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José Díaz-Balart Named MSNBC’s 10 A.M. Host (TVNewser)
Telemundo anchor José Díaz-Balart has been named MSNBC’s 10 a.m. anchor, replacing Chris Jansing, who is leaving MSNBC to become NBC’s senior White House correspondent. HuffPost He will host his MSNBC show from Miami and take over when Jansing departs in June. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media Díaz-Balart will continue to co-anchor Telemundo’s Noticiero Telemundo and host Enfoque Con José Díaz-Balart. Ari Melber, a co-host on MSNBC’s afternoon program The Cycle, had been in the running against Díaz-Balart for the 10 a.m. slot, several sources said in recent weeks. The Associated Press MSNBC president Phil Griffin said Tuesday the deal has been in the works for some nine months. Griffin says he’s wanted to snag Díaz-Balart for years but had to find a time slot that wouldn’t conflict with the nightly news on Telemundo, which is also a division of NBC Universal. Díaz-Balart is the brother of U.S. Rep. Mario Díaz-Balart and former Rep. Lincoln Díaz-Balart. His aunt was the first wife of Cuban leader Fidel Castro. Variety Díaz-Balart began his career in 1983 and has reported historic events and interviewed major political figures for prestigious news outlets including NBC News and Telemundo. His achievements include being the first journalist to serve as news anchor on two national television networks in Spanish and English on the same day for an entire season.
NPR to End Tell Me More, Eliminate 28 Positions (NPR / The Two-Way)
NPR announced Tuesday that it would cease broadcast of the weekday program Tell Me More on Aug. 1 and eliminate 28 positions as part of a larger effort to end the company’s persistent budget deficits. FishbowlNY The cuts, in addition to earlier buyouts, are expected to save NPR about $7 million a year. Michel Martin, Tell Me More’s host, and Carline Watson, the show’s executive editor, will remain at the network. FishbowlDC Eight of the 28 positions on the chopping block are currently vacant. NYT The seven-year-old program was meant to attract African-Americans and other listeners of color. A little more than a week ago, NPR’s board adopted a strategic plan including a mandate to expand diversity and hired a new chief executive, Jarl Mohn, who promised a similar focus on appealing to more diverse audiences. Tell Me More, which reaches a weekly audience of just over a million listeners on 136 stations, needed to be carried on 300 to 400 stations to be sustainable as a stand-alone program.
Arthur Sulzberger’s First Interview About Turmoil at NYT: ‘I Would Have Done it Differently’ (Vanity Fair / VF Daily)
A week after the firing of Jill Abramson as executive editor of The New York Times, the newspaper’s publisher, Arthur Sulzberger Jr., sat down with Vanity Fair’s Sarah Ellison for an exclusive interview about the controversy. He had much to say about the coverage thus far (some of which he characterized as “lies”) — and revealed second thoughts about his own decision-making. THR Sulzberger one week ago announced to the Times newsroom that he’d fired Abramson, who had held the position since 2011, and was replacing her with managing editor Dean Baquet. Since then, various media outlets have speculated about the real reason Abramson was let go. Sulzberger, meanwhile, has been forced to fend off accusations of sexism, denying in a staff memo that Abramson, the first woman to serve as executive editor of the paper, was being paid significantly less than her predecessors. FishbowlNY This is the second time Ellison has interviewed Sulzberger for Vanity Fair; the first was for the 2010 cover story “Two Men And A Newsstand.” At the top of the interview, she notes the framed Winston Churchill quote in Sulzberger’s office is incorrect and later, ponders a strange metaphor from the 62-year-old publisher about not wanting to wait to cut off the other arm after the first arm has been chopped. New York Post Sulzberger told Vanity Fair he fired Abramson because he feared losing Baquet, which could have led to a disaster in the newsroom. Sulzberger said Abramson had lost the support of her colleagues and her attempt to recruit Janine Gibson, the U.S. editor of The Guardian, upsetting Baquet, was the last straw. HuffPost Sulzberger said of promoting Abramson in 2011 over Baquet: “Of course I would have done it differently.” Sulzberger said that a lot of what had been reported on the Times fallout “is untrue” and told Ellison that he’s “not going to let lies like this lie.”
ABC’s Diane Sawyer Secures First TV Interview With Hillary Clinton on Hard Choices (FishbowlDC)
Late Tuesday afternoon, ABC News issued a press release announcing former secretary of state Hillary Clinton‘s first one-on-one TV interview with ABC’s Diane Sawyer on her forthcoming book, Hard Choices. The interview will air as a special on June 9 at 9 p.m. Deadline Hollywood Even before that primetime special, excerpts from the interview will air that night on World News With Diane Sawyer at 6:30 p.m. Excerpts from that sit-down also will run across other ABC News programs and platforms, including Nightline, ABCNews.com, ABC News Radio, ABC NewsOne and Fusion. Then, if that’s not enough, Robin Roberts will have the first live interview with Clinton on ABC’s Good Morning America the next morning, June 10, the day Hard Choices will be released. HuffPost Publisher Simon & Schuster, a division of CBS, said Clinton’s book will offer “a candid view of what it will take for the United States to lead the world in the 21st century.” The book gives a behind-the-scenes look into Clinton’s experiences as President Barack Obama’s secretary of state, ahead of another potential White House campaign in 2016.
Netflix to Focus on Adding Exclusive, Highly Rated Content, CFO Says (THR)
Netflix is focusing on exclusive, highly rated content as the streaming service adds more programming. “Our intent is to continue to expand the content library,” CFO David Wells said at Tuesday’s J.P. Morgan Technology, Media and Telecom Conference. Variety Netflix will spend a projected $3.2 billion in 2014 on streaming content globally. The content mix will shift toward higher-rated and exclusive titles, with “a little bit less depth,” according to Wells — a tacit acknowledgement that Netflix offers a lot of material that is not popular with subscribers. It also will continue to focus on originals, like season two of Orange Is The New Black, which debuts June 6. Deadline New York The streaming company probably averages 1.8 billion viewing hours per month domestically, which is “within striking distance of the broadcast networks,” BTIG analyst Richard Greenfield said Tuesday based on the new data from Netflix and his own back-of-the-envelope calculations.
Twitter Walks Away From SoundCloud Deal (WSJ)
Twitter considered buying German music-streaming service SoundCloud, but it has backed out of the talks, according to a person familiar with the matter. The short-messaging service chose to let the deadline for exclusivity on talks pass without coming to an agreement because “the numbers didn’t add up,” the person said, without offering specifics. It is unclear which party initiated the talks. GigaOM SoundCloud recently did a financing round that valued the company at about $700 million, which would have made it a large deal for Twitter — and the latter’s stock has been under pressure lately, which has also likely made large acquisitions unappetizing. VentureBeat Rumors that Twitter was interested in buying SoundCloud first cropped up Monday, although many people wondered exactly why the company would want to do so considering its poor luck in expanding into music. SoundCloud is a self-proclaimed YouTube for streaming audio content and has evolved to become an important backbone for independent and unsigned music artists. It’s also proven useful for others, such as journalists who use it to upload interview recordings and annotate them for later reference. SocialTimes The company’s previous foray into the music space was its #Music app, which saw a 62 percent drop in usage one month after launching. Twitter shuttered the app in March of this year.
Jeff Zucker: CNN Won’t Be ‘Shamed’ Into Benghazi Coverage (Capital New York)
Monday night, CNN worldwide president Jeff Zucker gave a hint of where the network will go next now that its two-plus-month coverage of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 is subsiding. Zucker, who said the cable news audience is not growing, is looking to other programming forms to build out its viewership. TVNewser Zucker also said he won’t allow CNN to be “shamed” into covering special committee hearings on the 2012 terrorist attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya. “We’re not going to be shamed into it by others who have political beliefs that want to try to have temper tantrums to shame other news organizations into covering something,” Zucker told the New York Times’ Bill Carter at the Deadline Club awards dinner. “If it’s of real news value, we’ll cover it.”
Jezebel’s Anna Holmes Lands at Fusion, Too (Re/code)
Last month, Felix Salmon left his perch at Reuters, then re-appeared, somewhat confusingly, working on the Web for Fusion, a cable network with a multicultural, millennial target audience. Fusion has been making a series of hires to build out its digital presence, and Tuesday it announced a boss for many of them — Anna Holmes, the super-sharp writer best known for founding Jezebel, Gawker Media’s smart and popular site for women and people who like them. FishbowlNY Holmes will serve as Fusion’s editor of digital voices and storytelling. In addition to launching Jezebel, Holmes has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, The New Yorker and more. She is also a columnist for The New York Times Book Review. In 2012, Holmes won the Mirror Award — which honors excellence in media reporting — for commentary.
NBC Poised to Win 2013-14 Demo for First Time in 10 Years (Deadline Hollywood)
NBC will win the 2013-14 season in the adults 18-49 demo for the first time in a decade with a 13 percent ratings spike — the biggest year-to-year gain for any Big 4 network in nine years. Even without its 18 nights of Sochi Olympics coverage, NBC boasts it delivers the season’s biggest demo audience, topping Super Bowl-boosted Fox. NBC’s gains blanket the entire week, including double-digit year-to-year demo gains on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. Variety The addition of TV’s hottest new show, The Blacklist, to a roster that already featured broadcast’s top-rated primetime program (Sunday Night Football) and top reality show (The Voice) helped vault NBC. Prior to last year, NBC had gone nine consecutive traditional seasons (September-May) without topping any of its rivals in adults 18-49.
Charles Payne to Host FBN’s 6 P.M. Hour (TVNewser)
Fox Business is launching a new show hosted by Charles Payne in the 6 p.m. ET timeslot, FBN EVP Kevin Magee announced Tuesday. Making Money With Charles Payne will debut June 2. Payne has been an FBN contributor since the network launched in 2007. He appears frequently on both Fox News and Fox Business.
Comcast, Time Warner Cable Have Most Dissatisfied Customers (TVNewser)
As Comcast and Time Warner Cable wade through the regulatory waters on their way to a merger, a new customer satisfaction survey shows the two companies have the most dissatisfied customers among subscription TV and ISP services. The American Customer Satisfaction Index found Comcast customers give it a 60 out of 100, down 5 percent from last year, while Time Warner Cable is even worse, sitting at 56 — its lowest score to date — and down 7 percent.
ABC to Win May Sweep for First Time in 14 Years (Deadline Hollywood)
With just a few nights left to count, ABC will win its first May sweep in 14 years after finishing first in the demo on each of the final five weeks of the TV season. Stats for the final full week of the season (and the sweep) just in show ABC 20 percent ahead of CBS in the demo. ABC’s top-dog status for the fifth consecutive week continues the network’s longest winning streak in more than seven years — dating back to a six-week stretch at the start of the 2006-07 TV season.
U.A.E. Printer Stops Presses on International New York Times (Capital New York)
The International New York Times was not printed in the United Arab Emirates Tuesday, a spokesperson for the Times Company confirmed, after a local newspaper company that prints and distributes the INYT in the U.A.E. refused to print it. An email to subscribers explained that the problem arose when The Khaleej Times deemed an article “too sensitive for local printing.” The article was a report on New York University’s building of an Abu Dhabi campus using some 6,000 workers. Migrant workers, according to the report, were arrested, beaten and deported after launching a strike to protest their low wages.
Elle Taps Marie Claire Artistic Director to Replace Joe Zee (Adweek)
Elle didn’t have to look very far to find a replacement for longtime creative director Joe Zee, who is decamping for Yahoo! later this month. The Hearst glossy announced Tuesday that it has tapped Alex Gonzalez, the artistic director of Marie Claire and executive artistic director of Town & Country, to fill Zee’s role. Gonzalez, who officially takes over at Elle next month, will retain his title at Town & Country.
Q1 Earnings: Tribune Broadcasting Revenues Up 67 Percent (TVSpy)
Tribune Broadcasting revenues were $398.4 million in the first quarter of 2014, a 67 percent increase compared to the year-ago quarter. The station group reported $55.6 million in retransmission revenues for the quarter, up 88 percent from Q1 2013. Advertising revenues were $304.3 million, up 1.2 percent year-over-year.
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