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Jun 3, 2010

Nielsen files for up to $1.75 billion IPO

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Nielsen Holdings B.V. plans to raise up to $1.75 billion in an initial public offering, becoming the latest private-equity backed company to sell shares into a fragile market.

Nielsen is best known for its viewership ratings that often determine the fate of TV shows. Its top ten clients — who account for about 23 percent of its business — include Coca-Cola Co (KO.N: Quote, Profile, Research), NBC Universal, Nestle S.A. (NESN.VX: Quote, Profile, Research), News Corp (NWSA.O: Quote, Profile, Research), Procter & Gamble Co (PG.N: Quote, Profile, Research) and Unilever (ULVR.L: Quote, Profile, Research).

Jun 2, 2010
via MediaFile

Apple’s Jobs speaks out on missing iPhone and the danger of blogs

Maybe it’s because they got hold of his iPhone prototype. Or maybe he’s just a traditionalist when it comes to reading the news. But one thing is clear: Apple CEO Steve Jobs doesn’t care much for blogs.

During a rare and revealing 90-minute on-stage Q&A at the All Things Digital Conference on Tuesday, Jobs repeatedly let slip his disdain for the new breed of Web-based publications, which he suggested should not necessarily be deemed legitimate journalism outlets.

May 18, 2010

ABC rolls out 10 new TV series, bets big on drama

NEW YORK, May 18 (Reuters) – ABC introduced a prime-time TV
schedule for next season that will feature 10 new shows,
overhauling a lineup that has suffered ratings declines and
will soon be without the hit supernatural thriller “Lost.”

The majority of ABC’s new programs are dramas, ranging from
gritty police show “Detroit 1-8-7″ to “My Generation,” which
centers on a group of fictitious high-school students from
Austin, Texas, who reunite a decade after graduation.

May 18, 2010

ABC rolls out 10 new shows, bets big on drama

NEW YORK (Reuters) – ABC introduced a primetime TV schedule for next season that will feature 10 new shows, overhauling a lineup that has suffered ratings declines and will soon be without the hit supernatural thriller “Lost.”

The majority of ABC’s new programs are dramas, ranging from gritty police show “Detroit 1-8-7,” to “My Generation,” which centers on a group of fictitious high-school students from Austin, Texas, who reunite a decade after graduation.

May 17, 2010

NBC banks on new dramas to fill prime-time holes

NEW YORK, May 16 (Reuters) – NBC will make a big return to
drama next season, adding a political thriller, two police
procedurals, a legal drama and a romantic spy adventure to a
fall TV schedule left with gaping holes when Jay Leno’s show
was jettisoned from prime time.

The dramas, including ones from hitmaking producers Jerry
Bruckheimer and J.J. Abrams, are among eight new shows NBC
announced for its fall TV lineup on Sunday. It will premiere
six more shows in the back half of the 2010-11 season.

May 17, 2010

Hate dropped calls? Talk to AT&T’s Stankey

NEW YORK (Reuters) – There are countless ways to enjoy an evening in New York — a swanky dinner, say, followed by a Central Park carriage ride or a Broadway show.

Hustling up and down city blocks, furiously testing wireless reception is likely not among them — unless you happen to be John Stankey.

May 14, 2010

Reuters Summit – Hate dropped calls? Talk to AT&T’s Stankey

NEW YORK (Reuters) – There are countless ways to enjoy an evening in New York — a swanky dinner, say, followed by a Central Park carriage ride or a Broadway show.

Hustling up and down city blocks, furiously testing wireless reception is likely not among them — unless you happen to be John Stankey.

May 7, 2010

Less drama, more money in TV dealmaking season

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Television networks could bring home at least $1 billion in extra advertising sales for the upcoming prime-time TV season, a big improvement after last year’s dismal “upfront market.”

Sales start in earnest later this month after ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox introduce their 2010-2011 TV schedules, and could wrap up in a matter of weeks, possibly by early July, according to advertising and broadcast executives.

May 4, 2010

Xerox optimistic about 2010 profit,but shares slip

NEW YORK, May 4 (Reuters) – Xerox Corp <XRX.N> expects
cost-cutting and the expansion of its services business to
drive full-year earnings to the high end of its 2010 forecast
range, the company said on Tuesday.

On the same day the company hosted its first general
investor meeting since closing its $6.4 billion acquisition of
Affiliated Computer Services earlier this year, Xerox said
earnings per share excluding items would be at the high end of
its forecast range of 75 cents to 85 cents for the year.

Apr 30, 2010

Discovery profit up 42 pct with help from abroad

NEW YORK, April 30 (Reuters) – Discovery Communications
<DISCA.O> reported a 42 percent rise in quarterly profit, as
the company’s push to bring its hit cable TV programs abroad
resulted in a sharp jump in international advertising sales.

Shares of Discovery, the cable TV broadcaster behind hit
shows like “Cake Boss,” “Little People, Big World,” and “Man
vs. Wild,” rose 3.5 percent and hit an all-time high after the
better-than-expected results on Friday. The stock has nearly
doubled in the past year, making Discovery among the most
popular media companies with investors.