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Diane Sawyer’s Clinton Interview Draws 6 Million Viewers (TVNewser)
According to preliminary Nielsen data, Diane Sawyer’s interview with Hillary Clinton averaged 6.079 million viewers in the 9 p.m. ET hour Monday night. Sawyer had the first interview with Clinton as the former Secretary of State began her press tour for Hard Choices, out Tuesday. FishbowlDC ABC led CBS and NBC in viewers for the hour. On top in ratings Monday night was Fox, which aired 24 and averaged 6.333 million viewers in the 9 to 10 p.m. hour. Deadline Hollywood However, the interview drew a 1.0 in the demo, finishing last in the 9 p.m. hour among the Big 4 networks. CNN Clinton also appeared on ABC’s Good Morning America Tuesday to promote her book. Hard Choices is about Clinton’s years as President Barack Obama’s first secretary of state, which she stepped away from early last year. In her ABC appearances, she honed what is likely to be her book tour message — one of a thoughtful diplomat who is prepared to reintroduce herself to voters, especially women. With her book lining the walls of booksellers nationwide, Clinton also stopped at a Barnes & Noble in Manhattan Tuesday for her first book signing of the two-week tour. NBC News While Clinton has been traveling the country doing paid speeches in recent months, this book tour will put her on a much more rigorous — and campaign-like — schedule. She will visit at least 15 different cities over the next two weeks, including Washington, Philadelphia, Seattle, Los Angeles, Kansas City and Austin. Plus, she is doing a host of television interviews to promote the book, including with NBC News, CBS News, CNN and Fox News.
NY Times Magazine Names Bill Wasik Deputy Editor (FishbowlNY)
The New York Times Magazine has added a new deputy editor — Bill Wasik. Capital New York Wasik, previously a senior editor at Wired, replaces Joel Lovell, who has moved on from his job at the magazine for a new position working on “special projects,” according to a Times spokeswoman. WWD Wasik has also published two books, And Then There’s This and Rabid. He will start his new job in July. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media Lovell, a Times Magazine veteran, had been in the running to become chief editor but was passed over for Jake Silverstein, the former editor of Texas Monthly, in March. Lauren Kern, another deputy editor, was also in the running to take over the masthead. She remains with the Magazine.
Facebook Launches Trending World Cup Hub (AllFacebook)
The 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil kicks off Thursday (June 12), and Facebook will take soccer fans through the championship game July 13 with its new Trending World Cup hub, aggregating the best content related to the tournament in one place. LostRemote Trending World Cup will allow viewers to see real-time posts from friends who are also watching matches and have shared their posts. Real-time game and score updates, data visualizations of fandom on Facebook, and posts from key figures and media outlets will also be available. Facebook has also created a campaign around Facebook Ref, who is tasked with informing users throughout the tournament. Mashable At the same time, Twitter introduced a Match timeline and World Cup timeline to make it easier for users to keep up with tweets related to the games and updates from the matches. Twitter is also bringing back hashflags, a feature first introduced in 2010. The Associated Press Social media activity during big sporting events such as the Olympics and the Super Bowl has soared in recent years and should continue as user numbers grow. In 2010, when the last World Cup took place in Johannesburg, South Africa, Facebook had just 500 million users. Now there are just that many soccer fans (people who have “liked” a team or a player) on the site, the company says.
BBC Journalists to Ballot Over Strike (BBC News)
Journalists at the BBC are to be balloted for strike action over pay. Members of the National Union of Journalists (NUJ) will vote on whether to take industrial action following a 1 percent pay offer, with pay frozen for those earning more than £50,000. The Guardian “The union has argued for a genuine alternative to the excessive payments to managers and the waste in the corporation,” said Michelle Stanistreet, general secretary of the NUJ. The ballot will run from June 20 to July 11. The ballot comes as staff at BBC News, which employs about 8,000 people, brace for cuts of about 500. Poynter / MediaWire BBC Radio also announced Tuesday that 65 jobs will be cut. Meanwhile, members of the NUJ cite a 1 percent pay raise granted to some employees this year and perks and pay for those at the top.
Bobby Ghosh Leaves Time for Quartz (FishbowlNY)
Bobby Ghosh, who took over as Time International’s editor just last year, is leaving the magazine to join Quartz as its managing editor. FishbowlDC Managing editor of Time Nancy Gibbs thanked Ghosh for his tenure with the magazine, which included a stint as a correspondent based in DC. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media Ghosh has lived and reported from all over the world, including five years as Time’s Baghdad bureau chief.
Oliver Stone Buys Novel from Edward Snowden’s Lawyer for Snowden Movie (Variety)
Oliver Stone has acquired movie rights to Time of the Octopus, a novel written by Edward Snowden’s Russian lawyer, to be used as part of his upcoming movie about Snowden. THR Stone will use Kucherena’s insights alongside journalist Luke Harding’s book The Snowden Files: the Inside Story of the World’s Most Wanted Man as the sources for the screenplay of his untitled Snowden film, with production planned to start before the end of the year. Deadline Hollywood Stone is not alone in his desire to make a Snowden film. Last month, Sony Pictures acquired film rights to Pulitzer-winning journalist Glenn Greenwald‘s upcoming book No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Surveillance State.
After 7 Months, British Hacking Case Heads to the Jury (NYT)
With one of Britain’s most riveting trials nearing its conclusion, the judge gave this reminder to the jury: “No one is so powerful they can ignore the law.” Justice John Saunders has been offering jurors detailed instructions on how they should consider each count against the defendants since he began the process of summarizing the case last week. On Tuesday, he focused on allegations that evidence was hidden. The 11 jurors are expected to retire to consider their verdict on Wednesday. THR Saunders has since Wednesday been summarizing the charges of hacking into cell phones to retrieve voice messages, bribing public officials and an alleged conspiracy to “pervert the course of justice,” recounting key arguments of the prosecution and defense. The seven defendants, charges against whom differ, include former News of the World editors Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson and Brooks’ husband Charlie.
Survey: Jon Stewart More Trusted Than MSNBC (TVNewser)
A new Brookings Institute survey on immigration and overall trust in TV news had positive findings for Fox News, and less than gratifying recognition for MSNBC. On which TV news source was trusted most to “provide accurate information about politics and current events,” Fox News ranked number one, with 25 percent selecting FNC. Of those who selected Fox, 53 percent identified as Republicans while 6 percent were Democrats. Eight percent identified The Daily Show with Jon Stewart as their most trusted source. Mediaite Among all Americans surveyed, only 5 percent identified MSNBC as their “most trusted” TV news outlet, while Fox, broadcast networks (23 percent), and CNN (21 percent) make up the top three.
The New Republic Promotes 2, Adds 1 (FishbowlDC)
The New Republic Tuesday afternoon announced two promotions and a new hire, none related to Monday’s news that editorial director Michael Schaffer is headed to Washingtonian as its fourth editor. Amanda Silverman and Linda Kinstler have been promoted to deputy editor and managing editor, respectively, and Rebecca Leber will join TNR as a staff writer. Capital New York Silverman began as a reporter-researcher for TNR in 2009, and returned in 2012. Leber previously covered politics and climate issues for ThinkProgress. She will work on the forthcoming politics and policy vertical being spearheaded by senior editor Jonathan Cohn.
Marc Lavallee is NYT’s New Head of Interactive News Technology (Poynter / MediaWire)
Marc Lavallee is the The New York Times’ new head of interactive news technology, according to a memo sent to staffers. He was previously deputy editor of interactive news. This is the one of roles Aron Pilhofer held at the Times before he left for the Guardian, a move announced last month.
Ross Levinsohn Departs Guggenheim Digital Media (Re/code)
Well-known Internet exec Ross Levinsohn has left his latest gig as CEO of Guggenheim Digital Media. The former interim CEO of Yahoo, who also was president of News Corp.’s Fox Interactive Group, joined the investment firm in January last year, focused on investing in digital properties and also overseeing Prometheus Global Media publications such as The Hollywood Reporter, Billboard and Adweek.
Sky Sports To Launch Euro Soccer Channel (THR)
Sky Sports, the sports arm of British pay TV satellite giant BSkyB, in which Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. owns a stake, has announced the launch of a dedicated European soccer channel, billed as the first ever network solely devoted to continental soccer. Starting next season, the channel will carry up to 600 live European soccer matches including games from Spain’s La Liga, the Coppa Italia and UEFA Champions League tournament.
The Atlantic Welcomes Denise Kersten Wills and Sophie Gilbert as Senior Editors (FishbowlDC)
The Atlantic Tuesday announced the addition of two new senior editors — Sophie Gilbert, as senior editor of the iPad app The Atlantic Weekly, and Denise Kersten Wills, as senior editor of the magazine. Gilbert was most recently the arts editor at Washingtonian and has written for The Washington Post, The New Republic, and Slate. Wills joins The Atlantic from Politico magazine — which she helped launch in late 2013 — serving as a senior editor.
Fortune Magazine Triples Amount of Online Content Even as Time Inc. Cuts Costs (Poynter / MediaWire)
As the newly standalone Time Inc. looks to cut costs by 25 percent, Fortune and Money have made 31 hires in recent months with one clear editorial strategy in mind: Publish more articles. Fortune is tripling the amount of content it publishes — up to 90 pieces per day. Money, meanwhile, is publishing about 20 to 30 pieces of content per day, the same amount it used to publish in an entire month.
Newsmax Secures Dish TV Distribution (Politico / Dylan Byers on Media)
Newsmax Media announced on Tuesday it has reached a distribution agreement with Dish TV for its new channel Newsmax TV. The announcement came a couple of weeks after the conservative news site announced it was launching its cable channel initially in a deal with DirecTV.
What would the title of your memoir be?
summergory Summer Year Round~
nicolerusso Mine would be “Will Work For Food: Tales of a Foodie Flack”
bmtwright The Wright Stuff
senorborge It’s going to be ‘It’s Too Hot for Pants’
leilarahimiCSN “Sports, Whiskey and Queso.”
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