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Morning Media Newsfeed: YouTube to Acquire Twitch | Abramson Speaks | Pilhofer to Guardian

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YouTube to Acquire Videogame-Streaming Service Twitch for $1 Billion (Variety)
Google’s YouTube has reached a deal to buy Twitch, a popular videogame-streaming company, for more than $1 billion, according to sources familiar with the pact. If completed the acquisition would be the most significant in the history of YouTube, which Google acquired in 2006 for $1.65 billion. The impending acquisition comes after longtime Google ad exec Susan Wojcicki was named CEO of YouTube earlier this year. SocialTimes As more consumers cut the cord in search of alternative forms of entertainment, Twitch has experienced impressive growth. In 2013, the service had more unique monthly users than Netflix and Hulu, and it jumped into the top 15 online services recently, passing HBO Go in terms of bandwidth. Mashable More than 1 million gamers broadcast on Twitch each month through Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and their computers; more than 45 million people log on to watch each month. Since its founding in 2011, Twitch has raised more than $35 million in funding. And let’s not forget Twitch Plays Pokémon earlier this year, which was possibly one of the most popular open source gaming experiences ever. GigaOM The Twitch acquisition could help YouTube finally get a foothold in the live video space. Live video has been a complicated subject for YouTube. The video service started to dabble with live streaming all the way back in 2010. In reality, live still doesn’t get big enough audiences to warrant high ad prices, and the fragmented nature of live streaming on YouTube hasn’t made it easier to win over big brands. Twitch has been the one notable exception to this move away from ad-supported live streaming.

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Pat Kiernan Finds His Radio Co-Host

RitaCosbyHeadshotAfter launching The Ride Home in January, Pat Kiernan says he and his 77 WABC Radio producers had many discussions about the right person to bring on as co-host. Today, that person has been officially declared.

Brooklyn native and Emmy winner Rita Cosby will join the 5-6 p.m. weekday program beginning this Wednesday. From today’s announcement:

“I am so delighted to join my friend and NY1 icon Pat Kiernan along with the rest of the 77 WABC family,” said Cosby. “While I’ve been fortunate to cover the biggest national and international stories for years, there’s nothing better than covering stories that touch the very cornerstone of my own neighborhood and place of birth, New York City.”

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Mother’s Data | Kiernan Movies | NPR Boss

LowestMomFacebookStatesAll Facebook: According to Facebook’s Data Science team, the state with the lowest percentage of moms on the site is New York. Adding insult to social-network-injury is the fact that although the Garden State is no Fb mom champ either, it ranks several notches ahead of the Empire State.

TV Spy: In a recent interview with Vulture, NY1′s Pat Kiernan confirmed that what’s on screen is a lot more Marvel-ous than how he tapes it. There’s no “Action!” or “Cut!” when it comes to Kiernan’s movie-anchor spots. Just some quiet, efficient use of workplace break time.

FishbowlDC: It seems at once apt and ironic that the name of NPR’s new president and CEO is one that will be easy to mispronounce. The good news: staffers have until July to get Jarl Mohn right.

Morning Media Newsfeed: Roker Slams NYC Mayor | Charter’s Next Moves | Maxim Nearly Defrauded

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Al Roker Rants About Mayor de Blasio, School Snow Policy (FishbowlNY)
Al Roker went on a Twitter rant Thursday morning, blasting mayor Bill de Blasio and the city’s department of education for allowing schools to be open — and then ultimately closing early. Roker wrote that “It’s going to take some kid or kids getting hurt before this goofball policy gets changed.” When schools announced they were closing, he said “And how about all the parents and caregivers who have to scramble to get their kids home? Is there no one there with any common sense?” Politico Roker was especially critical of the mayor’s decision to keep schools open, complaining about his daughter’s school going to an early release day. “I knew this am @NYCMayorsOffice @NYCSchools would close schools. Talk about a bad prediction. Long range DiBlasio forecast: 1 term,” Roker tweeted. NYT Told that Roker was bluntly predicting a one-term mayoralty, de Blasio ventured some humor. “I respect Al Roker a lot,” the mayor said. “It’s a different thing to run a city than to give the weather on TV.” NY Post Roker conceded he doesn’t have the skills to be mayor of New York City, but took one more shot at City Hall. “Mr. Mayor, I could never run NYC, but I know when it’s time to keep kids home from school,” Roker tweeted.

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Pat Kiernan to Host WABC Radio Show

Pat KiernanPat Kiernan, on our shortlist of Best New Yorkers Ever (also included: Action Bronson, Jerry Seinfeld), is getting a radio show.

The New York Times reports that WABC is shifting its programming to include local coverage, and Kiernan is accompanying the move:

Mr. Kiernan, who is on NY1 each weekday morning, said his show, which will include a co-host who has not been named, would be a recap of the major news and pop culture events of the day. He also emphasized the importance of local programming on the radio, as stations compete not only against one another but also against an ocean of media online.

Kiernan’s show — which debuts next Monday and will air each weekday at 5 pm — doesn’t have a name as of yet. We humbly suggest “Kiernan’s Corner.”

Our creative genius knows no bounds.

Morning Media Newsfeed: Re/code Launches | MSNBC Host Apologizes | WABC Shifts Format

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Kara Swisher, Walt Mossberg Team With NBC for Re/code (TVNewser)
Following their split with Dow Jones, digital dynamos Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg and their team are partnering with the NBCUniversal News Group for their new venture called Revere Digital. Swisher and Mossberg are the co-CEOs of the new, technology-focused media company which will publish under the name Re/code. Windsor Media will also join Revere as an investing partner. NYT The business will closely resemble AllThingsD, the website and conference brand that Mossberg and Swisher — both prominent technology industry journalists — ran as part of News Corporation. Ties to the media giant were cut last year. PRNewser The AllThingsD name will be no more. Its former URL redirects to “Digits,” the WSJ‘s behind-the-paywall source for news on things that buzz and transmit data. Re/code Why have we chosen Re/code as the name for our new creation? Simply put: Because everything in tech and media is constantly being refreshed, renewed and reimagined. And this is the reinvention of ourselves. Reuters Re/code is just one of several new arrivals in the crowded tech media arena. Last year, Jessica Lessin, another Wall Street Journal reporter, also defected to launch The Information, a premium, subscription-based tech news site. Yahoo! is also preparing a consumer tech site with David Pogue, the former New York Times gadget reviewer. Poynter / MediaWire The Re/code Twitter account has about 9,000 followers as of 11 a.m. ET Wednesday, while @WSJD — previously @WSJtech, which seems to have been an automated feed — has 86,000. The transfer of power seems to have been peaceful, with the AllThingsD account referring followers to Recode.net. AllThingsD.com now redirects to WSJD.

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Samantha Bee Pays a Visit to the New York Times

Why haven’t other media outlets picked up on the incredible October 22 Bloomberg Businessweek story about some shady, profitable Wall Street maneuvers involving NYC equity firm Blackstone and Spanish gambling outfit Codere? That’s what Jon Stewart and Samantha Bee wanted to know last night on The Daily Show.

And so, Michael Moore/Roger and Me-style, Bee marched over first to the New York Times, where she spoke with reporter Gretchen Morgenson. Together, they engaged in a hilarious ten-second test. Ultimately though, the story fell victim to being “just another day on Wall Street.”

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Norah O’Donnell: ‘Those Tapes Will Never See the Light of Day’

NorahODonnellCBSCBS This Morning co-host Norah O’Donnell made headlines this week thanks to a rare interview with His Holiness, the Dalai Lama. But she was also part of a fun little item by Reuters NYC correspondent Chris Taylor.

Taylor, after recently asking some finance gurus about their first jobs, decided to pose the same question to high-profile journalists. O’Donnell’s answer is hard to beat. At age 10, with her father stationed with the military in Seoul, South Korea, she agreed to help create some English-language learning tapes to help her fellow students meet a middle school requirement:

“That rolled into doing a TV program for the Korean equivalent of PBS. It was 30 minutes every week, I sat in the middle of a Korean woman and an American guy, and we would do little skits in English and Korean.”

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Fitness Chain Ad Riffs on Carlos Danger

The most prominent of several real-life USA Carlos Danger‘s is still, as far as we know, ducking the press.

But this morning, per a tweet from NY1 and CNBC anchor Pat Kiernan, the fictitious one’s PR imprint continues to grow. All thanks to this full-page newspaper ad from a Northeast chain of fitness clubs:

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NY1 Summed Up Nicely

Complex has published a great Oral History of NY1. It’s well worth a read. Here are just a few of the NY1 people who commented on the network:

Steve Paulus (VP of local news and programming); Matt Besterman (exec producer); Jamie Shupak (traffic reporter); Pat Kiernan (No explanation needed); Errol Louis (Host of Inside City Hall); Dean Meminger (criminal justice reporter); Kristen Shaughnessy (weekend anchor and reporter); Budd Mishkin (Host of One on One).

They all give some great quotes, but our favorite by far is one dished out by Action Bronson, the rapper that hails from Flushing:

I’m a fuckin’ New Yorker. Who doesn’t know about NY1? That’s the channel that goes on in the morning. If you need to know the temperature right away, before cell phones and all this shit, you go to NY1. Weather on the ones, dude—01, 11, 21, 31, 41, 51. We’re not playing games.

If NY1 doesn’t use “I’m a fuckin’ New Yorker. Who doesn’t know about NY1?” in its next ad campaign, it’s making a big mistake.

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