Like most publishers, The New York Times Co. is struggling with the issue of ad blockers. The company is exploring a “number of options,” including technical solutions, to mitigate ad blockers “should the threat increase,” CEO Mark Thompson said during The Times’ earnings call, this week, as reported by The Wall Street Journal.
The Sun is ready to relinquish its paywall, The Guardian reports. “It is understood that News UK, which also publishes the Times and the Sunday Times, has taken the decision to compete against major rivals in the free advertising market such as Mail Online,” it writes. News UK made the decision to put the Sun, the UK’s biggest-selling tabloid, behind a paywall in August 2013.”
Amid key executive departures, Flipboard is struggling to stay on track. “Several senior executives have departed, including co-founder Evan Doll, and talks to sell the company haven’t reached the finish line,” Bloomberg Businessweek reports, citing sources. Among other issues, “People are finding media through their Facebook or Twitter feeds, limiting the need for a standalone application like Flipboard.”
Gawker Media president and general counsel Heather Dietrick is now betting that a jury will find in favor of professional wrestler Hulk Hogan. “It’s probably difficult to win the case entirely, outright, knowing the jury that we’re facing, but it’s possible,” Dietrick said during a staff meeting, as reported by Politico. “Hogan sued Gawker for $100 million after the company published an excerpt of one of his sex tapes in October 2012 and refused to take it down.”
Lena Dunham is getting some help from Hearst Magazines to monetize her newsletter, the Lenny Letter. “The arrangement is aimed at helping Lenny Letter become a self-sustaining enterprise,” Poynter reports. “The revenue will help Dunham compensate her full-time staff of three.” Dunham is best known as the creator and star of HBO’s “Girls.”
The 'International Business Times' has launched IBT Pulse, a revamped version of its daily email newsletter, with an eye to mobile distribution, the online publisher announced this week.
'Better Homes and Gardens' has named Eugenia Santiesteban Soto to the newly-created role of senior style editor, the iconic women's interest publication announced last week.
Business Insider is planning to put up a pay around some of its content, The Financial Times reports. “Jon Ore, Business Insider’s product manager, said in a recent blog post that the company was planning a broad ‘subscription offering’ for readers ‘who prefer to pay us directly,’” it notes. BI was recently acquired by German media group Axel Springer for nearly $390 million.
The 'Wall Street Journal' is unveiling a new, refreshed look and broader range of coverage for both the print and digital editions of its Greater New York feature, a standalone section that covers goings-on in the New York City metropolitan area for tri-state readers.
The 'New York Times' and Park Hyatt Hotels are joining forces for a new event series called TasteMasters, targeting well-heeled global travelers.