Morning Media Newsfeed: 03.13.13
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Condé Nast Adds to Job of Longtime Vogue Editor (NYT)
Anna Wintour, who will mark her 25th anniversary as the editor of Vogue magazine this summer and who for the last year has been the subject of persistent rumors about a possible ambassadorship in the Obama administration, is taking on the additional role of artistic director of Condé Nast, the company plans to announce Wednesday. The Atlantic Wire It's hard not to view this promotion as a consolation prize for Wintour. Just a few months ago, the media was buzzing with rumors that Wintour was in line to be appointed the next United States ambassador to the United Kingdom or possibly France. NY Mag / The Cut So what exactly will Wintour's new position entail? She says she views the job as "almost like being a one-person consulting firm," which is something she does lots of already.
Keith Olbermann Settling $50 Million Current TV Lawsuit (THR / Hollywood, Esq.)
Keith Olbermann has resolved the $50 million legal dispute with Current TV over his firing from the network, a well-placed source tells The Hollywood Reporter. A settlement is said to have been reached during a private mediation session in San Francisco on Tuesday. Deadline Hollywood While specifics of the agreement are confidential, a source tells Deadline that Olbermann is set to receive a significant payout from Current. The former ESPN and MSNBC anchor's deal also means it won't impact the Al Gore co-founded Current's recent $500 million sale to Al Jazeera.
Vevo Starts 24-Hour Ad-Supported Music Television Network (Bloomberg)
Vevo LLC, a provider of music videos on YouTube, started a 24-hour music network that begins online and will expand to pay-TV later this year, seeking subscriber fees like those paid to MTV and VH1. The broadcast-style network became available Tuesday for U.S. and Canadian viewers through the New York-based company's website, mobile applications and video-game consoles, CEO Rio Caraeff said in an interview. paidContent Vevo has put a lot of work into apps for mobile and connected devices, which it built in-house with the help of a small team of San Francisco-based developers. Mobile was a big success for the company early on, and the launch of the Xbox app a year ago "turned out to be wildly successful," as Vevo's product and tech SVP Michael Cerda put it.
Are the Koch Brothers Trying to Buy the Los Angeles Times? (L.A. Weekly / The Informer)
Multiple sources tell L.A. Weekly that Charles and David Koch -- the infamous right-wing billionaire brothers -- are considering an offer on either the Tribune Co. newspaper group, which includes the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune and the Baltimore Sun or the entire Tribune Co., which includes more than 20 stations like WGN and KTLA Channel 5. FishbowlLA It gets better. A member of the LA Times editorial board told L.A. Weekly there's also the separate rumor that the Koch brothers are looking to finance a bid in partnership with U-T San Diego owner Doug Manchester. Suddenly, Rupert Murdoch swooping in doesn't seem like such a bad idea. BuzzFeed A spokesperson for Koch Industries Tuesday called speculation that the conservative billionaires would buy the Los Angeles Times "natural," but declined directly to confirm that talks are underway between the privately held company and the Tribune Co. newspaper group.
New York Times Redesigns Website (Politico / Dylan Byers on Media)
The New York Times has just announced that it will introduce a prototype version of its website, NYTimes.com, in advance of a major site redesign. Readers can preview the prototype and request full access. Times staff have full access to it from within the company's firewall. FishbowlNY To summarize: The new site will look a lot like the Times' Web app that debuted in October of last year.
Waywire Board Taps Into Teen Spirit (Financial Times)
Waywire, a social video start-up co-founded by Newark's social media-savvy mayor Cory Booker, has turned to the 14-year-old son of CNN's Jeff Zucker for advice on how to appeal to fickle teenage viewers. Andrew Zucker, whose father ran NBC Universal before his appointment as president of CNN Worldwide in November, has been appointed to Waywire's advisory board while the service remains in a preliminary "alpha" phase during a seed financing round, before a "beta" launch expected next month.
Condé Nast to Launch Glamour and GQ Video Networks (LA Times / Company Town)
Publisher Condé Nast is creating video networks based on its Glamour and GQ magazines. The move is part of a broader expansion the company is making into television and digital under Dawn Ostroff, a former high-ranking television executive who has overseen programming at Lifetime and the CW Network.
Best and Worst Sellers at the Newsstand (WWD / Memo Pad)
Vogue cover girl Taylor Swift sold 329,371 copies of the magazine, digital sales included, which was a little above the six-month average that ended in June 2012, but no match for Lady Gaga, the magazine's top seller last year, with about 602,000 copies. Or for that matter, Adele, the second-best seller with 410,343.
Sarah Palin Takes on the Commercialization of Christmas in New Book (THR)
Sarah Palin is taking on Christmas. HarperCollins announced Tuesday that it had acquired the former Republican vice-presidential nominee's new book, A Happy Holiday IS a Merry Christmas. Palin will explore the "over-commercialism" and "homogenization" of Christmas and argue for a reaffirmation of its religious importance.
'47 Percent' Videomaker on Why He Did It (Politico)
The man who made the "47 percent" video is speaking out for the first time, saying he released the secretly recorded tape so the public would know what Mitt Romney "really thought." MSNBC host Ed Schultz, who interviewed the man, teased a clip of the interview on Tuesday night and will air the full interview on Wednesday.
Pope in Translation: A New Tool to See What Non-English News Orgs are Writing About the Conclave (Nieman Journalism Lab)
Tuesday's big news was an inherently global story -- 115 cardinals from 67 different countries gathered in Rome to begin the process of choosing the next pope. With 1.2 billion Roman Catholics living in the world, interest in tracking their progress will be avid and widespread. Wouldn't it be great, one might wonder, if all of those interested individuals had access to the same news sources?
Turner's David Levy 'Embarrassed' TV Everywhere Still Has So Far To Go (Ad Age)
It's going on four years since Comcast and Time Warner proposed TV Everywhere, the initiative that calls for TV programming to be available on all kinds of devices -- so long as the viewer is a paying subscriber to a video distributor. But with 5 million zero-TV households nationally, according to Nielsen numbers, and the threat of Netflix and its ilk only growing, industry executives are now lamenting that the effort still hasn't taken hold with consumers.
Let Me Live Long, but Don't You Dare Call Me Old (NPR / Ombudsman)
Who are the "elderly"? Or let's get more personal. Who, when they get past the age of 60, wants to be called "elderly"? Dian Sparling, an actively working 71-year-old midwife, was horrified when a story about her carried a title online: "For Elderly Midwife, Delivering Babies Never Gets Old."
NBCU News Chief has Long To-do List (LA Times / Company Town)
Once the crown jewel of morning television and a cash cow for NBC News, Today enjoyed almost 20 years as the show that got America out of bed. That came to an end last April after viewers failed to embrace the pairing of Matt Lauer with Meredith Vieira's successor, Ann Curry. Tasked with getting Today back on track is Patricia Fili-Krushel, the new chairman of the NBCUniversal News Group, which includes not only NBC News but also cable channels MSNBC and CNBC. TVNewser Also on her list: making sure NBC News is digital-forward, and making sure that there is real, meaningful collaboration between the NBC, CNBC and MSNBC teams.
Zinczenko Triggers de Medeiros Exit at Men's Fitness (NY Post / Media Ink)
No sooner had David Zinczenko linked up with American Media Inc. as consulting editorial director than he quickly brought his former compadres from Rodale on board. At the same time, the current editor-in-chief of AMI-owned Men's Fitness, Michael de Medeiros, is packing his bags. The move by AMI CEO David Pecker leaves little doubt that Men's Fitness is trying to close the gap with Men's Health, the Rodale flagship that Zinczenko expanded during his nearly two decades at the company.