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Morning Media Newsfeed: Olympics Ratings Down | So Long, Facebook Email | Tamron Hall Joins Today

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NBC Averages 21.4 Million Viewers for Sochi Olympics, Down From Vancouver (Variety)
While NBC and Nielsen are expected to release more detailed ratings information Tuesday, preliminary estimates show the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics averaging a strong 21.4 million viewers in primetime. While down 12 percent from the 24.4 million who watched on average during the more time zone-friendly Vancouver Games of 2010, it’s up 6 percent from the 20.2 million average for the last European Winter Games in Torino in 2006. The Associated Press The games are increasingly shutting off competition: 15 rivals’ programs, including Grey’s Anatomy, American Idol and Dancing With The Stars, had higher ratings while competing against the Olympics in 2006, Nielsen said. Four years ago, three programs (all American Idol) beat the games. This year there were none. NYT The Olympics also enriched NBC’s cable sports network, NBCSN, more than doubling the audience that watched the London Games to a daily average of 1.6 million, and boosting by nearly 1,800 percent the viewership that the network reaped in the four weeks leading to the Sochi Olympics. More important, live streaming of all Sochi’s events on desktops, smartphones and tablets became further ingrained among sports fans. Altogether, there were 61.8 million unique users streaming Sochi video from nbcolympics.com and by using apps like Live Extra, a figure that was up 29 percent from Vancouver. Deadline Hollywood The Closing Ceremony is now long over, the final numbers are in and NBC has hit a record — and not one they want. Sunday night’s 8:33 p.m. – 10:36 p.m. broadcast received an 8.7/13 household rating with 15.1 million viewers. That is the lowest household rating for a Winter Olympic Games Closing Ceremony ever — dipping just below previous record holder of Torino in 2006.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Venezuela Threatens CNN | Malik Out at GigaOM | NBC Expects Ratings Gold

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Venezuela President Threatens to Expel CNN (Politico / Dylan Byers on Media)
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro threatened to throw CNN out of the country on Thursday if the network doesn’t change its coverage of protests and civil unrest in the country. “I’ve asked [information] minister Delcy Rodríguez to tell CNN we have started the administrative process to remove them from Venezuela if they don’t rectify [their coverage],” Maduro said on state TV. Reuters Local television networks have provided almost no live coverage of the protests against Maduro, which began last month over a wide range of complaints including inflation, violent crime, corruption and shortages of basic products. As result, many opposition supporters have turned to CNN Espanol, available to some cable TV subscribers, which in recent days has been the only television network to offer live broadcasts of opposition press conferences. The only other way for Venezuelans to see opposition leaders speaking live is via streaming websites over stuttering broadband. BBC A spokeswoman for the U.S. network, only available on cable in Venezuela, told the BBC it did not have any immediate comments about Maduro’s comments. Last week, the government removed Colombian TV news channel NTN24 from channels offered by Venezuelan cable operators. The government has been highly critical of international media coverage, while protesters say they are concerned with a lack of media freedom, says the BBC’s correspondent in Caracas, Irene Caselli.

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Reporters in Sochi Won’t Leave Gay Russians Alone

The Sochi Olympics — so far — have only two narratives:  What’s the deal with Bob Costas eyes and how the Russian government oppresses its gay citizens. While the former is extremely interesting, its the latter that journalists are truly in love with. In fact, there are so many reporters wanting to interview gay Russians that they’ve become more annoyed with the press than with the government.

As The New Republic notes, pretty much every story about gays in Sochi involves Mayak, the city’s popular gay bar. Julia Ioffe of TNR went to Mayak to experience the madness first hand and — of course — encountered a sea of fellow reporters.

“We’ve given over 200 interviews in the last month,” Mayak’s co-owner, Andrey Tanichev, told Ioffe. The other Mayak owner told USA Today, “We just want Western journalists to leave us alone.” Unfortunately, that’s not likely to happen until the Games are over.

Now let’s all recognize the irony of two reporters going to Mayak to write stories about how there are too many reporters at Mayak.

Today Show Models Team USA Olympic Opening Ceremony Outfits

The things you have to do to stay employed at the Today show. This morning, the Today show hosts — Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie included — modeled the U.S. Olympic team’s opening ceremony outfits.

The Olympic ensemble was designed by Ralph Lauren, and given final approval by your grandma.

[Image: Today/Twitter]

Morning Media Newsfeed: Yahoo!’s Media Plans | NBC Gears Up for Olympics | Dr. Oz Covers Mag

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Yahoo! Launching Digital Magazines, Starting With Food (Adweek)
Yahoo! is getting into the magazine business. During a keynote presentation at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), CEO Marissa Mayer announced several new products, including a planned line of digital magazines, starting with Yahoo! Food. A similar product is in the work for Yahoo! Tech, which is being helmed by former New York Times columnist David Pogue. Mayer also used her CES keynote to unveil Yahoo! News Digest, a twice daily mobile news product that aggregates and synthesizes news from across the Web. USA Today The ventures represent the latest manifestation of Mayer’s emphasis on creating original material as a key part of her effort to turn around the fortunes of the tech company. The Verge When the news-summarizing startup Summly shut down last March, it was easy to imagine the company had simply been swallowed by the Yahoo! machine. Like so many founders before him, Nick D’Aloisio had sold his company to Yahoo! only to see it shuttered soon after. Its core technology was absorbed into Yahoo!’s news app less than a month later, used to summarize the day’s events. That was the last we heard from D’Aloisio, who sold Summly to Yahoo! for a reported $30 million at the age of 17 — until Tuesday. NY Observer / BetaBeat A buzz balloon about Yahoo!’s CES appearance and new product unveiling has been building and building, and now it’s popped, raining tiny chunks of news stories (“atoms”) on the heads of tech journalists everywhere. It’s not a disappointment, provided you were searching for yet another way to consume news in 2014. Ad Age / Digital Over the past year, Yahoo! has re-launched email, the homepage and Flickr. Now it’s time for a new look for its old ad business. Yahoo! is doing away with two of its highest profile ad-tech products — Right Media and Genome — and unveiling a new one, Yahoo! Advertising.

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Hamish Hamilton On What It’s Like to Direct the VMAs

HamishHamiltonAs a live event director and producer, Hamish Hamilton has been behind some of the most watched shows in history. He recently directed the Super Bowl XLVII Halftime Show, the 2013 VMAs (aka Miley Twerk-Gate) and the Victoria’s Secret fashion show.

In the latest installment of Mediabistro’s So What Do You Do?, Hamilton explains how he prepares for these enormous productions, and what happens behind the scenes:

At the 2013 VMAs we had the most disastrous, monumental technical breakdown 30 minutes before we went on air. The entire stage, which was supposed to rotate 360 degrees, became jammed. We were faced with the very real possibility there would be no show. It was one of those moments that’s kind of a nightmare; something you think isn’t ever going to happen. I just went cold. But you just deal with it. You know, when you have a lot of really great people thinking calmly, out of the box, and working as a team to do something difficult, that’s very important. It’s actually bizarre because a lot of people don’t even notice, the program isn’t usually affected — and we had Miley Cyrus and the twerking incident, which kind of overshadowed everything!

To hear more about how he manages the pressures of such huge productions, read: So What Do You Do Hamish Hamilton, Director Of Some Of The World’s Biggest Televised Events?

David Remnick Joins NBC’s Olympic Coverage

NBC just made its Olympics coverage more interesting. David Remnick, editor-in-chief of The New Yorker, is joining the network’s 2014 Olympic Winter Games team. He’ll contribute during the Opening Ceremony and throughout the games.

“David is a distinguished journalist who knows Russia very well and we’re excited to have his expertise on the host country for our Sochi coverage,” said Jim Bell, Executive Producer of NBC Olympics, in a statement.

Remnick has been with The New Yorker since 1992. He has been editor since 1998.

All That Glitters is NBC’s Olympic Coverage

The London Olympics proved to the most watched television event in history. So, of course, WNBC reaped golden results from the Games.

The Nielsen weekly ratings, once again, were ”top-heavy” with Olympics prime time action. It was the Closing Ceremony, however, that took the gold, as the top program of the week. An estimated 2.3 million Channel 4 viewers watched Sunday night  with an 11.8 rating.

The 90-minute lead-in to NBC’s Closing Ceremony had a sixth-place finish (1.4 million/7.5).

Coverage from the U.K. capital averaged 1.7 million viewers and a nearly a 9.0 rating.

Venerable 60 Minutes still squeezed its way into the Top 10. In going against the Olympics’ final night, the CBS mainstay had 484,000 viewers and a 2.5 ratings.

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Most Popular FishbowlNY Stories for the Week

Here’s a look at what FishbowlNY stories made the most buzz this week.

  1. Bloomberg LP Getting Earful of Worker Complaints, August 3
  2. Lolo Jones: Media ‘Ripped Me to Shreds’, August 8
  3. Mayor Bloomberg Gets Confrontational with WPIX Reporter Mary Murphy, August 7
  4. New York Native, Composing Great Marvin Hamlisch Succumbs to Short Illness, August 7
  5. Magazines Suffer a Brutal First Half, August 7
  6. Cover Battle: New York Times Magazine or The Economist, August 2

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Olympics Burn Brightly for WNBC Atop the Weekly Ratings

The London Olympics easily won the week for WNBC, despite the flood of complaints the network received about its handling of the prime time, tape-delayed coverage.

The seven days included in the weekly survey by Nielsen, earned the Top 7 spots, blowing away the competition in the process.

Proving the popularity of women’s gymnastics, the number one Olympics installment was last Thursday night. American Gabby Douglas became the first African-American gold medalist in the All-Around, and an estimated 2.5 million WNBC viewers watched with an impressive 12.9 rating.

Hardly a drop-off on the other nights, as Tuesday, July 31 yielded 2.4 million viewers and a 12.5 rating.

In the remaining positions, prime time coverage hosted by Bob Costas, averaged more than 1.9 million viewers and a 9.9 rating.

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