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Cumulus Planning to Drop Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity (Politico / Dylan Byers on Media)
In a major shakeup for the radio industry, Cumulus Media, the second-biggest broadcaster in the country, is planning to drop both Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity from its stations at the end of the year, an industry source told Politico on Sunday. Cumulus has decided that it will not renew its contracts with either host, the source said, a move that would remove the two most highly rated conservative talk personalities from more than 40 Cumulus channels in major markets. New York Daily News New York radio observers have been expecting for the past year that Limbaugh and probably Hannity would leave WABC, which is owned by Cumulus, for rival WOR. Speculation about possible replacements at WABC for Limbaugh’s noon-3 p.m. show and Hannity’s 3-6 p.m. show has focused on Mike Huckabee and WABC evening hosts Mark Levin and Michael Savage, who signed with Cumulus last year. Deadline Hollywood In May, Limbaugh reportedly mulled leaving Cumulus after receiving blame for advertiser decline in the wake of his controversial Sandra Fluke comments. Cumulus CEO Lew Dickey told Bloomberg TV at the time that “we have the premier talk distribution platform in the business and if you want to be on a big stage in this game, you need to be on our stations in the largest markets. They’re the biggest signals, the heritage brands and everybody knows that.”
Posts Tagged ‘The Atlantic’
Journos with distinctive voices can land a byline at The Atlantic, part of America’s great literary legacies. The mag was founded by a lit lover’s dream team, including Harriet Beecher Stowe, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and Ralph Waldo Emerson.
Over the years, the mag has broadened its editorial content to include politics, the economy and cultural trends, but the mainstay of the collective remains to be editorial impartiality. “One of our taglines is ‘we are no party of clique.’ That goes back to 1857 when we were founded,” said editor Scott Stossel, “that we would be unaffiliated with any specific ideological approach or political party. That remains the case today.”
With that in mind, freelancers are welcome to think creatively about current political and cultural issues. For pitching etiquette and editor’s contact info, read How To Pitch: The Atlantic.
– Sherry Yuan
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Linda Douglass is reducing her role at Atlantic Media. Douglass had been with the company since 2010, serving as senior VP, global communications. According to a memo, she is shifting to a part-time, consulting position, because she wants to “experiment with the concept of more free time.”
Succeeding Douglass is Emily Lenzner, who comes to Altantic Media from her own consulting firm. She also served as executive director of communications for ABC News’ Washington DC bureau.
Below is the note announcing the change, from Atlantic Media’s president, Justin Smith.
Andrew Golis is joining The Atlantic as something called an “entrepreneur in residence.” While entrepreneur in residence sounds like “Dude/Dudette who’ll get paid to not do much,” that doesn’t seem to be the case here.
According to a release, here are Golis’ duties:
Working closely with The Atlantic’s Editorial and Digital Strategy and Operations teams, Golis will support the media brand’s expanding video and paid-content initiatives. He will also work with the teams to help identify and launch new ventures and products across The Atlantic’s platforms.
Golis was most recently director of digital media and a senior editor for PBS’ Frontline. He had been with PBS since March 2011.
Golis has also held roles at Yahoo! News and Talking Points Memo.
The Atlantic has bumped Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg up to executive producer of Atlantic video. Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg has been with The Atlantic since 2011, most recently as a senior associate editor.
In a memo announcing the move, Bob Cohn, editor of Atlantic Digital, said Atlantic video — which Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg will now oversee — is a point of emphasis. As a result, “We’ll be hiring for this team during the spring and summer,” wrote Cohn.
Cohn’s full note is below.
Nate Thayer, a veteran journalist, posted on his blog an email exchange between The Atlantic’s global editor — Olga Khazan — and himself, that is guaranteed to frustrate you if you’ve ever freelanced. Thankfully, Thayer deals with the emails in the best way possible.
It began with Khazan emailing Thayer to ask about republishing something he had written on The Atlantic. This part is great. Any freelancer would be ecstatic to have such a respected publication (or any publication, really) contact them. Typically freelancers are the ones doing the asking. But as the emails went back and forth, things quickly got depressing.
When Thayer asked for specifics about the piece, Khazan wrote that The Atlantic couldn’t pay Thayer for his work, “but we do reach 13 million readers a month.” Ah, the old, “We can’t pay you, but think of the exposure you’ll get as we make money off of your piece!” What a fantastic deal.
To his credit, Thayer shot back a brilliant response:
David Minkin has been named The Atlantic’s associate publisher of sales strategy and operations, a new role at the company. Minkin was the co-founder and publisher of Breaking Media, which operates sites like Dealbreaker.com and Fashionista.com.
“Having followed David’s career for years, I am thrilled we were able to design a senior position that pairs his entrepreneurial spirit, passion for data and analytics, and marketing creativity with The Atlantic’s industry-leading sales and marketing team,” said The Atlantic’s president, M. Scott Havens, in a statement.
“It’s incredibly exciting to work with Scott and the fantastic team he’s assembled here as we continue to revolutionize what it means to be a media business in the 21st century,” added Hinkin.
Last night The Atlantic posted a sponsored article on Scientology titled “David Miscavige Leads Scientology to Milestone Year.” It was exactly what it sounds like — an celebratory ad for Scientology, complete with overwhelmingly positive comments from readers.
The article was also formatted exactly like any other Atlantic piece — save “sponsor content” written at the top — so people started questioning the ethics of it. And just as soon as people started criticizing the article, the Atlantic yanked the piece (here is a Google cache version of it).
As Poynter notes, Jay Lauf, publisher of The Atlantic, recently spoke in a positive way about sponsored content. “A lot of people worry about crossing editorial and advertising lines, but I think it respects readers more… It’s saying, ‘You know what you’re interested in.’ It’s more respectful of the reader that way.”
The Atlantic just wrapped up a great year. The magazine was profitable for the third consecutive year, and for the first time, digital ad revenue took up the majority (59 percent) of overall ad revenue. That success has its execs thinking about taking readers back in time.
According to Forbes, The Atlantic will experiment with online pay models this year. Scott Havens, president of The Atlantic, admitted that paid content was going to be “a big area of focus for us,” but then did his best to be as vague as humanly possible by telling Forbes, “It’s not definitely happening, but it’s definitely part of the mix.”
If The Atlantic does launch a pay model it will be a bit of a throwback to the old days. It was only in 2008 that its site became completely free.