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Archives: December 2006

Google Hiring Sales Execs For YouTube

Posted by: Jon Fine on December 29

Google is running help-wanted ads for sales execs for its YouTube unit, indicating that efforts to make a dollar off its much-publicized $1.65 billion deal are intensifying. These ads make...

Some Thoughts On McClatchy And The Minneapolis Star Tribune

Posted by: Jon Fine on December 28

What you need to know about McClatchy’s Christmas week surprise is this: One of the smartest newspaper companies around concluded it was a good idea to sell the Minneapolis Star...

Holidays Alert, In Case It Needs To Be Stated

Posted by: Jon Fine on December 21

Was vacationing last week and it's a good bet posting will be pretty light over the holidays as well. In the interim, Fine On Media highly recommends two (2) holiday...

The Media Landscape, Not Content With Unbundling The Album, Now Continues To Unbundle The Song

Posted by: Jon Fine on December 11

Buried within another sharp state-of-the-industry piece from the New York Times' music biz reporter Jeff Leeds is the following nugget: [Steve] Rifkind, the SRC executive, said, “I find myself, when...

A Personal Interjection

Posted by: Jon Fine on December 11

Thank you, Rafat....

McClatchy: Bad Timing?

Posted by: Jon Fine on December 08

McClatchy Newspapers now getting whacked by the big bet they made on Knight Ridder. From the most recent research report on the company from Merrill Lynch analyst Lauren Rich (known...

Jeff Bewkes Offers A Less-Than-Ringing-Endorsement of Time Inc. In Its Current Form

Posted by: Jon Fine on December 06

Earlier today at the UBS media conference, that is, both during and after a lunchtime presentation in which he was interviewed by UBS' Aryeh Bourkoff. "Not now." --Bewkes, after Bourkoff...

Key Excerpts From The Speech New York Times Co. CEO Janet Robinson Didn’t Give To Investors At This Week’s Media Conferences

Posted by: Jon Fine on December 06

Thank you. It’s a great time to be publishing big-city newspapers in America. [PAUSES AND SMILES, WAITS FOR AUDIENCE LAUGHTER TO SUBSIDE] I do mean that. But I do know...

Five Seconds With Dick Parsons . . .

Posted by: Jon Fine on December 05

. . . after Parsons spoke at Credit Suisse First Boston's Media and Telecom Week conference, at Manhattan's Crowne Plaza Hotel, approximately 3:15 Eastern Time, 12/5/06: Fine On Media: Dick,...

The Upside of Online: An Ad Forecast For 2007 Based On Semi-Informed Guesswork. (C’mon, Like All The Others Aren’t.)

Posted by: Jon Fine on December 05

I’ve mumbled, here and elsewhere, about how slow ad spending patterns have changed in America. All the more so when compared to places like the UK, where online spending’s share...

It's Official: NBC Universal Trendlet Becomes Trend

Posted by: Jon Fine on December 01

NBC Uni Sales President Keith Turner splitting the company. That makes three high-ranking execs departing in the past few weeks, which, as discussed here, officially makes it a trend. Any...


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