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Morning Media Newsfeed: Sweeney’s Successor | Weiner to Pen Column at BI | Bartiromo Given FNC Show

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Disney Names Ben Sherwood as Anne Sweeney’s Successor (THR)
ABC News president Ben Sherwood has been named Anne Sweeney’s successor as co-chairman of Disney Media Networks and president of Disney/ABC Television Group. He’ll officially take over the role on Feb. 1, 2015. TVNewser Sherwood will begin the transition immediately and take on the role of co-president of Disney/ABC while also overseeing ABC News until his successor is named. Variety Sherwood was a front-runner for the job ever since Sweeney shocked industry on March 11 when she announced she was resigning as of January 2015 to pursue a career as a television director. Sherwood steered the rise of Good Morning America and brokered deals like ABC News’ partnership with Yahoo!. He will also serve as co-chairman of Disney Media Networks alongside ESPN’s John Skipper. NYT Among Sherwood’s first decisions — with oversight from Disney chairman Bob Iger and Sweeney — will be the choice of his own successor in the news division. “We have a deep bench of leaders at ABC News,” he said. The standout candidate for that job is James Goldston, the senior vice president of ABC News who has been instrumental first in the revival of the late-night program Nightline and then in the rise of GMAWSJ Sherwood was named president of ABC News in December 2010. He is responsible for all aspects of ABC News’ broadcasts. In addition, Sherwood oversees ABC News Radio, ABCnews.com, satellite service NewsOne and ABC News Now. ABC News reaches a combined audience of well over 270 million people a month on television, on radio and online, and is enjoying significant audience growth driven by a creative renaissance and innovative deal-making. In addition, during Sherwood’s tenure, the news division has won the most prestigious honors in the industry.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Amazon Prime Price Hike | McCarthy to Wonkblog | Drone Covers Harlem

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Amazon Prime Gets Price Bump to $99 A Year (VentureBeat)
Nine years after it launched, Amazon Prime is getting an inevitable price increase. Amazon announced Thursday that Prime will now cost $99 per year in the U.S., a slight bump from the previous $79 a year price. WSJ The Seattle retailer said the 25 percent increase was needed to offset rising delivery and content-acquisition costs. The $99 price takes effect for new members on March 20. Existing Prime members will pay the higher rate when they renew. CNNMoney In February, Amazon said it was considering raising the price to $119 a year. Prime members get two-day shipping on a large number of Amazon items at no extra cost, plus the ability to borrow Kindle books and stream movies and television shows. The company also said that it has increased the benefits of the program, now offering free shipping on 19 million items, up from only 1 million nine years ago. It also introduced its video streaming service in 2011 and recently launched Amazon-produced shows. THR The $99 price point may open the door for a tiered pricing system that would allow people to subscribe to Amazon Instant Video or Kindle’s lending library separately. Amazon does not disclose the number of Prime members, but research from Cowen and Co. estimates that there are about 23 million members in the United States, representing a 37 percent increase year-over-year in January. The research also indicates that 95 percent of Prime members visit Amazon monthly and 85 percent make a purchase.

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WSJ Launches Native Advertising

wsjSponsored content, native advertising, ads that are annoyingly similar to editorial content — whatever you want to call them, they’re coming to The Wall Street Journal. Welcome to the party.

The paper has announced that WSJ Custom Studios will create the ads labeled as “Sponsor Generated Content,” and they’ll be embedded among other editorial content. The first native ads, from Brocade, will debut tomorrow. Each ad will be created by staffers hired specifically for WSJ Custom Studios. No Journal staffer will be involved in the ads.

The move isn’t surprising. More media companies are participating in native advertising every day. The New York Times said it was getting into the game last December. The problem with the sponsored ads is that some people view them as deceptive; that they’re designed to intentionally confuse the reader. Gerard Baker, editor of the Journal, doesn’t think that will be an issue.

“Our readers trust us, and the WSJ Custom Studios team has created clear and thorough labeling guidelines around the advertiser’s content in order to protect that trust,” he explained, in a statement. “I am confident that our readers will appreciate what is sponsor-generated content and what is content from our global news staff.”

WSJ Adds Two from National Journal

WSJ-twitter-logoA couple early morning Revolving Door moves to note: Amy Harder and Beth Reinhard, both of National Journal, are leaving to join The Wall Street Journal. Details are below.

  • Amy Harder had been with National Journal since 2008, when she joined as a staff reporter. She has been serving as an energy and environment reporter since 2009. Harder joins the Journal March 3.
  • Beth Reinhard had been with the National Journal since 2010, most recently serving as a political correspondent. She covered the 2012 presidential race for the magazine. Prior to joining the National Journal, Reinhard was lead political writer at The Miami Herald, where she worked for 11 years. Reinhard will be covering national politics for the Journal.

WSJ Names New Digital Design Lead

Dow Jones has named Himesh Patel to lead the digital design The Wall Street Journal, MarketWatch and Barron’s. Patel comes to the company from London’s Telegraph Media Group, where he served as creative director.

“Readers’ experiences of our journalism on digital platforms needs to radically improve,” said Edward Roussel, head of consumer products at Dow Jones, in a statement. “This is where Himesh’s skills and leadership will be invaluable.”

Patel’s appointment is effective immediately.

Farhad Manjoo Leaves WSJ for NY Times

Farhad Manjoo GFarhad Manjoo is leaving The Wall Street Journal after only four months. He is headed to The New York Times to cover personal technology.

Manjoo will take over the “State of The Art” column, previously written by David Pogue. Pogue left the Times for Yahoo last October.

Manjoo joined the Journal in September after covering tech for Slate for five years.

“In his new role at the Times, Farhad will push ‘State of the Art’ beyond traditional reviews to examine the tech industry more broadly and the role technology plays across the board — what he calls ‘tech’s intrusion into society,’” wrote Dean Murphy, the Times’ business editor, in a note to staffers.

See below for the full note from Murphy and the Times’ technology editor, Suzanne Spector.

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Wall Street Journal Expands Global Tech Team

The Wall Street Journal has announced a few additions to WSJD — its home for all things technology. Each of the staffers are based outside of America. Details are below.

  • Amir Mizroch has been named tech editor for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Mizroch spent eight years at the Jerusalem Post, and most recently headed the online English edition of Israel Hayom, Israel’s most widely-circulated newspaper. Mizroch will be based in London.
  • Lisa Fleisher will also be based in London, and serve as a tech reporter. She most recently covered education for the Journal’s Greater New York section.
  • Sam Schechner has been named senior tech reporter for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Schechner most recently covered media for the Journal. He’ll be based in Paris.
  • Newley Purnell joins WSJD as a tech reporter for southeast Asia. Purnell was most recently a freelancer. He’ll be based in Singapore.

Emily Banks Leaves Mashable for WSJ

Emily Banks is leaving behind Mashable for The Wall Street Journal. Banks tweeted that she’ll be joining the Journal as lead news editor for mobile content.

Banks had been with Mashable since 2010. She most recently served as the site’s managing editor.

Banks joins the Journal in February.

WSJ Launches Blog in Honor of 125th Anniversary

The Wall Street Journal turns 125 next year, and to honor the birthday, the paper has launched a new blog.

The vertical, creatively titled Today in WSJ History, is fairly self-explanatory. It will be a place for the paper to document how it covered stories of the past, both big and small.

Pictured on the right is the Journal’s first front page, from July 8, 1889. That’s the same year that Vincent van Gogh painted “Starry Night.” Coincidence? We think not.

Walt Mossberg Names Newton MessagePad ‘Most Influential’ Tech Product [Updated]

mossbergIn his final column for The Wall Street Journal, Walt Mossberg has given us a gem. The man has reviewed a lot of personal tech products in his 22 years at the paper, so what better way to go out than to list the top 12 “most influential” ones? Mossberg gives the top spot to Apple’s Newton MessagePad, from way back in 1993 [See update below]:

This hand-held computer from Apple was a failure, even a joke, mainly because the company promised it could flawlessly recognize handwriting. It didn’t. But it had one feature that foreshadowed some of today’s most cutting-edge technology: An early form of artificial intelligence. You could scrawl ‘lunch with Linda Jones on Thursday’ and it would create a calendar entry for the right time with the right person.

Other products making Mossberg’s list include the iPod, Windows 95 (yes, seriously!), Google search and Twitter.

Below is Mossberg’s final sign off, which is — of course — all class.

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