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Departed BuzzFeed COO Joins MailOnline

Some big media boardroom news today via Re/code’s Peter Kafka. Jon Steinberg, the recent and former president-COO of BuzzFeed, has jumped to one of the very few other American websites that can rival Jonah Peretti‘s operation for traffic:

Steinberg is running the American version of the U.K.-based Daily Mail’s enormous website, formally known as MailOnline.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Risen Appeal Rejected | Top Social TV Shows

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Supreme Court Will Not Review Risen Case (The Guardian)
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to review a lower court’s order requiring a New York Times reporter to testify in a criminal case against a former source, deepening the court’s silence on the question of protections for journalists and confidential sources. FishbowlDC The issue dates back to a May 2011 subpoena received by James Risen to identify a source for his 2006 book State of War: The Secret History of The CIA and the Bush Administration. NYT The court’s one-line order gave no reasons but effectively sided with the government in a confrontation between what prosecutors said was an imperative to secure evidence in a national security prosecution and what journalists said was an intolerable infringement of press freedom. NPR / The Two-Way Risen has said he would refuse to testify in order to protect the identity of his source. Federal prosecutors argued that they need him to testify to pursue their criminal case against Jeffrey Sterling, a former CIA officer. WSJ A divided U.S. appeals court based in Richmond, Va., sided with the government last year, ruling that Risen didn’t have a reporter’s privilege allowing him to refuse to testify about the source and scope of classified information allegedly disclosed to him. The court said there is no privilege in criminal cases that protects a reporter from testifying about conduct the reporter allegedly witnessed or participated in. USA Today Since Obama took office, federal authorities have filed at least seven leak-related criminal cases, including against former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden for leaks about government surveillance programs and Army Pfc. Bradley Manning for giving classified information to the website Wikileaks.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: AT&T to Acquire DirecTV | NYT Publisher Speaks | CNN Fires Editor

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AT&T to Buy DirecTV for $48.5 Billion (NYT / DealBook)
AT&T formally agreed on Sunday to buy DirecTV for about $48.5 billion, striking another transaction meant to overhaul the American telecommunications landscape. CNNMoney The boards of the two companies met on Sunday to approve the plan. “This is a unique opportunity that will redefine the video entertainment industry and create a company able to offer new bundles and deliver content to consumers across multiple screens — mobile devices, TVs, laptops, cars and even airplanes,” said Randall Stephenson, the chief executive of AT&T, in a statement. WSJ Just months ago, Comcast Corp. announced a $45 billion agreement to buy Time Warner Cable, a combination that would serve close to 30 million video subscribers, after proposed divestitures. Meanwhile, Sprint Corp. continues to work on a bid for smaller rival T-Mobile US Inc., people familiar with the matter say. The deal for DirecTV gives AT&T almost 26 million pay TV subscribers and a national footprint in the business at a time when the telecom carrier sees video delivery as core to its future. The Associated Press Dallas-based AT&T’s proposed combination could improve its Internet service by pushing its existing U-verse TV subscribers into video over satellite service, and thereby free up bandwidth on its telecommunications network. AT&T currently offers a high-speed Internet plan in a bundle with DirecTV television service. The acquisition would help it further reap the benefits of that alliance. DirecTV would continue to be based in El Segundo, Calif., following the merger. The companies expect the deal to close within 12 months following a government review.

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Emily Steel Headed to the New York Times

EmilySteelTwitterProfilePicIf you’re the New York Times, how do you hope to fight against a week of historically bad PR? Well, one way certainly is to herald – heading into the weekend – the imminent newsroom arrival of another talented woman.

Here’s today’s memo confirming that Emily Steel, in the wake of Brian Stelter‘s flight to CNN, will be moving over from the Financial Times to join the paper’s media desk:

The cheers you’re now hearing around the newsroom are from our colleagues who once worked with Emily at the Wall Street Journal and Financial Times. They had urged us to hire Emily, and having competed against her, it didn’t take much convincing.

Emily spent six years at the Journal and the last two at the FT as its media and marketing correspondent. At the Journal, she contributed several stories to the paper’s Pulitzer-finalist “End of Privacy” series about the pervasive tracking of Americans online, including her high-impact piece about privacy breaches at Facebook. Her media reporting at the FT has been topnotch, including her recent coverage of the proposed Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger.

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NY Observer Announces Media Power Couples

The New York Observer has unveiled its annual Media Power Couples list, and for the first time ever, Brian Stelter isn’t on it. Kidding! Of course he’s included. Don’t be ridiculous. Stelter and his favorite corduroys are number 13.

Here are some other Media Power Couples that are no doubt currently humblebragging about their presence on the list:

The Observer chose this year’s couples based on four factors — diversification, location, momentum and social presence.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Stelter Gets Movie | Profane Anchor Fired | Time Drops Forbes Bid

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Brian Stelter’s Top of The Morning Being Developed as Lifetime Movie (TVNewser)
Brian Stelter‘s Top of The Morning, which chronicled the rise of Good Morning America and the fall of Today, will soon join the pantheon of Lifetime original movies including Deadly Honeymoon, Romeo Killer and, more recently, Bonnie & Clyde. Top of The Morning: Inside The Cutthroat World of Morning TV has been optioned by Lifetime for a made-for-TV movie, TVNewser has learned. Production company DiGA Vision had previously bought the rights to the book. Lifetime confirms it is in the early development stage for the film. THR / The Live Feed The buzz-worthy book was published in April 2013, and met with mixed reviews. As part of the reporting process, Stelter, who recently moved to CNN as host of Reliable Sources, spent much of his time consumed by morning news coverage, with a heavy focus on Ann Curry’s short-lived stint as co-host of Today and the high-profile rivalry between Today and now top-rated Good Morning America. NY Observer It seems like a logical fit. After all, Lifetime is a network that caters to women. And women love morning television (or so we hear). Variety Lifetime’s deal to adapt Top of The Morning is sure to raise some eyebrows as the cabler is 50 percent owned by Disney, parent company of ABC. The book is generally flattering to GMA and the ABC News executive team. TVNewser For the rest of the week, we’ll be asking you to cast the actors you want to portray the biggest names in TV morning news.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Stelter Joins CNN | Furor Over Cohen Column | Kotb Renews Contract

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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.”

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Matt Bai Leaves NY Times for Yahoo News

Another one bites the dust. Sort of. We just told you about Brian Stelter leaving The New York Times, and now Matt Bai is departing too. Bai is joining Yahoo! News as a national political columnist.

Bai 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.

“Matt has an ideal voice for Yahoo News,” said Megan Liberman, editor-in-chief of Yahoo News, in a statement. “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.”

Now please, no one else leave the Times today. We can barely keep up.

Brian Stelter to Leave NY Times for CNN

Brian Stelter GBrian Stelter, one of The New York Times’ most well-known staffers, is leaving the paper to join CNN. The LA Times is reporting that Stelter, who had been with the Times since 2007, will become the new host of Reliable Sources. Politico added that Stelter will contribute to CNN.com as a media reporter.

Stelter had previously guest hosted Reliable Sources, leading to speculation that he would leave the Times. However, he put that rumor down quickly when he told the Washington Post, “I would not leave the Times for a television job.” Well, people do change their minds.

Stelter is often cited as one of the most talented journalists working the media beat, so this is quite a hire by CNN. And as you probably know, he created Mediabistro’s TVNewser before heading to the Times. So naturally, we’re rooting for him.

Daily News Leaves Out Key Transit Girl Detail

TransitGirl_CoverThere’s a fun interview-preview in the New York Daily News by Justin Rocket Silverman about Transit Girl, the forthcoming November 19 novel by NY1 traffic reporter Jamie Shupak. It’s a fictionalized version of her NYC romantic experiences:

Shupak’s real-life fiancé is New York Times media reporter Brian Stelter — who courted his fiancé by tweeting. In Transit Girl, Stelter’s character is blogger Ben Abrams, who works for a vicious gossip site called Banter. Despite his aggressive reporting, it soon becomes clear that Ben has a heart of gold.

Blogging, tweeting and Instagram are central to the characters’ budding romance. In fact, much of their flirtation occurs through their fictional Twitter feeds, as the lives of @GuilianaLayne and @BanteringBen raise eyebrows all over the media industry. (Shupak and Stelter’s real-life engagement last month warmed the hearts of their more than 200,000 collective Twitter followers).

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