Media Briefing for Friday, August 7, 2009

August 7th, 2009

Online attacks silenced Twitter for much of the day. (New York Times)

The Twitter attack is a national security issue. (San Francisco Chronicle)

The Twitter attack places millions on hold. (San Francisco Chronicle)

It takes time to fully restore full Twitter service. (San Francisco Chronicle)

The fact that Twitter is down is news. (San Francisco Chronicle)

The mayor of Portland, Oregon turns to Twitter to gauge public opinion on horse-drawn carriages. (Associated Press)

Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. will start charging fees to look at news articles on its newspaper sites starting in 2010. (Associated Press)

The New York Times says it is in no hurry to sell the Boston Globe. (Boston Globe)

Price is not the only consideration for the New York Times in any sale of the Boston Globe. (Boston Globe)

Even though the Tribune Co. is bankrupt there are still bonuses for executices, and the unions and bankruptcy trustee are critical. (Los Angeles Times)

Good cable TV shows are being lost in confusing scheduling. (Houston Chronicle)

Cisco sees profit plunge but CEO sees glimmers of recovery. (San Jose Mercury News)

Ken Burns’ next PBS special focuses on the National Parks of the United States. (San Francisco Chronicle)

In Boston, the safer sex campaign is making use of peers on Facebook, YouTube and cable. (Boston Globe)

Despite the reported “truce,” O’Reilly and Olbermann are still fighting. (Washington Post)

CBS sees Q2 profit decline but foresees recovery. (Associated Press)

Google is selling its underperforming radio sales division. (Associated Press) (Tech Crunch)

Trinity Broadcasting Network, the nation’s largest Christian television network, is investing $1 million in a new Brookfield, Wisconsin production studio for its National Minority Television division. In New York the Trinity station is WTBY channel 54 Poughkeepsie. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

A radio spot aims at raising awareness of baby shaking syndrome. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

There are more layoffs at Clear Channel radio stations. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

TV networks cut upfront ad rates, but sales still fall. (Los Angeles Times)

Digital data copuld result in billions in ad revenues shifting from broadcast to cable TV. (Media Daily News)

More ads are coming to TV, even to places the viewer might not expect. (Associated Press)

CBS blasts Leno and all things NBC. (Denver Post)

Jay Leno says his new show is not here to save NBC. (Los Angeles Times)

Jay Leno discusses his new 10 p.m. NBC show. (New York Times) (Associated Press)

Sirius XM satellite radio registers $157 million loss in Q2. (Associated Press) (Reuters)

This Week on ABC is # 1 for the first time in 10 years, beating NBC’s Meet The Press. (TV Newser)

Imus loses a morning show staffer and possibly the RFD TV simulcast. (Newsday)

Viziolooks to turn television into a major Internet platform.
(San Francisco Chronicle)

Comcast’s Q2 profit soars 53%. (Associated Press)

In Saudi Arabia, a man is detained after making alleged comments about sex on TV. (Associated Press)

A court accuses a pro-Hugo Chavez activist in an attack on an anti-Chavez TV station in Venezuela. (Associated Press)

On the anniversary of their war, Russia and Georgia are vying in the media. (Associated Press)

Epix, the new pay cable TV channel, will show the Samuel Goldwyn movies. (Associated Press)

Charles Perez has been fired from Miami ABC affiliate WPLG channel 10 after filing charges of anti-gay treatment. Previously he had been an anchor and reportyer at New York’s WABC-TV channel 7, and in 1995 launched his own nationally syndicated TV talk show aimed at younger democraphics. (Miami Herald)

Barack Obama is depicted as “the joker” in a poster opposing Obama’s policies. The depiction has been the talk of the blogosphere. (Washington Post)