- TVSpy: An Ottawa newsroom is an odd place for a new Batcave, but nevertheless…
- AllTwitter: A group of experts think they can figure out if a person is psychopathic by simply reading their tweets. We hear the first tipoff is pro Flo Rida tweets.
- TVNewser: A reporter goes to great lengths to show how much water Hurricane Isaac is dumping down south.
Archives: August 2012
America got its first look at Tim Tebow in action for the Jets Sunday night. Curiosity also got the best of New Yorkers, making the NBC game, with Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth at the mic, number one. The matchup with Carolina drew an estimated 839,000 WNBC viewers with a 4.3 rating, according to Nielsen.
The Giants also performed well in the ratings, tuning up for the regular season. It was another case of the national exposure, as the G-Men hosted the Bears on CBS. The sixth-rated show of the week had 526,000 fans and a 2.7 rating.
America’s Got Talent pulled in huge numbers again, placing second and third. The competition averaged approximately 670,000 viewers and a 3.5 rating.
The season finale of HBO’s vampire series, True Blood, was fourth (602,000/3.1), while CBS’ 60 Minutes grabbed fifth place (587,000/3.0).
More from the Top 10 after the jump
Vivi Zigler has been named president of Shine 360° and Digital at Shine America, a production company owned by News Corporation. Zigler departed NBC Universal in July, but before that had been there since 1993.
“Vivi is an innovative and dynamic leader with extraordinary multiplatform experience that makes her the ideal person to lead both our Shine 360° and digital businesses,” Shine America’s CEO, Carl Fennessy, told The Hollywood Reporter. ”She has the vision and expertise to develop our brands and content into true 360-degree experiences and will add a whole new dimension to our executive team.”
“One of the things Shine believes in most is attracting the best talent on — and offscreen, and I think Vivi is a rare breed kind of talent,” added Shine America’s president, Eden Gaha.
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Time hasn’t had a publisher in place since early July, when Kim Kelleher left the magazine for Say Media. Though the search for a replacement continues, Adweek reports that a few names keep popping up:
- Leslie Picard – President of Time Inc. Branded Solutions
- Frank Wall – Publisher of Sports Illustrated
- Brendan Ripp – Publisher of Money
Sally Singer is leaving T: The New York Times Style Magazine. Singer was brought on as editor-in-chief of T in 2010, after a long run at Vogue.
“Sally’s contributions are clear to anyone who’s read the magazine during her tenure,” said Jill Abramson, executive editor of the Times, in a statement, “Gorgeous visuals, interesting stories and enterprising features — both in print and online — have been hallmarks of her stewardship. We wish her every success.”
WWD reports that there are mixed explanations regarding Singer’s departure, with some claiming she was forced out and some saying she decided to leave on her own.
Channel 13 is making preparations for a huge celebration next month, marking the 50th anniversary of the New York City public television station. But today the station pauses to remember Robert Kotlowitz, an early executive at WNET.
Kotlowitz died over the weekend at his Manhattan home, a WNET spokeswoman confirms to FishbowlNY. He was 87.
As WNET was beginning its second decade as an educational force, Kotlowitz was exiting his role as managing editor at Harper’s Magazine. In 1971, he was named the station’s first vice president of programming and broadcasting.
Kotlowitz was instrumental in launching several PBS shows, among them the MacNeil-Lehrer Report, which he got the idea for after they hosted the Watergate hearings on PBS. They debuted nationally in 1975. More recently, the broadcast has been retitled PBS Newshour.
In 1981, while WNET struggled financially, it was Kotlowitz’s idea to invest $500,000 in a British series. Brideshead Revisted would become one of television’s most successful shows in history, The New York Times writes. In 2000, the serial placed 10th on a list of the 100 Greatest British Television Programs. In 2000, Time magazine recognized Brideshead as one of the 100 Best TV Shows of All Time.
Kotlowitz, interviewed in April for WNET’s 50th anniversary, was still unsure why he joined WNET.
“I ask myself [that] over and over again, even at this late point in my life,” Kotlowitz said.
Seven years ago today, after nearly being swallowed up by Hurricane Katrina, the New Orleans area is being assaulted by Hurricane Isaac and New York reporters are on the scene.
WABC/Channel 7 had the only other local presence in the Big Easy. Reporter Jim Dolan also handled the impending fury at 11 p.m. with David Navarro (in for Bill Ritter at the Republican National Convention) and Sade Baderinwa at the anchor desk.
This week marks the one-year anniversary of Hurricane/Tropical Storm Irene hitting our area.
Peggy Noonan, everyone’s favorite wacky columnist, has a new blog. It’s fantastically titled “Peggy Noonan’s Blog,” in case the zany ideas found within the posts didn’t tip you off that it might be her.
According to the Wall Street Journal, Noonan will “write daily on a variety of political, cultural and personal subjects.”
We’re setting the over/under for number of Ronald Reagan mentions per day at 17. There are currently only 10 posts and already five references to Reagan, so that number might be way low.
The New York Times is doing its best to sweep a bit of internal controversy under the rug. A spokesperson for the paper said that Mark Mazzetti, the reporter who leaked a Maureen Dowd column to the CIA, simply made a “mistake” that “is not consistent with New York Times standards.” More from the spokesperson, via the Times:
Last August, Maureen Dowd asked Mark Mazzetti to help check a fact for her column. In the course of doing so, he sent the entire column to a C.I.A. spokeswoman shortly before her deadline. He did this without the knowledge of Ms. Dowd.
That’s it. No word on any sort of punishment for Mazzetti, no apology from Mazzetti, nothing.
We do expect Mazzetti to comment eventually, but what we’d really like to hear is what Dowd thinks of all this. We’re sure she’s got some interesting/profane thoughts on the matter.