Etc: A "Skin" Too Far? Cable's Viewer Advantage; GPS Industry Targets LightSquared
: Has MTV
finally taken a step too far with its quasi-porn teen show "Skins"? The latest news lists three advertisers (Taco Bell
) who have put the show on their "do not buy" lists – all at the behest of the Parent Television Council
. --- Ad supported basic cable nets continue to boost their audience share over the broadcasters, says the Cable Advertising Bureau
. Based on Nielsen
data, cable prime time viewing has soared to more than 60% of the
audience, with the cable v. broadcast spread doubling in five seasons.
"Not our fault!" Comcast
protested after MSNBC
's Keith Olbermann
told viewers he'd been dumped by the network. "We have not and we will not" interfere with news operations, said spokesperson Sena Fitzmaurice.
--- At the same time, NBC
saw the departure of another top level exec as Angela Bromstad
, president of prime-time entertainment, told her staff that she's out.
says that 172 million U.S. Internet users watched online video content in December for an average of 14.6 hours per viewer. Google
took the lion's share (as usual) but notable for its growth is music video player VEVO
, with 50M viewers after just one year.
's Philippe Dauman
netted a cool $84.5M last year, the company revealed in a SEC
filing. COO Tom Dooley
did okay too: $64.7M.
Over (Up & Under) There
: Turkey's biggest media group – Dogan Yayin Holding
– saw its shares rise after Time Warner
's Jeff Bewkes
he's considering a purchase of the company's assets.
Markets & Money
4Q profit jumped by 38%, thanks largely to increases at its cable nets
and broadcast stations plus hefty sales for its "Despicable Me" DVD.
Cable net profits were up 16% to $740M. Comcast
, which is due to close on the NBCU deal this Friday, got a halo effect from the report as its shares rose 2%.
: "The GPS industry has launched a full frontal assault on LightSquared
application to modify its MSS-ATC license to authorize a wholesale
hybrid service, with retailers permitted to offer terrestrial-only
handsets," note Stifel Nicolaus
analysts Rebecca Arbogast
and David Kaut
. Add to that the weight of the Defense
, Homeland Security
and Transportation Depts
and fears that LightSquared's technology might interfere with GPS
services could put the kibosh on the whole idea. However, write
Arbogast and Kaut, the issues "may be resolvable" and LightSquared has
several potent arguments in its favor. Most likely (and best) outcome?
LightSquared's modification gets the okay, with lots of codicils on the
interference issue. --- The Space Foundation
has added three new members to its board including Northrop Grumman
's Gary W. Ervin
, Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne
's James Maser
, and Intelsat General
's Kay Sears
. Robert A. Bednarek
and Alexis C. Livanos
have retired from the board.
: Sony Music
is working on mobile entertainment apps to highlight its artists and labels.•