Morning Media Newsfeed 02.08.12
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Cable Networks Scale Back Coverage Of Tuesday Night's Primary, Caucus Results (TVNewser)
Voters in three states -- Colorado, Minnesota, and Missouri -- weighed in Tuesday on the 2012 GOP presidential nominee. In a departure from recent political coverage, cable networks scaled back for this round of voting -- a primary in Missouri, which is nonbinding in the first place, and caucuses in Colorado and Minnesota. AllFacebook: The remaining Republican presidential contenders are rallying Facebook supporters in four different states' races happening this week. HuffPost: Political junkies, political operatives, and political reporters consume most of this dross, and in this accelerated, 24/7 news cycle, a day feels like a week, with the afternoon's agreed-upon media narrative getting turned on its head by the evening's debate. Candidates rise, fall, and rise again, all choreographed to the rat-a-tat background noise of endless minutia. Gawker: How is CNN's Caucus Cam different from a regular camera? Well, for one, it's much more at-a-caucus than a regular camera. Also, it's much shittier. The footage is grainy and has a comically contrived Caucus Cam logo in the upper-left-hand corner that displays a flashing red light. It looks like what would happen if iCarly covered politics. The whole thing appears to be an attempt to cover up the fact that they are using a poor-quality broadband connection (as acknowledged in the screen's upper-right-hand corner) instead of a traditional TV signal.
U.S. Authorities Looking Into Murdoch Foreign Payments (Reuters)
U.S. authorities are stepping up investigations, including an FBI criminal inquiry, into possible violations by employees of Rupert Murdoch's media empire of a U.S. law banning corrupt payments to foreign officials such as police and law enforcement, sources said. WSJ: The editor of News Corp.'s Times of London has acknowledged that the newspaper misled a British High Court judge about a 2009 email hacking incident at the paper and has sent an apology to the judge. WSJ: News Corp.'s U.K. tabloid-newspaper unit has settled all but one of about 60 civil phone-hacking cases that victims filed before a court deadline in October.
ABC News Eyeing High-Level Executive Shifts (B&C)
ABC News currently has a plan in the works that would elevate Good Morning America senior executive producer James Goldston to a more wide-ranging role under president Ben Sherwood.
Greg Kelly 'Thankful' To Be Cleared Of Rape Accusation By D.A., Says He Will Return To Good Day Soon (Capital New York)
Fox 5 anchor Greg Kelly issued a statement through his publicist Tuesday night following news reports that the Manhattan D.A. will not charge him with rape. "I am thankful that the investigation established what I've known all along, that I am innocent of the allegations that were waged against me," he said. "I am so blessed to have a wonderful family and friends whose support for me never wavered." NY Daily News: Manhattan prosecutors cleared the police commissioner's son of rape Tuesday in a case that gripped the city and threatened his career as host of Fox 5's Good Day New York. FishbowlNY: Kelly's attorney, Andrew Lankler, met with Martha Bashford, the chief sex-crimes prosecutor for Manhattan D.A. Cyrus Vance Jr. The allegations against Kelly, it was determined, did not meet the grounds for criminal prosecution.
Bill O'Reilly Battles With Panel Over Same Sex Marriage Court Ruling (Mediaite)
Fox News' Bill O'Reilly lashed out against the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals decision to overturn California's Proposition 8. "California voters, basically just two judges said, 'You know what? We don't really care about you!'" O'Reilly exclaimed. "What you want really doesn't matter because we say this is unconstitutional to deny gays the right to marry." AllFacebook: Status updates about same-sex marriage in California have been going up about once every 10 seconds on Facebook. Business Insider / The Wire: Olivia Wilde, Seth MacFarlane, and Judd Apatow were among the Hollywood celebrities to tweet their reactions to Tuesday's court decision finding California's same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional.
Yahoo! Board Shakeup: Chairman And Three Others Step Down, Webb And Amoroso Step Up (TechCrunch)
Yahoo! has its new CEO, Scott Thompson, and founder Jerry Yang stepped down from the company and the board a few weeks ago. But all along, people have been asking: When is the rest of the Yahoo! board going to resign? Well, that day was Tuesday for four more directors, including chairman Roy Bostock. LA Times: Its beleaguered chairman and three other directors will leave in the latest in a series of attempts to appease investors riled up over Yahoo!'s inability to turn around its flagging fortunes. AdAge / Digital: In a letter to shareholders Tuesday, Bostock said he and three other Yahoo! board members -- Vyomesh Joshi, Arthur Kern, and Gary Wilson -- will not seek re-election at the company's next shareholders' meeting. AllThingsD: Yahoo!'s two new directors are former Rovi CEO Fred Amoroso and LiveOps chairman (and former CEO) Maynard Webb, who was once chief operating officer of eBay. AllThingsD: Bostock did not say in the missive who will be Yahoo! chairman in his place. Intuit CEO Brad Smith has a full-time job, and newly installed Weather Channel CEO David Kenny does, too. Among the current directors, that would leave Sue James, Patti Hart, and newly installed Yahoo! CEO Thompson -- or one of Yahoo!'s new board members. Business Insider / Silicon Alley Insider: In September, the Yahoo! board fired CEO Carol Bartz. Then it spent about 100 days trying to find a fancy, impressive replacement. It couldn't, because no fancy, impressive executive wanted to work for that Yahoo! board. So the board ended up hiring a no-name, former PayPal president Thompson. And now, a month or so later, much of the Yahoo! board is resigning. Why didn't they do that earlier, and get a big-time leader?
Amazon.com is about to announce a Web video deal with Viacom in what sources said was one of the last steps in a plan to launch a stand-alone subscription service to compete with Netflix.
Cable News Now Top Source For Americans Searching For Political News (TVNewser)
Fewer Americans are closely following news about the presidential campaign than four years ago, Pew Research Center has found. But of those who are, most are getting their information from cable news. Multichannel News: Cable news has overtaken local TV news as the top source for campaign news -- by virtue of not declining. Yahoo! News / The Cutline: A surprisingly scant percentage of the public (2 percent) say they regularly learn about the campaign from Twitter.
Super Bowl XLVI Most Streamed Game Ever (B&C)
NBC Sports is reporting that the first-ever live stream of the Super Bowl was also the most-watched single-game sports event ever, with 2,105,441 users, according to data provided by Omniture and mDialog. NY Post: But many of the 2.1 million watching on their PCs, Macs, and tablets complained that the broadcast didn't measure up to their expectations. It lagged behind the TV video, the halftime show was not included, and many of the overhyped commercials were not included in the streamcast, critics cried. paidContent: NBC also said that 78.6 million total minutes of game coverage were streamed, and that 1.83 million game clips and Super Bowl ads were viewed digitally. CBS' coverage of the NCAA's "March Madness" men's basketball tournament actually recorded more than 3 million digital viewers for individual day-of coverage last spring. But no single game came close to the 2.1 million mark. Politico / Dylan Byers: Clint Eastwood and Chrysler have sworn up and down that their Super Bowl ad likening Detroit's revival to the country's economic comeback is not political, regardless of what Karl Rove and his fellow Republicans say. THR: Two members of the creative team that produced the two-minute spot for ad agency Wieden+Kennedy donated their personal time in 2008 to make pro-Obama art. AdAge / Adages: Rove is offended -- offended! -- about the Chrysler ad featuring Eastwood. Something to do with big corporations supporting President Barack Obama. Or Barack Obama supporting big corporations. I don't know. He reports. You decide. Although it strikes me as odd that he didn't mention which president was the first to loan a huge chunk of government money to Chrysler.
Driven by record high carriage fees for its ESPN cable channel and robust holiday attendance at its theme parks, Disney Tuesday reported a 1 percent gain in first fiscal quarter profits to $10.8 billion and an 11 percent year-to-year increase in income to $2.4 billion. WSJ: Net income for the three months ending Dec. 31 rose 12 percent to $1.46 billion, or 80 cents per share, from $1.3 billion (68 cents) a year earlier. Revenue edged up 0.6 percent to $10.78 billion. NY Post: Fresh off inking a landmark 10-year carriage deal with Comcast, Disney is getting ready to hit up other pay TV providers for more cash as content owners and distributors continue to spar over rising programming costs.
Judge Urges Dick Clark Productions And HFPA To Settle Globes Fight (LA Times / Company Town)
As the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and Dick Clark Productions wrapped up their respective arguments in the legal battle over who controls the television rights to the Golden Globes awards show, the judge in the case implored both sides to settle the case before he makes his decision.
Magazine Newsstand Sales Suffered Sharp Falloff In Second Half Of 2011 (NYT / Media Decoder)
Not even Kim Kardashian's 72-day now-you-see-it-now-you-don't marriage to Kris Humphries was enough to reverse the slumping sales of celebrity magazines in the second half of 2011. NY Post / Media Ink: If the economy is on the mend, someone forgot to tell the nation's magazine lovers. Of the top 25 glossy magazines in the country, all but four posted newsstand sale declines in the second half of 2011, according to the latest figures released Tuesday by the Audit Bureau of Circulations. Folio: ABC's second-half-2011 FAS FAX reports that total paid circulation stayed basically flat from second-half 2010 to second-half 2011, down about 1 percent from 305.5 million to 302.45 million. Subscription numbers fared slightly better, up less than 1 percent from second-half 2010's 260.59 million to second-half 2011's 262.47 million total paid subs. WWD / Memo Pad: Sarah Jessica Parker, Jennifer Aniston, and Heidi Klum were big sellers for fashion magazines during the second half of last year, but apparently not big enough to stop a slide at the newsstand. Capital New York: During a six-month period in which the magazine industry continued to see decreases in subscriptions and newsstand sales, New York's hometown glossies still eked out small circulation gains. Adweek: Since Oprah's namesake show went off the air last September, her magazine's newsstand sales have also faded from sight.
The Washington Post social reader application for Facebook has gone multiplatform, as the newspaper announced the release of apps for the iPhone, iPod Touch, Android devices, and the Kindle Fire.
Sky News Clamps Down On Twitter Use (Guardian)
Sky News has told its journalists not to repost information from any Twitter users who are not employees of the broadcaster. GigaOM: Even as some news outlets like The Associated Press hire social media editors to try and figure out how to make use of tools like Twitter for journalistic purposes, others seem to be intent on locking these tools down and removing as much of the social aspects from them as possible.
Possible Second Bidder For Philadelphia Newspapers, And Some Intrigue, Surfaces (CBS Philly)
A group of Philadelphia-area businessman may become the second local bidder for The Philadelphia Inquirer and the Philadelphia Daily News. Poynter / MediaWire: A Philadelphia Daily News reporter's blog post about a potential buyer for his paper was removed from the company's news site Tuesday because it was misleading, according to the spokesman who requested that it be taken down.