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Posts Tagged ‘Jamie Kitman’

FishbowlLA Set Visit: SoCal Connected

The views from the fifth and sixth floors of KCET’s glass-encased offices at The Pointe in Burbank are spectacular, offering panoramic vistas of next-door neighbors NBC LA, St. Joseph’s Hospital, Forest Lawn in the southern distance and more. Another big difference from the station’s previous red-brick HQ on Sunset Boulevard is that employees are now ensconced in an open-cubicle set-up as sleek as that of a Madison Avenue ad agency.

But these are not the only reasons for the renewed sense of excitement at KCET. Thanks to the expansion of SoCal Connected to four nights a week, the addition of Madeleine Brand to the show’s talent ranks, a recent merger with San Francisco’s Link Media and the resulting imminent arrival of new chief strategy officer Paul Mason, this viewer-supported TV station is very clearly and boldly trying to re-invent the jettisoned PBS model.

SoCal Connected shoots two shows on Monday and another two on Wednesday, with a repeat broadcast Fridays. As FishbowlLA sat at the back of the control room yesterday watching the production of tonight’s November 29 broadcast, we were reminded of that scene in Broadcast News where William Hurt’s character shows nervous newbie Albert Brooks how to properly sit on a sports jacket. TV news is all about the smallest of details.

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Ellies Nominee Kitman Says State of Industry’s More of an “Irish Wake” Than “Funeral”

mmm_2-3.gifToday on the mediabistro.com Morning Media Menu we’re joined by Automobile columnist Jamie Kitman.

Kitman is nominated for an Ellies Award for three columns he wrote for Automobile Magazine. We talk to him about what the nomination means, financial reporting in general the changing magazine industry and more.

Also, from the newsfeed: will the WSJ become #1 in total circulation and the Supreme Court backs FCC regulation of “fleeting expletives.”

“As I counseled my colleagues at the Detroit show in January and New York this month, it’s better to look at it as an Irish Wake than as a funeral,” says Kitman of the state of the industry. “What’s gone is gone, and the rest of us have to go forward. I know that there will always be journalists and publishers and something good will happen.”

You can listen to all the past podcasts at BlogTalkRadio.com/mediabistro and call in at 646-929-0321. One note: we’re live all this week an hour later than usual, at 10amET.