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Morning Media Newsfeed: Aereo Suspends Service | The View Loses Two

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Aereo Suspends Streaming TV Service, Weighs Next Steps (Variety)
Following the Supreme Court’s ruling on Wednesday in favor of broadcasters, Aereo announced early Saturday that it was pausing its streaming TV service at 11:30 a.m. ET. “We have decided to pause our operations temporarily as we consult with the court and map out our next steps,” Aereo CEO and founder Chet Kanojia wrote in a letter to subscribers. Deadline Hollywood The Barry Diller-backed company plans to consult with the U.S. District Court in New York, hearing broadcasters’ complaint against it after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in a 6-3 decision that the service violates station owners’ copyrights when it streams their over-the-air programming without permission. Users will receive a refund for their last paid month. Mediaite Notably, Kanojia calls the move a “pause” rather than a permanent end to operations, though it seems highly unlikely that the company will be able to move forward in any recognizable form following the decision. In an interview with Bloomberg TV earlier this year, he said the company had “no plan” to move forward if the court ruled against it. GigaOM Despite the obvious appeal of an Internet-based mobile TV service that offers a small bundle of channels, the TV industry is reluctant to change its current business model, which is based on selling large packages of channels, many of which consumers never watch. One option for Aereo may be to accept the Supreme Court’s declaration that it is a cable company, and seek a license from the broadcasters, although the economics of this might prove prohibitive. NYT The company had fewer than 500,000 subscribers in about a dozen metropolitan areas. Customers paid $8 to $12 a month to rent one of Aereo’s dime-size antennas that captured over-the-air television signals. They then could stream and record programs from major broadcasters using their mobile phones, tablets, laptops and Internet-connected televisions.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Media Cover Cantor Loss | RTDNA Announces Winners

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Right-Wing Radio’s Win on Cantor (Politico)
Dave Brat didn’t have much money, staff or name recognition — but he did have Laura Ingraham. In the weeks leading up to Tuesday’s primary, the conservative talk radio host did more to raise Brat’s profile in his Virginia district than his own campaign could ever have done with its paltry budget and paid staff of two, political experts in the state and Washington said Wednesday. TVNewser Cable news networks went into overdrive with the stunning news Tuesday night. At 8:06 p.m. MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow interrupted Chris Hayes‘ show, which had been pre-recorded. Maddow called it “a shocking development in American politics.” (Hayes returned live at 8:38 p.m.). CNN’s Anderson Cooper called the race at 8:11 p.m. and FNC’s Trace Gallagher broke into The O’Reilly Factor at 8:14 p.m. ET, before Bret Baier and Megyn Kelly picked up coverage and filled out the 8 p.m. ET hour. NYT Few people did more than Ingraham to propel Brat, a 49-year-old economics professor who has never held elected office before, from obscurity to national conservative hero, defeating house majority leader Eric Cantor in the Republican primary held Tuesday night. And few stories better illustrate how his out-of-nowhere victory was due in large part to a unique and potent alignment of influential voices in conservative media. New York Daily News / Mouth of The Potomac Ingraham likened a rally she held for Brat to what she saw in 2008 when freshman senator Barack Obama was campaigning in the Iowa caucuses. She left Iowa knowing Obama would win. “The national media totally missed this,” said Ingraham, a nervy and entertaining conservative, noting how little coverage the rally got, mostly via the local NBC station and a conservative website. TVNewser Nearly 4 million people tuned into one of the cable news networks during the 8 p.m. ET hour Tuesday night as news broke that Cantor had been defeated in his Virginia primary race. As usual, Fox News led the way in both ratings metrics, averaging 2,794,000 total viewers and 485,000 adult 25-54 viewers in the 8 p.m. hour.

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Andrea Dunham Named People Creative Director

Andrea Dunham has been promoted to creative director of People. Dunham has been with the magazine since 2010, serving as design director.

Prior to joining People, Dunham severed as Women’s Health’s creative director for five years. She previously held roles at Inc. and New York.

Dunham’s appointment is effective immediately. She reports to Jess Cagle, People’s editorial director.

Drudge Report Asks The Tough Questions

Regarding People’s cover featuring Hillary Clinton, The Drudge Report DEMANDS to know:

We patiently await PROOF that it’s not just the back of a chair.

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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People Cuts 12, All You Publisher Out

It’s been a rough few days at Time Inc. headquarters. Ahead of the company spinning off from Time Warner on Friday, People has cut about 12 staffers — some layoffs, some buyouts — and All You’s founding publisher, Diane Oshin (pictured), is departing the company.

Regarding the reductions at People, a Time Inc. spokesperson told Ad Age “We are always looking for ways to improve efficiencies and bring in new skills sets to keep up with our changing business.” So you know, take that for whatever it’s worth.

As for Oshin — who most recently served as group publisher of All You and Cooking Light — a memo from Evelyn Webster, Time Inc.’s executive VP, said Oshin wanted to “explore new opportunities.”

For now, Webster will assume Oshin’s duties overseeing All You. Kevin White will take over as group publsher of Cooking Light, MyRecipes and Health.

Lupita Nyong’o is People’s ‘Most Beautiful’ Person

Lupita Nyong’o, the 31-year-old Oscar winning actress, has been named People’s Most Beautiful person. And since we know no one will disagree with that, what else do you want to discuss today? Seriously, she’s gorgeous.

Nyong’o described the Most Beautiful honor as “exciting” and a “major accomplishment,” because “I was happy for all the girls who would see me on [the cover] and feel a little more seen.” This woman is fantastic.

People’s Most Beautiful issue hits newsstands April 25.

People Celebrates ‘Most Beautiful’ Issue with Creepy Photos

People’s “World’s Most Beautiful” issue hits newsstands April 25, and to celebrate, the magazine photoshopped celebrities hanging out with their younger selves. Go ahead and click through. If you like disturbing pictures, that is.

The editor who thought of this idea should probably take a week off and think things over. Just get away from it all, you know? Head to Key West or somewhere tropical, enjoy the sun and a Mai Tai or 10, and just contemplate life.

Because once the editor comes back, he or she cannot do the photoshop thing again. It’s creepy and weird.

Especially Jennifer Lopez’s pictures, because she apparently has not aged since 1990. We’d suggest staying away from her. Something is not right with that woman.

[Image: s_bukley / Shutterstock.com]

Us Weekly Increases Newsstand Price

Us Weekly — a magazine you can depend on for content like “stars’ sexiest bikini selfies” — is increasing its newsstand price. The celebrity title will now sell for $4.99 an issue.

The bump comes exactly one week after People increased its price to $4.99, which prompted OK!Star and the National Enquirer to follow suit. 

The New York Post reports that the move to up Us Weekly’s price was debated inside Wenner Media, but ultimately they decided the magazine had to be on par with other glossies in its market.

People and Other Celebrity Titles Raise Cover Prices

Get ready to pay more to stare at pictures of famous people pumping their own gas. According to The New York Post, People and several other celebrity magazines are raising their newsstand prices. People is jumping from $3.99 to $4.99; the glossy’s first price hike in five years.

A rep for People said the price increase was necessary and basically, everyone needs to just deal with it.

People’s cover price reflects Time Inc.’s commitment and investment in increased paper stock and new multi-platform subscription model,” the spokesperson told the Post. “Consumers and advertisers expect a premium experience from the People brand and our cover price reflects just that.”

People isn’t the only celebrity magazine raising its price. American Media is now charging $4.99 each for OK!, Star and the National Enquirer.

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