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11 September 2012 | The Guardian
11 September 2012 | The Guardian
11 September 2012 | Knight CenterAFP. The Chilean government decided to call a shareholders' meeting on Sept. 24, to discuss, among other things, the closure of the newspaper La Nacion, according to Radio U Chile. The Union of Chilean Journalists said that the closure of the newspaper "is the culmination of an attack on press freedom" that Chilean President Sebastian Pinera has waged since his election, reported La Nacion. According to the Union of Chilean Journalists, Pinera campaigned on the promise to close La Nacion if he won the election, the website added. Since 2010, La Nacion's only distribution was online after Pinera canceled its print edition, citing economic concerns. That same year, the Union of Chilean Journalists proposed transforming the newspaper, which is 70 percent owned by the state, into an autonomous public media outlet with mixed financing.
11 September 2012 | Reuters
11 September 2012 | APNielsen company said in a report issued on Tuesday that three-quarters of the estimated 5 million homes that don't get TV signals over the airways or through cable, satellite or telecommunications companies have televisions anyway. Many of these homes are satisfied to use their TVs for games or get programming through DVDs or services like Netflix or Apple TV, said Dounia Turrill, senior vice president for client insights at Nielsen. The company's report shows how the nature of TV service is slowly changing. Before the percentage started declining about three years ago, more than 99 percent of TV homes received the traditional TV signals. Now that has dipped just below 96 percent. Part of the decline is also economic — service deemed expendable by people struggling to make ends meet, Nielsen said. Because of the changes, Nielsen is considering redefining what it considers a television household to include people who get service through Netflix or similar services instead of the traditional TV signals, Turrill said.
11 September 2012 | Knight CenterWall Street Journal that a 10 percent drop in revenue could force the Times-Picayune out of a profitable position, unless drastic cost-cutting was imposed. Advance.net Chairman Steven Newhouse told Andrew Beujon from Poynter.org in early August that the Times-Picayune was a profitable newspaper, an important factor in the company's ability to fund quality journalism while also improving its Nola.com website. Advance raised a storm of criticism in May when it announced it would reduce the Times-Picayune's print schedule to three days a week — Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays — starting Oct. 1. In his Sept. 9 story for the Journal, Keach Hagey wrote that Mathews has spent his summer dealing with readers' and advertisers' anger, a wrath that "is largely based on the widespread misconception that the Times-Picayune is doing fine financially." Print advertising sales at the Times-Picayune have declined steadily in the past four years, a trend echoed across the newspaper industry.