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Anthony Cumia: ‘The FCC is Nothing Compared to the PC Police’

AnthonyCumiaTwitterProfilePicFired Opie & Anthony host Anthony Cumia is wasting no time moving on. He’s launching, in August, a subscription podcast from his home-studio in Long Island; he’s hired a lawyer to try and get SirusXM to pay out the remainder of his through-October 2014 contract; and he’s explained to The Daily Beast’s Lloyd Grove that he saw this coming a mile away:

“There were plenty of lawyers that were always at the guard, waiting to strike down something we wanted to do on the Opie & Anthony Show,” Cumia said. “It just got worse and worse over there.”

“Look how I got fired. It had nothing to do with the FCC” – the Federal Communications Commission, which in any case has no authority over subscription-based satellite radio. “It had nothing to do with government regulations. It had to do with the people who run the company. The FCC is nothing compared to the PC police.”

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Jill Abramson: ‘I Was Fired Because of My Quote-Unquote Management Skills’

Jill Abramson — the former executive editor of The New York Times who was abruptly cut by the paper months ago — will never go for long periods of time without being asked about the incident. It’s a shame, but it’s difficult to move on from drama that takes place at the world’s best newspaper.

This is why, during a speech about the Times national security coverage at the Chautauqua Institution, Abramson was once again asked why she was fired.

“I was fired because of my quote-unquote management skills — and to be honest with you, I’m still trying to figure out exactly what that means,” Abramson replied.

This doesn’t shed any new light on the situation, because there isn’t really anything left to be said. But if you’re Abramson, people will always want you to talk about it anyway.

News Corp Might Bid on Tribune Newspapers

Tribune logo GThe big media rumor of the week is that News Corp. is putting together a bid for Tribune Publishing. According to Poynter’s Rick Edmonds, News Corp would be interested in buying the company, but only after it is spun off from Tribune, a move that is expected to happen in the next few months.

Tribune Publishing publishes several newspapers, including heavyweights like The Chicago Tribune, The Los Angeles Times, The Baltimore Sun and The Sun-Sentinel.

News Corp buying the publisher, according to Edmonds, would make sense for a few reasons. Murdoch has always been a big fan of the LA Times and his desire to own it has been chronicled in the past; News Corp was spun off with plenty of cash, cash that investors will want to see do something; and relating to that last point — Tribune Publishing would be easy for News Corp to afford.

Would Rupert Murdoch really buy more newspapers even though print is clearly on the decline? It doesn’t seem to make much sense. But if there’s one person we wouldn’t count out, it’s Murdoch.

FishbowlNY Newsstand: Your Morning at a Glance

Morning Media Newsfeed: Aereo Plans Survival | Dish Makes Anti-Merger Case to FCC

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Aereo Signals Path to Survival if Classified as Cable System (WSJ)
Aereo Inc., the online video company that was widely expected to go out of business after losing a high-stakes Supreme Court case in June, signaled Wednesday that it sees a path to survival if it is classified in legal terms as a cable system. Mashable Aereo lost its case before the U.S. Supreme Court because a majority of the justices said its resemblance to a cable company meant it had violated copyright laws. Re/code The video streaming company told a U.S. district court in New York Wednesday it now thinks it’s entitled to be licensed as a cable system because of the Supreme Court’s decision. That would allow the company to stay alive although it would have to pay licensing fees in addition to costs to restart its stalled business. Aereo allowed consumers to watch local TV channels over the Internet for a monthly fee of up to $12 until shutting down its service a few weeks ago after the Supreme Court sided with broadcasters. Capital New York The broadcasters responded with their own argument, calling Aereo’s decision “astonishing.” “Whatever Aereo may say about its rationale for raising it now, it is astonishing for Aereo to contend the Supreme Court’s decision automatically transformed Aereo into a ‘cable system’ under Section 111 given its prior statements to this Court and the Supreme Court,” lawyers for the broadcasters wrote. Deadline Hollywood At issue is whether the District Court will lift a stay that allowed Aereo to remain in business while the case made its way to the Supreme Court. Broadcasters want it lifted so they can collect damages from Aereo’s infringement of their copyrights — a two-year period during which they say they “suffered irreparable harm.” Aereo faces additional hurdles even if the District Court agrees with its view. The FCC also might have to agree to define Aereo as a cable operator for it to qualify for the compulsory license — and it would have to be granted by the U.S. Copyright Office.

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Exclusive: David Zinczenko on AMI’s New Deal | Ousted Obama Insider Turns Heads

Lunch At MichaelsThings were pretty quiet at Michael’s today as many of the media mavens, social swans and talking heads were still away in the Hamptons this week. We, not of the summer cottage set, ventured to 55th and Fifth for our lunch with David Zinczenko, who doesn’t have time for a vacation because building a media empire is a 24/7 endeavor. It turned out to be a very fortuitously timed meeting. Between running his own burgeoning media company, Galvanized, helming his own imprint with Random House, Zinc Ink (there’s also Galvanized Books, which publishes branded books from media partners like AMI) and logging plenty of air-time on Good Morning America and other ABC News programs, David is a one-man conglomerate. Oh, in Septemeber he’s also opening another restaurant in Tribeca with his BFF Dan Abrams and Christine Cole.

David Zinczenko, Diane Clehane and Sean Bumgarner

David Zinczenko, Diane Clehane and Sean Bumgarner

He brought along Sean Bumgarner, who first worked with David back during his tenure at Rodale and is now Galvanized chief digital officer. The guys arrived at the appointed hour and kept one eye peeled to their iPhones (David also kept his Blackberry close at hand) because, as I soon learned, there were big doings afoot. I knew something was up when David was called away several times duiring lunch for calls that just couldn’t wait. It turned out news of AMI’s $515 million buyout offer from investors that keep David Pecker at the helm broke on the New York Post‘s website that very hour. AMI was among Galvanized’s first clients when David launched in March of last year and since then, much of his time has been devoted to acting as consulting editorial director for the company, which included overseeing the extraordinary successful redesign of Men’s Fitness and expansion of the brand across all platforms. When I asked him for his reaction to the news he told he: ”I’m not surprised. David Pecker remains one of the sharpest minds in the media landscape and among the most savvy CEOs I’ve had the good fortune of meeting. A deal of this nature underscores how under-appreciated his legacy has been. And from first glance, this deal underscores that.”

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Stimulating Entertainment | Baby Party | Madeline’s Art

PRNewser: The Weather Channel has a new reality show titled Fat Guys in The Woods, just in case you were wondering how America is doing.

TVNewser: The Today show anchors threw Savannah Guthrie a baby shower. You weren’t invited because you can’t be trusted around all-you-can-drink mimosas.

GalleyCat: Fun stuff for the kid in all of us — the New York Historical Society’s Madeline-inspired art exhibition is now open.

FIFA ‘Ref’ Patrols Times Square

Yoni Lotan, scheduled to perform at the Upright Citizens Brigade July 10 and 30, has kicked it up a notch. His perfectly timed bit as a FIFA soccer referee running around Times Square and giving passers-by yellow and red cards for various social media and other fouls is gaining media steam.

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Dynamic Female Duo Now at the Helm of SheKnows

LeaAnnLemingPicThe best way to frame FishbowlNY’s phone conversation today with Lea Ann Leming, chief content officer of SheKnows (pictured, right), and newly hired editor-in-chief Amy Boshnack (pictured, below) is as follows. The company has been profitable for the past several years and expects a 30% increase in revenue in 2014.

Also worth mentioning is the fact that Cosmopolitan, a magazine where Boshnack served as managing editor from January 2005 to January 2008, has just revamped its website. When asked about the then-print vs. now-Web differences, Boshnack notes the obvious change in the speed of news and feature cycles. Per comScore, SheKnows currently averages around 40 million monthly uniques.

“A big thing for me is making sure the women reading us are having conversations,” Boshnack explains. “Part of what’s being done here is continuing to make sure that articles being published are about things women are talking about. And to feed that through our comments section, social media.”

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Bloomberg View Writer Has Fun with LeBron Rumors

Even though it flies in the face of any hint that a certain member of sports royalty will be giving FishbowlNY an exclusive interview, we love today’s Bloomberg View headline.

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And imagine our delight as we went on to discover that the article-text by Kavitha A. Davidson, who once edited the Columbia University student newspaper sports section, is even better. A taste:

Truly, at this point it seems as likely that LeBron will stay in Miami as it is that he’ll join Al Qaeda. But wait: Apparently there’s a universe in which the possibility of him joining ‘Melo in New York exists. As an unnamed source – is there any other kind? – told the New York Post, Phil Jackson “really wants LeBron to come to New York. That’s his dream right now. Phil is trying to get it done.”

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