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Murdoch Contemplates Splitting Up News Corp

Separating publishing would make other media more profitable

(Newser) - After resisting investors' pressure for years, Rupert Murdoch is finally considering splitting his News Corp. media empire in two, dividing publishing and the company's other, more lucrative media units, reports the Wall Street Journal . The Murdoch family would likely maintain its control of both companies, similar to Sumner Redstone'...

Times-Picayune Lays Off Half of Newsroom Staff

200 workers get the ax, plus 400 at sister papers

(Newser) - New Orleans' venerable Times-Picayune has laid off nearly half of its newsroom staff—and a third of its total workforce—just weeks after the paper announced it's cutting print publication to three days a week. More than 200 staffers—including 84 of 173 newsroom workers—were given notice yesterday...

New Orleans Times-Picayune Cutting Back to 3 Days

Historic paper ceasing daily publication

(Newser) - Sad news from one of America's great newspapers: The New Orleans Times-Picayune has announced that it will cease daily publication this fall. The paper, founded as the Picayune in 1837, will now offer print editions just three days a week, on Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday, while continuing to offer...

Buffett's Latest Buy: 63 More Newspapers

In $142M deal

(Newser) - Billionaire Warren Buffett's company is making its largest foray into newspapers yet, agreeing to buy 63 papers from Media General Inc. The $142 million deal includes the Richmond Times-Dispatch and the Winston-Salem Journal. The company is selling all its papers except those in Tampa, most importantly the Tampa Tribune....

Los Angeles Times to Launch Paywall
Los Angeles Times
to Launch Paywall

Los Angeles Times to Launch Paywall

Paper's online content won't be free after March 5

(Newser) - The Los Angeles Times is going behind a paywall next month, joining the ranks of the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and most recently, Gannett. (The latter's hasn't gone into effect yet.) The LAT "membership program" will eventually cost $1.99 a week when...

Investors Snapping Up Daily Papers

Real estate a major factor in sale of 71 papers last year

(Newser) - Despite plunging revenue and circulation figures, plenty of people in America are still buying daily newspapers—lock, stock, and valuable headquarters. Some 71 daily papers were sold last year, and while some investors see buying a paper as a civic duty, others view it as a way to turn a...

Warren Buffett Buys Hometown Newspaper

At $200M, purchase not about investing

(Newser) - Warren Buffett makes news for his multi-billion-dollar investments, not a piddly $200 million—but Buffett surprised many people when he announced yesterday he was spending that to buy his hometown newspaper, the Omaha World-Herald, reports Bloomberg . The billionaire slammed the newspaper industry two years ago, saying it had the "...

David Carr: Time to Occupy Newsrooms

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Time to Occupy Newsrooms

Where unfair bonuses are concerned, media firms rival Wall Street: David Carr

(Newser) - USA Today applauded Occupy Wall Street for attacking firms that give “huge bonuses” to execs who makes terrible decisions. The paper’s right—but it’s being hypocritical. Gannett, owner of USA Today, is a champion of “bonus excess despite miserable operations,” David Carr writes in...

New York Times Asks Twitter to Plug Paywall Loophole

Paper aims to firm up pay barrier before launch

(Newser) - The pay barrier for the New York Times' online content goes up on Monday and the newspaper is scrambling to make it more like a wall and less like a curtain full of holes. Users will be allowed 20 page views a month before the barrier comes down. But articles...

NY Times Gets Ready to Launch Paywall

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Paywall Details Leak 

NY Times Paywall Details Leak

Most won't have to pay, paper says

(Newser) - The New York Times’ long-expected paywall is due next month, and details are starting to leak out about the plan. Everyone will have limited free access to the site, sources tell the Wall Street Journal , but once users reach that limit, they'll have to pony up. Users can buy either...

Google to Bite at Apple With Digital Newsstand?

Google trying to drum up support among publishers, say insiders

(Newser) - Google is considering launching a digital newsstand that would cater to users of smartphones and tablets that run Android, setting the stage for a competition with Apple for publishers’ support. Apple’s iTunes already sells a number of popular periodicals; Google has reportedly held talks with Time Inc., Condé Nast,...

Report: Apple Plans Digital Newspaper Subscriptions

They'd take a cut from apps on iPad, iPhone

(Newser) - Apple is working out a deal with newspaper publishers for a digital subscription service on its various i-gadgets, industry sources tell the San Jose Mercury News . Apple, as usual, isn't saying anything, but the Mercury News talks to one industry observer who predicts that Steve Jobs would take a 30%...

Journal vs. Times: Sharks vs. Jets Style

Taiwanese animators explain the news again

(Newser) - Here's everything you need to know about the turf war between the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times in the Big Apple ... in animated form. (Get ready for Rupert Murdoch with a fin, and a Jets vs. Sharks homage). The YouTube video comes from Taiwanese New Media Animation,...

Sulzberger: We'll Stop Printing Times, 'Date TBD'

It's coming 'sometime in the future'

(Newser) - This from Arthur Sulzberger Jr.: "We will stop printing the New York Times sometime in the future, date TBD." OK, "this sounds obvious," writes Henry Blodget at Business Insider , "but it's a big deal." Unless the paper finds a "sugar-daddy," it will...

Chicago Trib to Publish Sunday Paper With No Ads

(Newser) - Here's one way to solve the dearth of advertising for newspapers—just get rid of that pesky stuff altogether and charge readers an extra $5 an issue. This is what the Chicago Tribune may be planning, according to a story in the Chicago Reader, which got its hands on an...

USA Today Plans 'Radical Overhaul,' Staff Slash

9% of workers cut as focus switches from print

(Newser) - USA Today will be laying off 9% of its 1,500 workers in what execs describe as a radical overhaul. The 28-year-old paper, struggling with falling circulation and advertising sales, plans to focus less on its print edition and more on producing content for the Internet and mobile devices, AP...

Murdoch to Start 'Newspaper'—for iPad, Cells

He dreams: 'We'll have young people reading newspapers'

(Newser) - News Corp is planning to launch a new “newspaper” exclusively for tablet computers and cellphones. The new property will operate out of the New York Post newsroom, and be helmed by the Post’s managing editor, but will have several dozen reporters of its own, a source tells the...

Paywall Drives Off 98.8% of Times Readers

Former employee reports that only 15K have agreed to pay

(Newser) - What has putting up a paywall done for the folks at the Times? Driven away most of their readers, predictably. Only 150,000 signed up for “Times+” accounts, and only 15,000 of them actually agreed to pay when their free trial ran out, according to an unconfirmed report...

Little Orphan Annie Bows Out, Mysteriously

Comic strips ends 85-year run 'for now'

(Newser) - After 85 years of adventures, Little Orphan Annie made her final appearance in the funny papers today, and she left behind a cliffhanger. The last panel of the strip consists of a yellow background with black lettering reading "And this is where we leave our Annie. For now—"...

Michael Gerson - The 64-gigabyte shape of the future
 The iPad Will Save Print Media 

The iPad Will Save Print Media

Finally, a device that makes people want to pay for content

(Newser) - Michael Gerson is a self-proclaimed bibliophile who once loved “everything about used bookstores—the musty smell of decaying paper, the reading copies and remainders, the treasure hunt for a bright volume of an old favorite.” But he hasn’t visited one in years, thanks to his Amazon Kindle,...

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