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Gannett Chairman, President and CEO Takes Medical Leave

Gannett’s Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Craig Dubow announced today via the below memo that he would be taking medical leave for approx. 4 months due to a back surgery:

Dear Co-workers:
This morning, I underwent surgery on my back. I am pleased to report it was successful and I’m doing fine. I am beginning a leave of absence to recuperate.

During the time I am on leave, the Board of Directors and I have asked Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Gracia Martore to step in as our principal executive officer. She will work with our management team to seamlessly continue operating the company as I recover.

This was major surgery, with all its potential for complications, but it is not rare. I have a great medical team and I hope to make a full recovery. My doctors have predicted I will need about a 4-month leave, but the exact length is unknown at this time.
As a result, I wanted you to be aware of the situation before a press release goes out. The announcement is expected shortly to make shareholders aware of my absence.

Be assured, Gannett is in good hands. We have the strongest management team in the business and they have my complete confidence.

Thank you and I hope to see you soon.

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Gannett Names President & Publisher of USA Today

Gannett has just named David Hunke president and publisher of USA Today. Craig Moon retired from the position this month.

In a release, Gannett chairman Craig Dubow says, “Dave is a highly talented, multi-faceted leader, who drives excellence throughout his organization while making the tough business decisions. At the same time, he has the courage to be innovative and take chances. He is just the right person for USA TODAY at this juncture.” Hunke was the CEO of the Detroit Media Partnership and publisher of the Detroit Free Press.

Today Hunke also announced his replacement for the paper’s editor– John Hillkirk, who is currently the paper’s executive editor.

This announcement fills a position vacant for months at USA Today. Hillkirk replaces Ken Paulson who left in February.

Morning Reading List, 01.15.08


Good morning Washington. It’s the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Wikipedia. (See King’s Wikipedia entry here.)

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  • You think Hillary Clinton was “edgy” on “Meet”


  • The Washington Business Journal reports, “Gannett Co. Inc. has named the chief executive of online ad company PointRoll Inc. to be its new chief digital officer, as it seeks to expand its online operations. Chris Saridakis, who was named PointRoll chief executive after McLean-based Gannett acquired the company two years ago, will oversee digital operations at Gannett’s newspapers and television stations. He will report directly to Gannett chief executive Craig Dubow.”

  • J. Peter Freire is the new Managing Editor of The American Spectator. Freire first came to the Spectator as an intern and editorial assistant under a journalism fellowship from the Intercollegiate Studies Institute.

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  • The real Dowd scandal

  • Washington Post’s Deb Howell writes, “Here’s what happened in New Hampshire: Reporters lost their natural skepticism and took what they thought was happening and projected it far past the facts. The experts were wrong, the polling a disaster. The Post, luckily, didn’t poll late in New Hampshire and wasn’t among those making a bad call.”

  • The Virginian-Pilot’s Joyce Hoffman writes, “Coming on board as public editor with the news that Landmark Communications, and with it The Virginian-Pilot, is likely to be sold is a daunting endeavor. An end to the century-old tradition of leadership by a family with a historic commitment to public service journalism is a troubling prospect for Hampton Roads.”

  • Richard Just writes, “What happened at the Supreme Court 20 years ago tomorrow has been long forgotten by most Americans — if they ever heard about it at all. Unlike the better-known decisions of the last century, the ruling handed down on Jan. 13, 1988, had nothing to do with race or abortion rights. It didn’t become fodder for presidential candidates and hasn’t galvanized voters on either the left or right. Yet over the past two decades, the court’s ruling in Hazelwood School District v. Kuhlmeier, which concerned high school newspapers, has had far-reaching consequences. Not only has it changed the way journalism is taught at many schools, it has made it more difficult for high school students to learn the important lessons about democracy that come from publishing — or simply reading — serious newspapers.”

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  • A release announced, “MSNBC presents special live coverage
    … of the Michigan primary, as well as the Democratic presidential debate live from Nevada. Coverage begins with ‘Hardball with
    Chris Matthews’ live from Las Vegas at 5 and 7 p.m. ET, ‘Tucker’ live at 6 p.m. ET and ‘Countdown with Keith Olbermann’ at 8 p.m. ET.”

  • A CNN release announced the network “will dedicate the 8 p.m. hour each weekday to the latest election news coverage from the campaign trail in a new program, CNN Election Center. Building on CNN’s successes and ratings wins from both the Iowa caucuses and the New Hampshire primaries, CNN Election Center will be anchored by members of the ‘Best Political Team on Television’ from the New York-based CNN Election Center and on the trail by CNN anchor John Roberts.”

  • TVNewser reports, “Broadcasting & Cable published an editorial today that served as a call to the networks to focus more energy on presidential news coverage. It also applauded ABC News for its debate coverage, which rated extremely well, and its New Hampshire special, which didn’t, but was the only network that gave the primary a half-hour.”

  • The Washington Times reports, “A legal battle over advertisements for a new documentary about Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton illustrates the folly of current campaign-finance laws, says the attorney for the producers of the film, which premieres tonight in Washington. ‘Hillary: The Movie’ is ‘a political documentary like Michael Moore or Al Gore has made,’ said James Bopp, who went to federal court last week to represent the movie’s producers. Yet the conservative group Citizens United, which produced the Clinton film, must ‘go to court to get permission to advertise the film… because of McCain-Feingold,’ he said.”

  • His Extreme-ness reports, “If you saw John Kerry on ‘This Week with George Stephanopoulos’ Sunday morning, you saw him talking about his endorsement of Barack Obama. And you probably also saw him successfully pull off a tough stunt — banning something he didn’t want from the show.”

  • TVNewser reports, “Rep. Ron Paul took part in last Thursday’s GOP debate on Fox News after being excluded in the New Hampshire forum. His supporters were, well, less than happy with Fox News over the decision to leave out Paul from the N.H. forum, as Frank Luntz explained.”

  • TVNewser reports that MSNBC announced in a press release how it plans to handle hosting a debate and covering the Michigan primary tonight. The debate will take place at 9 p.m.
  • PBS Ombudsman Michael Getler writes, “The press, the pundits and the polls all got a big black eye this week after forecasting, with considerable certainty, a big victory for Sen. Barack Obama in the Democratic primary in New Hampshire. Much has already been written and broadcast about this episode. Newspapers and television networks have had stories about how everybody got it wrong and what the various reasons may have been. I don’t have much to add to this other than to wonder if individual news organizations — aside from their obvious, next-day follow-up stories — took some time to conduct their own in-house post-mortems to figure out if this glaring error in polling and news judgment should alter in some fundamental way the manner in which they approach political coverage. It’s not as though it hasn’t happened before.”

  • This Wednesday at Nathan’s Q&A cafe will feature Amy Holmes, described as “a three-fer: female, black and republican. There’s not much we won’t be able to politically slice and dice.”

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  • Hotline’s On Call is covering the Michigan primary live tonight.

  • Poynter’s Steve Klein reports, “No one has been more supportive of bloggers and more critical of mainstream media than Ted Leonsis, the former AOL executive who owns the NHL Washington Capitals. (OK, well maybe Mark Cuban is close.) Leonsis has paid to send independent bloggers to cover Caps prospects in Russia, and when long-time Washington Times hockey writer Dave Fay died late last year, no one was kinder. So when Leonsis shelled out $124 million over 13 years last week to keep his franchise player, Alex Ovechkin, in town — it was the biggest contract in Washington D.C. sports history — Leonsis had a right to expect some accurate coverage in the MSM and some honest passion from the bloggers. But to read the owner’s very active blog, Ted’s Take, it doesn’t appear he got a great deal of either.”

  • Christopher Hitchens Watch reports that Hitchens has quit smoking. No, really.

  • Be sure to c heck out Breitbart TV. Ed Driscoll reports, “About a minute into the latest B-Cast by Liz Stephans and Scott Baker of Breitbart.TV (whom we interviewed a few weeks ago on PJM Political), they casually mention that their previous show attracted about 400,000 views.”

  • Marc Fisher reports, “Living in a city without a full-time jazz station, I have to rely on CDs and downloads to hear my fill of Miles Davis and John Coltrane. But to discover new jazz from singer Madeleine Peyroux or pianist Bruce Barth, it’s necessary to reach past broadcast radio to online music services, music blogs and pay satellite radio. But now comes NPR Music, a sprawling Web site from National Public Radio on which I can listen to the NPR jazz (or classical or folk or indie rock) shows that don’t air on Washington’s public stations — as well as tap into song lists, video and audio of concerts, music-related stories from NPR’s news shows and a raft of programs from public stations across the country.”

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  • Wonkette reports, “Campaigns & Elections magazine was one of those old insider trade magazines for people that simply couldn’t get enough of campaign tactics and other campaigners in the off-season — but there’s nary an off-season anymore. So, C&E redesigned the magazine (it’s shiny!), started writing about politics and threw a swanky party with an open bar in a big black room to celebrate.” For pics, click here.

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  • Former CBS Public Eye editor Matthew Felling is hosting “The Kojo Nnamdi Show” today at noon on WAMU 88.5, talking Macs and Movies.

  • The Redskins’ Tumultuous Season Didn’t Gain Yardage on Sports Radio

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  • CommunicationWorks is looking for a Media Manager.

  • is looking for Instructors.

  • Widmeyer Communications is looking for an Account Manager and a Senior Associate/Assistant Vice President.

  • The Chronicle of Higher Education is looking for a Technology Writer.

  • WTOP Radio is looking for a Reporter.

  • WFED Radio is looking for a Reporter.

  • AARP is looking for a Managing Editor — AARP Bulletin.

  • SourceMedia is looking for a Reporter, The Bond Buyer/Washington Bureau.

  • Strauss Radio Strategies, Inc. is seeking PR Pros Specializing in Broadcast.

  • Youth Today is looking for a Publisher and a Managing Editor.

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    Hat Tips: DCRTV, TVNewser, IWantMedia, Romenesko, MediaBistro, JournalismJobs, JournalismNext

  • Morning Reading List, 10.19.07

    morningsun.gifGood morning Washington.

  • Blueberry is your bagel of choice, but everything takes a close second.

  • From a tipster: “preggers Campbell Brown spotted with film crew at Tryst in Adams Morgan”

  • Matthew Felling asks, “If It’s Sunday, It’s …. Who?

  • Can you answer this week’s CQ Political Trivia.

  • From a tipster: “Stephanie Decker left The Politico. She’s now at The Weekly Standard.”

  • From a tipster: “Be sure to give a shout out to DC’s public radio stations — WAMU and WETA — as they are approaching the end of their pledge drives. Get FishbowlDC readers to donate!!!”

  • Los Angeles Times reports, “Media giant Viacom Inc. is suing YouTube Inc., but it’s also taking lessons from the online video service.”

  • NY Daily News reports, “The average American TV home last year had a set on for 8 hours and 14 minutes a day, according to the latest figures from Nielsen Media Research.”

  • MSNBC In NJ: Past Its Prime

  • Reuters reports, “Television broadcasters should be required to air daily public service announcements alerting viewers about the transition to digital television in 2009, the head of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission said on Wednesday.”

  • Guardian reports, “The Financial Times has apologised and paid libel damages and costs to Singapore’s prime minister and the country’s founding father after accusing them of nepotism.”

  • Market Watch reports, “Dow Jones & Co. on Thursday reported a 87% decline in third-quarter profit compared to the year-earlier period, which included a gain on the sale of six community newspapers.”

  • Guardian reports, “More than 160 years of articles from the Economist are set to become available online with the launch of The Economist Historical Archive 1843-2003.”

  • TV Week reports, “Video-sharing Web sites took a small hit in traffic in September, as television networks pressed hard to promote streamed episodes of fall premieres on their own Web sites.”

  • The Washington Post is “Taking a Whack Against Comcast”

  • The Guardian reports,Rupert Murdoch has laid out drastic plans to shake up the Wall Street Journal and launch an assault on the mainstream American newspaper industry.”

  • launched the “Campaign Finance Search” that “allows you to find out who your friends and neighbors are supporting in the 2008 presidential campaign and how much money they have donated. Users can easily search by name, zip code or amount contributed.”

  • New York Times reports, “The head of the Federal Communications Commission has circulated an ambitious plan to relax the decades-old media ownership rules, including repealing a rule that forbids a company to own both a newspaper and a television or radio station in the same city.”

  • New York Times reports, “As the blood washes from the floor at AOL’s former headquarters in Dulles, Va., where most of the company’s 1,200 layoffs occurred Tuesday, the survivors are going to look around and figure out who is still there and what businesses the company is still in. Unlike in past rounds of layoffs, there are reports that more than a dozen products will simply be shut down.”

  • DMNews reports, “Social community sites such as Wikipedia are good places to reach online communities but are not the place for marketing, according to yesterday’s keynote at the DMA 07 Conference & Exhibition.”

  • Portfolio Mixed Media reports, “Remember how MySpace founders Tom Anderson and Chris DeWolfe had to sign a new contract with News Corp. sometime this month or pack up their desks? Well, they’re not going anywhere. A well-placed News Corp. source tells me they’ve reached a new agreement, which the company will announce any day now. No response yet from MySpace or News Corp. reps.”

  • Bloomberg reports, “News Corp. will probably end subscription fees at and will open the MySpace social- networking Web site to developers in a push to add readers and advertisers, Chairman Rupert Murdoch said.”

  • Wall Street Journal reports, “In an unusual cross-industry accord, a consortium of media and Internet companies led by Walt Disney Co. and Microsoft Corp. agreed to a set of rules they will abide by in the contentious area of posting copyright content on the Web.”

  • Crain’s Cleveland Business reports, “As the Boston Red Sox and Cleveland Indians do battle this week to determine who will play the Colorado Rockies in the 2007 World Series, there’s a subtler game being played among baseball writers in the press box. This game, however, isn’t about who will get the bigger, better scoop on their competition or who can write the better or cleaner prose. No, this debate goes to the professional core of the journalists and who pays their paychecks. Specifically, the paychecks of writers working for, and other team web sites managed by Major League Baseball.”

  • CBS reports, “Valerie Plame Wilson chides President Bush for not firing anyone for the leaking of her covert CIA identity, which caused a national scandal and an investigation resulting in a perjury and obstruction of justice conviction against Vice President Richard Cheney’s chief of staff. She also tells Katie Couric that she has learned of the damage that the leaking of her identity caused agents of the clandestine service and it is serious. Wilson speaks to Couric in her first interview for a 60 Minutes report to be broadcast Sunday, Oct. 21, at 7 p.m. ET/PT.”

  • From NY Social Diary: “When Washington needs a diversion from the day in and day out of our own government, the diplomatic corps are graciously at the ready. Whether it’s a glass of fine Shiraz in Australia, fresh pasta in Italy, high tea in the U.K., or a warm skol in Sweden, the best ambassadors throw open their doors and transport guests to their homeland. The invitation will be to either the embassy or the residence. Whether it’s one or the other matters; the embassy is fine for receptions and the like, but it’s the residence that is the ‘A’ ticket for seated luncheons and dinners.”

  • A tipster tells us, “The Post, USA Today and Wash. Times sports fronts all had strip ads across the bottom of their front pages” on Wednesday.

  • Washington Post reports, “The music is far from dead, but rock radio in Washington seems to be long past its heyday, and is trudging ungracefully into its sunset years.”

  • reports, “With other newspaper publishers relenting to Wall Street’s demands, Gannett will stay the course for now.
    On a conference call Wednesday following the publisher’s third-quarter earnings report, Gannett CEO Craig Dubow said the company has no intentions of separating its broadcast TV businesses from its newspapers.”

  • TV Decoder reports, “NBC’s exclusive interview with Senator Larry Craig in a prime time special, ‘Matt Lauer Reports,’ attracted just 5.7 million viewers in the 8 p.m. time slot Tuesday, according to Nielsen’s estimates.”

  • New York Magazine reports, “We Might Know Whom Rush Limbaugh Threatened”

  • PCMag reports, “These are the Web sites, services, and apps that have your local newspaper fearing for its life.”

  • World Association of Newspapers reports, “What will the newspaper look like in 2020? The World Association of Newspapers asked 22 futurists, academics, industry insiders, internet pioneers and other media experts to envision the newspaper of the future, and their responses say much about the present state of the newspaper business.”

  • As part of ‘Our Dumb College Speaking Tour: The News Business and How it’s Done — An Evening with Two of the Most Important Writers in Journalism History,’ [Todd] Hanson and colleague Chris Karwowski, senior writer at The Onion, spoke Tuesday evening to a nearing full-capacity crowd at College of DuPage’s McAninch Arts Center.”


  • FDAnews is looking for an Executive Editor.

  • Bisnow on Business is seeking an experienced business news editor to join our rapidly growing company as our Editor-in-Chief.
  • PBS Interactive Learning is looking for a Content Manager for PBS PLUS.

  • PBS is looking for an Associate Director, Online Facilitation.

  • Congressional Quarterly is looking for an Economics Reporter.

  • Center for Independent Media is looking for Washington Managing Editor.

  • Direct Marketing Association is looking for a Director, Public Affairs.

  • Rails-to-Trails Conservancy is looking for a Public Relations Manager.

  • American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) is looking for a Communication Specialist.

  • National Association of Realtors is looking for a Web Content Strategist.

    Hat Tips: DCRTV, TVNewser, IWantMedia, Romenesko, MediaBistro, JournalismJobs, JournalismNext

  • Dubow On USA Today’s Future

    On the occasion of USA Today’s 25th anniversary, Gannett CEO Craig Dubow discusses “USA TODAY and transformation.” Romenesko has the memo.

    Morning Reading List, 01.11.07

    Good morning, Washington.

  • Seems most of you did watch President Bush‘s speech.

  • An ABC release announced that “World News with Charles Gibson” “placed first among Adults 25-54 for the week of January 1-5, 2007,” tied with NBC’s “Nightly News.” Among Total Viewers, ABC averaged 9.52 million, “its highest delivery since the week of March 21, 2005.”

  • An NBC release announced that “Nightly News with Brian Williams” was “the No. 1 network evening newscast, placing first in total viewers, homes and among the key demographic adults 25-54 during the week of January 1-5, 2007.” According to the release, “Nightly News” averaged 5% more than ABC’s “World News” and 33% more than CBS’s “Evening News.”

  • A reader writes, “re: Russ McCracken – I got one better, there is a guy who used to report for PC World (he may still) named Harry McCracken (I am not making this up).” We checked. It’s true.

  • Wonkette reports the “latest outrage from the War on Terror” as CNN is ousted from the Embassy in Baghdad: “The cable service provider responsible for servicing the Embassy Compound no longer provides CNN as part of the cable package. Discussions are currently underway to address possible alternatives.”

  • WTOP reports that a “construction worker was found dead at the bottom of an elevator shaft” at the Newseum construction site at 6th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, Northwest. Turner Construction spokesman Bill Brennan told WTOP the man was an employee with Otis Elevator.

  • Media Guy defines the terms we should all know in ’07, but never admit to knowing, at cocktail parties.

  • Wall Street Journal publisher Gordon Crovitz sat down with Talking Biz News to discuss the redesign and the future of the newspaper.

  • Gannett, McClatchy and Tribune “plan to sell advertising jointly on their Web sites.” According to the Wall Street Journal, Gannett chief Craig Dubow said, “The goal is to create the largest network of newspaper-developed local sites for any advertiser.”

  • Reuters reports, “Wall Street Journal publisher Dow Jones & Co. will eliminate nearly two dozen jobs at its Newswires and Factiva divisions in advance of a restructuring, according to a union rep. The layoffs come as Dow Jones plans to restructure its Enterprise Media Group.”

  • reports that “‘serious negotiations’ are under way” to return the Baltimore Sun to local ownership.

  • Betsy Rothstein writes up the Barney Frank v. Neil Cavuto duel.

  • “retrenching.”

  • New Iraq Commander Spoke Up for Judith Miller

  • Newspaper-TV Marriage Shows Signs of Strain

  • Sidney Hillman Foundation now accepting submissions for their journalism awards.

  • Product Reviews And Links Turn Pages Into Profit” (DCRTV has some beef with this piece)

  • A Guide to Watching Network TV Online

  • The Monday-versus-Friday World of ‘Newsweek’ and ‘Time’

  • Roger Ailes To Be Honored For His Contributions To Press Freedom, First Amendment

  • TV violence is surging, group says

  • Geraldo Rivera: Even more foolish than you thought.

  • Huffington Post hires new managing editor.