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Today Poised to Win First Week in 18 Months (TVNewser)
Based on Nielsen national fast program ratings, NBC’s Today show has claimed a rare win in both total viewers and the younger demo as the show originated from Olympic Park in Sochi, Russia. The last time Today won the total viewer measurement was the second week of the London Summer Olympics, the week of Aug., 6 2012. By the following week, Aug. 13, 2012, ABC’s Good Morning America was back on top. NYT While finishing a rare second, GMA had a significant victory during the week in that it won a single morning, Tuesday. Even a daily victory had never happened when NBC has based the Today show at the site of the Olympics. It should be noted, however, that these are the first Winter Games in recent memory when NBC did not routinely lead in the morning ratings. HuffPost The challenge for Today is to ensure that its victory is not a fleeting, Olympics-connected one. Alarm bells were surely raised when GMA beat its rival for the first time ever during the Olympics last Tuesday. It was a sign that, all else aside, the morning race is as competitive as it’s ever been, and that GMA will not go down without a fight. New York Daily News Elaine Stritch doesn’t give an F-bomb. Except she did on live television Tuesday morning. The 89-year-old comedian dropped by the Today show, and gave hosts Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb an earful when she dropped the bad word in casual conversation.

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Condé Nast Relocation to 1 WTC Begins in November

The great Condé Nast migration — from 4 Times Square to 1 World Trade Center — will begin in November. That’s according to a memo from the company’s CEO, Chuck Townsend.

In the note, which was obtained by Capital New York, Townsend explained that the move will start with Condé Nast Entertainment, and then progress from there.

Townsend’s note also gave some details about the new space, including the extra 1 WTC floors the company bought in January of 2012:

At 1WTC, we will occupy 1.2 million square feet on floors 20 through 44. Our corporate departments will largely occupy the first five floors as well as the top three floors, and our brands will predominantly be on floors 25 through 33 and 36 through 41. We have two remarkable amenity floors on 34 and 35 connected by an extraordinary interior spiral staircase. These floors will house our visitors reception, conference center, library, auditorium, art gallery, private dining, cafeteria and after-hours café.

Charles Townsend on Steering the Condé Nast Ship

CharlesTownsendThumbEmily Steel, who covers the marketing and media beats for the Financial Times, recently had the opportunity to sit down with 69-year-old Condé Nast chief executive officer Charles Townsend. The resulting feature is perfect MLK Monday holiday reading.

Townsend, a past commodore of the New York Yacht Club who named his own vessel Current Issue, sounds like he’s describing some very bad sailing weather when he talked to Steel about the past few years at the Condé Nast helm (he came on board in 2004). Challenges come “from every direction” and the horizon is “so different now.”

Townsend tells Steel that he loves it when creative director Anna Wintour previews upcoming issues with him. He also notes that the publishing company was a little late to the Internet party:

Townsend admits that it has taken a long time for Condé Nast to develop the right attitude towards the Web. “We did it the hard way,” he says. “We learnt with black eyes and bloody noses.”

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Condé Nast Grabs More Downtown Real Estate

Condé Nast isn’t moving to One World Trade Center for about a year, but that hasn’t stopped execs from snatching up more downtown real estate.

Crain’s New York reports that the publishing giant is currently negotiating to take over an 80,000 square foot section of 222 Broadway, between Fulton and Ann.

The deal will allow Condé to add more space for a fraction of the cost. The rent at 222 Broadway is about $40 per square foot, while One WTC’s is in the $60-plus range.

Condé Nast Expands at 1 World Trade Center

(Via Joe Woolhead)

The construction of 1 World Trade Center isn’t complete yet, but that hasn’t stopped Condé Nast from expanding its presence there. The New York Post reports that the publishing house has signed on to occupy an additional 133,000 square feet of the tower.

The expansion was an option included in the lease signed last May, which was for 25 years and worth about $2 billion.

With the additional space, Condé Nast will eventually take up floors 20 through 44. No word on how many of those floors will be dedicated to a fancy cafeteria, but anything less than four would be uncivilized.

Condé Threatened to Walk From 1 WTC Deal Over Cafeteria Vent

The executives at Condé Nast love their cafeterias so much that they almost nixed the deal to move to 1 World Trade Center over it. According to The New York Post, the company demanded that its cafeteria have a special vent  - which cost about $1 million to install – or it wouldn’t rent the space from Port Authority.

Port Authority was annoyed because not only would it have to redo the system for just one company, the vent – at one story tall and 25 feet wide – was going to be quite the eyesore.

Condé wanted the special vent so that it could avoid maintenance costs that the other tenants will garner using the ventilation system that is already installed in 1 WTC. FishbowlNY imagines that the irony of seeking cost-cutting measures for an insanely lavish food court was not lost on Condé, but you never know.

Of course Condé got its way and the vent is now being built. Let’s just hope that whatever the chefs in that cafeteria end up cooking makes it worth all the trouble. We’re thinking meatloaf laced with gold.