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Tuesday, April 3, 2012

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DVR usage grows, drives network ratings higher

The broadcast networks saw an almost 25% jump in premiere week ratings from viewers who recorded shows and watched them within seven days compared with the same week last fall. 
According to the Nielsen Co., the number of people who recorded prime-time shows during Week 1 of the new season and then viewed them during the next seven days was 6.3 million. Last year, that number was 5.1 million.
The increase highlights the growth in popularity of digital video recorders and gives television networks more ammunition to make the case to advertisers that new technology means reassessing the heavy reliance on initial ratings in determining the popularity of certain shows.
For example, the audience for the season premiere of ABC's "Modern Family" grew almost 5 million when DVR usage for the seven days following its airing was included. CBS' "Two and a Half Men" saw its audience grow by over 4 million while Fox's "Glee" jumped by 3 million.
For decades, the networks have lived and died with Nielsen's daily ratings. However, as DVR growth continues -- currently about 42% of all TV homes have one -- the value of those daily ratings will wane. The media and advertisers rely on the next-day numbers to declare winners and losers, but that may have to change in the next few years when DVR penetration crosses the 50% mark.
Among the networks, CBS had six of the top 10 shows watched within seven days of being recorded.
-- Joe Flint
From the LA Times Company Store (click here). 
From 10-10-2011

Important links for students to review

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How did politics get so screwed up?

In the 1970's a change occurred, laying the foundation for today's gridlock in congress and the big money needed to win even local seats. Business gained up front power in campaigning, while party core membership smoke filled room bartering was minimized, if not eliminated. The amount of money spent in all elections has been doubling very election cycle, led by the economic cost of running for president of the United States. By opening to primaries and caucus's the buying of votes through advertising became the rule, rather than the core beliefs and practices of the party. Also ending was the ability to compromise, as promises are made to the voters that may not work in the real world of the political process.


Apple hits new stock price high. Hollywood Execs make record paychecks. Murdock out. Obermann out again. White House to fall to Military Coup (from the man who had Will Smith defencd us agains an Alien Invasion).

James Murdoch is stepping down as Chairman of BSkyB
 Photo: James Murdoch. Credit: Rafiq Maqbool/Associated Press

From the LA Times Company Town blog (click here for the latest industry news)

Couldn't hack it? James Murdoch is resigning as chairman of British Sky Broadcasting, the satellite broadcaster that is 40% owned by News Corp. Less than a year ago, News Corp. was on the verge of taking over BSkyB with Murdoch, son of mogul Rupert Murdoch, calling the shots. But the hacking scandal at News Corp.'s British tabloids scuttled that deal and now has forced the exit of James Murdoch as chairman. Murdoch, who will remain on the board, is being replaced by BSkyB Deputy Chairman Nicholas Ferguson. The latest from the Los Angeles Times, BBC, Telegraph and Sky News.

James Murdoch's resignation as chairman of satellite broadcaster British Sky Broadcasting comes ahead of what is expected to be a very critical government report on his handling of the ethics scandal at News Corp.'s British tabloids.

Murdoch, in announcing his decision, alluded to the ongoing investigations into accusations of phone hacking and payoffs to police, allegedly by the News Corp.'s News of the World and the Sun. News Corp. owns 39% of BSkyB and was on track to acquire the rest of the company last year until the problems at the tabloids derailed the deal. Murdoch resigned in February as executive chairman of News International, the media conglomerate's British publishing division.

"As attention continues to be paid to past events at News International, I am determined that the interests of BSkyB should not be undermined by matters outside the scope of this company," Murdoch said in a statement released Tuesday. "I am aware that my role as chairman could become a lightning rod for BSkyB and I believe that my resignation will help to ensure that there is no false conflation with events at a separate organization." Murdoch will remain on BSkyB's board of directors.

Murdoch, the youngest son of News Corp. Chairman and Chief Executive Rupert Murdoch, has been the focus of scrutiny over his handling of the crisis as head of News International. Last December he informed Parliament that he did not read an email from senior executives saying that the practice of phone hacking -- listening in on voice-mail messages left for celebrities, members of the royal family and even crime victims -- could be widespread.

More than a dozen journalists and executives with News International have been arrested and questioned by Scotland Yard in connection with its investigation into the allegations of phone hacking and bribery. Police are also probing whether News International was engaged in a cover-up of criminal activity at News of the World and its sister tabloid, the Sun.

James Murdoch, who served as chairman of News International until stepping down from that post in February, has consistently denied any knowledge of widespread phone hacking at the papers then under his command. He insists he was led to believe that phone hacking was confined to one "rogue reporter" at the News of the World who was convicted and jailed for his offense.

James and Rupert Murdoch are expected to appear before Parliament again as part of an ongoing inquiry into possibly illegal activities at the tabloids. The damaging scandal exploded last summer when the Guardian reported that News of the World operatives had eavesdropped on voice-mail messages left for a missing teen girl who was later found murdered.

Murdoch's resignation as chairman of BSkyB does not mean the powerful broadcaster won't suffer collateral damage from the probe into the newspapers. British regulators may investigate whether News Corp.'s tabloid troubles have made it unfit to be part of BSkyB. Nicholas Ferguson, currently the deputy chairman, will succeed Murdoch as chairman of BSkyB.

Once seen as the heir to his father's kingdom, James Murdoch has been severely tarnished by the controversy, although he still holds a senior position at News Corp. as its deputy chief operating officer and focuses on its international television business.

"The story continues to not go away, and the feeling that somehow James was involved to a greater extent than he's willing to let on continues to persist," said Doug Creutz, media analyst with Cowen and Co. "He keeps falling back further and further backwards along the line of defenses in terms of his involvement in the Murdoch empire. There ain't a lot left."

James Murdoch in happier times at BSkyB
Photo: James Murdoch. Credit: Tim Anderson / Getty Images. 

The Skinny: We've got a busy day today, so no light banter. Tuesday's headlines include the resignation of James Murdoch as chairman of BSkyB, the fight between DirecTV and Tribune going federal and a look at the big paychecks some top media executives got last year.

  Daily Dose: Keith Olbermann, who was fired from Current TV, is making the rounds this week. Not only is he still listed as appearing on David Letterman's "Late Show," he is also scheduled to be on a panel with his former ESPN co-anchor Dan Patrick at the Paley Center in New York on Thursday. If Patrick does pull out of the Paley event, it won't be the first time. Several years ago he was supposed to interview Jerry Seinfeld there as part of a tribute to humorist Jean Shepherd, only to bail three hours before it was to start. New York Times reporter Bill Carter was hustled in as a replacement.

Apple is worth far more than was reported in the past.  Three years ago it was $100 a share, two months ago $500, today $645 a the close, with two Wall Sreet Annalyist sayin the value will hit a thousand dollars each. or a company wroth over one trillion dollars. Apple has given birth to an etire ecosystem. More iPads were sold in 2011 than babies were born, world wide. They are creating a Ferari digital grid, compared to Microsoft or Google which are still scooters. There is a love, passion, emotional attachment to Apple, along with easier interfaces and greater reliablity. Go to Marketplace for addtiional information.

Connect the dots. When it comes to animation, the Internet is no longer just a stepping stone to the big leagues of film and television. Tom Hanks is producing and starring in "Electric City," a new cartoon being made for Yahoo. "It's a great way to get into your audience's bedroom, to be able to go wherever they are and to give them an experimental and compelling story," said Hanks' producing partner Gary Goetzman. The Los Angeles Times looks at how Yahoo, YouTube and other Web giants are stepping to the plate with animation.

Call the feds! DirecTV has filed a complaint with the Federal Communications Commission against Tribune Broadcasting. The two sides have been fighting over a new deal for the satellite broadcaster to continue carrying Tribune's TV stations. In its filing, DirecTV accuses Tribune — parent of the Los Angeles Times — of acting in bad faith and reneging on an agreement. Details from the Los Angeles Times and Wall Street Journal.

Morning wars. Katie Couric is back on morning TV, guest-hosting ABC's "Good Morning America" this week. Sarah Palin is guest-hosting at NBC's "Today." Always an intense battlefield, this week the morning shows are kicking the competition up a notch. The New York Times looks at how far they'll go for the upper hand.

Didn't I see this movie? Roland Emmerich is negotiating to direct "White House Down," a movie about a military takeover of the Oval Office, according to Deadline Hollywood. Emmerich must like attacking the White House, as his previous credits include "Independence Day."

Painting a new picture. Don Ohlmeyer, the former head of NBC Entertainment and producer of "Monday Night Football" known for his gruff personality and innovative producing style, has found a new life in retirement as an artist. Sports Business Daily catches up with the outspoken Ohlmeyer.

Largest number of fast food franchises per population. In order Maryland, Nevada and Utah. 

Inside the Los Angeles Times: Big paydays for the top executives at Time Warner, Viacom, Disney and Discovery. And can "Titanic" be a massive hit the second time around?

— Joe Flint and others

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Radio fill in job opportunity

Part time fill in job as radio traffic reporter. $8 an hour 4 to 8 hours a day. Radio experience preferred. Contact me and I will pass you on to the person looking. Include name, phone numbers, e-mail and best time to reach you.

Art Lynch

Are people reading e-magazines?

Magazines have been hunkering down the past two years to translate their content to tablets and e-readers, but they have little to show for their efforts so far.

Digital editions totaled 3.1 million in the second half of 2011, about 1 percent of total circ, according to figures from the Audit Bureau of Circulations. But minus sponsored copies, which are paid for by businesses and not indicative of consumers’ willingness to spend on them, individually paid digital editions made up less than 1 percent of total circulation.

A handful managed to show significant consumer-paid digital circulation, however.

The Economist’s digital circ of 44,760 is about even with its print single-copy sales. Popular Science‘s digital circ was about 40,000, close to half its newsstand number. ESPN The Magazine’s digital circ (mostly individually paid) was 78,181 and National Geographic's, 68,683. The title with the biggest digital circ was Game Informer magazine, with 589,565 digital editions.

Often, big magazines had large digital edition sales to match, but not always. Exceptions were People (which opted for a different model, making its iPad edition free to subscribers), Better Homes and Gardens, and Good Housekeeping.

The Media is out to ruin the Republican Party

It is obvious that Herman Cain is being brought down by a liberal media conspiracy.

Sure, go ahead and scoff. Go ahead and believe Cain is merely the latest politician to be toppled by a bimbo eruption. Go ahead and ignore the clear truth: Herman Cain is such a big threat to the Media Lords’ leftist agenda that he had to be eliminated.

This conspiracy goes back much farther than the brief months of Cain’s campaign, of course. It began back in the 1960s when the liberal media elites identified a Kenyan-born baby with an American mother; a child they could groom in secret to become their tool to destroy Christian America.

They arranged a fake birth announcement in Honolulu’s newspapers, indoctrinated the boy in the Muslim cesspool of Indonesia and, when the time was right, brought him to the exotic, multiracial pleasure garden of Hawaii where he could easily fit in and begin his surreptitious climb to power.
Once their man launched his faux-messianic quest for the White House, the media plotters knew success could not be assured unless their Chosen One faced a weak opponent, someone who would be unable to rally the enthusiastic support of Rush Limbaugh fans and other Real Americans.

So, they turned the erratic maverick, John McCain, into a media darling, giving him favorable, friendly coverage while they destroyed his opponents. When McCain won the Republican nomination, the media cabal bought insurance on his defeat. By secret methods – perhaps psychotropic drugs — they steered McCain toward an impulsive, insane choice. He picked Sarah Palin as his running mate; a clueless publicity hog from Alaska who could be easily ridiculed on Big Media’s news shows and parodied on their entertainment programs.

Thus, Barack Obama became the first non-American president of the United States.

But the victory of the liberal media cannot be complete until they make their dark design permanent by ensuring Obama’s re-election. And, clearly, only one man has stood in their way, someone who is their worst nightmare, the anti-Obama, the black conservative: Herman Cain.

Ah, but the liberals in the media are always several steps ahead. Anticipating the rise of the pizza man, they implanted feminist agents inside the National Restaurant Association. These shameless hussies threw themselves at poor Mr. Cain, enticing him, entrapping him and then bringing spurious charges of sexual harassment against him.

Most heinous of all, they insinuated a deep mole into Cain’s personal life, a woman known by the obviously fake name, “Ginger White.” She befriended Cain. She went on business trips with him. She shared rooms with him. She maintained this false relationship for 13 long years until she could perform the campaign coup de grace by revealing her “friendship” and alleging it was a torrid love affair.

Poor Herman Cain never stood a chance against the nefarious schemes of the elite liberal media.
Why, you may ask, would media companies that are deeply enmeshed in the capitalist system and run by rich families and Wall Street investors be so devoted to replacing American free enterprise with Kenyan anti-colonial socialism? And how, you may also wonder, could they be so prescient, so forward thinking that they could plot the rise of a Kenyan baby to the White House, yet not notice until it was too late that Craig’s List and Google were stealing all their business?

Well, if those questions bother you, if you entertain the possibility that there might be a simpler explanation for Herman Cain’s political demise – that he’s just a horny guy, for instance – then your problem is obvious.

You lack the boundless paranoia of a True Conservative.

From November 22, 2011

For Monty Python Fans

APA "Cheat Sheet"


As education level rises, so do "liberal" tendencies, like listening to both sides, critical thinking skills, putting yourself in the shoes of others and fixing things when they are not working correctly.

When money is right people get possessive, long for "the good old days" and tend to want to keep things the way they are, or to see their side with rose colored glasses instead of looking at the long term big picture

Source: Pew Trust and Chronicle of Higher Education

As the boat sinks...

And the Dems scream and point at the GOP, and the GOP screams and points at the Dems. The Liberals point at the Conservatives, the Conservatives point at the Liberals. The Tea Party points at whoever it is they don’t like, Independents, whoever…. Meanwhile, another U.S. Corporation is depositing another several million in U.S. dollars into a Swiss or Caribbean bank account. The money they’re depositing was made from sales of products like: shoes, or bananas, or a cell phones or something, whatever. The products were sold in the U.S. at places like Walmart, or Best Buy, or wherever, purchased by Americans looking for bargains or something affordable. The products they purchased were made or manufactured in someplace like China or Central America, or Indonesia, or wherever. So, we’re all sitting in this big boat pointing our fingers and yelling at each other, while Rats have been gnawing holes into the wood that make up the hull.

By jcdaniel62