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Former Finsbury Prez Labaton Joins NBCU

Fri, Oct. 8, 2021

By Steve Barnes

Stephen LabatonFormer Finsbury president and partner Stephen Labaton has joined NBCUniversal News Group as executive vice president of communications. He joins NBCU from Booz Allen Hamilton.

Media Maneuvers: IAC's Barry Diller Acquires Meredith for $2.7B

Thu, Oct. 7, 2021

By Steve Barnes

MeredithMeredith, which acquired Time Inc. in 2018, has now been acquired itself as IAC's Barry Diller’s IAC agrees to $2.7B deal... Peacock, NBCUniversal’s streaming channel, names Kelly Campbell president... Fox Weather, a new free, ad-supported streaming service from Fox News Media, is launching on Oct. 25.

Media Maneuvers: Stossel Sues Facebook for Defamation

Fri, Sep. 24, 2021

By Steve Barnes

John StosselJohn Stossel sues Facebook, claiming he was defamed when the platform appended fact-checking labels to two videos he posted about climate change... GBH, Boston’s public radio platform, names Lee Hill the first executive editor for GBH News... Crain Communications has acquired Green Market Report.

Murdochs Take COVID Comp Cut

Tue, Sep. 21, 2021

By Kevin McCauley

Rupert MurdochFox Corp. chairman Rupert Murdoch, 90, suffered an 8.4 percent drop to $31.1M in total compensation for fiscal '21 as he agreed to forgo base salary to help broadcaster deal with COVID-19 pandemic. Son & CEO Lachlan Murdoch, 50, took a 5.1 percent hit to $27.6M.


Media Maneuvers: News Corp Brings Back Piers Morgan

Fri, Sep. 17, 2021

By Steve Barnes

Piers MorganNews Corp is bringing Piers Morgan back to the airwaves as the centerpiece in its launch of talkTV in the UK... Fox Corp. buys celebrity gossip brand TMZ... Roger Darnell of The Darnell Works Agency writes a book about how to develop soft skills required for PR career.


Media Maneuvers: AP Names Pace to Replace Buzbee

Fri, Sep. 3, 2021

By Steve Barnes

Julie PaceThe Associated Press names Julie Pace to lead its worldwide news operation as executive editor and senior VP... Twitter introduces Super Follows, which the company calls “a new way for people to earn monthly revenue by sharing subscriber-only content with their followers.”... The National Press Club will commemorate the recent donation of items from Edward R. Murrow's personal archive at a Sept. 14 event.

Circulation at Top U.S. Papers Down 20%

Wed, Sep. 1, 2021

By Jon Gingerich

newspapersSince the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the top 25 U.S. newspapers have lost 20 percent of their average daily print circulations, according to an analysis by British media trade nonprofit Press Gazette.


Media Trust Among Conservatives Plummets

Tue, Aug. 31, 2021

By Jon Gingerich

newsA recent Pew Research Center analysis illustrates a divide in media trust in America that’s widening among partisan lines.


Media Maneuvers: Nextstar Media Acquires The Hill

Thu, Aug. 26, 2021

By Steve Barnes

The HillNexstar Media acquires The Hill for $130M... The Washington Post bolsters its TikTok team... ONYX Media launches EMPOWER ONYX, a diverse multi-channel platform celebrating transformative power of sports for Black women and girls.

Media Maneuvers: Murdoch Unloads Shuttered Knewz

Fri, Aug. 20, 2021

By Steve Barnes

KnewzRupert Murdoch unloads Knewz, online news aggregator that shut down in July, to Dylan Howard, former 'catch & kill' editor of the National Enquirer... Germany's Axel Springer is in talks to pick up an ownership stake in Politico in a potential $1B deal... Mask up, says Fox News chief Suzanne Scott.

Media Maneuvers: Newsmax, Herring Networks Adds to Election Suit

Tue, Aug. 10, 2021

By Steve Barnes

DominionDominion, voting machine company, adds Newsmax Media and Herring Networks (the owner of One America News Network) to the list of those it has sued regarding claims that the company rigged the 2020 election in favor of president Biden... The New York Times posts positive numbers for Q2 2021 as regards both subscription and advertising revenue... The E.W Scripps Company hires former CNN International vice president for editorial Eric Ludgood to lead Newsy, its national news platform.


Only 8% of Pitches Make it to Print

Wed, Aug. 4, 2021

By Jon Gingerich

pitchingOnly about eight percent of the pitches sent to journalists ever result in a published article, according to a recent study by PR software platform Propel.


Media Maneuvers: CNN Gets Into Streaming

Mon, Jul. 19, 2021

By Steve Barnes

CNNCNN is launching a subscription streaming service, CNN+... Rolling Stone hires The Daily Beast's Noah Shachtman as editor-in-chief... Netflix axes three marketing execs over criticisms they made of other employees on Slack.

Comcast Taps Johnson for Digital Equity Push

Wed, Jul. 14, 2021

By Kevin McCauley

Broderick JohnsonComcast has named Broderick Johnson, a veteran of the Clinton and Obama administrations, executive VP for both public policy and digital equity.

Media Maneuvers: USA Today Puts Up Pay Wall

Fri, Jul. 9, 2021

By Steve Barnes

USA TodayUSA Today becomes the last major US daily to put up a paywall... Bloomberg appoints Jason Angrisani as global chief marketing officer... News Corp-backed news aggregation site Knewz shuts down 18 months after its launch.

Media Maneuvers: WSJ Axes 'Greater New York' Section

Fri, Jun. 18, 2021

By Steve Barnes

WSJThe Wall Street Journal pulls the plug on its Greater New York section, which focused on local news... Condé Nast agrees to contract with New Yorker union employees, averting a strike... Jared Kushner signs book deal with HarperCollins imprint.


Americans Canít Tell Real News from Fake

Tue, Jun. 1, 2021

By Jon Gingerich

fake newsAmericans who are the most confident in their ability to spot “fake news” online are the most likely to fall for it, according to a recent study.


Print Remains Valued in Post-Pandemic World

Wed, May 26, 2021

By Jon Gingerich

newspaperPrint media remains a preferred medium for reading newspapers, magazines and books among a large number of Americans, according to a recent survey.

Media Maneuvers: Alden Global Capital Officially Bags Tribune Publishing

Fri, May 21, 2021

By Steve Barnes

AldenAlden Global Capital’s bid to acquire Tribune Publishing has been successful... New York Public Radio fires Bob Garfield, who has co-hosted its “On The Media” program for 20 years, over what NYPR calls a “pattern of behavior that violated New York Public Radio’s anti-bullying policy.”... Allen Media Group sues McDonald's charging discrimination in ad buys.