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Morning Media Newsfeed: Emmys Post Strong Ratings | Pew Reports on ‘Spiral of Silence’

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NBC’s Emmys Drop From Last Year But Dominate on New Night (LA Times / Company Town)
Held on a Monday for the first time since 1976, the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards won the night in viewers, according to Nielsen ratings. Down in total viewership from last year, the three-hour ceremony drew in 15.6 million viewers. Deadline Hollywood It was behind only last year’s 17.8 million, which had benefited from a Sunday scheduling, a September airdate and a high-rated NFL lead-in. On the other hand, that CBS Emmycast had to compete against a highly rated NBC Sunday Night Football game (Chicago/Pittsburgh), which averaged 20.5 million viewers and a 7.7 rating in the demo. AllFacebook Roughly 6.2 million Facebook users weighed in on the Emmy Awards Monday night, leading to 10.9 million interactions on the social network, according to Facebook data analyst Betsy Williams. Lost Remote For the past week, the social conversation has centered on the VMAs and Emmys, which aired on back-to-back nights. But which awards show captured the attention (and engagement) of Facebook users? Sunday night’s VMAs saw 13 million people with more than 30 million interactions; 6.2 million people had 10.9 million interactions related to the Emmy Awards Monday night. GalleyCat Grammy Award winner Weird Al Yankovic requested that author George R.R. Martin “type as fast as you can.” Yankovic reasoned that “we need more script.” Yankovic performed a medley of TV theme music at the Emmy Awards. As he was singing the Game of Thrones portion, comedian Andy Samberg (donning a costume of character Joffrey Baratheon) handed Martin a typewriter.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: O’Donnell’s Return Official | Emmy Noms Favor CNN, Social TV

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Rosie O’Donnell Officially Returning to The View (TVNewser)
Rosie O’Donnell is returning to The View as a co-host in the fall, ABC confirmed via Twitter Thursday. Variety O’Donnell will join moderator Whoopi Goldberg. ABC execs are in the midst of a extensive search for new producers to take the reins of The View as the show prepares to replace panelists Sherri Shepherd and Jenny McCarthy, who recently exited the daytime program. THR / The Live Feed O’Donnell, who was a panelist on The View for the 2007-2008 season, left after just one year. O’Donnell had a notably stormy tenure on the show, often fighting with conservative panelist Elisabeth Hasselbeck, who suggested on Fox News on Wednesday that O’Donnell had been plotting her return to the show for “a very, very long time.” HuffPost TMZ reported Tuesday that the former co-host would be returning, claiming that O’Donnell had been in “active talks” with the show. This will be ABC’s first move to put back the pieces after the major overhaul that left Whoopi Goldberg as the show’s only remaining co-host. In June, Shepherd and McCarthy announced that they would be leaving, and ABC implied in a statement that their departures were not voluntary. Barbara Walters, the show’s creator, retired in May and Joy Behar and Hasselbeck both exited the show in 2013. NYT O’Donnell’s name immediately arose as most likely to be the first-named replacement. Her outspoken and often politically oriented commentary helped spark a surge in the show’s ratings. A committed liberal with strong views on numerous topics, she also got into some widely publicized feuds, with Donald Trump and others.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Murdoch Ups Sons | Twitter Ban Overturned | NYT Adds Digital Subs

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Rupert Murdoch Elevates Eldest Son to Be His News Corp. Co-Chairman (The Guardian / Greenslade Blog)
Rupert Murdoch’s eldest son, Lachlan, has been promoted to the role of non-executive co-chairman on the News Corp. board. It means that the two will work alongside each other. Rupert, the executive chairman, described the appointment as “recognition of Lachlan’s entrepreneurial leadership and passion for news, digital media and sport.” TVNewser Lachlan has been named non-executive chairman at both News Corp. and 21st Century Fox. The 42-year-old has been a director of both companies, but effectively left the media empire in 2005 where he had been deputy chief operating officer directly responsible for News Corp.’s U.S. television stations group and publishing assets. After Lachlan left News Corp., Roger Ailes, the co-founder and chairman of Fox News Channel, was named chairman of News Corp.’s (now 21st Century Fox’s) television stations group. FishbowlNY The promotion means that Lachlan is all but guaranteed to take over News Corp. when Rupert steps down. In the past, it was believed that James Murdoch was the heir apparent, but no more. James was promoted as well — to co-chief operating officer at 21st Century Fox. Financial Times James’ elevation comes two years after he was embroiled in the U.K. phone hacking scandal as the former head of News Corp.’s U.K. newspaper business. His new position gives him a more central executive role at one of America’s most global media companies, in contrast to Lachlan’s non-executive position, keeping him in contention in a succession race that has seen numerous twists. James will share his new title with Chase Carey, a trusted adviser and second-in-command to Rupert, to whom he had reported in his previous role as deputy chief operating officer. Reuters Each son has at various times been seen as heir apparent, and it is unclear how well they will work together when Murdoch finally hands over the companies. The Murdoch family controls both Fox and News Corp. through a trust that has a 38 percent ownership stake of Class B shares with voting rights. A source familiar with the companies said that the plan to elevate Lachlan and James had been in the works for a while and that a tussle over control would be unlikely.

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Pew Study: Newspapers Account for 60 Percent of Total News Revenue

According to Pew Research Center’s latest State of the News Media study, the newspaper industry might not be as doomed as we all think.

When crunching numbers on the many different types of news media, (like digital, local TV, cable TV, etc.) Pew found that newspapers brought in $38.6 billion in revenue, about 60 percent of the total news revenue of $63.2 billion.

Newspapers didn’t just grab the top slot, they dominated. No other media was even close. In fact, no other media came close to $10 billion. The runner-up was local TV news, with only $8.9 billion.

About $25 billion of newspapers’ revenue comes from advertising, and $10 billion comes from print and digital subscriptions.

Morning Media Newsfeed: Facebook Buys Oculus | Atlantic Makes Changes | Amazon Credits eBooks

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Facebook Bets $2 Billion on Virtual Reality (Financial Times)
Facebook is making a $2 billion bet that virtual reality headsets will be the next big social platform after computers and smartphones, with the sudden acquisition of Oculus VR. The deal marks an unexpected move by the world’s largest social network into the hardware business, at a time when arch-rival Google is investing in robots, its own Google Glass headset and other long-term ventures. Facebook believes that virtual reality’s applications could extend beyond gaming into entertainment and education. AllFacebook The transaction is expected to close during the second quarter, and it is comprised of $400 million in cash, 23.1 million shares of Facebook class-A common stock (worth $1.6 billion based on the average closing price of $69.35 for the 20 trading days leading up to March 21) and $300 million in potential cash and stock based on reaching certain unspecified milestones. Facebook said in its announcement that more than 75,000 orders have been placed for Oculus Rift development kits, adding that it plans to help Oculus expand into verticals including communications and media. Adweek The Irvine, Calif.-based company’s Rift headset covers the eyes of users and plants them in a virtual reality world in which they can play games, watch movies and interact in new ways. GigaOM Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said that he sees Oculus as an opportunity to move beyond the console and toward ubiquitous computing. He doesn’t expect Facebook to make money off of selling Oculus hardware; instead, it might become a ubiquitous world for communication that might contain advertising. “Imagine enjoying a court side seat at a game, studying in a classroom of students and teachers all over the world or consulting with a doctor face-to-face — just by putting on goggles in your home,” Zuckerberg explained. Bloomberg The deal follows a spate of acquisitions that Facebook has used to build up its mobile business. Last month, the company agreed to purchase messaging application WhatsApp for $19 billion. In 2012, Facebook bought mobile photo-sharing program Instagram for about $700 million. Facebook had $11.4 billion in cash and investments at the end of 2013.

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Study: Direct Visitors to News Sites Three Times More Engaged Than Others

According to a new Pew Research Center study, readers who come to news sites directly are three times more engaged than those who come via Facebook links or search.

Of the 26 most popular news sites — including nytimes.com, cnn.com, news.yahoo.com and more — direct visitors spend about 4 minutes and 36 seconds per visit. Meanwhile, visitors via Facebook spend only 1 minute and 41 seconds per visit and visitors via search spend about the same (1:42 per visit).

Direct visitors also view many 24.8 pages per month, compared to just 4.2 pages per month for Facebook and 4.9 for search.

The findings aren’t that surprising. After all, if you’re typing a news site’s URL into your browser or have it bookmarked, you’re already a fan of the brand, so you’re much more likely to stay there once you click through.

The Pew study also shows that while Facebook and search are important for news sites, it’s difficult to translate those clicks into dedicated readers.

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Study: Young People Claim Internet as Main News Source

Kids (and adults) these days. According to a new study from Pew Research Center, the majority of young Americans — a whopping 71 percent of people ages 18 to 29 —say the Internet is their number one news source. TV was the runner-up, at 55 percent. Only 22 percent of young people said the good old fashioned newspaper was their main news center.

For those of us who are fat and old (30 to 49), the Internet is tied with TV as our main source of news, at 63 percent. Oddly enough, radio comes in second for this group, at 27 percent. Radio is followed by newspapers, at a lowly 18 percent.

While you’re busy cursing the young and old for abandoning newspapers, here are some other highlights from the report:

  • Overall, TV is still the clear winner; 69 percent of the general public say it’s their main source of news.
  • Last year, 19 of Americans reported viewing a news story on a social network “yesterday.” That’s more than double the nine percent who had reported doing so in 2010.
  • 65 percent of those who claim the Internet as their main news source say news organizations are politically biased.

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Study: Media Supports Gay Marriage

A new study from the Pew Research Center found that news organizations were more likely to show a supportive view of gay marriage, rather than an oppositional view. Pew analyzed 500 stories on the subject over a two-month span, and found that almost half (47 percent) of the coverage was pro gay marriage, while only nine percent was anti gay marriage.

The skew was due to much of the coverage focusing on society’s shift toward acceptance or a politician’s voicing of support. And it wasn’t just one type of media offering more pro gay marriage coverage, it was every single kind. Pew crunched data from 11 papers, cable and network TV, radio, and websites, such as Politico and Gawker.

Even Fox News had more supportive coverage of gay marriage (29 percent) than oppositional (eight percent). That supportive percentage was the lowest among all media surveyed, but hey, they’re trying. You wave that rainbow flag, Bill O’Reilly. You wave it with pride.

31 Percent of Adults Have Abandoned a News Outlet

According to Pew’s new State of News Media report, people have begun to notice the impact of cutbacks at media outlets. As a result of the layoffs and cuts that have become a regular occurrence in the industry, almost a third of adults (31 percent) have stopped turning to a news outlet for information because they’re dissatisfied.

The unhappiness was boiled down to two factors: Incomplete reporting and less stories. Among those people who said they had notice financial struggles in news companies, 48 percent said that they found stories to be incomplete, and 31 percent noticed fewer stories overall.

Other notable findings from the Pew report:

  • 450 of the nation’s 1,380 daily newspapers are going to launch or have already implemented some sort of paywall.
  • Digital advertising grew 17 percent in 2012. It now makes up 23 percent of the total ad market. That’s up from 20 percent in 2011.
  • All major news magazines saw newsstand sales plummet last year. Time got it the worst, as sales dropped 27 percent compared to 2011.
  • Ad pages at news magazines also dropped. Among those studied by Pew, The Week was hurting the most, as ad pages declined 24.5 percent.

Casey Anthony Top Newsmaker Last Week

According to the PEJ, Barack Obama is no match for Casey Anthony. Last week Anthony was the top newsmaker, getting mentioned an astonishing 101 times out of about 900 stories surveyed from 52 different media outlets. Obama, despite holding a summit about something called “the national debt,” came in second, with 73 stories.

Let the record show that America – or at least America’s newsrooms – care more about some woman they’ve most likely never met before than a national crisis that impacts pretty much everything and everyone.

If you’d like to start shouting “USA! USA! USA!” now, please do.

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