Wednesday, April 1, 2009

News Round-up: Source, Nicholas Walker, Ad Rev Down

UIEvolution and Source Interlink Media Bring Lifestyle Magazines to the iPhone
Source Interlink Media, the premier source of lifestyle media with more than 75 publications, 90 web sites, 400 branded products, 65+ events and TV and radio programs and UIEvolution, a global leader in software solutions that power the delivery of rich content and applications, today announced the launch of LOWRIDER Mobile as the first of several connected mobile applications. LOWRIDER Mobile is available in the Apple App Store, offering fans free access to exciting, unique and original content from LOWRIDER Magazine with dynamic advertising on the iPhone and iPod Touch.

The free LOWRIDER Mobile application offers consumers access to all of the latest news, features, cars, events, models and technology from LOWRIDER Magazine. Leveraging UIEvolution's industry leading UIEngine technology, LOWRIDER Mobile provides an interactive experience that consumers can access anywhere from their mobile devices. In the coming weeks, more of Source Interlink Media's properties will be released as connected mobile applications including Soap Opera Digest, Super Street and Import Tuner. By offering a diverse collection of lifestyle content, UIEvolution will bring new users to mobile with access to their favorite publications in new and exciting ways.

INTERVIEW: Soap veteran Nicholas Walker
Walker was a guest on "Robert Reid Live" on Wednesday.

ATWT's Sullivan in "The Broadway Musicals of 1931"
While 1931 was the year more than 2,000 banks closed at the height of the Great Depression, the latest concert in the Broadway by the Year series focused mainly on the bright side. A regular in the series is Kendrick Jones, a devilishly lithe and lean tap-dancer who, with comely partner Melinda Sullivan (Zoe, AS THE WORLD TURNS), accented Harold Arlen's "You Said It" with agile slides and spirited tap.

Television Bureau of Advertising: Broadcast TV Ad Revenue Down
Total broadcast TV ad revenue was down 6.3% in the fourth quarter vs. Q4 2007, according to Television Bureau of Advertising analysis of estimates from TNS Media, and down .4% for all of 2008 compared to the year before, a year without an election or Olympics.

Network TV was down the most for the quarter at 9.3%, and down .1% for the year. Syndicated TV was flat for the quarter but up 6.5% for the year, while local broadcast TV was down 3.4% for the quarter and down 2.4% for the year.

Lesbian Kiss Defies Censorship Predictions
A controversial lesbian kiss aired on Australian television on Tuesday, despite reports that the same-sex smooch would be cut due to pressure from conservative groups. The producers of HOME AND AWAY decided to air the “gentle” kiss between policewoman Charlie Buckton, played by Esther Anderson, and deckhand Joey Collins, played by Katie Bell. A “more lusty" follow-up did not air, according to The Daily Telegraph. A Channel Seven spokesperson said that the decision to air only the low-key version of the kiss had nothing to do with the outcry.

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