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Ownership and Regulations

by John Reinan

The future of newspapers in the Twin Cities could hinge on events in Southern California. Sound crazy? Let me explain.

One of California's largest newspapers, the Orange County Register, is for sale. Industry analysts expect a couple of companies to bid aggressively for it: Tribune and MediaNews Group.

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Author

Anton Jolkovski

Date

2011-04-20 11:09

by Martin Langeveld

Who owns Americas newspapers?

In January, I detailed how a hedge fund named Alden Global Capital, which played a role in the shakeup at MediaNews Group, also had significant holdings in newspaper groups Freedom Communications, Philadelphia Newspaper Holdings, Journal Register Company, Tribune, and the Canadian newspaper firm Postmedia Network -- all firms with current or recent bankruptcy status.

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Author

Anton Jolkovski

Date

2011-03-09 10:58

Billionaire Indu Jain's Bennett, Coleman & Co. plans to give stock options to employees in preparation for a potential initial public offering in India in the next two years, said three people with direct knowledge of the matter.

Some senior staff at the Mumbai-based publisher of the Times of India and Economic Times were told about the stock options last week, said two of the people, who declined to be identified because there hasn't been a formal announcement. Bennett, Coleman Chief Executive Officer Ravindra Dhariwal yesterday declined to comment.

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Author

Anton Jolkovski

Date

2011-02-18 14:19

After enduring a seven-year decline that has resulted in well over £1bn in ad revenue bleeding out of regional newspapers, Daily Mail & General Trust last week hoisted the white flag over any ambition to be a long-term player in the embattled sector. The publisher admitted it is keen to offload Northcliffe Media, home to more than 100 daily and weekly regional titles from Hull to Bath, and has no desire to put "fresh capital" in and lead what it views as a necessary large-scale consolidation in the sector.

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Author

Anton Jolkovski

Date

2011-02-14 16:51

The Daily Mail & General Trust chief executive, Martin Morgan, has said he is sceptical about the commercial viability of Jeremy Hunt's plans for local TV services.

Morgan said that DMGT, which owns the Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday as well as more than 100 regional titles, remained unconvinced that businesses involved in Hunt's plans could make profits.

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Author

Anton Jolkovski

Date

2011-02-09 17:13

Demand Media, which is fresh off its IPO, was almost part of the New York Times family.

Demand, a mass producer of instructional content, approached Times Co. executives more than three years ago about combining the company with About.com, a person familiar with the matter said. Times Co. paid $410 million in 2005 for About.com, a network of sites that serves up information on thousands of topics from would-be experts called "guides."

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Author

Anton Jolkovski

Date

2011-01-27 16:09

Back in the early 1990s, Dean Singleton predicted that ultimately there would be just three newspaper companies left standing, and he intended his MediaNews Group to be one of them. It was an audacious prediction, because at the time, after a decade of wheeling, dealing and sometimes ruthless management, MediaNews Group still consisted of just a dozen newspapers, and the company's board meetings, as he was fond of saying, "could be held in the front seat of a pickup truck."

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Author

Anton Jolkovski

Date

2011-01-21 19:05

Many news publishing related trends built up speed and began taking hold in 2010, and are worth watching and considering further in 2011.

In no particular order, those trends are:

Coupons and daily deals

Leading the pack in 2010 was Chicago-based Internet coupon service Groupon Inc., which turned down a US$6 billion buyout offer from Google in early December and secured $500 million (of $950 million) at the end of the month.

Publishers around the globe are trying out Groupon-like daily deals as a way to engage readers, and are beginning to see success.

Social networking

If 2009 was the year your mom joined Facebook, then 2010 was the year everyone else did, from your grandfather to your 12-year-old niece.

Author

Leah McBride Mensching

Date

2010-12-31 22:07

The U.S. government and others will use the latest WikiLeaks release "as reason for secrecy for many years to come," believes Kathleen Carroll, executive editor of the Associated Press. It may take some time for the situation to change, but governments will try to plug what leaks they can and "lock things down," she said. She was speaking at the Nieman Lab event "From Watergate to Wikileaks: Secrecy and Journalism in the New Media Age."

All governments want to keep secrets from the public, she said, sometimes for the right reasons, but sometimes not. "Governments too often stretch the national security rationale well beyond reason," she continued, and there is a lot of information that is 'classified' that has little reason to be so. She pointed out that the US government spends $9 billion a year on keeping information secret. The U.S. is far from being alone in this practice, Carroll said: and threats against journalists for reporting on what the government wants to keep secret is "an all too familiar sad story in too many countries."

Author

Leah McBride Mensching

Date

2010-12-17 15:29

Éric Fottorino was ousted today as president of Le Monde's management board due to "differences of opinion" with the new owners and will be replaced by Louis Dreyfus, The New York Times reported.

Fottorino will continue to serve "temporarily" as member of Le Monde's board, El Mundo revealed. Yet, "management and publishing will no longer be this responsibility." He would also step down from his role as director but his replacement will be named early next year.

Photo source: Le Figaro


Five weeks ago, businessmen Pierre Bergé, Xavier Niel and Matthieu Pigasse became the new owners of the evening daily after it faced financial problems. According to ADP News, Fottorino opposed the cost-cutting measures proposed by the businessmen and had complained of being morally harassed by them.

Fottorino was named president of Le Monde's board in 2008, after having worked in the newspaper as a journalist and editor since 1986.

Author

Clara Mart

Date

2010-12-15 22:49

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