Lucia Moses / Adweek:
Hearst, Lagardère Finally Confirm Sales Talks — French publisher's U.S. arm Hachette includes Elle, Woman's Day — Could the media M&A market be primed to kick off? Hearst Corp. and Lagardère SCA finally admitted they're in sales talks, confirming the growing buzz of an impending deal.
Discussion: Publishing Executive News and FishbowlNY
Matt Kinsman / Folio:
With Hearst In Talks To Buy Hachette, New Pres. David Carey Addresses the Troops — Stresses “entrepreneurial thinking” and an “end to playing it safe.” — Most people in the publishing world are stumbling in today to dig out from a blizzard of e-mail and slowly get back into the groove.
Discussion: WWD Media Headlines, MinOnline, Gawker, AdAge, mediabistro.com and Canadian Magazines
Steve Cohn / MinOnline: Hearst, Lagardère in Exclusive Negotiations
Hamilton Nolan / Gawker: David Carey Motivates With Cliches
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
TV Viewing Continues to Edge Up — Historians may someday note with wonder that by the end of 2010, at least six cable television shows were about auctioneers and pawnbrokers. And all were considered successes by their respective channels. — Countless shows were about cops and robbers …
Discussion: Nieman Journalism Lab, MediaPost, The Hairpin, Tuned In, Mediaite, TVWeek.com and LA Observed
Megan Garber / Nieman Journalism Lab: The cognitive surplus hates pigs. Also, Snooki.
Fern Siegel / MediaPost: TV Viewing Numbers Continue To Rise
Liz Colville / The Hairpin: We Are Watching More TV Than Ever
James Poniewozik / Tuned In: The Hot New Medium of the Post-TV Era: TV!
Mark Joyella / Mediaite: Report: The Economy's Down, And TV Viewership Is Trending Up
Kevin Roderick / LA Observed: Americans watching more TV than ever, Nielsen says
Evan Smith / The Texas Tribune:
Lots of Good News in the Trib's 2010 Analytics — It was a very interesting and newsworthy year for Texas politics and public policy, so it makes sense that traffic on our still-new-ish site would be robust — but even we optimists at Trib HQ didn't imagine that it would be this robust.
Jim Romenesko / Poynter: ‘This thing is working,’ says Texas Tribune editor-in-chief
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Are One in Four of You Really Going to Cut Cable and Switch to Web Video? — May as well kick off the new year by restarting the cord-cutting debate: Are people really dropping their cable subscriptions in favor of the Internet and some combination of Netflix/Hulu/iTunes/YouTube etc?
Janko Roettgers / GigaOM: Survey Says: Netflix Turns TV Viewers Into Cord Cutters
Jessi Hempel / Fortune:
What the hell is going on with TV? — Google TV. Xbox. Apple TV.
What the hell is going on with TV? — Google TV. Xbox. Apple TV.
Discussion: Mediaite and VentureBeat, more at Techmeme »
Mark Joyella / Mediaite: FORTUNE Asks, “What The Hell Is Going On With TV?”
Dan Mitchell / VentureBeat: Smart TV's sell big globally, not so much in the U.S.
Jim Romenesko / Poynter:
Ex-Sacramento Bee sports editor launches sports opinion site — Romenesko Misc. — Bill Bradley, who was laid off from the Sacramento Bee in October, says the mission of 27x7com is to fill the sports-opinion void in the Sacramento market. He'll write multiple columns each day that focus …
Craig Fehrman / Boston Globe:
The incredible shrinking sound bite — It's not just a modern problem — and may not be such a bad thing after all — In the summer of 1992, just as George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and Ross Perot were gearing up for their presidential race, CBS announced a new policy for its nightly news.
Roy Greenslade / Guardian: The wisdom of shorter political soundbites
Jim Romenesko / Poynter: Profs: ‘The shrinking sound bite is anything but new’
Matthew Szymczyk / AdAge:
CES 2011: Welcome to the Year of Tablets and Digital Living Rooms — Expect the Tablet Market to Flourish Along With Connected TVs and Kinect — CES (Consumer Electronics Show) 2011 is almost upon us and like all gadget-obsessed technorati, half the excitement of an upcoming CES is trying …
Discussion: ABCNEWS and Multichannel
Todd Spangler / Multichannel: 3DTV Will Try Again In 2011
Cory Bergman / Lost Remote:
TV apps will be key focus at CES 2011
TV apps will be key focus at CES 2011
Discussion: Multichannel News, Multichannel, VentureBeat, rbr.com, ReadWriteWeb, Computerworld, Talking Biz News, FT tech hub, NetNewsCheck Latest, CNET News and AdAge
Leslie Ellis / Multichannel News: 2011 CES and Cable Preview
George Winslow / Multichannel: LG To Demo 3D Mobile DTV Transmissions At CES
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat: Lenovo's IdeaCentre tries to cash in on the mad rush to all-in-one desktops
Mike Melanson / ReadWriteWeb: 3 Things We Expect to See at CES 2011
Joel Mathis / Computerworld: iHome unveils new audio systems for iPhone, iPad
Chris Roush / Talking Biz News: Fox Business plans for CES show coverage
Chris Nuttall / FT tech hub: CES 2011 - HP updates PC lineup, no sign of Palmpad yet
Erica Ogg / CNET News: CES: What to expect at this year's show
Michael Learmonth / AdAge: Why Marketing's Big Guns Are Winging Their Way to Las Vegas
Colby Hall / Mediaite:
CNN's Former Morning Host John Roberts Expected To Join Fox News — CNN's John Roberts is expected to join FOX News Channel as a senior national correspondent based in Atlanta and will be reporting on major domestic and international stories for the network.
Discussion: The Wrap, Poynter, Show Tracker, Moraes on TV, Broadcasting & Cable, Media Decoder, Multichannel, New York Magazine and Inside TV
Tim Molloy / The Wrap: CNN Anchor John Roberts Joins Fox News
Jim Romenesko / Poynter: CNN's Roberts expected to join Fox News
Melissa Maerz / Show Tracker: Is CNN's John Roberts joining Fox News?
Lisa de Moraes / Moraes on TV: Former CNN anchor John Roberts joins Fox News Channel
Andrea Morabito / Broadcasting & Cable: John Roberts Joining Fox News Channel
Bill Carter / Media Decoder: John Roberts Leaves CNN for Fox News
Andrea Morabito / Multichannel: John Roberts Joining Fox News Channel: Reports
Chris Rovzar / New York Magazine: John Roberts Jumps From CNN to Fox News
Jeff Labrecque / Inside TV: John Roberts switches to FOX News
Matthew Creamer / AdAge:
Your Followers Are No Measure of Your Influence — Popularity on Twitter or Facebook Is Just That; It's the Ability to Drive Behavior That Matters — Since Malcolm Gladwell began popularizing his “Tipping Point” theory 14 years ago, marketers have fantasized about a world in which they can identify …
RSS Is Dying Being Ignored, and You Should Be Very Worried — RSS Is Being Ignored, and You Should Be Very Worried — Update: More reworking of article. I stand by my convictions, but I have been wrong in my delivery. — Also, here's a French translation of the previous version, kindly done by zar / teckee.
Discussion: Scripting News, The Atlantic Wire and parislemon, more at Techmeme »
Rob Horning / The New Inquiry:
Open Books: The E-Reader Reads You … It's fitting that at the end of this essay about the proliferation of e-readers, Scott McLemee invokes critic Franco Moretti, who has devoted the past decade to deromanticizing literary criticism and reconfiguring serious study of the novel as a bloodless …
New York Post:
‘Week’ team fears NYC move — The new year is bringing chills to ABC's “This Week,” where anchor Christiane Amanpour's Washington staff worries that the show will be moved to New York. — An insider says a top priority for new ABC president Ben Sherwood is to decide whether Amanpour's …
Discussion: Mediaite, The Empire and TVWeek.com
Matt Schneider / Mediaite: Memo To ABC: Don't Fight It, Return Jake Tapper To This Week
Azi Paybarah / The Empire: Roundup: Cuomo gives back
BBC America Hires Discovery Exec Rachel Smith to Focus on Original Programming — BBC America has hired former Discovery, IFC and Bravo executive Rachel Smith, to the newly-created position of vice president of original programming, a move that signals the network's focus on — you guessed it — original programming.
Discussion: Broadcasting & Cable and Multichannel
Andrea Domanick / Broadcasting & Cable: BBC America Names VP, Original Programming
Andrea Domanick / Multichannel: BBC America Names Rachel Smith VP, Original Programming
Lauren Indvik / Mashable!:
Is Instagram the Next Distribution Opportunity for News Media? — From apps to podcasts, Facebook to Twitter, Flickr to YouTube, and more, mainstream media has embraced a number of new, technology-driven — and often social — platforms in the past decade to grow and engage its audiences.
Discussion: Lost Remote, more at Techmeme »
Cory Bergman / Lost Remote: Finding the time to keep up with social media
Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
The actor, the ex-News of the World executive and a broken-down Ferrari... You will surely have noted in the above picture that the actor Hugh Grant looks somewhat less than happy to be shaking the hand of the man on the right. — There is no sign of a smile. The stare towards the camera is cold.
Dan Frommer / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
AOL's Internal Content Structure: “Towns” — We've heard that AOL has organized many of its content properties into what are internally called “towns.” — According to a source, this means that for each “town” — a major content property, along the lines of AOL Entertainment, AOL Health …
Eric Pfanner / New York Times:
What's Ahead for Media and Digital Businesses in 2011 — PARIS — The end of 2010 was greeted with relief by many media companies. “Not as bad as 2009” was a common refrain. Advertising bounced back more strongly than expected, led by television. Experiments in charging for digital content held …
Discussion: New York Times
Wild Winter Weather Tops the Web — A po werful East Coast winter storm—and complaints about the cleanup effort that followed it—topped the online news agenda last week, according to a special News Coverage Index from the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism.
David Carr / Media Decoder:
Longreads: A Digital Renaissance for the Long-form? — At the South by Southwest conference last year, a button featuring the acronym “tl;dr” seemed ubiquitous. “Too long, didn't read” has become a rallying cry for a generation that likes it short and sweet, or else.
Discussion: New York Observer
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Digg Founder Kevin Rose Launches Private Newsletter Called Foundation — I bet you didn't know that Twitter was almost named Jittter or Twitch. Well, now you will. — Last year Digg founder Kevin Rose was mulling over a new video show called fforward. Fforward never launched, but the idea did change into something else.
Discussion: VentureBeat and NetNewsCheck Latest, more at Techmeme »
Tonya Garcia / mediabistro.com:
Former ‘Early Show’ Producer Joins Gawker as PR Manager — Kevin Prince has joined Gawker Media as PR manager. Previously, Prince was a producer CBS' The Early Show and has worked with MSNBC. — According to the memo from Gawker head Nick Denton, Prince will be using his TV know-how to promote …
Discussion: NPR Topics and Poynter
Jesse Baker / NPR Topics: Gawker Wants To Offer More Than Snark, Gossip