Thursday, April 5, 2012
  • Discovery Channel, OWN Launch New Series With Last Frontier

    Discovery Channel plans to launch two very different shows with cars as a centerpiece, while a series joining two of the most popular entities in reality TV -- Mark Burnett and Alaska -- is also coming. Oprah Winfrey's OWN network also has a series set in Alaska on tap. ...Read the whole story

  • Olbermann Sues Current TV, Cites Marketing, Promotional Concerns

    Many of the complaints in a lawsuit filed by former Current TV host Keith Olbermann against Current TV on Thursday come down to marketing and promotion -- as well as technical -- issues. ...Read the whole story

  • Gannett Implements Unpaid Furlough

    Things aren't getting any better in the newspaper industry, judging by Gannett's decision to implement a one-week unpaid furlough for employees of "USA Today" and Gannett Publishing Services, which prints and distributes "USA Today" and its community newspapers. ...Read the whole story

  • U.S. Tablet, TV Usage Spikes

    Virtually all U.S. portable device owners will use either their tablet or smartphones at least once during a 30-day period. Nielsen says a fourth-quarter 2011 survey showed 88% of U.S. tablet owners will use a tablet device at least once during any particular month while watching TV. ...Read the whole story

  • Pandora Hits 1 Billion Listening Hours, Revs Lag

    Online radio service Pandora said it crossed the 1 billion mark in total listening hours in March -- up from 975 million in February, and nearly twice the 567 million it reached in the year-earlier period. The company reported that it hit the milestone as part of a new push to share key audience metrics on a monthly basis in lieu of accurate third-party data tracking usage across platforms. ...Read the whole story

  • Mag Bag: 'New York,' 'New Yorker' Lead ASME Finalists

    The American Society of Magazine Editors has revealed the finalists for the 2012 National Magazine Awards, listing 52 titles across 20 categories, chosen from among 1,804 entries from 270 publications. ...Read the whole story

  • CBS, ESPN Tops With TV Viewers

    Looking at the ratings that matter most to advertisers, CBS and Fox have had improving TV seasons this year. Through Jan. 15, Nielsen's C3 data -- commercial ratings plus three days of time-shifted viewing -- has CBS and Fox in a virtual dead heat when it comes to 18-49 viewers. CBS is pulling in 3.263 million viewers on average in prime time to Fox's 3.241 million. ...Read the whole story

The Web Video Challenge: Can the Big TV Players Be Leaders Again?

What will it take for the big television players -- the programmers and producers -- to be the big players in IP-based video? What do the Viacoms, Scripps and Fremantles need to be doing to sit ...More

  • Stupid Stuff We Don't Really Need

    Our neighbors to the north announced the other day that the Royal Canadian Mint will stop distributing pennies -- joining others like Britain and Australia in dumping the local equivalent of one-cent coins. What an intelligent ...More