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Weatherman Ryan Set to Retire

1493403382_16040ecc34.jpgWith Washington, D.C. on the brink of another snowstorm, a new Facebook group is lamenting the loss of NBC Channel 4 Weatherman Bob Ryan, who is leaving his position this week.

“This group is for people who understand how he has used the power of local television to educate all of us, especially children, on science. He has established relationships between NBC4 and schools, built a grand science/weather team at the station, and been there for every comet, eclipse and other astronomical and meteorological events. Thanks, Bob and your fabulous team. Well done!”

But Ryan fans may not have to miss him.

WaPo reports that Ryan may move to WJLA Channel 7.
Read that story here.

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Morning Reading List, 03.05.08

Good morning Washington.

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  • Visiting the Newseum at some point is on most of your to-do lists.


  • FishbowlLA’s Tiny Dupuy makes a visit to D.C..

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  • Reuters reports, “Lawyers who represented book publisher Judith Regan in a $100 million lawsuit against News Corp sued her on Monday, saying she did not reimburse them for fees and cut them out of her settlement payment.”

  • “Hillary Clinton’s complaints about a pro-Barack Obama media tilt helped prompt examinations of Obama’s record and catapulted him to a first-place finish in the competition for media exposure the week of Feb. 25-March 2, according to a Project for Excellence study of campaign coverage.”

  • Crain’s New York reports, “Under a new Wall Street Journal policy revealed to staffers last week, authors such as Pulitzer Prize winner Daniel Golden — whose series of articles on the college admissions process led to his critically-acclaimed book, The Price of Admission — would have to fork over some of their book proceeds to none other than Rupert Murdoch himself.”

  • War and Peace offers reaction to The Washington Post’s piece titled “We Scream, We Swoon. How Dumb Can We Get?”

  • SABEW announced,Floyd Norris, The New York Times’s chief financial correspondent, will receive the 2008 Distinguished Achievement Award from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers (SABEW) at its 45th annual conference in Baltimore, Md., on April 28.”

  • His Extreme-ness shares “a couple of fascinating tidbits from the Post’s preview of the Newseum grand opening”

  • “Politico’s tussle with Obama campaign shines light on how sausage gets made.”

  • Dana Milbank writes, “It took many months and the mockery of ‘Saturday Night Live’ to make it happen, but the lumbering beast that is the press corps finally roused itself from its slumber Monday and greeted Barack Obama with a menacing growl. The day before primaries in Ohio and Texas that could effectively seal the Democratic presidential nomination for him, a smiling Obama strode out to a news conference at a veterans facility here. But the grin was quickly replaced by the surprised look of a man bitten by his own dog. Reporters from the Associated Press and Reuters went after him for his false denial that a campaign aide had held a secret meeting with Canadian officials over Obama’s trade policy. A trio of Chicago reporters pummeled him with questions about the corruption trial this week of a friend and supporter. The New York Post piled on with a question about him losing the Jewish vote.”

  • New York Daily News reports, “Angry Barack Obama bombarded by media”

  • Rush and Malloy write, “Power lawyer Robert Bennett got to be one of Washington’s top litigators by knowing how to keep his cool. But the highly paid scandal-fixer barely conceals his rage toward some people in his new memoir, ‘In the Ring.’ Bennett heaps scorn on New York Times publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr. in the chapter in which he recalls his defense of Times reporter Judith Miller, who went to jail rather than reveal her sources in reporting on CIA operative Valerie Plame.”

  • Slate’s Jack Shafer asks, “As a leading indicator of the newspaper biz’s health, what does the chain’s bad news portend for the rest of the industry?”

  • Washington Times’s Joseph Curl reports, McCain skewers pork for press.

  • The New York Sun reports, “It’s not every day that one finds a tax policy argument in the world-famous gossip column of the New York Post, but there it was yesterday in ‘Page Six’: The news was that the publisher of the New York Times, Arthur Sulzberger Jr., had sold his Upper West Side apartment to his wife for $3.25 million for what a Times spokeswoman described as ‘estate-planning purposes.’”

  • Slate’s Jack Shafer asks, “As a leading indicator of the newspaper biz’s health, what does the chain’s bad news portend for the rest of the industry?”

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  • A NBC release announced, “According to Nielsen Media Research data, ‘NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams’ won the February 2008 sweep in total viewers and homes. For the sweep, ‘Nightly News’ averaged 9.532 million total viewers.” Also, NBC announced, “According to Nielsen Media Research data, ‘NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams’ was the most-watched network evening newscast, winning the week of February 25, 2008. The Williams-led newscast averaged 9.171 million total viewers”

  • An ABC release announced, “For the just-completed February Sweep, ABC’s ‘World News with Charles Gibson’ was the #1 evening newscast among Adults 25-54, averaging a 2.4/9 and 2.96 million. This marks the second consecutive February Sweep that ‘World News’ has placed first among key demo viewers. It is also the fourth time in five sweeps periods the ABC broadcast has won among Adults 25-54. Among Total Viewers, ‘World News’ averaged 9.28 million.”

  • Crain’s New York reports, “For the past few months, people across the United States have taken part in a closely fought contest, full of twists and turns, that has finally produced an unexpected winner. That’s right: There’s a new front-runner in the cable news race. Buoyed by a historic Democratic primary season that has drawn new voters—and new viewers — CNN’s prime-time audience of 25- to 54-year-olds soared 150% in February over year-earlier levels. The boost gave the Time Warner-owned channel its first victory over the Fox News Channel in six years.”

  • We hear NewsChannel 8 would not air last week’s Q&A Cafe interview with NBC 4′s meteorologist Bob Ryan, because they consider him the competition. The program will, however, air on DC Cable/TV 16 this Friday, because they don’t think of him as competition. The full interview is now available on YouTube.

  • Bloomberg reports, “A federal regulator today called for an investigation into why an Alabama television station lost its signal as the CBS News program ’60 Minutes’ aired a segment questioning the jailing of a former Democratic governor.”

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  • reports, “The value of merger and acquisition deals in the U.S. media industry could reach record levels in 2008 if pending mega deals like Microsoft’s bid for Yahoo! are completed, PriceWaterhouseCoopers said in a report released Monday.”

  • E&P reports, “Earlier this month, Kiyoshi Martinez started an experimental website that gives journalists a chance to vent their feelings about their profession and their work lives. And have they ever. is a simple yet powerful concept: a gripe board where journalists are asked to say what’s making them angry today. It’s the modern-day equivalent of the anonymous suggestion box in the company lunchroom. All posts to the site are anonymous. Everything submitted goes through Martinez, who screens out trolls and spammers and non-relevant stuff.”

  • The Horses Mouth reports, “Most Media Observers Side With Hillary Campaign Claim That Press Has Been Harder On Her”

  • “Yeas & Nays has learned that the Center for American Progress’ Grant Ginder was recently ghost-writing for gossip Web site”

  • NPR’s On The Media reports, “Campaign correspondents tread a narrow path between political analysis and outright prognostication. Once quick to predict the future (Google these words: wrong about New Hampshire), are reporters now more circumspect? And is all coverage created equal? New York Magazine’s John Heilemann weighs in.”

  • Mark Glaser asks, “I struggle nearly every week with an identity problem: Am I a blogger or a journalist? Most times, I can take the easy way out and think of myself as the nouveau blogger/journalist or journalist/blogger — but which one comes first? nags my inner pigeon-holer.”

  • The Weekly Standard asks, “Who Lost James Fallows?” And, “It was sort of stunning to listen to, and the response from the Defense official was not unlike Tony Snow’s famous quip to Helen Thomas, ‘Well, thank you for the Hezbollah view.’ Whatever angst the left once had about these calls, they can rest assured that the propaganda isn’t going from the Pentagon to the bloggers, but vice versa.”

  • Hot reports, “It’s only the first day of the Tony Rezko trial, testimony has yet to be heard, and already the press has gotten to Barack Obama. Faced with a new focus on his ties to the defendant in a corruption case and exposed missteps in his NAFTA dance, Obama stalked out of a press conference with questions ringing in his ears”

  • MSNBC’s First Read reports, “Obama Tangles with the Press”

  • Politico’s Chris Frates reports, “The oh-so-unhip world of business trade associations took a small shot at edginess Monday when nearly a dozen groups launched the blog, aimed at Washington’s influencers.”

  • CQ Politics reports,Mike McConnell’s Temporary Spokesman Has a Full-Time Job”

  • Portfolio reports, “Digging Digg’s Grave? Changes to the popular content-ranking website threaten to alienate its most dedicated users.”

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  • MinOnline reports, “This Friday (March 7), ‘USA Today’ Gives Readers ‘Openair.’”

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  • A release announced, “Oxford University economist Paul Collier has won the 2008 Lionel Gelber Prize for his book The Bottom Billion: Why the Poorest Countries Are Failing and What Can Be Done About It (Oxford University Press), Judith Gelber, chair of the Lionel Gelber Prize Board”

  • The father and son team of Lou and Carl Cannon wrote Reagan’s Disciple: George W. Bush’s Troubled Quest for a Presidential Legacy. Check out the New York Times review here.

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  • Playbook reports, “ABC’s Ann Compton, president of the White House Correspondents’ Association, shows both experience and judgment in announcing the menu for this year’s dinner, which features a rejuvenated and expanded scholarship program: spiced tenderloin, followed by white chocolate drowning in raspberries.”

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  • National Geographic News is looking for a Copy Editor.

  • SIGNAL Magazine is looking for a Managing Editor.

  • The Roanoke Times is looking for a Healthcare Reporter.

  • Philip Merrill College of Journalism is looking for an Abell Professor in Baltimore Journalism, a Knight Visiting Professor in Digital Innovation and a Shirley Povich Chair in Sports Journalism.

  • Alliance for School Choice is looking for a Grant Writer for Major DC Nonprofit, Education Reform.

  • Sidwell Friends School is looking for a Director of Publications.

  • Environment & Energy Publishing, LLC is seeking experienced reporter.

  • The Daily Press is looking for a Features reporter and an Education Reporter.

  • The Seattle Times is looking for a Washington, D.C. reporter.

  • PBS is seeking talented candidates for the position of Digital Producer.

  • Arcom Publishing, Inc. is looking for an Ad Layout Coordinator.

  • Patuxent Publishing Co. is looking for a General Assignment Reporter.

  • American Architectural Foundation is looking for a Communications Manager.

  • The World Bank is looking for someone in Communications/Public Affairs.

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  • Morning Reading List, 02.28.08


    Good morning Washington. On this day in 1991, the first Gulf War ended.

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  • You think the Obama/Muslim garb photo will have a negative affect on Obama’s campaign.


  • In a release, The Education Writers Association (EWA) “announced the winners of the 2007 National Awards for Education Reporting, the prestigious national competition for education writing.” Among the winners was The Roanoke Times for “Virginia Tech Shootings.” Check out all the winners here.

  • Some Gridiron details!

  • How the ‘Times’ almost didn’t back Hillary

  • On the now famous Obama pic, Howard Kurtz says, “I think this is a tempest in a turban. I doubt it will hurt Obama in the slightest. And while some Clinton staffer might have peddled it, Hillary Clinton herself pooh-poohed the matter, saying she’s done the same thing many times. (Still, the image was all over TV.)”

  • The New York Observer reports, “Over the next week, Newsday reporters and editors are expecting an announcement about job cuts. … On Feb. 13 Sam Zell — who bought Newsday’s parent company for $8.2 billion in December — wrote in an e-mail that there would be job cuts at every Tribune paper. The L.A. Times made its announcement the next day—100 to 150 jobs would be lost — and the Baltimore Sun and Hartford Courant put their estimates at about 45 jobs. Newsday has yet to make its decisions on job cuts.”

  • Reuters reports, “The New York Times Co is expected to meet with four board candidates backed by a dissident investors group ‘within the next week or so,’ a company spokeswoman said on Tuesday, as the publisher braces for a second shareholder uprising in three years.”

  • Tsk tsk to Page Six: Mr. Llloyd Cutler has passed, despite what yesterday’s piece suggests.

  • E&P reports, “Chicago Tribune Washington Bureau Chief Michael Tackett welcomed new Tribune Company Chief Sam Zell’s challenge to reorganize the D.C. bureau and said his staff is ‘locked, loaded and ready to change.’”

  • His Extreme-ness reports, “Poor members of Congress. Polls show everybody hates ‘em. They seem more focused on talking sports than solving problems. So where can they turn for relief? Alas, now even the funnies are off limits.”

  • The Pew Weekly News Interest Index shows, “An overwhelming majority of Americans (82%) are aware of news reports that John McCain may have had an improper relationship with a female lobbyist several years ago. About half (48%) of the public has heard a lot about this story, which first appeared in the New York Times late last week. Another 33% has heard at least a little about the story. By a nearly two-to-one margin those who have heard about the McCain story think the New York Times was wrong to publish it — 57% say the Times did the wrong thing in publishing the story, 33% say the paper did the right thing.”

  • American University School of Communication is hosting a panel on March 5 on media and the military presented Dart Society, “a group of journalists dedicated to improving the coverage of violence and tragedy.”

  • WJLA reports that after some angry readers have logged complaints for getting unwanted Examiners delivered to their homes, “Maryland Delegate Tanya Shewell has introduced legislation to stop this. If the bill passes, publishers of free papers would have to listen. They’d get 7 days to stop delivery or face fines up to 100 dollars for each time the request is not honored.”

  • Slate’s Jack Shafer writes, “The Times Plagiarizes the Miami Herald”

  • A release announced, “The National Press Club joins other journalism organizations in expressing concern about a decision to hold a newspaper reporter in contempt of court for failing to disclose her news sources. Former USA Today reporter Toni Locy is being held in contempt of court by U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton for failing to reveal her sources for stories she wrote about the federal government’s investigation of former Army scientist Steven J. Hatfill’s potential connection to the 2001 anthrax attacks. Hatfill is suing the government.”

  • A reader tells us, “and, the times sports section got honorable mention in the APSE competition.”

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  • Today, Nathan’s Q&A is featuring NBC 4 weatherman Bob Ryan.

  • From DCRTV:

      Marc “Nigel” Sterne (right), who is an on-air sidekick on and producer of 3WT’s morning shows, won Wednesday night’s third annual Funniest Sports Celebrity Contest at the DC Improv. Sterne, a Brit, is a past successful participant in the event. The runner-up was Monica Livingston, a retired DC Divas running back. Sportstalk 980′s Frank Hanrahan and Channel 9′s Levan Reid, both making their stand-up comedy debuts, made positive impressions on the DC Improv crowd and the judges, but could not overtake Sterne and Livingston, we’re told. The judges included Channel 4′s Lindsay Czarniak and Dan Hellie, Washington Post sports blogger Dan Steinberg, and SportsTalk 980′s Holly Fantaskey. Net proceeds will benefit Funniest Celebrity Charities…..

  • A NBC release announced, “MSNBC’s telecast of last night’s
    Democratic candidates debate drew 7.8 million viewers (9-10:36 p.m. ET), becoming the most watched broadcast in the eleven year history of the network, according to Nielsen Media Research.”

  • Check out The PBS Pledge Drive Drinking Game.

  • FisbowlNY reports, “Media giant Comcast was caught red-handed packing an FCC hearing on network neutrality in Boston with random people picked up off the street in order to keep critics of the corporation from attending.”

  • The AP reports, “The organizer of a federal hearing at Harvard Law School on Comcast Corp.’s treatment of subscriber Internet traffic on Wednesday said ‘seat-warmers’ apparently hired by the company prevented other attendees from getting in. Comcast has acknowledged that it hired an unspecified number of people to fill seats, but said the seat-warmers gave up their spots when Boston area Comcast employees who were advised about the hearing arrived.”

  • A BIG FishbowlDC fan writes in about our earlier post on “Morning Joe” and says that: “The stats you cite show that Morning Joe is getting lower ratings today than Imus got last year. Morning Joe’s ratings aren’t falling, because Morning Joe didn’t exist last year. I’d argue that dropping only 17% from Imus, who grew his audience both on radio and TV over years, is pretty impressive.”

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  • Dow Jones reports, “The chief executive of Time Warner Inc.’s (TWX) AOL Internet unit said Tuesday that Microsoft Corp.’s (MSFT) controversial $41.8 billion bear-hug offer for Yahoo Inc. (YHOO) is a ‘mistake.’”

  • CNet reports, “Facebook first announced last year that it was working on a redesign of members’ profiles; now, the social-networking site has unveiled previews of its upcoming new look. The Facebook profile redesigns will start rolling out in the next few weeks.”

  • The Los Angeles Times reports, “A coalition of media and public interest organizations went to federal court in San Francisco on Tuesday urging a judge to reconsider his order to shut down a muckraking website that publishes leaked documents from businesses and government agencies worldwide. Lawyers for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the American Civil Liberties Union, Public Citizen and several news organizations, told U.S. District Judge Jeffrey White that two orders he issued last week against were prior restraints that violated the 1st Amendment.”

  • Wonkette declaresAndrew Sullivan Wins Cleveland Debate”

  • Check out The New York Times’ Baghdad Bureau blog.

  • reports, “YouTube said it is testing a new experimental personalized homepage with a small group of users it has selected at random.”

  • The Wall Street Journal reports, “Internet advertising may be showing itself more vulnerable to a consumer slowdown than many in the industry had hoped, according to new search-ad data released this week. The report from research firm comScore Inc. showing a decline in the number of consumer clicks on Google Inc. search ads in January amplified existing concerns about the effect of a broader economic slowdown on the Internet.”

  • Slate just launched a pledged Delegate Calculator: you can plug in your own predictions and find out whether it’s possible for Clinton to catch Obama, and other possibilities.

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  • reports, “At least one major media conglomerate has ruled itself out of the running to buy Reed Business Information, the Reed Elsevier division that puts out Variety, Publishers Weekly and Broadcasting & Cable, among others. A spokeswoman for Condé Nast Publications (which also owns WWD) said Tuesday that the company isn’t interested.”

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  • Washington Post reports, “Sirius Satellite Radio said yesterday that it gained subscribers in the fourth quarter and lost less money, signs that its business is improving even as the company’s merger with XM Satellite Radio Holdings remains stuck in a regulatory limbo more than a year after it was proposed.”

  • Capitol News Connection is now offering custom promos for Ask Your Lawmaker and a web-driven new Ask Your Lawmaker show!

  • Chip Scanlan asks Poynter Online’s Steve Myers what he learned while editing this article about David Folkenflik’s transition from print to radio.” Listen here.

  • DCRTV reports, “Presidential cousin Billy Bush, who once did mornings on the now defunct Z104 in DC, has inked a deal with Westwood One to host a talk and music radio show airing weeknights. ‘The Billy Bush Show,’ slated to debut in April, will be produced by Rob Silverstein, who produces TV’s ‘Access Hollywood,’ which Bush co-hosts — and will continue to do so. The new radio show will focus on entertainment news, celebrity guests, and listener calls, and feature a website with live streams and a Bush blog…”

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  • A release announced, “Can a business law anthology provide a window into seismic cultural change? Such is the case with the just-released book on User-Generated Content: New Business Models and Legal Issues. Edited by prominent music industry attorney Jeff Liebenson of New York’s Herrick, Feinstein LLP and published for the International Association of Entertainment Lawyers, User-Generated Content taps the insights of 28 executives and attorneys working at some of the most creative and pivotal media companies worldwide, including Yahoo, EMI Music Publishing, The New York Times, Comcast, Clear Channel, Boston Consulting Group, Fremantle, RealNetworks, Orange/France Telecom, Gracenote and Saatchi & Saatchi. The book is a beacon for anyone following the sea change caused by the democratization of content creation across every major entertainment and information medium.”

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  • BizBash Media is looking for Freelance News Reporters.

  • Georgetown University is looking for a Senior Writer/Editor.

  • International Center for Journalists is seeking an Assistant to the President.

  • One Economy Corporation is looking for an Executive Web Producer and a Senior Web Designer.

  • Fenton Communications is looking for an Account Coordinator and a Senior Vice President.

  • National Journal Group is looking for an Online Producer.

  • Carnegie Endowment is looking for a Communications/Web Coordinator.

  • Northwestern University/ Medill DC is looking for a Training Tech Support Mgr Wash.

  • A national television talk show is looking for a TV Sales Manager.

  • AOAC International is seeking Freelance Technical Writer

  • Human Rights Campaign is seeking an Editorial & Web Content Manager

  • General Dynamics is looking for English and Foreign Language Editors/Writers

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