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MSNBC Launches Streaming Video Hub

ShiftMSNBCMSNBC is expanding its online video reach with “Shift.” The digital news hub will feature a slate of original programming plus a loop of MSNBC programs. The new shows will cover a wide variety of topics, from politics to pop culture.

If you want to catch the new shows — which include “Reporters Notebook,” hosted by MSNBC’s Beth Fouhy and “Three Cents,” hosted by the New York Times’ Josh Barro — you’ll have to tune in Monday through Friday from 9 am to 4 pm.

Phil Griffin, MSNBC’s president, told Variety that Shift is “a way to innovate, do things differently and find out what works. I don’t want to call it a farm system. It’s a place where we get to experiment, and I guarantee you, stuff is going to pop.”

Below is the full list of Shift’s original programs.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Digital First Mulls Sale | DirecTV to Launch Online Services

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Digital First Media, Second Biggest U.S. Newspaper Publisher, to Consider Sale (HuffPost / AP)
Newspaper company Digital First Media said Friday that it is exploring strategic options, which could include a sale of the company or parts of it. New York Post Chief executive John Paton said the publisher of the Denver Post, the Los Angeles Daily News, The New Haven Register and 73 other daily and Sunday papers is profitable and generates $1.2 billion of revenue. NYT Digital First has long suffered from the headwinds facing newspapers. One former division, The Journal Register Company, which includes papers like The New Haven Register and The Trentonian, filed for bankruptcy twice in the last five years. In April, the company announced that it was shutting down Project Thunderdome, a centralized newsroom that aimed to provide articles from around the nation and the world to the company’s 75 newsrooms. That closing resulted in layoffs for more than 50 people in the Project Thunderdome newsroom. Denver Post Digital First Media was formed in December 2013 with the merger of Denver-based MediaNews Group and the former Journal Register Co. It is the nation’s second-largest newspaper company, based on circulation, operating in 15 states, with 800 multi-platform news and information products, including 76 daily and Sunday newspapers and 160 weeklies. The company said it serves 75 million customers monthly. Poynter / MediaWire Ken Doctor reported in April that Digital First planned to sell its newspapers at the same time it shuttered Project Thunderdome. The company won’t set a deadline for the sale or report any developments “until the Board has determined whether it will proceed with one or several transaction(s), or otherwise concludes its review,” a news release said.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: CNN Hires Carney | Sony, Viacom Reach Cloud-Based TV Deal

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Jay Carney to Join CNN as Political Commentator (FishbowlDC)
Former White House press secretary Jay Carney has joined CNN as a political commentator Washington bureau chief Sam Feist announced Wednesday. His first assignment was on the network’s coverage pertaining to President Barack Obama’s remarks on ISIS. TVNewser “I’m thrilled to be joining CNN at a time when there is so much happening in the nation and the world,” said Carney. “Jay’s unique experience as both a journalist and a White House press secretary make him an invaluable voice for the network as we cover the final two years of the Obama Administration and look ahead to the coming campaigns,” said Feist. THR / The Live Feed Carney, who served as Time magazine’s Washington bureau chief before departing to the White House, resigned from his administration role on May 30. Within days, speculation swirled about which media role he would pursue — a book and a cable news job were both mentioned. On June 18, less than a month after leaving the White House, The Washington Post reported that CNN already had made “a fine offer” to Carney for a network role. Mediaite Carney’s new employer hardly comes as a surprise, as many expected him to join one of the three major cable networks after he stepped down from the podium in June — though his name was also bandied about for a position at Apple or a startup. Politico Carney said when he left the White House in May that he’d maintain a public presence in the media. He also signed with the Washington Speakers Bureau. Carney joins a long line of former White House press secretaries making the jump to cable: Robert Gibbs joined CNBC after leaving the White House, Dana Perino is currently a host on Fox News, and George Stephanopoulos is now an ABC News anchor.

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Exclusive: The Dish on That Book About Katie Couric, Diane Sawyer and Christiane Amanpour

LunchAtMichaelsSchool is back in session for the cool kids and they showed up in droves at their favorite cafeteria at 55th and Fifth. Come on, it’s just like high school — but with better clothes. In attendance: NBCUniversal’s Ron Meyer and Steve Burke, Joe Kernen, Andrew Ross Sorkin, Tom Brokaw, Donny Deutsch and Showtime’s Matt Blank among the media mob scene. It seemed more than a bit ironic that Michael’s looked like an old boys club since I was joined today by Sheila Weller for an exclusive first interview about her new book, The News Sorority (Penguin Press), which chronicles the rise of Diane Sawyer, Katie Couric and Christiane Amanpour in television news. While the book’s press release paints the book as a thoughtful, “astute” guide to the behind-the-scenes goings on in television broadcast news and a paean to the accomplishments of these three incredibly ambitious women amid the “impenetrable newsroom boys club,” early reports have instead latched on to the more juicy tales of rivalry and the occasional missteps among the women. Shocking, I know. “It pains me that the news aggregators focused on the catfights,” Sheila told me. “It showed me the knives are out for women who succeed.”

Sheila Weller and Diane Clehane

Sheila Weller and Diane Clehane

What Sheila is referring to is the headline-grabbing items in the New York Daily News and The Daily Beast. The Daily News ran an item on the book for Father’s Day with the headline “Hate-y Katie” and an unflattering picture of her, which, said Sheila, didn’t exactly thrill her rep, Matthew Hiltzik. “I told him I didn’t plant any of it,” she told me. Lloyd Grove PM’d Sheila on Facebook asking: “What’s this book being passed around the networks like a crack pipe?” and then wrote a lengthy piece about the book for The Daily Beast, which recounted some of the more gossipy exchanges involving the women. “Once a book is sent to a media organization, you can’t control what happens with it,” said Sheila. “I was stunned by the Father’s Day item.”

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Hopkins Named Hulu CEO | Chaos at Inquirer | Praise for Robert Costa


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It’s Official: Mike Hopkins Named CEO of Hulu (Variety)
Hulu has announced Fox Networks distribution chief Mike Hopkins as CEO of Hulu. Plans for the transition leaked out last week, in addition to the news that interim CEO Andy Forssell would be leaving the company. The appointment comes months after owners 21st Century Fox, Disney and Comcast elected not to sell Hulu after putting the joint venture on the auction block for the second time in as many years. Ad Age / Digital The announcement, which came Thursday afternoon, comes a week after news broke that the company was close to hiring Hopkins, a deal maker charged with securing arrangements with TV carriers as well as on-demand and digital services. TheWrap Putting Hopkins in charge brings Hulu even closer to its parent companies, which abandoned their efforts to sell the company earlier this year and promised to invest $750 million. “After an extensive search, Mike was simply the best candidate for the job. He has a strong understanding of programming, digital distribution and consumer behavior, and a great vision for Hulu’s next chapter,” Anne Sweeney, co-chairman, Disney Media Networks and president, Disney/ABC Television Group, said in a statement.LA Times / Company Town In assuming the helm of Hulu, Hopkins brings more than two decades of experience in the traditional television world and in negotiating distribution agreements. As head of distribution for Fox, he oversaw distribution strategy, sales and marketing for Fox’s 45 broadcast and cable channels in the United States.

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Rolling Stone Wonders About Google Glass

It’s not quite the futuristic picture painted in Steven Spielberg‘s 2002 adaptation of Phillip K. Dick short story “The Minority Report.” But it’s pretty close:

A world where everyone on the street is instantly uploading to YouTube whatever they’re looking at will be a world where everyone is both continuously filming and being filmed, where everyone is both voyeur and object.

In a thought-provoking Rolling Stone blog post, Gary Susman touches all the relevant recent media bases – S.T. VanAirsdale‘s Tribeca Film essay, a photo of Michele Bachman tweeted by Luke Russert and the musings of documentary filmmaker Henry Alex-Rubin (Murderball).

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Talking Heads | Add it Up | Strong Words

FishbowlDC: Let the record show that anytime Luke Russert speaks, people have plenty to say about it.

PRNewser: Because Americans can never have enough terrible products, caffeinated Cracker Jacks exist now.

TVSpy: Deion Sanders called a Dallas/Fort Worth TV reporter an “African-American killer.” Yikes.

Gawker’s Servers Struggle|Iranian Detainees Have San Fran Roots|The Awl Celebrates 1M|AP Managing Editors Honor Public Service|Luke Russert Answers Essential Questions

Video: “Jon & Kate + 8″ is back on the air tonight after a short hiatus. Will you be watching?

AgencySpy: Gawker‘s sites have been having issues. Possible causes: server issues, heavy traffic or an attack, possibly from irate Scientologists. Just a theory.

BayNewser: Two of the three Americans detained in Iran Friday have Bay Area connections. Both Shane Bauer and Sarah Shourd are journalists who have written for Sandy Close‘s New America Media.

Gawker: The Awl, the latest Web project by Gawker alums Choire Sicha and Alex Balk has logged one million visitors since its launch in April. Congrats!

Associated Press: The Associated Press Managing Editors Association awarded a public service award to The Seattle Times today, for its work uncovering hundreds of MRSA-related deaths that had never been revealed to families or the public. The Virgin Islands Daily News in St. Thomas and the Lexington Herald-Leader in Lexington, Ky. also received prizes in the lower circulation categories.

Mediaite: Five quick questions with media scion Luke Russert. Our favorite answer was his optimistic take on the future of journalism: “Whatever happens I just feel lucky to be in the business at the dawn of a new era.”

Luke Russert on Life as a NBC News Correspondent

2007-07-27-MSNBC-Joe-Luke.jpgTVNewser’s Steve Krakauer caught up with Luke Russert the other day and chatted with him about why he thinks the kids really will turn out for the election this year, how his “dumb” UVA comment taught him to never wing it on live TV, and how his famous name my have helped him get his foot through the door but his “performance and ability got my butt through the door.” As to whether he continues to watch Meet the Press since his father’s death, he had this to say:

I don’t watch it as much as I watched when he was on, obviously. It’s still tough, to some degree, to watch it all the way through. I see who they have as guests, and I tune in. I think Brokaw’s been doing an absolutely outstanding job. Honestly I think, given the situation being dealt, it was so nice of him to essentially come out of retirement and lend his veteran presence. So yeah, I pay close attention to it. I care about what happens to it. I think it really is — and all the Sunday morning shows are — really the last frontier in terms of a format that is watched by millions, in which people can actually have a conversation. I just hope it stays in that realm.