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Archives: June 2006

Regarding 'Today's Dishonest Attack On The Times': Ex WSJ-er And Current NYT-er Fires Back at WSJ Editorial Page

Posted by: Jon Fine on June 30

(Gardiner Harris, who sent the following email in response to this bizarre, inflammatory and very lengthy editorial in today's Wall Street Journal, spent a few years at the Journal before...

Radar Magazine's Re-Relaunch

Posted by: Jon Fine on June 29

In my previous job at Advertising Age, I wrote four variations on the theme of "Radar Magazine Closing In On New Investors" within one twenty-two month stretch. The nadir of...

Video-Sharing Sites Threatened; A Nation Trembles

Posted by: Jon Fine on June 29

The potential implications of this news are staggering. I mean, if YouTube and Veoh get shut down or crippled by litigation . . . well, I guess we'll all have...

The Whole Star Jones Thing

Posted by: Jon Fine on June 28

Excuse me for stating the obvious, but how weird is it seeing this clip of Barbara Walters getting all Tony Soprano--by daytime TV standards, at least--on Star Jones Reynolds? And...

Rather Agonistes

Posted by: Jon Fine on June 27

Dan Rather is having his Al Gore moment: Defeat humanizes a man who, we were repeatedly told, came off as aloof and kind of weird. (I do not agree with...

Newspapers and Online: The Revolution Is Coming Very Slowly

Posted by: Jon Fine on June 23

Boy, did newspaper companies talk a lot about the Internet at this week's Midyear Media Review gathering. For the obvious reasons: Wall Street, and advertisers, are a hell of a...

Tribune Execs Talk!

Posted by: Jon Fine on June 21

Not that the rules allow them to say much right now. In that piece I identified a few properties that could, conceivably, fit Tribune's definition of a non-core asset, since...

Michael Eisner's Unerring Media Instincts

Posted by: Jon Fine on June 19

from the Daily News' Lloyd Grove, who recently wrote about last week's dinner for fifty or so at the Four Seasons with Michael Eisner: Then someone asked Eisner what he...

Newspaper Companies: Who's Next?

Posted by: Jon Fine on June 15

The short answer: maybe Gannett. To a lesser extent, possibly Journal Register. The realer answer: probably nobody, at least for now. Most of the publicly traded newspaper companies either have...

It's Official: Tribune Has Fight On Its Hands

Posted by: Jon Fine on June 14

When I wrote about Tribune in the most recent issue of BusinessWeek, one of the things I was unable to fit in the column--I swear!--and intended to address in this...

More On Tribune

Posted by: Jon Fine on June 08

One of the weirdest spectacles of the media world circa right-now is the way Tribune is twisting, twisting in the wind, beset by terrible stock performance and board tumult. It's...

Brilliant Parenthetical Thought of the Day

Posted by: Jon Fine on June 08

"(For a generation, A Prairie Home [Companion] has been the soundtrack of being stuck in the car with your parents.)" --Michael Agger, reviewing the film version of A Prairie Home...

Sopranos Product Placement Watch: Season Six, Episode Twelve

Posted by: Jon Fine on June 06

The product garnering the most loving, deep-focus onscreen time (if not mentions per se) this episode was heroin. But the Product Placement Watch sticks to widely commercially available, legal products,...

One Question Settled Regarding Conde Nast's Business Magazine

Posted by: Jon Fine on June 05

I still think they should have called it Conde Nast Currency. That the company renewed trademarks on that name late last year had me convinced for a time that that...

Google: Mag Ad Initiative Underwhelms

Posted by: Jon Fine on June 01

Those who fear a thoroughly Googled world aren't looking at the whole picture. Froogle hasn't brought eBay and Amazon to their knees, and its social network Orkut is in no...


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