The PEJ Talk Show Index for March 25-30 shows, “There was a disagreement between the nationâ€™s radio and cable talk hosts over the juiciest talk topic last week. The fired U.S. attorneys topped the cable menu while the 2008 Presidential race was the leading topic on radio.”
NY Post reported on Friday that Reader’s Digest was expected to announce that Suzanne Grimes, senior vice president of corporate sales, will join RDA as a division president.
DCRTV reports, “Colorado’s Devlin Design Group is designing sets for the Newseum, the newsgathering museum slated to open near the Capitol building this fall. Images are available at ddgtv.com.”
James C. Goodaleasks, “Was Judith Miller’s Trip to Jail Necessary?”
National Journal’s William Powers notes, “By using campaign money to cull winners from losers, the newsrooms of America effectively make a contribution to the front-runners.”
Washingtonian a href=”http://www.washingtonian.com/blogarticles/mediapolitics/capitalcomment/3857.html”>has the scoop on the Sopranos’s DC premiere, with plenty of media types in the audience.
E&P reports that “NYTimes.com kept its strong lead in February as the top newspaper Web site, besting competitors across the country in unique audience, page views, and time spent per person on the site, according to Nielsen//NetRatings. Rounding out the top five in uniques were USATODAY.com, washingtonpost.com, LATimes.com, and WSJ.com.”
TVNewser reports, “Jackson Changes Mind About CBC/Fox.”
New York Times reports, “The magazine, The Week, will publish the extra issue online, rather than in its regular printed format. The special issue will feature articles on the environment — hence the decision to spare trees by publishing it just on the Internet.”
Institutional Shareholder Services “is urging shareholders of The New York Times Company to withhold their support for board members to pressure the company over dissatisfaction with its performance and ownership structure.”
The Los Angeles Times reports, “Sam Zell, who plans to take over Tribune, says there needs to be ‘new formulas’ between newspapers and Internet companies.”
“A deal announced last week to bring foreign news to Yahoo from correspondents at McClatchy newspapers could open the way to even more cooperation between print and online media,” according to the AP.
“Quality blogs produced by newspapers are few and far between,” writesMark Evans, VP of operations with blog network b5media.
UPI reports, “Fully 76% of U.S. Internet users earning more than $150,000 read blogs, up from 57% two years ago, according to a survey by the Luxury Institute. Some 24% are bloggers, up from 18% in 2005. Also, 55% of wealthy Web users communicate via instant messaging.”
Reuters reports, “The Hearst-backed E Ink, which produces portable, foldable displays that mimic conventional paper, is testing a prototype that could open the technology to e-magazines and e-newspapers. Digital text allows readers to take blogs ‘off the computer screen and to the beach.'”
Pew’s News Interest Index shows, “While press coverage was more focused on the U.S. attorney scandal and the 15 British sailors being held in Iran this past week, Americans remained more interested in news about the current situation in Iraq.”
A Pew survey among Gen Nexters shows that 46% say it is ok to freeload music and videos.
The NY Post reports, “Discovery Communications plans to premiere new shows on its Web site before they air on the channel. The new initiative, dubbed ‘Discovery iPremieres,’ will each week debut two ad-supported, full-length episodes.” Also: “Discovery is starting a 24-hour channel on eco-friendly living.”
Bloomberg reports, “Cable television companies are reaching a deal with Major League Baseball to continue carrying out-of-town games, including a commitment to run the MLB Channel starting in 2009. The accord is with InDemand, a programming arm of Comcast, Time Warner Cable and Cox Enterprises.”
Media Daily News reports, “The online classified advertising networks of newspapers are booming, with Cars.com leading the way with a record 9 million unique visitors in March. A collaboration of several newspaper publishers, Cars.com has partnerships with more than 200 metro newspapers and TV stations.”
Mr. Magazine reports, “Life Magazine Refuses to Die.”
CNET News.com reports, “The financial news site MarketWatch, owned by Wall Street Journal parent Dow Jones, admits to bending the rules for tech columnist Bambi Francisco. MarketWatch is allowing her to accept a stake in Vator.tv, a company that operates in the industry she has covered for at least a decade.”
Pollster.com has the story of “another controversy involving pollster John Zogby with two potential lessons, first, about a set of transparently biased and leading questions and, second, on the limits of such efforts to manipulate opinions.” Washington Post’s Dana Milbank weighs in.
Slate’s Jack Shaferasks, “Is there a more pompous egomaniac purring on the airwaves today than Ted Koppel?”