Here’s what MJD passed on today:
– The Financial Times announced it’s starting an offshoot financial website, which will launch later this year. Information is still scarce, but people at Pearson, the owner of FT, tweeted a link asking for applications over the weekend. According to the site, FT Tilt “is led by the same team that developed FT Alphaville… and promises a similar blend of lively news and analysis for a specialist audience of finance professionals.”
– The New York Times has shuffled the board again, moving some editors out of the media desk, according to our brother from another mother, FishbowlNY. Mary Jo Murphy and Craig Hunter have stepped into the media desk as editors, while the former editors, Rick Lyman and Steve Reddicliffe have moved to the national and sports desk, respectively.
– Playboy Enterprises creator Hugh Hefner has offered to purchase the rest of the outstanding class A and B stocks, in order to move the company private again. In a letter to the board of directors, Hefner indicated he would partner with the investment firm Rizvi Traverse Management in order to repurchase the struggling enterprises. Let the party begin.
– A Southeastern Pennsylvania paper has taken its obits section as a pay-per-view service online, using the startup, Journalism Online. The Lancaster County paper will charge people outside Lancaster County $1.99 a month after viewing seven pages and/or $19.99 a year. Journalism Online, which provides digital payment services, says it plans more launches over the summer, according to Poynter.