An ABC release announced that “World News with Charles Gibson” “won the May sweep among Total Viewers, Households and Adults 25-54, marking the broadcast’s second consecutive sweeps win. The last time ‘World News’ won back-to-back sweeps among both Total Viewers and the demo was eleven years ago in 1996.”
A NBC release announced that “Meet the Press with Tim Russert” was “the No. 1 Sunday morning public affairs program, placing first in all categories for the week ending on Sunday, May 20.” On Sunday, “Meet” attracted 3.589 million total viewers, 36% more than CBS’s “Face the Nation”, a 42% lead over ABC’s “This Week” and a 203% advantage over FOX “News Sunday.”
Robert Stein offers some insight into the life of his friend, William Peters, saying, “the world lost a good man, I lost a valued friend and journalists everywhere a role model for what a reporter should be.” Read his full post here.
Boom Town reports, yesterday “In what seems like a showy look-at-me event …in San Francisco,” Facebook hosted “the ‘unveiling of the next evolution’ of the No. 2 social-networking site, including the introduction of the ‘Facebook Platform.'”
In addition to Adrian Holovaty, The Bivings Group tells us, “Another Knight Foundation receipent is the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. Medill will use it grant to offer graduate scholarships to programmers and developers so that they can develop journalism skills to follow in the footsteps of Holovaty.”
Bloomberg reports, “Google Inc., owner of the world’s most popular search engine, may be violating the European Union’s privacy laws by storing information on customer queries for as long as two years, advisers to EU regulators told the company.”
Red Herring reports, “Google said Wednesday that it has begun to test technology that inserts streaming ads into video clips, the search giantâ€™s latest move to expand beyond its core business of text-based search advertising.”
Information Week reports, “Internet advertising revenue in the U.S. set a new record in 2006, growing 35% to reach almost $17 billion, according to a report released by the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) and PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP.”
Reuters reports, “Vivendi is preparing to launch a paid content portal this autumn to broadcast music, video or games on computers, television and mobile phones, competing against online sites like YouTube and MySpace, daily Les Echos reports on Friday.”
AP reports, “Facebook Inc. is encouraging other companies to sell products and create software for use on the popular social networking site, hoping to expand into an all-purpose destination on the Web.”
Business Wire reports, “About.com, a leading online source of original consumer information and advice, continued to add new Guides and GuideSites through April 2007.”
“Inform Technologies says that 16 online publications plan to include its new search function. Among them are Newsweek.com and Portfolio.com,” according to the Wall Street Journal.
MediaWeek reports, “John Byrne, BusinessWeek’s executive editor and the acting editor-in-chief for Businessweek.com, said that company is looking to create a ‘business YouTube’ essentially an online video hub for wannabe moguls to post short pitch videos for a new ventures or companies.”
Last week, The Politico launched BlogJam, “an ongoing project that will sketch portraits of some of the most influential or rising bloggers. We offer a little personal background along with their political leanings, killer posts and what they consider their biggest blunders.”
World Screen reports, “CBS Interactive is partnering with leading community-building websites and social application providers in order to allow users of the CBS Audience Network to embed clips from the network’s content into their profiles, websites, blogs and community pages.”
In a Pew Internet Project survey, Americans “say that even as more of the stuff finds its way into their personal and workplace email accounts, they are finding it easier to digest. Fully 71% of email users use filters offered by their email provider or employer to block spam.”
AP reports, “Sirius Satellite Radio Inc. CEO Mel Karmazin sought to allay shareholder concerns at the company’s annual meeting Thursday, saying he was just as disappointed as other investors in Sirius’ lagging stock price. Compared to rival XM, however, he said: ‘We suck less.'”
The Financial Post reports, “William Bird, a Citigroup analyst, predicts News Corp. will hike its bid for Dow Jones & Co. (DJ/NYSE) to US$64, up from the original offer of US$60 in April. There is a 65% chance the offer will then be accepted, he says.”
MarketWatch reports, “Tribune Co. shareholders tendered about 92% of the shares outstanding after the company offered to buy back shares as part of its agreement to sell itself to billionaire real estate investor Sam Zell for $34 a share, or $8.2 billion.”
From a reader: “So the Politico has NOTHING on the Goodling story in today’s paper?? They have a bit in a blog online, but I didn’t see anything in their print paper. They really decided that wasn’t worth making it to print? Even the Express had something.”
FT.com reports, “Google’s ambition to maximize its users’ data is so great that the search engine envisions a day when it can tell people what jobs to take and how they might spend their days off.”
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports, “CNN is giving up on the idea of charging for CNN Pipeline, launched in late 2005 as a $25-a-year service providing four “streams” of video with footage of breaking news.”
“Turner Classic Movies on Tuesday launched an online video destination devoted to classic films,” according to the Hollywood Reporter.
The Department of Justice announced in a release yesterday, “The Department of Justice filed a civil antitrust lawsuit today in U.S. District Court in Charleston, W.Va., alleging that the Daily Gazette Company and MediaNews Group Inc. (MediaNews) violated the antitrust laws when they entered a series of transactions in May 2004 that resulted in the acquisition by Daily Gazette Company of the Daily Mail newspaper from MediaNews.”
A reader asks, “Did you catch the Politico house ad today celebrating their 50th issue? Wow — 50 issues! That’s amazing. They thanked all their advertisers .. and yet today’s paper had all of five full-page ads (and 24 pages). The Hill had 8 full page ads, plus the center spread (32 total pages). Roll Call had 17 full page ads, plus the center spred (40 total pages).”
“In an era when war, tragedy and scandal often dominate the headlines, a Pew survey finds that America’s parents are more likely to encourage children to follow the news than they are to shield them from it.”
CNet News.com reports, “Google is supposed to make it easier for newspaper readers to find content online. But some in the industry are questioning whether it makes business sense to allow Google to use their material for free.”
The Boston Globe reports, The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation handed out “more than $11 million in prize money to a motley crew of bloggers and organizations ranging from MIT to MTV — winners of the first Knight News Challenge contest.”
CNet News.com reports, “Simon & Schuster, a part of CBS Corp., is planning to launch in early June an Internet video channel that will feature about 40 short videos of authors talking about their books and what gave them inspiration, as well as walking through the settings of their novels and explaining the context of their stories. The videos will be shown on a site called Bookvideos.tv.”
The Philadelphia Inquirer reports, “Scenes of class warfare dominated Comcast Corp.’s annual meeting yesterday as union members complained about what they say is poor pay, especially compared with the multimillion-dollar packages of senior company executives.”
Bloomberg reports, “U.S. senator Herb Kohl, chairman of the Senate antitrust subcommittee, is urging regulators to block the proposed combination of the XM and Sirius satellite radio companies.”
Chicago Business reports that newsstands are dwlindling and “most vendors acknowledge their biggest problem is simply that people don’t buy newspapers as often as they used to.”
AdAge.com reports, “Despite recent layoffs and shutdowns, Time Inc. and the magazine business have bright futures, says CEO Ann Moore.”
PRNewswire reports, “USA Today remains the most widely read newspaper in the United States, with more than 4.3 million readers daily, according to Mediamark Research.”
State House News Service reports, “A legislative committee has voted 11-2 in support of a bill that would no longer require the state to put legal notices in newspapers, and instead use the Web to keep the public informed.”
NowPublic is sponsoring a free forum about becoming a citizen journalist at the Cleveland Park Library on Tuesday, May 29th at 6:30pm. This “Introduction to Citizen Journalism,” will be led by former MNSBC chief Washington correspondent, Brock Meeks. Click here to sign up.
A reader writes, “For heaven’s sake. I love Hitchens, but might it occur to him to LIGHTEN UP? Exposing the travesty of no one measures up must be utterly exhausting.”
The Clark/Payne Award is accepting applications. The award is intended to encourage young science writers by recognizing outstanding reporting in all fields of science. The Paul Miller Washington Reporting Fellowship is also accepting applications.
From a reader: “hey hey dana (milbank), two words: collar stays. they’ll. change. your. life.”
Red Herring reports, “News companies, which have been hit by growing web competition, are fighting back with an innovation from the Internet: widgets, those tiny plug-in windows that users can add to their favorite web pages to keep track of news, the weather, or perhaps the latest airline fares.”