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Brian Williams Signs New Deal With NBC (TVNewser)
NBC’s Brian Williams, who just celebrated 10 years as anchor of NBC Nightly News, has signed a new long-term deal with the network. THR Saying that he has “renewed his commitment” to the network’s news division, NBC News president Deborah Turness said in a staff memo that he will continue to serve as anchor and managing editor of the nightly broadcast “for years to come.” LA Times Though Williams will acknowledge only that it’s a long-term deal, insiders at the network say it will keep him at the helm of NBC Nightly News for at least five more years. He didn’t disclose his financial compensation, but it’s said to be more than $10 million a year. CNNMoney He is presently the longest-serving nightly news anchor, competing every weeknight against David Muir, who just took over ABC’s World News three months ago, and Scott Pelley, who became the anchor of the CBS Evening News three years ago. NYT The news ratings have been more competitive over the last year. This past summer, ABC’s newscast edged ahead of NBC for a number of weeks among the viewers most sought by news advertisers, those from the ages of 25 to 54. Williams continues to win virtually every week among total viewers, averaging more than 9 million a night, the program’s best total in almost a decade. In recent weeks he has also moved ahead again among the 25-54 group.

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The Week Closes Comments Section

The Week is shutting down the comments section on its website. Ben Frumin, editor-in-chief of TheWeek.com, explains that when it comes to comments on articles, essentially, a few bad apples often spoil the bunch.

“Too often, the comments sections of news sites are hijacked by a small group of pseudonymous commenters who replace smart, thoughtful dialogue with vitriolic personal insults and rote exchanges of partisan acrimony,” states Frumin.

Even if you don’t find that to be true (it is), it’s hard to argue with Frumin’s second point — that the best place to debate pieces is via social media, not comment sections:

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Gift Subscriptions Boost The Week

The Week’s best salesmen just might be its subscribers. According to The New York Times, the news roundup magazine is getting quite a boost from current subscribers who send someone a subscription as a gift.

This year alone, 110,000 subscribers to The Week purchased 165,000 subscriptions. Over the past five years, gift subscriptions have jumped 35 percent, even with The Week increasing its subscription price by 30 percent. A subscription to the title runs anywhere from $40 to $60.

Sara O’Connor, The Week’s executive VP for consumer marketing, told the Times that part of its strategy is to “make our subscribers our advocates.”

It sure sounds like they’ve got that covered. Maybe this year you’ll get a subscription to The Week instead of holiday-themed hand towels. Again.

BuzzFeed, The Week Make Changes to Business Teams

BuzzFeed and The Week have made some changes to their business teams. Details below.

    • BuzzFeed has named Tom Gara business editor. Gara was previously the site’s deputy business editor. He came to BuzzFeed from The Wall Street Journal. Jim Romenesko reports that Gara is succeeding Peter Lauria, who is leaving BuzzFeed.
    • Jeff Spross has joined The Week as a business and economics columnist for TheWeek.com. He previously worked as a reporter forThinkProgress.

The Two-Pronged Approach Responsible for The Week’s Record Traffic

StevenKotkoHeadshotThe Web stats are all going in the right direction.

In May, per comScore, theweek.com registered 7.7 million unique visitors across all platforms. The Google Analytics numbers were even higher (ten million uniques). Meanwhile, for the first half of 2014, The Week will be reporting at the end of the month to the Alliance for Audited Media (AAM) its highest-ever circulation total. Those stats will be publicly released August 7.

So how did they do it? “It’s really two-fold,” explains The Week and Mental Floss CEO Steven Kotok (pictured) during a recent phone conversation with FishbowlNY. “We’ve completely remade the content of the site in the last six to nine months, and there were two prongs to that.”

“On the one prong, we just went on a hiring spree and really wanted to hire the best, young opinion writers in the country,” he adds. “People we love to read and also, people with more ability on social media. Most of these people were brought on full-time; a couple have permanent freelance arrangements.”

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Steven Kotok Shares Some Felix Dennis Memories

Steven Kotok, a long-serving employee at Felix Dennis‘ various media enterprises and current CEO of The Week and Mental Floss, was among those who shared fond reminiscences for a recent theweek.com tribute following the colorful magnate’s passing. Speaking today via telephone with FishbowlNY, Kotok was kind enough to add a few more.

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“My first memory of Felix is back before Maxim was launched,” Kotok recalls. “It was a 12-person company in 1997 and this guy wandered up holding the plastic part of a six-pack of beer, that had three or four beers left in it. And some Doritos.”

“I was working away in the office at 7 p.m. or something, and he offered me a beer and Doritos. That was the first time I met him,” he adds. “He was a person who just, absolutely, did not want to stand on ceremony or pretense. I think if he had been an assistant, he would have behaved the exact same way. He didn’t know how to be any other way.”

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RIP: Felix Dennis

DennisPublishingLogoIn the U.S., Dennis Publishing’s footprint had been reduced to The Week and Mental Floss. But it is of course for the vertiginous rise of Maxim magazine that the company’s flamboyant chief executive chairman Felix Dennis will be most remembered here.

With news that Dennis passed away over the weekend at age 67 after a long battle with throat cancer, the fond reminiscences are starting to be shared. From a piece by The Guardian‘s David Hepworth:

Although Felix loved the company of journalists and photographers, he never made the mistake of getting hung up on editorial. When Maxim was at its height in the United States, I sat with him while he went through a new issue, purring over every page of advertising, pulling out a gatefold and cackling, “You know how much they paid for that?”

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The Week Adds National Correspondent

The Week has named Ryan Cooper national correspondent. Cooper was most recently a web editor and contributor for The Washington Monthly.

Cooper’s writing has also appeared in The Washington Post and The New Republic. He previously served as a Peace Corps volunteer in South Africa from 2009-2011.

Cooper begins at The Week February 18.

The Week Hires Former Patch Chief Content Officer

The Week Inc., parent of The Week and Mental Floss, has hired Rachel Fishman Feddersen as its new general manager of digital. Fishman Feddersen comes to the company from AOL’s Patch, where she served as chief content officer.

Fishman Feddersen had been with AOL for just a little over a year. Prior to that she worked with Bonnier Corp.’s Parenting Group as editorial director, digital content, strategy and design.

According to The Week, Fishman Feddersen will be tasked with overseeing The Week’s website redesign, as well as increasing MentalFloss.com’s traffic.

The Week Adds Senior Correspondent

The Week has added Michael Dougherty as a senior correspondent. Dougherty was previously The American Conservative’s national correspondent. He also served as Business Insider’s politics editor.

Dougherty has written for The New York Times Magazine, ESPN The Magazine, The Awl, The Daily Beast, Slate and more.

Dougherty’s appointment is effective January 20.

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