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Morning Media Newsfeed: GMA Ups Spencer | Everest Special Nixed | Journalists Freed in Syria

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Lara Spencer Named Co-Host of Good Morning America (TVNewser)
Lara Spencer has been promoted to co-host of Good Morning America, joining George Stephanopoulos and Robin Roberts, ABC News president James Goldston announced Friday. FishbowlDC Goldston sent a memo to staff with the announcement, highlighting Spencer’s “style, humor, sunny confidence, wonderful journalism and storytelling” and the two-year anniversary of GMA breaking “Today’s 852-week winning streak.” Mediaite Spencer rejoined ABC News three years ago as the lifestyle anchor on GMA after an extended stint in syndication and on CBS’ Early Show. Variety The move comes as GMA has been in the midst of change, with two members of the on-air staff that helped the show pass NBC’s Today in both total viewers as well as those between 25 and 54, the demo most coveted by advertisers, departed. Spencer is also now a veteran presence on the program, which has two new faces after the departures of meteorologist Sam Champion and news anchor Josh Elliott. ABC recently enlisted Michael Strahan, the former football player who has added new momentum to the company’s syndicated morning Live With Kelly And Michael, to take part in occasional GMA segments. The Associated Press The other current members of the GMA family are Amy Robach and Ginger Zee. Spencer was the show’s national correspondent from 1999 to 2004. Then, for seven years, she was a host of The Insider.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Turkey Bans Twitter | Netflix CEO Blasts ISPs | Carney Not Prompted

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Twitter Goes Dark in Turkey Hours After Country’s PM Threatened to ‘Wipe Out’ Service (TechCrunch)
After Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdoğan promised that he would “wipe out” Twitter after it apparently ignored court orders asking the site to remove certain corruption allegations, the service has gone dark in the country. WSJ The move, confirmed by the telecommunications regulator and the state news agency, sent shock waves across Turkey, which is one of the top 10 users of Twitter worldwide with more than 10 million users. Turkish citizens have increasingly turned to the medium to voice opposition to the government and organize demonstrations as mainstream media have avoided criticism of Erdoğan. Variety At a rally in Bursa, Erdoğan pledged to do away with Twitter completely. “We will eradicate Twitter,” he said. “I don’t care what the international community says. Everyone will witness the power of the Turkish Republic.” Tensions between Erdoğan and Twitter had been building for some time. On Feb. 25, the prime minister claimed a “robot lobby” was targeting government through Twitter. He also threatened on March 6 to shut down both Twitter and Facebook in Turkey “if necessary.” Bloomberg Businessweek Erdoğan said the microblogging service ignored court orders to remove content related to a government corruption scandal. The tweets targeted by the premier are from an anonymous user going by the name of Haramzadeler, a Turkish phrase that means Sons of Thieves. The person or persons have been leaking documents and audio files described as the results of a 15-month prosecutor-led investigation into corruption in Erdoğan’s government. Time Those who tried to access Twitter Thursday were taken to a statement from Turkey’s telecommunications regulator that cites court orders allowing the government to ban Twitter. In 2013 during the Occupy Gezi protests, Erdoğan called all of social media “the worst menace to society.” The Washington Post / Morning Mix After Turkey’s Twitter was apparently disabled, the hashtag #TwitterisblockedinTurkey went supernova, though Twitter is still accessible via the site’s SMS service, which allows Turks to text in a tweet.

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Scott Pelley’s Reply to Visiting Journalism Student: ‘It Ain’t Easy’

CMANYC2014PosterHeidi Kronaiz, news editor for South Dakota State University’s The Collegian, has a zippy summary of her time spent in New York at the College Media Association’s Spring National College Media Convention. She was there with eight student newspaper colleagues.

Kronaiz says the workshops she attended, part of an overall slate of 250+ events, were “incredibly beneficial.” She also relates her convention highlight, which took place during the keynote address:

For me, the most influential part of Scott Pelley’s presentation was getting to ask him a question. Some students asked questions that were irrelevant to his presentation, looking to get a story, not advice. Being a journalism major with a broadcast emphasis, I decided to ask Pelley what it would take to land a job on a national news network.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Viacom, Google Settle | KOMO Helicopter Crash | CNN Ratings Surge

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Viacom, Google Resolve Copyright Lawsuit (MarketWatch)
Google and Viacom jointly announced Tuesday the resolution of the Viacom vs. YouTube copyright litigation. The terms of the settlement were not disclosed. The Associated Press New York-based Viacom filed the $1 billion suit in 2007, claiming that YouTube was aware that thousands of videos on its site were stolen from its TV networks such as Comedy Central, MTV and Nickelodeon. Mashable Viacom later released conversations with Google executives that it claimed showed disregard for copyrights. Google countered that Viacom was uploading its content to YouTube. The case dragged on for years. In 2010, Google’s CFO said the company had spent $100 million on the case. GigaOM The case has been seen as a landmark test of copyright law’s so-called “safe harbor” rules, which can protect website owners from copyright infringement committed by their users. Google won a series of major victories in the case, including last April when a court threw out the case for a second time on the grounds that Google did not have “red flag” knowledge of the infringing shows. The judge had initially dismissed the case in 2010 but an appeals court partially reinstated it, leading to the second dismissal in April. Viacom filed an appeal once again last year, but the sides have now laid the matter to rest, citing a desire for collaboration. LostRemote Before the settlement, Google and Viacom made strides on dealing with piracy. The two companies have inserted filters that flag unauthorized Viacom content and allows the company to take it down from YouTube. SocialTimes Regarding the resolution of this lengthy litigation between them, the two companies made the following statement: “Google and Viacom [Tuesday] jointly announced the resolution of the Viacom vs. YouTube copyright litigation. This settlement reflects the growing collaborative dialogue between our two companies on important opportunities, and we look forward to working more closely together.”

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That’s the Way It Went with Walter Cronkite, The Beatles

BeatlesAreComingCoverThe kind of trivia that Bruce Spizer, author of The Beatles Are Coming!, is able to share never gets old. Doubly so when the 50th anniversary of the seminal NYC trigger date (February 7 1964) is looming.

Spizer, for CBS New York and other network websites, today reframes the unlikely trio of Walter Cronkite, 15-year-old Maryland high school student Marsha Albert and D.C. radio DJ Carroll James Jr. A daisy-chain of events linked the three and helped speed the stateside spread of Beatlemania.

As a vivid reminder of just how long ago this was, check out the following Spizer passage:

James, who had also seen the CBS Evening News [Cronkite] Beatles report, arranged to have a copy of their latest British hit single, “I Want To Hold Your Hand,” delivered to him by a flight attendant who worked for British airline BOAC.

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CBS News Vet Adapts 9/11 Experiences for the Stage

BikemanTheatricalExpPreviews of Bikeman: The 9/11 Theatrical Experience begin Sunday January 26 at the BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center, with 7.5% of every ticket after mandated deductions going to the 9/11 Memorial. The official opening is set for February 18, with Robert Cuccioli (Jekyll & Hyde, Spiderman: Turn Off the Dark) in the lead role.

The one-hour show is based on a book of the same name by Thomas F. Flynn. At the time of the 9/11 attacks, Flynn was a writer-producer with the CBS Evening News with Dan Rather. From the starting point that fateful morning of his Greenwich Village home, Flynn headed to the scene on his bicycle after the first plane hit and quickly became much more than a mere reporter.

Flynn, a part-time resident of Cape Cod, still does some writing today for the CBS Evening News, though he contributes mainly to former boss Rather’s HDNet show. From an article in the Cape Cod Times:

Flynn says he believes Bikeman is “everyone’s story” because what happened on September 11 “was the most watched event in the history of the earth…”

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A Well-Respected TV Newswriter Pens Book, Critical of Network Anchors

Network nightly newscasts lack the following they had decades ago before the advent of the Internet and cable TV. But they are still the flagship news broadcasts of the Big Three networks.

Mervin Block is recognized as one of television’s great newswriters. His resume could be a piece of the Paley Center. Block was a staff writer for the CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite and the ABC Evening News with Frank Reynolds. He also was a freelance writer at NBC News during the Tom Brokaw era.

So when Block decides to write a book critical of writing and copyediting on those broadcasts, still watched by millions each night, the industry takes notice.

Block published his sixth book on the topic, Weighing Anchors, with the subtitle, When Anchors Don’t Know Write from Wrong. He says the research was “on and off for 10 years.” His reason for keeping tabs is simple.

“I was hearing so many scripts that were flawed, or worse,” Block tells FishbowlNY.

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Walter Cronkite Dies At 92

cronkite2.pngLegendary broadcaster Walter Cronkite died earlier tonight. He was 92.

Our colleagues at TVNewser have the full report of Cronkite’s death, including statements from staffers at CBS News where Cronkite anchored the Evening News for 19 years, statements from ABC News and NBC’s Brian Williams and a rundown of how cable news covered the news.

When one of our own passes away journalists pay their respects, with lengthy obituaries in print, moments of silence on air and tribute specials. Expect lots of tributes to Cronkite over the next few days.

Cronkite was first reported to be ill in mid-June. He was suffering from cerebrovascular disease and his son Chip told The New York Times that the cause of death was complications of dementia.

Tonight, the New York Press Club honored their former member by urging journalists to “rededicate themselves to the high standards he set.”

Cronkite was best known for his work on the day of President John F. Kennedy‘s assassination and his famous sign off, “And that’s the way it is.” He was a powerful presence in the broadcasting world and, although he will be missed, his contribution to the industry can be felt in every evening network newscast. Now let’s have a moment of silence for Walter Cronkite.

After the jump, a clip of Cronkite announcing JFK’s death.

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LAT in 90 Seconds

bacal.jpgSheriff’s Office To Become A Reality Show: See what happens when people stop being polite, and start … training to become cops.

sammycheney.jpgDick Cheney’s Grandson Has Two Mommies: And the LAT runs an AP story? We’ll never understand how the National Desk assigns stories.

courick.jpgKatie’s Not Getting The Boot: Anchor Katie Couric is staying with the CBS Evening News. Of course, nobody will know this because nobody is watching.