USA Today owner Gannett to buy KING parent Belo for $1.5B

Big acquisition in the media world this morning: Belo Corp., the parent company of television stations including Seattle’s KING-TV, has agreed to be acquired by USA Today owner Gannett Co. for $1.5 billion in cash. The deal will add 20 television stations to Gannett’s portfolio, nearly doubling the Virginia-based company’s TV holdings. Belo, based in… Read More


Letter: Seattle Times objects to News Council’s ‘quasi-judicial spectacle’ and online vote

Update, June 4: The Seattle Times sent this note to the Washington News Council correcting a portion of its letter below. “We at The Seattle Times apologize for any misunderstanding we may have created about Dr. Wollert’s status with Washington State University, Vancouver.  While the university’s director of communications had told us that the title… Read More


Here’s how Breaking News reported truth during the Boston Marathon bombings

By now, you’ve probably read, watched or heard content about how several media entities reported false information on more than one occasion days after the Boston Marathon bombings. Seattle-based Breaking News, however, did what some failed to do: They reported only facts. Breaking News is part of the NBC News Digital Network and owned by NBC News, but… Read More


Commentary: Report shines little new light on journalism woes

In the winter of 2009, Seattle was the center of a global maelstrom that has yet to bottom out: the collapse of the advertiser-supported business model that funded mainstream journalism. The Seattle P-I published its last printed edition that March after a flurry of town halls and salons where journalists, academics and news junkies tried… Read More


Horses and Bayonets: The top 10 sound bites from the Barack Obama-Mitt Romney debate

Last night’s final presidential debate produced some of the best zingers of the campaign, with President Barack Obama sounding off about “horses and bayonets” and former Governor Mitt Romney proclaiming that he likes “American cars.” Tracking all of the action throughout the campaign has been Seattle startup Hark, one of the biggest repositories of audio… Read More

Cheezburger's Emily Huh in an episode of LOLwork

LOLwork: Cheezburger TV show coming to Bravo Nov. 7

Bravo film crews have been hanging out at Cheezburger’s offices in lower Queen Anne, getting footage for the release of their new reality TV show. Cheezburger CEO Ben Huh has been keeping his lips sealed when it comes to anything having to do with the new show. But Bravo just released some previews, and announced… Read More

Todd Sawicki at Ignite. Photo via Randy Stewart

Tech Moves: Cheezburger adds AllRecipes vet Dunn as Sawicki changes roles

Cheezburger’s Todd Sawicki is transitioning to a new position at the online humor network, taking on the role of vice president of audience. Taking over for Sawicki is newly-appointed chief revenue officer Amber Dunn, a former senior vice president at Seattle-based Dunn will oversee Cheezburger’s advertising sales, marketing and merchandising. Both Sawicki and Dunn… Read More


Netflix loses out as Amazon inks deal with Epix for popular movies continues to bolster its collection of movie titles for its Prime Instant Video service, announcing today that it has struck a deal with Viacom’s Epix premium cable channel for thousands of movies. The new titles will be provided from studios such as Paramount Pictures, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures and Lionsgate, bolstering Amazon’s position in the video content… Read More


WebMediaBrands buys Cory Bergman’s Lost Remote blog

Cory Bergman’s Lost Remote blog, which started more than a decade ago to cover changes in the television industry, has been acquired by WebMediaBrands in a deal of undisclosed size. Bergman who also runs the hyperlocal news network NextDoorMedia and works as an executive at (formerly writes in a post that it marks… Read More


Amazon’s Cloud Player now offers cloud-based music transfer with ‘scan and match’ today is touting new offerings for its Cloud Player music service, including a new service called “scan and match” that allows consumers to easily move their favorite music tracks from their hardrives to the cloud. Here’s how Amazon describes the new service: Amazon scans customers’ iTunes and Windows Media Player libraries and matches the songs… Read More