Phyllis Fine, Jan 3, 2013, 3:53 PM
  • CBS Almost Sold Out Of Super Bowl Ad InventoryUSA Today

    CBS is just two ad slots away from being sold out of Super Bowl inventory, says CBS' John Bogusz. And "with record rates of up to $3.8 million per 30-second slot, CBS will post record Super Bowl ad sales revenue for the game," writes Bruce Horovitz. Read the whole story...

  • 2012 Surprisingly Good Year For Newspapers StocksPoynter

    Say what you will about the ailing state of newspapers; still, in 2012, "investors still liked what they saw in the newspaper industry last year and bid up share prices accordingly," writes Rick Edmonds. "Six of eight publicly traded companies showed gains for 2012; four of those were up 30 percent or more."   Read the whole story...

  • New Cable Networks Face Challenges From Wary DistributorsAdvertising Age

    New cable channels like Back9Network, a golf-lifestyle-based offering with Clint Eastwood as its chairman, face tougher negotiations with cable and satellite distributors working to ease rising content costs -- in some cases getting rid of channels they consider nonprofitable, as Time Warner has done with Ovation and threatens to do with others.  Jeanine Poggi looks at how various companies are coping -- from Back9Network, reportedly "about halfway through initial carriage negotiations with some of the bigger satellite and cable operators" -- to "a new court and legal news channel called Justice Central, [which] is trying to avoid the headwinds by forgoing carriage fees entirely." Read the whole story...

  • Analysis: Behind Al-Jazeera's Purchase Of CurrentNew York Times

    Al-Jazeera's just-announced acquisition of Current TV for about $500 million "is a coming of age moment," writes Brian Stelter. The "pan-Arab news giant... just bought itself 40 million more chances to make its case" that it's "a legitimate news organization, not a parrot of Middle Eastern propaganda or something more sinister." Like Current, which "similarly, has suffered from paltry ratings," Al Jazeera has the challenge of "persuading Americans to watch — an extremely tough proposition given the crowded television marketplace and the stereotypes about the channel that persist to this day." Read the whole story...