Thursday, April 26, 2012
  • Meredith's TV Revs Solid, Top Magazines' Poor Performance

    Revenues from Meredith's TV stations grew 10% to $78 million, benefiting from gains in key categories. The company's digital ads revenues for its TV businesses gained 70%, whereas the magazine unit only grew 2%. ...Read the whole story

  • Belo Airs Uptick In Q1 Revs

    TV station group Belo Corp.'s first-quarter results inched up, due in part to higher automotive, retail and political advertising. The company, which has 20 stations, and nine in the top 25 markets, had revenue of $156 million -- 3% higher than the same period in 2011. ...Read the whole story

  • Oxygen Doubles Original Shows, Gets 'Confidential'

    Oxygen says it will boost its original programming offerings by 50% and look to establish a new "Girlfriend Confidential" franchise with two shows at once -- New York and Los Angeles versions. The network is bringing back "The Glee Project" starting June 5, while launching another music genre series, "The Next Big Thing: NY," ...Read the whole story

  • GroundLink Appeals To Secret Agent Inside

    Car-service company GroundLink is looking to build national awareness by appealing to the secret agent that lives within every person who might use its service. "We all have a secret agent on the inside," says CMO Seth Lasser. ...Read the whole story

    Around The Net

    • Comcast Calls Bloomberg A Liar; Publishes Long Must-Read For New

      All the latest in news from Comcast: First, the media giant hit back in its battle with Bloomberg over "where Bloomberg TV is placed on the cable dial in relation to Comcast's CNBC," writes Joe Flint in the L.A. Times.  Basically Comcast said that Bloomberg was a liar, thought it never quite used that word. Instead, Bloomberg was accused of  presenting "erroneous facts" in its initial presentation to the FCC about the cable dial issue, which included the "demonstrably false" claim "that Comcast was ignoring the conditions that the regulatory agency put on the cable giant as part of approving its ... ...Read the whole story

    • Brand USA, By Roseanne Cash, JWT Adweek

      Check out this new TV spot for the United States of America. By JWT, it is the first comprehensive tourism marketing campaign for the U.S. aimed at overseas visitors. The 60-second ad attempts to capture the size, complexity and diversity of the U.S. set to original music by Roseanne Cash, who plays under the Brooklyn Bridge with an international backup group playing instruments from all over the world. ...Read the whole story

    • Yes, Broadband And TV Are LinkedGigaom

      "For those who even doubt that the future of TV involves broadband," Stacey Higginbotham presents a chart showing how "real-time entertainment (primarily video) [Web] traffic is almost 65 percent of U.S. network traffic." Her conclusion? "We can’t put this genie back in the bottle." Still, all this video streaming creates new issues, with ISPs implementing usage caps. "Which then leads back to one of the questions that wasn’t asked yesterday at the Senate hearing on the future of TV," she writes. "Are caps a worrisome protectionist tool to keep subscribers locked to both broadband and pay TV subscriptions? And if ... ...Read the whole story

    • Will Dogs Watch TV?New York Times

      Can dogs actually benefit from watching TV, as the creators of 24-hour cable channel Dog TV claim? Douglas Quenqua gets a variety of responses from experts, ranging from a qualified yes to “I think a lot of this is to make us feel better as opposed to making the pet happier." Still, if you want to try the network -- available now in San Diego but probably coming to cable systems nationwide by the end of the year, if Dog TV salespeople are up to snuff -- remember this important point: "Place the high-definition TV at the pet’s eye level." ...Read the whole story

    News Items Reveal A Changing T/V Landscape

    Two items reported in the news this month demonstrate how oft-overlooked media consumer preferences are beginning to shift the landscape and business model for ad-supported T/V (television/video). ...More