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Archives: September 2010

Scholastic Parent & Child Magazine Honors Breast Cancer Awareness Month

sheryl crow.jpgTo mark the 25th anniversary of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Scholastic Parent & Child is dedicating its October issue to help fight the disease. The magazine will donate a portion of October subscriptions to the cause.

In addition, the October issue is an “all-pink” edition.

“…We decided to visually have pink on every page to support and increase awareness of breast cancer to our 8.1 million readers,” said Risa Crandall, publisher of Scholastic Parent & Child. “Scholastic Parent and Child is the only magazine to dedicate the entire issue to a cause, and we are thrilled to have Sheryl Crow as our cover based on her role as a mom of two children and her advocacy to bring breast cancer screening to all people.”

The special issue hits newsstands on Friday, October 1.

Did Letterman Pull Wacky Sitcom Hijinks On Oprah?

This can’t possibly be the real origins of the Letterman/Oprah feud, can it? Letterman pulled the old send-the-check-to-Oprah’s-table trick–and it worked?

You be the judge.

Who’ll Win BBC Magazines?


Across the pond, the BBC Trust has been steadily moving forward with the impending sale of its various magazines, prompting speculation over which media company will eventually scoop them up.

According to UK’s MediaWeek (not to be confused with Mediaweek), National Magazine Company and Hachette Filipacchi are two of the bigger names thought to be in the running. National Mag, owned by Hearst, publishes recognizable names like Men’s Health and Harper’s Bazaar in the UK, and Hachette Filipacchi publishes popular women-oriented magazines like Elle.

BBC Magazines include such titles as Top Gear (also a TV series), BBC Food, and 85 others.

Experts who spoke with MediaWeek felt that, on the one hand, National Magazine Company has the variety and scope to compliment BBC Magazine’s portfolio, whereas Hachette would benefit from expanding its offerings with car and food-oriented titles.

Tribune Company Bankruptcy Exit on the Horizon

A court-appointed mediator has endorsed the terms of a new agreement negotiated between the Tribune Company and two of its major lenders: Oaktree Capital Management LP and investment firm Angelo, Gordon & Co. The deal means the Tribune Company’s exit from bankruptcy protection appears imminent.

“The plan addresses two primary issues that are fundamental to a successful reorganization of Tribune,” Tribune’s chief restructuring officer Don Liebentritt said in a statement.

More from the Wall Street Journal:

Mr. Liebentritt said the plan will allow Tribune to emerge from Chapter 11 protection under the control of some of its lenders, including Oaktree and Angelo Gordon. It also establishes a trust to pursue litigation related to the second phase of Tribune’s 2007 leveraged buyout….

The settlement comes one day after a group of so-called “step-one lenders”–14 lenders owed $730 million on the first of two financing transactions in Tribune’s 2007 leveraged buyout–filed court papers urging the bankruptcy court to reject an outline of a bankruptcy-exit plan for Tribune filed earlier this month by Oaktree and Angelo Gordon.

Just A Lil’ Luck: Lucky Is Launching A Kids’ Magazine

Here’s a fun new offshoot to look forward to (or dread, if you’re a parent come holiday time): WWD is reporting that Lucky is launching a new, thrice-yearly magazine called Lucky Kids aimed squarely at kids and the parents who financially support their whims.

The magazine is due out in April, September and December of next year and is set to be polybagged to 300,000 lucky subscribers (Eh? See that?), with 50,000 newsstand copies selling for $4.99 each.

Lucky Kids is rumored to be just the beginning of the new offerings the brand has planned under its new editor in chief, Brandon Holley. Not bad for week two of a new gig.

Bloomberg Launching Government Website

bloomberg2.jpgFinancial news giant Bloomberg is about to launch an online site specifically targeting government officials and industry executives.

The Washington Post reports that the web-based government news and information venture will be called

The site is scheduled to be up and running by the start of the new year.

The report says Bloomberg will hire more than 100 people in Washington to work on the website.

Last year, Bloomberg, in an effort to consolidate the radio and TV divisions, laid off more than 100 people in their worldwide bureaus. The majority of job losses, though, took place at their New York headquarters.

The Hollywood Reporter Continues Its Hiring Spree

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One week after snatching Bill Higgins from Variety, The Hollywood Reporter has hired former Angeleno Magazine editor-in-chief Degen Pener as its new culture editor, Peter Cury as art director, and Us Weekly fashion writer Carol McColgin as its new style editor. THR also picked up David Strick as a contributing photographer.

The reinvented magazine, under Janice Min, makes its new, glossy debut on November 3.

Previously on FBLA:

  • Bill Higgins Ditches ‘Variety’ For the New and Improved ‘Hollywood Reporter’
  • The Hollywood Reporter Goes Weekly, Upmarket

  • National Journal Names David Beard Deputy Editor In Chief And Online Editor

    NationalJournal_9.29.jpgAnd the National Journal keeps on hirin.’ The latest addition to the National Journal Group is David Beard, who will take on the role of deputy editor in chief and online editor.

    His duties include overseeing the National Journal‘s websites — both subscriber-based and free — and working with its editorial team in the new digital-first National Journal newsroom.

    Beard is currently editor of, the Boston Globe‘s online home.

    Television Getting Gayer, Thanks In Part to True Blood


    HBO’s True Blood is officially the gayest show on TV, which may just be why it’s so awesome. A media study released by GLAAD revealed that the number of gay characters on television has more than doubled in the past two years, with True Blood leading the way with six LGBT characters.

    “The increase in lesbian, gay, and bisexual characters on primetime television not only reflects the shift in American culture towards greater awareness and understanding of our community, but also a new industry standard that a growing number of creators and networks are adopting,” said GLAAD President Jarrett Barrios.

    Don’t celebrate too much. LGBT characters only make up 3.9% of the characters on scripted shows. Only 1 out of 125 characters on the CBS network are gay. So things still have a ways to improve.

    ‘A Big Change’ at WPIX, News Director Bill Carey Says

    applegate5.jpgAs we reported on Monday, Jodi Applegate is set to anchor the WPIX weeknight newscasts at 10 p.m., and with that, the veteran team of Jim Watkins and Kaity Tong has been reassigned.

    News director Bill Carey told FishbowlNY that a move like this became essential.

    “It’s necessary to make a big change at Channel 11,” Carey says. “I don’t think it’s any secret that we’ve never been one, two, three or four in the ratings.”

    So now Carey, who joined WPIX in 2009, makes his biggest splash at the station. He switches the likeable tandem of Watkins and Tong for another popular personality in Applegate.

    “Jodi exemplifies a mix of characteristics that we find compelling,” Carey says. “She knows the market; she’s worked at a competitor and has a competitive fire.”

    More from Carey follows the jump.

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