• Is the ‘Globe’ Worth $35M?

    And would the Times Co. sell it for less? We may soon find out, as bids begin to trickle in for the Boston Globe, which the New York Times Co. admitted last week is on the block. Platinum Equity, which bought the San Diego Tribune earlier this year, is offering a reported $35 million for…

  • Exclusive! TV Editor Leaving L.A. Times for the Beast

      Diller and Brown on the town   Tina Brown’s Daily Beast continues to lure talent into its IAC-owned belly. The latest is Kate Aurthur, the television editor at the Los Angeles Times, who is leaving the paper for the Barry Diller-backed website. Aurthur confirmed the news in an e-mail to TheWrap: “I have no…

  • KFWB: Good-bye, All-News; Hello, Dr. Laura

    Takes on talk format, but will keep a news block in the early morning.

  • Are Newspapers About to Cheat Death?

    Maybe the death of the American newspaper has been greatly exaggerated. Or maybe it’s just going to take longer to bury than previously thought. As Advertising Age noted late last week, one research firm forecasts ad revenue for print newspapers will rebound 2.4 percent in 2010. What’s more, according to the firm, Borrell & Associates,…

  • Longtime ‘Post’ Staffer Out at Page Six

    Richard Johnson continues to shuffle the lineup card at the world’s most famous gossip page. A week after hiring Emily Smith away from Life & Style to replace Paula Froelich as his new top lieutenant, it appears that Bill Hoffman, longtime New York Post staffer and Page Six columnist, is the odd man out. Johnson…

  • Have Stock in Media? Read This

    More public media companies held their earnings calls this week. And, like last week, the reports from the executive suite were dire. Playboy warned that its magazine may lose 47 percent of its ad pages during the third quarter. News Corporation, Rupert Murdoch’s sprawling media empire, reported a startling $3.4 billion fiscal year net loss,…

  • Who Would Buy a Newspaper Now?

    After months of scuffling — and threatening to shut the paper down — the New York Times Co. said for the first time on Thursday that it is seeking a sale of the Boston Globe.   The admission came in the form of a disclosure in a regulatory filing to the S.E.C., and was first…

  • Page Six Names New No. 2

    Well, I was wrong. The New York Post has hired Paula Froelich’s replacement and editor Richard Johnson’s new lieutenant at Page Six – and it isn’t any one of the six candidates (including my even money favorite Ben Widdicome) I had culled in my short-list for the high-profile position. The newest member of the world’s…

  • #OMG! Media Reacts to Twitter ‘Attack’

    For a few hours at least, ESPN executives didn’t have to worry about their reporters Tweeting away scoops or trade secrets: Twitter went down. Since about 9:00 a.m. (ET), the social networking juggernaut has been down intermittently due to what the company is calling “an ongoing denial-of-service attack.” Twitter users were forced to use such…

  • ‘Birthday’ Video From ‘The Beatles: Rock Band’ Premieres

    The first clip from the official in-game video, out Sept. 9.

  • Hmmm: Who Will Be New NYT Culture Editor? (updated)

    Updated Thursday 9:30 am: A good lesson in peddling rumors. Hall writes again to say that Bill Keller was indeed in her office yesterday, but they were discussing Sifton’s new position as restaurant critic, not giving her a new job. Sounds like it’s safe to say that what I heard ain’t happening, and that the…

  • Rupe Wants to Charge for Web Content

      News Corp chairman Rupert Murdoch said that the success of WSJ.com has proven to him that people will pay for quality content online, and that he plans to use that pay model across the company’s news-driven web properties – and not just those of his newspapers.   “Quality journalism is not cheap,” Murdoch said…

  • Rupert’s News Corp Swings to $203 Million Loss

    All News Corp sites will be charging for content by 2010, says Murdoch.

    Rupert’s News Corp Swings to $203 Million Loss
  • ESPN Cracks Down on Employees’ Social Networking

    ESPN, the “Worldwide Tweeter” – err — “Leader in Sports,” drew the ire of some of its employees yesterday when it issued a set of formal guidelines limiting their use of social networking.   “The hammer just came down, tweeps: ESPN memo prohibiting tweeting info unless it serves ESPN,” Ric Bucher, one of the network’s…

  • Playboy Braces for a Hard Hit

    The media industry’s bloodied and battered financial reports continue to roll in. The latest, Playboy, which said today that its second quarter 2009 revenues were $62.2 million, down 15.3 percent from $73.4 million during the second quarter last year. Revenues from the print group – the one that includes its flagship magazine – were $28.3…