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Tina Brown: Taking Over Newsweek Was ‘Completely Insane’

With the twilight of Newsweek upon us, Tina Brown gave an interview to New York, and discussed the shuttering of the once iconic magazine. Brown called taking over Newsweek a “romantic gamble,” but then admits that the endeavor was “completely insane.”

It’s not surprising to hear her say that, especially since she also reveals it cost $42 million just to print Newsweek. If anything qualifies as being completely insane, that’s it.

The good news is that according to Brown, The Daily Beast is doing fantastic. She said that the site recently hit almost 20 million unique visitors, and with the albatross that is Newsweek shed, she’s finally able to just focus on content.

Click through for the entire interview with Brown, it’s well worth your time.

Barbara Walters, Joe Kernen and One Republican’s Response to the Debate

1003_mockup.gifAfter last week’s head-spinning scene where real-life democrats took campaign advice from fictional politicians (Chris Noth, you’ve got my vote), I thought I’d pretty much covered the landscape of presidential politics among the Wednesday Michael’s crowd. Nothing doing. Before I could settle in for my lunch with PR maven Leslie Stevens and cosmetics entrepreneur Patti Pao, CNBC’s Joe Kernen called me over to meet Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin who was on the air with Joe earlier today deconstructing last night’s debates (We suggest a whip and a chair for the moderator of next week’s match-up) and is scheduled to appear on Sean Hannity‘s broadcast on Fox this evening.

The guys told me they were looking for “equal time,” since last week’s column was all about the democratic point of view. I’m always happy to chat with Joe whose fabulously smart 12-year-old daughter, Blake Kernen is one of my favorite young writers.  Not surprisingly, Senator Johnson told me he thought Mitt Romney won the debate hands down. “He shattered the caricature (the Obama campaign) has been pushing. It’s hard to paint that picture when (Romney) came out so strong and showed such a command of the issues. He  offered the specifics that Obama did not. Last night did nothing to stop the momentum (Romney) has been gathering.” He also called out the president for being “purposely misleading” on Libya.  While the senator admitted the president was “a little more energetic” he concluded, “He’s got nothing.”

Senator Johnson, who predicts it’s going to be a ”close election,” says Vice President Joe Biden‘s “rude” performance during his debate with Representative Paul Ryan had a lingering negative effect on the president’s favorable ratings and pointed to CNN’s recent poll which showed most viewers gave last night’s segment on the economy to Romney as an indication that the republican challenger is winning on the issue voters care most about. “In both debates, Romney showed that he can work with the other side. Americans have to ask themselves, ‘Do we want four more years of gridlock and a president who doesn’t know how to lead?”

Leslie Stevens, David Patrick Columbia, Patti Pao and Diane Clehane

Things lightened up considerably when I joined Leslie and Patti at our table to talk about the launch of Patti’s new skincare line Restorsea, which debuted at Bergdorf Goodman on Monday. Smart, savvy and absolutely passionate about skincare, Patti has built an impressive track record in the beauty business with stints at Avon and Elizabeth Arden. The Harvard Business School graduate introduced glycolic acid to the beauty industry and made Avon’s Anew the industry standard that is today.

She has continued to search out the latest innovations for the luxury market in her own consulting firm Pao Principle which she launched in 2005. Utilizing her deep ties to China, Patti created a survey asking 353 billionaires in the country (yes, you read that right) questions relating to handbags and fine jewelry. Doing so created a much sought after database when the survey findings made The New York Times, Women’s Wear Daily, Forbes and Fortune. That stroke of marketing genius branded her LVMH’s luxury expert, and she picked up three clients in Norway which turned out to be a fateful turn of events.

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The Benefits of J-School in the Digital Age

The cons of attending journalism school can typically be narrowed down to cost of tuition, the importance of real-life job experience, and the cost of tuition. But the contacts you’ll gain from a formal education can’t be underestimated — especially in a business where relationships are everything.

“I made friends with other journalism majors, and those connections have been invaluable in my career,” agreed Lauren Streib, a UNC journalism grad who is now an assistant editor at The Daily Beast. When you first graduate, you all may have entry-level positions or internships, but in about 10 years, your friends will be in charge of hiring decisions or have close relationships with people who do. In 20 years, you’ll be running the show.

Read more in 6 Reasons a Journalism Degree Is Still Necessary. [Mediabistro AvantGuild subscription required]

Gary Starr Named New CFO of Newsweek/The Daily Beast

Adweek is reporting that Gary Starr — previously with Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, as its Senior Vice President of Finance — is replacing Jennie Tse Wang as the CFO of Newsweek/The Daily Beast. Prior to Martha Stewart, Starr was at Time Inc. for 10 years.

Wang is reportedly moving on from Newsweek/The Daily Beast.

UPDATE:

FishbowlNY hears that Newsweek/The Daily Beast has also hired Anne Levin from MSLO to be its new Marketing Manager.

Hot 97′s Miss Info Among New York Observer Top 50 Media Bachelorettes

As we reported earlier in the week, The New York Observer has compiled a list of the 50 most eligible bachelorettes in media. 

Hot 97/WQHT’s Miss Info (a.k.a. Minya Oh). who hosts the Celebrity Drama Report, made the list.

“Not only is Miss Info the definitive source of celebrity news on-air for New Yorkers, she’s also a [trailblazer] in social media,” commented Lin Dai, VP of digital programming for Hot 97, “Over half a million people tune in to her monthly online to learn the latest in the world of celebrity and entertainment. We are extremely excited for her to receive such a prestigious recognition.”

To make the survey, the women must be held in specific regard within the media world, where Miss Info has continuously made her mark by spreading celebrity info & news on WQHT.

The one-time editor is also spreads news as a hip hop blogger.

Other “power bachelorettes” after the jump

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The Daily Beast to Launch Online Talk Show

The New York Observer is reporting that The Daily Beast is going to launch an online talk show. According to former Newsweek staffers, the company has recently hired several television producers to get things underway. As you might recall, Tina Brown once ventured into the story box with a show called “Topic [A],” but it didn’t last too long.

Andrew Kirk, a rep for Newsweek/The Daily Beast, told the Observer that the company is dedicated to expanding its video offerings:

‘We have a number of original video projects evolving for The Daily Beast, and we’ll have the ability to do live network and cable news spots in our redesigned Newsweek Daily Beast office space.’

The show will apparently be formatted like a chat show; one staffer even likened it to The View. And here we thought it’d be more like “The Sally Jessy Raphael Show.” Maybe if the ratings tank?

Newsweek/The Daily Beast Adds Simon Schama

Simon Schama – the New Yorker critic and Columbia Professor – is joining Newsweek/The Daily Beast as a contibutor, beginning in June. According to the Wall Street Journal, Schama will still write for the New Yorker, just less frequently.

Schama said of joining Newsweek/The Daily Beast, “I look forward to writing about everything from politics to Picasso, barbecue to baseball–all in the same article should occasion call for it.”

Tina Brown: Newsweek/The Daily Beast Will Be Profitable in Three Years

Tina Brown is completely fine with the direction of Newsweek/The Daily Beast, no matter what Ad Age says. Or she’s at least acting like she’s completely fine with things. Last night at the Deadline Club Awards she told Keith Kelly that all is well at Newsweek/Daily Beast. As The Cutline reports:

The Daily Beast, Brown reminded her questioner, was conceived in 2008 on a five-year business plan, “on which we are very, very handsomely along the way.’ Newsweek, meanwhile, ‘is an iconic global brand,’ one that landed 40 new ad campaigns in 40 days earlier this year, she said, ‘so we have absolute confidence, given this new world we’re in, given the energy of the Daily Beast digital brand, that we can reactivate Newsweek.

Brown then added that the company will be profitable “in the next two to three years.”

Everyone get that? Mark May 16th, 2014 in your calendar as the final day Brown has to make good on her statement. Given how much scrutiny she’s under, FishbowlNY is sure she’s already marked the 15th as the last opportunity to leave it all behind by fleeing to Mexico. Of course, once she’s there you just know she’d start up another magazine eerily titled Noticias de la Semana.

The Daily Beast: Facebook Hired PR Firm to Smear Google

The Daily Beast is reporting that Facebook hired Burson-Marsteller, a public relations firm, to secretly spread bad press about Google. The plan backfired when Burson attempted to get a blogger to post anti-Google stories, but instead of cooperating, the blogger posted the emails from Burson.

As evidence mounted that someone was trying to get people to write articles about Google invading users’ privacy, The Daily Beast went to Facebook, and they couldn’t deny the obvious:

Confronted with evidence, a Facebook spokesman last night confirmed that Facebook hired Burson, citing two reasons: First, because it believes Google is doing some things in social networking that raise privacy concerns; second, and perhaps more important, because Facebook resents Google’s attempts to use Facebook data in its own social-networking service.

There are a number of good ways to go about attacking a competitor, secretly hiring a PR firm to spread stories isn’t one of them. This is one of those blunders that takes years to overcome, and in the end, all Facebook did was make Google look better. It’s about to be a very, very, long day for Mark Zuckerberg.

Daniel Blackman Named Chief Digital Officer at Daily Beast/Newsweek

Daniel Blackman has been named the new Chief Digital Officer for The Daily Beast/Newsweek, according to All Things D. Blackman apparently sent out a mass email this morning announcing the news.

Blackman is the Co-Founder of the video website Howcast, which uses creative techniques to explain anything from how to write a resume to how to survive a bear attack.

Prior to Howcast, Blackman worked at Google for its YouTube and Google Video teams.

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