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Good Times Ahead at The Washington Times: Paper Expects First Profitable Year Ever

Good news over at The Washington Times. The paper is expecting to turn a profit next year for the first time since it was founded in 1982.

“We’re on course to erase what in 2012 was a $25 million annual loss,” Larry Beasley, president and CEO of The Washington Times said in a statement. “In 2012, monthly losses averaged $2.1 million. By the end of this year, monthly losses are expected to be in the low six figures. Starting next spring or summer, we expect to be profitable because of continued revenue growth and some more belt-tightening.”

The Times attributes much of the good news to its website—which has seen its number of unique monthly visits jump 35 percent to 9.2 million per month from 6.8 million in 2012.

“The Times will continue to publish its print editions while increasing the number of its digital products,” John Solomon, editor and vice president for content and business development, said in a statement. “The Times used to be a newspaper with a web site. Today it’s a multimedia company with an influential print newspaper that’s read and distributed on Capitol Hill and elsewhere.”

Of course, the paper has had to make some tough business decisions to get on a more sustainable path. According to Beasily, The Times‘ national weekly edition has outsourced its customer service operations and the daily print edition of the paper has had to increase its subscription prices in order to boost its revenue.

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Morning Reading List 10.30.09

CBS’ Mark Knoller tweets this pic this morning: “Trick or Treat. Gremlins, goblins and Knoller. (Mark o’ Lantern by Fernando Suarez, CBS News).”

Some more Washingtonian’s Halloween costumes, including Fox’s Greta van Susteren: “I had planned on going as either Anderson Cooper or Glenn Beck. As for my husband, John? He was planning on going as Sally Quinn.” We’d like to see that!

Good morning FishbowlDC! What we know and what we’re reading this Friday morning before Halloween…

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NEWSPAPERS

WSJ is closing its Boston office.

Boston Globe publisher P. Steven Ainsley is retiring.

TV

A Pew Research study find that “Fox News Channel is viewed by Americans in more ideological terms than other television news networks” (mostly conservative). CNN, MSNBC and NBC were found to be perceived as “mostly liberal.” Numbers here.

TVNewser takes a look at cable ratings post-election: Neither HLN nor Fox News has seen near the drop-off year-to-year that the other two networks have. CNBC has also seen audiences shrink compared to last October, when so much public attention was placed on the financial crisis.

Bloomberg TV debuts the new series “Innovators” tomorrow night at 9pmET and 11pmET.

BBC is cutting jobs.

ONLINE

Vote for HuffPost Game ChangersKatie Couric? Henry Louis Gates, Jr.? Tina Brown?

Actor Woody Harrelson is in town- check him out today on CBS’ daily webcast “Washington Unplugged” at 12:30pm.

MAGAZINES

Time mag is expected to eliminate more jobs.

NEWS NOTES

WaPo: Yes, journalists deserve subsidies too.

More DC lists, more media on DC lists.

WEST WING REPORTAGE

Daily Finance: Fox News ‘truce’ with White House is no victory for Obama.

A reporter asked White House press secretary Robert Gibbs in yesterday’s gaggle: “Is there a ceasefire in the war with Fox?” Gibbs replied simply: “I have nothing to add to that.” (h/t Politico 44)

USA Today: Steven Waldman, founder, editor and leading political blogger of Beliefnet.com, the nation’s top Internet spirituality site, is leaving for a post in the Obama administration.

HAT TIPS: mediabistro, TVNewser, Politico

Morning Reading List 10.15.09

Good morning FishbowlDC! Got a blind item, interesting link, funny note, comment, birthday, anniversary or anything of the sort for Morning Reading List? Drop us a line.

What we know and what we’re reading this rainy Thursday morning…

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NEWSPAPERS

WSJ has taken the top spot among daily newspapers, taking over USA Today.

NYT has decided not to sell the Boston Globe.

Tom Brokaw‘s op-ed in today’s WaPo: “A Peace Prize to Share.”

TV

On his radio show yesterday, MSNBC’s Joe Scarbourgh ribbed on Chuck Todd with ABC’s Jake Tapper. Scarborough: “I expect he’s going to have a Billy Ray Cyrus mullet soon” and “His body odor has gotten worse over the past ten years.” To which Tapper responded: “There’s so much body odor in the [White House] press area, I can’t tell who’s who.”

More on “Goatee Gamble” on FBDC later today.

NBC and CBS News Presidents Steve Capus and Sean McManus commented on comments their reporters Richard Engel and Lara Logan have made on the war in Afghanistan.

PBS’ Jim Lehrer seems to have an affinity for rap, or at least one of his producers does. An economist was apparently bumped from “Newshour” for a rapping economist. We don’t blame you, “Newshour.”

ONLINE

Arianna Huffington calls for Vice President Joe Biden to resign.

New venture: Michael Kinsley is launching a business site for Atlantic.

MAGAZINES

Rolling Stone‘s Obama cover won an ASME prize.

NEWS NOTES

The US military in eastern Afghanistan recently changed its media embed rules to ban pictures of troops killed in the war. (Photo District News)

And on a lighter note, Rush Limbaugh apparently isn’t going to get to buy the St. Louis Rams.

WEST WING REPORTAGE

After an appearance on CNN this weekend in which she called Fox News “a wing of the Republican party,” White House communications director Anita Dunn is on the cover of WaPo‘s Style section today.

Most interesting: “A source inside the White House, who was not authorized to speak about strategy meetings, said Dunn went out front against Fox first and foremost because it was her job, but also because it potentially gave the administration the opportunity to distance itself from the flap with the Roger Ailes-led news channel once she leaves the communications job.”

Mike Allen also fact-checks the piece in this morning’s Playbook… “UM, NO: “She advised President Bill Clinton.” Anita never worked for Bill Clinton.”

And more on Fox News vs. the White House.

AWARDS & EVENTS

Politico‘s David Rogers, Politics Daily “Capitolist” Patricia Murphy, The Hill‘s Susan Crabtree, Time‘s Jay Newton-Small, CQ‘s Greg Giroux, Cook Political Report’s Jennifer Duffy and Center for Responsive Politic’s Sheila Krumholz will be featured on panels at NPC’s Political Writing Workshop this weekend.

IN MEMORIAM

In memoriam: Nan Robertson, Pulitzer Prize-winning NYT reporter and “The Girls in the Balcony” author.

HAT TIPS: mediabistro, TVNewser, Politico, NJ‘s Wake-Up Call and Last Call!

Today’s Reading List 10.12.09

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Hope you’re enjoying a three-day Columbus Day weekend. Happy Birthday to Chris Wallace (h/t Playbook). And now, hopefully, everything you need to know in DC media today in one post…

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NEWSPAPERS

How’s M. E. Sprengelmeyer doing at with the Guadalupe County Communicator? NYT catches up with the former Rocky Mountain News Washington correspondent.

TV

Fox News vs. the White House…

Above, White House communications director Anita Dunna again commented on Fox News, this time on CNN’s “Reliable Sources with Howard Kurtz” on Sunday. “The reality of it is that Fox often operates almost as either the research arm or the communications arm of the Republican Party,” Dunn said in the interview posted above.

NYT: “Attacking the news media is a time-honored White House tactic but to an unusual degree, the Obama administration has narrowed its sights to one specific organization, the Fox News Channel, calling it, in essence, part of the political opposition.”

In other TV news…

PBS’ “Frontline” premieres a new season tomorrow with “Obama’s War,” a documentary on the war in Afghanistan, which includes an interview with General Stanley A. McChrystal. Preview here.

ABC’s Cynthia McFadden will sit down with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in Moscow for an interview to air on “Nightline,” “GMA” and “World News Tonight” Wednesday. More dets here.

Is Lou Dobbs moving to Fox Business Channel? The CNN anchor apparently met with Roger Ailes.

Take two. People.com reports Jimmy Kimmel‘s dating a longtime staffer.

How does NBC’s Savannah Guthrie read the news on the “Today Show” set? No shoes and polka dot socks, Mike Allen revealed in Playbook this weekend.

FishbowlNY’s Amanda Ernst makes her debut on “Today.” And she gets rowdy with NBC’s Hoda Kotb.

Jamie Gangel had an exclusive with Rush Limbaugh for “Today” and NBC platforms. Part one is here and part two airs tomorrow. On the media, Limbaugh said, “I know how to yank their chain” (h/t TVNewser).

And that was CNBC’s Maria Bartiromo hosting NBC’s coverage of the Columbus Day Parade in NY today.

ONLINE

Politico on Think Progress.

HuffPost has launched a new section today on hot-button issues. “Impact” includes a widget so that readers can “plot a course of action,” if they want to donate to a cause, for example (h/t NYO).

And HuffPost notes: “Progressive bloggers were in an uproar Sunday night after a White House “adviser,” speaking on condition of anonymity, urged them to “take off their pajamas” and get serious about politics. NBC White House correspondent John Harwood relayed the quote during a segment he shot for Nightly News following a massive gay rights rally in Washington.”

CBS’ Michelle Levi made her debut in front of the camera on “Washington Unplugged” Friday. She’s one of the daily webcast’s producers.

NEWS NOTES

Richard Gere turns the camera on two of our fave Politico reporters.

And this is definitely worth a click… Fun with Photostop, President Obama and other awards, courtesy of Time, here.

AWARDS & EVENTS

Mark your calendars… CBS’ Bob Schieffer, TPM‘s Christina Bellantoni, TWT‘s Stephanie Green and Liz Glover, Roll Call‘s Shira Toeplitz, Hotline‘s Quinn McCord, Mother Jones’ David Corn, Politico‘s Chris Frates and Politics Daily’s Lynn Sweet and Melinda Henneberger are among some of the journos coming out for “Karaoke in the Capital” Wednesday, October 21st. Check back tomorrow for some dets (and trash talking).

HAT TIPS: mediabistro, TVNewser, Politico, NJ‘s Wake-Up Call and Last Call!

Morning Reading List 10.08.09

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Happy (one-day-belated) 13th birthday to Fox News Channel! What we know and what we’re reading this Thursday morning…

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NEWSPAPERS

The Chicago Sun-Times is a step closer to new publisher.

TV

CNN’s SNL “fact-check” has received some backlash.

MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann devoted an hour to his “Special Comment” on last night’s “Countdown.” Tune in here.

Just after CBS’ Lara Logan appeared on “Charlie Rose” to discuss Afghanistan and war coverage this week, Rose hosted NBC’s Richard Engel and Max Cleland, former Senator and head of the Veterans Administration, and Vietnam veteran. That show re-airs tonight at 8pm.

Logan and other CBS-ers David Martin, Byron Pitts, Scott Pelley and their producers shared stories of their experiences reporting in Afghanistan on last night’s “Evening News.” There was also a voiceover from Cami McCormick, who was injured in Afghanistan this summer. Watch here.

ONLINE

At noon today, C-SPAN will host a live webcast with Sen. Tom Harkin and guest reporters NYT‘s David Herszenhorn and The Hill‘s Jeffrey Young.

Google is also dabbling in books.

MAGAZINES

Five ways to save mags.

AWARDS & EVENTS

Steve Roberts and Cokie Roberts hosted a party at their home last night to celebrated his new book “From Every End of This Earth.” Guests included: George Stephanopoulos, Judy Woodruff, Geoge Will, Andrea Mitchell and Alan Greenspan, Charlie Cook, Rick Klein and Bill Nichols, as well as Rep. Barney Frank and Anita McBride. (h/t Click)

HAT TIPS: mediabistro, TVNewser, Politico, NJ‘s Wake-Up Call and Last Call!

Morning Reading List 10.06.09

Good morning FishbowlDC! Got a blind item, interesting link, funny note, comment, birthday, anniversary or anything of the sort for Morning Reading List? Drop us a line.

Guess who’s moving into their new office and whose desk is featured above. Hints: she’s already tweeted this pic and she’s also the only other cubicle or office space we’ve featured on FishbowlDC since taking over. Send us your guesses and get featured in tomorrow’s Morning Reading List.

John Legend will perform at the W’s millionth opening this Thursday (h/t Click‘s nightlife reporter). What we know and what we’re reading this Tuesday morning…

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NEWSPAPERS

E&P: No second bidder showed up with an offer to buy the bankrupt parent of the Chicago Sun-Times as a 5 p.m. deadline expired Monday — and another loomed as the newsroom union remained deadlocked with the sole bidder.

WaPo launched The Climate Agenda yesterday, a special report on climate change news.

TV

It’s “Supreme Court Week” on C-SPAN. To commemorate the reconvening of the court, C-SPAN has a series of specials scheduled, including interviews with all the Justices, which is a TV first. Here’s a behind the scenes video from their coverage.

Apparently Wolf Blitzer was the first to break news that David Letterman would address sex allegations– Wolf’s Twitter.

Letterman apologizes last night on the air.

And other late night hosts react to Letterman’s show.

ONLINE

HuffPost is hitting the books and The Daily Beast turns one.

MAGAZINES

Conde Nast said yesterday it plans to shutter Gourmet, parenting magazine Cookie, Elegant Bride and Modern Bride.

NEWS NOTES

International Women’s Media Foundation’s “Courage in Journalism Awards” will be held October 26th at the National Press Club. Winners here.

HAT TIPS: mediabistro, TVNewser, Politico, NJ‘s Wake-Up Call and Last Call!

Morning Reading List 09.28.09

Good morning FishbowlDC! Got a blind item, interesting link, funny note, comment, birthday, anniversary or anything of the sort for Morning Reading List? Drop us a line.

Happy Birthday to Abby Livingston (no longer with NBC News, now TV editor at The Hotline) and Scott Mulhauser, who celebrated with friends at Ulah Bistro Saturday night (dets here)! Out and about this weekend, FBDC spotted hipster Helen Thomas dining at Neyla last night. And CNN’s Suzanne Malveaux was honored as Essence Mag’s Journalist of the Year this weekend. The awards reception was held at the Regan International Trade Center and was hosted by Access Hollywood’s Shaun Robinson.

What know and what we’re reading this Monday morning…

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NEWSPAPERS

Acknowledging that NYT was late on the ACORN story in a column “Tuning In Too Late” this weekend, Clark Hoyt announced the paper had decided to “assign an editor to monitor opinion media and brief them frequently on bubbling controversies.”

Business Insider also reports that NYT will offer buyouts.

TV

Check out LAT media reporter Matea Gold on mediabistro’s Morning Media Menu today.

SNL newbie Jenny Slate marked her debut by dropping the f-bomb on air. And btw, SNL spelled it Gadhafi.

Fox News aired President Obama’s speech at the Congressional Black Caucus dinner Saturday, but MSNBC and CNN did not (h/t TVNewser).

This Thursday, beginning at 1pmET and continuing each hour through 10pmET, CNN’s Anderson Cooper will announce the Top 10 CNN Heroes of 2009 on all of the CNN networks. All Top 10 CNN Heroes will be honored at a gala at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood in November with the special airing Thanksgiving night at 9pmET/PT. The Top 10 will each be awarded $25,000, and the “CNN Hero of the Year” will receive an additional $100,000.

And sorry boys… NBC’s Amy Robach is now engaged to former “Melrose Place” stud Andrew Shue.

MAGAZINES

Time Warner will reportedly sell its magazine unit.

NEWS NOTES

Today’s WaPo Media Notes, Howard Kurtz: From war to politics to scandal, three recent articles were each based on solid reporting. But none acknowledged the elephant-in-the-room question of whose agenda was being advanced through the leaks that provided the news for the story.

IN MEMORIAM

NYT: William Safire, a speechwriter for President Richard M. Nixon and a Pulitzer Prize-winning political columnist for The New York Times who also wrote novels, books on politics, and a Malaprop’s treasury of articles on language, died Sunday. He was 79.

VF remembers Dominick Dunne.

HAT TIPS: mediabistro, TVNewser, Politico, NJ‘s Wake-Up Call and Last Call!

Morning Reading List 09.22.09

Good morning FishbowlDC! Got a blind item, interesting link, funny note, comment, birthday, anniversary or anything of the sort for Morning Reading List? Drop us a line.

Happy Birthday to CNN’s Brianna Keilar! What know and what we’re reading this Tuesday morning…

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NEWSPAPERS

Analysts say newspapers have no hit bottom (via NYT).

TV

In her new CBSNews.com show @katiecouric, the CBS Evening News anchor sat down with Fox News host Glenn Beck. Beck, who has been one of Pres. Obama’s fiercest and most vocal critics, says last year’s GOP nominee, John McCain, “would have been worse.”

MSNBC’s “Morning Joe’s” roundtables yesterday and today voiced that they thought President Obama should have done Fox News Sunday.

After her interview with Ted Kennedy, Jr., “60 Minutes” correspondent Lesley Stahl says she was “left with the impression Ted Jr. would run for public office someday.”

Five quick questions from Mediaite for Fox News’ White House correspondent Major Garrett. Spoiler: he’s a Taylor Swift fan.

ONLINE

Ask and you shall receive… NYT: Blogs are often criticized for helping to kill print media. Last week, though, the prominent political blogger Andrew Sullivan used his forum on TheAtlantic.com to tell readers to subscribe to the print edition of the magazine. It worked. Within two days after last Monday’s post, Mr. Sullivan’s appeal pulled in 75 percent of the subscriptions that the Web site draws in a typical month, the magazine’s publisher, Jay Lauf, said.

HuffPost launched a technology section yesterday- HuffPost Technology.

Larry Summers’ first blog on whitehouse.gov.

BOOKS

Page Six previews “Barack and Michelle: Portrait of an American Marriage” by Christopher Andersen, which hits shelves Tuesday. (h/t Click)

NEWS NOTES

The FCC is endorsing network neutrality.

Wedding Crashers: How did Rush Limbaugh end up at the wedding of a Hillary Clinton staffer?

WEST WING REPORTAGE

In an interview with MTP’s David Gregory this weekend, President Obama called race “catnip” to the media. Salon’s Joan Walsh examines.

HAT TIPS: mediabistro, TVNewser, Daniel Lippman

Morning Reading List 09.21.09

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The Greater Washington Fashion Chamber of Commerce toasts Kiki Ryan’s new position with Politico at the Silver Spring home of Jessica Hoy on Sunday.

Good morning FishbowlDC! Got a blind item, interesting link, funny note, comment, birthday, anniversary or anything of the sort for Morning Reading List? Drop us a line.

Happy Birthday to Kiki Ryan, on her first day at Politico with Click! What know and what we’re reading this Monday morning…

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NEWSPAPERS

WaPo interviews Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

WaPo ombudsman Andrew Alexander examines the paper’s ACORN coverage after they were flooded with angry callers prompted by Fox News’ Glenn Beck. “It’s tempting to dismiss such gimmicks. Fox News, joined by right-leaning talk radio and bloggers, often hypes stories to apocalyptic proportions while casting competitors as too liberal or too lazy to report the truth. But they’re also occasionally pumping legitimate stories. I thought that was the case with ACORN…”

TV

Tom DeLay makes his debut on “Dancing with the Stars” this fine evening.

“So you’re trying to ambush the ambusher?” Friday at the Values Voter Summit, a ThinkProgress.org staffer caught up with FNC producer Jesse Watters, known for his ambush interviews which end up on “The O’Reilly Factor.” TVNewser has the video.

NYT‘s Brian Stelter caught up with CBS’ Katie Couric, who says she’s staying in the anchor chair, and also will start hosting a weekly interview webcast on CBSNews.com, beginning tomorrow. Her first guest will be Glenn Beck.

The night after he hosts the President, David Letterman will have a second President, when Bill Clinton joins him on “The Late Show” Tuesday. Obama tapes “The Late Show” today around 4pm.

ONLINE

A study by the University of Maryland reveals, shockingly, that the vast majority of politicians’ tweets are about themselves.

MAGAZINES

Bloomberg has submitted its bid for BusinessWeek mag.

Esquire named its 75 Best People in the World- journos whos make the cut include Fox News’ Shepard Smith, CBS’ Lara Logan, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow and Pat Buchanan, NBC’s Lester Holt and Rupert Murdoch.

NEWS NOTES

Journos are losing jobs at three times the rate of average workers.

WaPo: The Federal Communications Commission’s proposal of new rules to prevent companies such as AT&T, Verizon and Comcast from deliberately blocking or slowing certain Web traffic is expected to advance with three votes out of the five-member agency, according to sources.

Reliable Source noticed a documentary film crew following Van Jones this weekend.

WEST WING REPORTAGE

The pool reported yesterday that NYT‘s Tom Friedman played a round of golf with President Obama yesterday, prompting all sorts of “the green is flat” jokes in our Twitterverse.

IN MEMORIAM

WaPo: Irving Kristol, 89, a forceful essayist, editor and university professor who became the leading architect of neoconservatism, which he called a political and intellectual movement for disaffected ex-liberals, like himself, who had been “mugged by reality,” died Friday.

HAT TIPS: mediabistro, TVNewser, Daniel Lippman

Morning Reading List 09.15.09

Good morning FishbowlDC! Got a blind item, interesting link, funny note, comment, birthday, anniversary or anything of the sort for Morning Reading List? Drop us a line.

Happy Birthday to NYT‘s Ashley Parker and former DC-er turned NY-er Adam Aigner-Treworgy! What know and what we’re reading this Tuesday morning…

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NEWSPAPERS

Two potential buyers of The Boston Globe visited the newspaper in the past couple of days, it reports.

New standards editor at NYT.

TV

“Real World”-ers are heading out of DC, but the “Real Housewives” are moving in. Yeas & Nays reports that the Bravo show is set to begin filming in DC this Friday. The full cast has not yet been released by the Examiner‘s Jeff & Kiki hear McLean socialite/supermom Mary Amons and Lynda Erkiletian, owner of The Artist Agency, have signed on.

Katie Couric will be in DC this week to receive the Fordham University Club Brien McMahon Award for Public Service. The CBS “Evening News” anchor is being honored for her work with the National Colorectal Cancer Research Alliance to fund new medical research in the disease and to promote early detection.

“Early Show” anchor Harry Smith may have swine flu, he said on the CBS show yesterday morning.

ONLINE

Google released a new-reading service called Fast Flip, which is based on Google News.

NEWS NOTES

The health care debate, including the President’s address to a joint Congress and Rep. Joe Wilson’s “you lie” remark, remained at the top of news coverage last week September 7-13th, according to Pew’s Project for Excellence in Journalism.

Tomorrow at 9am, join Hotline editor-in-chief Amy Walter, Hotline executive editor John Mercurio, Democratic Governors Association executive director Nathan Daschle and Republican Governors Association executive director Nick Ayers for Hotline’s Road to 2010- gubernatorial races program at the Watergate. RSVP here.

WEST WING REPORTAGE

Is the rumored love affair between President Obama and the mainstream media fizzling? US News & World Report‘s Washington Whispers: According to a study by researchers at George Mason and Chapman universities, 59 percent of press coverage was positive during Obama’s first 100 days in office, but then it dipped to 43 percent from May through mid-August. Especially tough on Obama was Fox News.

HAT TIPS: mediabistro, TVNewser, Daniel Lippman

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