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Morning Media Newsfeed: Cuts Hit CNN, HLN | Nielsen Revision Puts Nightly News on Top

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Layoffs Begin at CNN (TVNewser)
Layoffs have begun at CNN. As many as 300, or 8 percent, of CNN’s workforce is being cut in Atlanta, Washington, D.C., New York and Los Angeles. FishbowlDC Up to 28 positions are rumored to be eliminated Tuesday and Wednesday from CNN’s Washington bureau. In August, Turner sent out an email to staff including those at CNN, offering a voluntary separation program to employees 55 and over who have worked for Turner for 10 or more years. Mashable CNN has cut Christiane Amanpour’s entire staff in New York as part of the cable news channel’s restructuring. Amanpour, CNN’s chief international correspondent and anchor of a nightly foreign affairs program, will continue to produce international news segments for the network. TVNewser Jane Velez Mitchell’s nightly HLN show has been canceled as part of the cuts. Velez Mitchell will be leaving the network, as will the staff of the show — in all about 15 HLN employees. Capital New York In addition, CNN has shuttered its entertainment news unit, with some staff being laid off and others being folded into other departments. In addition, Darius Walker, VP and Northeast bureau chief, will leave the company. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media The cuts are hitting all of CNN’s bureaus, with several back-office and corporate layoffs hitting Atlanta last week. Turner Broadcasting is restructuring under a “2020″ plan, which will cut the company’s total workforce by 10 percent, eliminating nearly 1,500 positions across their channels. CNN is expected to reduce its workforce by about 8 percent. More layoffs are expected Wednesday.

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OWN’s Voice-Over Guy is Straight Out of Long Island

This is pretty meta. For the summer season premiere of Where Are They Now?, OWN profiled the promo-voice of the network.

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Daniel Bernard Sweeney, a.k.a. D.B. Sweeney, was born in the Shoreham village district of Long Island on November 14, 1961. In the segment teaser clip, the veteran actor explains one of the tricks he used to get rid of that LI accent.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: AT&T to Acquire DirecTV | NYT Publisher Speaks | CNN Fires Editor

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AT&T to Buy DirecTV for $48.5 Billion (NYT / DealBook)
AT&T formally agreed on Sunday to buy DirecTV for about $48.5 billion, striking another transaction meant to overhaul the American telecommunications landscape. CNNMoney The boards of the two companies met on Sunday to approve the plan. “This is a unique opportunity that will redefine the video entertainment industry and create a company able to offer new bundles and deliver content to consumers across multiple screens — mobile devices, TVs, laptops, cars and even airplanes,” said Randall Stephenson, the chief executive of AT&T, in a statement. WSJ Just months ago, Comcast Corp. announced a $45 billion agreement to buy Time Warner Cable, a combination that would serve close to 30 million video subscribers, after proposed divestitures. Meanwhile, Sprint Corp. continues to work on a bid for smaller rival T-Mobile US Inc., people familiar with the matter say. The deal for DirecTV gives AT&T almost 26 million pay TV subscribers and a national footprint in the business at a time when the telecom carrier sees video delivery as core to its future. The Associated Press Dallas-based AT&T’s proposed combination could improve its Internet service by pushing its existing U-verse TV subscribers into video over satellite service, and thereby free up bandwidth on its telecommunications network. AT&T currently offers a high-speed Internet plan in a bundle with DirecTV television service. The acquisition would help it further reap the benefits of that alliance. DirecTV would continue to be based in El Segundo, Calif., following the merger. The companies expect the deal to close within 12 months following a government review.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: NYT Axes Abramson | Snowden Book Rights to Sony | CBS Touts Tradition

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The New York Times Replaces Abramson as Executive Editor (NYT)
Jill Abramson has been dismissed as executive editor of The New York Times and is being replaced by Dean Baquet, the managing editor, an abrupt change in leadership at one of the nation’s largest daily newspapers. FishbowlDC Abramson served as executive editor since 2011 and was the first woman in the role. According to the Times‘ coverage of the announcement, Arthur Sulzberger Jr., the publisher of the paper and the chairman of The New York Times Company, told a stunned newsroom that had been quickly assembled that he had made the decision because of “an issue with management in the newsroom.” Politico / Dylan Byers on Media Despite significant achievements, Abramson’s tenure was marred by tension with Sulzberger and disagreements with Times Co CEO Mark Thompson, who took an unprecedentedly hands-on approach to managing the paper’s editorial resources. Abramson also suffered from perceptions among staff that she was condescending and combative. Mashable Abramson previously served as the Times‘ Washington bureau chief and managing editor before taking the executive editor role. People with knowledge of the Times newsroom said some staffers questioned how much Abramson enjoyed running the paper. She was sometimes conspicuously absent from the newsroom; one notable occasion was the day after Hurricane Sandy slammed into the New York region. New York Post / AP Baquet, 57, who is the first African-American to hold the newspaper’s highest editorial position, received a Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting in 1988. Baquet originally joined the Times in 1990 as a reporter and held positions including deputy metropolitan editor and national editor. He left the paper for the LA Times in 2000, where he served as managing editor and then editor. Baquet rejoined the Times in 2007 and was Washington bureau chief before becoming the managing editor for news in Sept. 2011. FishbowlNY Former FishbowlNY editor Dylan Stableford was prophetic when he covered a breakfast event in 2008 and wrote: “Dean Baquet looked an awful lot like the next executive editor of The New York Times.” The New Yorker / Currency As with any such upheaval, there’s a history behind it. Several weeks ago, I’m told, Abramson discovered that her pay and her pension benefits as both executive editor and, before that, as managing editor were considerably less than the pay and pension benefits of Bill Keller, the male editor whom she replaced in both jobs. “She confronted the top brass,” one close associate said, and this may have fed into the management’s narrative that she was “pushy,” a characterization that, for many, has an inescapably gendered aspect.

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Oprah: OWN Reality Series Steers Clear of ‘Bitches’ and ‘Ho’s’ Catfights

OWN’s upcoming reality program Crazy.Sexy.Life. is about four African-American girlfriends who live in Harlem (Kiyah, Bershan, Chenoa, Tiffany). After a sneak preview September 3, the show is set to debut in early 2014.

In an interview with Josef Adalian conducted last month and appearing in the September 23 issue of New York magazine, Oprah Winfrey notes that OWN’s version of reality TV promises to be a little different from the Real Housewives and Jersey Shore norm:

“They’re all professional women, and they actually like each other. So they’re not calling each other bitches and ho’s all the time. They’re not standing on tables and throwing water in people’s faces. And [yet], it’s fun. It’s fun, it’s humorous, but it also has heart and some depth and meaning…”

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Oprah in Hot Water Because She Loves Using Penis Cream

Oprah has enough trouble explaining to everyone she meets that OWN isn’t an elaborate hoax. So she can’t be too pleased with Canadian activists who have been protesting her every move. Their beef? Oprah’s endorsement of SkinMedica’s TNS Recovery Complex, an anti-aging cream that uses cells from foreskin.

Oprah, the queen of all media, loves rubbing the penis cream on her face (hoping that’s the last time that sentence is ever written), but the Canadian Foreskin Awareness Project wants her to stop. The group claims that by endorsing TNS Recovery Complex, Oprah is promoting circumcision.

A SkinMedica exec told the Star that the product is technically a cock cream, but the cells were from one foreskin that was collected 20 years ago. No doubt Oprah is hoping that information will make the protests go flaccid.

Lisa Ling: ‘OWN is hands down the best place I’ve ever worked’

Lisa Ling got her start as a TV correspondent when she was only 15. Since then, she’s come a long way, co-hosting The View, National Geographic’s Explorer and OWN’s Our America. In the latest installment of Mediabistro’s So What Do You Do? interview series, FishbowlLA’s own Richard Horgan spoke with the Sacramento native about about her experience working for Oprah Winfrey.

“I am so lucky to work for OWN. It is the most creative freedom I’ve ever had in a job and I am so incredibly grateful for that,” said Ling. “I also have a great deal of respect for the OWN executives who oversee our show. We really operate in such a collaborative way, and I love it. I’ve never felt pressure to do anything about which I have felt uncomfortable. OWN is hands down the best place I’ve ever worked.”

Read the full interview in So What Do You Do, Lisa Ling, Host and Executive Producer of Our America?

Most Popular FishbowlNY Stories for the Week

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

  1. Former Bloomberg Radio Anchor Becomes Published Author (left), March 17
  2. Top Newsweek/Daily Beast Writer Gets New York Times Gig, March 16
  3. Meredith Names VP of Corporate Sales, March 19
  4. Peter Lauria Thinks its Time for Oprah to Shut Down OWN, March 21
  5. The 2012 Digital Ellie Award Winners, March 20
  6. YES Network Names New Sideline Reporter, March 20
  7. Massive Layoffs Hit Oprah Winfrey‘s OWN, March 20

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Peter Lauria Thinks It’s Time for Oprah to Shut Down OWN

Peter Lauria is not an OWN fan. In the Reuters “Media Bite” segment above, Lauria says what many in the media world are probably thinking: Oprah’s network is a “complete disaster” and should be shut down.

Lauria, amid so many camera cuts that it feels like you’re watching MTV, makes some good points. Time will tell if Oprah listens to the advice or simply has her legions of fans maul him.

Massive Layoffs Hit Oprah Winfrey’s OWN

Call it The Next Chapter at OWN!

Oprah Winfrey‘s struggling network, OWN, is headed for some major restructuring. The network announced one-fifth, or 30 staffers based in New York and Los Angeles, are being laid off.

“As CEO, I have a responsibility to chart the course for long-term success for the network. To wholly achieve that long-term success, this was a necessary next step,” Winfrey said in a statement.

The channel launched on New Year’s Day 2011, aabout that time that Winfrey had her syndicated show swan song. One year later, her primetime talk show and signature program on the network, debuted.

On March 11, a 90-minute edition of Oprah’s Next Chapter featuring Whitney Houston‘s daughter, Bobbi Kristina and the Houston family, was the most-watched show on the upstart network with 3.5 million viewers.

But not everyone has found the Oprah magic.

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