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Rupert Murdoch Elevates Eldest Son to Be His News Corp. Co-Chairman (The Guardian / Greenslade Blog)
Rupert Murdoch’s eldest son, Lachlan, has been promoted to the role of non-executive co-chairman on the News Corp. board. It means that the two will work alongside each other. Rupert, the executive chairman, described the appointment as “recognition of Lachlan’s entrepreneurial leadership and passion for news, digital media and sport.” TVNewser Lachlan has been named non-executive chairman at both News Corp. and 21st Century Fox. The 42-year-old has been a director of both companies, but effectively left the media empire in 2005 where he had been deputy chief operating officer directly responsible for News Corp.’s U.S. television stations group and publishing assets. After Lachlan left News Corp., Roger Ailes, the co-founder and chairman of Fox News Channel, was named chairman of News Corp.’s (now 21st Century Fox’s) television stations group. FishbowlNY The promotion means that Lachlan is all but guaranteed to take over News Corp. when Rupert steps down. In the past, it was believed that James Murdoch was the heir apparent, but no more. James was promoted as well — to co-chief operating officer at 21st Century Fox. Financial Times James’ elevation comes two years after he was embroiled in the U.K. phone hacking scandal as the former head of News Corp.’s U.K. newspaper business. His new position gives him a more central executive role at one of America’s most global media companies, in contrast to Lachlan’s non-executive position, keeping him in contention in a succession race that has seen numerous twists. James will share his new title with Chase Carey, a trusted adviser and second-in-command to Rupert, to whom he had reported in his previous role as deputy chief operating officer. Reuters Each son has at various times been seen as heir apparent, and it is unclear how well they will work together when Murdoch finally hands over the companies. The Murdoch family controls both Fox and News Corp. through a trust that has a 38 percent ownership stake of Class B shares with voting rights. A source familiar with the companies said that the plan to elevate Lachlan and James had been in the works for a while and that a tussle over control would be unlikely.

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Disney Names Ben Sherwood as Anne Sweeney’s Successor (THR)
ABC News president Ben Sherwood has been named Anne Sweeney’s successor as co-chairman of Disney Media Networks and president of Disney/ABC Television Group. He’ll officially take over the role on Feb. 1, 2015. TVNewser Sherwood will begin the transition immediately and take on the role of co-president of Disney/ABC while also overseeing ABC News until his successor is named. Variety Sherwood was a front-runner for the job ever since Sweeney shocked industry on March 11 when she announced she was resigning as of January 2015 to pursue a career as a television director. Sherwood steered the rise of Good Morning America and brokered deals like ABC News’ partnership with Yahoo!. He will also serve as co-chairman of Disney Media Networks alongside ESPN’s John Skipper. NYT Among Sherwood’s first decisions — with oversight from Disney chairman Bob Iger and Sweeney — will be the choice of his own successor in the news division. “We have a deep bench of leaders at ABC News,” he said. The standout candidate for that job is James Goldston, the senior vice president of ABC News who has been instrumental first in the revival of the late-night program Nightline and then in the rise of GMAWSJ Sherwood was named president of ABC News in December 2010. He is responsible for all aspects of ABC News’ broadcasts. In addition, Sherwood oversees ABC News Radio, ABCnews.com, satellite service NewsOne and ABC News Now. ABC News reaches a combined audience of well over 270 million people a month on television, on radio and online, and is enjoying significant audience growth driven by a creative renaissance and innovative deal-making. In addition, during Sherwood’s tenure, the news division has won the most prestigious honors in the industry.

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(Video) Alan Colmes Says Being ‘Left of Attila the Hun’ Keeps Him from Radio Clearance in NYC

Alan Colmes is still a busy guy. He is heard nationally on his eponymous Fox News Radio show. He also does guest spots on Fox News Channel, his former prime time TV home with Sean Hannity.

FishbowlNY caught up with Colmes at the recent reunion for WHN, a station that he was part of in the 1970s.

Although his radio show is available live online, including New York, where Colmes remains sidelined. Colmes says rejoining the top market is always a goal, but not something on his radar these days.

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Report: Local Newscasts Outpace Cable Networks in New York

Viewers would rather get their news from local anchors in New York than the cable news networks, a report by trade association TVB indicates.

The report says New York’s early and late evening newscasts combined to outdraw the five highest-rated cable networks by 18 percent.

The data is conclusive in highlighting the enormous audience reach and composition balance advantages local broadcast TV news provides advertisers compared [to] national cable primetime news networks,” TVB president Steve Lanzano told Broadcasting & Cable.

The report, which examined Nielsen figures of nightly programming on CNN, Fox News Channel, CNBC, MSNBC, and HLN, says those networks contribute to only three to eight percent of the total evening news audience.

America’s Got Talent Takes Number One with Some Hefty Ratings

You can call America’s Got Talent a success in its first season with Howard Stern as a judge. The semifinals brought down the house with a first-place finish, pulling in an estimated 765,000 WNBC viewers and a 3.9 rating.

But Fox News Channel had a surprise result, landing in second, thanks to Mitt Romney‘s acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention. The one-hour broadcast had 621,000 cable viewers and a 3.2 rating.

The RNC coverage boosted FNC to other Top 20 positions. For example, Tuesday night from Tampa it tied for seventh (441,000/2.3). The Thursday night edition of Hannity prior to Romney’s speech tied for 11th, while that night’s O’Reilly Factor tied for 20th (371,000/1.9).

Sports also got good numbers for the week. The Yankees had a third-place showing on the YES Network (527,000/2.7), while the Giants ended the preseason at number four (507,000/2.6).

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Cumulus Taking Geraldo’s Radio Show National

Geraldo Rivera is experiencing a rebirth on radio. The WABC midday host will expand to a national audience later this summer. Rivera’s show will be offered to Cumulus Radio Network affiliates, totaling more than 4,000 stations.

The show, which launched on WABC in January, and subsequently added KABC in Los Angeles.

Following the success of those shows, Geraldo will become a single live national show launching in advance of this summer’s political conventions. The show’s tagline is, “Not Red. Not Blue. But Red, White & Blue.”

“When Geraldo agreed to host shows for Cumulus stations in New York and L.A. we had a hunch there’d be national substantial listener interest in his incisive and insightful style,” John Dickey, co-chief operating officer of Cumulus, says. ”Now we’re thrilled that with Geraldo such a success in those two markets the show will now be available across the country.”

In just a few months on the air, Rivera spearheaded coverage during the early stages of the Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman murder case. And his comments about the role apparently played by the young victim’s clothing, his ‘hoodie’, became the basis for an international debate.

Rivera will continue to host his Sunday night show on Fox News Channel, where he’s a frequent contributor weekdays.

The Geraldo radio begins its national run August 13, from 9 a.m. to noon. eastern time.

Most Popular FishbowlNY Stories for the Week

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

  1. YES Network’s Michael Kay (left) Goes to Blows on Twitter with College Student, June 7
  2. Longtime Mets Announcers Howie Rose and Gary Cohen Bask in Franchise’s First No-Hitter, June 2
  3. Sue Simmons Final Day at WNBC is June 15, June 4
  4. Roger Ailes Cancels Paper Subscription Out of Spite, June 1
  5. Gawker Changes Commenting System (Again), Commenters Go Crazy (Again), June 4
  6. Jonah Lehrer Departs Wired for The New Yorker, June 5

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  • FishbowlLA:  Lots of accolades from CNN as its longtime business reporter Stephanie Elam joins KNBC.
  • TVNewser: Fox News Channel’s Megan Kelly is back from maternity leave, meaning Jon Stewart can resume his jabs at her.
  • SportsNewser: Former Village People frontman Victor Willis is planning to sue the Tampa Bay Rays because of using his name and likeness without permission.  And yes, that’s Willis in his cop costume for the 1970s disco group.  

Kushner Sought Sorkin For Observer Post|Thomson Reuters Says No To Print|Playboy Updates|NYT Corrects FNC-Related Headline|How To Survive A Layoff

Daily Intel: New York Observer owner Jared Kushner twice asked New York Times business reporter wunderkind Andrew Ross Sorkin to be editor of the paper. Looks like he settled for Portfolio‘s Kyle Pope instead.

Reuters: Thomson Reuters is not interested is getting into the print media game, says CEO Tom Glocer.

Folio: Playboy is working on ways to keep the magazine alive, with plans in the works for a joint venture in the development of a new business model for the company and more cost cutting initiatives on the horizon.

Mediaite: The New York Times issued a correction on a headline about a story on Fox News Channel‘s election night ratings, just to clear up any insinuation about the channel’s political bias.

The Business Insider: How to survive a media layoff.