Media

Tribune Co. Taps Lazard,Weighs Filing for Chapter 11

DENNIS K. BERMAN, SHIRA OVIDE, MATTHEW KARNITSCHNIG The Wall Street Journal 09.12.2008
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Tribune Co. is preparing for a possible filing for bankruptcy-court protection as soon as this week, according to people familiar with the matter, in a sign of worsening trouble for the newspaper industry.

Debt-Saddled Tribune Co. Files for Bankruptcy

Frank Ahrens The Washington Post 09.12.2008
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Media giant Tribune Co. yesterday became the first major newspaper or chain in several decades to enter Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, as the debt-saddled company fights sharply dropping advertising revenue and an ongoing recession.


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New York Times Co., facing a $400 million debt repayment in May, may borrow as much as $225 million against its Manhattan headquarters.

Survival drama

Alfred Liu and Adele Wong The Standard 05.12.2008
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Troubled ATV has pulled in two big names from the telecoms industry to take control of the station in a bid to turn its fortunes round.


TVB cuts 212 jobs

RTHK 01.12.2008
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The broadcaster, TVB, has confirmed that it's to lay off 212 employees because of the economic downturn.

ATV lays off 47 people

RTHK 14.11.2008
The Chairman of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, Ronald Arculli

The free-to-air television station, ATV, has axed 47 jobs citing the need to cut costs because of the current financial crisis.


Production of Tamil films to start from Oct 22

As the Tamil film industry assembled in Chennai to demand a halt to the Sri Lankan Army's ongoing offensive in the northern part of the island nation, production of Tamil films have come to a standstill and will resume on October 22.

TV picture appears poor for high definition

Adele Wong The Standard 28.08.2008
TV picture appears poor for high definition

Hong Kong is lagging behind South Korea and Japan in terms of high definition-savvy citizens, Asia HD Association chairman James Hong Ming-sang claims.


Beijing Olympics most-watched in history

The Nielson Company says a record 4.4 billion people, or about two-thirds of the world's population, watched the Beijing Olympic events. This has made the sporting spectacle the most watched Games in Olympic history.

Digital TV audience rises 60%

news.gov.hk 18.08.2008
Digital TV audience rises 60%

The digital terrestrial television audience has grown 60% in two months with the extension of free digital broadcasting coverage, the Commerce & Economic Development Bureau says.


RTHK gets `Lion Rock' ace

Bonnie Chen The Standard 08.08.2008
RTHK gets `Lion Rock' ace

The man who produced and directed RTHK's first drama series that ran for 20 years has been named the new director of broadcasting.

SCMP photographer being held in Beijing

Beijing authorities have yet to release a South China Morning Post photographer, who was taken away following clashes between the police and with Hong Kong journalists.


Guangdong Provincial Party Secretary, Wang Yang, has warned Hong Kong newspapers that what he called "speculative media reports" about misconduct by Guangdong officials would hurt ties between the province and the SAR.

Sabine Gueraud, left, tried out the Read & Go, an electronic device that allows users to read different newspapers on a small, portable screen. (Paula Kupfer for the International Herald Tribune)

PARIS: Paul-François Fournier, an executive at France Télécom in Paris, thinks he may have found a way to help revive the ailing newspaper industry. It comes in a black plastic rectangular box with a screen half the size of a sheet of copy paper.


Officials giving a briefing on digital TV coverage. Photo: RTHK

Digital TV coverage is being expanded to cover three quarters of the population. Starting next month, six new transmitters will come on line, extending the service to all 18 districts.

Google and Viacom reach deal over YouTube user data

Mark Sweney Guardian.co.uk 15.07.2008
YouTube: the personal data of millions of the video-sharing site's users will be protected after Google struck a deal with Viacom

Google has struck a deal to protect the personal data of millions of YouTube users in the $1bn (£497m) copyright court case brought against the video-sharing website by Viacom.


10 magazine covers that shook the world

Los Angeles Times 15.07.2008
Vogue: Gisele Bündchen and LeBron James

The Big Picture For Mobile TV

Asia Media Journal 11.07.2008
The Big Picture For Mobile TV

“We have a sizable core audience, but now the most important thing is to reach eyeballs when they are not in front of the TV set,” says Turner’s regional VP overseeing wireless and interactive content, development and distribution, Ringo Chan. “Mo...


Wave Media radio licence endorsed

news.gov.hk 09.07.2008

The Chief Executive in Council has approved in principle Wave Media's application for a 12-year licence to establish and maintain a 24-hour Cantonese AM radio channel.

YouTube Users Vent Anger In Anti-Viacom Videos

Thomas Claburn InformationWeek 08.07.2008
YouTube Users Vent Anger In Anti-Viacom Videos

The video-sharing site's users are calling for a boycott of the media giant following reports that it will view log data to prove its copyright case against Google.