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Morning Media Newsfeed: Gawker Shakes Up Leadership | Guardian EIC to Step Down

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Gawker Makes Leadership Changes (FishbowlNY)
Nick Denton has announced some major changes to the leadership structure at Gawker Media. Instead of Denton having all the oversight, a collective of seven managing partners (including Denton) “will consult on major matters such as tech investments and the reassignment of department heads,” according to a memo. NYT The move was in part because of the company’s editorial failures in the last year. Denton said he would stay on as chief executive and remain involved in the company’s future, but that recent failures in management had shown he needed more support. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media The move, Denton said, was part of an effort to scale back his day-to-day managerial roles and return to blogging, which he called “the only truly new media in the age of the Web” and “the essential act of journalism in an interactive and conversational age.” The move also suggests that Gawker Media may be gearing up for an acquisition or merger of some sort. Denton said that no such activity was afoot. GigaOM The new management structure will make it easier to respond to the increasing competitive threat from sites like BuzzFeed and Vox, Denton said, since decisions will be made by the committee as a whole rather than everyone having to try and get the founder’s attention at the same time. The new group includes former Deadspin editor Tommy Craggs as head of editorial operations, effectively replacing editor-in-chief Joel Johnson, who announced recently that he had been fired. Capital New York The rest of the managing board includes president Heather Dietrick, chief strategy officer Erin Pettigrew, advertising head Andrew Gorenstein, chief operating officer Scott Kidder and chief technology officer Tom Plunkett, who will continue to work on the product side but shed the title of CTO. The memo also mentions that Gawker’s revenues are up 30 percent year-over-year and the company has hired Paul Sundue to head Studio@Gawker, the company’s in-house native advertising agency.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Winkler Out at Bloomberg | Ebola Fighters Are Time PoTY

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Matt Winkler Steps Down at Bloomberg News (FishbowlNY)
More changes at Bloomberg News, this time involving veteran editor-in-chief Matt Winkler, who is stepping down. Winkler has been editor of Bloomberg News for the past 24 years. Capital New York John Micklethwait, editor-in-chief of The Economist, will succeed Winkler, who co-founded the news service with Michael Bloomberg back in 1990. Micklethwait has edited The Economist since 2006. He will leave the company at the end of January. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media The Economist is now searching for a replacement for Micklethwait, who joined the mag in 1987, a process that will very likely take several weeks. NYT On Tuesday, Bloomberg News named Winkler an editor-in-chief emeritus. One executive at Bloomberg, who was not authorized to speak publicly, said the change was a year in the making, but had accelerated since Bloomberg’s return to the company in September. Another Bloomberg executive said it was very much a joint decision based on the need for a cultural change in the news division, and that Bloomberg and Winkler remained close. HuffPost As editor-in-chief emeritus, Winkler will work with Bloomberg “on strategic initiatives, conducting high-profile interviews of global newsmakers and bringing his insights and expertise to the most important and market-moving stories.” Micklethwait will oversee editorial “across all Bloomberg platforms, including its news, newsletters, magazines, opinion, television, radio and digital properties,” according to a release. Bloomberg Media Group CEO Justin Smith, who is overseeing new consumer-facing sites for the company, like Bloomberg Politics, will continue reporting to Michael Bloomberg.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Pakistan Suspends News Channel | Watterson Returns

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Pakistan Suspends License of Leading News Channel (NYT)
The Pakistani government on Friday suspended the broadcasting license of Geo News, a popular television channel, in a major escalation of Geo’s dispute with the country’s powerful Inter-Services Intelligence spy agency. WSJ Pakistan’s media regulator said it would temporarily take off the air the country’s largest news channel after it aired allegations that the spy agency was behind the shooting in April of the channel’s star anchor. Bloomberg The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority ordered the closure of Geo for two weeks and imposed a 10 million rupee fine, according to a statement. “The authority further decided that in case of repeated violation by the said licensee, proceedings for the revocation of the license shall be initiated,” according to the statement. Al Jazeera Geo stayed on the air for a few hours and reported the news of its own license being pulled along with a graphic showing the Geo News logo wrapped in chains before the signal was cut. Rights group Amnesty International described the ban as a “politically motivated attack on freedom of expression and the media.” BBC News Geo argues that it has already publicly apologized to the ISI for its coverage in the aftermath of the shooting of Hamid Mir, one of Pakistan’s best known TV presenters. He was hit six times in the abdomen and legs after his car was fired on by men on motorbikes as he was leaving Karachi airport on April 19. It remains unclear who fired the shots and no group has said it carried out the attack. In May, a group of PEMRA board members had tried to suspend Geo TV’s license on the same issue, but that decision was quickly “disowned” by the regulatory body.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: WH Probes CIA Press Leak | Katz, Lenfest Win Inquirer Bidding | New Abramson/NYT Details

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White House Launches Probe Into CIA Station Chief Disclosure (Politico)
The White House has launched an investigation into how the name of the CIA’s station chief in Afghanistan was released to the press Sunday during President Barack Obama’s surprise visit to U.S. troops there, officials said. TVNewser White House counsel Neil Eggleston will oversee the investigation. FishbowlDC On Sunday as President Obama spoke at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan, a pool report sent to upwards of 6,000 journalists included the name of a CIA station chief in the country, as one of many briefing the President during his visit. HuffPost The Washington Post’s Scott Wilson, who wrote the pool report, had received the list from White House officials. Wilson included the list as part of a pool report from Obama’s visit to Afghanistan that was distributed Saturday by the White House press office, which later sent out a revised version not including the station chief’s name. Despite the pool report appearing in thousands of inboxes, all major news outlets have continued to withhold the covert agent’s name at the government’s request. Time The CIA official operates under a cover, though their identity is known to the Afghan government. The release of the name is not only a faux pas in intelligence circles, but could jeopardize the CIA officer’s career and safety.

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New York Times Says Reporter Leaking Dowd Column Was a ‘Mistake’

The New York Times is doing its best to sweep a bit of internal controversy under the rug. A spokesperson for the paper said that Mark Mazzetti, the reporter who leaked a Maureen Dowd column to the CIA, simply made a “mistake” that “is not consistent with New York Times standards.” More from the spokesperson, via the Times:

Last August, Maureen Dowd asked Mark Mazzetti to help check a fact for her column. In the course of doing so, he sent the entire column to a C.I.A. spokeswoman shortly before her deadline. He did this without the knowledge of Ms. Dowd.

That’s it. No word on any sort of punishment for Mazzetti, no apology from Mazzetti, nothing.

We do expect Mazzetti to comment eventually, but what we’d really like to hear is what Dowd thinks of all this. We’re sure she’s got some interesting/profane thoughts on the matter.

New York Times Reporter Leaks Maureen Dowd Column to CIA

Mark Mazzetti, a reporter with The New York Times, must need to brush up on journalism ethics. That’s the only reason we can come up with to explain why he leaked a Maureen Dowd column to the CIA.

According to Politico, Mazzetti’s communication with Marie Harf, a CIA spokesperson, was regarding Dowd’s op-ed that criticized the White House for not making a bigger deal out of President Barack Obama’s handling of the mission that eventually led to Osama bin Laden being killed. Dowd’s piece was set to run after a movie about the mission — Zero Dark Thirty — hit theaters. In an email, Mazzetti writes, “This didn’t come from me… and please delete after you read. See, nothing to worry about.”

One would think Mazzetti has plenty to worry about now, but nope. Dean Baquet, the managing editor of the Times, thinks all is well. “I know the circumstances, and if you knew everything that’s going on, you’d know it’s much ado about nothing,” Baquet told Politico. “I can’t go into in detail. But I’m confident after talking to Mark that it’s much ado about nothing.” Hmmm… Maybe it’s us who need to brush up on ethics?

Sundown on Sunset: Initial Acts of Violence

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NYU’s Jay Rosen slaps Michael Skube around in the LAT.

JT LeRoy has a maid and Jeff Bercovici throws a punch at the NYT.

WoW reports on David Hasselhoff’s shake down of OK!.

TMZ gets another tongue lashing from Tabloid Baby.

CIA, COS, ZOG, FEMA, HIV–one of these is not like the others, as STC stomps on conspiracy theories.

(photo by Amy Alkon)

Judith Regan | Martha Stewart | CIA | News Corp.’s Newsday Fetish

  • HarperCollins L.A. Staffers: Still sifting through Judith Regan‘s stuff months after her firing. [Rush and Molloy]
  • Martha Stewart: “I spend a lot of time nurturing creativity, thanks to the SEC.” [WWD]
  • Why New Corp.: Wants Newsday. [Forbes]
  • CIA: Recruiting via Facebook. [Wired]
  • New Deals: For Law & Order: SVU stars. [Variety]
  • Flavor Flav: Transcends satire. [NY Press]
  • State of the Union: In HD. [Gizmodo via TVNewser]