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Don Graham bids adieu to The Washington Post building

Former Washington Post chief Don Graham posted a goodbye to his old paper’s building on Facebook Monday night. “This probably was my last day at 1150 15th Street after 43 years,” he wrote. “The Post seems to be in wonderful shape under Jeff Bezos, Katharine Weymouth and Marty Baron.”

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Graham Holdings Company, the former Washington Post Co., is moving from Washington, D.C., to Arlington, Virginia.

GraHoCo offered items from its art collection to Post employees last month, with proceeds designated to TheDream.us, a scholarship fund for undocumented students that Graham founded.

The Post won’t be in its 15th Street building for much longer either; it plans to move to a building with a serious Dan Brown connection. Read more

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Gannett spins off, Murdoch and Time Warner square off

mediawiremorningGood morning. Here are 10 media stories.

  1. Gannett will split publishing, broadcast assets: Its acquistion of broadcast companies and the 73 percent of Cars.com it didn’t own make this “the right time for a separation,” CEO Gracia Martore says in a statement. Robert J. Dickey will run the publishing company, which be called Gannett and will hold USA Today and 81 dailies, plus the U.K.’s Newsquest. (Poynter) | Just yesterday, Ken Doctor asked whether Gannett would be the next big media company to split its assets. (Nieman) | Rick Edmonds explained the rash of splits last week. Newspaper groups can “theoretically do better with management whose exclusive focus is on the particular challenges of that industry,” he wrote. (Poynter)
  2. Let us now observe Rupert Murdoch’s mating dance: Time Warner’s “unyielding stance has at least some analysts wondering if an acquisition really is inevitable,” Jonathan Mahler writes.
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Former Washington Post owner offers art collection to employees

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Graham Holdings Company will sell its art collection at reduced prices to Washington Post employees, Philip Kennicott reports. Graham Holdings is the new name of the company that sold the Post to Jeff Bezos last year.

Proceeds from the sale will go to TheDream.US, “a scholarship fund founded by Donald Graham to help undocumented students,” Kennicott writes.

Graham Holdings is moving out of the Washington Post building next month to a space with “very few walls,” GraHoCo spokesperson Rima Calderon tells Kennicott.

The collection “is much like the family: Unflashy and deeply local in its focus,” Kennicott writes.

Artists associated with the Washington Color school—Sam Gilliam, Jacob Kainen, Gene Davis, Thomas Downing, among others—are well represented, as are national figures such as Alex Katz, whose work was originally in the Newsweek corporate collection in New York. When the Washington Post sold Newsweek in 2010 (for $1), the art was not included in the sale.

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Publishing businesses contributed to revenue gain at former Washington Post company

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Revenue from businesses including Slate, Foreign Policy and the advertising agency SocialCode was up 77 percent at Graham Holdings Company in 2013, the company said in its year-end earnings report.

That double-digit revenue rise was “due to growth at SocialCode and Slate and revenue from the Company’s recently acquired Celtic Healthcare and Forney businesses,” Graham Holdings says. Graham Holdings used to be The Washington Post Co. before it sold its flagship asset to Jeff Bezos last year. Forney makes control systems for combustion processes and Celtic Healthcare is a hospice firm.

Revenue from Graham’s cable-TV division was up 3 percent for the year and revenue from its TV broadcasting division, which includes stations in Detroit, Houston and Miami, was down 6 percent, with a decrease in political advertising revenue offset in part by higher retransmission fees, the company said. Revenue at the company’s education division, which includes Kaplan, was down 1 percent over 2012. Read more

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Don Graham: Social news unlocks the ‘great mystery’ of young readers

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In a video interview, Washington Post Co. chairman Don Graham (who’s also a member of Facebook’s board of directors) talks with Kara Swisher about the Post’s new Facebook app and the future of news. “The key issue [for newspapers] is very simple: We need to learn. We need to do experiments like this,” Graham says of the Washington Post Social Reader app, which enables users to share their news reading activity with friends. The Facebook app is especially aimed at “younger readers” in their 20s who are “the great mystery,” Graham says. “They are interested in news … but they don’t want it in an old-fashioned print format as I do.” He says social reading isn’t the future of newspapers, “but it is a part of that future.” || Related: With ‘frictionless sharing,’ Facebook and news orgs push boundaries of online privacy Read more

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Graham: Washington Post not ‘going to be a pioneer’ in charging for online news

Washington Post Company CEO Don Graham’s candid take on trends in the news business has been a staple of the 10 media conferences I’ve attended each December in New York City.

This year, though, Graham in brief prepared remarks said only that the Post newspaper is “having a good year” and spent the rest of his time defending the company’s much larger Kaplan for-profit education business currently under fire from regulators. Read more

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