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Former D.C. Bureau Chief Leaves NBC News (NY Post)
Antoine Sanfuentes, the former Washington bureau chief for NBC News, is exiting the network. The news was confirmed in a farewell note emailed to staff by Sanfuentes Monday morning. The journalist had been with the Peacock network for 24 years. His last day is Jan. 20, he said in the email, a copy of which was reviewed by The New York Post. HuffPost His exit is the latest shakeup during what has already been a bumpy year for NBC News. Turness took over as president this past summer, and Today and Meet The Press have both struggled in the ratings. NY Post Turness is turning her attention to her troubled Sunday talk show, Meet The Press — asking staff to write a mission statement and explain what works and what doesn’t, the Post has learned. Turness has been reviewing individual shows one by one with the aim of having staff focus more clearly on winning the ratings wars, sources said. FishbowlDC But while Meet The Press has slipped in recent months from a strong first place in the ratings to third, NBC sources close to the matter tell FishbowlDC that scrapping the show — one of NBC’s marquee brands — is not on the table.

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Jeff Bezos Named I Want Media’s ‘Media Person of The Year’

Jeff Bezos GJeff Bezos, founder of Amazon.com, has been named I Want Media’s Media Person of The Year. Bezos, who purchased The Washington Post in August for $250 million, beat out people like Twitter’s Jack Dorsey, and Anna Wintour.

Bezos won not only because he bought WaPo, but because of what might happen to the newspaper industry now that he’s involved:

Bezos shook up the traditional media landscape in 2013 with the announcement of his plan to buy the Washington Post, a leading newspaper for decades and a powerful force in shaping U.S. policy. The acquisition promised not just an ownership change for the 135-year-old institution, but a potential transformation of the ‘disrupted’ newspaper industry.

What does Bezos win for this honor? Just some bragging rights. Hey, it’s better than nothing. Sort of.

‘Media Person of The Year’ Finalists Unveiled

It’s almost the end of the year, and you know what that means: Lots of “best of/worst of” lists and many, many awards. One honor that typically grabs the attention of the media centric is I Want Media’s annual Media Person of The Year contest, which celebrates “2013′s most memorable figure — for good or ill — in the media industry.”

I Want Media has just opened up voting, so get to it. The polls will close Sunday, December 8, and the winner will be announced the next day. After you’re done logging your thoughts for I Want Media, we suggest you start considering who should win FishbowlNY’s Best Award Award. Voting for that is always close.

Below are the finalists for Media Person of The Year.

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Twitter Was Nearly Called… Jitter?

WNYC’s Lisa Chow and Jim Colgan spoke with Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey, who told them that along with “Twitch,” “Jitter” was in serious contention for becoming the name of their new social media creation.

We wanted a name that evoked what we did. We wanted something that was tangible. And we looked at what we were doing and when you received a tweet over SMS, your phone would buzz. It would jitter. It would twitch. And those were the early names, Jitter and Twitch. And neither one of them really inspired the best sort of imagery.

No kidding. One sounds like a venereal disease and the other sounds like the perfect word to describe Ray Charles‘ heroin shakes. Not that Twitter is all that much better. The only reason it works is that the cutesy verb to describe the act of using the product caught on. “To tweet” undoubtedly saved that company’s hide.

Fake @DodgersGM Ready for Opening Day

There may soon be enough fake celebrity Twitter accounts to justify the addition by returning company CEO Jack Dorsey of a filter-tab. For now, the jokers mingle with the rest of the micro-bloggers, people like @DodgersGM, an account labeled with the description, “I’m not the real Ned Colletti, but I tweet like I am.”

The feelings of the account holder, who tweeted all through the 2010 season, are pretty clear: the image file name for the faux profile is “Colletti_the_traitor.” Given the kind of season the Dodger blue are likely to experience, should be fun times, picking up on the flavor of these recent tweets:

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Vanity Fair Gets Jack Dorsey Talking

In the April issue of Vanity Fair, David Kirkpatrick shares a rarity: an in-depth look at the man who created Twitter, Jack Dorsey. Dorsey – who was ousted as CEO of Twitter in 2010, but still remains a Chairman – is much like you’d expect: a man overflowing with ideas.

His newest one, called Square, is a device that people can attach to their phones that then allows them to accept credit card payments. It’s (once again) a potentially game-changing idea – essentially allowing the smallest business owner the ability to accept payments quickly and easily.

But that’s not even the most interesting part of the profile of an interesting man. Some highlights from the piece include Dorsey admitting how much it hurts to not be a day-to-day presence at Twitter, him saying that he hopes to be mayor here one day (Bloomberg told him to raise a ton of money first), and there’s this funny anecdote about the first version of what would eventually become Twitter:

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“Twitter Guys” Take Top Media Person(s) Of 2009 Prize

twitter birdie.jpgWe called it.

Last week, when faced with two “Person of the Year” polls, we predicted that the “Twitter Guys,” Jack Dorsey, Biz Stone and Evan Williams, were a shoe-in to win I Want Media’s eighth annual Media Person of the Year online poll. Today, the site revealed the results of the poll, with the Twitter team indeed taking top honors. They join the ranks of past media people of the year like Arianna Huffington and 2007′s winner, “Writers On Strike.”

Dorsey, Stone and Williams managed to beat out other top vote-getters this year like Oprah Winfrey and Glenn Beck. And in addition to the top 10 that I Want Media nominated for the poll, there were also write-in candidates like Comcast CEO Brian Roberts, Rush Limbaugh and Nikki Finke, the site said.

We’ll still have to wait a few days to learn who Time magazine picked for their Person of the Year, and although it looked like the Twitter guys might win that competition, too, they weren’t included in the magazine’s recent online poll. But remember, Time magazine editors “reserve the right to disagree” and choose pretty much whoever they want anyway.

Previously: Tis The Season…For Person Of The Year Polls; Will Twitter Be Time‘s Person Of The Year?

Tis The Season…For Person Of The Year Polls

time person you.jpgSince it’s now December (eek) the year that was 2009 is coming to a close. And you know what that means: for the next few weeks, end of the year lists and “best of” retrospectives will be filling up all of the magazines and Web sites that we love to read.

In the last 24 hours, we’ve come across two polls seeking to name someone “Person of the Year,” and looking for the public’s helpful insight in order to do it. Whether the actual winner of these polls will be named Person of the Year — or if they are just a way to draw visitors and hits — remains to be seen.

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Will Twitter Be Time‘s Person Of The Year?

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Time Managing Editor Richard Stengel, Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravesnthal, Barbara Walters and Tom Colicchio. Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images for Time Inc.

Last night, Time magazine managing editor Richard Stengel hosted a distinguished panel of guests to debate the question that always surfaces around this time of year: who should be Time‘s Person of the Year?

Stengel co-moderated the good-natured debate with former New York City Mayor Rudy GiulianiTime‘s Person of the Year in 2001. Panelists like Barbara Walters were encouraged to bring lists of possible Person of the Year candidates who met the title’s criteria, which includes having a global impact in the past year, for better or worse.

After running through lists of possible Person of the Year winners that included Bernie Madoff, Captain “Sully” Sullenberger and the Iranian protesters, the six-person panel ended the night in a three-three split. Walters agreed with TV personality Dr. Mehmet Oz and Gayle King that “the guys from Twitter,” meaning Jack Dorsey, Evan Williams and Biz Stone, should take the prize. Giuliani, “Top Chef” judge Tom Colicchio and Pittsburgh mayor Luke Ravensthal all voted for “the economy,” settling on some amalgam of Ben Bernanke and the unemployed American worker as Person of the Year.

Stengel didn’t give any hints about who would end up the final winner later this year, but we’ll see in a few weeks when the Person of the Year issue hits newsstands.

Read on for more of the panel’s suggestions.

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Internet Week Announces 2010 Dates

2010.pngGet your 2010 calendars ready: the International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences and the Mayor’s Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting today announced the dates for next year’s Internet Week. The event will kick off on June 7, 2010, culminating with the 14th Annual Webby Awards on June 14.

This year’s Internet Week drew 15,000 people to events including mediabistro’s Circus — which featured speakers from The New York Times, BusinessWeek.com and Bravo, just to name a few.

Other companies like YouTube, Yelp, Digg, Time Warner, Digitas, CollegeHumor and Microsoft also participated in panels, exhibits, screenings and networking events that attracted big name media types like IAC‘s Barry Diller, Rupert Murdoch, Martha Stewart and Twitter founders Jack Dorsey and Biz Stone. What will next year bring?

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