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August 4, 2010 | By Nathan Olivarez-Giles, Los Angeles Times
Sidney Harman, the stereo industry magnate who announced Monday that he was buying Newsweek magazine, has made a lot of money in his life. Harman, who turns 92 this week, told the staff at the ailing newsweekly that he was not all that interested in making more, at least from his new acquisition. "I'm not here to make money," he told them, according to a Newsweek published account. "I'm here to make joy." They could use some. Newsweek, which has about 325 employees, hasn't made a profit since 2007 and lost about $30 million last year.
June 1, 2010 | By Sharon Bernstein, Los Angeles Times
A cable television commercial for the Redondo Beach restaurant Eat at Joe's features high-definition video, a cast of 40 and a catchy jingle that will leave you humming. Particularly enthusiastic about the slick new ad was Alex Jordan, the restaurateur who decided to take the plunge into television advertising after meeting an Altadena couple who were starting their own ad agency. They wrote and produced the 30-second spot for $5,000, and they helped him broker a deal to deliver it to 300,000 homes for $1 every time it ran. In a still tough economy in Southern California, hard times in advertising and media have led to a surprising bonanza for small businesses seeking to market themselves.
June 4, 2009 | Maura Dolan
The California Supreme Court appeared divided Wednesday over how to handle a $15.6-million jury verdict won by a model who discovered his face on a jar of Taster's Choice coffee. The case is being closely watched by the entertainment and media industries. The Motion Picture Assn. of America and the Los Angeles Times have sided with Nestle USA Inc.
November 11, 2008 | Times Wire Services
Tribune Co., owner of the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune and other media properties as well as the Chicago Cubs and Wrigley Field, said Monday that it lost $121.6 million in the third quarter as newspaper advertising revenue fell. The privately held company's net income a year earlier was $152.8 million. Revenue fell 10.5% to $1.04 billion from $1.16 billion, the company said.
February 27, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
Liberty Media Corp.'s proposed purchase of a controlling stake in El Segundo-based DirecTV Group Inc. cleared its last major regulatory hurdle as U.S. antitrust officials said they wouldn't block the $12-billion deal. A probe didn't support action against the transaction, Justice Department spokeswoman Gina Talamona said. The Federal Communications Commission put conditions on the deal, requiring Liberty Chairman John Malone to sell one of the two TV services he controls in Puerto Rico, or insulate himself from the day-to-day management there.
December 25, 2007 | Laura King, Times Staff Writer
It's the height of election season, and Pakistani television audiences might expect the airwaves to be crackling with live campaign coverage, argumentative talk shows and sharp-tongued political commentary. Instead, two weeks before this country's most hotly contested parliamentary vote in years, broadcast outlets operate under a stringent code of conduct imposed by President Pervez Musharraf during a six-week period of emergency rule that ended this month.
December 21, 2007 | Michael A. Hiltzik, Times Staff Writer
The new chairman has vowed to 'rearrange' the staid Tribune Co. for the 21st century. But how? For starters, he brought five fresh faces onto the board to replace what he called 'burghers' from Chicago's business and social elite. He gave the maverick owner of the Las Vegas Sun and a stake in the business. And his chief broadcast deputy inked a deal with another TV station group. That was Day 1. -- Sam Zell may have found his newspaper guru in an unexpected place: Las Vegas.
December 21, 2007 | Thomas S. Mulligan and James Rainey, Times Staff Writers
For the second time in eight years, control of the Los Angeles Times changed hands Thursday, passing from a staid Chicago conglomerate to a private company headed by an unpredictable and colorful billionaire, in a debt-heavy deal that creates tremendous opportunities and risks for one of America's top newspapers. New Chairman and Chief Executive Sam Zell took the reins of Tribune Co.
December 19, 2007 | Jim Puzzanghera, Times Staff Writer
A bitterly divided Federal Communications Commission voted Tuesday to relax one rule banning corporate ownership of a newspaper and broadcast station in the same city and to tighten another to check the growth of big cable television enterprises. Both votes were 3 to 2, and both new regulations are likely to be challenged in court. Kevin J.
December 18, 2007 | Jim Puzzanghera, Times Staff Writer
Pressure mounted Monday for the delay of a vote set for today to ease a ban on a company owning a newspaper and broadcast station in the same city, with 25 senators issuing an unusual warning. Federal Communications Commission Chairman Kevin J. Martin gave no sign he would back down in his push to loosen the 32-year-old ban. A letter from the senators said that if he didn't, "we will immediately move legislation that will revoke and nullify the proposed rule."
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