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Morning Media Newsfeed: Crossfire Returns | Newsday Branch Closes | Deen’s Big Interview


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CNN Brings Back Crossfire (TVNewser)
CNN has made it official: Crossfire will be returning to the channel this fall. CNN is poaching S.E. Cupp from MSNBC’s The Cycle to represent the right side of the table, alongside former house speaker and Fox News contributor Newt Gingrich. Obama campaign consultant Stephanie Cutter and former White House advisor Van Jones will represent the left side of the table. The four hosts will also contribute to CNN election and political programming. HuffPost / The Backstory CNN’s soon-to-be relaunched Crossfire will take a page from the original version of show, which aired for 19 years without a live audience. A CNN executive told HuffPost that there will be no live audience when Crossfire returns this fall, a departure from the show’s final three years before being canceled in 2005. FishbowlDC “Few programs in the history of CNN have had the kind of impact on political discourse that Crossfire did — it was a terrific program then, and we believe the time is right to bring it back and do it again,” said Jeff Zucker, president of CNN Worldwide in a release. NYT More than eight years after it was canceled, Crossfire is still one of the best-known cable news programs, but it has also been widely derided, as evidenced by the mixed reactions online to CNN’s announcement on Wednesday morning. Some media critics and commentators have denounced the program for wedging complex arguments into a left-right rubric and promoting political polarization. (In the words of Jon Stewart during his 2004 appearance on the program, “It’s hurting America.” CNN canceled the show the next year.) Read more

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Nook Sales Tumble | Sesame Workshop Cuts | CNN Radio Shutters


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Nook Sales Down 16.8 Percent in Fiscal 2013 (AppNewser)
Barnes & Noble’s Nook business, which is made up of devices, digital content sales and accessories, had revenues of $108 million in Q4 2013 and $776 million for the full year, which was down 36 percent for the quarter and 16.8 percent for the full year, the company reported Tuesday. The bookseller pointed out that digital content sales were up 16.2 percent for the year. The company attributed the losses during the quarter to poor device sales and the drop off in popularity in trilogies such as The Hunger Games and Fifty Shades of Grey. paidContent Investors were expecting a bad earnings report from Barnes & Noble on Tuesday morning, and they definitely got it: Barnes & Noble’s Nook business lost a lot of money, dragging down the entire company’s results. In response, Barnes & Noble said it will stop manufacturing Nook tablets in-house, though it will keep developing its e-ink readers. GalleyCat Barnes & Noble revealed that consolidated revenues for the fourth quarter decreased 7.4 percent to $1.3 billion as compared to the same period last year. Read more

Morning Media Newsfeed: Abrams Joins Nightline | Deen’s Alleged Racism | Plain Dealer Layoffs


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Dan Abrams Joins Nightline (FishbowlNY)
Dan Abrams, the man behind the Abrams Media empire, is joining ABC’s Nightline as an anchor and chief legal affairs anchor. Abrams is also getting an expanded role on Good Morning America and pretty much everywhere else. TVNewser Abrams will be stepping back from day-to-day oversight at Abrams Media, which includes Mediaite.com, to devote his attention to ABC. He is a TV news veteran, having previously served as anchor, legal analyst and general manager of MSNBC, and joined ABC News in 2011. HuffPost Abrams will replace Terry Moran who will move to London to become the network’s chief foreign correspondent later this summer but contribute to the network’s coverage of the upcoming Supreme Court decisions on cases including same-sex marriage and affirmative action. Moran’s role change came just months after ABC bumped Nightline to a later time slot so that Jimmy Kimmel’s late night program could move to 11:35 p.m., competing directly with David Letterman and Jay Leno’s shows. LA Times / Company Town The ratings for Nightline have tumbled since ABC moved it from 11:35 p.m. to 12:35 a.m. to give Jimmy Kimmel Live an earlier start time.

Food Network Responds to Paula Deen’s Racial Comments (TPM / LiveWire)
The Food Network has issued a statement responding to racial comments one of its star chefs, Paula Deen, made in deposition she gave for a discrimination suit against her and other defendants. “Food Network does not tolerate any form of discrimination and is a strong proponent of diversity and inclusion. We will continue to monitor the situation,” a Food Network spokeswoman said. Jezebel Paula Deen was questioned for three hours regarding the $1.2 million lawsuit filed by the general manager of their Savannah restaurant last year, which alleged that Paula and her brother Bubba made black and white employees use separate bathrooms, threw the N-word around and repeatedly told racist and sexist jokes. When Deen was asked if she used the N-word, she replied: “Yes, of course.” PRNewser Deen’s rep claims that she’s never used racial epithets and that she will be vindicated in court, but the Internet already passed judgement; as of Wednesday afternoon #PaulasBestDishes was the top trending hashtag on Twitter, and it inspired its share of winning puns. theGrio In a statement to theGrio, a representative for Deen said: “Contrary to media reports. Ms. Deen does not condone or find the use of racial epithets acceptable. She is looking forward to her day in court.”

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Times Staffers Prepare For Not So Merry Christmas

nyt logo.jpgAccording to a memo sent out to guild members last night, The New York Times will keep staffers it plans to lay off next week — as many as 26 of them — on the payroll until December 23, “several days longer than planned.”

This extension is related to a dispute between the union and Times management over calculating seniority and “several related issues,” the union said in the memo yesterday, which was obtained by FishbowlNY. The dispute went before an arbitrator last night, and he is expected to rule on the matter Monday. The Times will then provide the guild a list of those targeted for layoffs before dropping the axe. Apparently, seniority will be playing a factor in who the paper decides to let go, so the guild wants to make sure it is correctly calculated before final decisions are made.

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Confessions Of A Condé Nast Layoff Victim, And Some Tips To Help You Survive The Next 6 Months

pink slip protest.jpgIn November 2008, I learned that the Condé Nast-owned magazine where I was working, DNR, was closing. I was out of a job, along with about a dozen of my colleagues. So when I hear reports that my former employer’s decision today to close four titles has cost 180 people their jobs, I can’t help but remember that day less than a year ago when I was going through it myself.

Not only did I experience the devastation of losing my job and seeing a 116-year-old publication disappear forever, but I survived. I’m still working as a journalist, I’m not homeless and, most of the time, I can pay my bills. And the panic attacks and a paralyzing sense of self-doubt have subsided over time. I managed somehow. And so can you.

So how did I do it? I accepted help from family and friends — emotional and monetary — whenever they offered. I changed my expectations. I tried new things, talked to new people and sent my resume to everyone who I thought could help. The first six months were the most difficult, but during that time I learned more than I ever wanted to know about unemployment insurance, COBRA and writing cover letters.

If you’re one of the many who had found themselves out of a job today, I think my experiences might help you through the next scary six months of your life. Read on for three things that will help you survive unemployment.

(Photo via flickr)

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USA TODAY To Launch E-Edition & Weekend Paper Next Week

usa today logo.pngLast month, USA TODAY publisher David Hunke told us to expect a e-Edition of the paper on August 3. Today, the paper officially announced the launch of a new digital version of the nation’s top-selling newspaper, along with their first-ever weekend paper.

The new Saturday-Sunday edition will be called USA TODAY EXTRA and will be available only to subscribers of the paper’s digital or print versions.

USA TODAY is perfectly modeled to suit all the new and emerging technologies we are seeing in the marketplace,” Hunke said in a release. “We’re very pleased to be able to bring the e-Edition to our readers and we will continue to look for new platforms to grow on.”

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We Hear: WNYC Staff To Take Pay Cuts

wnyc.pngMultiple sources have told us that senior staffers at New York public radio station WNYC will be taking a 5% pay cut as the station faces decreased underwriting revenues and a budget deficit.

Publicists for WNYC refused to comment on the pay cut, but confirmed that the station is considering laying off up to seven employees (which we told you about last week).

“Like most non-profits and cultural institutions, WNYC has been impacted by the economic downturn and has seen revenues decline, primarily in underwriting,” WNYC Director of Publicity Jennifer Houlihan said in a statement. “We have significantly cut back on our operating expenses, but unfortunately must still consider the possibility of laying off up to seven of the 219 current employees. We expect to make a final determination in the coming weeks.”

We have gotten conflicting information about how much WNYC’s deficit will be for next year, although the New York Times reported last month that underwriting revenues were 25% below projections for this year. If you have any info, put it in the anonymous tip box at right or email us.

Earlier: Possible Layoffs At WNYC