Good morning Washington. Congrats to Wash Times photographer Michael Connor and his wife Nicole, who had their first child on 5/1. Grace Connor weighed 6 lbs. 12 oz. and everyone is healthy and resting at their home in Annapolis.
Leading the photo caption contest is, “Barack told me I had to stay in the basement during his speech announcing his decision to run for President, but I climbed up the walls like this to get a better view” Don’t forget to vote!
Today’s “Angry Journalist” rant of the day: “A bad newspaper isn’t any better online. Why is this such a hard concept for the corporate people to understand? No wonder people have given up on us.”
“The May 6 primaries in North Carolina and Indiana may well have put an end to the contentious fight for the Democratic nomination in the eyes of the media, according to a Project for Excellence in Journalism study of campaign coverage.”
Reuters reports, “The fight to buy Tribune Co’s Newsday surprised many in the media world — not because of its high-profile combatants, but because of the price they were willing to pay to buy a newspaper.”
In the Red State vs. Politico face off, FamousDC declares, “Round 1 of Erickson vs. Bres looks to go to the gentleman from Georgia. We’ll pay attention and let you know if either side jumps up for Round 2.”
Secretary of Treasury Paulson is going to keynote the Post 200 event on Friday at the JW Marriott. This event is tied to The Washington Post’s Post 200 list. The event is open to the public. For more info, click here.
An ABC release announced, “‘World News with Charles Gibson’ was the #1 evening newscast among Total Viewers, Households, and Adults 25-54 for the week of May 5-9. The ABC News broadcast averaged 8.01 million Total Viewers, and a 1.9/8 among Adults 25-54, outperforming NBC’s ‘Nightly News’ by 210,000 Total Viewers and 100,000 key demo viewers. This marks ABC’s largest Total Viewing advantage over NBC in more than 6 months (week of October 29, 2007). Additionally, this is the 17th time this season ‘World News’ has ranked first among Adults 25-54 and the 10th time this season the broadcast has ranked first among total viewers.”
TechCrunch reports, “The internet is littered with people who donâ€™t know what theyâ€™re talking about. Common sense is usually enough to separate the junk from legitimate articles, but even the most highly-regarded publications have been infiltrated by reporters who like to make things up. NewsCred, an international startup based out of Geneva and Stockholm, is trying to address this problem by assigning a credibility rating to every big-name publisher, author, and story.”
FT.com reports, “Eric Schmidt was doing his level best late last week not to gloat. With Microsoft dropping its attempted takeover of Yahoo, the Google chief executive had just seen his arch-rival abandon its most direct attack yet on Google’s growing dominance of online search and advertising.”
The Boston Globe reports, “Nearly two decades after the federal government required television networks to provide text captions for hearing-impaired viewers, there’s a move afoot to set the same standard for Internet video. Democratic US Representative Ed Markey of Malden is backing a bill that would require major producers of Internet videos to add captions as well as ‘video description’ soundtracks that describe the on-screen action for blind people.”
Media Daily News reports, “Most big magazine publishers saw total ad pages decline in the first four months of 2008 compared to the same period last year, according to the most recent Group Publisher’s Report from TNS Media Intelligence. While some losses can be attributed to the closing of various titles since last year, the broad nature of the declines, cutting across a number of categories, looks ominous for the magazine industry.”
Radio Ink reports, “Sirius Satellite Radio CEO Mel Karmazin said during today’s first-quarter earnings call that if the FCC ultimately approves his company’s merger with XM Satellite Radio with conditions that are ‘so egregious that they’re not in shareholders’ or subscribers’ best interest, then we won’t do it.'”
DCRTV reports, “American University’s WAMU (88.5 FM) is touting its fifth place overall finish in the DC radio ratings. Usually, public radio outlets, like WAMU, are not included in the commercial radio ratings. WAMU says its broadcast of NPR’s ‘Morning Edition’ ranks third, with 353,000 weekly listeners. The evening drive, anchored by NPR’s ‘All Things Considered,’ placed second, with more than 214,000 weekly listeners, according to WAMU. The station, which programs news and talk on weekday, and some music programs on weekends, also touts its top-rated Saturday morning and Sunday lineups. When compared with public radio stations in other markets, WAMU says it ranks third nationwide, with 534,100 DC metro listeners, and a weekly total audience of 621,600, including the Baltimore metro. This places WAMU behind only San Francisco’s KQED-FM and NYC’s WNYC-FM in public radio listenership. Also, WAMU has signed a new contract with the Radio Reseach Consortium, which allows it to use Arbitron ratings data.”