Michael Calderone, the media reporter for Huffington Post, looks at how The New York Times navigates China's censorious ways. It has launched a lifestyle section appealing to high-end advertisers and readers, staffed in China, with stories on culture, fashion and sport. In recent days readers would have been able to consume stories on Taiwan's Jeremy Lin of the NBA and rapper Eminem. The site, under the T Magazine brand for the Times, avoids coverage of politics and business, two areas that China has been blocking from western news sources.
The lengthy phone-hacking trial has taken hold in England with an array of evidence pouring into the public domain in recent weeks. A revelation this week has been the emergence of the contract for Glenn Mulcaire, the investigator hired by News of the World at the centre of the scandal. The contact was for nearly 105,000 pounds annually and signed by then-chief reporter Neville Thurlbeck. Both have entered guilty pleas on charges related to conspiracy to hack phones.
The broadcasting business model is predicated on advertising, and the advertiser business model is predicated on such expenses declared as tax deductions. So there is much anxiety in those communities this week as Democrat Senator Max Baucus is ready to release a discussion paper in the days ahead aimed at closing what he considers to be loopholes in the system. AdWeek notes Baucus is retiring before the next election and has pledged to move ahead with an initiative in advance of that with the chair of the Ways and Means committee.