Wednesday, June 08, 2005

IAC Shares jump on Sale of Vivendi Universal Entertainment Stake

IAC/InterActiveCorp has sold their 5.44% stake in Vivendi Universal Entertainment (VUE) LLLP to NBC Universal for $3.4bn (in cash and shares – 56.6 million IAC shares worth $1.4bn). IAC shares gained 4.8% ($1.17 to $25.81) in early trading today (Wednesday) upon release of the news. This leaves VUE now wholly owned by NBC Universal, and the deal cancels litigation that was pending between the two companies (IAC and VUE).

The Rolling Stones Top List Of May Events

With tickets going for upwards of $5,000 (who has this kind of money…?) The Rolling Stones’ upcoming tour has topped a list of events for May. Mick & Co. beat out the Boston Red Sox, The NY Yankees, U2 and Paul McCartney. The new Stones tour begins August 21st at Boston’s Fenway Park, and features opening acts Pearl Jam, John Mayer, and Maroon 5.

Here’s the complete list:

1. Rolling Stones
2. Boston Red Sox
3. New York Yankees
4. Chicago Cubs
5. U2
6. Paul McCartney
7. Wicked
8. Spamalot
9. Kenny Chesney
10. Neil Diamond

Thursday, June 02, 2005

The Podcast Race Is On

America’s two largest radio stations are planning to make some of their content available through Podcasts. Infinity plans to air free daily Podcast editions of their newscasts from their nine news radio stations, starting in July, with WINS (1010 Wins) New York. Next March the other eight stations will follow suit (WCBS-AM New York, KFWB and KNX Los Angeles, WBBM-AM Chicago, KCBS San Francisco, KYW Philadelphia, WBZ Boston and WWJ Detroit). Infinity recently launched an all Podcasting formula station - KYCY (KYOU Radio) San Francisco, for which they have already received over one thousand entries for broadcast. The second company, Clear Channel, is making use of the new fashionable industry buzz-word, “repurpose”. The company plans to 'repurpose' already produced content from their morning shows making them available for download as, yes you guessed it, that other trendy industry buzzword: Podcasts. Clear Channel’s offering starts on June 6 with WHTZ (Z100) New York.