Media companies are remaining positive amid the market slowdown, reporting that advertising revenue is not decreasing as a result.
Comcast continued rolling out its plans for an expansion of local news programming this week. Its Telemundo Station Group was the focus of the announcement, which indicated the production of new spanish-language local news and public affairs programs in select markets across the country.
The Dish Network, which acquired bankrupt video rental company Blockbuster for $320 million in April, also lost 135,000 subscribers in the quarter.
Forbes reports that e-books are exempt from sales tax in the state of New York, because they are not “tangible personal property.” Does this have anything to do with the collapse of bricks and mortar retailer Borders?
The Columbia Journalism Review asks if public media is ready for the digital age.
When cable operators first offered programming on tablets, content owners reacted with litigation. Viacom and Cablevision have now come to an agreement which will allow Viacom content to remain a part of Cablevision’s ‘Optimum’ apps.
Hulu will soon begin streaming in Japan, marking its first expansion into an international market.
The National Association of Broadcasters expressed its support for the omission of spectrum auctions in Monday’s proposed debt deal. Spectrum auctions, which would repurpose tv broadcast spectrum for use by wireless broadband providers, have recently been proposed by policy makers as one solution to expanding capacity for wireless broadband providers.
This week both CBS and Time Warner reported higher revenue than expected for the last quarter. The legacy media companies both surprised analysts, and the trend is expected to continue across the media sector.
The Washington Post reported a 50% decline in earnings on Friday, including a 12% decline in advertising revenue for its print operations.
Why tyrants love the Murdoch scandal, by Bill Keller of the New York Times.
It is unsettling that the family of recently deceased singer Amy Winehouse has to ask for privacy in the wake of her death. Surely, a public still outraged by the News of the World’s invasion of a grieving family’s privacy, should be uncommonly sensitive to this issue.
Despite a popular product and a subscriber base 25 million strong, Netflix isn’t performing well enough for Wall Street.
Over at The Nation, I have a piece up about the legacy of Marshall McLuhan, the visionary media theorist who was born one hundred years ago last July.
Let’s ban books, or at least stop writing them, says Bill Keller of the New York Times.
The UK phone hacking scandal has officially spread to those just one step away from the Prime Minister’s office, says News Corp-owned The Wall Street Journal.
When a site recommends purchases, your privacy might be at risk, say the researchers at Freedom To Tinker.
Will Google+ kill the blog? Author and futurist Bruce Sterling at Wired thinks it just might.
In the most unexpected move yet, Murdoch to buy “The Daily Prophet,” says Slate.
Another piece connecting the News of the World scandal to Harry Potter, but this time not at all humorously.
A new set of ethical guidelines for reporters employed by Murdoch.
The News Corp scandal officially spreads to the US, in this scathing piece by David Carr of the New York Times.
US officials to investigate News Corp over alleged hacking on 9/11 survivors phones, and alleged attempted bribery of American law enforcement, says the Huffington Post.
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.
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.
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.
No Playboy Club for Salt Lake City. Last Week, KSL-TV, the Mormon-owned NBC affiliate in Salt Lake City, decided not to carry the new prime time drama The Playboy Club. In The Christian Science Monitor, I say why that’s a good sign for the future of TV.
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