I was on a panel on Wednesday to talk about the future of media sponsored by one of my favorite daily reads, I Want Media. The pleasantries lasted for about 20 minutes. Then we ducked to avoid the impromptu firefight between The New York Times’s David Carr and Vanity Fair’s Michael Wolff.
New York Times Co Chairman and Publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr. managed to deflect major shareholder insurrection this year by agreeing to offer two board seats to a dissident investor’s rival slate, where one presumes they might be somewhat more placid than when they were banging on the walls of the Gray Lady. Now it looks like he might be working the same charm on disaffected puzzlers.
We weren’t expecting huge surprises during Yahoo’s earnings conference call, but CEO Jerry Yang was spectacularly vague about the Internet company’s plans vis-a-vis Microsoft or any other potential tie-ups — with Google, Time Warner’s AOL or News Corp — that Yahoo has been working on.
Former Yahoo Finance General Manager Nathan Richardson is expected to be appointed Chief Executive of ContentNext Media Inc, owner of popular digital media blog paidContent, according to a source familiar with the matter.Richardson’s last stint in the media sector was as a senior vice president and general manager of Dow Jones Online, which included oversight of The Wall Street Journal Online, MarketWatch and Barron’s.Most recently he headed up the International Rescue Committee in Liberia for about a year before returning back to media for a slightly less hectic lifestyle.Richardson takes over the CEO spot from co-founder Rafat Ali, who will remain as editor and publisher. ContentNext’s flagship paidContent, founded in 2002, has quickly established itself as a must-read among executives in the media and digital media sector.