Friday, October 21, 2011

Phyllis Fine, October 21, 2011, 3:08 PM
  • News Corp. Calls DirecTV 'Ridiculous' During Carriage SquabbleL.A. Times

    One more fight over carriage fees that could mean channels going dark! This time the squabble is between News Corp. and DirecTV over more than two dozen channels, ranging from FX, the National Geographic Channel, and 19 regional sports network -- but not Fox News or Fox broadcast network. Deadline to reach agreement is Nov. 1. Hear the clash of swords as both sides weigh in with angry quotes: DirecTV says News Corp. is asking for a 40% increase in subscriber fees, which it calls  "unfair and unwarranted." Meanwhile, News Corp. says the claim that it's demanding a 40% raise is "ridiculous." Read the whole story...

  • TV Shows That May Be Heading For Cancellation TownTV Guide

    Bubble, bubble -- here's a list of 10 TV shows that are in trouble ratings-wise, from critical darlings that have failed to pick up enough of a an audience ("Community") to new shows that may soon be on the chopping block ("Pan Am"). Actually, we're surprised that more new shows aren't on the list -- less than half, four out of ten, fit intto that category, including "Unforgettable and "Prime Suspect." The rest have been around at least for a prior season. Read the whole story...

  • Reader's Digest Explores Sale of AllRecipesFolio

    Reader's Digest Association is exploring the possible sale of another food-related property -- the 14-year-old site AllRecipes -- shortly after it announced the impending sale of foodie pub Every Day With Rachael Ray. These moves all part of a process to refine the brand, writes Stephanie Botelho. "RDA considers Reader’s Digest, Taste of Home and The Family Handyman to be among its core brands, according to newly named president and CEO Robert Guth." And all of this "streamlining may or may not be in preparation for a potential sale: in July, The Wall Street Journal reported RDA was on the block with a price tag of $1 billion," writes Botelho. Read the whole story...

  • Forbes Taps Outsider For COO JobNew York Post

    Forbes Media hired a new COO, Mike Federle, formerly publisher and president of competing publication Fortune. He is one of the first non-Forbes family members to hold a key position; another was Mike Perlis, named CEO last November. "The arrival of Federle is another sign that the Forbes family, which technically still owns the media company, has been forced to turn over control to non-family executives at the behest of minority partner Elevation Partners," writes Keith J. Kelly.


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