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Morning Media Newsfeed: Aereo Plans Survival | Dish Makes Anti-Merger Case to FCC

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Aereo Signals Path to Survival if Classified as Cable System (WSJ)
Aereo Inc., the online video company that was widely expected to go out of business after losing a high-stakes Supreme Court case in June, signaled Wednesday that it sees a path to survival if it is classified in legal terms as a cable system. Mashable Aereo lost its case before the U.S. Supreme Court because a majority of the justices said its resemblance to a cable company meant it had violated copyright laws. Re/code The video streaming company told a U.S. district court in New York Wednesday it now thinks it’s entitled to be licensed as a cable system because of the Supreme Court’s decision. That would allow the company to stay alive although it would have to pay licensing fees in addition to costs to restart its stalled business. Aereo allowed consumers to watch local TV channels over the Internet for a monthly fee of up to $12 until shutting down its service a few weeks ago after the Supreme Court sided with broadcasters. Capital New York The broadcasters responded with their own argument, calling Aereo’s decision “astonishing.” “Whatever Aereo may say about its rationale for raising it now, it is astonishing for Aereo to contend the Supreme Court’s decision automatically transformed Aereo into a ‘cable system’ under Section 111 given its prior statements to this Court and the Supreme Court,” lawyers for the broadcasters wrote. Deadline Hollywood At issue is whether the District Court will lift a stay that allowed Aereo to remain in business while the case made its way to the Supreme Court. Broadcasters want it lifted so they can collect damages from Aereo’s infringement of their copyrights — a two-year period during which they say they “suffered irreparable harm.” Aereo faces additional hurdles even if the District Court agrees with its view. The FCC also might have to agree to define Aereo as a cable operator for it to qualify for the compulsory license — and it would have to be granted by the U.S. Copyright Office.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Sawyer Steps Down | Broadcasters Beat Aereo

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Diane Sawyer Leaving ABC World News, David Muir Takes Over as Anchor And Managing Editor (TVNewser)
ABC’s Diane Sawyer is stepping down from anchoring World News and will focus on primetime specials, big interviews, and enterprise reporting for the network. David Muir, who has been sole anchor of the World News weekend editions since 2011, will take over as anchor and managing editor of the flagship broadcast on Sept. 2. FishbowlDC In his new role, Muir will no longer anchor World News on Saturdays and Sundays but will remain co-anchor of 20/20 with Elizabeth Vargas. In addition to the new roles for Sawyer and Muir, George Stephanopoulos, anchor of Good Morning America and This Week, has been promoted to chief anchor of ABC News. TVNewser Sawyer has been anchor since 2009. She came in following the retirement of Charles Gibson who, in 2006, succeeded the anchor team of Bob Woodruff and Elizabeth Vargas. Capital New York Late last year there were reports that Sawyer did not want Stephanopoulos to replace her as World News anchor, even though he was believed to have a clause in his contract assuring him the role should she step down. Stephanopoulos signed a new deal with ABC News earlier this year. Muir has long been rumored to be the favorite inside ABC to follow Sawyer. Deadline Hollywood World News won the May sweep in adults 25-54, the evening broadcast’s first sweeps victory in more than six years. Season to date, World News is up versus the same point last year in both total viewers and adults 25-54, delivering its most-watched season in five years and best news demo number in three years.

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USA Today Remains a Respectable News Organization

Remember about an hour ago, when we posted about how Americans’ confidence in the news media is at an all-time low? Well, yeah.

MoMA’s First Curated App Belongs to Björk

ShutterstockBjorkAcademyAwardsUSA Today Nashville correspondent Brian Mansfield got the jump on some exciting cultural news. The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) is planning a full-scale retrospective of Icelandic disruptor Björk for March 7-June 7, 2015.

And that’s not all:

In conjunction with the exhibition, Björk and her One Little Indian record label are giving her Biophilia App, created for the 2011 release of her album of the same name, to MoMA. It will be the first app in the museum’s digital collection.

We can already sense fashion bloggers salivating over the prospect of a this-time-next-year launch party appearance by the semi-silent “J” one. Should be a great exhibit.

[Photo of Björk at 2000 Academy Awards: Everett Collection/Shutterstock.com]

Morning Media Newsfeed: BBC News to Cut 500 | Networks Book Clinton

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BBC News Division to Cut 500 Jobs (Forbes)
BBC News is preparing to announce 500 more job losses, as part of its ongoing cost-cutting program, and that industrial action could well follow. The Guardian Up to 600 job losses are expected to be confirmed in BBC News, with around 80 posts going in BBC Radio, with full details of the cuts expected to be announced next month. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media The cuts, which will be phased in over a two-year period, will reduce BBC’s staff of 8,000 by roughly 6 percent. The Telegraph It currently employs around 5,400 journalists, all of whom are expected to be assessed under an appraisal system throughout this year. James Harding, director of news and current affairs, has already warned staff the BBC is only half way through its cost-cutting drive, with 14 percent of its budget having to be reduced by 2017. HuffPost In February 2013, BBC journalists went on strike to protest job cuts, which, at the time, were rumored to be around 2,000 lost positions in years ahead. Just last month, the BBC offered a 1 percent pay increase to employees earning less than £50,000 — or around $68,000. The small pay raise was blasted by trade unions, calling it “completely unacceptable” and blaming the company’s poor leadership for the cost cuts. BBC employees have reacted similarly to the stirring rumors of the layoffs ahead.

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USA Today Adds Digital Etiquette Columnist

BrucePetrowPicIt’s nice to see an advice columnist entering the pages of a daily newspaper full of life, rather than hearing about another such Dear-Blank journalist exiting, full of fatigue.

Steven Petrow officially introduced himself to USA Today readers yesterday. His column “Your Digital Life” will appear online Mondays and Fridays, with one or the other of these also being reprinted in the paper’s USA Weekend section:

I’m here to help. For more than a decade I’ve penned manners columns for the Washington Post, the New York Times and other magazines and websites. I’ve also written five etiquette books and am now working on my sixth, Mind Your Digital Manners: Life In An Age Without Rules

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Morning Media Newsfeed: CNN Slashes Jobs | Networks Cover Benghazi Emails | Viacom Profit Up

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50 Positions Cut Across CNN (TVNewser)
CNN has eliminated at least 50 positions across several divisions. Employees in New York, Washington, D.C. and Atlanta at CNN Digital, CNN Money, Newsgathering and the CNN Library were told their positions are changing. Thursday’s cuts follow the elimination of 16 positions last month from the image and sound unit in Atlanta. A CNN insider said the changes are related to the integration of television and digital newsgathering. Capital New York There is not expected to be any reduction in employee headcount. While some positions are being eliminated, the same number of new jobs will be created, albeit with different descriptions or responsibilities. CNN is encouraging affected employees to apply for the new jobs, which are expected to start posting as early as this week. TheWrap CNN president Jeff Zucker met with newsroom reporters on Thursday to tell them the bad news. The cuts mainly affect news producers and managers, some of whom will be invited to reapply for new or “updated” positions at lower salaries. The insider said Zucker’s plan is to reduce packaged news stories to three or four per day and described the reaction in the newsroom as “shell-shocked.” Variety Under Zucker, the news network has been placing more emphasis on live coverage of breaking events as well as documentaries, leaving less room for the creation of pre-taped video packages that had been more of a staple on the network. THR / The Live Feed With the Time Inc. spinoff from Time Warner set for later this year, the CNN Money website is planning on separating Fortune magazine into a standalone entity on June 1. Fortune and Money magazines are currently housed on the CNN Money site.

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USA Today Highlights a Kinder, Gentler Chick-fil-A

ChickfilaLogoFantastic lede and equally fantastic rest-of-story from USA Today marketing reporter Bruce Horovitz. His feature article begins as follows:

ATLANTA — Chick-fil-A is finally crossing the road.

As the company prepares to expand to New York, Chicago and beyond, Horovitz got an exclusive look in Atlanta at the company’s new test kitchen and chatted with CEO Dan Cathy, whose controversial 2012 comments about gay marriage sparked nationwide protests.

Can a company admit its mistake(s), change with the times and be forgiven? We think so. “All of us become more wise as time goes by,” Cathy told the reporter. “We sincerely care about all people.”

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Ivy League Clean Sweeper Says Yale Has the Edge

It started Monday with a Newsday report by Zachary Dowdy. Since then, the incredible scholastic achievement of 17-year-old Long Island high school senior Kwasi Enin – being accepted into all eight Ivy League schools – has been picked up by CNN, USA Today, Good Morning America and many other outlets.

Here’s how the New York Daily News leads things off:

He has a straight-A average. He scored in the 99th percentile on his SAT. And he’s a shot putter, viola player and a cappella singer.

Meet Kwasi Enin, the boy genius from Long Island who’s been accepted into all eight Ivy League schools. His extraordinary achievement was the talk of the education world Tuesday, but the 17-year-old aspiring doctor took all the attention in stride.

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Henry Blodget Corrects Michael Wolff

Consider this a very enlightening episode of new media vs. old(er) media.

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Following the publication of Michael Wolff‘s latest op-ed in USA Today, Henry Blodget tried to get the paper to correct several factual errors. He writes that Wolff/USA Today did not contact Business Insider prior to the publication of the piece, but that’s pretty common when the template is op-ed rather than investigative feature journalism.

Faced with a lack of USA Today correction cooperation, Blodget went ahead and noted the Wolff article mistakes at his end. Our favorite correction:

USA Today says that we recently tried to sell our company for $100 million. This is wrong. We were lucky enough to be approached by a company that was kind enough to express interest in buying us and ask what we might be willing to sell for. As nutty as it may sound, this number was significantly higher than $100 million.

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