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MSNBC Disputes Report Rachel Maddow Influences Management, Personnel Decisions (TVNewser)
MSNBC is disputing a National Review Online report that suggests Rachel Maddow holds significant power in both network editorial vision and personnel decisions. “This is categorically false,” Rachel Maddow said. “I have never had any role in any management decision at MSNBC. Any source who says otherwise is wrong.” National Review Online Sources say it is Maddow rather than Phil Griffin who provides MSNBC’s editorial direction, and that she also holds considerable sway over personnel decisions. “I know I’m never going to get freakin’ talking points from Phil,” Maddow told The New Yorker last year. “Can you imagine? Like, what would they be?” Behind her back, colleagues call her “the queen,” a not so subtle suggestion that Maddow gets what Maddow wants. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media “The NRO story is absurd and full of inaccuracies from beginning to end,” MSNBC spokesperson Lauren Skowronski told us. The Washington Post / Erik Wemple This is awkward. You can blame Bashir for Bashir’s outrageous comments; you can blame MSNBC’s left-leaning culture; you can even blame cable television. But a more exacting review of the scripts on that November afternoon would have saved Bashir’s job as well as averted a massive credibility crisis for MSNBC. Yet here is MSNBC fighting off a report that it has acted… like a rational and responsible news organization.

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Forbes Unveils ’30 Under 30 in Media’ List

forbes_logo_mainForbes has unveiled its annual 30 Under 30 in Media list, and it’s filled with people who you will publicly praise and then curse under your breath.

This year’s list might as well be subtitled Yo, Young People Own Companies, because of the 34 people included (Forbes treats co-founders as one entry), 22 of them are entrepreneurs.

Some of the more notable 30 Under 30 include Matt Galligan, CEO of Circa; Pete Cashmore, founder of Mashable; Kelly Evans, CNBC anchor; and Fernando Vila, VP of programming at Fusion.

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Mashable Names Jim Roberts to Oversee Content Expansion (NYT)
Mashable, the digital media site, said Wednesday morning that it had hired Jim Roberts as executive editor and chief content officer, part of its push to expand the range of its content. Mashable’s announcement comes as many digital websites are looking to deepen their content by adding professional journalists in foreign bureaus and on investigative teams. Roberts spent much of his career at The New York Times, where he most recently served as assistant managing editor before taking a company buyout in January. He then worked briefly at Reuters. In both jobs, Roberts championed a digital strategy that included using interactive tools, social media and video to augment traditional storytelling techniques. paidContent The news about Roberts — whose most recent job was trying to reinvent Reuters online, until the wire service company decided to mothball the venture — came as a surprise to many, since he is a veteran newsman and Mashable is seen by some as a pageview-driven source of entertainment rather than a place that does serious journalism. Mashable Roberts: “Although this is the beginning of a new journey, it also feels like the natural progression for an editor who loves the news and loves even more the opportunity to experiment with new and innovative ways of spreading it to an audience — and growing that audience in the process.” FishbowlNY Roberts joins editor-in-chief Lance Ulanoff and a Web braintrust that includes Adam Ostrow, Mike Kriak, Stacy Martinet, Robyn Peterson and Seth Rogin.

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Forbes Releases Annual ’30 Under 30′ List

Those annual lists are upon us once again! Forbes has announced its influential second edition of the 30 Under 30 list, highlighting the biggest stars of tomorrow.

The publication chooses 30 standout people in 15 diverse categories, totaling 450 under 30.

Among the groupings are Art & Style, Hollywood, Media, Sports, and Technology.

The list included some names that already jump off the page, like gold medal gymnast Gabrielle Douglas (17), singers Adele (24) and Bruno Mars (27), and Justin Bieber (18).

Some of today’s titans of industry are recognized, such as Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg (28),  Tumblr founder and CEO David Karp (26), and Mashable founder and CEO Pete Cashmore (27).

New York Times television writer Brian Stelter (27) is among the “honorees.” Stelter created our sister site TVNewser.

Having numerous categories, the list, which will be featured in the January 21st issue of Forbes magazine, offers a broad selection of future movers and shakers.

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Rumor: CNN to Buy Mashable for $200 Million

The New York Times and Reuters are reporting that CNN is going to acquire Mashable. Felix Salmon of Reuters said that the deal could be announced tomorrow and the price tag could be a hefty $200 million.

Salmon did add that he “didn’t know” if the rumor about the acquisition was true, and reps for CNN and Mashable declined to comment on the talks to the Times. The paper didn’t take that for an answer though, and did some sleuthing:

There was a social media hint about the potential acquisition early Monday morning when Adam Ostrow, the executive editor of Mashable, ‘liked’ on Facebook Mr. Salmon’s story for Reuters.

Stay tuned (glued?) for more details.

UPDATE:
Brian Stelter of the Times just tweeted that Mashable has denied the timing: “In email to staff, Pete Cashmore says it ‘isn’t true’ that @Mashable ‘will be acquired this week.’ (Doesn’t deny NYT report of talks w/CNN.)”

Rupert Murdoch Tweets His Way to The Top

Well, we were wrong. We thought that Rupert Murdoch was a boring Twitter user, but according to Reuters, he’s the third most influential executive on the Internet. The most influential is Pete Cashmore, the CEO of Mashable. Oprah takes second place. Murdoch started using Twitter just before the New Year, so a top three spot is impressive.

The rankings are assembled using data from Klout, a service that uses an algorithm to measure how influential someone is on their social networks.

So yeah, we were wrong. For some reason, people love them some Murdoch tweets. But people also love the revamped “Hawaii Five-O,” (Cops in Hawaii! Islands are weird!) so we’ll take this miscalculation with a pound of salt.

Mashable Grows, Hires New Editor

Mashable isn’t just for social media nerds anymore. The site has added an Entertainment, United States News and World News section to its coverage, and hired a new editor, Lance Ulanoff. He comes to Mashable from PCMag.com and will work with Adam Ostrow before he moves up to Executive Editor. Ulanoff decided to move on because of the site’s intense readership. “Its readers are early adopters and that is what is so exciting to me,” he told The New York Times. “I see all of these eyeballs waiting to share even more.”

Pete Cashmore, the site’s CEO and Founder, says the next stop is world domination. Or something very close to that:

Mr. Cashmore said expanding entertainment coverage and creating a content channel for United States and world news is part of Mashable’s plan to become ‘the source of news for the digital generation.’

FishbowlNY isn’t sure people are going to flock to the site for news stories, but the entertainment section should be a hit. We look forward to a piece on which actor is most like which Angry Bird and why.

Pete Cashmore Doesn’t Like TV, Says Naiveté is Good

Mashable – the technology website with a social media focus – is one hell of a success story. The site was launched by Pete Cashmore when he was only 19 years old, and today attracts almost 13 million unique visitors a month.

He tells Entrepreneur that he was initially attracted to the Internet because he was bed-ridden for a long period of time as a teenager, and blogging gave him a sense of productivity. And to think, some say people who blog from their beds are losers. Take that America!

Some other items we learned about Cashmore from the interview:

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