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LA Times Adds New York-Based TV, Media Reporter

StephenBattaglioPicSome may know the name Stephen Battaglio from his articles and appearances on shows like Morning Edition, CBS’ Sunday Morning and the Today show. Others perhaps have perused or purchased his books about the TV industry.

But for those who do not know the Battaglio background and turn to Google Search, the first two auto-completed strings are “Stephen Battaglio Oscars” and “Stephen Battaglio Seth MacFarlane.” Due to the fact that on the Oscars telecast hosted by MacFarlane, Battaglio’s faux byline appeared underneath the gag item headlined “Seth MacFarlane, Worst Oscar Host Ever.”

In the real world, Battaglio has taken his talents to the Los Angeles Times. From today’s internal announcement by assistant managing editor for arts & entertainment John Corrigan:

Stephen has joined our “Company Town” team as a reporter covering the TV and media business out of New York.

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Daily Newspaper Vet Gives Print Delivery the Boot

MaxBootTwitterProfilePicOver the years, Max Boot (pictured) has worked as an editorial writer and op-ed editor for the Wall Street Journal, assistant national editor at the Christian Science Monitor and as a columnist for the Los Angeles Times. During his high school days in Reseda, California, he was the editor of both the official Cleveland High School newspaper and a second underground publication there.

As Boot writes today in Commentary, he never thought he’d see the day when no newspapers would be delivered to his doorstep. But after downscaling to weekend delivery, he has today officially made the switch to digital subscriptions only:

So what happened? In a word, the iPad. Blame or credit Steve Jobs: I have found that it’s simply easier to read newspapers on my iPad, rather than slogging downstairs to pick up the print copy – if it’s there.

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Death Becomes This Brooklyn Freelancer

AmericanGrotesqueCoverBess Lovejoy knows a thing or three about corpses.

Her book on the fate of various famous stiffs, Rest in Pieces, was voted by Amazon to be one of last year’s best reads. She is a member of something called The Order of Good Death, as well as a founding member of Death Salon. (That group’s next NYC event is slated for sometime in 2015, at the Morbid Anatomy Museum.)

In other words, it’s no surprise that Lovejoy found a way to lead off her Smithsonian piece about William Mortensen with a colorful corpse anecdote that ropes in a couple of other famous photographers. The legacy of Mortensen, who passed away in 1965, is being revived this fall in the form of several exhibitions and a brand new book titled American Grotesque:

Mortensen wrote a series of bestselling instructional books and a weekly photography column in the Los Angeles Times, and ran the Mortensen School of Photography in Laguna Beach, where some 3,000 students passed through the doors. The artist and photography scholar Larry Lytle, who has done extensive research on Mortensen, calls him “photography’s first superstar.”

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Rich Mirman: Newspaper Publisher and Paperboy

2010_The_Orange_County_Register-logoUsually, it goes in the other direction. A teenager starts out delivering newspapers and then, many years later, can point to having ascended through the ranks of the publication to EIC or publisher.

But the Orange County Register, thanks to the actions of Aaron Kushner, is no ordinary newspaper. From Gustavo Arellano‘s feature interview report in OC Weekly:

[Newly hired publisher Rich] Mirman arrived at the Register‘s printing plant his first weekend on the job at 2 a.m., folding papers alongside his wife. After stacking hundreds of papers into a car, he and another Register worker drove to Huntington Beach at 3:30, with Mirman tossing papers out of the passenger window.

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NPR Namesake Cherry Glazerr Rolls On

CherylGlazerPicEarlier this year, Chery Glaser (pictured), the LA-embedded local host of NPR’s Morning Edition on KCRW, interviewed members of a local rock trio that named themselves after her. She began the conversation by throwing to a song from the band with: “I’m Chery Glaser, and believe it or not, this is also Cherry Glazerr…”

Nine months later, per a pair of items by LA Times reporter Todd Martens, things are rolling along for the teenage band consisting of Clementine Creevy, Hannah Uribe and Sean Redman:

Creevy has been managing the band herself and says the group is self-sufficient enough that she can afford to move out when she turns 18, though she intends to live at home and save money.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Horowitz Out at NBC News | Charles Champlin Dies at 88

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Jamie Horowitz Out at NBC News (TVNewser)
Jamie Horowitz, the recently-hired SVP and GM of the Today show, is no longer with NBC News. A source tells us Horowitz and his boss, NBC News president Deborah Turness, were not seeing eye to eye, leading to Horowitz’s departure from the network late Monday. THR / The Live Feed Originally set to join the network in December, Horowitz started taking meetings at Today in September, overseeing the network’s flagship morning show. Variety “He’s a talented producer and executive, but, together, he and I have come to the conclusion that this is not the right fit,” Turness said in a memo to staffers. In the wake of Horowitz’ departure, Turness said, she will continue working closely with Don Nash, the executive producer of Today, and Jen Brown, the vice president and general manager of Today.com. She expects to find a new general manager of Today, she said. Deadline Hollywood In August, NBC agreed to let Bill Wolff, VP primetime programs at MSNBC and executive producer of The Rachel Maddow Show, out of his contract to move to ABC, in order to get that parent company to allow top ESPN programmer Horowitz take the helm at Today. Before joining ESPN, Horowitz worked at NBC Sports; he started his TV career as an NBC Olympics researcher. Turness came to the network from the U.K. in August 2013 to help turn around the news division’s once-dominant but now struggling franchises. NYT Early reports of new turbulence at Today were especially upsetting for NBC News because the show is the news division’s biggest profit center, and NBC has been touting a comeback in the ratings for the show, which has trailed ABC’s Good Morning America since Today lost a seemingly impregnable lead in the morning ratings in 2012. Turness has been portrayed as embattled in some reports, and Horowitz’s name surfaced quickly as a possible successor, despite his short tenure and the fact that he has no network news background.

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Colleagues React to the Passing of Charles Champlin

ShutterstockCharlesChamplinWOFOn Facebook, Los Angeles Times staff writer Susan King shared the impact made during her formative years by Charles Champlin, the retired editor, film and book critic who passed away Sunday at the age of 88. From her post:

Though I only talked to him twice on the phone, he had changed my life as a teenager. He hosted a series on PBS called Film Odyssey, which showed classic films from the Janus catalog.

One of the first films was Truffaut’s Jules & Jim. That film changed my life. The series changed my life and Champlin changed my life. There’s a big chance I would be doing something else if it wasn’t for that show.

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Simon & Schuster Win Paul Simon Bidding War

Five other publishers were interested in the rights to the singer’s authorized biography. But in the end, per AP’s Hillel Italie, Simon & Schuster came out the winner.

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There is no title or release date yet for the book, which will be crafted by former Los Angeles Times music critic Robert Hilburn. It promises to be a great read:

Hilburn said Tuesday that Simon was compiling a list of people he has been close to and sending the biographer contact information.

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Orange County Register Has a Weekend on Par with Angels

oc registerOn the one hand, it’s a victory for print journalism. Dozens of Saturday and Sunday newspaper subscribers outraged that their papers were not delivered. On the other hand, the Orange County Register‘s solution only added fuel to the ire.

“Free copies of the Sunday and Saturday papers are available in the OC Register lobby at 625 N. Grand Avenue, Santa Ana until 5 p.m. today,” the paper posted Sunday on Facebook, prompting a string of angry reader comments and a different tack from the paper. One that sounded a lot like the remarks being made by members of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim after being swept out of the MLB playoffs Sunday by the Kansas City Royals:

No excuses. We are sorry for the lack of delivery in your neighborhood, and the inconvenience this has caused you and family members this weekend. The only acceptable solution is receiving your newspaper and timely delivery to all subscribers… and we’re working toward that goal. We are correcting the breakdowns in routes, and are actively responding to each person who has contacted us at customerservice@ocregister.com.

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New Monthly Print Magazine Pays Its Way to 400,000+ Circulation

CaliforniaSundayLogoOn Sunday October 5, more than 400,000 subscribers to the San Francisco Chronicle, Sacramento Bee and Los Angeles Times will find something new within the bundle on their doorstep: The California Sunday Magazine, a startup devised by freelancer Douglas McGray and Federated Media co-founder Chas Ewards.

The monthly, print-side half of the pair’s business model is most intriguing. Not only does it give them instant traction at both the advertiser and circulation-base ends. But if successful, it could prove to be a model of revenue for other grouped regional newspapers. From a piece by Michael Learmonth, global tech editor of the International Business Times:

McGray and Edwards are paying the newspapers for distribution, much like Target would for an ad insert, and targeting 400,000 people who live in affluent neighborhoods. The rate card for the print edition is $40,000 a page; Edwards says the magazine will launch with 10 advertisers, including Google Play, Lexus, Converse, MailChimp and the Ace Hotel.

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