Today is the last day of broadcasts for CNN Radio, which has been digital-only for the past year, the company told staffers. About 17 employees are affected by the cut, "though some may end up getting jobs elsewhere in the company," writes Alex Weprin.
Three days after The Oregonian finished laying off nearly a quarter of its newsroom staff, the paper's new digital company, Oregonian Media Group, is advertising reporting jobs at the paper. Oregonian Media Group, the new company formed by The Oregonian, has begun posting job openings this morning-for a general assignment reporter, a music critic, a content data analyst, and an advertorial editor.
On Sunday night, viewers were captivated by Nik Wallenda's high-wire walk above a gorge near the Grand Canyon. So much so that Discovery Channel ran away with the ratings; a whopping 13 million people tuned in to watch Wallenda's 23-minute walk. The network also financed the stunt, which pulled in ratings similar to Wallenda's walk last year across Niagara Falls that aired on ABC. "Spurred by chatter on Twitter and Facebook, the audience of 'Skywire Live' gradually grew from 8 to 9:30 p.m., then spiked around the time he started to walk at 9:38 p.m.," said The New York Times. …
Relativity TV, formerly known as RelativityREAL, has a new unit dedicated to lifestyle programming.
"When it comes to choosing someone to steer prominent American media properties, the answer is often delivered in a proper British accent," writes David Carr, citing recent examples such as John Stewart's temporarily taking over for Jon Stewart as host of "The Daily Show." The British invasion has continued in part because "media are becoming more competitive and less mannered with each passing day," writes Carr. "The one question all young reporters on Fleet Street are taught to keep foremost in their mind when interviewing public figures can be best paraphrased as, 'Why is this jerk lying to me?'”
Advance Publications' newspaper The Oregonian just laid off roughly 95 employees, "at least 45 in the editorial department," writes Aaron Mesh. That represents about a fourth of a 175-person newsroom.
Intel is developing an over-the-top TV service set to launch later this year. Provided through a set-top box, the service "is novel, elegant, and highly desirable," with high-speed channel-changing, writes Tiernan Ray, who tested it. Though it "faces a number of hurdles, including potential obstruction by the cable and telephone industries... what I witnessed could take Intel in a thrilling new direction."
Along with buying Belo, Gannett is planning to expand by creating its own programs that "will likely incorporate aspects of social media in their mix," writes Michael Malone. "I think there's an organic relationship between TV viewing and social media," Gannett Broadcasting president Dave Lougee tells Malone. "It opens up a whole new genre of programming. It's a large opportunity for our industry."
It’s a fine line when a company founder also plays the role of spokesperson in ad campaigns. Sure it’s cost-effective, but what happens when the company fires the founder? Do they continue to be a presence in ad campaigns? Men’s Warehouse is fielding just these questions now as company founder George Zimmer was recently ousted. Fans took to the Men’s Warehouse Facebook page to voice their disapproval, some, like this tidbit, riffing on Zimmer’s famous ads. “You’re going to miss the way I shopped. I guarantee it.”
The Kraft Group is no longer pursuing a bid to buy The Boston Globe, according to a person briefed on the plans of the New England Patriots owners. As previously reported, the Krafts have held meetings with Globe managers and investment bankers for The New York Times Co., which is selling the Globe. However the group has now decided not to bid, according to the person briefed on the matter, who was not authorized to speak publicly.