Tuesday, January 14, 2020

TOM LIVINGSTON JOINS “THE REAL NEWS NETWORK” AS INTERIM CEO • NIELSEN RATINGS FOR ALBANY, DAYTON & ASHEVILLE


Tom Livingston
Tom Livingston, owner of the search firm Livingston Associates [link] has joined The Real News Network (TRNN) as interim CEO. 

TRNN [link] is a gutsy nonprofit news source that serves readers online and via digital devices.

Livingston has made a mark in public media by accepting interim assignments at organizations that seek stability and a new path forward. 

He has taken interim leadership positions at Capitol Public Radio in Sacramento, Audio Independents in Radio (AIR) and the Pacifica Foundation. 

Livingston often follows his interim roles with a search for his replacement.


Paul Jay
Paul Jay, a Canadian journalist and entrepreneur, founded TRNN in 2007 in Toronto. 

The U.S. office opened in Baltimore shortly thereafter. 

Jay has been the CEO of TRNN until Livingston was appointed to the job.

Livingston may have been brought in because, moving forward, TRNN faces challenges widening its business and coverage footprint. 

Consider:

• TRNN keeps a low profile. Many people, even folks in the media biz, are not familiar with them. Very little of TRNN’s content appears on public radio and TV. TRNN’s website is heavy with verbiage and light on multimedia reporting.

• TRNN is a specialty news provider that focuses on social and economic justice issues and the climate change crisis. Of course this important but it gives the impression that these are the only issues that matter. TRNN prides itself on its fact-based reporting but it has agendas.

• TRNN walls itself off from corporate revenue sources. It accepts no paid advertising, corporate or government support. It relies on donations and subscriptions.

According to TRNN’s FY 2017 IRS 990 filing, TRNN had revenue around $4.6 dollars. TRNN paid reporters and news sources around $1.3 million in 2017. Jay was paid $91,000 that year.


Nielsen Audio continues to release Fall Quarterly Reports for station in markets that use Diary methodology. The current reports reflect listening in the months of October, November and December.


In Albany, NPR News/Talk WAMC keeps trucking but it had a larger AQH share in Fall 2017.   

Classical WMHT has been trending down but there is still plenty of gas in the tank.  

 Adult Alternative WEXT relies on a very stable and enthusiastic audience.






Dual-format WCQS dominates the Asheville market – something it has been doing for many years. Full-time NPR News/Talk WYXT (operated by WCQS) covers a much smaller geographic area.  Apparently Adult Alternative WNCW did not subscribe to the Nielsen ratings in Fall 2019.






You’ve got to love WYSO’s performance in the Fall Quarter. Not only are they celebrating their independence as a licensee, their AQH share keeps rising.

1 comment:

  1. Here's another version of this story:

    Paul Jay and Sharmini Peries Ousted from The Real News Network in June; Current Fundraiser Hides that Fact; Falling Viewership and Liberal Turn Result

    https://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2019/11/paul-jay-and-sharmini-peries-ousted-from-the-real-news-network-in-june-current-fundraiser-hides-that-fact-falling-viewership-and-liberal-turn-result.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+NakedCapitalism+%28naked+capitalism%29

    Ken says:

    "TRNN is a specialty news provider that focuses on social and economic justice issues and the climate change crisis. Of course this [is] important but it gives the impression that these are the only issues that matter. TRNN prides itself on its fact-based reporting but it has agendas."

    What does that even mean? TRNN had a point of view. I'm not sure what it has now. Saing it has "agendas" implies something nefarious and underhanded and I don't believe TRNN was that. All programs have a point of view even if they pretend they don't. TRNN was located in Baltimore for a reason and I think their focus on certain issues was a strength not a liability.

    Ken says:

    "TRNN keeps a low profile. Many people, even folks in the media biz, are not familiar with them. Very little of TRNN’s content appears on public radio and TV. "

    I would argue that Ken means "folks in the MAINSTREAM media..." Of course TRNN's content didn't appear on public radio and TV because it was far too independent and deals with issues the MSM won't and in ways they won't. I and others I regularly read knew TRNN very well.

    Someday I hope to find out the real reason why Jay was dumped. This story isn't it.

    - Kim Kaufman

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