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The FishbowlNY 60-Second Interview with Joe Pompeo

JoePompeoPicYou read the headline right. To highlight Capital New York’s ongoing and very informative Q&A series “60-Second Interview,” we decided to throw that format at the man who came up with the idea – senior reporter Joe Pompeo.

We wanted to adhere as closely as possible to the way Capital does these. So, the conversation was conducted via email and consisted of five questions.

Although these 60-Second Interviews are initially available only to Capital Pro subscribers, they are eventually archived to the open Web. Our thanks to Joe as well as to Capital’s media and marketing associate Caitlin O’Connell for their help with this.

FISHBOWLNY: Which 60-Second Interviews (and/or remarks within) have gotten the most reaction so far?

POMPEO: Obviously the ones we’ve done with “celebrity” type media figures have been pretty popular: Larry King, Glenn Beck, Jay McInerney, etc. I seem to recall our Shane Smith installment going a bit viral. One of our very first ones was with Janine Gibson from Guardian U.S. and that got a lot of traction.

FISHBOWLNY: How is each participant selected? Is it pretty much just up to you, and dependent on access, or is it a daily editorial meeting discussion?

POMPEO: Oh it’s all much more casual than that. And while I was the one who came up with the feature in the first place, I’m by no means the arbiter. Basically everyone on our seven-person media desk is constantly brainstorming and putting out requests. We started getting pitches from publicists and sources pretty early on, too, which is great in terms of feeding the beast. It’s never fun when 5 p.m. rolls around and we realize we don’t have an interviewee lined up for the following morning.

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Hollywood Reporter Lists 35 ‘Most Powerful People in New York Media’

It’s list time! The Hollywood Reporter’s annual “most powerful people in New York media” list is out, and it features some staples (Roger Ailes) and some newcomers (Nick Denton). The list, now in its fourth year, honors “The men and women who shape the media message and interpret the sweep of the culture,” according to THR.

People love lists like this. It doesn’t really mean anything, yet everyone will be sure to humblebrag about being included. Media people love patting themselves on the back, and THR is giving them an open invitation to do so.

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Where Does the New York Post Go from Here?

Col Allan told The Capital media reporter Joe Pompeo that he shall return, once newspaper turnaround work is completed Down Under. But many of those at the New York Post who spoke to the journalist aren’t so sure.

Watching over the editorial fortunes of the paper in Allan’s absence is Jesse Angelo, formerly of The Daily. Pompeo writes about a NYP retreat last fall up in the Hudson Highlands during which the since departed EIC made a scary confession:

At the beginning of the event, Allan offered a rare mea culpa from his perch at the back of the room.

“As most of you know, there was nobody less interested in the Internet at this newspaper than me,” one person who was there recalls him saying. “It seems I was wrong about that.”

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Col Allan Urges Australian Newspaper Editors to ‘Rely on Their Instincts’

The temporarily reassigned New York Post EIC has spoken Down Under. Addressing about 60 News Corp. Australia newspaper editors gathered Wednesday at HarperCollins headquarters in Sydney, Col Allan delivered an emphatic ten-minute rallying cry.

From a report by The Australian‘s media diarist Nick Leys who, it should be noted in this case, works for the execs he is reporting on:

Allan urged them to rely on their instincts about their newspapers and what readers want and to not be beholden to “the data”.

And he told the editors and senior editorial staff from around the country that their newspapers had become too similar and they needed to produce titles that were differentiated from each other.

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NY Post Editor Col Allan Being Sent to Australia

Col Allan, the New York Post’s editor-in-chief, is being sent to Australia. According to a memo obtained by Capital New York, Allan is moving back to his native land to provide a helping editorial hand to the papers News Corp. owns there. Jesse Angelo, publisher of the Post, will take over Allan’s duties until he comes back in a few months.

The timing of Allan’s departure is sure to raise some eyebrows. News Corp.’s spinoff is now complete and the publication branch is starting anew, with $2.6 billion in cash. The Post is also about to relaunch its website, a big move it has been planning for quite some time.

Why send Allan off now? As Capital notes, perhaps this is the beginning of the end for Allan:

Insiders have been wondering how much longer Allan will stay on as editor, and Angelo has long been seen as heir to the editorship. He was named publisher of the Post, where he’d previously been one of Allan’s main newsroom deputies, after News Corp. last November closed down its struggling iPad publication, The Daily, of which Angelo had served as editor.

But Angelo had been consolidating power at the Post even before then, having taken on a larger role in the paper’s online strategy as early as last March.

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Tamron Hall to Host New Crime Show (Chicago Sun-Times / Voices)
Tamron Hall, the MSNBC host and NBC News correspondent — and former morning show co-anchor of Fox 32 News in Chicago — will host Deadline: Crime with Tamron Hall, a new weekly crime investigation series for Discovery’s ID (Investigation Discovery) network. The announcement was made by the peacock network at the semi-annual Television Correspondents Association meetings in Los Angeles. Hall has a direct, personal connection to violent crime. Her older sister was a murder victim in a case that is still officially unsolved. Deadline Hollywood In each one-hour episode, Hall will be joined by other correspondents to explore crimes. Among them: journalists Michelle Sigona and Angeline Hartmann and veteran America’s Most Wanted correspondent Tom Morris Jr. The new series also will feature appearances from ID regulars Aphrodite Jones (host of True Crime with Aphrodite Jones) and Keith Beauchamp (host of The Injustice Files). HuffPost Hall will host the program while continuing to anchor NewsNation on MSNBC. The first episode will look at the murder of a mentally ill wife and mother of two, and Robert Chambers, otherwise known as the “Preppie Killer.”

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NY Post Wrongly Accuses Man as ‘Bag Man,’ Daily News Enjoys Every Second

The New York Post is looking worse and worse as the events unfold in Boston. Despite an attempt by Col Allan to defend the paper’s cover which portrayed two men as the Boston Marathon bombers (which we know now they are obviously not), and the Post backtracking on the story, this week has been rough for the tabloid. Which makes it a great week for the Post’s rival, the New York Daily News.

The Daily News took advantage of the bumbling Post by publishing a story about one of the men on the Post’s cover, Salah Barhoum. “It’s such a disaster,” he said. “To be blamed for all that injury and death. It’s the worst.” He also told the Daily News that he was being called racial slurs at school because of the Post’s photo. Barhoum’s father expressed outrage.

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The New York Post Reports Things

According to The New York Post, things are happening. The things started one day and are expected to continue until another day. The Post’s editor, Col Allan, explained, “Every American should know about these things.” An anonymous law enforcement agent also expressed his concern, telling the Post in an email, “We have been discussing these things at length and are prepared to take some sort of action.”

The Post ran photos of the things on its cover this morning. The startling images grabbed readers’ attention immediately. “I’m worried, I can tell you that,” Bronx resident John Russo, told the paper. “I called my fiancee and told her about the things and she just started crying. I’m just glad the Post was brave enough to tell us all that these things were happening. I had no idea.”

FishbowlNY was unable to get any other news outlet to comment on the Post’s things exclusive. A spokesperson at The New York Times sighed heavily and then hung up on us, and Stephen Adler, editor-in-chief of Reuters, replied to our email with a cat gif.

[Editor's note: This is satire, yo]

Michael Wolff Says New York Post Will Die Before Rupert Murdoch

Michael Wolff doesn’t exactly believe in the New York Post’s future. In a scathing column, Wolff declares that the Post is slowly dying and that it will perish before Rupert Murdoch does. Grim! Here are a few things that Wolff says point to the end of the tabloid:

    • The upcoming News Corp. split. “As Murdoch gets ready to separate his newspapers from his richer entertainment holdings in a move that will force the papers to pay their own way, the Post’s day of reckoning nears.”
    • Even Rupert Murdoch is losing faith in the paper. It has become “an increasingly sclerotic and gothic enterprise, full of aging figures.”
    • “Robert Thompson, the Wall Street Journal editor, who will be the CEO of the new newspaper company, is openly contemptuous of Col Allen and the paper’s low-rent, cowboy atmosphere.” If Robert Thompson is mad at Col Allen, imagine how Robert Thomson feels about Col Allan!
    • The paper is losing a ton of money. Wolff says it’s about $80 million per year, but we’ve heard estimates as high as $110 million.

News Corp. Shuts Down The Daily

The first great iPad newspaper experiment is over. News Corp. has announced that it is shutting down The Daily on December 15, and that some staffers will head to The New York Post. Here is a statement about the end of The Daily, from Rupert Murdoch:

From its launch, The Daily was a bold experiment in digital publishing and an amazing vehicle for innovation. Unfortunately, our experience was that we could not find a large enough audience quickly enough to convince us the business model was sustainable in the long-term. Therefore we will take the very best of what we have learned at The Daily and apply it to all our properties. Under the editorial leadership of Editor-in-Chief Col Allan and the business and digital leadership of Jesse, I know The New York Post will continue to grow and become stronger on the web, on mobile, and not least, the paper itself. I want to thank all of the journalists, digital and business professionals for the hard work they put into The Daily.

From day one, The Daily had its critics and flaws. People said the content was subpar, readers complained about the functionality and yes, there was that infamous search for the oldest dog in America.

We always held out hope that The Daily would make it, but in the end, it just couldn’t keep publishing. Still, we applaud News Corp. and the Daily’s staffers for trying something completely new. It was definitely fun and interesting while it lasted.

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