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Media Maneuvers: Bloomberg Targets UK

Thu, May 12, 2022

By Steve Barnes

BloombergBloomberg is launching Bloomberg UK to compete with The Financial Times and The Sunday Times... National Geographic Media signs up Expedia Group global head of editorial and entertainment Nathan Lump as editor-in-chief, effective June 6... My Code, acquires a majority stake in Hispanic news and information company Impremedia.

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Putin Faces Pushback from Military

Fri, Apr. 22, 2022

By Kevin McCauley

Arkady OstrovskyRussia’s military pushes against Vladimir Putin as it balks at following his political orders that have led to disaster in Ukraine.

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CNN+ To Shutter Weeks After Debut

Thu, Apr. 21, 2022

By Jon Gingerich

CNNOwing to a lukewarm reception, CNN’s heavily publicized streaming platform CNN+ is shutting down less than a month after its launch.

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Media Maneuvers: Kahn to Succeed Baquet at NYT

Tue, Apr. 19, 2022

By Steve Barnes

Joe KahnThe New York Times names Joe Kahn, who has been the paper’s managing editor since 2016, to the paper’s top newsroom job. He will replace Dean Baquet... Infowars, the website founded by Alex Jones, has filed for bankruptcy... Wendy Rieger, who anchored the 5 p.m. newscast on Washington, DC’s NBC4 for more than two decades, died on April 16.

Mercedes Drives to BBC Studios

Mon, Mar. 21, 2022

By Kevin McCauley

Rosemary MercedesRosemary Mercedes, who stepped down from her executive VP/chief communications officer post at Univision last March after a 15-year stint, has joined BBC Studios, Americas.

NY Times Pulls Editorial Staff from Russia

Tue, Mar. 8, 2022

By Kevin McCauley

NYTimesThe New York Times is pulling its staff out of Russia due to the country’s suppression of the free press and the new law that threatens 15 years of jail time for those who report “fake news,” which is generally defined as information that counters Putin’s propaganda.

Media Maneuvers: NBCU Declares Beijing Olympics a Ratings Dud

Tue, Feb. 22, 2022

By Steve Barnes

NBCUniversal says that the Beijing Winter Olympics racked up the smallest prime-time audience ever recorded for the games... Truth Social, Donald Trump’s social-networking platform, is up and running—sort of...Tegna, which owns 64 TV stations, is acquired via a partnership deal between private equity firms Standard General and Apollo Global Management.

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Media Maneuvers: ViacomCBS Becomes Paramount

Wed, Feb. 16, 2022

By Steve Barnes

ParamountViacomCBS is changing its name to Paramount, but investors don’t seem too bullish on the company’s performance... P.J. O’Rourke, a writer who was a walking definition of “political incorrectness,” died of lung cancer on Feb. 15. He was 74... Lee Enterprises scores victory in bid to fend off hostile takeover.

Media Maneuvers: Binance Pumps $200M into Forbes

Fri, Feb. 11, 2022

By Steve Barnes

ForbesForbes receives $200M cash infusion from Binance, cryptocurrency and blockchain infrastructure company... Dotdash Meredith ends print runs of Entertainment Weekly, InStyle, Eating Well, Health, Parents and People en Español... The European Publishers Council lodges a complaint with the European Commission against Google for its ad tech practices.

The Shifting Rules of Office Relationships

Fri, Feb. 4, 2022

By Jane Genova

Jane GenovaDespite the quick decision made in the Jeff Zucker incident, the whole matter of romance in the workplace is still filled with more questions than answers.

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Media Maneuvers: China Hacks News Corp's Papers

Fri, Feb. 4, 2022

By Steve Barnes

NewsCorpChina hacks News Corp's Wall Street Journal, Times of London, Sun and New York Post properties... The New York Times, bolstered by its acquisition of The Athletic, crosses 10-million subscriber mark ahead of its 2025 target date... NBC says that it has sold out all advertising inventory during Super Bowl LVI across NBC, Telemundo and digital platforms including Peacock. Thirty second spots fetch $7.1M.

Media Maneuvers: Chicago Public Media Buys Sun-Times

Fri, Jan. 21, 2022

By Steve Barnes

Chicago Sun TimesChicago Public Media, which owns the city’s NPR outlet, WBEZ, is set to acquire the Chicago Sun-Times on Jan 31... Gannett is axing the Saturday print edition of its papers in 136 markets... Netflix’s stock tanks after it falls short of Wall Street's subscriber forecasts.

Media Maneuvers: Sex Harassment Suit Rocks NY Post

Wed, Jan. 19, 2022

By Steve Barnes

Col AllanThe New York Post, as well as owner News Corp., ex-editor Col Allan and current editor Keith Poole, are facing a sexual harassment lawsuit from Michelle Gotthelf, a 20-year employee of the paper who most recently served as its digital editor... Disney names Joe Earley president of Hulu... NBCU Academy, multi-platform journalism training program, adds 13 higher education institutions to the program.

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On the Move: Omnicom PR Group Hires Chase as First People Person

Tue, Jan. 18, 2022

By Steve Barnes

Michele ChaseOmnicom Public Relations Group names Michele Chase as its first chief people officer... Violet PR hires Conway PR & Marketing's David Margolis to help lead its economic development division... McNeely Brockman Public Relations adds Lydia Lenker as senior advisor... OverActive Media recruits Matt McGlynn from Royal Bank of Canada for VP-marketing and brand spot.

Media Maneuvers: Microsoft Spends $70B for Activision Blizzard

Tue, Jan. 18, 2022

By Steve Barnes

Activision BlizzardMicrosoft shells out $70B in cash for Activison Blizzard, which has come under fire for alleged workplace misconduct... Committee to Protect Journalists appoints Reuters veteran Jodie Ginsberg president... Politico names New York Public Radio president and CEO Goli Sheikholeslami to succeed Patrick Steel, who stepped down last year, as its chief executive.

Media Maneuvers NYT Buys The Athletic for $500M

Thu, Jan. 6, 2022

By Steve Barnes

AthleticThe New York Times is acquiring sports media platform The Athletic in a $500M cash deal.... WarnerMedia and ViacomCBS put the CW Network up for sale... The BBC hires former president of NBC News International Deborah Turness as CEO of BBC News and Current Affairs.

Media Maneuvers: New York Times Media Columnist Ben Smith Exits

Wed, Jan. 5, 2022

By Steve Barnes

Ben SmithNew York Times media columnist Ben Smith is exiting the paper to serve as editor-in-chief for a news organization being started by Justin Smith, who is leaving his position as chief executive of Bloomberg Media... NBC Universal launches NBCUnified, a first-party identity platform that it says will let advertisers track and monitor consumer relationships without cookies or device IDs... New England Public Media hires Matt Abramovitz as president, effective Feb. 1.