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New York Media (Wrongly) Trashes Piers Morgan’s Debut

Last night Piers Morgan began the difficult task of taking over for Larry King, and judging by the reaction of New York’s media, he had a pretty terrible start. The most common complaint was that Oprah was a bad choice for his first guest, followed closely by Morgan being too nice to her. Let’s put aside for one minute the fact that no one is – and ever will be – mean to Oprah, and just focus on what they’re missing: Morgan made a huge splash in his first night, and that’s all that matters.

Alessandra Stanley in the New York Times lead the charge against selecting Oprah, insisting that we all simply know too much about her for the interview to be entertaining. Stanley explained, “Ms. Winfrey was an obvious choice as a first guest, but not a shrewd one. American audiences have seen an awful lot of Ms. Winfrey on television lately.”

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Changes Expected at The Daily News

If there’s one thing The New York Post likes, it’s talking about bad times at The Daily News. Keith Kelly at the Post is reporting this morning that Mort Zuckerman, owner of the Daily News, is looking to cut editorial staff because revenue from advertisers hasn’t been up to par.

Kevin Convey, the Editor-in-Chief of the Washington, D.C., bureau, is rumored to be reducing his staff today, and cuts to sections dedicated to the Bronx, Queens, and Brooklyn are going to be next, a source told Kelly.

For staff at the Post, a great way to start the weekend. For staff at the Daily News, it might be time to start drinking.

Daily News Uncovers Story of Ted Williams’ Ex-Wife

Joanna Molloy at the Daily News has a piece on Patricia Kirtley, the ex-wife of media darling Ted Williams, in today’s paper. Kirtley’s tale is one that has been glossed over, but it’s one that should be told if we’re all going to celebrate Williams as much as we have.

23 years ago Williams abandoned Kirtley and their four young daughters when he got caught up in the addictive world of drugs and alcohol. Kirtley, who is partially blind, then raised the girls, and another son Williams had with a different woman, mostly by herself. She tells Molloy that her sisters and mother helped in any way they could, including driving her and her kids places because Kirtley isn’t allowed to drive.

Williams has apparently turned his life around now, and we’re not trying to take anything away from that. But Kirtley’s story is one worth knowing. It reminds FishbowlNY that just because a story is the biggest, it doesn’t mean it’s the best.

Journal Seeks Help from Times To Launch New York Local Section

NYw1T HQ.jpgAlthough Rupert Murdoch has touted the upcoming local New York section of his The Wall Street Journal as a direct competitor for The New York Times, it looks like this new venture won’t get off the ground without help from the rival paper’s printing presses.

Today, the Times reports that News Corp.‘s plans to refit its New York Post printing presses in the South Bronx to print both the Post and the Journal have been met by many delays, possibly endangering the launch of the Journal‘s ever-expanding New York section, currently scheduled for April. It looks like News Corp. will have outsource some of its printing jobs, and it’s reached out to the Times, of all publishers.

Although it seems like helping Murdoch would be counter-intuitive — The Daily News also seemed to think so, turning down its rival’s request — an agreement of some form between the two rivals may work towards calming some of their bad blood. However, any partnership between the two will certainly not dim Murdoch’s goal of crushing the Times.

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Previously: WSJ‘s Local NY Section Looks Bigger Than Expected

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FishbowlLA: The Huffington Post taking a page from The Times and asking readers for local submissions.

i09: Can New York Times science reporter John Tierney actually examine the question of global warming critically?

New York Post: The Dow Jones is finally up again, surpassing its yearly high, so we can all relax now, right?

New York Times: Meanwhile News Corp has a little less to be happy about: Circulation sales for The New York Post have fallen within reach of its competitor, The Daily News and The News has a bigger online readership. We’re guessing once Murdoch places a pay wall on The Post, that gap isn’t going to close any, either.