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Public Memorial Service Planned for DC’s Mayor-For-Life, Marion Barry, Jr.

Mourners of the late Marion Barry, Jr., DC’s four-term mayor who passed away on Sunday, can pay their respects next Saturday, Dec. 6, during a public memorial service at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.marionbarry

According to The Washington Post,there will be a series of memorial events next week for Barry leading up to the Saturday service.

The late former mayor and council member will lie in repose at the John A. Wilson Building on Thursday, Dec. 4. On Friday, there will be a prayer service at Temple of Praise church, then the events will conclude on Saturday with the memorial service which is expected to be attended by thousands.

 

The city is expected to hold a press conference this afternoon with more details. Stay tuned.

 

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NYT Scoops Up Former NPR Exec Kinsey Wilson

NPR’s former vice president and and chief content officer, Kinsey Wilson, who was ousted in October, will be the first ever editor for innovation and strategy at The New York Times. Wilson, who has served in top roles at other major national media publications like USA Today, Newsday and Congressional Quarterly, will take on a newly created position that focuses on expanding the Times’ mobile and digital strategy. He starts his new role in February.

Screen Shot 2014-11-25 at 12.15.18 PM ”He will be the newsroom’s main liaison on digital matters to the business side of The Times Company,” the Times said in a statement. 

Wilson, who led and transformed NPR’s digital strategy over the last six years, was let go last month as part of a major reorganization at the organization.

“Over the past 20 years Kinsey has been a pioneer in digital journalism and directed news organizations at the highest level. During his time at NPR he oversaw the network’s worldwide news-gathering, programming and digital operations,” Dean Baquet, executive editor of The New York Times wrote in a memo obtained by CapitalNewYork. He drove the development of the NPR One mobile app, which pioneered a new, personalized digital listening experience. Before joining NPR, Kinsey led USA Today’s digital news strategy and, as executive editor, helped oversee its daily news operations. Before that — starting in the mid-1990s — he played a lead role in developing Congressional Quarterly’s early online strategy. Kinsey was also a reporter for seven years at Newsday. On a personal note, I’ve known Kinsey for more than a decade, and he will be a wonderful colleague.”

Brian Weiss Leaves WaPo to Join The Justice Network

Screen Shot 2014-11-25 at 11.50.50 AMThe Washington Post’s Brian Weiss is leaving D.C. to join a new Atlanta-based television network startup dedicated to criminal justice and true crime investigations. The Justice Network bills itself as the “first-of-its-kind-public-service-iniative” where viewers will be enlisted to “track down criminals and missing children.”

According to its website, the network will feature true crime stories with the intent of making communities safer  ”by empowering viewers to take action.”  The Justice Network is partnering with Gannet Broadcasting to air its programs across nearly one third of the country beginning in January.

Weiss, who has served as The Post’s manager of business development and content partnerships for more than two years, and held similar roles at Bloomberg, will be going back to his roots in television production. At The Justice Network, he’ll be the director of distribution and business development, as well as leading the network’s digital strategy.

He will be joined by a team of some of the industry’s top executives like CEO Steve Shiffman, the former president of National Geographic Channels, the head of distribution, Barry Wallach, former president of NBC Universal Domestic TV Distribution; and head of programming John Ford,  former president of the Discovery Channel.  

“Recognizing that by 2013, half of the top 50-rated prime shows on television were justice-oriented programming, our management team saw the need to satisfy America’s obsession with justice,” Schiffman said in a statement. “We are proud to be a part of this unique multicast network’s efforts to make a difference in people’s lives, fight crime and to keep communities safer.”

What’s on a Former President’s Bucket List? Bill Clinton Dishes to Mike Allen

Even former presidents still have items waiting to be checked off their bucket lists apparently.

On Saturday, former President Bill Clinton sat down for an interview with Politico’s Chief White House Correspondent Mike Allen at the Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock, Arkansas and gave a rundown of his bucket list…and no, being First Man was not among the items he chose to disclose.Politico mike allen

“I would like to ride a horse across the Gobi Desert to the place where people think Genghis Khan is buried in Mongolia. I would like to do that. I would like to climb Kilimanjaro before it has no snow because of climate change. That’s something I’d really like to do. I would like to go to Namibia where my daughter and son-in-law went on their honeymoon and see the oldest desert on Earth,” Clinton said.

“The President of Namibia called me once and he said, “I came and met with you early in your term and you’ve never been here.  You came to Africa, you went all over the country.  Why don’t you come here?” I said, “Because you don’t have enough problems. You’re too well-governed.” And I said, “You know, as the American President, you’ve got to go someplace where there’s something you can do, and you don’t need us.” So I’d like to go there and see that desert. Those are some of the things that are on my bucket list.”

Watch the clip here

 

Good Times Ahead at The Washington Times: Paper Expects First Profitable Year Ever

Good news over at The Washington Times. The paper is expecting to turn a profit next year for the first time since it was founded in 1982.

“We’re on course to erase what in 2012 was a $25 million annual loss,” Larry Beasley, president and CEO of The Washington Times said in a statement. “In 2012, monthly losses averaged $2.1 million. By the end of this year, monthly losses are expected to be in the low six figures. Starting next spring or summer, we expect to be profitable because of continued revenue growth and some more belt-tightening.”

The Times attributes much of the good news to its website—which has seen its number of unique monthly visits jump 35 percent to 9.2 million per month from 6.8 million in 2012.

“The Times will continue to publish its print editions while increasing the number of its digital products,” John Solomon, editor and vice president for content and business development, said in a statement. “The Times used to be a newspaper with a web site. Today it’s a multimedia company with an influential print newspaper that’s read and distributed on Capitol Hill and elsewhere.”

Of course, the paper has had to make some tough business decisions to get on a more sustainable path. According to Beasily, The Times‘ national weekly edition has outsourced its customer service operations and the daily print edition of the paper has had to increase its subscription prices in order to boost its revenue.

Roll Call’s Abby Livingston to Run Texas Trib’s New DC Bureau

CQ Roll Call’s Abby Livingston is heading over to The Texas Tribune’s newly created DC bureau. Livingston, a Texas native, will be the Tribune’s bureau chief and one-woman-band on the Washington beat.Screen Shot 2014-11-13 at 1.36.04 PM

She told Fishbowl DC she’s “most looking forward to writing political stories for the people I care about most: Texans.”

Livingston leaves Roll Call after three years of covering political campaigns and Congress for the Capitol Hill newspaper. Before that, she worked for CNN, National Journal’s The Hotline and NBC Washington.

She’s slated to start work in mid-December, when the Tribune’s DC bureau officially opens for business.

“Our D.C. reporter will keep tabs on the 36 Texans in the U.S. House, the two Texans in the U.S. Senate, and other Texans on the Potomac; provide presidential campaign coverage if — who are we kidding, when — Rick Perry and Ted Cruz hit the trail; and cover the key politics and policy moves in Washington that affect the rest of us back home,” The Tribune said in an announcement posted last week.

Fox News Scores Big Ratings with Bin Laden Shooter Special

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Fox News’ first segment of “The Man Who Killed Usama Bin Laden,” which aired Tuesday night, was the network’s most-watched 10 p.m. slot of the year, excluding the State of the Union and midterm election coverage last Tuesday.

The segment features an exclusive interview with former Navy Seal Rob O’Neill, the man who claims to have made the fatal shot that killed Bin Laden and ended a nearly decade-long, international manhunt.

“I just walked in, saw him and shot him. Two shots very quick, the third shot–  he was laying on the floor,” O’Neill told Fox News’ Peter Doocy during the interview.

About 2.7 million people tuned in to watch the segment–with about 532,000 viewers in the 25-54-year-old demo, according to Nielsen Media Research. It easily scored the highest ratings of the night on Tuesday with almost twice as many viewers at that hour as MSNBC (561,000), CNN (513,000) and Headline News (398,000) combined.

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