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Archives: November 2008

Date Lab Success

The most recent edition of the Post’s Date Lab actually ended in success for two of the District’s, er, “more seasoned” lovebirds. This brings the ratio to 43 successful dates out of 118, or just over 36 percent.

Three Strikes, You’re Out


During Barack Obama‘s first press conference as president-elect (held on Nov. 7), he fielded questions from the Associated Press, NBC, ABC, CBS, Reuters, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, CNN and the New York Times. At the time, we noted that Fox News was left out of the questioning.

During Barack Obama’s second press conference (held yesterday), the Washington Post, Associated Press, Bloomberg, Reuters, Wall Street Journal and USA Today were called on to ask questions.

During today’s press conference (to announce Budget Director-designate Peter Orszag and Deputy Budget Director-designate Rob Nabors), Obama called on NBC’s Savannah Guthrie, LA Times’ Peter Nicholas, ABC7′s (Chicago) Andy Shaw and McClatchy’s Steve Thomma.

Which means it’s 0-3 for Fox News.

(NBC’s Guthrie reports on MSNBC that another presser is slated for tomorrow.)

Related: “Who’s At The Obama Presser?”

Who Got To Ask Questions At The Obama Presser?”

Who’s Front Row at Obama Presser?”

Koppel, Discovery Part Ways

From the statement:

    Discovery Communications and the Koppel Group have reached an amicable agreement to dissolve their relationship six months, 20
    before the expiration of the three-year contract that was due to conclude at the end of May, 2009. The mutual decision comes as Discovery Channel continues its focus on long-running series and specials in the network’s core nonfiction genres and emphasizes non-news content that has longer shelf life and appeal to audiences around the world. To date, the Koppel Group has produced fifteen hours of programming, including seven original documentaries for the network, all of which garnered critical acclaim.

    Koppel joined Discovery Channel in January, 2006 as Managing Editor, bringing with him his long-time executive producer, Tom Bettag, and eight additional producers and staff members from ABC News’ NIGHTLINE. …

    Koppel continued, “There has been significant change in senior management at Discovery. Producing our kind of news-related programs is an expensive proposition. It has long been clear that neither of us is interested in an extension of the current contract. Discovery and I worked on terminating the contract a few months early under terms that both sides found acceptable. We leave with gratitude for the professional opportunities we’ve been given and for the generosity with which we’ve been treated.”

Nicholls Joins BizBash

From the announcement:

    Chad Kaydo, Editor in Chief of BizBash, the media company serving the meeting and event industry, announced today that former Washington Post staff writer and native Washingtonian, Walter Nicholls has been named as the companies Washington Bureau Chief.

    According to Kaydo, “Nicholls is a great hire for Bizbash, he knows our niche well and has an eye for all aspects of covering an event.”

    Nicholls was at The Washington Post where he wrote for the food section for 12 years including the long running “Foraging” column. He also wrote about restaurants and travel for the paper’s Sunday magazine and Travel section. Prior to working at the Post, he ran his own catering company called Walter & Rosanna for five years.

Post Article Provides Fitting Explanation For Circulation Woes

Without so much as a hat tip to the original news breakers (a move the Washington Post is becoming quite notorious for within journalist circles), the Washington Post’s Jacqueline Trescott finally gets around to telling you what DCRTV and FishbowlDC told you last week: That the Newseum is having troubles.

Six days old news? That could explain this sort of trend

Morning Reading List, 11.25.08

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Happy Hour

VIDEO: Amanpour Gets Roasted

Earlier on FishbowlDC: “Party Photos: Press Club Honors Amanpour

From videographer Liz Glover:

And see Blitzer’s roast here.