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In a 9am email to staff this morning, The Washington Post publisher Katharine Weymouth announced her imminent departure as the paper’s publisher after 7 years. Beginning October 1, Fred Ryan, formerly with Allbritton Communications and POLITICO, will be publisher and CEO.
According to The Washington Post, its owner Jeff Bezos told Weymouth on August 18th that he had selected a new publisher.
The Washington Post was bought by Weymouth’s great grandfather in 1933 and sold to Bezos in August 2013. In her email, Weymouth said that she will offer Ryan and the Post support as an advisor through the end of 2014.
Weymouth’s note to staff after the jump.
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Word on the street (like actually the street) is that journalist and media activist Norman Solomon is planning a presser outside The Washington Post offices to highlight the newspaper’s refusal to disclose conflict of interests in reporting on the CIA.
More than 30,000 people have signed a petition urging the Post “to be fully candid with its readers about the fact that the newspaper’s new owner, Jeff Bezos, is the founder and CEO of Amazon which recently landed a $600 million contract with the CIA.” Solomon is in the process of delivering the petition to the Post. After doing do, he will be available for comment in front of the building, located at 1150 15th St. NW.
Norman Solomon is co-founder of RootsAction.org and foundin
We here at FishbowlDC long ago gave up any pretense at self-improvement. But other DC journos aren’t quite as jaded. Lesser-known Bezos property The Express has talked to some local journos about their new year’s resolutions -and the results are revealing. For example: Jake Tapper wants to go to more Hebrew School, question-mark-guy Matthew Lesko has a brand new tattoo, and NBC 4 anchor Aaron Gilchrist doesn’t actually know the city that well. Here are some of the best resolutions from DC media personalities:
“Now that my kids are 4 and 6, I want to spend more time getting involved in our spiritual health, in our synagogue — more Sabbath dinners on Friday night, more attendance at Hebrew school, more participation in holidays and, I think, just more discussion of the mysteries of life.” -Jake Tapper, CNN
“It’s to be more like my mother. She died this summer, and I have been reading the 1,000 letters I have gotten, from people writing about the incredible things she did for them. She, Lindy Boggs, was a member of Congress for nine terms and then U.S. ambassador to the Vatican. She always treated everyone with great love, respect and dignity. As a reminder, I always wear a ring made out of two of her old rings.” -Cokie Roberts, NPR
“Mine is to run my first half marathon. I found a training program online; it’s a 20-week program. Another goal of mine is to stick to the training program so I don’t pass out during the race.” - Jummy Olabanji, ABC 7
More celebrity resolutions after the jump
Alternative headline: WaPo TV’s ‘On Background’ Now Off the Record. Golly, we’re witty.
Either way it seems that after less than five short months, the Post‘s political web TV programs have gotten the ax. Launched in late July of this year, ‘In Play’ hosted by Chris Cillizza and Jackie Kucinich and ‘On Background’ with Nia Malika Henderson promised to “get at the politics of politics, in a fun way.” But like many of WaPo‘s new media ventures, it’s all fun and games until someone has to watch.
Maybe it was the terrible echo in the studio, the awkward set or the low budget soundtracks. Or perhaps Jeff Bezos thinks Cillizza has a voice for print. Whatever the reason, sources say that both shows will cease production today.
As reported by Poynter, WaPo TV’s talent will continue to be used to create tighter, online video packages for the Post website. A WaPo spokesperson confirmed Poynter’s report, but did not immediately reply to our inquiries about the motivation for killing the programs, headcount reduction, or the fate of the shows’ EPs.
UPDATE 5:34 PM:
A spokesperson for WaPo writes in to clarify:
First, there is no headcount reduction. And in regards the motivation behind the changes- this restructuring reflects what the PostTV team has learned since the launch. These changes are a natural evolution, and the team has always said they were going to continue to iterate on the product. PostTV will focus more on easily digestible segments with the same staff and personalities viewers have come to know. They will also start expanding their areas of coverage beyond strictly politics.
It’s official. The Washington Post Company announced Monday that they will be changing their name to Graham Holdings Company to reflect the sale of it’s most well known asset to Amazon.com’s Jeff Bezos. The name change will take effect November 29th, according to a company press release.
Along with WaPo, Bezos also took El Tiempo, Express, the suburban Washington Gazette weeklies and 23 acres of undeveloped land in Maryland off the Graham family’s hands, according to Post reporter Debbi Wilogren.
Graham Holdings Company (NYSE ticker symbol GHC) still owns the Kaplan education company, the Slate Group of magazines and websites, several television stations, and a Pheonix-based cable provider, among other assets.
Michelle Singletary, the personal finance guru, knows a thing or two about longevity. She’s had a successful multi-platform media career since the early 90s, working in radio, TV and print. The Pulitzer nominee is currently WaPo‘s “Color of Money” columnist, and is syndicated in over 100 newspapers around the country.
There was a mixed bag of reactions to the sale of The Washington Post back in August. How did you respond to the news? How has the transition of ownership to Jeff Bezos affected you?
Like everybody else, I was shocked. I was on my way to pick up my kids from summer camp when I heard the news. I think initially I was optimistically cautious. Whenever your company is sold, there’s a lot of fear. You’re not sure what’s going to happen. But what I knew of Jeff Bezos and his running of Amazon, I liked. I’ve admired him. I’m a frequent customer of Amazon, and I like the way it’s run. I’m pretty tough on companies, and I don’t have any complaints about Amazon. So that made me feel a little relieved because if he runs the Post like he’s run Amazon, we can’t help but get better.
For more on Bezos’ newsroom visit and Singletary’s advice to media pros, read: So What Do You Do, Michelle Singletary, WaPo columnist and Personal Finance Guru?
– Aneya Fernando
Obama administration’s revolving door for the media: Yesterday, TWT’s Jennifer Harper wrote a story on the administration’s frequent hiring of members of the media, which has become a growing concern for conservative critics. The ratio of reporters working for a democrat administration versus the reporters that were in a republican administration is estimated to be around 5 to 1.
Why you should read it: If you decide to get out of the media and start working for the government rather than reporting on the government, there’s a better chance of you getting hired if there’s a democrat in office.
New WaPo owner speaks: HuffPost reports on Jeff Bezos’ appearance on CNN’s New Day earlier today, stating that he’s optimistic about the future. He plans on making the focus at WaPo the same as the focus on his other company, Amazon.com, which would be on the customer, and also hopes to “experiment” with the paper, giving it a “financial runway” for endeavors.
Why you should read it: Bezos has a tough road ahead if he wants to make WaPo profitable again. Check out the story for video of his first televised interview since he purchased the publication.
More on congress’ social media master after the jump…
WaPo’s ex-Ombudsman Patrick Pexton had some raw advice for the publication’s new owner Jeff Bezos in a story for Washington City Paper this week. Among his suggestions: Fire right-wing blogger Jennifer Rubin. He whined about how terrible he thinks she is, and said he received more complaints about her than anyone — because that’s exactly what newspaper publishers don’t want in a writer, to make waves and increase web traffic, right?
We asked for her reaction. Her response to FBDC? “Hahahahahahaha.”
An excerpt from Pexton’s column in WCP:
“Jennifer Rubin. Have Fred Hiatt, your editorial page editor—who I like, admire, and respect—fire opinion blogger Jennifer Rubin. Not because she’s conservative, but because she’s just plain bad. She doesn’t travel within a hundred miles of Post standards. She parrots and peddles every silly right-wing theory to come down the pike in transparent attempts to get Web hits. Her analysis of the conservative movement, which is a worthwhile and important beat that the Post should treat more seriously on its national pages, is shallow and predictable. Her columns, at best, are political pornography; they get a quick but sure rise out of the right, but you feel bad afterward.” — …Rubin was the No. 1 source of complaint mail about any single Post staffer while I was ombudsman, and I’m leaving out the organized email campaigns against her by leftie groups like Media Matters.”
(Note to Rubin: We’ve always enjoyed your nerviness. To bring Media Matters into the argument–even while “leaving them out”–only muddies Pexton’s argument. They are big on email campaigns, small on thought. Of course they live to hate bloggers like you — that’s called breathing over at MMFA HQ.)
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