New York is launching a new site (or “channel”), and media reporters got a gander at it today. It has a very impressive technological feature that isn’t “It writes itself.” Elsewhere, Gossip Girl’s greatest media cameo ever is on the way, while Lena Dunham’s New Yorker byline was most certainly more than a cameo. Also, somewhere, a former Times CEO is busy not caring about the fate of About.com because she has more money than any of us. Here are your Wednesday Evening Media Briefs:
Outgoing BBC director general Mark Thompson is being courted by The New York Times to fill the CEO position Janet Robinson was pushed out of in December, reports the Guardian.
“A source not connected to Thompson said he had had two meetings in London over the past four weeks about the vacant New Read More
As far as career developments go, we imagine that being named CEO of The New York Times—paper of record, beloved cultural institution, osteoporotic backbone of democracy—must feel something like a cross between being elected president and hearing one’s name called in a Hunger Games reaping.
Last week, one North Carolina man told Off the Record he would like to volunteer as tribute.
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The New York Times has announced that it will sell its Regional Media Group to Florida-based Halifax Media Holdings, LLC for $143 million in cash. The Regional Media Group consists of 16 regional newspapers including titles like the News Chief of Winter Haven, Florida and Thibodaux, Louisiana’s Daily Comet. The back-of-the-envelope math suggests that each paper is worth just shy of $9 million apiece, or about two years of consulting work from outgoing Times CEO Janet Robinson.
The New York Times Company seeks to eliminate up to 20 newsroom positions through voluntary buyouts by the end of the year, Brian Stelter reported on the Times media blog. In a staff memo, executive editor Jill Abramson specified that there would be no layoffs.
This is the first major Times newsroom trim Read More
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Rather, it’s an “online pricing plan,” a “digital subscription plan.” “It’s not like the Times of London wall,” said Sulzberger, noting the porousness and searchability of the new New York Times.
Yet at last night’s discussion at the Columbia Journalism School, entitled ‘The Future of Media, Publishing and Paid Content’, the audience just couldn’t shake Read More
Janet Robinson, CEO of The New York Times Company, plans to pay back her company’s $250 million loan from Carlos Slim Helú in January of 2012. The payment will coincide with the launch of paywalls to generate subscription revenue online for The New York Times and The Boston Globe.
The company took out the loan Read More
In case you didn’t know (and really, how couldn’t you?) today was Stonyfield Organic Yogurt Day at the Open! But that’s not all: Tonight is New York Times Night!
What exactly does that mean? Will Bill Keller, Arthur Suzlberger, Janet Robinon and Jill Abramson be occupying seats in a suite?
The paper will receive a Read More
The New York Times Company is “well-positioned to thrive,” according to CEO Janet Robinson, who announced the company’s second-quarter earnings this morning. The best news is that there were no major catastrophes this quarter. Flat may still be the new up.
Revenue from print advertising continued to decline in the Read More
Executive Compensation, Compensation
Even as media budgets dried up in 2009, some executive pay packages soared.
CBS C.E.O. Leslie Moonves’ pay ($43 million) doubled between 2008 and 2009 and Viacom C.E.O. Phillip P. Dauman ($34 million) saw a 22 percent jump.
The New York Times reports that while the paper’s own C.E.O. Janet Robinson and Chairman Read More