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Bill Simmons Returns to ESPN

simmonsAs Bill Simmons returns today to ESPN after serving out his three-week suspension, a number of questions linger. All of which are solidly addressed by New York Times writers Jonathan Mahler and Richard Sandomir.

1) How much does Simmons have left on his current contract with ESPN?

One year.

2) Who are the role models for Simmons, should he choose to go the non-traditional route?

Howard Stern and Glenn Beck.

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NYT Reporters Recommend a Few Good Books About Journalism

TheImperfectionistsCoverIn this weekend’s Sunday Book Review, there is a fun, brief item from John Williams. Echoing the general theme of David Carr‘s latest column, he asked Carr as well as Ravi Somaiya, Jonathan Mahler and Peter Lattman to highlight their favorite books about journalism.

The most intriguing comment comes from Lattman. Like Mahler, he chose a work of fiction rather than non-fiction, but not for the reasons you might assume:

Lattman selected The Imperfectionists by Tom Rachman, about a “dying English-language newspaper in Rome. This debut novel from 2010 does a better job of capturing a newsroom and its characters than any non-fiction book I’ve read.”

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Elliott Exits GMA | Piers Morgan Bows Out | NYT Mag Names New Editor

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Josh Elliott Exiting ABC’s Good Morning America for NBC Sports (TheWrap)
After months of speculation over Josh Elliott’s future at ABC News’ Good Morning America, contract talks broke down over the weekend and he will leave his anchor spot for a gig with NBC Sports. Amy Robach will be promoted to news anchor, effective immediately. TVNewser Elliott’s jump to NBC and return to sports comes at the end of intense contract negotiations with ABC News. Elliott will work on most high-profile NBC Sports programs including Sunday Night Football, NBC Olympics and Triple Crown horse racing. NBC is expected to reveal more later this week. Deadline Hollywood Elliott, who had been making about $1.2 million salary at GMA, turned down an offer to stay with the show for $4-$5 million. After his fellow anchor Lara Spencer nailed down a lucrative multiyear contract Thursday, Elliott raised his ask to $10 million a year. Per the terms of Elliott’s exit, he cannot appear on NBC’s Today show for six months. NYT Elliott is the second member of the GMA team to be recruited away from the show by NBCUniversal. Sam Champion, who had been the weather anchor for GMA, was hired by the Weather Channel to start up a new morning show on that cable channel, which is owned by NBCUniversal. ABC did make a strong effort to retain Elliott, offering him about $5 million a year, according to one executive with knowledge of the negotiations. Variety Robach, Elliott’s replacement, began her career as a general assignment reporter in South Carolina and moved on to become a morning anchor in Washington, D.C. She spent five years at NBC where she was an anchor at MSNBC and co-host of Weekend Today. Co-anchors Robin Roberts and George Stephanopoulos remain as the leads of the show.

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Jonathan Mahler Joins NY Times as Media Reporter

Jonathan Mahler GJonathan Mahler — author of Ladies and Gentlemen, The Bronx is Burning — is joining The New York Times as a corporate media reporter.

Mahler had been a contributor to Bloomberg View, the New York Times Magazine and the New York Times Book Review. His work has appeared in a variety of publications, including The New Republic, New York and The Washington Post.

Mahler has also written two other books —  The Challenge and Death Comes to Happy Valley. He tweeted that he was “very excited” to join the paper.

In a memo announcing the hire, Peter Lattman, the Times’ media editor, wrote that Mahler “will cover the industry’s biggest companies and the moguls who run them, along with the seismic changes transforming their businesses.”

Lattman’s full note is below.

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