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NYT Shows Digital Subs Gain, Profit Dip; Fox Adds 3 TV Stations

Wed, Nov. 6, 2019

By Steve Barnes

NY TImesNew York Times reports strong growth in digital subscriptions but lower ad revenues, operating profit... Fox Corp. picks up three TV stations from Nexstar Media Group... NBCUniversal global distribution & international chair Kevin MacLellan is leaving company.

Local News Beats National News for Trust

Wed, Nov. 6, 2019

By Jon Gingerich

Local newsAmericans trust reporting by news outlets in the communities where they live far more than their national news counterparts.

Media Manuevers: Comcast's Liaision to LGBTQ Community Sues Company for Bias; Meredith Corp. Unloads Money; Harper's Names Christoher Beha Editor

Wed, Oct. 23, 2019

By Steve Barnes

Klayton FennellKlayton Fennell, Comcast’s liaison to the LGBTQ community, sues company, claiming he was passed over for promotion due to his sexual orientation and because he does not conform to gender-based stereotypes... Meredith Corp. unloads Money magazine brand to Ad Practitioners, a Puerto Rico media/ad startup... Harper’s Magazine has named Christopher Beha editor of the 169-year-old monthly, effective Oct. 28.

Family Circle is Shutting Down

Fri, Oct. 18, 2019

By Steve Barnes

Family CircleFamily Circle, which has been publishing since 1932 and had a four million circulation as of June, is being shuttered by Meredith Corp. after its December issue.

Shep Smith Quits Fox News

Fri, Oct. 11, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

Shepard SmithShepard Smith, Fox news anchor and managing editor of the network's breaking news unit, quit today. He broke the news during his program. Smith is a sometimes critic of president Trump. (17 reader comments) 

Sports Illustrated Slashes Staff

Tue, Oct. 8, 2019

By Steve Barnes

sports illustratedSports Illustrated has shed 35 to 40 percent of the publication’s editorial staff, following the transfer of control of SI’s operations to Maven Media Brands.

Media Maneuvers: Newsday Unloads amNewYork; Fox Fires Radio Host Todd Starnes For Saying Dems Worship Moloch; Rich Barbieri Joins New York Times From CNN

Fri, Oct. 4, 2019

By Steve Barnes

anNewYorkNewsday unloads amNewYork free commuter paper to Schneps Media, publisher of 33 weekly newspapers and 28 magazines in metro New York... Fox News did not renew the contract of radio host Todd Starnes after he agreed with guest right-wing pastor Robert Jeffries that Democrats possibly worship demon god Moloch... Rich Barbieri is joining the New York Times as deputy business editor. Barbieri comes to the Times from CNN.

Vice Media Acquires Refinery29

Thu, Oct. 3, 2019

By Steve Barnes

Refinery29Vice Media has acquired Refinery29, a lifestyle website targeting women, forming what Vice calls “the world’s largest digital media business.”

America's Partisan View of Media Widens

Wed, Oct. 2, 2019

By Steve Barnes

MSNBC, CNN & Fox NewsThe partisan divide in how Americans view media companies is wide and getting wider, according to a new survey from Morning Consult. (1 reader comment)

Vox Media Acquires New York Magazine

Wed, Sep. 25, 2019

By Steve Barnes

New YorkVox Media is acquiring New York magazine and its allied digital platforms, to form what they say will be “the leading independent modern media company.”



Journos See Decline in Press Freedom

Fri, Sep. 20, 2019

By Steve Barnes

PressMore than half (57 percent) of U.S. journalists surveyed in a global study say that freedom of the press in the U.S. has deteriorated over the past year.

Media Maneuvers: Twitter Axes Saudi Suspected of Role in Khashoggi Murder; Paul Ingrassia Dies at 69; Direct-to-Consumer Companies Step up TV Ads

Fri, Sep. 20, 2019

By Steve Barnes

Saud al-QataniTwitter axes account of former Saudi royal court advisor Saud al-Qahtani, who is suspected of playing a role in the torture, murder and dismemberment of Washington Post contributor Jamal Khashoggi... Former Wall Street Journal Detroit bureau editor Paul Ingrassia, who won a Pulitzer for his coverage of the upheaval at General Motors, died Sept. 16 in Naples, Fla., where he had been undergoing treatment for pancreatic cancer. He was 69... Direct-to-consumer companies, such as Peloton and Warby Parker are discovering TV ads, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal.

Amazon's Benson Succeeds Schweitzer at CBS

Wed, Sep. 18, 2019

By Steve Barnes

Mike BensonMike Benson of Amazon Studios is joining the CBS network to succeed long-time marketing chief George Schweitzer at end of 2019-2020 TV season.

Cokie Roberts Dies at 75

Tue, Sep. 17, 2019

By Steve Barnes

Cokie RobertsCokie Roberts, one of what a colleague called “The Founding Mothers of NPR,” as well as a longtime anchor and political correspondent for ABC News, has died of complications from breast cancer. Roberts was 75.

Media Maneuvers: Petterson Succeeds Jones at Fox Business Network; Google Vows to Showcase Original Reporting: Medill School of Journalism Probes Winning Strategies in Local News

Fri, Sep. 13, 2019

By Steve Barnes

Lauren PettersonLauren Petterson, who nurtured the growth of Fox & Friends has been named president of FOX Business Network, replacing Brian Jones... Google, which is under intense scrutiny in DC, has made changes to its search guidelines that the company says will prioritize original reporting and make it more visible online... Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism releases report that probes winning strategies of local news outlets.

Americans Concerned by State of Media

Wed, Sep. 11, 2019

By Jon Gingerich

PressMost Americans are troubled by the current state of the media as well as ethics in the field of journalism today, according to a recent study.

MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell Shoots Self in Foot

Fri, Aug. 30, 2019

By Kevin Foley

Kevin Foley"If true," comment dooms MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell who should know he needs to verify facts before lofting accusations against president Trump or anybody else. (1 reader comment)

News Corp. Mulls Run at Google News

Wed, Aug. 28, 2019

By Steve Barnes

KnewzNews Corp is in the planning stages for a news-aggregation service to compete with Google News, Facebook and other digital platforms, according to a report in its Wall Street Journal property.