Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Morning Brief - Part Two: Las Vegas daily eliminates investigative reporting unit; Future may bid on BBC mags

I've decided to break out the editorial statement (see post below) from the media news briefs for sake of, oh I don't know, editorial "integrity". Ah, what an idea.

Newspapers:

ABC News: Las Vegas Review-Journal Cuts Investigative Unit -- The Las Vegas Review-Journal said they will lay off 12 employees and eliminate its special projects unit, the group responsible for investigative journalism. The newspaper supported Tea Party candidate Sharron Angle last November in her bid to unseat Sen Harry Reid.

BBC: Sunday Tribune closes with 43 job losses -- The Irish newspaper The Sunday Tribune which stopped publishing at the beginning of the month when it went into receivership, has fired its 43 employees. When the Independent News and Media, which owns about 30 percent of the company, said it would no longer fund the business, the writing was on the wall for the paper and its employees.

Washington Post: The Washington Post Names Patrick B. Pexton Ombudsman -- "Formerly deputy editor for National Journal, Pexton’s two-year term with The Post begins March 1."

Magazines:

The Guardian: Future a possible buyer for BBC magazines -- Future Publishing would have to bid more than £100m for the division which includes the magazines Top Gear and Radio Times.

Tech:

There have been so many silly rumors about Apple lately -- the iPad refresh will be delayed, look for smaller iPhones and iPads -- that one has to wonder if the critics are using rumors as a way of poking at the increasingly controversial company. But these rumors have done more to lower the credibility of the journalists and publications promoting them than to effect Apple.

What we do know, and that media folk should care about, is the iPad refresh, since this involves a product used to display their own apps. Word is that Apple will have an event on March 2 to unveil its second generation tablet. As for the rumors . . .

TechCrunch: Rumors Of Apple Rumors Now Leading To Rumors Of Counter-Rumors -- MG Siegler writes "Let’s say the top tier Apple bloggers bat around .500 with regard to Apple rumors — Apple analysts are probably batting .050. Maybe less. Actually, I’m pretty sure it’s far less."

WSJ: Apple Halves Minimum iAd Buy -- John Paczkowski writes that Apple has its minimum buy for its its mobile ad network to $500,000. He gets this quote from the agency side:

“This new minimum buy is a great step forward and a necessary one, I think,” Mark Read, CEO of WPP Digital, the digital arm of global ad giant WPP, told me. “Lowering the minimum buy to $500,000 from $1 million will certainly make the platform more appealing.”

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