Business news network CNBC announced the first of its slate of reality shows to be added next year: Treasure Detectives” and “The Car Chasers,” both set to premiere March 5. “'Treasure Detectives' investigates fakes and forgeries using high-tech science, while 'The Car Chasers' focuses on two men who travel the country looking for cars to buy and sell," writes Chris Roush.
Hearst Corporation promoted Neeraj Khemlani to chief creative office -- a position expected to make good use of his background at Yahoo, since one of his goals will be to develop "stronger digital product designs for the company's various media properties," writes Alexander C. Kaufman.
More of journalism's favorite end-of-the-year pastime: speculation about next year's events. This time Jon Friedman considers which large media companies are most likely to be bought in 2013, from Scripps Networks Interactive and Sirius XM Satellite Radio, to the Washington Post and, yes, the New York Times: "The Times is often mentioned in a Bloomberg-related scenario because it oozes with prestige and could offer a buyer such as Bloomberg the kind of instant and sweeping credibility that only a handful of media brand names can deliver," writes Friedman.
Check out the winners of Ragan's #jargoncontest, where folks competed to come up with the most absurd jargon-filled tweet. We loved the phrase "After ideating this Tweet..." P.S.: If these sound like acceptable business language to you, you really do need some holiday time off.
In "another recent example of publishers blurring the line between advertising and editorial," Condé Nast partnered with Walmart on Beautyscoop, a 12-page in-store magazine with tips from editors of Condé Nast fashion/beauty magazines that came out twice this year, writes Erik Maza. Maza provides a thorough analysis of this trend, perhaps more clearly exemplified by Condé's splashing "a Microsoft Windows 8 advertorial on the covers of its magazines [last month] without a clear label describing it as an ad." Any crossover between magazine's previously sacrosant church-state border is all part of a larger trend, as Maza notes:"Major publishers …
Atlantic Media premieres its revamped corporate logo and website today, featuring "a real-time content feed from all of the company's brands—a clever way to provide both an instant view of what's happening across the products and access to each of them," writes Bill Mickey. By the way, those brands include The Atlantic, Government Executive, and Quartz -- all of which have experienced a 250% jump in digital traffic over the last two years, the company reports.
Comcast is rolling out Xfinity Latino, an updated group of video products and services targeted to Hispanic customers. Xfinity includes 10 new Hispanic channels and also "doubles Comcast’s Hispanic On Demand content on TV and online," writes Ira Kantor.
As part of the Saturday Evening Post's move to become "Vanity Fair meets Smithsonian" (per a quote from its new editor, Steve Slon), the iconic mag "is back with a new design, new fiction, and reporting" -- and is moving its editorial staff from Indiana back to its previous headquarter city, Philadelphia, writes Joseph N. DiStefano. And instead of its previous focus on "nostalgia, tradition, the good old days... mainly [the magazine] will be analyzing the trends of the day," says Slon.
Thompson Reuters is combining "the company’s existing editorial and news-related sales and marketing operations" into one department, writes Chris Roush. Some personnel tweaks: Stephen J. Adler has been promoted to president and editor in chief of the new unit (he was previously Reuters' editor in chief), and Stephen Schwartz will become managing director of News Agency, the "business-to-business news provider serving media professionals around the world with source material, as well as packaged and branded ready to use content from Reuters and third parties."
Some pay TV company add, while others take away, this holiday season. First, DirecTV has "added on-demand titles from more than 30 networks to its TV Everywhere website and apps, through deals with media companies including A+E Networks, Scripps Networks Interactive, Showtime Networks, Smithsonian Channel and Viacom Media Networks," writes
Todd Spangler in Multichannel News. But Time Warner Cable is dropping small station Ovation from its line-up at the end of the year -- "a blow to the independent network that has attempted to elevate TV coverage of the arts and contemporary culture," writes Meg James. Time Warner said …