30 posts and columns on Gannett
Gannett, best known as the newspaper publisher behind USA Today, is making a big bet on TV: It is paying $1.5 billion, and taking on $715 million in debt, to acquire local station owner Belo Corp. If the deal gets regulatory approval, Gannett will nearly double its portfolio of TV stations from 23 to 43.
News ByteOngo, a newspaper-backed startup that tried to sell digital subscriptions to a variety of publications, is shuttering after less than two years. The New York Times, the Washington Post and Gannett each put a reported $4 million into the company, but it never got traction with subscribers. Nieman Journalism Lab has a good exit interview with CEO Dan Haarmann, who blames Apple’s subscription policy, among other factors, for the company’s failure.
News Bytewill operate a newly formed company, partially owned by eBay, which includes Rue La La and ShopRunner among other properties.
When Media Giants Attack! Cease-and-Desist Letter to News Reader Zite Claims All Kinds of Copyright DamageA panoply of big media giants sent a cease-and-desist letter today to Zite, the Apple iPad news reader app. The Washington Post, AP, Gannett, Getty, Time, Dow Jones and many other media organizations were part of the copyright violations action, which you can read all about after the jump.
There’s a lot of great stuff on Twitter. And there’s a lot more lousy stuff. Twitter thinks curation is really important, but isn’t doing it itself–yet. So it’s asking outsiders for help.