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Morning Media Newsfeed: NewsHour Names Just EP | Discovery, Sony Make Gains

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PBS NewsHour Names ABC’s Sara Just Executive Producer (FishbowlDC)
PBS NewsHour announced Thursday that 25-plus year ABC News-er Sara Just has been tapped to serve as the program’s executive producer and SVP of NewsHour Productions LLC. Variety Just will oversee the daily operations of the nightly news program, co-anchored by Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff. Deadline Hollywood Just, who has been ABC News’ deputy Washington Bureau chief since April, will join NewsHour on Sept. 2, succeeding Linda Winslow, who is retiring. Just’s hire comes on the heels of WETA taking over NewsHour from MacNeil/Lehrer Productions, the company named after former anchors Robert MacNeil and Jim Lehrer, on July 1. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media Before becoming deputy Washington bureau chief at ABC, Just was senior Washington producer for Good Morning America and had spent 17 years at Ted Koppel’s Nightline. ABC News president James Goldston said in a memo to staff Just was integral to the innovation of their digital political coverage. NYT NewsHour has struggled in recent years to raise enough funds to meet its annual budget of $25 million to $30 million, although WETA officials said at the time of the ownership transfer they were confident they could find the money. With money tight, the program has not been able to do as much field reporting as some critics would like. Just said that she would better understand the program’s budget challenges once she started, but added “I think reporting from the field is essential,” when paired with insightful analysis.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Amazon Unveils Fire Phone | Carney’s Final Briefing

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Amazon Launches Smartphone (GalleyCat)
Amazon has gotten into the smartphone business with the launch of the Fire, Amazon’s first smartphone. NYT Though the device is called the Fire phone, Amazon’s new gadget is less a phone than a pocketable cash register hooked directly into the retailer’s intelligent warehouses. And it’s not cheap. The Fire phone sells for $199 with a two-year AT&T contract. Although it also comes with a free one-year subscription to Amazon’s Prime membership, the Fire phone is essentially the same price as high-end phones made by Apple and Samsung. For Amazon, a company whose previous devices have had innovative pricing plans that often involved selling devices at cost, the Fire phone’s uninspired price tag is a surprising disappointment. The Washington Post / The Switch The phone lets you scan products in stores, so that you can buy things directly from Amazon, using a new service called “Firefly.” Users can even use the phone to “listen” to songs or videos, and link users to places to buy them. It can also recognize art, and scan text such as phone numbers and then immediately place a call. The Verge There’s one big difference here: the Fire phone’s interface changes based on how you’re looking at it and how you orient the device. Amazon calls the feature “Dynamic Perspective,” which basically means that some apps on the phone will have a three-dimensional depth to them, and tilting the phone will let you peer around edges, just as you can with real objects. Mashable The history of 3D-type screens in mobile suggests consumers aren’t interested in the feature. The two most notable devices, the HTC Evo 3D and the LG Optimus 3D, both flopped. The only real 3D success in mobile so far has been the Nintendo 3DS, which is explicitly a game console.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: BBC News to Cut 500 | Networks Book Clinton

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BBC News Division to Cut 500 Jobs (Forbes)
BBC News is preparing to announce 500 more job losses, as part of its ongoing cost-cutting program, and that industrial action could well follow. The Guardian Up to 600 job losses are expected to be confirmed in BBC News, with around 80 posts going in BBC Radio, with full details of the cuts expected to be announced next month. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media The cuts, which will be phased in over a two-year period, will reduce BBC’s staff of 8,000 by roughly 6 percent. The Telegraph It currently employs around 5,400 journalists, all of whom are expected to be assessed under an appraisal system throughout this year. James Harding, director of news and current affairs, has already warned staff the BBC is only half way through its cost-cutting drive, with 14 percent of its budget having to be reduced by 2017. HuffPost In February 2013, BBC journalists went on strike to protest job cuts, which, at the time, were rumored to be around 2,000 lost positions in years ahead. Just last month, the BBC offered a 1 percent pay increase to employees earning less than £50,000 — or around $68,000. The small pay raise was blasted by trade unions, calling it “completely unacceptable” and blaming the company’s poor leadership for the cost cuts. BBC employees have reacted similarly to the stirring rumors of the layoffs ahead.

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Vegas Radio Personality Hopes to Have LA ‘Answer’

This week, KRLA 870 AM operates under the slogan “Intelligent. Conservative. Talk Radio.” and offers Glenn Beck weekday mornings from 6am to 9am. But that will change next week when Las Vegas radio personality Heidi Harris takes over his slot while the station as a whole gets rechristened as “The Answer.”

Owner Salem Communications, which did a similar re-branding trick recently with WNYM 970 AM in New York City, is folding both KRLA and Inland Empire sister station KTIE 590 AM under this new “Answer” umbrella. For Harris, it’s a move to a major market after a rather unusual start thirteen years ago in Sin City. From the press release:

Harris was first heard on the air on KDWN in Las Vegas in 1998 during the Monica Lewinsky scandal, when she volunteered to go on the station for free. Her unique take on that issue and others caught the attention of crosstown competitor KXNT, where she became co-host of the morning show in 1999.

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Letterman Tops Leno in November Sweeps Ratings

It had been a long time (Think, three years before Monica Lewinsky and her blue dress were the late night fodder of choice) since David Letterman beat Jay Leno in the coveted 18-49 demographic in November sweeps. But for the first time in 17 years, Letterman did just that last month. The Late Show averaged a 0.9 rating in the 18-49 demo to The Tonight Show‘s 0.8 in November. Leno, however, still averaged roughly 200,000 more overall viewers than Letterman. But they were old and infirmed and lacked buying power!

Both hosts, per usual, were crushed by Nightline.

POTUS Wants Newspapers To Be Viable

Yesterday, the President of the United States, Barack Obama was on all five Sunday shows. Five. Being on all five shows in one day is known as the Full Ginsburg, named for the Monica Lewinsky lawyer William H. Ginsburg who first made the entire circuit.

Let it now be known as an Obama-rama.

Anyway, seems POTUS is even giving interviews in the Oval Office to tiny little papers like the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and the Toledo Blade.

Dave Murray from The Blade (heh) reports:

Mr. Obama said he noted the trend. “I am concerned that if the direction of the news is all blogosphere, all opinions, with no serious fact-checking, no serious attempts to put stories in context, that what you will end up getting is people shouting at each other across the void but not a lot of mutual understanding,” the President said.

“What I hope is that people start understanding if you’re getting your newspaper over the Internet, that’s not free and there’s got to be a way to find a business model that supports that.”

Could this dude have any problem facing the nation and/or democracy itself that isn’t totally complicated?

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Lunch: Christiane Amanpour Draws an A-List Crowd

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— DIANE CLEHANE

On the menu at Michael’s today: a tasty stew of media mavens and moguls with a heaping helping of famous faces on the side. We could barely keep up with the goings-on in the dining room, since every other minute there was some boldface name heading to the Garden Room for CNN’s lunch to celebrate Christiane Amanpour‘s new show. We spied Gayle King, Cynthia McFadden, Joni Evans, Gloria Steinem, and Harry Evans among the scribes invited to cover the soiree. (Nice to see you, Steve Krakauer!) Our own TVNewser Kevin Allocca editor was there, too.

I was lunching today with Carrie Kania, senior vice president and publisher of It Books and Harper Perennial. It Books, HarperCollins’ hip new imprint, is tapping into the zeitgeist with a fall list brimming with of-the-moment tomes including Twitter Wit (Who knew so many people could write such witty Tweets?) and the just released I Love Your Style by the uber stylish Amanda Brooks. “I love the book because it shows how fashion evolves,” Carrie told me. I Love Your Style is full of fabulous images of timeless style icons like Jackie Kennedy, Ali McGraw and Charlotte Rampling as well as today’s trendsetters like Natalie Portman. It’s also got plenty of great ideas and tips on how to identify and develop a style that’s truly one’s own. Carrie is just as passionate about the classics on Harper Perennial’s backlist. “So many 13 and 14 year-old girls have not read The Bell Jar; I want to help them find it.” Seems like Carrie is on a mission to get everyone she can excited about publishing: she’s also teaching the New York University graduate course ‘Introduction to Publishing.’ Says Carrie of her gig that spends eights weeks focused on books and another eight on magazines: “I take the students through every step from acquisition to marketing. The mentoring I got early on was invaluable to me, and I want to help people like that. There is no better business to be in.”

Here’s the rundown on today’s crowd:

1. My good friend, public relations maven Lisa Linden (Happy Belated Birthday!) and her partner, Steven Alschuler — their firm, Linden, Alschuler & Kaplan works with plenty of Gotham’s movers and shakers in real estate, government and philanthropy, in case you didn’t know — with former senator Nick Spano and his colleague from Empire Strategic Planning, Perry Ochacher.

2. Most of the ‘Imber Gang’: Dr. Gerald Imber, Jerry Della Femina and Andy Bergman. Where were Jeff Greenfield and Michael Kramer?

3. Diane Sokolow and a formidable-looking fellow we didn’t recognize

4. Producer Bill Haber and television legend Norman Lear

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Filmmaker John Ziegler Critical Of Obama Press Coverage On The Menu

mmm_2-3.gifToday on the mediabistro.com Morning Media Menu podcast, filmmaker John Ziegler didn’t hold back his opinions about press coverage of President Barack Obama.

“The speech that he gave this morning in Egypt was just flabbergasting. And of course as always he’s being greeted by 80 percent of the media as another gift from the Messiah,” said Ziegler, who is currently touring the country with his film “Media Malpractice” about the 2008 presidential election.

Ziegler also spoke his mind about this week’s in depth profile of Obama on NBC. “Monica Lewinsky never dreamed of doing to Bill Clinton some of the things that Brian Williams did to Barack Obama during that two-part special in the Oval Office,” he said. “Virtually everything the man does is seen in rainbows and flowers and puppy dogs. Even when something negative happens the press goes out of its way to differentiate the government from Obama.”

Ziegler also spoke about his film and the warm reception is has received, plans for upcoming projects, his take on Katie Couric‘s interview of Sarah Palin and whether he says outrageous things to gain notoriety. “I don’t edit myself or censor myself for fear of what the reaction might be,” he explained.

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Liz Smith, David Carr, and Others Discuss Journalism and Privacy

carrsmith.pngIt’s all Monica Lewinsky‘s fault! At least that’s one of the conclusions drawn at the recent panel NYU Media Talk series about media, ethics, the right to privacy. Says Jim Kelly: It struck me as though the world [in terms of journalism and right to privacy] was different before Monica Lewinsky and it’s never been the same since then.” Says David Carr: “Knowing the characteristics of the first member, that’s probably TMI.”

Also, the panel discusses what qualifies someone as a journalist (hint: it has something to do with sourcing). The event was hosted by the Center for Publishing at NYU featuring David Carr, Liz Smith, Judge Napolitano of Fox News, Jim Kelly of Time, and Sherrese Smith of the Washington Post and moderated by Arthur R. Miller. Part four is after the jump and you can watch the entire thing here. And it’s definitely worth a watch, and not only because it puts David Carr and Liz Smith in the same room.

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Hollywood Wonders if Sarah Palin is a One-Hit Wonder

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The Hollywood Reporter is wondering (presuming she will lose the election) what Sarah Palin will do afterward. How can Hollywood cash in on the shop-a-holic pitbull with lipstick? Is she with us to stay? Or are we only paying attention because her being in over her head and publicly drowning is reparation for failed neocon policies?

From HR:

Eric Wattenberg, an agent at N.S. Bienstock, a New York-based agency that counts many news anchors among its clientele, believes syndication is a safer bet. “I could see her getting more traction as an Oprah than as an Anderson Cooper,” he said.

Some combination of talk and news could even be in the cards: One agent recommended News Corp. let her hone her chops for a few years on Fox News in anticipation of rolling out a broader-appealing talker over Fox’s O&O stations after 2010.

And then there are those who are thinking outside the box, as in reality television.

One producer floated the idea — only half-joking — of taking advantage of the curiosity surrounding the entire Palin clan and their Alaska setting and packaging “The Palins”: Think “The Osbournes” meets “Northern Exposure.”

Yep, Kate Coe has the whole pitch lined up for her reality show.

Monica Lewinsky was also on SNL ‘making fun of herself’, you know. She also had executive experience. And look at where she is now. Ahem.

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