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WTOP today announced 24+ minutes per day of new health and fitness programming. ”To Your Health” will air every hour at the 22 minute mark as a one to three minute segment.
“Every day we find ourselves with an abundance of great health stories that are interesting to men and women of all ages,” said Laurie Cantillo, WTOP program director. “Now, WTOP listeners will know they can count on getting the latest health news at a predictable time, every hour of every day.”
In celebration of its September 15 launch, Dr. Drew Pinsky will join WTOP at 1:20 pm on Monday to discuss prostate cancer detection and prevention.
In August, The Huffington Post joined with Beacon Reader, a crowdfunding platform for primarily freelance journalists, to launch the Ferguson Fellowship, a crowd-funded way to ensure coverage for the next year from the Missouri town where unarmed man Michael Brown was shot dead by police officer Darren Wilson.
Asking the public to fund its coverage from Ferguson, Mo. drew criticism from several members of the media, including AdAge’s Simon Dumenco (via this article), The Guardian’s Alex Koppelman (via this tweet), and Jim Romenesko (via this post). HuffPost Washington bureau chief Ryan Grim responded on HuffPost Live, saying, “Sure, the criticism is fair, but we are seriously investing in it…Either it was going to be this way, or we weren’t going to be able to have someone on the ground.”
In support of fellowship recipient Mariah Stewart, 633 backers have surpassed the $40,000 goal to enable Stewart’s coverage from Ferguson for The Huffington Post over the next 12 months. The goal was met Sunday, three days prior its deadline. A Huffington Post spokesperson told FishbowlDC the outlet did not contribute to the $40k goal in order to have it met before deadline. Read more
BuzzFeed has hired Hayes Brown to serve as a foreign news editor, to be based in Washington DC.
“I’m so excited to launch BuzzFeed World’s new round of expansion by bringing Hayes on board,” said foreign editor Miriam Elder. “He has broad knowledge of the world’s myriad issues, a deep understanding of how to present international news in a compelling way, and a creativity that I can’t wait to tap as we think about how to keep growing.”
Brown is currently the editor of Think Progress’ world vertical and prior to that was a DHS contractor.
The cable news numbers are in for President Barack Obama’s statement to the nation on ISIS Wednesday evening.
According to Nielsen Media Research, FOX News Channel had 4,447,000 total viewers during the President’s address, more than CNN and MSNBC combined, with 1,827,000 and 1,890,000 total viewers respectively. In the A25-54 demo, FOX was also on top with 994,000 viewers, a combined total as seen by CNN with 633,000 and MSNBC with 361,000.
Rating from the address for FNC and MSNBC were taken from 9-9:15 PM ET and from 9:02-9:16 PM ET for CNN.
From TVNewser to FishbowlNY, here are your top stories from across Mediabistro.
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The same day that it saw three of its reporters jump ship for CNN Politics Digital, POLITICO announced several POLITICO Pro hires.
In an email to staff Wednesday evening, POLITICO Pro editor Marty Kady wrote that Timothy Noah has been named labor policy editor, to launch the Pro Labor and Employment vertical this fall. He most recently wrote for MSNBC. Law360′s Brian Mahoney will join Noah on labor team.
Additional hires include Elana Schor - most recently with Environment & Energy News – will cover the oil and gas industry for Pro, The Hill’s Kate Tummarello will join the Pro tech team, and Bloomberg BNA’s Heather Caygle recently joined Pro to write Morning Transportation.
With the launch of Pro Labor and Employment this fall, Politico Pro, the subscription service offered by the Arlington-based political pub, will operate 14 topical verticals.
Wednesday night at Morton’s Steakhouse on Connecticut Avenue, MediaDC CEO Lou Ann Sabatier introduced Washington Examiner’s new editorial director Hugo Gurdon to friends and members of the advertising community.
“Under his leadership, we can complete the transition we began in 2013 to a national source for news and policy analysis,” said Sabatier. “He is bringing added depth and authority to Washington Examiner content.”
Gurdon told guests to expect a staffing increase of reporters to cover breaking news with a focus on defense and national security, energy and environment, healthcare, technology, and money.