Archives: August 2012
The management of WLNY is heading into the holiday weekend on cloud nine. It’s the upshot of an unusual event last night. WLNY-TV 10/55 had the highest rated prime time show in New York. WLNY aired the Channel 2 prime time lineup because the Jets preseason game was broadcast on sister station WCBS.
Big Brother gave WLNY the one night of ratings glory, tops among adults 25 to 54 (2.1/5) and adults 18-49 (2.0/6).
“It’s extremely gratifying to be able to shift CBS prime time over to WLNY for one night and not skip a beat,” WCBS president and general manager, Peter Dunn, says. ”Prior to our acquisition of WLNY [in April], we would move CBS prime time programming to late night whenever we had a Jets preseason game… It’s a big win for our viewers across the tri-state area.”
Last night’s episode of Big Brother on WLNY retained 100 percent of the Thursday average on WCBS this summer among adults 25 to 54.
The Jets vs. Eagles was the second-highest rated program for the night (1.6 rating in adults 25-54). WCBS sports anchor Otis Livingston was the sideline reporter.
Here’s a look at what FishbowlNY stories made the most buzz this week.
- New York Times reporter Leaks Maureen Dowd Column to CIA, August 28
- Cover Battle: The New Yorker or Vice, August 30
- New York Live Makes Another Programming Switch to 12:30 p.m.; Jane Hanson (left) to Exit Show Friday, August 27
- News Corp. Either Loves Obama or Really Hates Romney, August 23
- Bloomberg Insider Calls Reagan a ‘Socialist,’ Waits for Republicans to Burn Convention to the Ground, August 28
- Weekend Weathercaster Domenica Davis Out at WNBC; Steve Villaneuva Bolts WPIX to Fill Slot, August 24
- Howard Stern Marks 30th Anniversary of New York Debut at WNBC, August 30
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Who’s ready for more Newsweek news! Yay! Yay? Anyway, we know it’s the afternoon before a long weekend, but check this out: All the press (read: attacks) Newsweek got about its Niall Ferguson cover story paid off in terms of website traffic.
According to an internal memo from Tina Brown, August was a record setting month for Newsweek/The Daily Beast. The site “will close out [the month] at over 15 million uniques / 118 million page views.” The print side did well too — with ad sales up 22 percent compared to last August.
With these numbers, you can all safely assume there will be plenty more crazy Newsweek stories in the future. Brown’s full note is after the jump.
Are you interested in things that are ‘hard, fast, and shiny?” If spaceships and supercars are your thing, you might think about pitching to Popular Science. This mag is freelancer-friendly (75 percent of its content is written by freelancers!) and is always looking for news from around the corner. After all, their motto is, “the future now.”
“The one central tenet of our magazine is that it’s a really relentlessly optimistic magazine,” said editor-in-chief Jacob Ward. “We believe that technology and science are gonna make the future better than it is today.” So, if you’ve got a scoop on the next innovation that will save us from the apocalypse, better pitch it before anyone else does.
A few changes at Newsweek/The Daily Beast today. According to a memo from Tina Brown, David Freedlander is joining as senior political correspondent, Winston Ross is now a national correspondent and Adam Auriemma has been promoted to senior editor.
Freedlander comes to Newsweek/The Daily Beast from The New York Observer, where he oversaw Politicker and wrote features. Ross has been contributing to Newsweek since 2002 and Auriemma has been homepage editor since 2009.
The full note from Brown is after the jump.
The major networks were ready to go with the closing of the Republican National Convention. The main attraction of the night, and the week, was Mitt Romney‘s acceptance speech to the nation.
Romney hit the podium just after 10:30, as WNYW/Channel 5 and WPIX/Channel 11 were well into their 10 p.m. broadcasts. WWOR/Channel 9 typically ends its newscast at 10:35.
Even though Romney was live over the air at NBC, CBS, and ABC, there were other outlets that carried Romney’s big moment.
Starting on Channel 5, anchors Greg Kelly and Dari Alexander, using the Fox News feed, suspended regular news programming for Romney. When the GOP nominee concluded at 11:15 p.m., Kelly and Alexander stuck around for an additional 15 minutes to give viewers sports (with Ryan Asselta) and weather (with Nick Gregory).
“11:27, a little bit late for the 10 o’clock news,” Kelly says. “But it was a lot of fun.”
“It certainly was,” Alexander added. “An eventful night. So have a great night, and we’ll see you tomorrow.”
Playboy has hired Neville Wakefield as a consultant on marketing projects, according to WWD. Rumors that Wakefield was going to be part of a Playboy rebranding are apparently untrue; a spokesperson told WWD no changes are being planned.
Wakefield is a curator, writer and photographer. His work has appeared in publications such as W and Acne Paper.
Yinka Adegoke has been named deputy editor of Billboard magazine. Adegoke comes to Billboard from Reuters, where he served as senior media correspondent since 2006.
“Yinka is one of the top entertainment business journalists and thinkers in the industry today,” said Bill Werde, Billboard’s editorial director, in a statement. “I’m thrilled to bring him on to lead Billboard’s world-class team of reporters. The hire of Yinka shows yet again that Billboard is a brand that invests in talent to serve our readers.”
Adegoke begins at Billboard September 17.
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