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Alec Baldwin’s Show Will Not Return to MSNBC (TVNewser)
Alec Baldwin‘s Friday night show Up Late has been pulled from MSNBC. The network and Baldwin’s representative Matthew Hiltzik released a short statement: “We are jointly confirming that Up Late will not continue on MSNBC.” An MSNBC spokesperson adds, “This is a mutual parting and we wish Alec all the best.” NY Post / Page Six Baldwin was suspended — supposedly for two weeks — after he screamed at a Post photographer, calling him a “c*cksucking f*ggot.” The 30 Rock star was supposed to resume his weekly show Friday. But his latest rant, which drew fire from gay-rights organizations, gave the NBC Universal bosses a great excuse to cancel a show that wasn’t working anyway, after just four episodes. Gothamist “Martin Bashir’s on the air, and he made his comment on the air!” Baldwin said to Gothamist. “I dispute half the comment I made… if I called him ‘c*cksucking maggot’ or a ‘c*cksucking motherf*cker’… ‘f*ggot’ is not the word that came out of my mouth. That I know.” TVNewser As for Bashir, he is off for the week on a “pre-planned vacation.” New York Daily News Behind the scenes, there were clashes between staffers on the show and the anger-prone actor. “Both sides seemed to not be able to work with each other,” an insider said. “He told them he didn’t want to work on the show, and they said well, we don’t want you working on it,” a source close to the situation said.
Lara Logan Takes Leave of Absence From CBS (TVNewser)
Lara Logan, the correspondent on the discredited Benghazi 60 Minutes story, will be taking a leave of absence from the program in the wake of the release of an internal report on the matter. In an email to staff, obtained by TVNewser, CBS News chairman Jeff Fager writes, “I have asked Lara Logan, who has distinguished herself and has put herself in harm’s way many times in the course of covering stories for us, to take a leave of absence, which she has agreed to do.” HuffPost / The Backstory “When faced with a such an error, we must use it as an opportunity to make our broadcast even stronger,” Fager wrote. “We are making adjustments at 60 Minutes to reduce the chances of it happening again.” NYT CBS did not specify the length of the leave of absence for its two staff members, nor whether they would continue to be paid. In general, television correspondents do not lose salary unless they are suspended. HuffPost / The Backstory Logan stepped down from hosting the annual press freedom awards dinner hosted by the Committee to Protect Journalists on Tuesday night. “Given the circumstances, Lara Logan did not want the fact that she was hosting the dinner to take attention away from our award winners,” CPJ chair Sandy Rowe said through a spokesperson. CJR / The United States Project CBS and 60 Minutes have compounded the original mistake by scrubbing their digital files of the retracted segment. A press release issued by the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) called the news organization’s handling of the error “a case study in how not to correct an inaccurate report in the digital age.”
Agencies Ordered to Pay $1.2 Million for Photographs Taken From Twitter (The Guardian / Greenslade Blog)
A U.S. jury has ordered two agencies — Agence France-Presse (AFP) and Getty Images — to pay a total of $1.2 million for photographs they acquired through Twitter. The case is one of the first to address how images that individuals make available to the public through social media can be used by third parties for commercial purposes. And it could well prove to be a landmark decision, though the judgment in favor of freelance photographer Daniel Morel is open to appeal. AllTwitter This ruling brings the question of who owns what on Twitter. It sets a precedent that the original creator of photos (and possibly other multimedia) actually owns them, and must be contacted before their photos are taken off Twitter and published — despite the fact that they were first published on the very public forum that is Twitter. SocialTimes In an era where 24-hour news has become a minute-by-minute breakdown of every excruciating detail, the issue of copyright attribution has felt rather murky. This decision has brought the issue into sparkling clarity. As much as speed is of the essence in modern reporting, old school research and image attribution is still important.
Barnes & Noble’s Nook Sees 32 Percent Decline in Business (AppNewser)
It seems like Barnes & Noble’s Nook is performing as poorly as expected. The book retailer announced its second quarter financial results which showed major declines from last year’s sales — $109 million compared to last year’s $160 million in the quarter ending in October. GalleyCat Barnes & Noble retail segment, which includes sales from bookstores and BN.com businesses, reported $921 million in revenues for the quarter, down 7.5 percent from last year. NYT The losses for Barnes & Noble, in the second quarter of its 2014 fiscal year, came near the end of a disappointing year for the publishing industry, one that passed without a blockbuster hit like The Hunger Games and Fifty Shades of Grey, which lifted sales in 2012.
NYT Co CEO Says Chinese-Language Site Under Review (Reuters)
New York Times Co CEO Mark Thompson said the publisher is going to keep all its money losing operations under review — including those in China — as he seeks to negotiate the newspaper’s increasing shift towards a digital landscape. The New York Times Chinese-language website has been blocked in China ever since it published an article in October 2012 about the family wealth of Wen Jiabao, the former premier.
A $400 Million Deal May Be A Hard Sell for Forbes (NY Post / Media Ink)
Forbes Media will have a tough time meeting its avowed goal of selling itself for $400 million, industry observers tell Media Ink. “There is no frontrunner,” according to one insider, who said there are probably 10 to 15 players kicking the tires. If it gets sold, the best guess is that it will go to a wealthy overseas buyer, attracted by the magazine with the motto “The Capitalist Tool,” or a wealthy vanity player along the lines of Jeff Bezos, who bought The Washington Post for $250 million, and John Henry, the new owner of the Boston Globe.
The World’s Most Expensive Book Just Sold for More Than $14 Million (Business Insider)
The first book printed in what is today the United States of America sold for more than $14 million at auction in New York Tuesday, Sotheby’s said, becoming the world’s most expensive book. The translation of Biblical psalms The Bay Psalm Book was printed by Puritan settlers in Cambridge, Mass. in 1640 and was sold at a one-lot auction by Sotheby’s.
Female Viewers Flock to Piers Morgan, Anderson Cooper (Variety)
Piers Morgan’s CNN program isn’t the most watched among the nation’s three big cable-news outlets, but it does have something many of the primetime shows in this niche don’t: a greater concentration of female viewers. Piers Morgan Live has an audience that is roughly 56.4 percent female — a greater percentage of women than all of the regularly running primetime programs on Fox News Channel, MSNBC and CNN, according to an analysis of Nielsen ratings.
Oregon Newspaper Chain Will No Longer Provide Health Insurance (JimRomenesko.com)
Bend, Ore. Bulletin parent Western Communications told employees Monday that it can no longer afford to provide health benefits and that the company-sponsored insurance plan will end on Jan. 1. Western owns six papers in Oregon and two in California. The 28,000-circulation Bulletin is its flagship paper.
Mail Online to Launch in Australia (The Guardian / Greenslade Blog)
The Daily Mail is to launch an online operation in Australia in January 2014. The newspaper has gone into partnership with Mi9, the digital media company owned by Nine Entertainment. Mail Online will provide original Australian content alongside ninemsn, a joint venture between Nine and Microsoft.
Larry King: Talk Radio Full of ‘Yelling Idiots’ (Politico)
Larry King is lamenting the current state of talk radio, a format that dominated the earlier years of his broadcasting career. King said in an interview with comedian and podcast host Marc Maron that he was “the beginning of talk radio” thanks to his national show on the Mutual Broadcasting System beginning in 1978, but added that he’s not a fan of what it’s become. “It became a soap box,” said King. “Screaming, yelling idiots.”
Goldieblox And The Three MCs (Waxy.org)
Everyone thinks they know how copyright works, and everyone’s usually wrong. Who can blame them? It’s often counterintuitive, inconsistent, and riddled with grey areas and edge cases. And no area of copyright law is more confusing than fair use, deliberately designed to be judged in court on a case-by-case basis without any “bright line” tests to guide the way. So, how does that play out in Goldieblox v. Beastie Boys?
The License That Rules The Web Just Got A Major Update (The Atlantic)
A new version of the Creative Commons license came out Tuesday. It’s the fourth iteration of the legal agreement, which was first released in 2002 and has since become nearly ubiquitous on the Web among digital-friendly photographers, writers, and artists.
Paul Carr Talks Why NSFW Corp. Failed, What It Almost Got Right (GigaOM)
NSFW Corp. founder Paul Carr admits he is mostly to blame for his company’s inability to raise the funds necessary to keep going, but also says the site pioneered some features that are worth exploring.
Digital Media Vets Ponder The Future (Digiday)
The only one telling the truth about the future of media is the one who professes to have no idea. That’s because things change too quickly. Still, it’s best to consult those who have been through the ups and downs of the media industry as it has shifted from the analog to the digital era. We asked Jason Krebs, who runs sales at Maker Studios and is a longtime Internet sales executive, to lead a discussion on where the media world is going.
Do you still buy/subscribe to newspapers?
SocialiteMS They are still in print?
Caitlin Rose I am in awe of all the goes into print news and good writing, so I continue to support it.
Nicole Neroulias Gupte Yes. Online reading is fine if you know what you are looking for, but print is better for serious browsing without going down a social media rabbit hole
Theresa Novak I still work for one, so thank you to everyone who said yes.
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