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Morning Media Newsfeed: Sweeney’s Successor | Weiner to Pen Column at BI | Bartiromo Given FNC Show

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Disney Names Ben Sherwood as Anne Sweeney’s Successor (THR)
ABC News president Ben Sherwood has been named Anne Sweeney’s successor as co-chairman of Disney Media Networks and president of Disney/ABC Television Group. He’ll officially take over the role on Feb. 1, 2015. TVNewser Sherwood will begin the transition immediately and take on the role of co-president of Disney/ABC while also overseeing ABC News until his successor is named. Variety Sherwood was a front-runner for the job ever since Sweeney shocked industry on March 11 when she announced she was resigning as of January 2015 to pursue a career as a television director. Sherwood steered the rise of Good Morning America and brokered deals like ABC News’ partnership with Yahoo!. He will also serve as co-chairman of Disney Media Networks alongside ESPN’s John Skipper. NYT Among Sherwood’s first decisions — with oversight from Disney chairman Bob Iger and Sweeney — will be the choice of his own successor in the news division. “We have a deep bench of leaders at ABC News,” he said. The standout candidate for that job is James Goldston, the senior vice president of ABC News who has been instrumental first in the revival of the late-night program Nightline and then in the rise of GMAWSJ Sherwood was named president of ABC News in December 2010. He is responsible for all aspects of ABC News’ broadcasts. In addition, Sherwood oversees ABC News Radio, ABCnews.com, satellite service NewsOne and ABC News Now. ABC News reaches a combined audience of well over 270 million people a month on television, on radio and online, and is enjoying significant audience growth driven by a creative renaissance and innovative deal-making. In addition, during Sherwood’s tenure, the news division has won the most prestigious honors in the industry.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: TV Station Mega Merger | Pakistan Censors NYT | Apple Taking on Spotify?

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TV Station Mega Merger: Media General, LIN Set $1.6 Billion Deal (Variety)
Station groups Media General and LIN are poised to merge in a $1.6 billion cash and stock deal that will create the nation’s second-largest pure-play broadcast group. With LIN’s roughly $1 billion in debt included, the deal has an enterprise value of $2.6 billion. TVSpy The deal will bring together 74 stations which are either owned or operated by the two companies in 46 markets. Combined, the new company’s stations will reach 23 percent of U.S. TV households. THR The deal is the latest in the ongoing consolidation of the TV station business as broadcasters have looked for scale to strengthen them in dealings with networks and pay-TV operators and the like. Poynter / MediaWire It is just the latest in a flurry of acquisitions and mergers in the TV industry that has seen Belo broadcast and Gannett merge and earlier, Media General and Young Broadcasting combined forces. Other players including Meredith, Journal, Tribune, NBC Universal and Sinclair have been recent buyers, too. WSJ Greater scale should help the combined company garner higher revenue from fees it charges pay-TV providers to carry its signal, known as retransmission fees. It should also gain leverage in negotiations with media companies. These factors, plus the ability to expand LIN’s digital advertising business and savings from corporate overheard, underpin the companies’ projected $70 million in run-rate synergies over three years.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: ESPN Hires Tebow | Duplessis Joins Apple | Marvel Halts Comic Sales

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ESPN Hires Tim Tebow (ESPN)
Former Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow has agreed to a multiyear deal to join ESPN as an analyst for the SEC Network, it was announced Monday. “I am so excited that ESPN has given me this incredible opportunity,” Tebow said in a statement. “When I was 6 years old, I fell in love with the game of football, and while I continue to pursue my dream of playing quarterback in the NFL, this is an amazing opportunity to be part of the unparalleled passion of college football and the SEC.” Complex / Sports On Jan. 6, the former Broncos/Jets quarterback will make his ESPN debut by serving as an analyst prior to the 2013 BCS National Championship game. He’ll be on SportsCenter, College Football Live, College GameDay, and, well, just about every other college football-related show you can think of. Time / Keeping Score Although Tebow was a star quarterback in the Southeastern Conference, he struggled to make a mark in the NFL. He was released by the New England Patriots before the start of the 2013 season, after spending a season on the bench for the New York Jets in 2012. Sports Illustrated / Media Circus The initial question is how successful will Tebow be as an analyst. He is one of the most popular (and likeable) athletes in the country, and he’ll no doubt work hard to learn the craft. He also loves college football; Tebow was known for watching college games in his hotel room on Saturdays before NFL action, as well as on plane rides. Still, his opinions on football have mostly been vanilla, at least as a player speaking with the press. Bloomberg Businessweek “Tebow’s role with ESPN will not preclude him from continuing to pursue playing opportunities in the NFL,” says the press release. Yes, ESPN’s newest broadcaster joins hundreds of thousands of American men with NFL dreams currently on the not-precluded list.

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Arem Duplessis Leaves NY Times for Apple

AremDuplessis-224x300Another big loss for The New York TimesArem Duplessis, creative director for The New York Times Magazine, is leaving to join Apple.

Mediabistro’s UnBeige reports that in February, Duplessis will become Apple’s creative director, with a focus on the company’s marketing team.

Duplessis said he was leaving the Times because it was “time for a new chapter and a new challenge.”

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World’s Largest Video Game Collection Started with Cosmic Avenger

CosmicAvengerBuffalo AP writer Carolyn Thompson has a fun look at the 11,607 different ways area resident Michael Thomasson has made it into the Guinness record books. His massive, basement-housed collection has earned him a two-page spread in Guinness World Records 2014 Gamer’s Edition:

Along with the games, Thomasson has the devices to play them on, not only the Xboxes and PlayStations but obscure ones like the Casio Loopy, the only game system specifically geared toward girls, which came out in Japan in 1995, and the Pippin, a dud released by Apple the same year.

“Every game on it is awful,” Thomasson says of Apple’s foray into the gaming world. “It’s the least fun of anything in the house.”

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Champion’s New Channel | China Inspects Bloomberg | Apple Buys Topsy

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Sam Champion Leaving ABC for The Weather Channel (TVNewser)
Sam Champion, weatherman for ABC’s Good Morning America, is leaving ABC and joining the Weather Channel. It’s the first talent departure at the No. 1 morning show in more than two years. Champion, an ABC veteran, has been GMA‘s weather anchor since 2006. He joined ABC 25 years ago as weather anchor for WABC in New York. Champion will be the face of the Weather Channel and also its managing editor. Beginning next year, he’ll anchor a morning show that on many days will be hosted remotely. NYT Both Champion and his boss at ABC News, Ben Sherwood, described the decision to leave GMA as a “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity” for a weather aficionado. Champion is not a meteorologist, but has been involved in coverage of numerous weather events at ABC in recent years, including the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy last year. ABC News won a Peabody Award for its coverage of that storm. NY Post ABC News meteorologist Ginger Zee will take over his weather responsibilities at the morning show and network. TheWrap “[Champion] is already one of the top names in morning television, as well as one of the country’s most respected and trusted weather reporters,” said Weather Channel president David Clark. “He will add a great deal to our network and be a great addition to our already proven and stellar team of talented weather professionals.” TVNewser Champion sent a note to his ABC “family” thanking them for the support and giving hints as to why he left the No. 1 morning show.

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Martha Stewart is Still Upset About Her Broken iPad

Martha Stewart recently broke her iPad. It was a travesty because she didn’t realize that she had to be a commoner and bring her iPad in to get it fixed. Sadly, Stewart remains confused:

If Jobs did give her the iPad, we imagine he’d love to pick it up for her. But he’s dead, which can make things like that difficult.

Ah! The blame has shifted! Stewart has indicated that someone else broke the iPad, not her! This means… Well, nothing. It means she should just get it fixed or buy a new one, like everyone else in the world.

Dozens of Homeless People Hired to Stand in Line at Apple Store

On the heels of all sorts of Tuesday craziness at retail locations stocking Grand Theft Auto V, there has been more mayhem yesterday and today at Apple stores delivering the new iPhone. One of the strangest scenes unfolded on the west coast in Old Town Pasadena.

KTLA tech reporter Rich DeMuro revealed that dozens of homeless people were hired by a local businessman to stand in line overnight. Each enlisted person was told they would receive $20-times-two for their pair of iPhone purchase placeholders. They were also given pizza, soda and cigarettes.

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NY Times Updates Apps for iOS 7

We imagine that you’ve heard already, but today Apple released its latest software update, iOS 7. Not wanting to be seen as so September 17th, The New York Times has already released updated versions of its iPhone and iPad apps.

The revamped Times’ apps keep the theme of iOS 7: Everything is clean and pretty. Not only that, but the new apps allow users to share articles via Apple’s AirDrop feature.

If you don’t have an iPhone or an iPad we have one question for you: How do you live with yourself?

Morning Media Newsfeed: Business Insider CTO Out | Obama Speech Panned | 9/11 Network Coverage


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Business Insider CTO Forced to Resign Following Twitter Firestorm (NY Mag / Daily Intelligencer)
Pax Dickinson has been forced to resign as chief technology officer at Business Insider following an online firestorm over his long history of controversial tweets, according to a source who has been in contact with him. Dickinson got in hot water Monday over his most recent string of tweets about feminism, misogyny and women in tech. A look at his tweets from over the years uncovered many more instances of Dickinson bashing feminists, gays and the poor, among others. FishbowlNY How offensive were his tweets? Well, it depends on which ones you want to discuss. Dickinson dabbled in pretty much everything. HuffPost The brouhaha began around the time Dickinson offered this opinion on the issue of women in tech: “Feminism in tech remains the champion topic for my block list. My finger is getting tired,” he tweeted. The flurry of responses caught the eye of Nitasha Tiku over at Gawker’s Valleywag. Tiku noticed Dickinson’s Twitter account was littered with posts potentially offending Christians, the LGBT community, women, minimum-wage earners, Jews, rape victims and African-Americans. Slate / XX Factor Dickinson’s tweets were no secret within the company; the website’s chief correspondent, Nicholas Carlson, admitted to blocking his feed so he didn’t have to interact with him on Twitter. “Pax was speaking for himself, not Business Insider. We obviously don’t condone what he said,” the company’s founder, editor and CEO, Henry Blodget, told Valleywag’s Sam Biddle when the retweets began to mount. NY Observer / BetaBeat Dickinson is the most recent and potent example of sexism (and racism, and classism) in tech, but he’s certainly not the only one. Such a rancorous person doesn’t scale the corporate ladder — tweeting all the while! — without some sort of systemic acceptance (or at least tolerance) of his attitudes. Business Insider / Henry Blodget A Business Insider executive has made some comments on Twitter that do not reflect our values and have no place at our company. The executive has left the company, effective immediately.

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