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WarnerMedia PR Chief Cocozza Fades from Pix

Mon, Aug. 10, 2020

By Kevin McCauley

Keith Cocozza, executive VP marketing & communications at WarnerMedia, is out as Jason Kilar, who became CEO in May 1, reorganizes the AT&T unit to simplify operations in order to better service its customers.

News Corp. Posts 22% Drop in Q4 Revenues

Fri, Aug. 7, 2020

By Kevin McCauley

Robert ThomsonNews Corp. CEO Robert Thomson reports a 22 percent decline in Q4 revenues (ended June) to $1.9B and a $401M net loss, compared to a $42M deficit a year ago.

Digital Tops Print at the New York Times

Wed, Aug. 5, 2020

By Steve Barnes

NYTThe New York Times Company says that its digital revenue exceeded print revenue for the first time ever during the second quarter.

James Murdoch Resigns from News Corp Board

Fri, Jul. 31, 2020

By Kevin McCauley

News CorpJames Murdoch, former CEO of 21st Century Fox and son of media baron Rupert Murdoch, has quit the board of family-controlled News Corp, owner of Fox News, New York Post, Wall Street Journal, Times of London and Australian newspapers.

NY Times CEO Thompson Quits

Wed, Jul. 22, 2020

By Kevin McCauley

Mark ThompsonMark Thompson, 62, is stepping down as CEO and board member at the New York Times Co. on  Sept. 8, saying he has accomplished everything that he set out to do when he joined the paper in 2012.

Media Maneuvers: CBS, NAACP Form Partnership

Fri, Jul. 17, 2020

By Steve Barnes

CBSCBS Television Studios and the NAACP are teaming up to produce content meant to increase the visibility of Black artists... Vox Media gets rid of 72 staffers, most of whom had previously been furloughed... Netflix adds 10.2 million subscribers in the second quarter. (1 reader comment)

Media Maneuvers: Foxer Shep Smith Resurfaces at CNBC

Fri, Jul. 10, 2020

By Steve Barnes

Shepard SmithShep Smith, who bolted Fox News in October, resurfaces at CNBC... Voice of America CEO Michael Pack has indicated that VOA does not plan to renew the J-1 visas of up to 100 foreign citizens who translate content... Omnicom Media Group is making a big bet on the future of podcasting. (1 reader comment)

COVID-19 Drives Digital Media Takeover

Wed, Jul. 8, 2020

By Jon Gingerich

Reuters ReportMobile messaging apps like WhatsApp have experienced big user gains in the COVID-19 media landscape, while Instagram has now become an unlikely destination for news, according to an annual report of news consumption habits released by the Reuters Institute.

Media Maneuvers: Fox Fires Ed Henry Over Sex Charges

Wed, Jul. 1, 2020

By Steve Barnes

Ed HenryFox News' Ed Henry is the network's latest employee to be booted in the wake of sexual harassment charges... The New York Times pulls plug on its partnership with Apple News... The Overseas Press Club of America launches fund to assist freelance journalists facing financial difficulties due to the COVID-19 crisis.

One in Four U.S. Papers Have Shuttered Since 2004

Fri, Jun. 26, 2020

By Jon Gingerich

newspaperThe United States has lost about one-quarter of the local newspapers it had 15 years ago—or more than 2,100 papers—according to a June report by the Hussman School of Journalism and Media at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. (1 reader comment)

Suh Returns to NYT

Mon, Jun. 22, 2020

By Kevin McCauley

Mary SuhMary Suh is rejoining the New York Times in the fall as acting op-ed editor in the aftermath of the resignation earlier this month of editorial page editor James Bennet following an op-ed by Sen. Tom Cotton, which advocated for the use of the military to control the Black Lives Matter protests.

NPC Furloughs 44% of Staff

Fri, Jun. 19, 2020

By Kevin McCauley

National Press ClubThe National Press Club is furloughing up to 50 of its 113-member staff and cutting the salaries of remaining employees by 15 percent to deal with the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. (1 reader comment)

Protests Edge Out COVID-19 Coverage

Fri, Jun. 12, 2020

By Jon Gingerich

COVIDBLMThe nationwide protests in response to the killing of George Floyd have generated a level of media attention on par with coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Pew research.

Media Maneuvers: McClatchy Closes 7 Newsrooms

Fri, Jun. 12, 2020

By Steve Barnes

McClatchyMcClatchy closes seven newsrooms, including DC, Miami and Charlotte, as reporters told to work at home until 2021 when it plans to rent smaller office spaces... Condé Nast Entertainment fires Matt Duckor, the head of programming for its style and lifestyle division, following charges of racial bias... Hearst Magazines names Samira Nasr editor-in-chief of the U.S. edition of Harper's BAZAAR. Nasr is the first black editor-in-chief in the history of the 153-year-old publication.

Embattled NYT Editorial Page Editor Quits

Mon, Jun. 8, 2020

By Kevin McCauley

James BennetJames Bennet, editorial page director of the New York Times for the last four years, resigned June 7 following the newsroom revolt over the publication of Sen. Tom Cotton's "Send in the Military" op-ed. (1 reader comment)

Trump's Media Bashing Triggers Violence Against Journos

Mon, Jun. 1, 2020

By Kevin McCauley

RWBReporters Without Borders counts 68 attacks on reporters by the police and demonstrators since the Minneapolis demonstration in the wake of the killing of unarmed black man George Floyd by police officers. (2 reader comments)

Media Maneuvers: ViacomCBS Wields Ax

Thu, May 28, 2020

By Steve Barnes

ViacomViacomCBS slated to cut from 300 to 400 staffers due to COVID-19, merger fallouts... Simon & Schuster names Jonathan Karp CEO, succeeding Carolyn Reidy, who died earlier this month... Local TV stations air "news segment" produced by Amazon's PR team, which showcases its efforts to keeps workers safe and healthy.

Media Maneuvers: Tribune Publishing Delays Financials

Wed, May 20, 2020

By Steve Barnes

TribuneTribune Publishing delays release of first-quarter financials as it struggles to access impact of COVID-19 pandemic... Facebook launches a foray into online shopping... The American Society of Journalists and Authors unveils COVID-19 coverage awards.

More Americans Trust Media’s COVID-19 Reporting

Fri, May 15, 2020

By Jon Gingerich

COVIDAs COVID-19 cases continue to rise across the country, the percentage of Americans who believe the news media exaggerates the risks associated with the pandemic is declining, according to a Pew Research Center study. (2 reader comments)