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Rep. Michael Grimm Threatens an NY1 Reporter (NYT)
Footage showed Representative Michael G. Grimm physically threatening a reporter in the Capitol, shining a harsh light on the embattled Staten Island Republican in the hours after President Obama’s State of the Union address in Washington on Tuesday. Grimm can be heard telling Michael Scotto, a reporter for NY1, “I’ll break you in half” in footage broadcast by the network. Moments earlier, Grimm had walked away from an interview when Scotto began asking him questions about allegations of campaign finance violations. NY1 Grimm’s threats came at the end of a brief interview in which he discussed the president’s speech, calling the address “divisive.” Scotto then tried to ask the congressman about the ongoing federal investigation into his 2010 campaign fundraising: “And just finally before we let you go, we haven’t had a chance to talk about some of the…” Scotto began before Grimm cut him off. “I’m not speaking to you off-topic, this is only about the president,” said Grimm, before walking off camera. “So Congressman Michael Grimm does not want to talk about some of the allegations concerning his campaign finances,” Scotto said before tossing back to the station. But as the camera continued to roll, Grimm walked back up to Scotto and began speaking to him in a low voice. HuffPost Grimm explained his actions in a statement to the Huffington Post: “I was extremely annoyed because I was doing NY1 a favor by rushing to do their interview first in lieu of several other requests. The reporter knew that I was in a hurry and was only there to comment on the State of the Union, but insisted on taking a disrespectful and cheap shot at the end of the interview, because I did not have time to speak off-topic. I verbally took the reporter to task and told him off, because I expect a certain level of professionalism and respect, especially when I go out of my way to do that reporter a favor. I doubt that I am the first member of Congress to tell off a reporter, and I am sure I won’t be the last.” Politico / Dylan Byers on Media Scotto, who covers Capitol Hill for the New York-based news channel, referred a request for comment to NY1 political director Robert Hardt. “It is extremely disturbing when anyone threatens one of our reporters — let alone a U.S. Congressman,” Hardt told Politico in an email.
More Layoffs to Hit Time Inc. (WWD / Memo Pad)
Time Inc. staffers are bracing for layoffs, which could come as early as next week, WWD has learned. Word of the job cuts came last month, when Time Inc. CEO Joe Ripp told employees during a quarterly corporate meeting that the company would have to reduce costs before it spins off from parent company Time Warner in the second half of 2014. With the holidays now past, rumors are rampant within the publisher’s hallways, with several sources confirming that job cuts are expected to take place by the end of next week at the latest. NY Post / Media Ink The imminent layoffs at Time Inc. are expected to cut close to 500 people, or about 6 percent of the work force, reliable sources tell Media Ink. One source said the target date for an announcement is now Feb. 4 — although it could be sped up now that news of the cuts is beginning to leak. FishbowlNY We first learned of Time Inc.’s plans to drop staffers in late December. At the time, Time Inc. was busy looking for a new chief revenue officer, and word leaked that cuts were coming. The search for a new CRO still hasn’t been resolved, but evidently the final decision on layoffs has.
Medium, Evan Williams’ Post-Twitter Media Startup, Raises $25 Million Round (Re/code)
Medium is about to become large. The collaborative publishing startup has just closed a $25 million round of financing, the company confirmed, marking its first major funding raise since it launched a little more than a year ago. Among the multiple parties involved in the round are Google Ventures (courtesy of general partner Kevin Rose), SV Angel’s Ron Conway and a number of other investors, such as Chris Sacca and Peter Chernin.
CNN’s Jake Tapper to Interview President Obama Ahead of Fox News (THR / The Live Feed)
CNN’s Jake Tapper is sitting down with President Barack Obama for the first interview following Tuesday’s State of the Union address. The interview will air Friday, Jan. 31 on New Day, which begins at 6 a.m. ET, and during Tapper’s show later that afternoon, The Lead With Jake Tapper, at 4 p.m. ET. FishbowlDC The interview will cover issues including economy, immigration, jobs, national security and foreign policy. TVNewser On his Fox News program Tuesday, Shepard Smith revealed the real reason why anchors and correspondents like to go to D.C. for the State of the Union: the annual White House lunch. “It doesn’t matter who the president is,” Smith said. “The one thing that is constant — there is no better food on planet Earth than what comes out of that White House kitchen.”
Mashable Eliminates Editor-in-Chief Position (NY Post / Media Ink)
In the first big moves at Mashable since it took on $13.3 million in venture financing earlier this month, chief content officer Jim Roberts is shaking up the ranks. The job of editor-in-chief, held by Lance Ulanoff, has been eliminated. Ulanoff will now be chief correspondent and editor-at-large. Roberts told Media Ink that nobody will be filling the editor-in-chief job, but he said he does not regard the new job as a demotion. TechCrunch Responding to an email, Ulanoff said it’s “definitely a different role” for him. One that will be “more squarely focused [on] content creation and new storytelling methods,” including Vine, Instagram and Glass. He says he will still be involved with “helping to define the voice of the site” in his new roles.
Yahoo!’s Marissa Mayer Says Turnaround Still in Making (Adweek)
Marissa Mayer’s turnaround job at Yahoo! looks farther off with its core ad business still in retreat. The company released earnings Tuesday that showed its display ad business generated $553 million in the fourth quarter, a 6 percent drop from the year-ago period. Search revenue also dropped 4 percent to $464 million. In all, revenue of $1.26 billion was down 6 percent year over year. Revenue in 2013 overall was down 6 percent to $4.68 billion. Mayer spoke with analysts after the earnings release and suggested any upturn in Yahoo!’s business is still down the road. TechCrunch IntoNow — the second-screen app that Yahoo! bought in the spring of 2011, just 12 weeks after its launch — is being shut down by its parent company. As of last week, IntoNow was taken off the Apple App Store and Google Play, and an email sent to users notified them that the app would stop working as of March 31. For those who might have forgotten, IntoNow was one of the many second-screen TV apps that popped up in the early part of the decade, offering users the ability to “check in” to the television shows they were watching, and share their viewing habits with others on social networks that people actually used, like Facebook and Twitter.
Jim Cantore Knees A College Kid in The Groin (TVNewser)
Here’s something 20 million DirecTV customers didn’t see. Weather Channel meteorologist Jim Cantore, covering winter storm Leon from the College of Charleston, wasn’t going to let a troublemaker get in the way of his 5 p.m. live shot. Cantore saw the kid coming. The kid didn’t see where Cantore’s knee was going. TVNewser Cantore got bumped from Dan Patrick‘s show because of the Weather Channel carriage dispute with DirecTV. DirecTV owns Patrick’s show (which also airs on NBC Sports Network) and the company didn’t think it was a good idea to have on one of the Weather Channel’s biggest stars in the middle of the carriage fight.
Comcast Profits Up Sharply, Along With TV Subscribers (NYT)
Comcast, the nation’s largest cable provider and the owner of NBCUniversal, on Tuesday reported a sharp increase in profit for the fourth quarter of 2013, helped by an increase in television subscribers after six years of decline. The company added 43,000 TV subscribers, halting more than 26 quarters of losses under stiff competition from DirecTV and Verizon FiOS.
Financial Times Gives Matthew Garrahan A Major Promotion (FishbowlNY)
Matthew Garrahan, the Financial Times‘ Los Angeles correspondent, is heading east. Sometime this summer, the well-liked journalist will relocate to New York to complete his transition to the position of the paper’s global media editor. Effective Feb. 1, Garrahan will oversee the paper’s coverage of media, marketing and entertainment, managing a global team of correspondents.
Mashable Expands Into Climate Reporting (Capital New York)
Andrew Freedman, most recently a senior science writer for Climate Central, will be Mashable’s first climate, weather and environment reporter, the site said Tuesday. Mashable chief content officer and executive editor Jim Roberts told Capital that Freedman would be charged with writing about extreme weather as well as the science behind it. “It’s a hotly debated topic that has got a lot of roots in red and blue politics,” Roberts said.
January 2014 Ratings: CNN Loses More Than A Quarter of Audience (TVNewser)
Despite the changes Jeff Zucker has made at CNN over the past year, things are still fairly bleak for the network. January 2014 was CNN’s third lowest-rated month ever, with the network losing more than a quarter of its audience in both total day and primetime compared to January 2013. HuffPost CNN lost 39 percent of its total primetime audience from the same month in 2013, and 35 percent of its primetime audience in the coveted adults 25-54 demo.
Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross to Compose Gone Girl Score (GalleyCat)
Nine Inch Nails rock star Trent Reznor and musician Atticus Ross will once again join forces to compose the score for the Gone Girl movie. Reznor confirmed the news with an announcement on Twitter. In the past, Reznor and Ross worked together on two other David Fincher film projects: The Social Network (2010) and The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (2011).
Meet The 6-Year-Old Mag That Just Took The Internet by Storm (CJR / Behind The News)
Pacific Standard has had an exciting January. It’s been the magazine’s biggest traffic month ever, on track to hit 1.25 million uniques. Half of those people came to read two very different stories, one on online harassment, the other on artisanal toast and schizoaffective disorder, the success of which is all the more gratifying for a small shop located on the edge of the media world — Santa Barbara, Calif. In most industries, being based in a small, livable city where flowers bloom year-round, the Pacific Ocean is steps to the west, and forested mountains stand just to the east wouldn’t be a problem at all. In the media, it’s a challenge.
‘I See This as The Next CNN’: Jason Calacanis’ Inside.com Aims to Solve News on Mobile Devices (Nieman Journalism Lab)
In the 13-plus years since the original ahead-of-its-time Inside.com launched, it’s been part of a Steve Brill mashup, a dead domain, a planned flagship brand that didn’t happen and a dormant asset waiting to be exploited. For most of that time, tech publishing entrepreneur Jason Calacanis wanted it. He was finally able to snag it from its most recent owner, Guardian News & Media, popping up a placeholder that stayed up longer than expected. Tuesday, the placeholder came off and Inside came back in a guise few would have predicted: a mobile-first general news app and companion site based on OPJ: Other People’s Journalism.
U.S. Media Start-Up Swoops for London Venture The Kernel (London Evening Standard)
Just over six months after it was resurrected by German investors, online technology magazine The Kernel could be set to disappear once again after being swallowed up by a U.S. rival. The London-based site’s controversial founder Milo Yiannopoulos is selling The Kernel to Texas-based start-up The Daily Dot for an undisclosed sum, while also departing. The Kernel was launched in November 2011 by former Telegraph technology writer Yiannopoulos with the intention of “fix[ing] European technology journalism,” but was shut down after the company was unable to pay wages.
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