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Bloomberg Admits Terminal Snooping (NYT)
Reporters at Bloomberg News were trained to use a function on the company’s financial data terminals that allowed them to view subscribers’ contact information and, in some cases, monitor login activity in order to advance news coverage, more than half a dozen former employees said. Bloomberg / Matthew Winkler Our reporters should not have access to any data considered proprietary. I am sorry they did. The error is inexcusable. Last month, we immediately changed our policy so that reporters now have no greater access to information than our customers have. Removing this access will have no effect on Bloomberg news-gathering. At no time did reporters have access to trading, portfolio, monitor, blotter or other related systems. Nor did they have access to clients’ messages to one another. BuzzFeed Executives at Bloomberg have known about journalists using the company’s terminals to spy on clients at least since September 2011 — more than a year before the practice turned into a scandal that threatens the company’s relationships with its clients. That month, Erik Schatzker, an anchor at Bloomberg TV and host of Market Makers, was reprimanded for making on-air comments about using terminal data to track the activities of at least one story subject, according to two sources with knowledge of the situation. TVNewser CNBC talked with a former Bloomberg employee who says he accessed usage information of Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke and former U.S. Treasury secretary Tim Geithner. He said he did it “just for fun” and as a way “to show how powerful” the Bloomberg terminals were. CNBC In response to queries that Bloomberg journalists had access to officials data usage, a Bloomberg spokesman said, “What you are reporting is untrue” but declined to respond when asked what specifically was inaccurate. He also would not say whether the company had investigated journalists’ access to this information.

Seth Meyers to Succeed Fallon on NBC’s Late Night (NYT)
Seth Meyers will be the next host of NBC’s Late Night, the network announced on Sunday. Meyers, the longtime head writer on Saturday Night Live and host of its “Weekend Update” segment, will succeed Jimmy Fallon, who is moving up one hour to take over NBC’s Tonight Show. B&C “We think Seth is one of the brightest, most insightful comedy writers and performers of his generation. His years at SNL‘s ‘Weekend Update’ desk, not to mention being head writer of the show for many seasons, helped him hone a topical brand of comedy that is perfect for the Late Night franchise,” said NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt. E! Online “I only have to work for Lorne [Michaels] for five more years before I pay him back for the time I totaled his car,” Meyers said in a statement. “12:30 on NBC has long been incredible real estate. I hope I can do it justice.”

Barbara Walters Announces 2014 Retirement (ABC News)
For decades, Barbara Walters has inspired millions with her groundbreaking interviews — but after 37 years with ABC News, the newscaster is announcing on The View Monday that next summer, she will retire from TV journalism. THR Rumors of Walters’ retirement first surfaced in late March in the wake of a health scare and hospital stay. (Walters fell and bumped her head at the British Ambassador’s residence days before the presidential inauguration; doctors eventually diagnosed her with chicken pox.) But the notoriously tenacious TV personality was brushing off rumors of her retirement as recently as several weeks ago. The Wrap “There’s only one Barbara Walters,” said ABC News president Ben Sherwood. “And we look forward to making her final year on television as remarkable, path-breaking and news-making as Barbara herself.” TVNewser Walters will retire from her on-camera duties at both ABC News and The View in the summer of 2014, with a number of specials leading up to her retirement, including a career retrospective, a 20 years of “10 Most Fascinating” special and an Oscars special.

Tough Times at Columbia Journalism Review As An Editor Departs, Others Laid Off (Capital New York)
In media, there are big fish and little fish. Which is why the appointment of Cyndi Stivers as editor-in-chief of AOL.com didn’t create a lot of noise about what would happen to the publication she was leaving, the Columbia Journalism Review, of which she’d served as editor-in-chief for less than two years. As news of Stivers’ hiring at the giant Web portal spread within media circles on Thursday, CJR‘s longtime executive editor, Mike Hoyt, who’d run the editorial side of the magazine for years before Stivers was hired above him in late 2011, was in the process of being laid off, Capital has learned. And he’s not the only one.

Rock Center Has Been Cancelled (TVNewser)
Rock Center with Brian Williams will finish its current run on June 21, then shut down production. “While we’re disappointed with the news, we are very proud of the hard work that the Rock Center team put into the program each week,” NBC News Group chief Pat Fili-Krushel wrote in a note to staff Friday afternoon. Rock Center was given a three-year commitment when it launched in the Fall of 2011. When it comes to a close, it will have run for 20 months. The Baltimore Sun / David Zurawik You will find no tears here for the cancellation of Rock Center. It was one of the sorriest excuses for a newsmagazine that I have seen in 30 years of reporting on network television. I wrote that as many times in as many ways as I could since its debut. From the hiring of Chelsea Clinton as special correspondent, to the quotes from Williams comparing his team to the baseball Hall of Famers in Cooperstown, never has such journalistic bankruptcy been promoted with such self-important bluster.

ABC to Live-Stream Its Shows Via App (NYT)
This week ABC will quietly revolutionize its app for iPhones and iPads with a button called “live.” Users around New York and Philadelphia will be able to live-stream all the programming from ABC’s local stations there, the first time that any major broadcaster has turned on such a technology. The functionality will be featured at ABC’s upfront presentation for advertisers on Tuesday.

Two St Louis-Based Suburban Journals Will End Print Editions (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
Lee Enterprises Inc. announced Saturday that two editions of its weekly Suburban Journals newspapers would cease print publication to focus efforts online. The Suburban Journal West and Suburban Journal South will issue their last print copies on Wednesday, leaving four weeklies continuing to publish under the Suburban Journals banner. Twenty people were laid off as a result of the closures.


On Eve of Pivotal Election, Pakistan Orders New York Times Reporter to Leave
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Pakistan’s Interior Ministry has ordered the expulsion of the Islamabad bureau chief for The New York Times on the eve of national elections, the newspaper said Friday. The Times has strongly protested the move and is seeking his reinstatement.

Facebook Is Getting Serious About Original Programming With ‘Facebook Live’ (TechCrunch)
House Of Cards proved that great, exclusive content can create loyal customers. While Facebook isn’t about to produce TV shows, it tells me that it plans to ramp up production of its “Facebook Live” original programming. Randi Zuckerberg, CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s sister, started “Facebook Live” in 2010. A website and Facebook app powered by Livestream, “Facebook Live” streams talks and offers an archive of past video clips. Users can discuss the videos in real time with other users and ask questions.

Think Tank Could Pull Event From Newseum Over Hamas Memorial (BuzzFeed)
A pro-Israel think tank in Washington is so concerned over the Newseum’s honoring of two slain Palestinian journalists with links to Hamas that they may consider pulling their annual policy summit from the venue, two top officials at the organization indicated. HuffPost / The Backstory On Monday, the Washington museum will recognize Hussam Salama and Mahmoud al-Kumi, two cameramen killed while working for Hamas-run Al-Aqsa TV, along with 82 other journalists who died in 2012.

NBC News Is Said to Pick A Woman As Its Chief (NYT)
NBC News is on the verge of naming Deborah Turness, the head of ITV News in Britain, as its next president, according to several people with knowledge of the appointment. FishbowlNY If Turness gets the nod she’ll be making history by becoming the first female president of an American network news division.

So Who’s Making Money Publishing on The Web? (Fortune)
The Web has given rise to a number of notable digital publishers serving almost everyone’s tastes, from straightforward news to guilty pleasures. For every Pulitzer-winning 10-part series on wounded war veterans, there are just as many frothy posts like the “10 funniest cat GIFs of the week.” What about earnings?

This Is What Happens When Publishers Invest in Long Stories (Fast Company / Co.Labs)
We decided to experiment with a new, super-long article format akin to “slow live blogging.” When we looked at the traffic charts, our jaws dropped. Here’s what we learned about long form stories — and why quality, not velocity, is the future of online news.

The News Media Is Even Worse Than You Think (MarketWatch)
Anyone who feels cynical about the U.S. media has been having a good few weeks. The problems aren’t as bad as they appear. They are much, much worse. And, as usual, almost everyone is focused on exactly the wrong things. The problem isn’t that the occasional journalist makes a mistake on deadline. We’re human, folks. The problem isn’t big business, or corporate control. It isn’t even the Koch brothers. If you’re a liberal, you should probably want them to blow $600 million on a loss-making newspaper company. Here are the real problems. And I don’t see any solutions.

How The New York Times Can Fight BuzzFeed And Reinvent Its Future (GigaOM)
The New York Times’ multimedia project Snow Fall was a huge success, attracting big audiences and lots of plaudits. But the paper can do even better — it can build a new business from this type of project, and change the definition of journalism in the new century.

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