Big media: Adapt or die – CNNMoney

[b]Big media: Adapt or die[/b] Executives from top media firms discuss how they need to embrace new technology sweeping the industry. By Paul R. La Monica, senior writer June 13, 2006: 4:53 PM EDT NEW YORK ( – The media business is getting hit by massive technological change, and executives from top media companies said industry executives had better get used to it. “The challenge is pretty clear. It’s the digital transition. We would like to say we look at it as an opportunity. Every single part of our business is going through extraordinary technological change,” Peter Chernin, president and chief operating officer of News Corp., said at a media conference in California monitored by Webcast.

NY Post Page Six Editor Busted on DWI

N.Y. Post Page Six Editor Busted on DWI NEW YORK Jun 2, 2006 (AP)— The headline in the New York Post’s Page Six gossip column might read, “Editor busted after boozing at exclusive club.” Or maybe not, since this story is about Page Six editor Richard Johnson. Johnson, 52, was charged Friday with operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated and operating a motor vehicle while impaired. Police said they spotted him talking on his cell phone just after midnight while driving a 2005 black Ford Escape in the Meatpacking District. When police approached Johnson’s sport utility vehicle, he appeared to have slightly slurred speech, watery and bloodshot eyes and alcohol on his breath, according to a criminal complaint. Police arrested Johnson after he refused to take an alcohol breath test. He was arraigned late Friday morning in Manhattan Criminal Court and released on his own recognizance, authorities said.

Gossip Writer Probed in Extortion Plot

[b]Gossip Writer Probed in Extortion Plot[/b] By Associated Press NEW YORK — A gossip writer for the New York Post has been suspended pending the outcome of a federal investigation into whether he tried to extort money from billionaire financier Ron Burkle, the newspaper said Thursday. Jared Paul Stern, who worked as a freelancer for the newspaper’s Page Six column, is suspected of demanding $100,000 and an annual $10,000 stipend from Burkle in exchange for not writing negative stories about him, the Post said in a story on its Web site. Stern sometimes worked two days a week at the Post, its editor-in-chief, Col Allen, said in a statement. “Should the allegations prove true, Mr. Stern’s conduct would be morally and journalistically reprehensible, a gross abuse of privilege, and in violation of the New York Post’s standards and ethics,” Allen said in the statement. A spokeswoman for the Post, part of News Corp., declined to elaborate on the newspaper’s report. FBI spokeswoman Christine Monaco declined to comment.