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Morning Media Newsfeed: Clinton Begins Media Tour | NYT Magazine Adds Wasik

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Diane Sawyer’s Clinton Interview Draws 6 Million Viewers (TVNewser)
According to preliminary Nielsen data, Diane Sawyer’s interview with Hillary Clinton averaged 6.079 million viewers in the 9 p.m. ET hour Monday night. Sawyer had the first interview with Clinton as the former Secretary of State began her press tour for Hard Choices, out Tuesday. FishbowlDC ABC led CBS and NBC in viewers for the hour. On top in ratings Monday night was Fox, which aired 24 and averaged 6.333 million viewers in the 9 to 10 p.m. hour. Deadline Hollywood However, the interview drew a 1.0 in the demo, finishing last in the 9 p.m. hour among the Big 4 networks. CNN Clinton also appeared on ABC’s Good Morning America Tuesday to promote her book. Hard Choices is about Clinton’s years as President Barack Obama’s first secretary of state, which she stepped away from early last year. In her ABC appearances, she honed what is likely to be her book tour message — one of a thoughtful diplomat who is prepared to reintroduce herself to voters, especially women. With her book lining the walls of booksellers nationwide, Clinton also stopped at a Barnes & Noble in Manhattan Tuesday for her first book signing of the two-week tour. NBC News While Clinton has been traveling the country doing paid speeches in recent months, this book tour will put her on a much more rigorous — and campaign-like — schedule. She will visit at least 15 different cities over the next two weeks, including Washington, Philadelphia, Seattle, Los Angeles, Kansas City and Austin. Plus, she is doing a host of television interviews to promote the book, including with NBC News, CBS News, CNN and Fox News.

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Bobby Ghosh Leaves Time for Quartz

Bobby Ghosh GBobby Ghosh, who took over as Time International’s editor just last year, is leaving the magazine to join Quartz as its managing editor. Ghosh had been with Time since 1998.

During is tenure at Time Ghosh held a variety of roles. He served as Baghdad bureau chief and a correspondent in Hong Kong, New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Washington DC. In 2007, Ghosh moved to London to become a senior editor at Time Europe, making him the magazine’s first non-American World editor.

“Bobby brings a sophisticated curiosity about the world, an obsessive news focus, and a strong identification with Quartz’s mission to cover the new global economy’s most important and interesting facets,” said Quartz’s editor, Kevin Delaney, in a memo.

Ghosh begins at Quartz next month.

Morning Media Newsfeed: Time Inc. Struggles | Netflix Shareholders Back Hastings

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Time Inc. Stock Falls in Its Debut (NYT)
Shares of Time Inc., the magazine company that began trading Monday after being spun off from Time Warner, got off to a rough start, falling nearly 7 percent before recovering somewhat. Bloomberg The shares, trading under the ticker symbol TIME, slid less than 1 percent to $23.30 at the close in New York, after earlier dropping by as much as 6.7 percent. Shares of Time Warner, which owns the Warner Bros. movie studio and cable networks such as HBO and CNN, rose 1.2 percent to $68.99. FishbowlNY Last week, Time Inc.’s execs met with editors and asked them to begin the process of cutting 25 percent of editorial spending. That means staffing cuts are coming by the bunches. HuffPost Time Inc. laid off hundreds of employees in 2013 and earlier this year. Some titles, such as People, appear to have already started with their layoffs. Time Inc. is also set to leave its longstanding home, the Time-Life Building, for a cheaper downtown pad. THR Dealmaking could be on the agenda, but unlikely in the form of big acquisitions. Time Inc. was spun off with $1.3 billion in debt. Analysts have compared that to the lack of debt that Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp got when the mogul’s empire was split into two last year. Moody’s recently rated Time Inc.’s debt below investment grade, but other observers said the debt will also allow Time Inc. to show that it can be trusted financially.

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Quartz Expands to India

Quartz, the online business brand from Atlantic Media, has expanded its operations to India. The site — available to users in India at qz.com and all others at qz.com/india — will be lead by Sruthijith KK, a reporter who previously worked for The Economic Times.

“We’re deeply committed to providing sophisticated coverage of India to our readers there and around the world,” said Quartz’s editor-in-chief, Kevin Delaney, in a statement. “And we’re very optimistic that through Quartz India, more Indian business people will come to value Quartz’s creative, digital, visual, data-rich approach to covering the region and the global economy.”

Quartz launched in 2012, and according to The Atlantic, it’s doing great. This year’s ad revenue is projected to be up more than 400 percent compared to 2013.

Quartz Adds Two, Promotes a Third

DanFrommerPicDan Frommer (pictured) is the new technology editor, starting this Friday; Annalisa Merelli is joining the Ideas team as a reporter; and Matt Phillips is now a markets and finance editor. Below is parsed info from the internal memos sent out by Quartz president and EIC  Kevin Delaney.

Frommer:

Dan is an experienced tech writer, beginning at Forbes and then from 2007 as one of the founding staff (with Henry Blodget and Peter Kafka) of Silicon Alley Insider, which later became Business Insider. He coded early versions of the site and wrote 5,700 posts while there.

Dan launched his own tech news site in 2011 called SplatF. Dan’s posts are rooted in scoops of analysis – and charts. This Netflix/AOL subscriber chart is my favorite example. We’re looking to Dan for much more of this great analytical and visual coverage of the tech industry for Quartz.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: ECJ Tackles Web Records | ABC Pitches Brands | FCC Faces Protests

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European Court Lets Users Erase Records on Web (NYT)
Europe’s highest court said on Tuesday that people had the right to influence what the world could learn about them through online searches, a ruling that rejected long-established notions about the free flow of information on the Internet. Poynter / MediaWire If results display pages that are “inadequate, irrelevant or no longer relevant, or excessive in relation to the purposes for which they were processed and in the light of the time that has elapsed,” the search engine operator must remove them, the court ruled, even if the “publication in itself on those pages is lawful.” BBC News The case was brought by a Spanish man who complained that an auction notice of his repossessed home on Google’s search results infringed his privacy. Google says it does not control data, it only offers links to information freely available on the Internet. It has previously said forcing it to remove data amounts to censorship. WSJ Some lawyers argue that the ruling will probably only be applied for searches done and displayed in Europe, and only for European data subjects, for instance, EU citizens or European residents. The court specifically said, however, that companies can’t get out of compliance simply by saying their servers are outside of Europe. The technology industry has rallied around freedom of speech, long a tenet of Western democracy but enshrined specifically in the U.S. Constitution as its First Amendment. Privacy-rights activists and many European officials have supported a competing notion: the “right to be forgotten.” Reuters The ruling creates technical challenges as well as potential extra costs for companies like Google, the world’s No. 1 search engine, and Facebook. The European Court of Justice (ECJ) said the rights of people whose privacy has been infringed outweighed the general public interest. Google said it was disappointed with the ruling, which contradicted a non-binding opinion from the ECJ’s court adviser last year that said deleting sensitive information from search results would interfere with freedom of expression.

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Felix Salmon Leaves Reuters, Quartz Adds Two, Yahoo Names Exec Editor

A couple moves this morning involving Reuters and Quartz, the business site from The Atlantic. Details are below.

    • Felix Salmon is leaving Reuters. The New York Times reports that Salmon hasn’t disclosed where he’s headed next. Salmon had been with Reuters since 2009. Prior to that he worked for Portfolio.
    • Quartz has hired Nikhil Sonnad and Jenni Avins. Sonnad will be a reporter on the site’s Things team and Avins a lifestlye reporter. Sonnad comes to Quartz from Sydney’s The Global Mail. Avins was a contributing editor to New York’s The Cut.
    • Susan Kittenplan is joining Yahoo as executive editor of media initiatives. Kittenplan is the founder of Kittenplan Catalyst LLC and formerly an executive editor of Allure. She has also previously served as a senior editor at GQ, deputy editor at Glamour, and associate editor and researcher at Vanity Fair.

Jay Lauf: Charts Are Quartz’s Version of Cat Videos

If you’re not already familiar with Flipboard’s excellent On the Red Couch interview series, the latest episode is a perfect introduction. Editorial team member Najib Aminy recently caught up with Quartz publisher Jay Lauf at the digital startup’s NYC headquarters.

At one point, Aminy asked Lauf what he meant exactly by the notion that “code will be what tomorrow’s journalism is based on.” The publisher’s reply:

“The easiest example [of that] right now is the way we approach charts. Probably 50% of Quartz stories have some sort of a chart in them. Kevin Delaney, our editor-in-chief, refers to charts as our version of cat videos.”

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Comcast Pleads Case | DirecTV Restores TWC | Breitbart Loses Whip

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As Comcast Takes Next Step in TWC Merger, Opposition Groups Band Together (TVNewser)
Comcast took the next step in its $45 billion acquisition of Time Warner Cable Tuesday morning by filing a joint Applications and Public Interest Statement with the FCC. In a blog post about the filing, Comcast EVP David Cohen argued that the deal is good for consumers, especially current TWC customers. Those opposed to the deal, understandably, don’t think so. Fifty groups sent a letter to the attorney general and FCC chairman Tuesday asking that the deal be blocked. Capital New York The 650-page document filed with the FCC outlines the reasons Comcast believes the proposed merger with TWC would be in the public interest. Much of the document spelled out in granular detail arguments made by Comcast in its original announcement of the proposed deal, but there are some notable new takes. Comcast now sees itself as a tech company, in competition with Google, Facebook and Netflix just as much as traditional competitors like DirecTV and Verizon. Comcast argues that it doesn’t compete with TWC, as they do not operate in the same areas. Variety Critics have claimed the Comcast-TWC merger, which would create an entity that controls 30 percent of the country’s pay-TV market, is decidedly not in the public interest because it would result in fewer choices and higher prices for consumers. Moreover, the combination “could compromise the open nature of the Internet,” Sen. Al Franken told Justice Department officials last month. CNET Last week, Comcast filed a Hart-Scott-Rodino notification with the U.S. Department of Justice, which will begin the antitrust review of the merger. And on Wednesday, Cohen will testify about the merger before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee. Now that the official filing has been made in the merger, which was announced in February, the FCC will have a self-imposed deadline of 180 days to review and make its decision. USA Today Facing a growing number of customers flocking to streaming video and content providers demanding more payment for programs, TWC agreed in February to be bought by Comcast for $45 billion. The acquisition would give Comcast access to key media markets that it has coveted, including New York and Los Angeles, and occupy about 40 percent of the Internet service market, or about 32 million customers.

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Atlantic Media Names Four Co-Presidents

atlanticmedia_logo_rgb.PRAtlantic Media has named four new co-presidents. Details are below.

    • James Bennet and Bob Cohn have been named co-presidents of The Atlantic. Bennet — who has been editor-in-chief of the magazine since he joined in 2006 — will retain that role. Cohn, most recently The Atlantic’s digital editor, will now serve as co-president and chief operating officer of The Atlantic. He has been with the company since 2009.
    • Kevin Delaney and Jay Lauf haven been tapped as co-presidents of Quartz, the business site from Atlantic Media. Delaney has been Quartz’s editor-in-chief since the site launched in 2012. He will retain that role. Lauf — Quartz’s publisher — will also continue with that role. Delaney joined Atlantic Media in 2012 and Lauf joined in 2008.

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