Saturday, June 13, 2009

Saturday June 13 -- Got news or an update?

If you have news or an update, leave it in comments.


Anonymous said...

I don't have news or an update, but I do have a question. Remember the age-related blasts a few months ago on when Bee editorial employees faced a union-busting vote? A few of the young hotshots came out with comments like "everyone over 50 should be shown the door."

I'm wondering how morale is in what's left in the "diverse" newsroom. I guess diversity is only something to celebrate there if you're under 50 and a person of color. Can't have people in the newsroom with any perspective or sense of history, I guess.

Anonymous said...

Anon 6:38 Great point.

My focus is on MNI management and journalists who sold their souls and integrity to the democrat party, and are only Bolshevik hack writers, priests at Obama’s temple.

Anonymous said...

The Newspaper Controversy Continues

"There is something sadly ironic about a newspaper reporting on its own demise. Certainly it’s important for readers to know what’s going on behind the scenes and for many employees, the decisions being made at their newspapers are the biggest news of the day. But it still shocks me a bit to see headlines in The Boston Globe proclaiming that its largest union rejected $10 million in wage and benefit cuts. In what seems like a “punishment,” union members will now endure 23% pay cuts. It’s almost guaranteed that the very people who wrote, edited and laid out the story will be part of that salary slash."


Anonymous said...

Some newspaper employees' salaries reduced to federal minimum wage!
The Indianapolis Newspaper Guild today officially scheduled a membership vote for Tuesday, June 30, on the company’s proposal for a two-year contract.

One from the list of ‘round-up of the significant changes’-

“Employees whose pay would drop below the federal minimum wage with a 12 percent pay cut will be reduced only to the federal minimum wage.”

The Guild negotiating committee mitigated several concerns, but [committee members still cannot endorse this contract proposal.]

Anonymous said...

Broadcast TV advertising drops 11.9% The Hollywood Reporter

Spot TV in the top 100 markets cratered

Total broadcast TV, including spot TV, syndication and network TV, dropped 11.9% to $10.5 billion in first quarter.

The decline was driven by spot TV in the top 100 markets which cratered, falling 27.6% to $2.89 billion. In stark contrast, network TV dipped 4.8% to $6.5 billion, while syndication inched up 0.2% to nearly $1.1 billion.

Spending in nine of local broadcast TV's top 10 ad categories was down, led by automotive, down 52.1%. Not a single auto advertiser increased spending. The biggest decline was General Motors, which spent nearly 78% less in first quarter, slashing its budget from $73.6 million to $16.4 million.

Verizon was the top advertiser in local TV, increasing spending by 13.9% to $78.5 million, followed by General Mills, which spent $54.1 million, a 41.6% gain.