Television Week, the publication formerly known as Electronic Media, is ceasing publication and will continue as a website.
This is sad news for me. Back in the late 1980s, I was a reporter for Electronic Media. My biggest scoop was breaking the news about Paramount's revival of STAR TREK as first-run syndicated series — a story which the studio initially denied (USA Today later picked up my story and then Paramount reluctantly confirmed it). I also reported extensively about the birth of the Fox Network. It was an exciting time for me and I learned a lot about the nuts-and-bolts of the television business. Electronic Media catered to station programming execs and the syndication marketplace and often went into far more depth than either Variety or the Hollywood Reporter on TV biz stories. I don't think Electronic Media ever got the attention or respect that it deserved for its business journalism…though I often saw newspapers using their stories as jumping off-points for articles of their own.
UPDATE 5-6-2009: The Franklin Avenue Blog has a detailed remembrance & appreciation of EM.
1 thought on “Goodbye, TelevisionWeek”
Back when the Earth was young, and steam was still rising from the surface of the planet, Electronic Media devoted page space to my career. I felt honored and elated. With the demise of this publication, should I remove that credit from my resume? Probably, as it reveals how long I’ve been in the business, and therefor disposable.