”
Terry Heatonwrites, “When the Internet bubble burst early in the new millennium, many smart people learned the harshest of all business lessons: when the money’s gone, there is no business. Great ideas aren’t self-sustaining, and when the investors decide they’ve given enough, it’s over, unless you can actually make money. Business is business, and while many of us frolicked in the coolness of innovation, those who paid attention to the bottom line were stressed to the max. In the end, it’s always about the money.”
Pulitzer Prize nominee George Archibald has had another run in with the Middleburg, Virginia police. This time he was received a “misdemeanor citation for having a quiet backyard barbecue.” If you missed the earlier police episode, check it out here.
The Press Gazette reports, “Reuters today launched a unique multimedia online documentary called ‘Bearing Witness’ which pays tribute to its 100 correspondents who have reported from Iraq over the last five years of war.”
Random Mumblings reports, “In what could only be viewed as a perverse and often baffling development, author and New Yorker magazine writer Malcolm Gladwell said last week a story he told in an early February segment of public radio’s ‘This American Life’ is, well, a complete tall tale. In the story, recorded at a New York club called the Moth, Gladwell recounts his early days as a cub reporter at that august bastion of journalism, Ben Bradlee’s The Washington Post.”
On The Media’s Brooke Gladstonetalks to The Atlantic’s David Samuels who penned the cover story that featured Britney Spears on the magazine’s cover. Also, listen to New Yorker correspondent Seymour Hersh discuss the “on-the-ground reporting behind his Pulitzer Prize winning scoop” from 1968.