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Morning Media Newsfeed: Letterman to Retire | Mozilla’s Eich Resigns | Fusion’s TV First

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David Letterman to Leave Late Show (TVNewser)
During the taping of Thursday’s Late Show, David Letterman announced next year will be his last on the show he’s hosted for more than two decades. The news was first reported on Twitter by R.E.M. bassist Mike Mills, a guest on the show, just after 4 p.m. ET. Letterman, who turns 67 next week, signed a contract extension in October. Adweek The duration of the new deal seemed a sure sign that the clock was ticking on Letterman’s late night tenure. Two years prior to signing the extension, the host had agreed to a two-year deal. NYT Letterman said he had informed CBS president Leslie Moonves of his intention to step down from The Late Show at the end of his current contract, which has about 16 months left. A specific end date has not yet been set. Letterman is considered by many to be the most original voice in the late-night format, and Moonves has been steadfast in his assurances in recent years that he would never ask Letterman to retire, saying at one point, “You don’t do that to a television legend.” Mashable Letterman hosted Late Night on NBC from 1982 to 1993 before starting Late Show on CBS in 1993. In 2013, he surpassed Johnny Carson as the longest-running late night talk show host in television history. He has been part of more than 6,000 late-night broadcasts. USA Today It’s unclear how CBS will replace Letterman, and when, precisely. Craig Ferguson, who hosts the Letterman-produced Late Late Show, is not being considered as a replacement, insiders say, even though his contract technically promises it. Moonves is known to have been interested in The Daily Show‘s Jon Stewart over the years, but in the past Stewart has said he is not interested in a network talk show. Stewart’s Comedy Central partner Stephen Colbert is seen as a more likely candidate, and is available sooner: His contract with Comedy Central expires in December, though Stewart is free in 2015. Chelsea Handler also announced plans to leave her late-night E! show this year.

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The Star-Ledger Cuts 167 Jobs

Well, this is depressing. Advance Publications’ The Star-Ledger is cutting about 167 jobs, including 25 percent of its newsroom.

The layoffs will mean the paper will be out 40 of its 156 reporters, editors, photographers and other various staffers.

According to NJ.com, the massive layoffs were not surprising:

The cuts were not unexpected, with the announcement last week of the creation of a new media company—NJ Advance Media—which is to provide content, advertising and marketing services to all the newspapers owned by Advance Publications in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Sales and marketing functions of the new company will launch in June, with content operations to begin in September, according to executives.

Even with the consolidation and cuts at the Star-Ledger, the paper  —  along with the others impacted, including The Times of Trenton, The South Jersey Times and The Express-Times of Easton, Pennsylvania — will continue to publish each day.

Kevin Manahan Joins NJ.com

Kevin Manahan is joining NJ.com as its sports director. The move marks a return to NJ.com for Manahan, as he spent 26 years at The Star-Ledger — the majority as a NFL beat writer and national golf writer. He most recently served as senior NFL editor for USA Today.

“The guy is an incredible reporter and editor with a long history of breaking big stories and a reputation for turning good reporters into great ones,” said Lamar Graham, the chief content officer of NJ.com, in a statement. ”Plus, nobody knows the New Jersey pro and college sports scenes better than he does.”

Manahan begins October 15.

Morning Media Newsfeed: Traveler Lays Off 17 | NJ Paper Avoids Shutdown | Tribune Co. to Cut $100M


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Traveler Layoffs Reach 17 as Condé Nast Title Adopts A Softer Focus (Capital New York)
Fourteen Condé Nast Traveler employees were laid off Wednesday, bringing the total number of staffers cut under new editor-in-chief Pilar Guzmán to 17, a source familiar with the matter told Capital. NY Post Guzmán is said to have handed walking papers to executive editor Kevin Doyle and senior editors Alison Humes and Dinda Elliott, the daughter of the late famed Newsweek editor Osborne Elliot. Guzmán, raided from Martha Stewart Living, where she was the editor-in-chief, started shaking things up within days of her arrival at Condé. WWD / Memo Pad Since its inception, Traveler’s commitment to serious travel journalism was embodied in the logo coined by founding editor Harry Evans, “Truth in Travel.” The layoffs suggest that credo may too be discarded, or at least, take on a whole new meaning. FishbowlNY Dropping Doyle, Humes and Elliott might help Guzmán shape Traveler to her liking, but anyone who has been following Condé drama lately knows that these moves must’ve been approved by Anna Wintour. Wintour has been overseeing more cuts than a Jo-Ann Fabric scrapbooking class. Bloomberg “This is part of a broader restructuring effort that will shift the focus on more of a lifestyle lens and the growing digital business,” said Sarina Sanandaji, a spokeswoman for the magazine. The magazine is likely to replace some of the positions, she said.

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Parade President To Direct Local Strategy For Advance Publications

randy_siegel.jpgRandy Siegel, the president of Parade magazine publisher Parade Publications, has been named president of local digital strategy for Advance Publications, the parent company of Parade and Condé Nast.

In his new role, Siegel will be working with the company’s local digital division, Advance Internet, and Advance’s newspapers, including The Star-Ledger in New Jersey and The Staten Island Advance.

Siegel has worked for Parade since 2001, joining the company from The Washington Post Co. He has also written for newspapers around the country and is publishing a children’s book this fall.

Full release after the jump

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Star-Ledger Gets New Publisher

star.jpgNobody can say that New Jersey’s The Star-Ledger has made it out of this economic crisis unscathed. Far from it.

In the past 18 months it’s lost 200 staffers from buyouts, implemented pay cuts and decreased benefits and, as of September, lost its editor Jim Willse.

Now Star-Ledger‘s publisher, George Arwady, will be leaving the paper to go to work for The Republican in Springfield, Mass., which is also owned by the Star-Ledger‘s parent company, Advance Publications (which also owns Condé Nast). Meanwhile, The Star-Ledger‘s new publisher will be Rich Vezza, president of Penn-Jersey Advance Newspapers.

Arwardy said of his successor, “He’s a real Jersey guy…a straight-shooter with a great sense of humor who will fit in well here.”

Full memo from Arwardy after the jump.

Read More: Star-Ledger publisher’s memo to staff — Romenesko

Larry McDermott, publisher of The Republican, announces retirement –Masslive.com

Previously: Star-Ledger Editor Set To Retire, Star-Ledger Cuts Salaries, Benefits

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Jon Stewart Mocks CNN|LAT Mag Names New Editor|Star-Ledger Faces More Cuts|The Atlantic Names Brave Thinkers

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TVNewser: Jon Stewart gave CNN some pretty harsh criticism last night on “The Daily Show,” mocking the news net’s anchors’ favorite parting phrase, “Let’s leave it there.”

FishbowlLA: LA, Los Angeles Times Magazine, the monthly magazine for the Los Angeles Times has named a new editor, Nancie Clare, the pub’s former deputy editor.

New York Times: Looks like 200 voluntary buyouts earlier this year were not enough for New Jersey newspaper The Star-Ledger. Publisher George Awady sent a memo to staff informing them that the newsroom needs to be cut by at least 50 people. Awady offered more voluntary buyouts but if the paper can’t meet its staffing goals that way, there will be layoffs, he warned.

New York Observer: A look at The Atlantic‘s upcoming new special issue featuring “brave thinkers,” a list that includes NBC Universal CEO Jeff Zucker and The New York TimesArthur Sulzberger.

Star-Ledger Editor Set To Retire

star-ledger logo.jpgIt’s been a challenging year The Star-Ledger, New Jersey’s largest circulation daily paper.

One year ago, the paper, owned by the Newhouse family’s Advance Publications, shed more than 200 staffers through buyouts in order to keep the publication afloat. Yesterday, Jim Willse, the editor who has led the Star-Ledger for the last 15 years, announced he will retire next month. Managing Editor Kevin Whitmer will be succeeding him, Willse said.

In addition the buyouts last year, the Star-Ledger also implemented pay cuts and decreased payments for health care benefits just a few months ago.

While the paper has been dealing with these set backs, its former employees have been cooking up some competition for the Star-Ledger. In April, a group of employees who had taken buyouts last year launched a local news Web site, NewJerseyNewsroom.com.

Star-Ledger Editor Jim Willse announces retirement, names successorThe Star-Ledger

Star-Ledger Cuts Salaries, Benefits

star-ledger.jpgThe Star-Ledger, New Jersey’s largest paper, is no stranger to belt-tightening, but they’re going to take it one step further later this year. After asking 200 employees to take buyouts just a few months ago, the paper announced yesterday that it will now be reducing employee salaries and its payments for their health care benefits.

According to the AP, remaining Star-Ledger employees’ salaries will be reduced on a sliding scale starting July 1, with the first $40,000 reduced by 5% and the next $40,000 by 10%.

In addition to the salary cuts, the Star-Ledger will also no longer cover the full cost of its employees’ health care coverage, instead requiring them to pay 25% for their health care plan.

Earlier this year, remaining employees were told the paper would no longer contribute to their pension plan and were also asked to take a 10-day unpaid furlough in 2009. Still, given the current state of the newspaper industry these beleaguered staffers are probably grateful to still have jobs.

And if they’re not, they can always join their departed colleagues in their new local news online venture. If you’re a current or former Star-Ledgerreporter or editor, we want to hear from you. Email us or leave us a note in the comments below.

Sharing is Caring! Five New York Papers to Share Content

Worldwide financial crises make for strange bedfellows. In attempt to weather the industry-wide tsunami five New York daily papers have agreed to share editorial content.

The New York Daily News, Albany Times Union, The Record (Bergen Co., NJ), The Buffalo News, and The Star-Ledger have formed something they are calling the Northeast Consortium. Says Marc Kramer, CEO of the New York Daily News: “As the Northeast Consortium, our publications will assist each other in gathering news, sports and features materials, giving our readers access to more and expanded content from the top newspapers in each of the respective markets.”

No word yet whether this pooling of resources will result in layoffs or whether it’s just another original way to keep them from happening. Full release after the jump.

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