August 9, 1988 |
The dazzle of Walter H. Annenberg's crown jewel - TV Guide - became too overpowering for Rupert Murdoch. Knees buckled and heartbeats skipped throughout the publishing world yesterday as competitors, analysts and advertising executives tried to digest the news announced Sunday that the international media magnate plunked down $3 billion for TV Guide and the rest of the Annenberg publishing empire, a staggering record for the industry. Instantaneously, Murdoch surpassed the total circulation of the giant Time Inc., becoming the biggest magazine publisher in the nation, based on the combined circulation of TV Guide, the three other Annenberg publications he is buying and the six magazines Murdoch already owned.
February 1, 1989 |
Want the inside story on Moonlighting's bickering Maddie and David? What's in the stars for Vanna and Burt? Forget Springsteen: Elvis is still King! A typical month's headlines for the National Enquirer? The Star? Try TV Guide. Once as reserved and prosperous as its Radnor surroundings, TV Guide, the nation's third-largest magazine in circulation, is beginning life anew under Rupert Murdoch. And if the first three months are any indication, the man they call Rapid Rupert may well shake TV Guide to its Main Line roots.
January 8, 2003 |
Brian P. Bradfield, 82, of Exton, a retired executive for Triangle Publications who helped launch TV Guide, died of complications from Parkinson's disease Sunday at Paoli Memorial Hospital. In 1953 Walter H. Annenberg, then president of Triangle Publications, selected Mr. Bradfield and a small group of executives to inaugurate TV Guide. In order to eliminate competition, Mr. Bradfield traveled around the country, buying local television magazines to merge with TV Guide. In 1968 he was appointed vice president and general manager of TV Guide in Radnor.
September 26, 1989 |
Joe R. Robinowitz, an 11-year veteran of the Rupert Murdoch media empire, was named yesterday to succeed recently departed David Sendler as national editor of TV Guide in Radnor. Robinowitz, 38, had been general manager of WFTX-TV in Boston, part of Murdoch's Fox Broadcasting Co. Earlier this month, Murdoch agreed to sell the station to the Boston Celtics for an estimated $50 million after the Federal Communications Commission refused to waive its rule prohibiting ownership by one company of a television station and newspaper in the same market.
February 19, 1990 |
TV Guide magazine has renewed its lease at Four Radnor Corporate Center for five more years. The lease, valued at $7 million, is for the entire 164,000- square-foot building, which has been the magazine's corporate headquarters since it was built in 1980. The TV Guide building, on Matsonford Road near King of Prussia Road, is part of the 72-acre Radnor Corporate Center, developed by the Radnor Corp., the real estate development wing of Sun Co. Greystone Realty Corp.
October 24, 1988 |
David Lichtenberg, former circulation director of TV Guide magazine and Triangle Circulation Co., died Friday. He was 78 and lived in Swarthmore. A circulation executive with a national reputation, Lichtenberg served as circulation director from 1962 until his retirement in 1976. At the time of his retirement, Triangle Circulation Co. was the national distributor for TV Guide, Seventeen, Ziff-Davis Publishing Co. Inc., Yankee Inc. (The Old Farmer's Alamanac), Popular Library books and magazines, Sporting News, Home Garden magazine and a number of other periodicals.
April 6, 1989 |
Valerie B. Salembier, who only six months ago became publisher of TV Guide, quit abruptly yesterday to become president of the New York Post newspaper. In a phone interview, Salembier said she had some slight disagreements with executives inside News Corporation of America, the company that owns TV Guide. But she said the chance to run the Post, not the disagreements, lured her away from TV Guide unexpectedly. "I've had a wish to run a daily newspaper," Salembier said, adding that the Post job was a chance to rebuild an ailing newspaper.
August 28, 1997 |
TV Guide executives are wincing under the latest salvo from "ER" cast members. Not surprisingly, "ER" hunk George Clooney, who last season led a show boycott against "Entertainment Tonight," is in the midst of the fray. The spat erupted earlier this summer when apprentice hunk Noah Wyle refused to pose for a cover story because castmate Eriq LaSalle had done so 18 months earlier and was still waiting for it to appear. TV Guide, notorious among free-lancers for commissioning stories and killing them, responded with a placatory gesture.
August 22, 1988 |
At first glance, TV Guide, soon to become part of the Rupert Murdoch media empire, would appear to be under siege. Several new cable-television guides, tailored to the systems they serve, have emerged as competition for the Radnor magazine. The leader, Cable Guide, published in Horsham, was named the hottest magazine of 1987 by Adweek after its ad revenues soared by almost 70 percent. Then there is the new cooperative advertising venture involving the Sunday television supplements of 33 major U.S. newspapers, including The Inquirer.
November 24, 1991 |
When Anthea Disney was tapped two months ago by Australian media magnate Rupert Murdoch to edit TV Guide, she faced an immediate challenge: She had to start watching TV. "The trouble was, the sort of life I always led . . . I've always been either on the road . . . or working till all hours," said Disney, 46, a former Fleet Street reporter and most recently executive producer of A Current Affair, a nationally syndicated television show....