The Chicago Sun-Times appointed a new managing editor, Craig Newman, and reorganized its newsroom personnel as part of its efforts to concentrate on digital news. "We are no longer a newspaper company. We are a technology company that happens to publish a newspaper," was the quote from Sun-Times Media Holdings LLC Editor in chief Jim Kirk in this post -- an excerpt from a staff memo. "We deliver content," he continuied. "And we will deliver content on many platforms and in ways that we haven't yet fully considered."
CBS has sold more than 50% of its ad inventory for the 2013 Super Bowl -- a figure that could jump to 80% in the next few weeks, Brian Steinberg writes, quoting John Bogusz, the network's exec VP for sports sales and marketing. Despite General Motors' announcement that it will not participate in next year's event, auto advertisers are driving the bulk of sales. Other important ad categories are movies and beverages.
Liberty Media continues its campaign to take over Siriux XM, announcing that it will buy more shares, convert its preferred shares into common shares, and "nominate and campaign for a slate of directors that would constitute a majority of the board," writes David Lieberman. "The plan comes as Liberty tries to revive its effort to persuade the FCC to give it Sirius XM’s satellite licenses."
Because it filed the first suit, Dish Network now has an advantage in the battle over whether its AutoHop ad-skipping service is legal. Wednesday, a federal judge in New York issued a temporary restraining order preventing the broadcast networks from pursuing their claims against Dish until a hearing July 2, when the judge decides whether the separate suits should be consolidated. Another issue is where the suit(s) will be tried: New York (preferred by Dish) or Los Angeles (the networks' choice.)
News Corp.'s new Spanish-language channel, Mundo Fox, is launching Aug. 13 with "a single news show, a [half-hour] evening news program anchored by Rolando Nichols of KWHY Los Angeles, a MundoFox affiliate," writes Alex Wesprin. Mundo Fox has affiliates in 40 markets so far, and 'is expected to have deals in New York and Houston shortly, rounding out the top 10 markets," according to Wesprin.
On Friday Rodale's Women's Health magazine is launching a "Sparkling Summer" contest in which readers compete by creating Pinterest boards with images from Forevermark Diamonds. This may be the first-ever campaign in which a magazine works with an advertiser on Pinterest, where "followers and fans often react negatively to the kind of blatant sponsored messages that appear in other media, such as print and radio," writes Laura Indvik. "To integrate advertising into social media managed by magazines thus requires a degree of creativity."
What makes CBS "a crown jewel of the media industry," providing "very high returns to its stockholders"? The analysts at Trefis break it down into four key trends, from the "improving advertising environment" to "content licensing and retransmission fee push," to name two.
Since 2010, Forbes.com has been pioneering a "new publishing model grounded in some of the fundamental principles of the Web," with a group of almost 1,000 entrepreneurial journalists each responsible for developing, writing, and promoting his or her own blog, writes Jeff Sonderman. While "contributors are left to sink or swim on their own," Forbes itself "is swimming," he writes. "The Forbes.com audience doubled in the past year to 30 million monthly unique users." Sonderman further analyzes the strengths and weaknesses of this model. One downside: "What the Forbes model gains in quantity, speed and flexibility, it loses in ...
Why was CEO Janet Robinson really fired from the New York Times last December? The backstory includes clashes between the two most important women in Times Publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr.'s life: Robinson, with whom Sulzberger was "once an executive version of a married couple" and his new girlfriend, Claudia Gonzalez, according to Joe Hagan. That's not the whole reason by any means -- there were definitely "larger [more business-oriented] forces at work," writes Hagan, who interviewed "more than 30 people who are intimately familiar with different aspects of the Times’ business" for this piece that dissects the dishy details.
No one who was part of the "Mad Men" Pete Campbell-as-pimp subplot this past Sunday came out exactly smelling like roses (except, surprisingly, maybe that old former sleazeball himself, Don Draper). Still, they're all imaginary characters. Not so Jaguar, the company whose fictional exec asked for a night with Joan Harris as payment for helping the "Mad Men" agency win its business. How did a real-life Jaguar exec respond to this twist? The company had no input into the script and, up until Sunday, were enjoying the free publicity, writes Rich Thomaselli. Then, "I would say we were fairly surprised ...