USA Today, January 26, 2005 Who will announce "I'm going to Disney World!" at the conclusion of Fox's broadcast of Super Bowl XXXIX? Nobody. After 19 years, the Magic Kingdom this year is canceling its Super Bowl promotional series in which a star of the game proclaims he's headed next for the Florida theme park.
Mediaweek, January 26, 2005 In the wake of a growing controversy following an ill-advised tsunami song parody, Emmis Communications has indefinitely suspended Miss Jones and the Hot 97 morning team from Rhythm & Blues/Hip Hop station WQHT-FM in New York.
AdAge.com, January 26, 2005 MasterCard International expanded its branded-entertainment efforts last night with its first foray into scripted drama, a tie-in with the WB network's teen drama One Tree Hill.
Washington Post, January 27, 2005 Former Viacom Inc. president Mel Karmazin held his first conference call with analysts as chief executive of Sirius Satellite Radio Inc. yesterday to discuss the company's rising revenue and its 2005 guidance. But the first question he got wasn't about Sirius's financial outlook. It was about a rumor that Sirius was in talks to merge with its rival, District-based XM Satellite Radio Holdings Inc.
The New York Times, January 27, 2005 Mobile phone carriers and entrepreneurs bid nearly $1 billion yesterday on the first day of a government auction of radio spectrum, the airwaves that carry wireless data and phone traffic.
AdAge.com, January 25, 2005 Delivering the opening address at this year's TV programmers convention here, Ted Turner introduced himself as the "guy who was phased out of Time Warner," and then proceeded to cite media consolidation, the nuclear threat and climate change as the biggest issues facing society today.
New York Post, January 26, 2005 Satellite radio rivals Sirius and XM have been cozying up to each other, The Post has learned. While talks have not advanced far, executives from both sides have been meeting lately to discuss the possibility of a merger, according to several sources close to the matter.
CNN/Money, January 26, 2005 Anheuser-Busch is pulling an advertisement planned for this year's Super Bowl that would have poked fun at last year's infamous "wardrobe malfunction" that exposed Janet Jackson's breast during the halftime show, according to a published report.
Reuters, January 26, 2005 Media company Gannett Co. Inc. on Wednesday said quarterly profit increased 6 percent, powered by political advertising gains at its broadcast TV stations that more than offset ad declines at its flagship USA Today newspaper.
The New York Times, January 26, 2005 Anheuser-Busch, the biggest advertiser on the Super Bowl, the biggest day of the year for advertising, is making good on a promise to clean up its act.