Hot spots simmered on Monday in both the programming and people departments. On the programming side, MTV's "Skins" got more bad press as Subway
and H&R Block
joined the list of advertisers (also including Taco Bell
) boycotting the show. MTV is loving the press; not the $$$ loss. We're betting on a tone down on top of the tone down.
In other heated programming news, the U. of Texas
are under fire as various columnists bemoan the "rich get richer"
aspects of the new Longhorn Network. "Forget your conference partners,"
writes the Detroit Free Press
' Drew Sharp
. "It's now every big dog for itself." (The full column is here
. Don't expect any changes.)
Meanwhile, in the people department, the Vivendi
scandal of nearly a decade ago has resurfaced as Jean-Marie Messier
, Edgar Bronfman Jr
. and Guillaume Hannezo
all get suspended jail terms and fines. Biggest fine went to Bronfman who will pay €5M ($6.8M) for insider trading. And at Google, Eric Schmidt may have been booted out of the CEO office, but he got a good boss-no-more prize: A new $100M bonus in Google stock options.•