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Morning Media Newsfeed: ABC News Expands to Apple TV | AT&T, DirecTV Sell Merger

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ABC News on Apple TV ‘for Everyone’ (LostRemote)
As of 10 a.m. ET Tuesday morning, ABC News is officially available on Apple TV. TVNewser The new ABC offering features a 24/7 livestream made up of news events and anchored reports, a wide variety of video-on-demand-clips, local content from various ABC News affiliates, content from ABC’s 50-year-old archives, and more. The ABC News Apple TV product also offers an extension of ABC News’ broadcast coverage. TVSpy It also offers a local news section, which showcases top video-on-demand clips from some of the country’s biggest markets. At launch, content from eight ABC-owned stations — including WABC in New York, KABC in Los Angeles, WLS in Chicago, WPVI in Philadelphia, KGO in San Francisco, KTRK in Houston, WTVD in Raleigh and KFSN in Fresno — can be found under the “Local” tab. Variety ABC lacks a cable news channel, unlike broadcast peers Fox and NBC. Now, through Apple TV, ABC News has a 24-hour over-the-top network of sorts available on big-screen TVs. CBS, meanwhile, which also doesn’t have a cable news net, has been exploring a similar digital news service for several years. Capital New York Even when there isn’t live rolling coverage, the app will continue to be updated with segments from ABC News programming, as well as live video feeds from events like speeches or a shot of Earth from the International Space Station. On Apple TV, there are already apps for Bloomberg, The Wall Street Journal and Sky News, among others, but ABC marks the biggest bet by far from a U.S. TV news outlet, at least in terms of live coverage and original content. Other channels, like CNN and Fox News, are available for streaming online, but they require viewers “authenticate” that they are pay-TV subscribers. The ABC News app will not require authentication, making it free for everyone.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: AT&T to Acquire DirecTV | NYT Publisher Speaks | CNN Fires Editor

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AT&T to Buy DirecTV for $48.5 Billion (NYT / DealBook)
AT&T formally agreed on Sunday to buy DirecTV for about $48.5 billion, striking another transaction meant to overhaul the American telecommunications landscape. CNNMoney The boards of the two companies met on Sunday to approve the plan. “This is a unique opportunity that will redefine the video entertainment industry and create a company able to offer new bundles and deliver content to consumers across multiple screens — mobile devices, TVs, laptops, cars and even airplanes,” said Randall Stephenson, the chief executive of AT&T, in a statement. WSJ Just months ago, Comcast Corp. announced a $45 billion agreement to buy Time Warner Cable, a combination that would serve close to 30 million video subscribers, after proposed divestitures. Meanwhile, Sprint Corp. continues to work on a bid for smaller rival T-Mobile US Inc., people familiar with the matter say. The deal for DirecTV gives AT&T almost 26 million pay TV subscribers and a national footprint in the business at a time when the telecom carrier sees video delivery as core to its future. The Associated Press Dallas-based AT&T’s proposed combination could improve its Internet service by pushing its existing U-verse TV subscribers into video over satellite service, and thereby free up bandwidth on its telecommunications network. AT&T currently offers a high-speed Internet plan in a bundle with DirecTV television service. The acquisition would help it further reap the benefits of that alliance. DirecTV would continue to be based in El Segundo, Calif., following the merger. The companies expect the deal to close within 12 months following a government review.

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Emily Steel Headed to the New York Times

EmilySteelTwitterProfilePicIf you’re the New York Times, how do you hope to fight against a week of historically bad PR? Well, one way certainly is to herald – heading into the weekend – the imminent newsroom arrival of another talented woman.

Here’s today’s memo confirming that Emily Steel, in the wake of Brian Stelter‘s flight to CNN, will be moving over from the Financial Times to join the paper’s media desk:

The cheers you’re now hearing around the newsroom are from our colleagues who once worked with Emily at the Wall Street Journal and Financial Times. They had urged us to hire Emily, and having competed against her, it didn’t take much convincing.

Emily spent six years at the Journal and the last two at the FT as its media and marketing correspondent. At the Journal, she contributed several stories to the paper’s Pulitzer-finalist “End of Privacy” series about the pervasive tracking of Americans online, including her high-impact piece about privacy breaches at Facebook. Her media reporting at the FT has been topnotch, including her recent coverage of the proposed Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger.

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Financial Times Launches New York Video Studio

Here’s something that may surprise anyone not already familiar with the Financial Times website. All video is in front of the paywall.

In recent years, video contributions from reporters in Europe, Asia and Africa have overtaken U.S. video content. However, thanks to a brand new fiber-tethered studio launching Monday at FT‘s New York offices, much more U.S. video content will soon be in the offing.

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“What I’m really focused on, for the rest of this year, is upping the contribution from the U.S. to our video output,” head of video Veronica Kan-Dapaah tells FishbowlNY via telephone. “Although we’ve had a very strong contribution from the U.S., over the last couple of years we’ve really ramped up the amount that we’ve been doing from Europe, Africa and Asia. So that overall, percentage wise, the U.S. contribution has fallen back a bit.”

“We think that the U.S. stories are really key to the editorial,” she adds. “The markets in particular.”

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Walters Signs Off | Abramson/NYT Fight Unfolds | FCC Approves Proposal

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Two Dozen Women of TV News, Barbara Walters’ Legacy, Join Her on Her Final View (TVNewser)
Thursday afternoon, the legacy of Barbara Walters came to life in the finale of her final The View, taped at ABC’s Westside studios and set to air Friday. Mediaite All 11 current and former co-hosts of The View turned up to send off Walters. In an emotional segment, the hosts shared their fondest memories of the program’s founding member and some of the advice that they said guides them in their present careers. THR / The Live Feed Oprah Winfrey and Hillary Clinton were among the surprise guests who showed up to say goodbye. After more than 50 years in TV news, Walters is officially retiring, leaving her co-hosting gig on The View, but she’ll continue to serve as the show’s executive producer and contribute to ABC News on an as-needed basis. The Associated Press Walters brought the hour to a close with a heartfelt statement looking back with amazement on her career, then signing off with a pledge to “take a deep breath and enjoy my View.” But a more telling moment took place during a break, as the throng of women she had paved the way for posed with her for a group portrait. TheWrap The cadre of A-List media stars who gathered for the photo included Winfrey, Katie Couric, Joan Lunden, Robin Roberts, Connie Chung, Gayle King, Maria Shriver, Paula Zahn, Jane Pauley, Savannah Guthrie, Elizabeth Vargas, Lara Spencer, Tamron Hall, Diane Sawyer, Cynthia McFadden, Natalie Morales, JuJu Chang, Amy Robach, Deborah Norville and Hoda Kotb, as well as Walters’ co-hosts, Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, Rosie O’Donnell, Elisabeth Hasselbeck, Debbie Matenopoulos, Lisa Ling, Star Jones, Jenny McCarthy and Meredith Vieira.

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Financial Times Appoints Female U.S. Managing Editor

FTGillianTettPicGillian Tett doesn’t start her new position until September 1. But perhaps sensing how extra-newsworthy this move is, in the shadow of all that Baquet-Abramson-NYT business, the Financial Times has fired off a press release May 15.

From today’s announcement:

Tett returns to oversee the FT’s print and online editions. She will continue her twice-weekly column that earned her recognition as ‘columnist of year’ at the 2014 Press Awards.

Tett succeeds Martin Dickson who retires after an illustrious 37-year career at the FT. His leadership as U.S. managing editor has seen the FT win numerous awards for its quality journalism, including a prestigious Gerald Loeb Award, one of the highest honors in business journalism.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: NBC Secures Olympics | AOL Earnings Fall Flat | Horowitz to Today

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NBC Secures Olympics Through 2032 (TVSpy)
NBCUniversal has acquired the rights to the Olympic Games through 2032. The new deal, valued at $7.65 billion, is the longest U.S. Olympic sports rights agreement in history. TVNewser NBC adds to the three Olympics it secured in an earlier deal: 2016 in Rio, 2018 in Pyeongchang and 2020 in Tokyo, with six more Summer and Winter Olympics through 2032, the host cities of which have not yet been selected. Adweek The deal comes as a major surprise on the week before the broadcast upfront presentations, as rival media outlets appeared to have been altogether unaware that negotiations were in the works. In fact, several sources confirmed that no other networks were so much as invited to bid for the package. This was by design, said IOC president Thomas Bach. Reuters The IOC did not approach ESPN, a network spokesman said, and neither were Fox nor CBS. The agreement includes media rights across broadcast television, cable TV, Internet and mobile platforms. NBC and rival networks have been stocking up on live sports content, which are popular with advertisers because large audiences watch in real-time and do not skip the TV commercials. Mashable NBC has become a player in the live sports industry in recent years, signing deals for the U.S. rights to the English Premier League, the National Hockey League and Sunday night NFL games. The Olympics are an expensive property, but NBC claims that it has been able to turn a profit on them. The price tag for the most recent deal is $1.4 billion more than the previous one.

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The Financial Times Finds Its New Fashion Editor

JoEllisonJo Ellison, currently features director at British Vogue, will start in August. From today’s announcement:

Lionel Barber, editor of the Financial Times, said: “Jo is a hugely talented writer with deep experience in the fashion industry and a sharp eye for style and detail. She joins the FT at an important time of growth in our luxury portfolio, and will make a valuable contribution to our talented team.”

Ellison will remain based in London. She was previously a features editor at the Independent and started her career at the Irish Examiner. Ellison succeeds Vanessa Friedman, who recently became the New York Times chief fashion critic.

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Another Year, Another Staged China Prime Minister Press Conference

NTYSinosphereLogoEvery March in the Great Hall of the People near Tiananmen Square in Beijing, a live-TV press conference with the Prime Minister of China caps an annual conference known as the National People’s Congress. And as New York Times Beijing bureau reporter Andrew Jacobs notes, every year it’s the same bogus drill:

But unbeknownst to many people in China, all the questions had been vetted in advance, with foreign reporters and Foreign Ministry officials having negotiated over what topics were permissible, and then how the acceptable questions would be phrased.

This year CNN, Reuters, CNBC, The Associated Press and the Financial Times were among the outlets permitted to ask questions. Most of those who covered the event agreed it was a lackluster affair, without even a nugget of bona fide news.

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Financial Times Gives Matthew Garrahan a Major Promotion

MatthewGarrahanHeadshotMatthew Garrahan, the Financial Times‘ Los Angeles correspondent, is heading east. Sometime this summer, the well-liked journalist will relocate to New York to complete his transition to the position of the paper’s global media editor.

Effective February 1, Garrahan will oversee the paper’s coverage of media, marketing and entertainment, managing a global team of correspondents. From today’s announcement:

“Matt has been an outstanding reporter in Hollywood for the Financial Times, consistently delivering front page scoops and deeper reportage on the entertainment industry,” said FT editor Lionel Barber. “He is a highly respected media observer and his move to New York as our media editor is a natural next step. He will be a superb leader in this vital beat.”

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