2014/05/31

France is charging news outlets for access to D-Day anniversary

AP | Huffington Post :: The restrictions appear to be part of a larger effort by French networks TF1 and France Televisions to syndicate coverage of the French president.

Read Staff, AP, www.huffingtonpost.com

CNN reporter detained by Turkish police live on-air

The Wrap :: CNN reporter Ivan Watson encountered an occupational hazard on Saturday, as he was detained by Turkish police while delivering an on-air report.

Read Tim Kenneally, www.thewrap.com

Andrew Sullivan comes home. Can he re-conquer Washington?

Washingtonian :: After 18 miserable months in New York, the pioneering blogger is back in DC with plans to transform journalism all over again.

Read Sophie Gilbert, www.washingtonian.com

Giving killers coverage, not platforms

New York Times ::  The media, Ari Schulman, the executive editor of The New Atlantis says, “have been nearly perfect participants” in the “ritualistic response” that incentivizes these horrific episodes. It’s past time, he believes, to rethink that and to change it.

Read Margaret Sullivan, www.nytimes.com

Esquire Network launches live streaming

Broadcasting Cable :: As part of a larger push by NBCUniversal to expands its TV everywhere offerings, Esquire Network has started live streaming of Esquire Network’s programming on the net’s new mobile app Esquire TV Now and at esquiretv.com/Now.

Read George Winslow, www.broadcastingcable.com

'New press regulator will result in more false stories that victimise the weak'

Guardian :: The big newspaper groups are setting up their own industry watchdog, Ipso, but it will be a toothless creature loyal only to its keepers, not the public.

Read Brian Cathcart, www.theguardian.com

Magazine distributor's demise to cost 6,000 jobs

Wall Street Journal :: A Florida-based magazine distributor said it will soon end "substantially all" of its business operations, putting its 6,000 employees out of work.

Read Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg, online.wsj.com

BuzzFeed changes labels on promoted content

AdWeek :: BuzzFeed is revamping how it specifies sponsored content.

Read Michelle Castillo, adweek.feedsportal.com

The right to remember, damnit

Huffington Post :: A reporter asked me for reaction to news that Google has put up a form to meet a European court's insane and dangerous ruling and allow people to demand that links to content they don't like about themselves be taken down. Here's what I said:

Read Jeff Jarvis, www.huffingtonpost.com

Starz debuts Power via Twitter one-click video

AdWeek :: Starz will debut a full-length episode of its new drama Power via Twitter’s new one-click video format tomorrow night.

Read Lauren Johnson, www.adweek.com

How book publishers can beat Amazon

New York Times :: If you are wondering why Amazon would subject its customers to this inconvenience and wish to understand what’s really happening between Amazon and Hachette — and, indeed, all the major book publishers — you need to know the meaning of the word monopsony.

Read Bob Kohn, www.nytimes.com

Telegraph increases operating profit to £61.1m and is UK's most profitable 'quality' newspaper

Telegraph Media Group increased its operating profit by £2.7m to £61.2m in 2013, making it by far the most profitable of the UK's 'quality' newspaper titles.

The profit was on turnover down 0.7 per cent year on year to £325.3m. Despite falling print circulation, cover price rises meant circulation revenue was up. The company also reported growing digital revenue and lower newsprint and distribution costs.

The operating profit was before exceptional items. The profit before tax figure was slightly down for 2013 at £57m, compared with £57.2m in 2012.

The Telegraph has yet to reveal any information about the performance of its website metered paywall which was introduced in April 2013. The title charges an annual subscription of £20 a year to readers who wish to read more than 20 articles a month on its website.

The Times and Sunday Times reported operating losses of £5.9m for the year to March 2013.

The Financial Times Group reported operating profit of £55m in 2013, but the Financial Times itself is believed to account for less than half of that figure.

Guardian News and Media made a loss of £30.9m for the year to March 2013 on turnover of £196.3m.

The Independent made a loss of £16.6m in the year to September 2012 but was expected reduce its losses last year.

Telegraph Media Group is privately owned by the Barclay brothers. 

Here is the announcement in full:

The financial statements for the Telegraph Media Group Limited (“the Group”) for the year ended 29th December 2013 have been filed at Companies House.

The statements show that the Group recorded an operating profit before exceptional items of £61.2 million for the 52 weeks to 29thDecember 2013, compared with an operating profit before exceptional items of £58.5 million in 2012. Operating profit after exceptional items was £57.8m (2012; £58.4m).

The Group delivered a good trading performance given the challenging trading environment at a time when the economy was still in recovery.  Turnover for the year fell to £325.2 million, down -0.7% on 2012.  The continuing challenges facing print media led to a year on year decline in print advertising revenues, mitigated in part by a marginal increase in circulation revenues. The decline in print revenues was further mitigated by continuing growth in digital revenues.

The marginal fall in overall revenues was more than offset by lower operating costs. Notable savings on newsprint and distribution were reinvested in digital publications and products. As a result of this, there was an increase in operating profit before exceptional items of £2.7 million (+4.6%) to £61.2m.

Profit before tax was £57.0 million compared with a profit before tax of £57.2 million in 2012.

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Read Dominic Ponsford, www.pressgazette.co.uk

Democratising journalism: Giving remote tribal areas a voice

IANS Live :: The story is a bit topsy-turvy these days as far as journalism education goes, especially in the tribal areas in Central India. Instead of rural students coming to teachers in cities, teachers are going to 'adivasi haats' or weekly markets.

Read Shubhranshu Choudhary, www.ianslive.in

2014/05/30

Public editor: Media need to be aware of campaign coverage’s impact

The Globe And Mail :: There is a slight preference for images of Kathleen Wynne and Andrea Horvath over Tim Hudak in The Globe’s coverage of the Ontario election campaign

Read Sylvia Stead, www.theglobeandmail.com

Working at Vice Media is not as cool as it seems

Gawker :: Vice Media is one of the hottest media properties in America. It's the counterculture empire that even Rupert Murdoch could love. Vice's founder, Shane Smith, has speculated his company could raise tens of billions of dollars. So why are its employees so broke and pissed off?

Read Hamilton Nolan, gawker.com

BBC condemns Ethiopian sat-jamming

Advanced TV :: Liliane Landor, acting Director of the BBC World Service Group, has called on the Ethiopian authorities to stop jamming BBC broadcasts in the Middle East and North Africa.

Read Staff, Advanced TV, advanced-television.com

Future is selling its Sport and Craft portfolio to Immediate Media in a deal worth up to £24m

The Media Briefing :: Future Plc announced yesterday it is selling its Sport and Craft portfolio to Immediate Media in a deal worth up to £24 million.

Read Henry Taylor, www.themediabriefing.com

A journalist should helm your brand newsroom. Here’s why.

Digiday :: Marketers are marathon runners. They plan creative and media campaigns months or even a year or two in advance, then execute for at least as long. Publishers are sprinters, running content within hours of its creation.

Read Staff, Digiday Content Studio, digiday.com

WhatsApp emerges as big share driver for publishers

Digiday :: Sharing numbers from FTW and BuzzFeed make a case for why publishers may be ignoring WhatsApp at their own peril.

Read Ricardo Bilton, digiday.com

Tumblr’s mobile-first pitch for brand ad dollars

Digiday :: Social media has been one of the few categories able to monetize mobile. But it's unclear whether Tumblr can follow Facebook and Twitter in that respect.

Read John McDermott, digiday.com

Laverne Cox becomes first transgender person on the cover of Time magazine

The Wrap :: Laverne Cox graces the cover of Time magazine exactly one month after she failed to make the Time 100 list. She stands as the face of their cover story, “The Transgender Tipping Point.”

Read Jason Hughes, www.thewrap.com

What is metadata and how can it help me as author?

PBS Mediashift :: The word metadata sounds potentially confusing but is really very simple. Its direct translation is “data about data.” When we’re talking about books, it simply means all the information about your book that isn’t the story itself.

Read Sarah Juckes, www.pbs.org

2014/05/29

Online ad spending in Europe topped €27bn in 2013

eMarketer :: Mobile posted the largest gains, with expenditure up more than 128% over 2012.

Read Staff, eMarketer, www.emarketer.com

Twitter engineering SVP Chris Fry to depart the company

Re/code :: Big moves at the top.

Read Mike Isaac, recode.net

Virtual Newsroom: getting journalism done in a digital age

Poynter :: At this moment, I am at my dining room table in Los Angeles with two laptops, a cellphone and an iPad. I work with staff writers who live in Chicago, Washington, D.C., and just outside of Tampa.

Read Sandra Oshiro, www.poynter.org

Hulu, Netflix seen as good value, trad TV stats dip

Mediapost :: The value of TV is declining in some areas -- including the “perceived value” free, ad-supported Web sites that run TV shows are slipping and pay TV monthly subscriptions.  Subscription video services have a slightly higher value.

Read Wayne Friedman, www.mediapost.com

YouTube's monopolistic behaviour is hurting indie music labels

Guardian :: The video site uses bullying tactics to force down royalty rates and now it is attempting to do the same with audio streaming.

Can data save journalism? Buzzfeed, Vocativ, and The New York Times weigh in

Contently :: From hot digital upstarts to the media old-guard, a clear trend emerges: data is quickly changing the way journalists tell stories.

Read Myriah Towner , contently.com

Print still attracts more advertising than it deserves

Poynter :: Newspapers and magazines attract 19 percent of total advertising spending, Mary Meeker says in her annual Internet trends report. But consumers, she says, spend only 5 percent of their time reading them.

Read Andrew Beaujon, www.poynter.org

Nielsen: We’re increasing our sample sizes

Medialife Magazine :: LPM households will bump up an average 30 percent over the next two years, heeding media people's longtime plea for greater sampling.

Read Staff, Medialife Magazine, www.medialifemagazine.com

Twitter and Omnicom reach $230m ad deal

Medialife Magazine :: It appears Omnicom Media Group will be the first agency group to make programmatic buys on Twitter.

Read Staff, Medialife Magazine, www.medialifemagazine.com

2014/05/28

Roberts on usage-based pricing: this is only a test

Broadcasting Cable :: Comcast chairman and CEO Brian Roberts said the company is testing usage-based pricing in only two or three markets, but did suggest it was a way for web users to share the costs of surfing an exponentially growing tidal wave of bits.

Read John Eggerton, www.broadcastingcable.com

J-schools reboot for next-generation needs

NetNewsCheck :: Journalism education — much like journalism itself — is in the middle of a massive reboot, one with the potential to redefine how news is produced and consumed in the decades to come. Students still learn the basics, but computer coding and entrepreneurship often are taught alongside copy editing and beat reporting.

Facebook temporarily blocked in Thailand

Al Jazeera The Stream :: Brief suspension of popular site for millions of users sparks both concern and humour online.

Read Staff, The Stream, stream.aljazeera.com

Amazon speaks out on Hachette dispute: “We are not optimistic that this will be resolved soon”

GigaOM :: Amazon spoke out on its contract dispute with book publisher Hachette, saying it’s unlikely the parties will reach an agreement any time soon. The retailer also said it’s offered to fund half of an “author pool” to mitigate the impact on Hachette authors’ lost royalties.

Read Laura Hazard Owen, gigaom.com

Publishers rely on ads, not subscriptions, for growth

eMarketer :: Publishers appear positive about their digital future. That’s what May 2014 research by Cxense in conjunction with Editor & Publisher found.

Read Staff, eMarketer, www.emarketer.com

Putting photogs in the video picture

The Newspaper Works :: However, Canon account manager Rick Slowgrove reckons news photographers have a chance to use their unique skills to create video from a perspective not usually seen.

Read Will Mumford, www.thenewspaperworks.com.au

Iranian judge summons Facebook CEO for breach of privacy

Re/code :: A conservative Iranian court opened a case against instant messaging services WhatsApp and Instagram.

Read Michelle Moghtader, recode.net

The case of the brand tweet that (reportedly) took 13 people 45 days to write

Digiday :: A Business Insider story about how branded accounts are made ends becomes its own story about the clickbait headlines that have come to shape the Web today.

Read Lucia Moses, digiday.com

Platform or publisher? Medium keeps blurring the line

Digiday :: Medium is expanding the publisher part of its platform pitch with a series of internal editorial verticals.

Read Ricardo Bilton, digiday.com

Facebook will show fewer auto-posts in your News Feed

Marketing Land :: Facebook, recognizing that its users don’t necessarily want to know everything that their friends are doing on Facebook, announced today that it will be prioritizing stories that are shared purposefully over those that are auto-posted.

Read Martin Beck, marketingland.com

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