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Former Washington Post Editor Ben Bradlee Dies at 93 (FishbowlDC)
Former editor of The Washington Post Ben Bradlee died Tuesday of natural causes at the age of 93 at his home in Washington. Bradley served as executive editor of The Washington Post from 1968-1991, a time that included the resignation of President Richard Nixon and the Watergate scandal. The Washington Post Bradlee’s most important decision, made with publisher Katharine Graham, the Post’s publisher, may have been to print stories based on the Pentagon Papers, a secret Pentagon history of the Vietnam War. The Post’s circulation nearly doubled while Bradlee was in charge of the newsroom — first as managing editor and then as executive editor — as did the size of its newsroom staff. NYT With full backing from Graham, Bradlee led the Post into the first rank of American newspapers, courting controversy and giving it standing as a thorn in the side of Washington officials. When government officials called to complain, Bradlee acted as a buffer between them and his staff. “Just get it right,” he would tell his reporters. Most of the time they did, but there were mistakes, one so big that the paper had to return a Pulitzer Prize. Boston Globe It was Bradlee who guided the Post through its coverage of the Watergate scandal — “the story of our generation,” he later called it, “the story that put us all on the map” — and his unwavering leadership was crucial to the success of the paper’s investigations during the nine months between the break-in at Democratic National Committee headquarters on June 17, 1972, and the sentencing of the Watergate burglars on March 23, 1973, a period during which the Post was far out in front of the rest of the media in covering the scandal and, as a result, dangerously exposed to criticism from the Nixon administration. Reuters Bradlee’s death at his Washington home of natural causes was announced by the Post, which reported late last month that he had begun hospice care after suffering from Alzheimer’s disease for several years.

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Conde And Boxee Sign Deal|USA TODAY Reporter Moves To Copywriting|Maer Roshan Found|Another Online Ad Sales Report|Jayson Blair Speaks

WebNewser: Condé Nast Digital has entered into a content sharing agreement with Boxee, the startup whose free software allows users to integrate personal media, Internet media and social networking tools. The deal will give Boxee users access to Wired.com and Style.com video content, and Style.com photo slideshows.

AgencySpy: USA TODAY reporter Theresa Howard, who has been covering consumer marketing and advertising for the nation’s most read paper, is leaving her beat to join the enemy. She’s joining Crispin Porter + Bogusky as a copywriter.

The Observer: Where did Maer Roshan, the editor of now-defunct Radar go? A year after his mag folded, Roshan can be found in Los Angeles, working on TV projects.

Forbes: A new report shows that marketers will pay publishers an average of $2.27 for every reader they can get to enter information on their Web site. “That hefty price suggests publishers should consider abandoning cheap ads sold for guaranteed prices and should instead try to use space on their Web pages to convince readers to turn over their personal information.”

The Coaching Commons: Last week we learned that disgraced New York Times reporter Jayson Blair is now working as a life coach. This week, Blair sat down for this lengthy interview.

Maer Roshan to TheWeek.com

biz034a.jpgThe Radar refugees are resurfacing. Aaron Gell signed on as editor-in-chief of Hemispheres. Choire Sicha, Alex Balk and David Cho launched TheAwl.com. And now Maer Roshan, the man at the top of the thrice-failed magazine, has a new full-time gig. Buried at the bottom of Keith Kelly‘s column today comes the news that Roshan will join TheWeek.com as editor.

The Week, brought to the United States by Felix Dennis after the magazine was a huge hit in England, saw its ad pages jump 42 percent in the first quarter of 2009 (or 19 percent, depending on your source). Given the struggles of other newsweeklies, Roshan looks to be in a good situation.

Ana Marie Cox Joins Air America

ana magggriegcox.jpgAna Marie Cox has a new gig. The former Wonkette, Time and Radar contributor, online fundraiser, and current columnist for The Daily Beast can now add radio host to her resume. Air America has announced it has hired Cox as their D.C.-Based correspondent. According to the release Cox will “contribute text, video and audio content to airamerica.com, as well as to a weekly program to air on Air America’s radio network.”

Cox tell us she will be doing “political stories from both outside and inside the Beltway.” She makes her debut next Monday just in time to cover the Inauguration. Full release after the jump.

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Your Post-Radar Magazine Choices

Radar-gggpolitics-cover.jpgAccording to The Media is Dying those of you who were subscribers to the sadly now defunct Radar magazine can now have your choice of…wait for it…Star, Men’s Fitness, or Shape.

You know there was a time not that long ago where this post would have linked you to The Onion.

Will it be Another Dark Friday for the Media World?

revolvingggdoor-283-thumb.jpgGood morning media world, once again it’s Friday. Since the (initial) collapse of the stock market back in mid-September Fridays have become bad news day in medialand, beginning with the folding of Radar and 02138 on what was then known as Black Friday but has since merely become the first in a series. Anyway! Not to be doom mongerers, but should any of you get word about more layoffs today let us know — you can either drop it in the tip box below or email directly (we won’t reveal your identity unless you want us to!)

Radar: The Long Goodbye Continues

Yep, everyone is still reeling from Friday’s sudden folding of Radar and the horror show that has subsequently taken its place over at Radaronline. Former Radar-er (and current fundraiser) Ana Marie Cox and HuffPo’s Jason Linkins have vlogged their own tribute to the magazine and its “vastly talented” staff below, many of which had previously come through Gawker “proving indeed that we are the Typhoid Mary’s of media.”

Radar Folding? [Updated] Magazine Folds, AMI Purchases Website

radarfold.pngGawker is reporting (and FBNY has also heard separately from sources within) that Maer Roshan‘s multiply-launched magazine Radar is folding. The magazine, which pubbed at varying degrees of frequency, and was rumored to have been funded (at least in its later incarnations) by Ron Burkle, never really gave the impression that it was on solid ground. So in the current economic environment the news comes as no real suprise.

However! The Website (a completely different animal run by former Gawker Alex Balk) was, in our modest opinion, a must-read. And we not only will be sorry to see its demise but are amazed that the powers that be are shutting it down. The NYO is reporting “there might a business arrangement to keep the web site afloat and that it will be sold to AMI.” One can hope. Stay tuned.

Update: Hooray! (We think). Looks like the NYO had it right and AMI is indeed purchasing radaronline. Full press release after the jump. But wait! On second glance this part of the press release is quite worrisome for those of us who enjoy our Daily Intelligence just the way it is:

Chairman and CEO David Pecker said that David Perel, Executive Vice President of AMI News, will leave that position to become managing editor of RadarOnline. At AMI, Mr. Perel was responsible for breaking many of the biggest celebrity stories of the past two decades.

Also, the release makes it sound like they are interested in turning the site into some sort of online National Enquirer (also owned by AMI). One imagines if The Daily Beast has their wits about them they will quickly go on some sort of hiring spree.

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Gawker Lays Off 19 Editorial Staff Including Moe Tkacik

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Gawker had their own black Friday newsdump today. In a move that may soon become known as the Denton doctrine, Gawker head Nick Denton announced that he was preemptively laying off 19 members of the editorial staff, including recently hired Moe Tkacik, and suspending page view bonuses for the first quarter of next year due to the upcoming fiscal crisis. Earlier this year Denton cut loose three of Gawker’s sites including Wonkette with similar explanations. We spoke to Denton earlier and he confirmed that this was indeed a preemptive move since none of the sites had yet to see any cancellations.

Denton declined to give us a rundown of who was being laid off, though Valleywag confirmed they had already cut three; judging from the memo that was posted to the site, it looks like Valleywag, Consumerist, and Fleshbot will be the hardest hit. The memo also confirmed earlier reports that Denton will be replacing himself with former NYO-er Gabriel Snyder. Why Snyder?

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As the New York Media World Turns

fbnygg.pngTwo different stories are floating around the very fishbowl-like world of New York media today (hey we didn’t just pluck our name from a hat). First off, Radar is reporting that Gawker may finally have found the managing editor they’ve been looking for in Gabriel Snyder, formerly of the New York Observer and most recently at Variety. Gawker-head Nick Denton put out word last month that he was looking for a replacement, though Gawker was unable to confirm the pick when we contacted them earlier.

Meanwhile, a tipster tells us that Radar scribe (and former Gawker intern) Neel Shah may have been tapped to fill the vacancy over at Page Six, a position Defamer’s Molly Friedman was also rumored to have been up for. Radar was unable to confirm. Stay-tuned!

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