Watch Gannett layoffs in slow motion

December 3, 2008

It’s layoff week at Gannett — even the second N and T might be redundant.

Cox: More depressing newspaper news

December 3, 2008

You don’t need another depressing analysis of a depressing story about newspapers, so we’ll spare you everything but the press release. We will note, however, that it’s getting harder to say, “Let the wires get it” when the wires are slimming down too. And this is hardly the first DC bureau to get nailed.

Christian Science Monitor signs McClatchy

December 1, 2008

We were rather pleased with ourselves for flagging a quick aside that Christian Science Monitor Editor John Yemma made in our interview with him a few weeks ago about how the weekday newspaper — which is abandoning its daily print edition next year — will look for newspapers interested in publishing its stories.

NewsHour gets $3.5 million from Gates Foundation

December 1, 2008

Here’s an excerpt from the press release from the well known weeknight news program:

It’s Midway or the highway for Redstone

December 1, 2008

Sumner Redstone is selling low — way low. Here’s The Wall Street Journal with the news:

from Summit Notebook:

Time Warner Cable and the Audacity of Hope

December 1, 2008

It's not every day that you have a top executive in big business talk about how nice it will be to see the back of the Bush administration. Republican presidencies typically tout their adherence to free markets, unbridled capitalism and, most importantly, a smaller pile of what corporations often consider burdensome regulations. That isn't what they usually expect from Democratic administrations, even ones led by Barack Obama.

How I Wolff’d down the Murdoch book

November 28, 2008

After nearly setting off my tilt mechanism at Thanksgiving dinner by eating twice my weight in food, I spent the earlier part of Friday gorging on as much of Michael Wolff’s new Rupert Murdoch biography as I could. I read just enough to think of some questions for Wolff that wouldn’t come off as sounding too stupid, and then we got on the phone.

Icahn helps himself to some Yahoo

November 28, 2008

Activist investor Carl Icahn helped himself to some early Thanksgiving turkey, buying more shares in Yahoo on Wednesday.

Newspaper ad revenue falls. Again.

November 26, 2008

The third-quarter newspaper advertising numbers came out on Wednesday, just in time to have something somber to think about while getting tipsy on that fourth helping of cranberry sauce with cognac on Thanksgiving Day.

MySpace Music finds conductor

November 26, 2008

Meet News Corp’s latest cool dude: Courtney Holt, president of MySpace Music. They say he’s not only talented, but he’s hip as well — and reports of his arrival were, to say the least, plentiful.