Subscription gains help NY Times weather ad slump

first_imgThat brought the number of digital-only subscriptions to 5.7 million and total subscriptions to 6.5 million, putting the newspaper on track to its goal of 10 million subscribers.”We’ve proven that it’s possible to create a virtuous circle in which whole-hearted investment in high quality journalism drives deep audience engagement which in turn drives revenue growth and further investment capacity,” said outgoing chief executive Mark Thompson.”This is why our newsroom is growing when so many others are being reduced.”The New York Times Co. announced last month Meredith Kopit Levien would take over as new president and chief executive from Thompson, who held the job for eight years and led the daily’s digital transformation. Topics : The New York Times on Wednesday reported strong gains in its digital subscriptions, helping the newspaper weather a big decline in advertising revenue.The prestigious daily said profit in the second quarter dipped six percent to $23.7 million, while revenues declined 7.5 percent to $404 million.The newspaper added some 669,000 online subscribers in the quarter including 493,000 for its core news product. center_img Kopit Levien, 49, has been chief operating officer since June 2017, a role in which she led digital product efforts, according to the company.”As I turn over the reins on September 8 to Meredith Kopit Levien, I do so with every confidence that The Times will continue to lead the way in showing that people will pay for accurate, trustworthy news, and that there is a sustainable future for deeply-reported, mission-driven journalism,” Thompson said.The latest quarter results showed a sharp 44 percent drop in ad revenues, attributed to lower demand caused by the COVID-19 outbreak and related economic turmoil.Subscription revenue increased 8.4 percent, and accounted for more than 70 percent of receipts at the Times, in line with the strategy to reduce dependence on advertising.Thompson said that “for the first time in our history total digital revenue exceeded print revenue — a key milestone in the transformation of The New York Times.”last_img read more

Homecoming at BHS

first_imgDon’t forget that tonight is Homecoming at Batesville High School.  The classes and other organizations have been building floats all week, and they will be in a parade prior to the football game.  They will assemble in town and proceed to the football complex where Batesville will be facing Lawrenceburg.One of the highlights every year for high school students is Homecoming.  Besides the parade and floats, there are prince, princess, queen and king candidates who will be crowned during halftime ceremonies.  I bet even some of you old timers still know who your high school homecoming queen was.  See you tonight at the parade and ball game.last_img read more

Dodgers honor Fernando Valenzuela among their ‘Legends’

first_img Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco MATTERS OF HEALTHLeft-handed pitcher Rich Hill has been on the Injured List for a month with a forearm strain, but he’s shown signs of progress, Roberts said.“Rich has started throwing, he’s on a throwing program now,” he said. “I understand if all goes well, early September to be back is a possibility — but that can obviously, depending on how it goes, be pushed back a little bit. But he’s starting to throw which is a good thing.”It appears the Dodgers will have to wait longer for Scott Alexander, a left-handed reliever who’s been on the IL since June 11 with left forearm inflammation — though that’s not the chief concern now.Explained Roberts: “There’s some stuff going on with the nerve in the thumb, so he just hasn’t had the feel for a baseball in quite some time and when we were kind of trying to figure out why, it was diagnosed as something in his thumb… It’s something that with time, that he can be back to full recovery, but it’s hard to throw when you can’t feel the baseball.”Roberts said Alexander isn’t expected to have to undergo a medical procedure to treat the issue, which is expected to improve only with rest.This season, Alexander is 3-2 with a 3.63 ERA (which increased to 6.75 in his past 15 games). Hill is 4-1 in 10 starts with a 2.55 ERA. Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start center_img LOS ANGELES — The Dodgers revived some of the mania inspired 39 years ago by a young Mexican pitcher before Saturday’s game at Dodger Stadium, where Fernando Valenzuela received a rousing ovation and was remembered for his heart, his grace and for his lasting impact on baseball’s popularity far beyond the walls of Dodger Stadium.Jaime Jarrín, Mike Scioscia and Mike Brito all participated in the pregame ceremony marking Valenzuela’s Legends of Dodger Baseball induction, which follows those honoring Don Newcombe and Steve Garvey earlier this season.“He created more baseball fans and Dodger fans than any other player,” Jarrín said of Valenzuela during the pregame festivities. “Thousands and thousands of people from Mexico and Central America and South America, they didn’t care about baseball, they only cared about soccer and boxing. Thanks to (Valenzuela), people fell in love with baseball.”“Fernandomania” took over L.A. and all of baseball during the 1981 season, when in his first eight starts, Valenzuela went 8-0, pitched seven complete games, five shutouts and allowed only four earned runs in his first 72 innings of work — quickly establishing himself as a cross-cultural icon.Related Articles “The first thing I think of is ‘Fernandomania,’ that term,” said manager Dave Roberts, who considers Valenzuela a good friend dating back to his days playing for the Dodgers. “The delivery, looking up at the sky, the screwball, people running on the field, just kind of how much people were in a frenzy to see him, and what he did for the Dodger and obviously the Latin American culture, Mexican Americans, Mexicans … and how humble he is… He was always gracious with me, so I kind of sought him out and he always took the time for me. He’s always been great.” He won both the National League’s Rookie of the Year and Cy Young awards and delivered a gutsy 147-pitch victory in Game 3 of that season’s World Series, the first of four consecutive Dodgers wins en route to the championship.That, he said, is what fans still want to talk about most.Dodgers fans flocked to the games that Valenzuela was on the mound — 11 of his first 12 starts at Dodger Stadium in 1981 were sellouts. Before that season, the Dodgers had broken the 3 million mark in attendance only twice, but from 1982 to 1986, home attendance eclipsed 3 million every season and the Dodgers broke the Major League attendance record in 1982 with 3.6 million fans.He said Saturday that he’s pleased to see fans still filling the seats at the ballpark.“They love baseball, and the numbers tell you how the people are supporting the team, (with) big crowds every game,” Valenzuela said. “And the Dodgers, they have good teams every year and all the fans enjoy good baseball.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more