“In the era of digital media, content is king, and sports content is the king of kings. The sports industry reaches a larger market than music, movies and episodic television combined. Sports content also plays a major role in consumers’ choices about television service providers, the checks they write each month to pay for their broadcast content, as well as the decisions to upgrade the televisions in their homes.”—Sports Programming Dominates the Living Room - Warren Packard - Voices - AllThingsD
Publishers are busy re-imagining their sites for a mobile and visual era. The last six months has seen several big-name publishers put out redesigns. In most cases, these outlets have cited the need to clean up the user experience and make their sites “responsive” for mobile users. Who nailed it? Here are five recent redesigns. Which of the following comes closest to what a modern publishing site should be?
As digital becomes part of every line of business, effective marshaling of digital capabilities is a critical competency. Management is often maligned (sometimes for good reason!), but strong management is an important differentiator in both digit…
CBS Interactive announced on Thursday it has expanded its roster of fantasy sports mobile offerings with a new predictive second-screen game app for the 2013 football season. Built and delivered in partnership with PrePlay, the world’s leading predictive game studio, the CBS Sports PrePlay Football app will offer an interactive second-screen experience for both pro and college football games, allowing fans to predict every down of every drive in real time.
Sporting News Media has locked up a multi-year deal with the NFL to feature the league’s video highlights on the media company’s ePlayer, a platform that delivers content to newspaper sites such as the Chicago Tribune and Miami Herald.
The digital age is killing AM radio, an American institution that brought the nation fireside chats, Casey Kasem’s Top 40 and scratchy broadcasts of the World Series. Long surpassed by FM and more recently cast aside by satellite radio and Pandora, AM is now under siege from a new threat: rising interference from smartphones and consumer electronics that reduce many AM stations to little more than static. Its audience has sunk to historical lows.
Alex Madrigal writes in The Atlantic: “Over the last year, Medium’s momentum has been building… In the last couple weeks, five very different posts circulated widely in social media, all housed at Medium.com….
"All this built the idea that Medium was something more than yet another blogging platform. It was a place to be seen. Pieces that might have run on The Atlantic, The New Yorker, or Wired would pop up on Medium, and I’d be like, "Dang. How’d that happen?"
"All that made sense, too, given that the company was hiring elite web editors. Medium wasn’t building a magazine, I realized, but a magazine killer.
"They would and could do what we could do, but merely as a component of their overall strategy. It would be as if LiveJournal simultaneously built The Verge. It was almost the Huffington Post or Forbes evolved, with similar editorial chops at the high end and a better blogging platform at the low end (minus the relentless social media stuff)."
In which The New York Times curates a Buzzfeed interview down to “The 11 Most Memorable Moments from Anthony Weiner’s Buzzfeed interview.”
The Times they are a changin’!
"Anthony D. Weiner stopped by a Midtown bar on Monday evening for an interview with Ben Smith, editor in chief of Buzzfeed, the popular online outfit known for cute animal pictures and breezy “listicles” (along with political reporting). Mr. Smith drank a pint of beer; Mr. Weiner, who said he no longer drinks alcohol, sipped iced coffee. What follows is a Buzzfeed-inspired account of the evening."
“There is empirical evidence… that ESPN’s discussion of a sport on its myriad channels decreases when its formal relationships end as a rights holder. The NHL’s presence on ESPN diminished significantly after moving to Versus (which later became NBC Sports Network), and NASCAR faces a risk during a lull in which it’s fighting to regain once-soaring popularity amid stagnant ratings.”—Nate Ryan, USA Today. Analysis: Bolting ESPN could be a risky business
To kick off this fall’s Advertising Week in New York, AOL will host an event on September 23 in hopes that other ad-tech players will join, creating yet another week of upfronts. Like the TV upfronts, the aim is to secure commitments from advertisers and agencies to use AOL’s ad technologies for their automated digital ad buys ahead of when they actually place those buys. “It’s essentially a machine upfront,” Mr. Armstrong told a group of reporters Tuesday night. “We believe you will have an upfront commitment cycle that will rival TV.”
The Times plans to “create an immersive digital magazine experience, a lean back read that will include new, multimedia narratives in the tradition of Snow Fall and last weekend’s compelling account of the Arizona fire, as well as some of the best reads published during the previous week… the new digital magazine would be a need to read.”
”—Rupert Murdoch warning Facebook to watch its six. And, yes, he did buy “crappy MySpace” in July 2005 for $580M, and sold it for $20-30M in 2011. He paid a half a billion to learn that lesson. I wonder how much Facebook stock he has? (via stoweboyd)
News sources aren’t restricted to eyewitnesses or armchair experts either: in an interesting twist, the National Transportation Safety Board — which is investigating the crash — started posting photos of the crash site and the ruined airplane on Twitter within hours of the accident, including pieces of the fuselage, landing gear that had been separated from the plane, etc. In effect, anyone following the event in real time has had as much or more information than they could have gotten from any traditional news source.
Will someone please think of the children? In the ongoing battle for the future of the living room, that’s exactly what Netflix and Amazon are doing. While shows like political drama House of Cards, resurrected sitcom Arrested Development and Amazon’s slate of comedy pilots have hogged all the medi…
The latest RTDNA/Hofstra University Annual Survey found that local television news salaries actually fell 1.9% in 2012. With inflation a modest 2.1%, that meant that TV news salaries dropped in purchasing power by 4% last year. Radio salaries fared only slightly better, with an increase of 0.8% last year. That’s not enough to compensate for 2.1% inflation, leaving radio news salaries down 1.3% in terms of real wages.