Friday, December 13, 2002
  • Grogan Goes to AOL

    As AdAge reported yesterday, AOL Time Warner is set to hire William Grogan, director of Coke brands for Interpublic and EVP at McCann Erickson Worldwide for an executive position in its global marketing solutions group. Gogan will be senior vice president of marketing for the global marketing solutions group. ...Read the whole story

  • Gannett Reports A Strong 2002

    Gannett told the Credit Suisse First Boston media conference that the company’s results for 2002 were among the strongest in the industry and that it’s cautiously optimistic for 2003. “For Gannett, 2002 will go down as another successful year, a year when our employees and managers delivered strong results,” said CEO Douglas H. McCorkindale. He expects Q4 earnings to be consistent with analyst estimates, between $1.26 and $1.28 per share. All advertising segments with the exception of classified finished 2002 in positive territory, McCorkindale said. ...Read the whole story

  • Cable Nielsens

    Rankings for the top 15 programs on basic cable networks as compiled by Nielsen Media Research for the week of Dec. 2-8. NFL Football: Vikings vs. Packers (Sunday, 8:28 p.m.), ESPN, 7.1, 7.61 million homes. Miniseries: "Taken" Part I (Monday, 9 p.m.), Sci Fi, 3.7, 3.91 million homes. Movie: "Miss Lettie & Me" (Sunday, 8 p.m.), TNT, 3.6, 3.87 million homes. "NFL Prime Time" (Sunday, 7:30 p.m.), ESPN, 3.2, 3.42 million homes. Miniseries: "Taken" Part III (Wednesday, 9 p.m.), Sci Fi, 3.2, 3.39 million homes. Miniseries: "Taken" Part II (Tuesday, 9 p.m.), Sci Fi, 3.1, 3.29 million homes. "SpongeBob SquarePants" ... ...Read the whole story

  • Bob Schmetterer Named Havas COO

    French advertising giant Havas on Thursday appointed Bob Schmetterer, the head of its Euro RSCG Worldwide division to the post of President and Chief Operating Officer of the group. Schmetterer, an American, will retain his position as chairman and CEO of New York-headquartered Euro RSCG Worldwide. ...Read the whole story

  • CNBC Promotes Friend To Key Network Position

    CNBC promoted David Friend to the position of SVP of Business News and made him executive in charge of the network’s business day programming. CNBC CEO Pamela Thomas-Graham said announcing the move that Friend has led CNBC with skill and vision toward programming that serves its core audience. Friend, a 25-year veteran of broadcast journalism, joined the channel in 1997. He also launched Early Today on NBC and was executive producer of Wall Street Journal Report and CNBC specials. ...Read the whole story

  • Alias To Follow Jan. 26 Super Bowl

    Perplexed by Alias’ failure to gain big ratings, ABC has decided to give its best spot – the hour following the Super Bowl – to the show in a quest to jump-start it among viewers. A new episode will air then. “This is a show that we have always believed deserved a bigger audience, and the Super Bowl will help introduce it to millions of new viewers,” said ABC Entertainment President Susan Lyne. ...Read the whole story