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Afternoon Lede Check – 10.1.14

From WaPo to WJLA, here are the stories that are leading your homepages today, after the jump…

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HuffPost Hires Star McClatchy Intern Ali Watkins

HCvevMFR_reasonably_smallThe Huffington Post announced Wednesday that Ali Watkins will join its DC bureau as a political reporter.

The 2014 Temple grad’s name may ring as bell. As an intern for McClatchy this past Spring, she was part of the team that broke the story that the CIA spied on computers used by the Senate Intelligence Committee.

Washington bureau chief Ryan Grim made the announcement to staff in a memo this afternoon. In it, he said, “We knew Ali would be a fantastic hire back when she was a college senior and worked on the McClatchy team that broke the news that the CIA was spying on the Senate Intelligence Committee over the panel’s torture report. Ali is a 2014 graduate of Temple University, where she excelled not only in journalism, but as a rower and triathlete as well. Ali will continue her focus on national security and the intelligence community, while covering general politics and Congress as well.

Watkins starts October 20.

WaPo’s Zach Goldfarb Joins Financial Desk as Policy Editor

dc309fe9a6b001125715fcc173f6960d_400x400The Washington Post today announced in a memo to staff that Zach Goldfarb, a staff writer who covers the White House, will join the Post’s financial desk as a policy editor for a six-month term with the option to extend. In this role, he’ll manage Wonkblog and advise Storyline.

“Zach is a consummate Washington reporter whose love for news is equaled only by his deep understanding of public policy,” wrote financial editor Greg Schneider and deputy financial editor David Cho in the announcement. ”He is already a leader on our staff, generously consulting with editors and fellow reporters to make our coverage stronger. As a member of the White House reporting team focusing on economic policy, Zach has had his finger on the pulse of issues before the administration. He will bring that knowledge to the already high-revving Wonkblog crew, and, working with other reporters covering economic policy, will ensure that we continue to have the best, fastest and most insightful policy coverage anywhere.”

Monday’s ‘Special Report with Bret Baier’ Earns Second Highest Ratings for 2014

bretfourMonday night following Carol Leonnig‘s Washington Post piece that the September 19 White House fence-jumper made it to the East Room of the White House, FOX News Channel’s ”Special Report with Bret Baier” posted its second highest rated program of the year with nearly 2.6 million total viewers, according to Nielsen Media Research. Monday’s broadcast numbers were the program’s second to the July 17 coverage of the Malaysia Airlines plane that was shot down over Ukraine.

“Special Report” had 2,583,000 total viewers and 371,000 in the A25-54 demo Monday night, more than the combined numbers of CNN’s “Situation Room” and MSNBC’s “Politics Nation.”

Ratings: Monday, September 29, 2014

FNC’s “Special Report” : 2,583,000 in P2+ (371,000 in A25-54)
CNN’s “Situation Room” : 611,000 in P2+ (184,000 in A25-54)
MSNBC’s “Politics Nation” : 518,000 in P2+ (95,000 in A25-54)

9.28.14 Sunday Show Ratings in the DC Market

SundayShows-w-candyAccording to Nielsen Media Research in the DC market on Sunday, September 28, CBS’s “Face the Nation” was the number one rated Sunday show in total viewers at 62,000 with ”FOX News Sunday” in a close second with 60,000 viewers.

In the A25-54 demo in the DC market, FOX was #1 with 26,000 viewers, while Univision’s “Al Punto” and CBS were in second and third place, respectively, with 21,000 and 20,000 viewers.

NBC’s “Meet the Press” was preempted by the Ryder Cup.

The numbers for September 28:

Station Time Program Total Viewers A25-54
WUSA 10:30-11:30am “Face the Nation” 62K 20K
WTTG 9-10am “Fox News Sunday” 60K 26K
WFDC 10-11am “Al Punto” 38K 21K
WJLA 10-11am “This Week” 33K 14K

FCC to Consider Punishing Broadcasters that Use Term ‘Redskins’

redskinsFCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said the commission is considering a petition filed by GW law professor John Banzhaf III urging it to take away the broadcasting license of WWXX-FM for referring to the Washington NFL team as the “Redskins.”

In August, Banzhaf shared with Broadcasting & Cable several options for having the term removed from broadcast, including a FCC petition to restrict words that are “highly derogatory, racist, and hateful to ethnic and other groups.” Read more

Adaption of Garrett Graff’s Forthcoming Raven Rock May Soon Join NBC Programming

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An adaption of former FishbowlDC and Washingtonian editor Garrett Graff‘s forthcoming book with Simon & Schuster, Raven Rock: The Inside Story Of The U.S. Government’s Secret Plan To Save Itself – While The Rest Of Us Die, may soon find its way onto the small screen. NBC is said to be moving forward with a pilot script option, a precursor to the filming of a pilot in early 2015, which can lead to it becoming an official NBC series.

According to Deadline.com, writers Matthew Federman and Stephen Scaia‘s new project – Raven Rock – “has landed at NBC in a script deal with significant penalty.”

“I’m thrilled to see NBC so excited about RAVEN ROCK. Stunned, really,” Graff told FishbowlDC. “But the project’s got an awesome team behind it—Robert Zemeckis, Bob Cooper, Tom Patricia, and others—and I’ve really enjoyed talking with them over the last few months as this developed. As a journalist, it’s been especially fun so far batting ideas around with the two script writers, Matthew and Stephen, and discussing how my nonfiction book on Cold War history transforms into a fictional modern-day TV drama.” Read more

WaPo’s Chris Cillizza on Katharine Weymouth Departure: ‘It’s the end of an era’

Today marks a significant day at The Washington Post: the first since 1933 that someone from the Graham or Meyer family is not a part of its leadership. Tuesday was Katharine Weymouth‘s final day as publisher and CEO of The Washington Post after the August 2013 sale of the company to Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos.

“The Fix’s” Chris Cillizza writes:

“It’s the end of an era — both for the Post and for journalism.  And it’s one I am forever thankful to the Grahams for — not only for what they did when they owned the company but in their decision to sell it in hopes of preserving what has always made it great.”

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Mediabistro Morning Roundup – 10.1.14

From TVNewser to FishbowlNY, here are your top stories from across Mediabistro.

FishbowlNY Joanna Coles Named Editorial Director of Seventeen

PRNewser Walmart Blames Tracy Morgan for His Own Injuries

AgencySpy MRY CEO Britton to Oversee Big Fuel

UnBeige Watch: The Jonathan Ive Supercut

AllTwitter Have Moms Had Enough of Social Media? [STUDY]

InsideFacebook What Experts are Saying About Facebook’s Atlas

TVSpy Friends and Family Say Final Goodbye to WCBS Reporter John Slattery

10,000 Words Storytelling Conference May Have Tips for Digital Pubs

GalleyCat The Fault in Our Stars Gets Banned in Riverside Middle Schools

Lost Remote Scandal a Runaway Ratings and Social Success During ‘Premiere Week’

FishbowlDC Labor Secretary Dodges Questions on Prospect of Replacing Eric Holder

SocialTimes Old Media Investing Millions to Buy Multi-Channel Networks on YouTube

AllFacebook REPORT: Mark Zuckerberg, Priscilla Chan Buy 357-Acre Property in Kaua’i, Hawaii

Inside Mobile Apps Turbo Fast Passes 50 Million Downloads, Receives Challenge Mode

MediaJobsDaily Morgan Spurlock on ‘We the Economy’ & His Greatest Lesson Learned

TVNewser For First Time, Fox News Most-Watched Cable Network in Primetime For Full Quarter

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— The Economics of Net Neutrality at the Cato Institute, noon

— “The Boomer List” Opening Celebration at the Newseum, 6:30 p.m.

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