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Posts Tagged ‘Joe Hagan’

2014 Mirror Awards Finalists Announced

The finalists for the 2014 Mirror Awards — which celebrate the best in media reporting — have been announced. The winners will be announced June 4 at Cipriani on East 42nd Street.

Below are all the finalists. Congrats to everyone who was nominated.

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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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2013 Mirror Awards Finalists Named

The 2013 Mirror Awards finalists have been announced. The awards highlight excellence in media reporting. The winners will be announced Wednesday, June 5, at Cipriani. Congrats to all those nominated.

Best Single Article – Traditional/Legacy Media

Best Single Article – Digital Media

CBS Producer: Notion Katie ‘Wings It’ For Interviews ‘Absurd’

couric_070907.jpg‘She’s a sponge’

Joe Hagan‘s 6,000-word New York profile of Katie Couric is generating quite a reaction. Here’s an alleged Couric producer’s take:

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This notion that Katie “wings it” for interviews is absurd. Katie prides herself on her preparation for everything, especially for interviews… And she’s a sponge. I’m always amazed at her ability to retain every piece of research she’s read. As for questions, Katie always insists on seeing a suggested list in advance and goes through them with me prior to the interview. If she goes off the page, it’s because the suggestions on that list prompted more thoughtful, more important questions in her mind. That’s why she’s on the air, and not me. — CBS Producer

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  • Did Katie Couric Slap A Staffer?
  • Did Katie Couric Slap A Staffer?

    couric_070907.jpgNew York‘s 6,000-word Katie Couric profile dropped this morning. Joe Hagan covered the bases: the drop in ratings; the claims of fluff content (Couric on Suri Cruise: “Yessiree, she does exist!”); the allegations of sexism. But let’s get to the salient points of the article:

    • Why did Leslie Moonves offer Couric the job? Because he “wanted to attract new audiences to the evening news by making it more like entertainment, envisioning a broadcast that was somewhere in between The Naked News, a British TV show in which beautiful women undress as they read the headlines, and ‘two boring people behind a desk.’”

    • Couric’s hairdresser, Mela Murphy, told a deputy assignment editor at CBS News’ foreign desk that Couric’s producers were “lucky to have their jobs” after Murphy wasn’t given first-class plane tickets with Couric to work on-site in Jordan.
    • Couric’s salary? Somewhere between $15 million and $22 million. Staffers and producers grouse they aren’t getting raises because Couric’s pay eats up too much of the Evening News‘ budget.
    • CBS News staff has been butting heads with Couric and blocking her from high profile interviews and enterprise stories: Trips to Iraq and Afghanistan were turned down; when Elizabeth Edwards personally requested Couric interview her after she discovered her cancer returned, CBS initially blocked it because they thought “the news value had passed.”
    • That story the Philadelphia Inquirer‘s Gail Shister broke claiming CBS was going to let Couric go after the 2008 elections? It’s implied Couric thinks Bob Schieffer was Shister’s source.
    • Dan Rather: Moonves believes “the audience is redneck.”

    Oh, and Couric once assaulted a staffer:

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    Killing Time In New York

    time_poy_you_fbny.jpgIf you’re into this sort of thing, some fascinating meta-media notes on Joe Hagan‘s piece on Time magazine in this week’s New York mag:

  • Editor Richard Stengel tells Hagan he wants Time to be a bit more like the Economist. Time Inc. editor-in-chief John Huey does not: “Well, that’s not the magazine we’re making. To say that we’re going down that road is not where we’re going.” Stengel later amends his description.

  • Stengel calls new Time columnist Joel Stein “a god to people in their twenties and thirties.”
  • Huey on his Time legacy: “Ex-CEOs don’t mean spit. And neither do ex-editors-in-chief.”
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