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Richard Johnson Gets New Gossip Column at NY Post

Richard Johnson, the veteran New York Post Page Six editor, is returning to New York to start a new gossip column. In a memo obtained by Daily Intelligencer, Jesse Angelo, the Post’s publisher and editor-in-chief, said Johnson’s column “will be a mix of gossip from both coasts, society news, business and politics in the legendary style of Neal Travis.”

Johnson left his spot at Page Six in 2010 to lead the now-shuttered The Daily’s gossip section. When The Daily shut down operations, Johnson stayed in Los Angeles and acted as a correspondent for Page Six.

Johnson’s return to New York won’t lead to other changes at the PostEmily Smith remains the Page Six editor and the column maintained by Cindy Adams is staying as well.

Scott Pelley Admonishes Page Six

Here at FishbowlNY, it’s sometimes all about the side notes.

The alleged gist of today’s Page Six item is that CBS ordered its news anchor Scott Pelley to travel to D.C. last week to smooth over some ruffled staffer feathers. But what caught our attention is the back-and-forth between the NYP, Pelley and the newsman’s PR flacks, sparked by a previous Page Six item about Pelley’s supposed anger over a John Miller scoop going to CBS This Morning:

“You wouldn’t last 10 seconds at CBS News,” said Pelley. “This is not how reporters do their job. You called my publicist but not me in my office?”

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Ian Mohr Named Page Six Deputy Editor

New York Post‘s gossip column Page Six has named Ian Mohr its new deputy editor, we learn from The Huffington Post.

The news was tweeted out by Former Page Six Deputy Editor Paula Froelich Friday morning: “Congrats to Ian Moore! The new Page Six deputy editor…”

Mohr has worked in the past as Variety‘s box office reporter and The Hollywood Reporter‘s New York bureau chief. At Page Six, he will be working with current editor Emily Smith, as well as reporters Stephanie Smith and Tara Palmeri.

No News Means Fake News

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Is the New York Post‘s column about Governor David Paterson maybe, possibly having an affair becoming more believable the more it gets passed around? That would be the thesis of yesterday’s New York Observer column by John Koblin, who argues that the “fake news cycle” – that can only exist thanks to the wonders of the Internet and story forwarding – has allowed media to “enter a moment where even the process of journalism—getting a story—is news in and of itself.” This is based on the fact that Paterson actually had to address the issues of his affair, and a timeline of all the blogs and news media that reported the news (Koblin first broke the rumor of the NYT story on Twitter).

But the truth is, politicians’ sexual scandals have always been ripe fodder for both tabloids and legitimate journalism outlets, and it’s not like Page Six suddenly started existing when Web 2.0 developed. It is not a new development that reporting on a story suddenly makes it true to a vast majority of readers, only that the Internet provides outlets allowing anyone to discuss and debate these salacious items, creating more “hype” for what may turn out to be a total non-story.

Read More: The Fake-News Cycle — New York Observer, Shock for Gov. Paterson’s mansion cop — New York Post

New Book Reveals Inner Workings Of WSJ Takeover

51dkFmvXhSL._SL500_AA240_.jpgBe careful what you write about Rupert Murdoch or his various entities: not only will you inevitably suffer the full backlash from The New York Post or Fox News (as Michael Wolff found out last year, when his affair with Victoria Floethe was revealed in Page Six shortly after his book The Man Who Owns The News was released), but you’ll also have to contend with the litany of newspaper articles that crib the information from your book without giving you any credit (again Wolff, complaining that last Sunday’s profile of Fox New chief Roger Ailes in The New York Times was directly taken from his book).

Sarah Ellison is taking an obvious gamble with her new book, War at The Wall Street Journal: Inside the Struggle to Control an American Business Empire. Not only is the subject matter covering almost the exact same trajectory as Wolff’s book — the Bancroft family’s selling of The Wall Street Journal to Murdoch for $60-a-share — but, according to the David Carr review of the book on today’s Times Media Decoder blog, it’s a much more intimate portrait of the man than the “ethereal” presence we’re used to reading about.

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Bonnie Fuller Launches New “Blogazine” HollywoodLife

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We’ve been hearing for months now about how Bonnie Fuller, formerly of Star and Us Weekly, was planning a media comeback with her new gossip blog HollywoodLife.com, poaching Corrynne Steindler from Page Six and Laura Schreffler from New York Daily News along the way.

Now the day has finally arrived: the launch of the “female-focused” blog HollywoodLife.

Billed as a Web site that crosses traditional magazine coverage with “interactive conversation” for women — as well as “feminine bling” from Fuller herself — HollywoodLife has already drawn in huge advertisers (Sony, We television, Old Navy) for the big names it promises to deliver. Of course, their first (and largest) post up right now is about the New Moon premiere in L.A. last night with a streaming video of Taylor Lautner, Kristin Stewart and Robert Pattinson walking the red carpet.

Full press release after the jump (It’s a must-read, trust us)

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Previously: Steindler Leaves Page Six To Join Bonnie Fuller, Bonnie Fuller to Announce New ‘Media’ Venture ‘Shortly’, HollywoodLife.com Snags Another NY Gossip Columnist

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Vice Still Has Money to Burn, Thanks to Viacom

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Vice Magazine was once a staple of the New York late 90s/early millennial underground scene, featuring articles on shooting up heroin, interviews with up-and-comers Chloë Sevigny, and pics of naked people from Ryan McGinley. They also had the severely un-P.C. Do’s and Don’ts thanks to co-founder Gavin McInnes, who left the mag in 2007 when big corporate bought Vice away from its grime roots with VBS.TV (Vice‘s web station), and made it into a glossy product with lots of advertising.

And hey, that’s not entirely a bad thing. According to Page Six, Vice still has money to burn, thanks in no small part to the success of spin-off projects like their record label, clothing company, and naturally, VBS.

Now in a time when everyone is talking about frugality and cutbacks, the New York-based Vice headquarters is throwing a gigantic Halloween party in Brooklyn, which will either “be the final gentrification nail in the coffin of what was once Williamsburg, or it will just be an insane extravaganza of decadence and fun.” Which sort of sounds like two sides of the same bougie coin, and as far away from what Vice‘s original mission was as humanely possible. Expect tons of corporate sponsorship on everything from the beer (PBR?) to the costumes (Where the Wild Things Are?), and if not exactly reminiscent of the old Vice parties, than the old Si Newhouse-sponsored ones.

Related: So What Do You Do, Vice Editor-in-Chief Jesse Pearson?

Bill Hoffman Leaves Page Six

P6 masthead.pngAfter reporting on the newest hire at New York Post gossip column Page Six last week, The Wrap and Gawker noticed yesterday that longtime contributor Bill Hoffman has been taken off the column’s masthead (at left).

Hoffman joined Page Six in June 2006 from the Post‘s city desk, filling the spot vacated by Jared Paul Stern after Stern became involved in a scandal with billionaire Ron Burkle.

At the time, Stern told FishbowlNY: “Bill’s a nice guy. And he’s been writing about stupid celebrities and sparring with publicists for years.”

As for why Hoffman decided to leave his post after more than three years, one insider told Gawker, “Hoffman, who’s in his 50s, may have just outgrown caring about the celebrity detritus that made up his beat on P6.”

Last week news broke that Life & Style Weekly editor Emily Smith had been tapped to replace Paula Froelich as Page Six’s deputy editor.

Earlier: Emily Smith Leaves Life & Style For Page Six

NYT‘s Carr Dissects Murdochs Pay Wall Plans

rupe.pngIn his column this week, New York Times media critic David Carr took on News Corp. head honcho Rupert Murdoch and his recent pronouncement that all of his newspaper and television news channels would soon charge for access to their online content.

“Quality journalism is not cheap, and an industry that gives away its content is simply cannibalizing its ability to produce good reporting,” Murdoch said during News Corp.’s earnings call last week. “The digital revolution has opened many new and inexpensive distribution channels but it has not made content free. We intend to charge for all our news Web sites.”

Although Murdoch boasted that, if his model was successful, other media companies would follow his lead, Carr pointed out that many publications have already tried pay models, with varying levels of success. Instead, Carr questioned Murdoch’s level of commitment to his plan:

“Setting aside the execution risk of such a plan, it’s difficult to tell how serious Mr. Murdoch is, given his history of grand statements that were only that. Perhaps he was making an unsubtle effort to change the subject during a bleak earnings call for News Corporation…”

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Emily Smith Leaves Life & Style For Page Six

esmith.pngBoth Gawker and Dylan Stableford at The Wrap have reported that Richard Johnson has named a replacement for recently departed Page Six deputy editor Paula Froelich.

According to the reports, Smith formerly worked as TV editor and U.S. editor for U.K. newspaper The Sun before joining celeb tabloid Life & Style Weekly as East Coast News Director a few months ago.

Smith told Gawker the Page Six gig is her “dream job.”

Good luck, Emily. Drop us a line sometime.

Gawker: Page Six Finds Its New Gossip Foot Soldier

The Wrap: Page Six Names New No. 2

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