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Morning Media Newsfeed: Clinton Begins Media Tour | NYT Magazine Adds Wasik

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Diane Sawyer’s Clinton Interview Draws 6 Million Viewers (TVNewser)
According to preliminary Nielsen data, Diane Sawyer’s interview with Hillary Clinton averaged 6.079 million viewers in the 9 p.m. ET hour Monday night. Sawyer had the first interview with Clinton as the former Secretary of State began her press tour for Hard Choices, out Tuesday. FishbowlDC ABC led CBS and NBC in viewers for the hour. On top in ratings Monday night was Fox, which aired 24 and averaged 6.333 million viewers in the 9 to 10 p.m. hour. Deadline Hollywood However, the interview drew a 1.0 in the demo, finishing last in the 9 p.m. hour among the Big 4 networks. CNN Clinton also appeared on ABC’s Good Morning America Tuesday to promote her book. Hard Choices is about Clinton’s years as President Barack Obama’s first secretary of state, which she stepped away from early last year. In her ABC appearances, she honed what is likely to be her book tour message — one of a thoughtful diplomat who is prepared to reintroduce herself to voters, especially women. With her book lining the walls of booksellers nationwide, Clinton also stopped at a Barnes & Noble in Manhattan Tuesday for her first book signing of the two-week tour. NBC News While Clinton has been traveling the country doing paid speeches in recent months, this book tour will put her on a much more rigorous — and campaign-like — schedule. She will visit at least 15 different cities over the next two weeks, including Washington, Philadelphia, Seattle, Los Angeles, Kansas City and Austin. Plus, she is doing a host of television interviews to promote the book, including with NBC News, CBS News, CNN and Fox News.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: MSNBC Cancels Finney | Colbert Blasts Amazon

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Karen Finney’s Disrupt Cancelled (TVNewser)
Disrupt With Karen Finney won’t be celebrating its one-year birthday this weekend, as the 4 p.m. ET weekend show has been cancelled. FishbowlDC Disrupt debuted June 8, 2013. Finney is the former communications director for the Democratic National Committee and was previously with the NYC Department of Education. Mediaite As of Thursday afternoon, MSNBC’s listed online schedule shows that the 4 p.m. hour will now be filled by documentaries instead of an extension of the network’s news programming. THR / The Live Feed “Our thanks to Karen and her team for their great work. Finney will remain with MSNBC as a contributor,” the network said in a statement. Deadline Hollywood Lousy ratings did in the weekend show, which regularly ranked No. 4 in its time slot among cable networks.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: NPR Appoints CEO | Colbert’s Successor Named | Clippers Tap Parsons

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Jarl Mohn Becomes NPR President and CEO (FishbowlDC)
The board of directors of NPR announced Friday that it has selected Jarl Mohn to become its next president and chief executive officer. WSJ Mohn is becoming the fifth leader in a five-year stretch marred by scandal and financial woes. Mohn hails from a flashier background than some of his predecessors at NPR. He spent years as a radio DJ, under the pseudonym Lee Masters, and served as an executive at MTV and VH1 before creating and running E! Entertainment Television. He subsequently served as chief executive of Liberty Digital Inc., a subsidiary of Liberty Media Group focused on interactive and cable television. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media Mohn, who currently serves as chairman of Southern California Public Radio, will begin his tenure as CEO on July 1. He was recruited by acting CEO Paul Haaga, who had been running the network since September after the unexpected resignation of Gary Knell, who left to join National Geographic. Deadline New York Knell left NPR after 21 months on the job, succeeding Vivian Schiller, who was forced to resign over a string of controversies. In September NPR hoped to cut its staff by 10 percent by offering staffers a voluntary buyout. It was part of a two-year plan to eliminate an operating cash deficit expected to hit $6.1 million. HuffPost / AP Board chair Kit Jensen says Mohn has a keen ability to identify media and consumer trends and has a strong track record on diversity and fairness. Mohn said in a statement that he considers the new position a mission, not a job.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: CNN Slashes Jobs | Networks Cover Benghazi Emails | Viacom Profit Up

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50 Positions Cut Across CNN (TVNewser)
CNN has eliminated at least 50 positions across several divisions. Employees in New York, Washington, D.C. and Atlanta at CNN Digital, CNN Money, Newsgathering and the CNN Library were told their positions are changing. Thursday’s cuts follow the elimination of 16 positions last month from the image and sound unit in Atlanta. A CNN insider said the changes are related to the integration of television and digital newsgathering. Capital New York There is not expected to be any reduction in employee headcount. While some positions are being eliminated, the same number of new jobs will be created, albeit with different descriptions or responsibilities. CNN is encouraging affected employees to apply for the new jobs, which are expected to start posting as early as this week. TheWrap CNN president Jeff Zucker met with newsroom reporters on Thursday to tell them the bad news. The cuts mainly affect news producers and managers, some of whom will be invited to reapply for new or “updated” positions at lower salaries. The insider said Zucker’s plan is to reduce packaged news stories to three or four per day and described the reaction in the newsroom as “shell-shocked.” Variety Under Zucker, the news network has been placing more emphasis on live coverage of breaking events as well as documentaries, leaving less room for the creation of pre-taped video packages that had been more of a staple on the network. THR / The Live Feed With the Time Inc. spinoff from Time Warner set for later this year, the CNN Money website is planning on separating Fortune magazine into a standalone entity on June 1. Fortune and Money magazines are currently housed on the CNN Money site.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: ABC News, CPI Spar | FNC to Debut Daytime Ensemble | Discovery Drops U.K. Bid

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ABC News Asking Center for Public Integrity to Share Pulitzer Prize (TVNewser)
ABC News is calling on the Center for Public Integrity to share its Pulitzer Prize for investigative journalism, awarded to CPI’s Chris Hamby, taking issue with CPI’s Pulitzer submission that depicts ABC News as a minor partner in a year-long coal-mining industry investigation instead of equal partners. HuffPost Network president Ben Sherwood sent a four-page letter to CPI’s executive director Bill Buzenberg affirming that ABC News was CPI’s partner in the investigation. He argued that reporters Brian Ross and Matthew Mosk made “significant contributions” without which CPI would not have won the Pulitzer. He added that while the prizes are only awarded to print organizations, he hoped the Pulitzer committee would recognize Ross and Mosk. Mediaite In the letter, Sherwood said Buzenberg “omitted the names of ABC News reporters and sought to parse and diminish their contributions, even though their bylines appropriately appear on four of the eight articles submitted by the Center to the committee.” Poynter In response, Buzenberg provided a point-by-point rebuttal saying CPI reporter Chris Hamby was the engine behind the story for months before ABC entered the investigation and in long stretches when ABC was working on other things. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media CPI and ABC News have shared recognition for the black lung benefits story in the past. In March, the Harvard Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting was awarded to Chris Hamby, Ronnie Greene, Jim Morris and Chris Zubak-Skees of CPI and Matthew Mosk, Brian Ross and Rhonda Schwartz of ABC News. Next month, the White House Correspondents’ Association will honor “The Center for Public Integrity, in partnership with ABC News.” On Wednesday, they received an award from the Society of Professional Journalists. Television news organizations are excluded from the Pulitzer Prizes, which honor newspaper and digital reporting.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Walters’ Retirement Set | Vox.com Goes Live | Megaupload Sued

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Barbara Walters’ Final Scheduled Television Appearance Announced (ABC News)
Almost a year after she announced her plan to depart daily television, Barbara Walters is preparing to say farewell. Her last day co-hosting The View, a program that she created, will be May 16, and ABC will air a two-hour special highlighting her life and career that night, from 9-11 p.m. ET. TVNewser Walters will continue to executive produce The View and will contribute to ABC News as the news warrants. THR / The Live Feed The ABC News headquarters in New York City will also be named in her honor, as the Barbara Walters Building, during a dedication ceremony this spring. Walters acknowledged that she’s sad to leave but that “it feels right for me,” repeating what she’s previously said about wanting to leave before people complained about her being on television too long. Reuters Walters, 84, has suffered from health problems recently, including a concussion after she fainted and hit her head last year and a bout of chickenpox. In 2010, she had open heart surgery. Since announcing her retirement, she hosted 20 Years of The 10 Most Fascinating People, the final show of her yearly special program about intriguing personalities. During her long career, Walters was known for her interviews on U.S. television with world leaders including Cuba’s Fidel Castro, Britain’s Margaret Thatcher, Saddam Hussein of Iraq and every U.S. president since Richard Nixon. She also interviewed celebrities such as Elizabeth Taylor, Angelina Jolie and Tom Cruise. Mediaite Walters joined ABC in 1976, when she famously became the first female anchor ever on an evening news program. She later became a co-host of 20/20 and launched The View in 1997.

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James Murdoch Resigns from BSkyB, Has Now Stepped Down from 7 Positions

James Murdoch can’t quit quitting. Just last week he stepped down from his sixth executive position, and now The Guardian is reporting that Murdoch is vacating his position as CEO and Chairman of BSkyB. Murdoch has held the position at the company since 2003, and his departure means there is now no family member holding a top spot at the broadcaster for the first time in several years.

Murdoch has now stepped down from seven executive positions. His BkyB departure is hardly surprising, and as the language of this joint statement from Rupert Murdoch and Chase Carey indicates, no one is exactly pleased about the ordeal:

We are grateful for James Murdoch’s successful leadership of BSkyB. He has played a major role in propelling the company into the market-leading position it enjoys today – and in the process has been instrumental in creating substantial value for News Corporation shareholders. We look forward to BSkyB’s continued growth under the leadership of Nicholas Ferguson and Jeremy Darroch and to James’ continued substantial contributions at News Corporation.

News Corp. Could Be Biggest Advertiser in U.K.

FishbowlNY told you recently that News Corp is about to acquire BSkyB. And we also told you that this would make that company’s presence overwhelming in the U.K., because it would then own most of Britain’s newspapers and the biggest TV station. Well, according to Media Week, not only is News Corp. going to own all the news, it’s going to own all the ads in between the news too:

Last year, BSkyB alone spent £145.1m on traditional media, and a further £7.9m on online display. Once you add to this News International’s traditional spend of £41.6m and online display budget of 1.2m, as well as traditional and digital spend for News Corp-owned 20th Century Fox of £23.2m, the total spend of any new conglomerate hits a market-busting £219m.

Media expenditure for P&G, home to the likes of Gillette, Pringles, Pampers and Max Factor, lags a distant second at £206.6m.

Of course these are just estimates, but wow. News Corp. could potentially control more minds than Pringles! If that doesn’t scare you, nothing will.

News Corp. Expected to Win Approval for BSkyB Takeover

With most of the U.K. discussing all aspects of the Royal Wedding (will Prince William do the Electric Slide or not???), the news that News Corporation is expected to be cleared to takeover BSkyB is probably being dismissed, even though it shouldn’t be.

The Financial Times is reporting that Jeremy Hunt, the country’s Culture Secretary, is not likely to block the deal, no matter what some have said:

Arbitrageurs contacted by the Financial Times are dismissing the possibility of a legal challenge to Mr Hunt’s decision, which he said earlier this month would be delayed until “just after” the return of parliament on Tuesday. The consortium of newspaper owners and BT have privately conceded they will not seek a judicial review of the decision.
Let the era of homogenized news begin!

News Corp.’s Plan to Spin Off Sky News Approved

Yesterday Rupert Murdoch set in motion a plan to spin off Sky News, effectively clearing the way for News Corporation to buy the remaining portion of BSkyB that it currently doesn’t own.

The Guardian just reported that Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt has approved the plan:

Under the deal, the loss-making news subsidiary will be spun off into a new publicly listed company called Newco, and will be independently funded for 10 years. News Corporation is to license the Sky News brand to the operation for seven years, providing an incentive to renew a second funding deal.

Opponents of the deal – including The Guardian – are considering filing for a judicial review of the decision.

They better think quick. With News Corp. taking over BSkyB, the company now not only owns the majority of newspapers in Britain, it controls the biggest TV station as well. And you thought America’s media was bad.