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Will the Real Rupert Please Stand Up?

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mInvestor
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Re: Newspaper subscription trends
mInvestor   4/30/2012 8:43:01 PM
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Nice chart thank to PredicableChaos. And nice thinking, Fred. Hm, 12% from online revenue. Wondering if that percentage is going to get bigger.

 

mInvestor
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Re: Poor Rupert, stock up 10% year-to-date
mInvestor   4/30/2012 8:37:10 PM
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@Fred,

You are right. Let's leave it to those people.

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Re: Newspaper subscription trends
Fred Goodman   4/30/2012 3:46:40 PM
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According to http://stateofthemedia.org/2011/newspapers-essay/data-page-6/

online revenues in 2010 were 12% of the total. So, if you subtract 12% from the total reported by WSJ you will put them back where they were in 2002 in distinction to the other papers in the survey which fell like bombs because of their obvious and well deserved distrust by the public.

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Re: Newspaper subscription trends
Scott Raynovich   4/30/2012 3:26:03 PM
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hm, I'm not quite sure why the WSJ gets to include digital subscriptions but the NYT doesn't? Or does the NYT also include online subs. This part is confusing.

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Newspaper subscription trends
PredictableChaos   4/30/2012 2:42:08 PM
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This chart confirms Fred's statements about many NYT subscribers who are finding other ways to get their news.

From an investing viewpoint, I notice the WSJ (a News Corp paper) is doing much better.

 

Newspaper Circulation trends

 

Attribution - This Atlantic article which I've cited here before in the user blogs.

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Re: Poor Rupert, stock up 10% year-to-date
Fred Goodman   4/30/2012 2:30:33 PM
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I agree that there is room for entertainment in a newspaper. As a matter of fact I think newspapers should limit their efforts to providing it and leave the news to those willing to provide honest coverage.

Where I draw the line is that I expect a review of a movie to be opinion but I do not expect a report on the first page about the Fort Hood Massacre to be colored by a reporter's opinion of its significance.

If a reporter wants to editorialize let it appear labled as such. The same is true of the omission of coverage of Fort Hood altogether because the paper thinks it is not as important as the massacre of innocents in Afghanistan.

None of this would be as irritating if it were not for the fact that journalists appear to have an exalted impression of their importance because of the words about them in the constitution, the very document they trash when it is of value to them to do so.

I don't care whether it is Murdock or Sulzberger, there is sactimony dripping from every pore. And while we're on the subject of Murdock, it would be nice if the Department of Justice would spend as much time on the prosecution of the Fort Hood case as they are spending chasing around the world after Murdock.

But then the DOJ is selective in their persecutions. They are just as happy defending the rights of unidentified people to vote as they are happy to ignore bands of people grouping on the steps of a voting venue to intimidate voters.

But let's continue to be selective in our outrage. BTW, do you have a thought about the reason behind the zealous persecution of Murdock by the DOJ? And, why did they remain silent when NBC aired an edited telephone call in the Trayvon Martin case?

None of this is to suggest there is no reason to be outraged at Murdock, it is the selective outrage that outrages me.

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Re: Poor Rupert, stock up 10% year-to-date
Noreen Seebacher   4/30/2012 1:44:18 PM
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I think there is a role for entertainment -- sports, food, movie reviews, even celebrity sightings -- in a general interest newspaper. Life is not one dimensional, and a lot of people enjoy breaking up the heavy hitting articles with a recap of a ballgame or looking at pictures from an award show.

 

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Fred Goodman   4/30/2012 1:01:43 PM
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@minvester

they print papers to entertain customers to make money. What can we do?

 

We can do exactly what we are doing, stop reading them and get our news from a variety of web sources. I look eagerly for the demise of those that simply have axes to grind and agendas to support. But I don't confine that wish to the newspapers alone. I will be happy to say good bye to the network news outlets, and to AP and Reuters. There is no place for agenda-driven selective reporting. Let's leave that to identified sources of opinion, like James Carville and Mary Matalin. When either of them gives an opinion we know it is just that.


mInvestor
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Re: Poor Rupert, stock up 10% year-to-date
mInvestor   4/30/2012 12:37:28 PM
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@Fred,

That's exactly what I think, newspaper shall just report news. But I know lots of people just want to read gossip news for entertainment. Since there are customers (and probably many), they print papers to entertain customers to make money. What can we do?

 

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Ted Faraone   4/30/2012 11:33:00 AM
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Without Rupert running the show. NewsCorp stock would be a lot higher.  Shareholder value enhancement has never been at the top of his "to-do" list.  Instead, he has used OPM (other people's money) via separate classes of stock to enlarge his business. 

As an investor, one looks at the facts and makes a choice.  Those who bought NWS thinking that it would be a growth stock should have taken a closer look.  Those who bought it for emotional or political reasons or just for fun got what they paid for.

The trick for Rupert and those who follow him will be to change the culture of the company from poker player to chess player and institute modern management practices with an eye toward avoiding dilution of the common stock and toward making the company successful after Mother Nature has her way with its leader.

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