Tuesday, May 12, 2009

May 13, 2009 News

LA Confidential has a new editor-in-chief, Sari Tuschman, and deputy editor, Lesley McKenzie, both located in the Century City office. Their @NicheMediallc.com emails are firstname.lastname

Want to announce, rather belatedly that last November, the Jewish Journal's Danielle Berrin was promoted from "Calendar Girl" to full-time staff writer covering Hollywood. Check out her "Hollywood Jew" blog here.

Gary Scott reports this Daily News update:
The Los Angeles Daily News has fired LAUSD/education reporter George Sanchez… Reporter Connie Llanos will continue to cover education for Daily News.
Full post here.

PetersMusicNews.com is up and running to cover music events in the San Gabriel Valley and performers from the area, run by the wonderful Bill Peters. Check it out here, and reach him at this petersmusicnews.com address: editor

Katie Klapper passes on the news that Western Interiors has folded and that its Editor-in-Chief Michael Wolleager is now Editor-at-Large at Luxe.

KNBC's "YourLA" show is no longer operational, so take it off your list if it's still on.

Got a press release titled “THE NEWSHOUR WITH JIM LEHRER” AND PBS ANNOUNCE MAJOR CHANGES" that said in part:
Among the changes outlined by Mr. Lehrer and Linda Winslow, executive producer of The NewsHour, are a change in the name of the program from The NewsHour With Jim Lehrer to PBS NewsHour; a change in the broadcast format ― moving from a single anchor to a dual anchor each evening; and the addition of a correspondent who will serve as a bridge between The NewsHour’s broadcast and digital platforms. Lehrer will remain executive editor and primary anchor of the new PBS NewsHour and will lead the transition.

Full press release here.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

May 7, 2009 News

This blog is two years old this month. Can't quite believe it. Thanks for all the support and tips.

Got a note that Senior Editor Bob Hofler is now in charge of assigning theatre reviews at Variety. Variety.com email is: bob.hofler

Fishbowl LA reports the arrival of former CityBeat film critic Andy Klein at BrandX.

Restaurant critic Merrill Shindler is back on KABC 790 AM. His show airs 7-8 pm on Sundays.

Los Angeles and San Francisco editions of The Onion shut down, per this memo from President and CEO Steve Hannah, courtesy of LAIst.com

As most of you have heard through the very twisted grapevine by now, we have decided to shut down our print operations in San Francisco and Los Angeles. Both staffs were informed in person yesterday that their last editions would be published this week. It is an unpleasant task to discontinue print in those two cities—and to lay off the good people who worked hard to make them profitable—but I believe it is the wise business decision to make.

At the quarterly Board meeting in Chicago two weeks ago, we took a hard look at the company’s business operations in this very tough economic environment. Overall, we are weathering the storm, and, as you know, we have avoided taking many of the draconian measures employed by other media companies. Unfortunately, despite healthy readership in both Los Angeles and San Francisco (readership has actually risen despite our reduction in copies in recent months) the advertising in both cities has been abysmal.

This stands in stark contrast to other parts of our business—both the majority of our print markets (Milwaukee, Madison, Minneapolis, Denver, Boulder, for example) as well as our rapidly growing digital enterprises (theonion.com, avclub.com, the Onion News Network and Decider.com—which are growing nicely and in some cases dramatically. So, at the end of the day, you have to make a decision whether to pump money into parts of the company that are straining us financially (LA and SF print) or reroute that capital into the areas of the company that are growing in size and value.

We chose the latter.

We love our print publications. They are the foundation of the Onion and, in the majority of our markets, they make us money. We have no plans at this time to cease publication in any of our other markets.

Monday, May 4, 2009

May 4, 2009 News

Nice to see some good LA media outlets among the Western Publishing Association's Maggie Award winners, including LA Weekly, Sunset, Where Los Angeles (way to go, Benjamin!), and the late LA Stage. Full list here.

Thanks to LA Observed for passing on this info from SCVTALK.com, the Santa Clarita Valley blog. Take the link for more details.

A brand new, locally-owned and locally-staffed newspaper will be coming soon to newsracks near you.

Jay Harn, former publisher at The Signal, has told SCVTalk that he’s launching a weekly newspaper called the Santa Clarita Valley Independent.

The 30-40 page weekly tabloid-style paper will feature original news, sports and entertainment stories as well as opinion pieces.

Looks like my zip code is too low class for the LA Times' monthly magazine to be included in my paper (loyal subscriber that I am!), but I found it online here. I'll probably take the time to read Howard Rosenman's remembrance of Leonard Bernstein, but nothing else caught my interest. Still, what are the odds I would have read more – and viewed their ads – if I'd gotten the paper version? Inquiring advertisers might want to know.

Got this tip today, not connected to the above paragraph, but certainly relevant. Looks like the LA Times will offer a product for "the rest of us" (subscribers, anyway). Reference to this LA Etcetera made in John T. O'Loughlin's memo quoted in this post.

The Los Angeles Times is launching LA Etcetera, a new weekly lifestyle magazine, on May 10. Its coverage will include entertainment, fashion, food, shopping and the nightlife of Southern California. The magazine will be home-delivered to Times subscribers with the newspaper’s Sunday edition.

Initial circulation will be 480,000. LA Etcetera is being produced by the editorial staff of the newspaper’s monthly magazine, LA, with Annie Gilbar as editor in chief.