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Morning Media Newsfeed: Journalists Under Threat in MO | Broadcasters Aim at Aereo

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Ferguson Police Threaten Journalists (FishbowlNY)
Police in Ferguson, Missouri, have once again clashed with reporters covering the aftermath of the Michael Brown shooting. One cop, who was being filmed by local radio journalist Mustafa Hussein, threatened to shoot if Hussein didn’t stop. MSNBC’s Chris Hayes was also threatened by an officer who said “Get back! Or next time you’re gonna be the one maced.” Three other journalists – Sports Illustrated’s Robert Klemko, The Telegraph’s Rob Crilly and The Financial Times’ Neil Munshi — tweeted that they had been briefly arrested and then released. TVNewser Three more reporters were arrested in Ferguson overnight Sunday, with several more reporting being detained or threatened. FishbowlDC Last Wednesday, The Washington Post’s Wesley Lowery and HuffPost’s Ryan Reilly were arrested inside a McDonald’s and later released. The same night, tear gas was shot at an Al Jazeera America crew in Ferguson. TVNewser As the National Guard arrived in Ferguson, where the overnight curfew has been lifted, the broadcast and cable networks had set plans to continue coverage of the escalating violence there Monday. Brian Williams anchored Nightly News from Ferguson Monday night, and correspondents Ron Allen and Mark Potter reported from Ferguson. ABC News had Steve Osunsami and Alex Perez, CBS News sent Mark Strassmann and Vladimir Duthiers, and MSNBC deployed Hayes and MSNBC.com reporters Trymaine Lee and Amanda Sakuma. CNN’s Anderson Cooper, Don Lemon and Jake Tapper were also in Ferguson, as well as Fox News’ Mike Tobin and Shepard Smith. PRNewser In the wake of the violence, the town of Ferguson has hired a PR firm, Common Ground Public Relations, for communications help. According to a rep from Common Ground, the firm is only handling the deluge of media requests that the city has been getting since protests began about a week ago.

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Ross Levinsohn Segues to Scout Media

Per Keith J. Kelly, there has been no shortage of high-level activity at Scout Media.

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The company secured backing from the Pilot Group, a venture capital fund headed by former AOL CEO Bob Pittman. It amalgamated North American Hunter, PGA Sports and other media assets from Pittman’s North American Membership Group. And this week, it welcomed a very recognizable executive chairman – former Guggenheim Media CEO Ross Levinsohn:

Levinsohn will once again be teaming up with James Heckman, Scout’s CEO and founder. Heckman had exited as head of global media strategy for Yahoo shortly after new CEO Marissa Mayer nixed his plan to aggressively remake the company.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Zakaria Joins The Atlantic | The Hill Names Cusack Editor-in-Chief

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Fareed Zakaria to Join Atlantic Media as Contributing Editor (FishbowlDC)
Atlantic Media announced Monday that Fareed Zakaria will join The Atlantic and Quartz as a contributing editor in September. In this role, he will write for The Atlantic and participate in AtlanticLIVE and Quartz events. FishbowlNY Zakaria will continue his current roles as host for CNN and a columnist for The Washington Post. HuffPost “I have read The Atlantic with pleasure for three decades,” Zakaria said. “It is the best forum for ideas in the world and I’m delighted to be a part of it and Quartz.” Poynter / MediaWire Zakaria will cover “pressing world matters and culture”, and his work will appear both in the magazine and on TheAtlantic.com, according to Atlantic Media. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media Zakaria’s first event with the company will be Quartz’s The Next Billion: A Connected World conference in New York in November.

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Governor Jerry Brown Wagers the Food Equivalent of a Hockey Puck

StanleyCupFinalLogoThe media are wasting no time calling a game misconduct on California Governor Jerry Brown for promising to shower his Empire State counterpart with rice cakes (and a book) should the Rangers win the Stanley Cup. Maybe it’s just Brown’s crafty way to de-incentivize the LA Kings’ 2014 opponents.

Jimmy Traina, who compiles the daily MSN/Fox Sports’ Big Buzz feature, headlines the Brown-Andrew Cuomo Stanley Cup wager as the “worst sports bet ever.” He links to a WSJ “Metropolis” item that, though not quite as emphatic, basically agrees that Brown’s response to Cuomo’s much richer half is egregious:

It wasn’t immediately clear why Cuomo agreed to such a lopsided wager, but perhaps he was convinced of the Rangers’ likely victory by that team’s super-fan, state Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, who not only regularly brings along fellow lawmakers to Rangers games but has been known to interject stories about his fondness for the team into question-and-answer sessions with reporters concerning legislative business.

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Bronx Barbershop Set for Fox Sports Debut

This is pretty cool. Ahead of Saturday night’s 7 p.m. ET broadcast premiere, Fox Sports has made the full first episode of Back of the Shop available online.

The setting for the series is Jordan Sport Barbershop‘s original location in the Bronx (there is a second one now, at the corner of 189th and Broadway). Owner Jose Moises “Jordan” Lopez grew up in the Dominican Republic with former Mets/Marlins second baseman Luis Castillo. When he gave Castillo a haircut during spring training in 2001, his pal started recommending him to fellow MLB players.

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Pam Oliver Revisits Her Meme-rable Hair Day

Philadelphia Daily News sportswriter Jenice Armstrong has today what for many will be an essential piece of Super Bowl lead-up reading. A chat with Fox News sideline reporter Pam Oliver about the reaction to the latter’s now infamous NFC Championship hair.

JeniceArmstrongLogoArmstrong blogged, the day after the Seahawks-49ers contest, about the social media brouhaha that resulted from Oliver’s loud do. From FishbowlNY’s perspective, the TV reporter should be thankful that on Sunday January 19, the owner-operator of the Twitter account most logically positioned to take advantage of it all – @Chewbacca – was dormant.

From Armstrong’s item, cheekily headlined “Pam Oliver Brushes Off Criticism:”

“It’s the psychology of it that I want to understand,” Oliver told me during a phone conversation Monday afternoon. “It’s comical. This whole thing is just comical…”

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Son of Fox Sports Broadcaster Dies in Car Crash

Christopher Myers, the 19-year-old-son of Fox Sports anchor Chris Myers, was killed in a fatal car accident Thursday in Southern California.

“It is with tremendous sadness that the FOX Sports family acknowledges the passing of Christopher Myers, 19, son of NASCAR on FOX studio host Chris Myers,” Fox Sports media relations manager Eddie Motl said in a statement.

The NASCAR on Fox studio host will miss the Daytona 500 next weekend and SPEED studio host John Roberts will assume Myers’ responsibilities.

The network is giving Myers as much time off as he needs.

NFL on Fox Analyst Calls Off Las Vegas Show

For years now, NFL on Fox analyst and former quarterback Terry Bradshaw has dreamed of starring in his own one-man show in Las Vegas.

That dream appears to be over as Bradshaw called off the project, days before he was scheduled to start rehearsal.

“I don’t have the energy, having traveled to (Fox’s Los Angeles studio) every week,” Bradshaw told Michael Hiestand of USA Today.  ”It was a project three years in the making. I’m tired.”

Bradshaw, 63, threatened at one point that he would come out “in a spandex thong thing to get the crowd going.”

I think the entire city of Las Vegas just dodged a bullet.

Los Angeles Dodgers Allowed to Sell TV Rights

Tough blow for Fox Thursday as U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Kevin Gross approved the Los Angeles Dodgers selling the team’s media rights as part of their bankruptcy plan.

Fox plans to appeal the decision, according to attorney Gregory Werkheiser. If the network loses the Dodgers, regional sports network Prime Ticket could be in jeopardy.

Fox will have until Jan. 14 to negotiate with the Dodgers on a new deal. After that date, outside parties like Time Warner will be allowed to bid.

The cable giant, which signed a media rights deal with the Los Angeles Lakers earlier this year, is expected to make a serious run for the Dodgers’ media rights starting in 2014.

Los Angeles Angels Near New Deal with Fox?

The Los Angeles Angels are reportedly working on a new broadcast deal with Fox Sports, according to Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times:

“In a court filing this week on behalf of Major League Baseball, Los Angeles sports media consultant Ed Desser said the Dodgers would be unlikely to succeed in launching a cable channel of their own, in part because they would not have “any other significant sports team” to join them. He noted that the Lakers are launching two channels of their own, the Pac-12 Conference is launching another for UCLA and USC, and the Kings and Clippers are bound to Fox.

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