AOL/Huffpost is taking a serious plunge into the video content business with their Huffington Post Streaming Network. By this summer, HPSN plans to host 12 hours of daily weekday programming. According to the New York Times, four of those twelve hours will be produced in LA. Arianna Huffington describes her vision for the new site below.
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Conservative commentator Tony Blankley passed away over the weekend due to complications from stomach cancer. He was 63. Blankley had a regular spot as the conservative voice on KCRW’s Left, Right & Center. Blankley was Newt Gingrich‘s press secretary in the early 90′s. He also spent 10 years in the California attorney general’s office as a prosecutor.
“I have been friends with Tony and his wonderful wife Lynda ever since we first met in Washington in 1993 and it was a real delight to have him join our Left, Right and Center team every week. He never failed to amaze me with his breadth of knowledge and culture, always unpredictable with his trademark wit and tailored suits. His resilience through his battle with cancer inspired us all. He was a true original and will be deeply missed.
It just wouldn’t be Thursday if The Huffington Post didn’t announce the launch of a new section. This time the latest addition to the HuffPost lineup is Huffpost Science: “a one-stop shop for the latest scientific news and opinion, [f]rom the farthest reaches of space to the tiniest cells inside our bodies,” according to Arianna Huffington, in a lengthy personalized introduction to the site.
David Freeman, whose previous gig was at CBSNews.com, will be editing the section.
Huffington’s full ode to science and her new site posted in full after the jump.
TechCrunch founder Michael Arrington certainly thinks so. Heather Harde, the “business brains” behind TechCrunch, is leaving the company she helped turn into a multi-million dollar business. Arrington, who was noisily fired by Huffington in September, contends this most recent departure at AOL is another casualty “of Arianna’s ego.” The CEO of one of AOL’s most profitable properties should’ve “been embraced and treasured,” he says on his blog, but instead had to deal “with constant verbal abuse from HuffPo execs” who “refer to her by the ‘c’ word.”
Aol needs to decide whether it exists for the benefit of stockholders, users and employees, or whether it exists for the greater glorification of Arianna Huffington. She’s waging this political power war inside of Aol against anyone who stands “against” her. But no one’s fighting back because that’s not how they see the world. Instead they just drift off, to create real value at other companies who actually value them.
Harde became TechCruch CEO in 2007, and helped broker last year’s sale of the company to AOL for $30 million. Since the acquisition, she has also served as general manager of AOL’s technology properties. Harde’s last day at the company will be December 31.
For work published on La Mesa and Poway Patch, two of thirteen SD area Patch.com hubs, Chris Stone won three first-place awards. She was the only Patch contributor so honored. Her winning entries were:
Photography, Photo Essay:
A Tribute to a Poway Hero
Padres Meet Diamondbacks (of the Future) as T-Ball Players Delight Parents
Grossmont/West Hills Pool Their Resources in Final Meets Before League Championships
In case you missed it, Fortune magazine had the inspired idea of recruiting Chelsea Handler to interview Arianna Huffington at its recent “Most Powerful Women” summit. The event took place in Laguna Niguel and, essentially, brought together two of Oprah’s most impactful media successor gals.
The full transcript is well worth the read, especially if you’re a Handler fan; this woman is just flat out hilarious. But here, for your immediate gratification, are a few FishbowlLA favorites:
- Off the top, Handler suggested that the October 3-5 event provided her with a first and only forum within which she was not embarrassed about having a personal @AOL email address.
- Huffington revealed that her NYC media company’s two “nap rooms” are nicknamed “Napquest 1” and “Napquest 2,” and that recently, she spied what looked very much like the aftermath of a menage a trois exiting one of the forty-winks pods. To which, if that was the case, she had no workplace objections.
When UCLA law professor Adam Winkler first began to promote his new book, Gunfight: The Battle over the Right to Bear Arms in America, he spoke to a booking agent about appearing on television news programs.
“So which side are you on,” the agent asked, “far-right or far-left?” Winkler explained that neither he nor his book came down hard on either side of the gun debate, to which the agent replied incredulously, “Have you ever seen a TV news show?” Nuance, it seems, doesn’t get booked on FOX or MSNBC. So without an extremist stance, Winkler’s career as a talking head was over before it began.
This anecdote was shared with guests by the author at his book party in Beverly Hills Thursday night, held at the home of his parents, Irwin and Margo Winkler, and co-hosted by Arianna Huffington and Ron and Kelly Meyer. But the history of guns in America, Winkler explained, doesn’t correspond neatly with extreme ideologies.
Veteran KCRW employee Sarah Spitz is retiring at the end of the year after nearly three decades with the public radio station. Spitz first joined KCRW as a pledge drive volunteer, and as she tells FishbowlLA, “I walked through the doors in May 1983 and never left.”
Though her official title has been publicity director since 1988, Spitz has worn a number of hats during her KCRW career. She’s a recognizable voice during pledge drives, and has left her mark on the station’s programming. Spitz founded our beloved “Left, Right & Center” in April of 1996. She recalls:
“It was originally an interview show, in which each of the panelists got to interview a person of their choice once a week from their chosen political perspective (Arianna was on the right back in those days!). But by the time May 1996 rolled around, we had FIVE Wednesdays (the original day for the original format) and we decided to try a roundtable with all panelists — which everyone loved. A new format was born; the show moved to Fridays, where a week in review belongs! LRC is nationally distributed.”
A year ago, the first Patch located within LA’s city boundaries flipped the switch in Studio City with veteran journalist Mike Szymanski (pictured) at the helm. Today, in his one-year anniversary essay, he shares an intriguing metric:
I’m not supposed to give our monthly hits in specific numbers, but suffice it to say we reach more than the population of Studio City (and when our local homeboy Justin Bieber does something like bump his car, a whole lot more people stop in to see what’s going on.)
If Arianna Huffington has not yet picked up on this clever way of rating Patch traffic, FishbowlLA thinks she should. Moving forward, each and every Patch local editor should be able to at least hit a monthly mark equal to the latest local U.S. Census stats. Think of it as readership by representation.
Michael Arrington, the founding editor of TechCrunch, has been making plenty of noise since being relieved of his duties by Arianna Huffington last week. Her reason for ousting Arrington was his new $20 million venture capitol fund, brazenly called CrunchFund, which invests in some of the same companies TechCrunch covers. AOL, who bought TechCrunch from Arrington last year, has invested approximately $10 million into the new fund.
Can you say conflict of interest? Huffington could, and promptly canned Arrington.
Arrington is trying to recast himself as a noble journalist, fighting for editorial control of his website. In a melodramatic TechCrunch blog post yesterday, demanding AOL failed to restore his editorial independence or sell the site back to him.
Media critics seem to be collectively rolling their eyes. The Business Insider writes: “This is equivalent to an employee who has been fired demanding that, if the division he just got fired from is not immediately stripped from his former boss’s control and placed back under his control, he’ll quit.” David Carr of the New York Times declares TechCrunch and AOL’s association with CrunchFund as “almost comically over the line.”