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WNET Sells Broadcasting Trade Journal Current

After 28 years of ownership, WNET recently approved the sale of public broadcasting trade paper Current to American University’s School of Communication.  Elizabeth Jensen of NYT’s Media Decoder reports that the New York City-based WNET.org will finalize the deal to hand over Current sometime in 2011.  WNET.org president and CEO Neal Shapiro noted a growing concern that his company published a paper that covered WNET itself and is pleased with the sale to American University:

They [American University] are all about thinking about the next generation of journalism.

With their headquarters in D.C., Current has around 4,000 subscribers and records nearly 30,000 unique web visits per month.  The paper is expected to remain editorially independent and will not depart from its trade journal format.

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Now There’s Only One Section to Ignore!

booksstuff.jpgThe LAT is combining its book reviews section with its Sunday opinion page, Current on April 15. We hear its first review will be of a Brian Grazer memoir.

Brian Grazer: Editor for a Day at LA Times

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The LA Times is going for a guest editor for the Sunday Op-ed section, Current, and so picked the obvious candidate, Brian Grazer for the March 25th issue. From the press release:

We asked Brian Grazer to kick off the program because we wanted to tap into his creative vision. Brian’s an ideal choice because his interests are notoriously wide-ranging, and often unconventional. His career is powered by an endless curiosity, and we thought it would be fun to hitch a ride along the way.

Grazer has so few outlets for self-expression, and besides, he’s a rich white guy, and you know hard it is for them. Usually these sorts of “Something for a Day” go to the highest bidder at an elementary school fund-raiser.

And Nikki Finke has so much more to the story. Still not locally acclimated Nick Goldberg is behind Grazer who picked some not-very-unconventional choices for writers, who include Andre Leon Talley on “fashion and status” and rabid lawyer Marty Singer on the “power of allegations”. There’s also a Nobel Prize winner, because Hollywood types love to hob-nob with the big brains and more to the point, a facial interpretation expert on how to catch liars.

And, remember, Grazer can’t read.