Gerry Baker, former Wall Street Journal editor-in-chief and currently editor-at-large at the paper, is launching a Fox Business show Nov. 30. “WSJ At Large With Gerry Baker,” will air Fridays at 9:30 p.m., immediately following Maria Bartiromo’s “Wall Street.” Fox says that the show will feature “in-depth conversations with business titans and other financial influencers.” When Baker stepped down in June, it was announced he would get a Journal-branded program on Fox Business, which, like the Journal, is part of the Murdoch family’s media holdings. Fox Business is in the process of revamping its primetime schedule, having also recently added “Trish Regan Primetime” to its lineup.
Meredith Corporation has promoted Jacqueline Gifford to editor-in-chief of Travel + Leisure, effective immediately. Gifford, who succeeds Nathan Lump, has been with Travel + Leisure since 2013, most recently serving as travel director. She was previously, travel editor at Brides as well as features and travel editor at OK! She reports to Meredith VP, group editorial director Stephen Orr. Meredith picked up Travel + Leisure when it acquired Time Inc. and has decided to keep the title as one of its lifestyle, celebrity and entertainment brands. Meredith says that Travel + Leisure’s global audience is more than 16 million.
New York Media, the company that owns New York magazine, says that it plans to institute a paywall for its websites, which include NYMag.com; Vulture, which focuses on pop culture; fashion-news site The Cut; and the politically focused Intelligencer. The charge for access to the company’s sites will be $5 per month or $50 for annual subscriptions. For another $20, subscribers will also receive the print magazine, which publishes every other week. The charge will not apply to The City, an upcoming vertical that is to provide local coverage of New York City. The new policy is to go into effect the last week of November, according to the company.
Tribune Media rode a boom in political advertising to an unexpectedly strong third-quarter profit. Political ad revenues for the company were up 90 percent from the last midterms in 2014, and up 36 percent from the presidential cycle in 2016. Tribune Media CEO Peter Kern says that the end of the midterm election cycle does not mean an end to money from political ads. He predicts that net political ad revenue in the fourth quarter will hit $99 million, up 80 percent over 2014 and 29 percent over 2016. “We may be seeing the start of an always-on political cycle,” he said. Tribune withdrew from a $3.9 billion deal for a takeover by Sinclair Broadcast Group in August.