Mediatwits #14: This Week in Rupert; NY Times’ Pay Wall Pays Off

    by Mark Glaser
    July 22, 2011
    One of the screen grabs making the rounds on the Internet was this one during the Parliamentary hearing where it appears that Rupert Murdoch has devil horns

    Welcome to the 14th episode of “The Mediatwits,” the weekly audio podcast from MediaShift. The co-hosts are MediaShift’s Mark Glaser and Rafat Ali, the founder of PaidContent. There’s a lot of news to cover in this podcast, including Apple’s earnings, Yahoo’s earnings, the possible sale of Hulu, and more. But the big deal this week is of course another heaping helping of “This Week in Rupert,” with a side of humble pie. Our U.K. correspondent Tristan Stewart-Robertson weighs in on the reactions across the pond to the Murdochs testifying at a Parliamentary hearing. Are we all reaching a saturation point with the scandal yet? Possibly. (Vote in the MediaShift poll about that, below.)

    Plus, the New York Times reported its quarterly earnings, with some mixed news on the digital front: About.com was still hurting but digital revenues at its News Group were up 15.5 percent, and iPad app ad inventory is sold out until the end of the third quarter. Digital subscriptions hit 1 million, with 281,000 paid. What does it all mean? Rafat talks about the “novelty” of reading the print edition of the Times, while Mark continues to read it on all platforms without paying.

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    Intro and outro music by 3 Feet Up; mid-podcast music by Autumn Eyes via Mevio’s Music Alley.

    Here are some highlighted topics from the show:

    Big news, hot news

    0:20: Rafat sweats it out in New York

    1:10: iPad revenues outstrip Mac for Apple

    2:00: Yahoo losing relevance, if not popularity

    3:10: The Hulu sweepstakes – who will buy them?

    5:35: Rundown of topics on show

    This Week in Rupert

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    Tristan Stewart-Robertson

    06:30: Special guest Tristan Stewart-Robertson from the U.K.

    08:00: Pie-throwing made the Internet feed freeze up

    09:20: People sympathetic to Rupert as humble old guy

    10:30: Tristan says we’ve hit saturation point on the scandal

    15:25: How will scandal help the Guardian?

    16:55: Cameron expands investigation to include broadcast, social media

    NY Times’ digital subscriptions

    18:20: Overview of NYT’s earnings report, mixed for digital

    21:00: Not clear on who’s paying what for digital subscriptions

    23:00: About.com trying to rebound

    24:10: Rafat details consumption of NY Times: print, web, iPhone, iPad

    25:45: Mark is more on iPad

    28:00: How will Kindle tablet fit into consumption of news?

    More Reading

    The iPad Just Ate 11% Of The PC Market at Business Insider

    Yahoo Earnings Call: Carol Bartz On Why U.S. Ad Sales Dropped at Forbes

    Reports: Hulu acquisition talks hanging up on exclusivity at Digital Trends

    Rupert Murdoch: How Twitter tracked the MPs’ questions – and the pie at Guardian

    James Murdoch misled MPs about widespread phone hacking at Daily Mail

    Who Knew Who in the Phone-Hacking Affair?
    phone-hacking at the Guardian

    NYTCo Swings To Loss; Digital Rises Double Digits, About Continues To Fall at PaidContent

    NY Times 2Q Earnings: Hitting Paydirt with the Paywall

    NYT Ended Q2 With More Than 1 Million Digital Subs; 281,000 Paid at PaidContent

    Amazon tablet shipping later this year according to new tattle at Engadget

    Weekly Poll

    Don’t forget to vote in our weekly poll, this time gauging your interest (or not) in the phone-hacking scandal:

    Mark Glaser is executive editor of MediaShift and Idea Lab. He also writes the bi-weekly OPA Intelligence Report email newsletter for the Online Publishers Association. He lives in San Francisco with his son Julian. You can follow him on Twitter @mediatwit.

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