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Thursday, January 06, 2011

DMN goes behind pay wall, Texas Trib surpasses, Jones charged and more

The Dallas Morning News announces new digital strategy, pricing
The Dallas Morning News plans to launch a new digital strategy on Jan. 18, and it will begin charging for online and mobile access to some of its content on Feb. 15.

Near record-low ratings for Monday’s ‘bachelor’ premiere
According to Entertainment Weekly, Monday night’s Season 15 debut of “The Bachelor” posted the series’ second-lowest premiere numbers ever, attracting only 8.9 million viewers.

WABC-TV's Heidi Jones charged for faking story of park attack; told cops 'I did make this up'
WABC-TV weatherwoman Heidi Jones stood silently before a judge Wednesday as she was formally charged with falsely telling cops a mystery man attacked her in Central Park.

New KTVT local sales manager named
Marc Brown was named local sales manager for CBS 11 (KTVT-TV, Dallas-Fort Worth).

Texas Tribune does good traffic in first year
The Texas Tribune CEO and editor in chief Evan Smith said traffic for the news site -- focused on Texas politics -- was more robust than anticipated, easily surpassing the goals the year-old site had set for itself.

C-USA agrees to $38 million with Fox Sports
Conference USA switched television partners Wednesday, agreeing to a five-year, $38 million deal with Fox Sports that will begin with the 2011 football season.

Sirius XM Slashing Salaries of Top Talent, Says Anchor of Howard Stern Channel
After having struck expensive deals with such Hollywood personalities, Sirius XM has been asking some of its top radio talent to take dramatic cuts in pay. So said Bubba the Love Sponge, who for five years was the No. 2 talk-show host at Sirius XM until he quit a few days ago.

Texas teacher relives dream trip to Australia with Oprah
Tosha Ridgeway is one of Oprah Winfrey's biggest fans. Her enthusiasm got her a ticket to Australia with the TV icon.

Local Community Radio Act: It’s the law
President Barack Obama officially signed the Local Community Radio Act into law 1/4/11, opening the door to noncommercial low power FM stations in urban areas where a crowded dial has hitherto prevented their presence.

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