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Morning Media Newsfeed: USA-Ghana Sets Ratings Record | Apple Settles eBook Suit

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USA-Ghana Sets Ratings Record for ESPN (TVNewser)
ESPN’s last World Cup before turning over the broadcast rights to Fox Sports is off to a good start: Monday night’s USA-Ghana match was the most-watched men’s soccer match ever on ESPN or ESPN2, drawing 11.1 million viewers per minute. Capital New York Univision averaged 4.8 million viewers for its language coverage, according to overnight data from Nielsen. All told, an average of 16 million people watched the game live on television, with at least 1.4 million more watching (legally) online. Bleacher Report But even before that game, ESPN was already enjoying some of its best ratings ever. Through the first 11 games, the networks of ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC had averaged about 3.7 million viewers. That was a 2 percent bump over the 2010 World Cup, which of course included a weekend game featuring the United States and England on ABC. If the ratings from that England match are removed, ratings were up a rather mind-blowing 37 percent. AllFacebook Team USA’s thrilling 2-1 victory caused some 10 million Facebook users to produce more than 15 million interactions on the social network, according to the Facebook Data Science Team. Variety The soccer tourney has already broken the previous global record for online-video streaming. Monday’s Germany-Portugal match drove a peak of 4.3 terabits per second of streaming video on the Akamai Technologies content-delivery network — blasting past the previous high of 3.5 Tbps for the U.S.-Canada men’s hockey semifinal during the 2014 Winter Olympics. The streaming-video peak for the USA-Ghana match came in at 3.2 Tbps, behind last Friday’s 3.5 Tbps for the Spain-Netherlands contest, according to Akamai.

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New Yorker Moving to Fred Rogers Center Neighborhood

Rick Fernandes is currently in the process of relocating with his wife and two children from New York to Latrobe, Pennsylvania. The new director of the Fred Rogers Center at Saint Vincent College took over in January for the retiring Rita Catalano.

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From a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article by Tim Means:

Saint Vincent president Brother Norman Hipps said an extensive search went into Fernandes’ selection. “We had a local and a national search committee… We received a five-page letter from him that showed his passion and energy. He quoted Fred, who had said, ‘Often when you think you are at the end of something, you really are at the beginning of something else.’”

The Center, which opened in 2003 and gained a $14 million campus HQ in 2008, focuses on the positive potential of children’s TV programming. Fernandes began his career as an apprentice on Sesame Street and has since worked for other PBS shows as well as The Disney Channel, Nickelodeon and Turner International.

[Image via: fredrogerscenter.org]

Morning Media Newsfeed: LA Times Cuts Staff | Kurtz Signs Off CNN | New Yorker Backlash


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Profit at Los Angeles Times Owner Tribune Co. Plummets 41 Percent (LA Times / Money & Co.)
Earnings at Tribune Co., parent of the Los Angeles Times, fell sharply in the first quarter as advertising revenue continued to slide and the company incurred a big tax bill. The company reported net income of $58.4 million in the three months, a 41 percent plunge from the $99.1 million in the year-earlier period. Revenue slid 3.3 percent to $705 million and pretax income declined 7.8 percent to $80.2 million. SCPR / The Breakdown The Los Angeles Times laid off an unspecified number of employees Friday, newspaper spokeswoman Nancy Sullivan confirmed to KPCC. Sullivan declined to specify how many employees lost their jobs or which departments were affected, saying only that the paper “undertook a modest staff reduction.” Times staff members — who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak for the company — said about 20 employees were laid off. The graphics department took a huge hit, the employees said. TheWrap / MediaAlley In a letter to the newsroom obtained by TheWrap, editor Davan Maharaj and managing editor Marc Duvoisin called the layoffs “difficult” before describing a plan for a more sweeping overhaul of the website and alluding to “new recruits.”

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Nook Sales Tumble | Sesame Workshop Cuts | CNN Radio Shutters


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Nook Sales Down 16.8 Percent in Fiscal 2013 (AppNewser)
Barnes & Noble’s Nook business, which is made up of devices, digital content sales and accessories, had revenues of $108 million in Q4 2013 and $776 million for the full year, which was down 36 percent for the quarter and 16.8 percent for the full year, the company reported Tuesday. The bookseller pointed out that digital content sales were up 16.2 percent for the year. The company attributed the losses during the quarter to poor device sales and the drop off in popularity in trilogies such as The Hunger Games and Fifty Shades of Grey. paidContent Investors were expecting a bad earnings report from Barnes & Noble on Tuesday morning, and they definitely got it: Barnes & Noble’s Nook business lost a lot of money, dragging down the entire company’s results. In response, Barnes & Noble said it will stop manufacturing Nook tablets in-house, though it will keep developing its e-ink readers. GalleyCat Barnes & Noble revealed that consolidated revenues for the fourth quarter decreased 7.4 percent to $1.3 billion as compared to the same period last year. Read more

Matt Kemp Travels to Sesame Street

Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp is the latest local athlete to pay a visit to Sesame Street, appearing on the iconic children’s show Thursday.

And since the kid inside of you is wondering, the word of the day was attach.

As in I hope the surgeon who performed offseason shoulder surgery on Kemp made sure to attach it back to his body.

[H/T Big League Stew]

Elmo Voice Actor Accused of Sex with Underage Boy

Kevin Clash, the voice of the lovable red Sesame Street character Elmo, has been accused of having a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old boy. Clash — who has taken a leave of absence from the show — denies the allegations, telling TMZ that he did have a relationship with his accuser, but that it only started after the man was an adult.

Reps for Sesame Street have met with the accuser, and are standing by Clash. ”Kevin insists that these allegations are false and defamatory and he has taken actions to protect his reputation,” they said in a statement. “We have granted him a leave of absence to do so.”

The accuser has hired Andreozzi and Associates — the same lawyers used by one of the victims in the Jerry Sandusky case — to represent him. In a letter to Sesame Street, Andreozzi accused the company of “attempting to discredit the victim in order to protect its employee and the image of one of its most valuable characters.”

Video: Blake Griffin Visits Sesame Street

Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin will make his Sesame Street debut on Monday during a segment where he demonstrates the word “champion” with character Abby.

No offense to Griffin or the Clippers, but wouldn’t this role be better served for someone on the Los Angeles Lakers where they actually have champions?

Regardless, this is great public exposure for not only Griffin but the Clippers organization, who routinely plays second fiddle to the Lakers.

Reflections of TV Pioneer Joan Ganz Cooney as WNET Prepares for 50th Anniversary

Joan Ganz Cooney may not be a household name. But Joan Ganz Cooney revolutionized viewing habits from toddlers to teens. Cooney is co-founder of the Children’s Television Workshop, a mainstay on Channel 13 since its launch in 1969. It is a perfect inclusion to FishbowlNY’s special series of interviews and posts dedicated to WNET’s 50th anniversary.

The CTW was producing programming solely for public television. Like national syndication today, it was made available for public TV stations across the country. The first show that Cooney and her CTW employees created was Sesame Street.

While each station made the decision when to air Sesame Street, Cooney had strong views for the start time.

“I didn’t want it in competition with Captain Kangaroo [8 a.m. on CBS], the only other quality children’s show at the time,” Cooney says.

To avoid the “Captain’s wrath,” CTW was encouraging PBS stations to air Sesame Street at either 7 a.m. or 9 a.m.

WNDT, (the original call letters of WNET), was not as accommodating. In a rarely remembered tibdit, Sesame Street actually had its debut on WPIX/Channel 11.

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Cookie Monster Campaigns to Host ‘SNL’

Sesame Street resident Cookie Monster is so eager to host “Saturday Night Live” that he’s created an audition video to show his chops. From an opening monologue to parodies of MacGruber and Lady Gaga, the Monster makes his case. Plus, muppets are so under-represented on late night television! Help Cookie Monster pull a Betty White and join the Facebook campaign.