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Weekly Media News Briefing July 11-July 15

By Michael Hurtig
Monday, July 11th, 2011

From the Globe and Mail, one of the most insightful pieces yet not only about Murdoch, but the state of the larger media.

Thoughts on the role of PBS in American Journalism from the Columbia Journalism Review.

From Stanford University, a fascinating visualization of the growth of newspapers in the United States.

The UK phone hacking scandal continues to change the fortunes of Rupert Murdoch, the world’s top media mogul.

What’s your NEWS IQ? Take the Pew survey and find out how you measure up against the rest of America.

The always insightful David Carr of the New York Times on why the News of the World phone hacking scandal is good for newspapers, and good for democracy in the UK.

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Weekly Media News Briefing: July 4th – 8th

By Michael Hurtig
Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

More trouble for German Public Media, says the Hollywood Reporter. A system designed to prevent the evils of a centralized state media seems to be doing a poor job of fighting individual corruption.

Twitter has the power to launch a book to #1, even if it’s still being written, according The Wall Street Journal.  Another example of how social media is disrupting the traditional marketing model.

The publishing industry is seeing growth in both print and digital books.

The newly launched Center for Copyright Information will standardize industry best practices on how to crackdown on copyright abusers.  Unlike previous ventures, this one is backed by internet service providers Verizon and Comcast, says Deadline New York.

The prime-time shuffle at Time Warner deals Eliot Spitzer out of the deck.

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Weekly Media News Briefing: June 27 – July 1

By Michael Hurtig
Monday, June 27th, 2011

NBC is looking for non-profit local news partners. If you are a serious, non-profit local news organization in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Dallas-Ft. Worth, Washington, DC, or Hartford-New Haven, CT, NBC News is inviting you to submit a proposal for a long term partnership that could include cooperative content creation, shared use of technical facilities, and on-air opportunities.  NBC New York

The future of publishing is bright. Two stories this week from Frankfurt Book Fair sponsored Publishing Perspectives detail surprising trends in the publishing world, a potentially bright future for Britain’s biggest bookseller, and the rise of a new class of self-published e-book authors making a living full-time.

More Smartphones in Spain. The percentage of mobile phone users in Spain who now use smartphones has jumped to 40%, says Nielsen.

No matter the screen, TV is still king. Americans have found even more time on average to watch video content, are using more screens to do it, and TV is still the top choice for entertainment, says Nielsen.

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Weekly Media News Briefing: June 20 – 24

By Michael Hurtig
Monday, June 20th, 2011

WNET Deal to Run New Jersey Public Television Blocked by Assembly. STAR-LEDGER

Cable Subscribers Down 3.8% in 15 Biggest Markets. CABLE + BROADCASTING

Amid Rumors of an Offer for Hulu, The Wall Street Journal Has Examined Who Might Benefit From its Acquisition. The #2 site for internet video streaming features unique, targeted video advertising in addition to a dual-revenue stream model (subscription and ad-supported).

Keith Olbermann Made His Debut on Current TV Monday, Telling Viewers That His Show is to be a “Newscast of Contextualization”. NYTIMES
The show’s first airing also captured its target demographic, with 179,000 viewers.

Cable Network Ad Sales, up by About 15%, are on Track to Match Broadcast. As many would like to declare television’s decline, cable networks are pouring funds into original content and ad sales have seen growth in 2011. THR

The U.S. Media Industry Grew 3.1% in 2010, and is Expected to Grow 3.5% in 2011. BLOOMBERG

The New York Times Reported That High Quality, Original Web Series Are Still Struggling to Find a Large Audience, Despite Growth Trends in Online Video. Sites seeking to curate content and bring only the best original web-exclusive content to viewers may be taking a step forward, but neither productions or new platforms are seeing big numbers. NYTIMES

PricewaterhouseCoopers Predicts Digital Subscriptions Will Provide a Marginal Rebound for Magazines and Newspapers by 2015. Their predictions do not bode well for the US newspaper industry. FORBES

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Weekly Media News Briefing: June 13 – 17

By Michael Hurtig
Monday, June 13th, 2011

Magazine’s as a ‘Shoppable Experience’: Hearst Focuses on Bringing Purchase Functionality to its Magazines. NYTIMES

Rupert Murdoch Suggests China Modify its Approach to its Burgeoning Film Market – Lower Barriers to Entry, Help Protect IP Rights. HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

Bloomberg LP Files Complaint Against Comcast. The media company wants Bloomberg TV to appear alongside other news networks in Comcast’s channel lineup, citing the FCC channel ‘neighborhooding’ provisions established in the recent Comcast/NBC Universal merger . Issues like this one are likely to become more prominent as different types of media organizations continue to converge, increasingly blurring the line between content producer and distributor. For more on this story: LATIMES

The Movie Industry Will Continue Strong Growth Through 2015, Analysts Predict. THR

Youtube Increases its Number of Advertisers by 100% ADAGE

Comcast and Skype Team Up to Deliver Video Calling via TV. NYTIMES

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Weekly Media News Briefing: June 6 – 10

By Michael Hurtig
Monday, June 6th, 2011

Many Prominent TV Personalities are Moving to the Web, Creating Their Own Shows and Web Portals. NYTIMES

Print Revenue Drops Again, 9.5 Percent in First Quarter of 2011 According to NAA Report. MEDIA BISTRO

NBC Universal Lands U.S. Rights to Broadcast Olympics – Until 2020. TVBYTHENUMBERS

French TV Council Bans Mention of Social Networking Sites on News Programming. The council stated that mentioning site names like Facebook and Twitter during news broadcasts constitutes ‘covert advertising’ and violates the country’s communications policies. BBC

FCC to Release Report on Future of Media on Thursday - According to the Wall Street Journal, the report only contains ‘minor suggestions for rule changes’. WSJ

Apple Relaxes its Magazine Subscription Rules, Allowing Publishers to Sell Subscriptions Intended for iPads, iPhones on Their Own Sites. NYTIMES

Take a Look at Nielsenwire’s Report on American Teens – They watch less tv than the general population, and are spending less time on their home computers. NIELSENWIRE

Columbia’s Journalism School Held a Panel Discussion on the FCC’s Report About the Future of the Media, ‘Information Needs of Communities’. You can read a review of the event here: COLUMBIA JOURNALISM REVIEW The FCC report is available on their site: FCC.GOV

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Media News Briefing for Friday, June 3rd

By Michael Hurtig
Friday, June 3rd, 2011

As Copyright Concerns Continue, Youtube Adds Creative Commons. The move to clarify what video can be re-edited and reused by site visitors may be part of a larger initiative by Youtube as it expands into a hub for premium video content from Hollywood movies to high-end user generated video. NYTIMES

Ad Revenue Up for Canadian TV Networks. VARIETY

Many Newspapers With Circulation Under 25,000 Are Charging for Some Online Content. MEDIAPOST

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Media News Briefing for Thursday, June 2nd

By Michael Hurtig
Thursday, June 2nd, 2011

Photo: Carmichaellibrary

Google’s Newspaper Digitization Project Coming to An End as it Shifts Focus DIGITALTRENDS

CBS’s Leslie Moonves Expresses Little Confidence in Hulu, Despite its increasing Popularity Online. VARIETY

CISCO: Online Video Viewing Will Double by 2015. LATIMES

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Media News Briefing for Wednesday, June 1st

By Michael Hurtig
Wednesday, June 1st, 2011

Major and Mini-Major Movie Studios Continue to Embrace Online Streaming Sites. THR has reported that Hulu has struck a deal with Miramax to stream a large number of popular movies from its catalog. Miramax’s recent, similar deal with Netflix signals that Hulu isn’t bothered by a lack of content exclusivity, which has been key to its business model since its inception in 2007. THR

Jan Wenner, Publisher of Rolling Stone Magazine Speaks Out Against Digital Magazine Subscriptions. He notes that iPad subscriptions and digital magazines are a “small additive” and not the future of the magazine business – at least not the near future. AD AGE, LATIMES

Web Video Stars Sign Deal With Blip.tv. TECHCRUNCH

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Media News Briefing for Tuesday, May 31st

By Michael Hurtig
Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

PBS’ Promotional Model Shifts – Will Now Include More Promotional Breaks, During Programming NYTIMES

U.K.’s Daily Mail On Track for 70 Million Unique Visitors in May, Possibly More Than Nytimes.com YAHOO

Are Cell Phones Carcinogenic? Experts from a World Health Organization agency in Lyon, France, Reveal a New  Study Which Points to Yes. WASHINGTON POST

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