• Scripps Networks Buys Travel Channel International
    Scripps Networks Interactive will buy U.K.-based Travel Channel International Ltd. for $103 million, in a deal set for completion in Q2. Scripps already owns the U.S.-based Travel Channel; this new acquisition will provide original travel programming in 91 countries, distributed in 20 languages throughout Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East.
  • 'Yoga Journal' Moves Deeper Into E-Commerce Pose
    Yoga Journal is opening an e-commerce store selling 24 brands of such products as clothing, jewelry and DVDs. The company's first phase of this operation, which previously sold only DVDs,  garnered significant increases -- 305% in sales year over year in this February from the same period last year. "Yoga Journal's parent company Active Interest Media says it will be rolling out more magazine-branded e-commerce stores throughout 2012," from a roster of pubs that include Backpacker and Black Belt, writes Bill Mickey.
  • 'Vogue' Goes Dutch
    Conde Nast just launched Vogue's Netherlands edition, edited by Karin Swerink, a former Dutch Glamour editor and judge of "Holland's Next Top Model." This is the 19th international edition of the fashion bible. Vogue is published in countries ranging from Korea to Australia to Turkey and Russia.
  • Wired Mag Runs First NFC-Enabled Ad
    The April issue of Wired magazine contains a Lexus ad reportedly "the first mass-produced print ad embedded with a near-field communications, or NFC, tag," writes Jason Del Rey. Readers with NFC-enabled smartphones can access a demo of the Lexus GS 2013's in-dash App Suite more quickly than with the typical 2D barcodes in other magazine ads.
  • Viacom To Bundle TV, Digital Ad Buys
    Viacom's new ad sales offering, Surround Sound, allows brands to make cross-channel ad buys, bundling "audience-targeted TV buys with a digital campaign aimed at the same consumer segment that would span online video, display, mobile and email advertising," writes Tim Peterson. For example, a marketer could reach "politically savvy, 20-something guys," with "spots on The Daily Show With Jon Stewart and The Colbert Report and online video and premium display ads on the shows’ sites as well as other relevant Viacom online properties such as Spike.com," writes Peterson.
  • WSJ Avoids Digital For Sunday Edition
    Content from the Wall Street Journal's Sunday edition, published in 62 smaller newspapers around the U.S., "has become a quiet hit," in a partnership program going since 1999, writes Jeff Roberts.  The program also includes the possibility of sharing revenue from national advertisers. One hitch, though: "For now, the Journal will not provide its partners with digital copy for their websites."
  • 'Atlantic''s Biz News Site WON'T Sell Standard Display Ads
    That's just one of the news flashes Chris Batty, just-named publisher of Atlantic Media's global business news site, provides in this Q&A. Another: the site "will encourage advertisers to talk directly to its audience through sponsored posts, a growing but still atypical approach," writes Nat Ives. "Let's serve our advertisers' communications goal as well and not just corral them into banner ads," says Gawker Media veteran Batty.
  • Talk Is Tough Dept.: Will Anybody Become The New Oprah?
    Ten months after Oprah Winfrey abdicated her position as queen of daytime talk, "the TV industry is still trying to fill the vacuum," writes Tim Kenneally. He runs down the current and future contenders, including Katie Couric, set to go on-air in September, certainly well-known and possibly with an edge as a former evening news anchor in this political year. Meanwhile, things aren't going so well in Ex-Queen Oprah's current endeavor, the OWN network -- you may have heard about Oprah's latest firings, which included 30 staffers, as well as the end of the Rosie O'Donnell talk show.
  • 'Big Bang' Reruns Powerful Force In Cable TV
    Nerds conquer all. CBS' "The Big Bang Theory" is not only "helping the network challenge NBC's Thursday-night sitcom supremacy," but its reruns are responsible for cable channel TBS whomping USA for first Q 2012, "the first time since 2006 that USA has not dominated the winter quarter," writes Josef Adalian. He further quantifies "the amazing stats that BBT has racked up for TBS," as well as how the network is using the show to bolster its scheduling, As Adalian writes, "BBT"'s rerun success shows how "network hand-me-downs are still a crucial staple of any successful cable channel." But because original …
  • New HDTVs Privacy Threat?
    Do viewers of Samsung’s 2012 top-of-the-line plasmas and LED HDTVs have reason to fear for their privacy? These TVs offer "new features never before available within a television, including a built-in, internally wired HD camera" that "may allow hackers or even Samsung to see and hear you and your family, and collect extremely personal data," writes the HD Guru. "Samsung has not released a privacy policy clarifying what data it is collecting and sharing," continues the Guru, who lists a whole host of concerns, beginning with "Can Samsung or Samsung-authorized companies watch you watching your Samsung TV?"
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