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Election Day ’08: Where to Watch Online

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The New York Observer has put together a comprehensive guide to watching the returns online including links.

The Washington Post is anchoring live Election Day video on tonight beginning at 6 pm ET, which will combine the Post‘s and Newsweek‘s political teams including: Chris Cillizza, Jon Meacham, Dana Priest, E.J. Dionne, Len Downie, Dana Milbank, and Jonathan Alter. Users will also be able to interact with guests during the show through a live discussion platform below the video screen.

Finally, our very own TVNewser will be liveblogging all the election coverage tonight and if you’re not already following FishbowlDC‘s Twitter you definitely should start.

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Tales of the Tribune Co.: Hiller and Lipinski Out

lattrib.pngRumors were flying this morning that Los Angeles Times publisher and CEO David Hiller was about to be shown the door by Zell and Co. and now it’s official. Randy Michaels (he of the more words, less reporters doctrine) just announced Hiller’s departure, effective immediately. FishbowlLA has the memo. Hiller was presumably preparing to oversee the sweeping cuts that were made at LAT last month, and which are apparently being put into effect as we speak (again, FishbowlLA has details here) Perhaps a trip to India will be included in all the severance packages.

Elsewhere in Tribune land Ann Marie Lipinski, who began her tenure at the Chicago Tribune as an intern thirty years ago, and was named editor shortly before 9/11, has announced her resignation in a memo to staff today. Lipinski doesn’t directly reference the recent staff cuts at the Tribune as reason for her decision but does tells the staff that “your new owners should have their own editor, compatible with their style and goals” (also, the same line of thinking used by departing WaPo head Len Downie). Gerould W. Kern, Tribune Publishing vice president of editorial since 2003 has been named as her successor.

Brauchli to WaPo: Post-Game Chatter

080708_PB_Brauchli.jpgAccording to Ben Bradlee the reason that WaPo hired outsider Marcus Brauchli to replace departing executive editor Len Downie was that there was no “home-grown” person ready to do the job. Says Bradlee: “They didn’t think they had a guy ready. If they got the right guy, that is good. It is as simple as that.” Downie, however, says that it was merely a matter of Weymouth finding the right person for the job and that Brauchli’s lack of Post experience is not an issue. Post reporters also appear to be optimistic about their new boss, longtime Postie Dana Priest says not only are people relieved that the position has been filled but are more than willing to give Brauchli the benefit of the doubt. Meanwhile,
James Grimaldi says that he wishes him “all the luck in the world” because basically the future of humanity rests on Brauchli’s success (actually just “the future of The Washington Post and…what Post journalism means” but still, no pressure!).

Over at Slate Jack Shafer seems to think none of this matters much at all since as far as newspapers are concerned the power resides with the publisher.

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WaPo Names Brauchli Top Editor

brauchli-190.jpgPolitico, FishbowlDC and Portfolio have been predicting it for a while (though maybe the Times doesn’t read other blogs?), and now it’s official: the Washington Post has named Marcus W. Brauchli as its new executive editor.

Brauchli’s appointment follows a period of some upheaval at WaPo that saw a large buyout at the paper as well as the appointment of new publisher Katharine Weymouth. Long-time WaPo executive editor Len Downie announced his retirement last month, and many see this appointment as Weymouth’s attempt to “put her stamp on one of the nation’s great newspapers.” Brauchli was most recently managing editor at the Wall St. Journal but resigned in April amidst rumors that he no longer felt welcome under Rupe‘s new regime. Is this just the beginning of structural changes at WaPo? FBDC seems to think so, apparently they’ve been hearing that that some managing editors may be added to the mix or that an entirely different leadership structure may eventually be put in place. They also have Weymouth’s full memo announcing the appointment.