U.S. public relations firm Edelman said on Friday it did not know the whereabouts of its China chief, who has been helping Chinese authorities with an unspecified investigation.
Two sources with knowledge of the matter said Steven Cao had not been seen this week at either the Edelman office in Beijing or that of its subsidiary, Pegasus Public Relations Consulting. Cao is chief executive of Edelman’s China arm and also runs Pegasus.
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Chelsea Handler to Host Talk Show on Netflix (LostRemote)
Late-night comedian Chelsea Handler is moving from TV to Netflix, announcing Thursday she’ll host a talk show on the streaming service in 2016. NYT The idea could appear counterintuitive because Netflix, the subscription streaming video service, has thus far only posted original series in their entirety, not day by day or even week by week. But this apparent incongruity may be what appealed to Handler, a comic who has been public about seeking a new and different landing place after declaring that she was planning to leave E!, where for seven years she has hosted Chelsea Lately, a daily late-night show. WSJ Netflix will likely release the talk show episodes in a different way than it has debuted its other original series, where it is released all the episodes at once to encourage “binge viewing.” THR / The Live Feed “If I was going to continue working in this industry, I knew I had to do something outside the box to keep myself interested. I wanted to sit with the cool kids at lunch so I approached Netflix to make sure they were as cool as I thought they were, and when I confirmed my suspicions, like with any other future lover, I made my move,” said Handler in a statement. The Washington Post / Style Blog Before this, Handler made no secret that she despised the E! network — and her manager told the media she was actively looking for another gig. When E! announced the series finale of her talk show this summer, she offered the most lukewarm departure statement ever: “I will always look back at my time on E! as most people look back at their time in college. I’m glad I went.” HuffPost In addition to the talk show, Handler will also be collaborating with Netflix on five comedy specials into next year, including stand-up and docu-comedy specials.
In the weeks since we first reported about the plight of Austin Ramzy, his bosses at the New York Times have been lobbying hard for the renewal of the reporter’s annual Chinese work visa. Today, per an update from colleagues Andrew Jacobs and Edward Wong, it’s looking very grim:
Despite objections raised by Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. in meetings with its top leaders, China appears set to force a correspondent for The New York Times to leave the country this week…
Ramzy, 39, has been based in China for more than six years. He was granted a month-long visa to remain in China at the end of December, but the government has indicated that he will be required to leave when that visa expires on Thursday.
The headline for Patrick Smith‘s latest Salon op-ed is a good one: “Get Over Yourself, New York Times. You’re Not Standing Up to Anyone.”
But the first few sentences of his article might be even better:
They say fiction has had its day, given over to Brooklyn-dwellers with nothing to say. True and not. Our newspapers provide splendid fiction. It is a golden age.
From 1985 to 1992, Smith was the International Herald Tribune bureau chief in Hong Kong and then Tokyo. During that time, he also wrote “Letter from Tokyo” for the New Yorker.
He takes informed, cynical stock of the current struggles of the New York Times and Bloomberg News to get their China-correspondent visas renewed for 2014. Smith also candidly explains how he sometimes failed the related white-knight test:
My own batting average is one for three. I was expelled from Singapore in the early 1980s, and my magazine at the time, the regrettably defunct Far Eastern Economic Review, kept the bureau open and listed it on the masthead with a blank where the bureau chief’s name would have gone. This went on for years.
Before heading back to New York City for the holidays, Hannah Beech joked with friends in China that she might not be back. That’s because once again, the renewal of her yearly journalist visa is coming down to the New Year’s Eve wire.
Beech has had a number of rough rides on that front since she began covering the China beat in the early 2000s. Two years ago, her coverage of self-immolating Tibetan monks led to bureaucratic stalling and a stern lecture. Last year, she was reprimanded for using the wrong kind of pen.
But as Beech notes in her highly informative piece about the past and present challenges of being a foreign journalist in China, nothing compares to the visa renewal process of 2003:
The Foreign Ministry called in a Chinese journalism professor to deliver many hours of lectures to me on media ethics. They had reviewed my CV and discovered that I had never attended journalism school.
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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.
There has been a changing of the guard with regards to The Hollywood Reporter‘s on-the-ground coverage of China. Replacing the Hong Kong-based Clarence Tsui as Asia Bureau chief is the Beijing-located Clifford Coonan (pictured):
Before moving to China, Coonan was a Reuters correspondent for seven years. He was previously a China correspondent for Variety.
“What I’m trying to do is to share my experiences with those interested in how film and media work in this part of the world,” Coonan said. “I want to clarify this fascinating but often challenging market to overseas audiences. This is a fast growing and wildly vibrant region and helming The Hollywood Reporter‘s Asian coverage is a fantastic opportunity.”
When the editors at The New York Times delivered the well-reported piece exposing the extreme wealth of China’s prime minister, they probably weren’t that surprised when China blocked the online version of the piece. However, since then, hackers in China have been infiltrating the Times’ computers, gathering emails and passwords. This is a high tech spy story for the ages.
During the digital attack, the hackers installed malicious maleware that allowed them to gain entry to any Times computer. The hackers stole every Times employee corporate password and used this inforamtion to gain access to 53 personal computers. The Times says no customer information was accessed. The hackers tried to hide what they were doing, but the Times caught on:
China has blocked access to The New York Times’s website (both in English and in Chinese) after the paper published a piece on its Prime Minister’s extreme wealth. The piece — written by David Barboza — reports that Prime Minister Wen Jiabao and his family have accumulated about $2.7 billion in assets.
According to the Times, the article went online at 4:34 am Friday in China; by 7 am the sites were blocked. The government is also trying to block online searches for “The New York Times” and mentions of the paper or article on a popular blogging site. The report is upsetting Chinese officials because it soils the reputation of Wen, who is stepping down this spring.
The Times, meanwhile, is trying to get the site unblocked. ”We hope that full access is restored shortly, and we will ask the Chinese authorities to ensure that our readers in China can continue to enjoy New York Times journalism,” said Times spokesperson, Eileen Murphy, in a statement. “We will continue to report and translate stories applying the same journalistic standards that are upheld across The New York Times.”
While some media companies are scratching their heads trying to find ways to become profitable and cut costs, (usually by laying people off), Vice is doing the opposite: enjoying an estimated value of $1 billion (with $100 million in revenue) and looking to expand into China.
A recent Forbes story details the company’s rapid ascend and ambitious moves. What started out as a free magazine based in Montreal has transformed into a global media empire that chronicles hipster and youth culture, is headquartered in Brooklyn and employs 800 people in 34 countries. Interestingly enough, as Forbes suggests, it was web video content — the creative, ahead-of-the-curve type — that helped to set Vice apart from, well, your traditional media companies.
With that kind of foresight, China seems doable, especially with recent investment backing.
However, the big question remains. Will Vice’s somewhat, uh, racy content mesh with Chinese conservatism?