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NY Times’ Sulzberger: Cuts are ‘Painful’

During a talk at NYU, Arthur Sulzberger Jr. — the New York Times’ publisher — told the audience that the layoffs and buyouts currently making their way through the paper are “painful.”

Early last month, the Times announced it would be reducing its newsroom by 100, via either buyouts or layoffs. In a note explaining the plan, Sulzberger and CEO Mark Thompson stated, “We know that they will be painful both for the individuals affected and for their colleagues.”

As Capital New York reports, Sulzberger went back to that “painful” description again during his NYU talk. ”We have more journalists today than we’ve ever had in our history,” said Sulzberger. “The skills necessary to succeed in this world are truly changing, and that’s not necessarily age-related. This is not to suggest going through these cycles is not painful. It is.”

We imagine 100 Times staffers agree.

IWantMedia to go on Hiatus

IWantMedia.com, a site that aggregates all the big media stories of the day, is about to go dark for an unknown amount of time. The New York Post reports that Patrick Phillips, the founder of the site, is leaving after disagreements with Guggenheim/Prometheus Partners management.

Phillips told the Post that Prometheus (which recently bought Mediabistro) told him he could oversee Adweek.com and run IWantMedia in his spare time. Jeff Wilbur, president of Adweek (also owned by Prometheus), denied that offer was made.

Regardless of what truly happened, the end result is IWantMedia will go on a hiatus. “We will be letting subscribers know on Monday that it will be going dark for awhile,” Wilbur told the Post.

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CBS ‘All Access’ Includes Local Stations in Subscription Service (TVSpy)
CBS Thursday announced the launch of “CBS All Access,” a digital subscription service that allows viewers — with or without a pay TV subscription — access to CBS programs, live TV, and CBS’ owned-and-operated stations. LostRemote The service is available for $5.99 a month. At the time of launch, consumers in 14 cities will have live access to their local CBS stations, allowing them to stream programs as they air. CBS News The service is accessible through CBS.com and on mobile devices through the CBS App for iOS and Android. THR In addition to serving up current-season episodes the day after they air, it will offer previous seasons of several CBS-owned shows as well as a vast library of classic CBS series. The service is planned to be added to connected TVs at a later date. All Access marks a considerable move for a network that has long been selective with regard to its digital dealings, famously staying out of the Hulu pact its broadcast rivals made many years earlier. Capital New York On Wednesday, HBO announced that its HBO Go service would be available to all customers next year. The service, which provides access to HBO’s current programming and shows from the past, is currently only available to HBO subscribers.

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Anatomy of a Daily Mail Article

dailymailonline200It’s not every day that we come across a journalist resume with the heading ‘Freelance Writer, Pastry Chef.’ Then again, when the resume belongs to the author of a mind-boggling Daily Mail puff piece, it makes perfect sense.

Jennifer Pearson is part of the army of MailOnline contributors tasked with tapping out content at the paper’s multiple LA offices. After taking a look at a photo of Katie Couric waiting for a plane at JFK, she came up with this:

The 57-year-old journalist cut a casual figure in faded, cuffed dungarees, plain white T-shirt and a black leather jacket as she pored over her handy iPhone, most likely reading messages, news and other pertinent information.

It must have been interesting reading because Katie’s attention was undivided and her face set in concentration.

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Keep Going | Always All The Time | Bangers

ShutterstockBonoSept2011_FeaturedPRNewser: U2 has apologized for that “free album” debacle with Apple. Now they just need to apologize for every single song they’ve created and we’re good.

GalleyCat: J.K. Rowling is taking the superhero movie route of assaulting consumers with content from now until the end of time.

Lost Remote: The Foo Fighters are going to stream their concert on HBO’s Facebook page. Rock n’ roll baby!

WNBC’s Chuck Scarborough is a ‘Giant of Broadcasting’

We attended the 12th Annual Giants of Broadcasting luncheon in New York City today where prominent members of the broadcasting, media and corporate communities honored leaders of TV and radio. Chuck Scarborough longtime main anchor at WNBC’s was honored and jokingly thanked NBC for “not firing me.” Scarborough joined WNBC in 1974 and has won 31 Emmy Awards in his storied career. Other honorees included former ABC, NBC and CBS executive Fred Silverman and Regis Philbin, who couldn’t attend due to a scheduling conflict, so his former “LIVE” co-host Kathie Lee Gifford accepted on his behalf. 170 Giants of Broadcasting have been honored since 2003, including Barbara Walters, Charlie Rose, Bob Schieffer, Brian Williams, Tim Russert and Ken Burns. TVNewser has more on today’s event.

Reporter Reads About Himself in Alan Cumming’s New Book

AlanCummingBookCoverPresently, Tim Teeman writes for The Daily Beast. But back in 2010, his byline could be found in The London Times, and it was during that time that had a very large impact on actor Alan Cumming‘s life.

As Teeman discovered and recounted this week for The Daily Beast:

Journalists generally shouldn’t be part of the stories they cover. But today, sitting with Alan Cumming in the Union Square vegan restaurant Peacefood Café, it’s unavoidable. I am part of the story, a key one, it turns out; when I reached page 31 of The Good Wife star’s memoir, Not My Father’s Son, the color drained from my face when I discovered why.

“Isn’t it funny? You’re actually integral to this book,” Cumming says, taking off his lovely, fitted checkered coat and scarf and liberating a curtain of dark floppy hair from under a jaunty hat. “If it hadn’t been for us meeting and doing that interview my dad would never have told me — at that time anyway… and maybe not ever.”

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Matthew Schnipper Joins GQ

GQ has added Matthew Schnipper as a senior editor. He comes to the magazine from The Verge, where he served as deputy managing editor since March. Previously, Schnipper had served as editor-in-chief of The Fader.

At GQ, Schnipper will oversee style coverage on GQ.com. He’ll work closely with style editor Will Welch and creative director Jim Moore.

“Matt brings a wonderful wealth of knowledge, not to mention an award winning resume, to the GQ team,” said GQ’s editor, Jim Nelson, in a statement. “He’ll be instrumental in guiding, expanding and perfecting our style coverage on GQ.com.”

Ahead of Guardian Expose, Whisper Rewrites Terms of Service

Want to read a most acute spark for a corporate PR crisis?

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Here it is, from an investigative report shared today by Guardian reporters Paul Lewis and Dominic Rushe:

Approached for comment last week, Whisper said it “does not follow or track users.” The company added that the suggestion it was monitoring people without their consent, in an apparent breach of its own terms of service, was “not true” and “false.”

But on Monday – four days after learning The Guardian intended to publish this story – Whisper rewrote its terms of service; they now explicitly permit the company to establish the broad location of people who have disabled the App’s geolocation feature.

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