Archives: December 2010
The blizzard continues to snarl travel plans, leaving a ton of people bored out of their minds in airports across the nation. It’s times like this when having something good to read (or plenty of alcohol) comes in handy, and Joe Pompeo over at The Cutline has put together a great list of long-form media writing to help.
Number one on the list, which we agree with, is the Roger Ebert profile by Chris Jones in Febuary’s Esquire. It’s an amazing piece that offers a look into the life of Ebert, who hasn’t been able to speak since his thyroid cancer surgery in 2006.
Other articles featured in Pompeo’s list include a Nick Denton article by Ben McGrath in The New Yorker and a Glenn Beck feature by Mark Leibovich in the New York Times Magazine. Give some of these articles a try if you’re looking for something to take your mind off of the holiday travel madness.
Earlier this month George Hirsch announced that he would be stepping down as Publisher of La Cucina Italiana, and today, the magazine has found his replacement: Gregory Slattery from Bauer Media Group. Slattery was the company’s Vice President and Publisher, overseeing publications like Woman’s World and ID Magazine.
Hirsch improved circulation and ad revenue during his time at La Cucina, so Slattery has some big shoes to fill. To help, we’ve already forwarded him FishbowlNY’s legendary grilled cheese recipe for consideration in an upcoming issue. It’s Italian because we watch Rocky while making it.
Are you one of the many people in the city who will be hosting a New Year’s Eve party tomorrow night? Well imagine your party is going great. You’re showing off your Justin Bieber t-shirt collection and everyone is really jealous. Then, right before midnight, Dan, the guy you didn’t invite because he always ruins everything, shows up. He then proceeds to well, ruin everything, by getting wasted and vomiting in the fruit punch. The party, something you carefully planned for what seems like forever, goes from being a perfect night to a terrible one. And all because Dan showed up late and screwed everything up.
If you’re Hearst, Meredith is Dan. Keith Kelly says that Meredith Corporation, owner of such titles as Better Homes & Gardens, Fitness, and Family Circle, has now entered into the fight to gain Elle and other magazines from Hachette Filipacchi Media U.S. (HFMUS). Just last week Kelly reported a rumor that Hearst was in the lead, but now, with the supposed mid-January deadline fast approaching, Meredith appears to be interested in working out a deal. Kelly notes that Hearst could still win out, because Meredith is publicly held, so any deal will have to be approved by shareholders.
Only time will tell if Meredith’s bid to be a Dan at Hearst’s (so far) perfect party happens, so stay tuned.
As the blizzard was beginning to bear down on New York, the Giants were beginning to get crushed by the Packers. The loss dealt a serious blow to the Giants playoff chances.
But the setback, which ended at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, was the number one prime time show for week, according to the Nielsen Company.
The game had an estimated 2.3 million WNYW viewers and a 11.6 rating.
Fox’s post-game show The OT was fourth (757,000/3.8).
ESPN’s Monday Night Football, from December 20, notched a number three (780,000/3.9).
60 Minutes took second place with 950,000 watching on WCBS and a 4.7.
ABC’s traditional holiday showing of The Sound of Music had good timing of the snowstorm. The movie was fifth (747,000/3.7).
That blizzard also gave Fox 5/WNYW the 15th highest-rated program for the week for their 10 p.m. newscast on Sunday night (540,000/2.7).
A look at the rest of the Top 10 after the jump.
Judith Miller, the Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter with The New York Times, is now a contributing writer for Newsmax magazine. Miller, who turns 63 on Sunday, will focus on national security and foreign relations issues.
Her first article for Newsmax has been published in the January 2011 issue, an exclusive story about the Middle Eastern drug trade.
She spent 28 years at the Times, writing many articles about the War in Iraq. Her stories about Weapons of Mass Destruction came under fire. It was learned later that many of those pieces were either inaccurate or completely false.
Miller was also one of the reporters that famously tipped off a White House official that Valerie Plame was an undercover CIA agent.
Miller has authored a handful of books.
With the storm cleanup dragging on in New York City, Channel 2 is using their new “Mobile2″ unit to give a unique perspective of the snow-filled roads.
A WCBS reporter drives a mobile van with a camera positioned in the passenger seat. The station says Mobile2 uses state-of-the-art technology. It was first shown to viewers at the height of the storm, giving a look at the whiteout conditions.
Now, as Mayor Bloomberg is getting criticized for the slow response by the city’s Department of Sanitation, Mobile2 has been there to show the evidence.
Last night, WCBS took it a step further. With reporter Sean Hennessey at the wheel, driving through a blizzard-ravaged Carroll Gardens, Crown Heights, and Flatbush communities, he had a special guest in the backseat–Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz.
If Mobile2 wasn’t already a successful tool, this made it a winner.
As Markowitz ripped the city’s response, he could show firsthand certain side streets that were unplowed as the van moved along.
It made for a great piece of local news that undoubtedly will influence other channels going forward.
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