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Brian Stelter Joins CNN as Reliable Sources Host, Senior Media Correspondent (TVNewser)
New York Times media reporter — and founder of TVNewser — Brian Stelter is joining CNN as a senior media correspondent and host of Reliable Sources, the network announced Tuesday morning. “Brian has a keen understanding of this field — as both a journalist covering the industry and as an innovator,” CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker said in as statement. “I’m thrilled to welcome him to CNN to this newly broadened role.” Politico / Dylan Byers on Media The hire comes after a months-long trial period during which the network tested several different hosts to replace Howard Kurtz, who left the network earlier this year and now hosts a media criticism show at Fox News. NPR media reporter David Folkenflik and former CNN Washington bureau chief Frank Sesno were among the finalists. FishbowlDC In addition to his weekend hosting duties, Stelter will bid adieu to the Grey Lady to become CNN’s senior media correspondent, reporting daily across all the network’s platforms including CNN.com and CNNMoney.com. His first day at CNN will be Nov. 25, and his first show will air Dec. 1. FishbowlNY Stelter is often cited as one of the most talented journalists working the media beat, so this is quite a hire by CNN. Capital New York With Stelter heading to CNN, who will take over the New York Times‘ TV news beat? “No successor yet,” media editor Bruce Headlam told Capital. The move is the latest in a series of high-profile departures at the Times, which has been shedding top talent as the prestige gap narrows between establishment print media and disruptive competitors on digital and television platforms. HuffPost / The Backstory The Times has long enjoyed a position atop the media pecking order and the cachet of working at the “Paper of Record” remains both a draw for recruiting talent and keeping it. But it’s no longer the case that the Times can rely on prestige alone as talent fields competitive offers from both TV networks and also online sites that can pay significantly more money, provide greater journalistic freedom and offer multi-platform visibility — or some combination of the three. Politico The departures have brought the Times face-to-face with a harsh reality: In the new media landscape, some journalists have become their own brands with followings and reputations that are not dependent on the “aura” of the “Paper of Record.”


Washington Post Editor Defends Columnist Accused of Racism
(The Guardian)
The editor of Washington Post columnist Richard Cohen, accused of racism on Tuesday, admitted he had made a mistake in not editing the article more carefully. Cohen, a long-standing columnist for the Post, came under fire after a piece he penned about the presidential chances of Chris Christie, New Jersey’s governor, strayed into the subject of interracial marriage. Cohen wrote: “People with conventional views must repress a gag reflex when considering the mayor-elect of New York — a white man married to a black woman and with two biracial children. (Should I mention that Bill de Blasio’s wife, Chirlane McCray, used to be a lesbian?) This family represents the cultural changes that have enveloped parts — but not all — of America. To cultural conservatives, this doesn’t look like their country at all.” The Washington Post / Style The baying for Cohen’s head on the Internet quickly ensued — primarily from liberals who might otherwise consider Cohen, who has been a left-of-center presence on the newspaper’s op-ed page for a generation, one of their own. “I don’t understand it,” said the columnist, who lives in New York City. “What I was doing was expressing not my own views but those of extreme right-wing Republican tea party people. I don’t have a problem with interracial marriage or same-sex marriage. In fact, I exult in them. It’s a slander to suggest otherwise. This is just below the belt. It’s a purposeful misreading of what I wrote.” The Atlantic Cohen’s unfortunate career is the proper context to understand his column Tuesday and the wide outrage that’s greeted it. We are being told that Cohen finds it “hurtful” to be called racist. I am sorry that people on the Internet have hurt Cohen’s feelings. I find it “hurtful” that Cohen endorses the police profiling my son. I find it eternally “hurtful” that the police, following that same logic, killed one of my friends.

Why We Are Moving Our Media Coverage Over to GigaOM (paidContent)
As one of the last remaining independent tech media startups, we have a keen interest in the future of the media business. And, for that reason among many, GigaOM bought paidContent in March 2012 in order to bring increased coverage and a New York presence to our company. But we believe in looking forward and standing together, and in that spirit as of Tuesday we’re going to begin the process of closing down the paidContent website and moving that content over to GigaOM. WebProNews / Business Apparently the paidContent brand itself was not worth enough to GigaOM to keep around. Unique visitors on the site have been on the decline with a much more positive picture being painted for GigaOM.

Hoda Kotb Inks New Contract With NBC News to Stay With Today (Capital New York)
NBC News has signed anchor Hoda Kotb to a new, multi-year contract, Capital has learned. The deal will ensure that Kotb remains as the co-host of the fourth hour of Today, alongside Kathie Lee Gifford. She will also continue to contribute to other NBC News programs, including at her former TV home, Dateline. “Hoda was approached by other networks, shows and syndicators, and after serious consideration, she realized nothing was better than drinking with Kathie Lee Gifford at 10 a.m. on the Today show,” a source familiar with the situation told Capital.

Scripps Howard News Service Will Cease Operation After 96 Years (Bloomberg)
E.W. Scripps Co.’s Scripps Howard News Service, which fed syndicated stories to papers across the U.S. since World War I, plans to shut down, becoming the latest symbol of readers’ shift away from print media. McClatchy-Tribune Information Services, a joint venture of McClatchy Co. and Tribune Co., will take over Scripps Howard’s clients, according to a statement Tuesday. The transition is expected to be completed by January, the companies said.

Nikki Finke Demands $3.5 Million for Breakup With Deadline (NY Post)
The divorce battle between Hollywood blogger Nikki Finke and publishing entrepreneur Jay Penske is starting to look like 1979’s Kramer vs. Kramer. The two are locked in a growing legal fight over whether Finke is entitled to a $3.5 million payout after her departure from Deadline Hollywood, the showbiz blog she founded in 2006 and later sold to Penske Media. In an interview with the Post, Finke claims that Penske fired her after mediation talks failed to resolve their year-long feud, and she’s owed salary, commissions and content-syndication fees through June 2016 as a result.

Matt Bai Leaves NYT for Yahoo! News (FishbowlNY)
Another one bites the dust. Sort of. Brian Stelter is leaving The New York Times and now Matt Bai is departing too. Bai is joining Yahoo! News as a national political columnist. He had been with the Times since 2002, and during his tenure as chief political correspondent for the Times Magazine, he covered the last three presidential elections. NY Observer “Matt has an ideal voice for Yahoo! News,” said Megan Liberman, editor-in-chief of Yahoo! News. “He has a singular ability to write about politics in a way that will connect with Yahoo! News’ broad readership and bring in younger readers who aren’t always attracted to political commentary. I’m thrilled he is joining us.”

Google Is Now Bigger Than Both The Magazine And Newspaper Industries (Business Insider)
Google has become so big that sometimes it’s difficult to understand just how big it is. It’s on course to do $60 billion in revenue this year, almost all of that from advertising. But how big is that in terms of the media it competes against for ad dollars?

More Time Inc. Sites to Run Sponsored Posts Through Native-Ad Server (Ad Age / Media News)
Time Inc. is expanding its use of native-ad server Sharethrough to run some sponsored articles on its desktop and mobile websites, Sharethrough said Wednesday. A spokeswoman for Time Inc. declined to comment on the agreement. But Sharethrough posts, which have already been running with People magazine’s sites, are now also expected to appear on sites for Real Simple and Health, according to Sharethrough.

‘300 Sandwiches’ Blogger Signs Book Deal (NY Post)
Blog “300 Sandwiches” is about to become a book. New York Post Page Six reporter Stephanie Smith is going to turn her humorous blog into a book after signing with Random House’s new imprint, Zinc Ink — headed by David Zinczenko and Stephen Perrine. “Steve and I are both longtime friends of Stephanie from her days covering the magazine business for Women’s Wear Daily,” said Zinczenko, a longtime editor-in-chief of Men’s Health and now consulting for Men’s Fitness through his Galvanized Brands consulting firm.

NY Daily News Hires Hearst Executive to ‘Lead And Advance’ Its Digital Business (Capital New York)
The New York Daily News has made two new appointments on the digital side of its business operations. The paper has dipped into Hearst’s talent pool to hire Grant Whitmore, who is leaving his post as the magazine and newspaper publisher’s vice president and general manager of digital. He’ll start as executive vice president of digital at the Daily News beginning in January.

New Bravo Deal Means More of Andy Cohen (NYT)
Andy Cohen is the most identifiable talent on the Bravo cable channel, thanks to his successful weeknight talk show, Watch What Happens Live. But while talk-show host has been his public identity, he also has worked full time as one of the top corporate executives at Bravo. That will all change on Wednesday, thanks to a new deal with Bravo that underscores Cohen’s rising importance to the network as an on-air star, the equally important place his show occupies at the channel and the recognition that corporate suits are a bit easier to replace than a host who draws about 900,000 viewers to each show (counting delayed viewing).

Hulu Wants to Be Offered With Pay-TV Bundles (WSJ)
Online video outlet Hulu is in early discussions with several pay-TV providers about potential partnerships, said people familiar with the situation, the latest sign that the media company-owned service is trying to become integrated with pay television. Among ideas being discussed is for pay-TV operators to sell Hulu’s subscription service, Hulu Plus, as part of pay-TV operators’ TV bundles, the people said. Hulu also hopes that as part of a deal, consumers would be able to access the service through their cable set-top boxes, the people said.

Diller on Banks, Snowden And His Broadcasting Start-Up (NYT / DealBook)
Barry Diller is not known to be particularly shy about speaking his mind. And as the leadoff speaker on Tuesday at DealBook’s Opportunities for Tomorrow Conference, he held true to form. Diller said the departure of Tina Brown as head of The Daily Beast was “healthy” for both sides. “We had to drain the ink from her veins,” he said, and with her gone, the publication has been filled with “a whole raft of truly digital people.”

Why Do Journalists Prefer Twitter to Facebook? (The Washington Post / WonkBlog)
I spent the weekend at O’Reilly Media’s “News Foo” conference, which brings together journalists, publishers, tech types, and Werewolf players. A lot of the attendees worked for major social networks like Facebook and Twitter, had built products to help publishers manage their social-media presence or worked for outlets that create content designed for social media. And over and again, I got the same question: Why are journalists so obsessed with Twitter? PRNewser The thing is, while writers do often find stories on Facebook, we don’t turn to our newsfeeds for updates on events as they happen, and we don’t post things on our timelines to share with the larger journalistic bubble. It’s more a place for “here’s something you missed” or “here’s what that weird pop culture meme of the day/week is all about” or “hey, look at this puppy!”

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