Morning Media Newsfeed 04.17.13
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Time Warner Cable to Offer Live Mobile TV for Apple Devices (Bloomberg)
Time Warner Cable Inc., the second-largest U.S. cable operator, is adding live out-of-home programming for the first time to its TWC TV application, letting customers watch shows on Apple mobile devices. Time Warner Cable will make as many as 11 live national news, sports and entertainment channels available outside the home starting at 10 a.m. ET Wednesday, according to Maureen Huff, a company spokeswoman. LA Times / Company Town The agreement is unique because it will allow Time Warner Cable subscribers to view content even if they are not in an area serviced by the cable company. For example, if a family in Los Angeles goes to Washington, D.C., they can still use Time Warner Cable for video-on-demand content. Variety "We were the first provider to bring live television to the iPad in the home," Mike Angus, senior vice president and general manager of video for Time Warner Cable, said in a statement. "The release of this TWC TV update is the next natural step towards our goal of giving customers even more of the content they love on every screen."
Pat Summerall: Legendary Sportscaster 'Set Standard'
(Dallas Morning News / SportsDayDFW)
Pat Summerall died Tuesday. He was 82. That's how Summerall, almost a decade ago, said he would craft the first sentences of his obituary -- short and to the point. The legendary sports broadcaster died in his hospital room at Zale Lipshy University Hospital, where he was recovering from surgery for a broken hip, a family friend said. NYT Summerall spent more than 40 years in broadcasting with CBS and Fox. Although best remembered for his football work, he was also the voice of the Masters golf tournament and the US Open tennis tournament. Deadspin But it was in 1981, when he was paired with former Raiders coach John Madden, that Summerall became the restrained, authoritative voice of football that would be his lasting image. Summerall and Madden would work together, first at CBS and later with Fox, until 2002. He called 16 Super Bowls, more than any announcer in history. B&C "Pat was my broadcasting partner for a long time, but more than that he was my friend for all of these years," said John Madden in a statement. "We never had one argument, and that was because of Pat."
Fox News Parent Company to Be Called 21st Century Fox (TVNewser)
Fox News and Fox Business will soon be part of a new company called 21st Century Fox, company chairman Rupert Murdoch announced Tuesday. 21st Century Fox will be the new name of the media and entertainment company created by the split of News Corp.: one company that is primarily a publisher, the other made up of TV and film entities. LA Times / Company Town The newly-named 21st Century Fox will include the 20th Century Fox film studio, 20th Century Fox Television studio, Fox Broadcasting network, Fox News Channel, FX, Fox Sports, National Geographic channels and interests in foreign TV broadcasting companies, including British Sky Broadcasting. NYT In a note to staff members on Tuesday, Murdoch said the name "draws upon the creative heritage of 20th Century Fox, while also speaking to the innovation and dynamism that must define each of our businesses through the 21st century."
New York Post: 12 Still Dead in Bombings That Killed At Least 3 (The Washington Post / Erik Wemple)
The New York Post Monday proved its editorial independence. While nearly the entire media was reporting a death toll of two from the Boston bombings, the New York Post went with 12. Since then, authorities have moved the toll to at least three dead. The New York Post, faced with the official count, has found ways to stick with its count of 12. New Republic Immediately after a pair of explosions wracked the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Monday, those who turned to the city's two major newsrooms for facts would have found that both the Boston Globe and the Boston Herald's websites were down. Cellphones, which are supposed to provide calm and contact in exactly such an emergency, were failing bystanders, too, with overloaded towers making calls and text nearly impossible to transmit. BreakingNews.com / Inside Breaking News How we balance speed with rumor control: With any big story these days, social networks are both an asset and liability. Matt Roller summed it up this way, tweeting this soon after the Boston explosions: "Twitter does its best work in the first five minutes after a disaster, and its worst in the twelve hours after that."
Fox Pulls Family Guy Episode Depicting Marathon Carnage (The Wrap)
Even for Family Guy, it seems, there's such a thing as too inappropriate. Fox has pulled a recently aired episode of the animated comedy from Hulu and Fox.com that depicted Peter Griffin plowing his car through a crowd of runners in the Boston marathon. NY Daily News Shortly after Monday's bomb attacks near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, a doctored, re-edited clip of a previously aired Family Guy episode titled "Turban Cowboy" appeared online. Viewed 140,000 times on YouTube as of Tuesday evening, the segment, which was re-edited and posted to the Internet by someone not affiliated with the show, juxtaposes an interview between Bob Costas and Peter Griffin following the character's unlikely victory in the Boston Marathon. Gawker Alex Jones, never one to bother with facts that get in the way of his conspiratorial ravings, presented the doctored clip to his readers as proof that the media knew in advance about the government's plans to bomb the Boston Marathon in order to generate a convenient excuse "to take our civil liberties and promote homeland security."
The Tiny News Startup That Crashed The Pulitzer Prizes (Forbes / Mixed Media)
On the 12th floor of a none-too-modern office building in downtown Brooklyn are the offices of the law firm Kornblau & Kornblau. Tucked away deep in this warren of dim rooms is the brain center of InsideClimate News, the newest member of the elite fraternity of Pulitzer Prize winners. NYT When three reporters for InsideClimate News found out they won the Pulitzer Prize for national reporting on Monday, none were in the same city -- Elizabeth McGowan was in Washington, Lisa Song was in Boston and David Hasemyer was in New York.
Digital Advertising Reaches A Record $36.6 Billion in 2012 (LA Times / Company Town)
Digital advertising revenues reached a record $36.6 billion in 2012, propelled in part by triple-digit growth in mobile advertising and strong gains in video, according to newly released statistics from the Interactive Advertising Bureau. WSJ / Digits From The Washington Post to The Atlantic to Forbes, the list of publications turning to so-called "native advertising" or "branded content" -- online advertorials that mimic the form of editorial content -- seems to grow by the day. But a report from the Interactive Advertising Bureau suggests that not everyone is going native.
Self Magazine Teams Up With Deal Site Hukkster (WWD / Memo Pad)
Lucy Danziger, the editor-in-chief of Self, has a lot in common with the Winklevii, Tyler and Cameron, the start-up investors and famous Facebook litigants. Harvard, rowing, summers in the Hamptons -- Bellport for her, Quogue for them -- they are breathing avatars of WASP culture. But somehow they hadn't crossed paths at the annual meetings. They only met last year, introduced by a mutual friend, the entrepreneur Mitch Thrower. Naturally, Danziger and the brothers Winklevoss hit it off.
Twitter Won't Challenge Hulu in Internet TV (Variety)
Hoping to turn tweeters into viewers, Twitter appears to be gearing up to take on Hulu as a destination for premium TV video content: The social site is in advanced talks with Viacom and NBCUniversal to license content, Bloomberg reported. However, a source familiar with the discussions said the content from NBCU and Viacom would be short clips -- not full-length episodes, a la Hulu.
One in Four Teens Uses A Cellphone to Get Online (Adweek)
Teens have been the most voracious online users for years. What's changed in the past year is that they're increasingly accessing the Internet on the go (thank Apple for that). A Pew Research Center study, "Teens and Technology 2013," found that while cellphone ownership has held steady, 37 percent of kids 12-17 owned a smartphone in 2012, up from 23 percent the year before.
Study Finds Newspaper Readers Are Engaged, But Local Papers Need to Do More on Mobile (paidContent)
A new survey from the Newspaper Association of America and Nielsen finds that newspaper readers are highly engaged. But they have to do more on mobile, particularly as ad revenue plunges.
NYT Still Not Ready to Fully Use 'Torture' (HuffPost)
The New York Times has yet to drop its hesitation about using the word "torture," judging by a high-profile article on Tuesday. Scott Shane used "brutality," "coercive interrogation methods" and "the torture question," among other phrases, instead of flatly labeling US interrogation techniques as torture.
Philadelphia Inquirer And The Daily News Launch Pay Sites (Poynter / MediaWire)
Philadelphia's newspapers launched subscription sites Monday: Inquirer.com and PhillyDailyNews.com. Philly.com, which will continue to feature content from both papers, will remain free.
Theater Owners Call for Fewer R-Rated Movies (NYT)
One explanation for declining movie attendance this year is the absence of family-friendly fare.
What It's Really Like to Be A Hollywood Assistant (BuzzFeed)
I asked assistants currently working in the entertainment industry to share their stories. Here's what they had to say about working in the Hollywood trenches.