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Carson Daly Joins Today Show (TVNewser)
Carson Daly is joining the Today show as the host of what NBC calls a first-of-its-kind digital studio, dubbed the Orange Room. Daly will continue to host The Voice, and NBC’s New Year’s Eve special, but is giving up Last Call as NBC decides the fate of that late, late show. Daly has also signed a first-look development deal with NBC for scripted and alternative programs under his Daly Productions banner. Reuters Today is revamping its show as it tries to retake the ratings lead it held for decades, adding Daly and a new set to lure back viewers. The hub of the show will be a new set, which features a desk area for hosts that can rotate 360 degrees, state-of-the-art weather screens for Roker, bright orange couches, and Daly’s new digital set, which will allow him to chat with guests after they appear on the main set. Today.com “When I got the call about being permanently on Today and launching the Orange Room, it was like a dream come true,” Daly told us earlier this week. “You know that scene in Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, where Charlie peels back the wrapper and finds the golden ticket? I felt like I got the golden ticket.” FishbowlNY Shama Hussain, who recently moved over from New York magazine to NBC News as social media communications manager, was all over the Orange news Thursday morning.
Twitter Files for IPO (AllTwitter)
Would you buy shares in Twitter? Well, pretty soon you’re going to have the opportunity, as the company has submitted a form to the Securities and Exchange Commission for a planned Initial Public Offering (IPO). AppNewser The company broke the news a simple tweet that was retweeted well-over 4,000 times in 20 minutes. Then, it added: “Now, back to work.” GigaOM Twitter’s note that this is a confidential filing means the company’s annual revenue is less than $1 billion. Sources familiar with Twitter’s thinking tell us the company has recently received bids from hedge funds offering to buy shares in the company from employees and investors for between $26 and $28 a share, which would value Twitter at $14 billion. TechCrunch Facebook’s IPO, for comparison, valued the social giant at around $100 billion on the day of its flotation. The irony here is that Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg Wednesday at Disrupt told the world that it should not be afraid of going public.
Fox News’ Shep Smith Moves to Managing Editor, Out at 7 P.M. (Politico / Dylan Byers on Media)
Shepard Smith has been promoted to managing editor at Fox News but will lose his 7 p.m. anchoring duties, the network announced on Thursday. Smith will now oversee a breaking news team whose special reports will be featured as break-ins on Fox News programming. He will continue anchoring his weekday 3 p.m. program, which will be relaunched as Shepard Smith Reporting. TVNewser In addition to the 3 p.m. hour, Smith, who made his name with breaking news coverage, will now be the breaking news anchor for other Fox News programs. His new role will include a new studio, known as The Fox News Deck. TVNewser Smith met with several networks over the past few months as his three-year deal with Fox News was coming due. MSNBC president Phil Griffin said he’d hire Smith, if given the chance. FNC chairman and CEO Roger Ailes was already trying to accommodate another of his stars — Megyn Kelly — who wanted a higher profile in primetime. Ailes was also trying to devise a way of bringing TV news into the 21st Century.
CBS’ Julie Chen Says Eyelid Surgery Saved Her Career (NY Mag / The Cut)
During a discussion of plastic surgery trends on The Talk, longtime news journalist Julie Chen showed before and after pictures from the eyelid surgery she got early in her career to give her a Caucasian-style double eyelid. She says she did it at the behest of media honchos who advised that she could not succeed with Asian eyes. TVNewser When Chen was a local news reporter in Ohio she asked the news director if she could fill in as an anchor. Chen says the news director told her, “You will never be on this anchor desk, because you’re Chinese.” Jezebel Chen’s co-anchor Sheryl Underwood was quick to make it clear to Chen that she “didn’t give in to ‘the man.’ Because you didn’t know about giving in to ‘the man,’” implying that Chen couldn’t truly know about racial pressures because she’s not black. Sharon Osbourne, the queen of plastic surgery, agreed.
Madison Square Garden to Sell Fuse Cable TV Network (Ad Age / Media News)
Madison Square Garden Co., the sports and entertainment company that owns the namesake arena in Manhattan, is looking to sell its music-TV channel Fuse. “We have been approached by certain parties expressing interest in Fuse and have retained JPMorgan to explore all strategic alternatives,” the company said Thursday in an emailed statement.
Future of Daily Beast in Doubt, Decision in October (TheWrap)
Barry Diller promised Daily Beast staffers that “we will come to a conclusion (on the future of a Tina Brown-less site) by the first week in October,” according to an internal memo Thursday obtained by TheWrap. NYT Brown, the veteran editor who announced on Wednesday that she is departing The Daily Beast and magazine journalism, has struck a deal to write a memoir, she said in an interview on Thursday. The book, titled Media Beast, will chronicle her career in magazines, from her early days at Tatler in London on through her stewardship of Vanity Fair, her reinvention of The New Yorker and her exit from The Daily Beast Web site.
Rick Stengel to Leave Time for U.S. State Department (Capital New York)
Richard Stengel, the top editor of Time magazine for the past seven years, is planning to step down as managing editor for a new job at the U.S. Department of State, sources familiar with the situation tell Capital New York and Politico. Stengel’s looming exit is the latest sign of disruption at a venerable publisher that has been grappling with leadership changes and financial hardships. NYT Stengel succeeds Tara Sonenshine, who held the post with Secretaries of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and John Kerry before leaving in July. Before that, the position was occupied by Judith A. McHale, a former chief executive of Discovery Communications, who worked under Clinton and left the position in 2011. FishbowlNY Nancy Gibbs, Time’s deputy managing editor, is expected to succeed Stengel.
Media Shield Act Moves on to The Full Senate (The Washington Post / National Security)
A Senate panel on Thursday backed legislation that would offer protections to a broad variety of journalists who do not want to divulge their confidential sources of information. The key point of debate over the bill, which was advanced by the Senate Judiciary Committee by a 13 to five vote, had been the definition of a journalist. TechDirt There have been debates on setting up a special journalist shield law for many years, and every time it comes up it leads to something problematic, as various supporters suddenly want to narrowly define what a journalist is, often in a manner that carves out new forms of media.
MSN.com Says Its Freelance Budget ‘Has Gone Away Entirely’ (JimRomenesko.com)
MSN.com has said farewell to its daily bloggers, columnists and features writers. Its freelance budget “is at $0 for the remainder of the fiscal year.” A reader writes: “They’re also, apparently, laying many people off. I say this because I was just laid off from MSN News (news.msn.com).”
Jim Impoco Named Newsweek’s Editor-in-Chief (HuffPost)
Jim Impoco has been named editor-in-chief of Newsweek, the publication’s parent company IBT Media announced Thursday. Impoco comes to the position from Thomson Reuters, where he was a enterprise editor and executive editor for Thomson Reuters Digital for four years. “I am honored to be a part of the IBT Media team and look forward to revitalizing one of the most iconic media brands in history,” Impoco said in a statement announcing the news. FishbowlNY Prior to his time at Reuters, Impoco worked for Condé Nast Portfolio, The New York Times, Fortune and U.S. News & World Report.
Maxim Sold to Darden Media Group (Adweek)
Maxim, the lifestyle title that once defined men’s magazines in the U.S., has found a buyer in Darden Media Group. Darden agreed to buy the whole Maxim portfolio, which includes the 2 million-circulation print product and its 15 international editions, as well as events and digital extensions. The deal is expected to close by the fourth quarter of this year.
The Story Behind the Putin Op-Ed Article (NYT / Public Editor’s Journal)
The Times editorial department was approached Wednesday by an American public relations firm that represents Russian President Vladimir V. Putin, offering the piece. Also on Wednesday, Putin’s spokesman, in the course of an interview about Syria, mentioned to the Times’ Moscow bureau chief Steven Lee Myers that an article was in the works. Editorial page editor Andrew Rosenthal agreed to review the article and quickly decided to publish it. It was posted on the Times website by Wednesday evening. BuzzFeed / World A public relations firm responsible for placing a controversial op-ed under Putin’s byline in The New York Times on Wednesday says that Putin wrote the piece himself. “The opinion piece was written by President Putin and submitted to The New York Times on his behalf by Ketchum for their consideration,” a spokesperson for Ketchum said in an email to BuzzFeed on Thursday. Poynter / MediaWire The Washington Post‘s Max Fisher annotates Putin’s now-famous op-ed for the Times. By my count, Fisher’s post contains 992 words of the 1,074 that ran under the Russian president’s byline. One of the four “beans on the scale” when deciding if something falls under fair use doctrine is the “amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole.” FishbowlNY We like to imagine Rosenthal sent Putin’s team an email promising Putin exposure via a byline, but no payment.
Salt Lake Tribune Changes Leadership, Reduces Staff by Nearly 20 Percent (Salt Lake Tribune)
Salt Lake Tribune editor Nancy Conway, a passionate advocate for open records and government accountability, announced Thursday to the newsroom staff that publisher William Dean Singleton is stepping down and that she and editorial page editor Vern Anderson are retiring at the end of September. The retirements are part of a major restructure of the Tribune news operation, which will include laying off 17 full-time and two part-time employees.
Riptide’s White, Male History of Journalism (CJR / Minority Reports)
There’s a concept in psychology called “inattentional blindness.” In study after study, if people are focused on one task, they will literally not see something else right in front of them — like someone in a gorilla suit beating her chest in the middle of a group of people who are throwing a ball around. I wonder if inattentional blindness is what happened with the Riptide project. LinkedIn / Rachel Sklar The words “women” “gender” “hispanic” “diversity” “minorities” “Latino” and “African-American” are not included in the report. After the predictable blowback about Riptide’s lack of diversity (predictable to anyone who is conscious of diversity issues, that is), the authors doubled down on their choices in a blog post, saying that they’d “sought to interview many of the key people” in the institutions key to their story, and “at that time, they were, regrettably, overwhelmingly white and male.”
How NowThis News Handles Multi-Platform Corrections (Poynter / Regret The Error)
Not long after the Newtown shootings last December, Ed O’Keefe was in the NowThis News newsroom when a Facebook profile some claimed to be the shooter’s circulated on social media and via some news organizations. The profile was Ryan Lanza’s; the gunman turned out to be his brother, Adam Lanza. “I remember very distinctly standing up in the newsroom and saying something doesn’t smell right,” O’Keefe told me in a recent phone interview.
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