Wednesday, October 29, 2008

MediaWatch 29 October 08: Evening Edition

Hulu apparently has some admirers over at Viacom's MTV Networks.... MTV has just launched, an amazing archive of all of its music videos, concert footage, Unplugged performances and more. You'll find more than 16,000 videos on the site right now, and more are being added each day. Coming soon: how to copy and save 'em! Me? I'm still a big fan of Channel [V] !

Deathwatch: The Christian Science Monitor is scrapping its daily print edition in favor of online publication, supplemented by a weekly paper edition. The daily publication will be replaced in April by a weekly print format featuring its special brand of analysis and an online operation for daily reporting. The shift to online publication will entail an unspecified number of layoffs.
For readers, the drastic diminishment of print raises an obvious question: if more people are reading newspapers and magazines, why should we care whether they are printed on paper?

The answer is that paper is not just how news is delivered; it is how it is paid for.

- The New York Times
Time Inc. will slash as many as 600 jobs. McGraw-Hill is looking to cut 270 positions company-wide, including 140 jobs at BusinessWeek.

Wenner Media, the publisher of Rolling Stone, Us Weekly and Men's Journal, laid off seven people from the editorial and corporate sides of the business... no doubt much to the delight of Michelle Malkin...

SONY joins GM as "have-nots who once had" - Sony Corp.'s quarterly profit plunged 72 percent as a surging yen wiped out perks from flat-panel TV and PlayStation 3 sales, as well as box office revenue from the movie "Hancock." I remember when SONY and Panasonic were on the cutting edge of personal entertainment technology, days when you knew if you bought either brand you had a device that would last a lifetime. My vintage 1980s SONY Walkman and my old Panasonic reel-to-reel AM/FM portable STILL WORK and see regular use!

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