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Morning Media Newsfeed: Media Cover Cantor Loss | RTDNA Announces Winners

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Right-Wing Radio’s Win on Cantor (Politico)
Dave Brat didn’t have much money, staff or name recognition — but he did have Laura Ingraham. In the weeks leading up to Tuesday’s primary, the conservative talk radio host did more to raise Brat’s profile in his Virginia district than his own campaign could ever have done with its paltry budget and paid staff of two, political experts in the state and Washington said Wednesday. TVNewser Cable news networks went into overdrive with the stunning news Tuesday night. At 8:06 p.m. MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow interrupted Chris Hayes‘ show, which had been pre-recorded. Maddow called it “a shocking development in American politics.” (Hayes returned live at 8:38 p.m.). CNN’s Anderson Cooper called the race at 8:11 p.m. and FNC’s Trace Gallagher broke into The O’Reilly Factor at 8:14 p.m. ET, before Bret Baier and Megyn Kelly picked up coverage and filled out the 8 p.m. ET hour. NYT Few people did more than Ingraham to propel Brat, a 49-year-old economics professor who has never held elected office before, from obscurity to national conservative hero, defeating house majority leader Eric Cantor in the Republican primary held Tuesday night. And few stories better illustrate how his out-of-nowhere victory was due in large part to a unique and potent alignment of influential voices in conservative media. New York Daily News / Mouth of The Potomac Ingraham likened a rally she held for Brat to what she saw in 2008 when freshman senator Barack Obama was campaigning in the Iowa caucuses. She left Iowa knowing Obama would win. “The national media totally missed this,” said Ingraham, a nervy and entertaining conservative, noting how little coverage the rally got, mostly via the local NBC station and a conservative website. TVNewser Nearly 4 million people tuned into one of the cable news networks during the 8 p.m. ET hour Tuesday night as news broke that Cantor had been defeated in his Virginia primary race. As usual, Fox News led the way in both ratings metrics, averaging 2,794,000 total viewers and 485,000 adult 25-54 viewers in the 8 p.m. hour.

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Paula Deen to Launch Subscription-Based Digital Network

Do you like your cooking shows with a side of racism? How about a recipe that calls for just a sprinkle (don’t over do it!) of bigotry? Well, you’re in luck. Paula Deen is going to launch a subscription-based digital network in September, featuring content based on her Food Network show.

Deen’s network comes a year after Deen admitted that she wasn’t quite sure if the “n word” was offensive, and mere months after she compared losing her TV show because she’s a racist to Michael Sam‘s experience being the first openly gay football player drafted by an NFL team. We’re sure glad she’s back!

“We’re going to have so much fun being together and cooking up some wonderful new and classic dishes,” Deen said in a statement. “Y’all can get my recipes, tips and cooking anytime you want — this is for you.” By that she means fellow racists and non-black people.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Netflix to Up Prices | NBC Evaluates Gregory | Slate Plus Launches

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Netflix Plans Price Raise as Streaming Subscribers Grow (Reuters)
Video streaming service Netflix Inc. said it intends to raise its subscription price for new customers by $1 or $2 a month to help the company buy more movies and TV shows and improve service for its 48 million global subscribers. WSJ Netflix said the price increase for the $7.99 a month service, the first since 2011, would help pay for its continued investment in original programs, including series such as House of Cards and Orange Is The New Black. Netflix has committed to spend billions of dollars in programming in the past few years as it has grown to become the biggest stand-alone subscription programming service in the U.S., passing some long-standing traditional TV outlets like HBO in terms of subscribers. Mashable Current subscribers would stay at the $7.99 price for a “generous time period,” the company wrote in a statement to investors. “Our current view is to do a one or two dollar increase, depending on the country, later this quarter for new members only,” the company wrote. The news came as Netflix announced that it added 4 million new members in the first quarter of 2014, as the company beat revenue and profit expectations. Variety In after-hours trading Monday, Netflix’s stock climbed as much as 7 percent to $372.05 per share, after closing up 0.8 percent for the day at $348.49. Netflix also said that in the second quarter of 2014, it will launch the first pay-TV integration of its service in the U.S. That’s after lining up deals with European providers including the U.K.’s Virgin Media to provide access to the unlimited streaming-video service through operator-supplied boxes. Deadline New York The company generated $53.1 million in net income in the first quarter of 2014, up from $2.7 million in the same period in 2013, on revenues of $1.27 billion, up 24 percent.

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VIDEO: How to Be the Next Celebrity Chef

In Round 2 of our video interview with Food Network chefs, Alex Guarnaschelli and Robert Irvine tell us what it takes to be the next celebrity chef. And they should know. Guarnaschelli, in addition to being executive chef of New York City’s Butter Restaurant, is a recurring judge on Chopped, hosts Alex’s Day Off and has appeared on Iron Chef America as both a judge and a challenger. She earned the title of Iron Chef herself on The Next Iron Chef: Redemption.

Irvine’s claim to fame came on Food Network’s Dinner: Impossible, which spun off into the ever-popular Restaurant: Impossible, now in its seventh season. The British star’s new reality-competition show, Restaurant Express debuts Sunday at 9 p.m. ET.

Also, see: TV Chefs Alex Guarnaschelli, Robert Irvine and Andrew Zimmern on Their Top Foods

VIDEO: TV Chefs Alex Guarnaschelli, Robert Irvine and Andrew Zimmern on Their Top Foods

During this month’s New York City Wine and Food Festival, we caught up with a few celebrity chefs to talk shop. (Although we can neither confirm nor deny the rumored food-poisoning bout at one particular event, we can confirm that the nibbles of pasta, meats, cheeses and mini cupcakes at the NYCWFF Grand Tasting were pretty darn tasty.) In our video interview (Part I of II), Iron Chef and Chopped judge Alex Guarnaschelli tells us about the joys of bacon; Restaurant: Impossible‘s Robert Irvine (whose new Food Network show, Restaurant Express, premieres on Nov. 3) gives us his top three uses for pumpkin; and Andrew Zimmern, host the Travel Channel’s Bizarre Foods America (new season airs on Nov. 4), reveals the places in NYC that he hits up “without fail” whenever he’s in town.

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Food Network Magazine Wants Food-Culture Obsessed Writers

Food Network Magazine

As many New Yorkers would agree, the plethora of delectable food ranks high on the list of reasons to love NYC. We’re often at the heart of explosive food trends (anyone else sick of hearing about the cronut?), which comes in handy if you’re a food culture-obsessed writer looking for offbeat stories to pitch.

Food Network Magazine, the best-selling food magazine on the newsstand, publishes more than 100 recipes in every issue and covers everything from gear, cookbooks, health, food science, food styling, entertaining, kitchens, travel, shopping and restaurants.

While the broad coverage may lend itself to more byline opportunities, writers still need to hit the nail on the head when pitching to the pub.

To find out what Food Network Magazine editors are looking for in a pitch, read How to Pitch: Food Network Magazine.

Sherry Yuan

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Snowden on the Run | Paula Deen Canned | Gawker Interns Sue


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Snowden on the Run, Seeks Asylum in Ecuador (CNN)
The computer contractor who exposed details of U.S. surveillance programs was on the run late Sunday, seeking asylum in Ecuador with the aid of the anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks, the organization and Ecuador’s Foreign Ministry announced. Edward Snowden left Hong Kong after Washington sought his extradition on espionage charges, according to WikiLeaks, which facilitates the publication of classified information. TechCrunch / CrunchGov While Ecuador has been a safe haven for world-class leakers in the past, including WikiLeaks editor Julian Assange, the country is no utopia for journalists. Given a “Partly Free” rating by Freedom House’s Freedom of the Press scale, their report notes: “Attacks on journalists and media houses continue to rise. In 2011, Fundamedios, the national press freedom watchdog organization, cited nearly 150 incidents of aggression (physical, verbal, and legal) against the media by authorities as well as by ordinary citizens.” HuffPost Meet the Press host David Gregory asked columnist Glenn Greenwald why he shouldn’t be charged with a crime for working with Snowden. At the tail end of the conversation, Gregory suddenly asked Greenwald why the government shouldn’t be going after him: “To the extent that you have aided and abetted Snowden, even in his current movements, why shouldn’t you, Mr. Greenwald, be charged with a crime?” he asked. Greenwald replied that it was “pretty extraordinary that anybody who would call themselves a journalist would publicly muse about whether or not other journalists should be charged with felonies,” and that there was no evidence to back up Gregory’s claim that he had “aided” Snowden. TVNewser Following his appearance on Meet the Press, Greenwald called out Gregory on Twitter for asking a question about whether Greenwald or the Guardian should or will face charges for their role in the Snowden NSA document revelation. Howard Kurtz asked Greenwald the same question two hours later on Reliable Sources. PressThink / Jay Rosen Gregory does not know it, but journalism with a point of view, journalism in the style that calls for viewlessness, and advocacy journalism can all deliver good work in the imperfect art of source-driven reportage and commentary. BuzzFeed / Ben Smith Snowden’s flight and its surrounding geopolitics are a good story; what he made public is a better one. I’m not sure why reporters should care all that much about his personal moral status, the meaning of the phrase “civil disobedience,” or the fate of his eternal soul. And the public who used to be known as “readers” are going to have to get used to making that distinction. Read more

Most Popular FishbowlNY Stories for the Week

Here’s a look at what FishbowlNY stories made the most buzz this week.

  1. WNYC Host, Producer Jad Abumrad Named a Genius, September 20
  2. The New York Times Has Smart Commentators, CNN Doesn’t, September 21
  3. Brides EIC Out After 25 Years, September 16
  4. Self Names New Managing Editor, September 21
  5. Conde´ Nast Continues Changes, September 16
  6. Food Network Magazine Toasts Bobby Flay, September 20
  7. The Onion is Leaving New York, September 22
  8. Bill Keller Tackles Obama in First Op-Ed, September 19
  9. Veteran Anchor Mike Schneider to Helm NJTV Nightly Newscast, September 19
  10. Former WNYW/Channel 5 Reporter Andrea Day ‘Excited’ to Take Career in ‘Different Direction,’ September 21

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Cablevision Customers Get Their Food Network Back

food network.jpgAfter a month of battling over fees, tri-state cable provider Cablevision and Scripps Networks Interactive have reached an agreement, bringing Food Network and HGTV back to three million subscribers yesterday.

Financial terms of the deal were not announced, but in the last month Food Network president Brooke Johnson said the channel weren’t asking for much. Johnson called the network’s additional fee requests “pennies on top of pennies,” explaining that the Scripps channels were only “trying to correct a historic mistake and be compensated for the value we think we bring to Cablevision’s customers.”

Bloomberg reports that Scripps sought a 200 percent increase to its annual fee for both networks (Food Network previously cost about 8 cents per subscriber per month on average) but Cablevision refused to pay up, claiming the costs would have to be passed on to subscribers.

Food Network and HGTV apologized to viewers for the disruption on Web sites they established during the programming lapse, ILoveFoodNetwork.com and ILoveHGTV.com:

“This has been a trying three weeks for all of us — most of all you, our loyal fans. We know that that many viewers have been disappointed and upset with the circumstances.”

Will Cablevision subscribers see apology commercials on Food Network, too? We’re guessing they’re just happy to have some of their favorite channels back.

Cablevision, Scripps Reach Deal on Food Network, HGTV –Bloomberg

Food Network president on failed Cablevision negotiationsEntertainment Weekly

Previously: Fee Negotiations Drive Food Network, HGTV From Cablevision

Ricky Van Veen on New Production Company: ‘We Know How to Get the Web Excited’

Mediabistro caught up with Notional CEO Ricky Van Veen at the launch party for the company last night at the IAC building. Van Veen — co-founder and former editor-in-chief of CollegeHumor.com — told us Notional “is a television and web production company with the DNA of an Internet company.” The company’s initial block of programming includes content from the Food Network and HGTV.

Notional has a focus on “scalable” content, including game shows. Said Van Veen, “We want to do scripted, we want to do comedy, but the potential for that, in terms of scalability, is a lot less.”

As of now, Notional is focusing on the Web and TV, but Van Veen hinted that the company will look to do more in mobile and other platforms. “We know how to get the web excited, to make it go to the top of Digg,” he said. Notional is also collaborating with former co-chairman of NBC Entertainment Ben Silverman, who will also soon be launching the programming lineup for his own IAC funded production company. “We’ve got some good stuff in the works,” Van Veen said of the collaboration.

Related: More On Ben Silverman’s New Project

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