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Morning Media Newsfeed: Casey Kasem Dies at 82 | FCC to Investigate Netflix Dispute

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Casey Kasem, Wholesome Voice of Pop Radio, Dies at 82 (NYT)
Casey Kasem, a disc jockey who never claimed to love rock ’n’ roll but who built a long and lucrative career from it, creating and hosting one of radio’s most popular syndicated pop music shows, American Top 40, died on Sunday in a hospital in Gig Harbor, Wash. He was 82. Mashable Kasem had Parkinson’s disease and dementia. His children took him off life support in a Washington hospice this week. HuffPost Kasem will be remembered as the “the king of countdowns.” He was best known for his work on American Top 40, which he hosted from 1970 to 1988, and again from 1998 until 2004, when he passed the job on to Ryan Seacrest. Kasem was also a talented voice-over artist, most famously voicing Scooby-Doo’s pal, Shaggy. THR Kasem said he wanted to be the “voice of the guy next door,” and his style was to accent the positive, considering each one of the hits a major accomplishment for each act involved. He never focused on the negative, such as a big drop-off for a particular song, and remained family-friendly. His shows also tugged at the heartstrings with such elements as “Long Distance Dedications.” Variety Kemal Amin Kasem was born in Detroit to parents who were Lebanese Druze immigrants. He graduated from Wayne State University. Kasem got his start in radio during the Korean War, working for Armed Forces Radio. Kasem was inducted into the National Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 1985 and the National Radio Hall of Fame in 1992.

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Departed BuzzFeed COO Joins MailOnline

Some big media boardroom news today via Re/code’s Peter Kafka. Jon Steinberg, the recent and former president-COO of BuzzFeed, has jumped to one of the very few other American websites that can rival Jonah Peretti‘s operation for traffic:

Steinberg is running the American version of the U.K.-based Daily Mail’s enormous website, formally known as MailOnline.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: AT&T Advances DirecTV Talks | AP Expands | BuzzFeed President Out

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AT&T Said to Be in Talks to Buy DirecTV for About $50 Billion (Bloomberg)
AT&T Inc. is in advanced talks to acquire DirecTV, the largest U.S. satellite-TV provider, for about $100 per share, according to people familiar with the matter. WSJ A takeover of DirecTV could put a value of nearly $50 billion on the satellite-television provider. The two sides are discussing a deal that would involve a mix of cash and AT&T stock, the people said. Dallas-based AT&T would likely pay a premium to DirecTV’s share price Monday, one of the people said. An agreement could be reached in two weeks if not sooner, according to the people. GigaOM AT&T’s plan is to turn the satellite company into an AT&T unit, and keep management on board to run that unit, with plans for DirecTV’s chief executive Mike White to retire in 2016. The acquisition report, which neither company is commenting on, comes after three months after Comcast announced that it was going to acquire Time Warner Cable in a $45 billion deal. Variety Analysts have speculated that AT&T could migrate its 5.7 million U-verse TV subscribers to DirecTV’s satellite-delivered service, freeing up bandwidth in its terrestrial data networks. With 26 million pay-TV subscribers, AT&T also would gain leverage in programming negotiations on part with a merged Comcast-TWC. Reuters DirecTV shares rose 6 percent to $92.50 in extended trading on Monday.

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San Francisco Mag Needs Writers With ‘Big-City’ Reporting Chops

San Francisco Not based in the Bay Area? Not a problem. San Francisco is open to freelance pitches on a wide array of topics, so long as they can still resonate with Bay Area readers.

“It’s big-city journalism on a number of levels. We have in-depth feature reporting on civic issues, social justice, politics and personalities in power positions. Then, we cover the service side: how to live the good life in a vibrant, exciting, constantly changing city. Then there’s our food, style and cultural coverage,” said editor-in-chief Jon Steinberg, an alum of New York magazine’s “Strategist” section.

For pitching etiquette and editors’ contact info, read How To Pitch: San Francisco.

Sherry Yuan

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BuzzFeed Raises $19.3 Million in Funding

BuzzFeed just keeps getting bigger. In the past year, there have been multiple big name hirings, verticals launched and partnerships formed. Now, thanks to a $19.3 million Series D funding round, BuzzFeed has room to grow even more. The funding was led by New Enterprise Associates, a venture capital firm.

Jon Steinberg, BuzzFeed’s president and COO, said the funding will allow the company to meet its goals.”We are laser focused on building a media company from the ground up for a world where social is the dominant way people discover and engage with all forms of media,” said Steinberg, in a statement. “That means reimagining and reinventing editorial, advertising, and publishing technology.”

For more on BuzzFeed’s expansion, check out Mediabistro’s Media Beat segment with Jonah Peretti, the site’s founder and CEO.

BuzzFeed LA Launch Party at Mondrian’s Skybar

FishbowlLA braved the harsh L.A. drizzle on Thursday night to hit Skybar, where BuzzFeed staffers and friends were celebrating the launch of the website’s new Los Angeles bureau. Top BuzzFeed brass was in attendance: CEO and founder Jonah Peretti, president Jon Steinberg, editor-in-chief Ben Smith, executive VP of video Ze Frank, and probably more we didn’t recognize.

We spotted Nate Silver in the crowd, as well as Julia Boorstin of CNBC, comedian Chelsea PerettiLA Times VP of Communications Nancy Sullivan and former Good magazine editor Ann Friedman, who tolerated some gushing on our behalf over her delightful Tumblr and column, #Real Talk.

But we don’t have pictures of any of these lovely people, because we forgot our camera. We only managed this one grainy cell phone picture before giving up and hitting the open bar:

That’s Ann-Marie Thomson of SYCO television, Grantland editor Emily Yoshida and BuzzFeed’s Los Angeles bureau chief Richard Rushfield being blinded by my cell phone camera.

BuzzFeed Adds Nancy Newman and Jonathan Perelman

BuzzFeed has added two staffers to its team. Nancy Newman has been named vice president of sales marketing and learning, and Jonathan Perelman has been named vice president of agency strategy and development.

Newman comes to BuzzFeed from Yahoo!, where she most recently served as vice president of sales communications, and training. Perelman was most recently global lead for industry relations at Google.

“Nancy and Jonathan come to BuzzFeed from the Internet’s two leading media and advertising companies,” said Jon Steinberg, BuzzFeed’s president and COO. “Both have histories of innovation with internal teams, Fortune 500 brands, and agencies. Add to that their passions for social advertising, and you have two one of a kind leaders to work with our internal business team and partners.”

Newman and Perelman will be based in New York and start later this month.

Pitch Bay Area Culture to San Francisco

You don’t have to live in the Bay Area, but you do have to be familiar with its culture in order to pitch San Francisco magazine. And with new FOB sections ranging from politics to food to fashion, there is ample opportunity for any freelancer to write for this regional glossy, no matter where you’re from.

“It’s big-city journalism on a number of levels. We have in-depth feature reporting on civic issues, social justice, politics and personalities in power positions. Then, we cover the service side: how to live the good life in a vibrant, exciting, constantly changing city. Then there’s our food, style and cultural coverage,” said editor-in-chief Jon Steinberg.

For editors’ contact information, read How to Pitch: San Francisco. [Mediabistro AvantGuild subscription required]

Andrea Hackett