Media News

Monday, Apr 30

Morning Media Newsfeed 04.30.12

arrow_hp.jpgClick here to receive's Morning Media Newsfeed via email.


White House Correspondents' Dinner: Where Hollywood, Capitol Hill Shine (Washington Post)
Hollywood and Washington went on a romantic date Saturday night in the basement ballroom of the Washington Hilton, where more than 2,000 politicians, celebrities, journalists and hangers-on dined on crabmeat terrine and chocolate truffles and belly-laughed at remarks delivered by President Obama and late-night host Jimmy Kimmel during the annual White House Correspondents' Association dinner. HuffPost President Obama unleashed a string of zingers about the media during his speech at the annual White House Correspondents' Dinner. He also paid tribute to journalists Anthony Shadid and Marie Colvin, who both died while reporting in Syria this year. Reuters President Obama poked fun at his likely presidential rival Mitt Romney and Republican opponents in Congress on Saturday night, including a dig at Romney's treatment of a pet dog, at the annual White House Correspondents' Association dinner. Washington Post / The Reliable Source President Obama's White House Correspondents' Dinner shtick was pretty well-received this year. The New Yorker One of the mysteries about Obama is why he can carry off an evening like the White House Correspondents' Dinner with such aplomb -- flashing that high-wattage smile, cracking jokes about himself and others with perfect timing -- but does it so rarely. FishbowlDC By now, President Obama has enough roasts under his belt to deliver a smooth comedy routine most every time. So, we all knew he would nail it. The real pressure was on the outsider, Jimmy Kimmel. FishbowlLA In case you were out, here's Jimmy Kimmel's monologue from the 2012 White House Correspondents' Dinner. Politico / Click The 18 funniest jokes by Jimmy Kimmel at the White House Correspondents' Dinner. TVNewser Friday night at the St. Regis, Time and People threw a cocktail party with drop-ins from a bunch of boldface TV newsers all enjoying custom-flavored custards by Shake Shack. TVNewser ABC News and Yahoo! were among the media entities hosting cocktail parties Saturday night ahead of the White House Correspondents' Association dinner at the Washington Hilton. FishbowlDC The weather finally cleared up just in time Sunday to finish the White House Correspondents' Dinner weekend at the Hay Adams hotel with Thomson Reuters/McLaughlin's annual brunch. Politico / Click Another White House Correspondents' Dinner has come and gone. Here are memorable highlights from Washington's big 2012 weekend this year. Yahoo! News / The Cutline Generally speaking, there are two kinds of people in this world: those who get invited to the White House Correspondents' Association dinner -- the annual gathering of celebrities, politicians and media in Washington -- and those who do not. Those who get invited to so-called "nerd prom" get drunk, get starstruck, and get on Twitter to post photos of George Clooney -- without noticing New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie in the same frame. The people who do not get drunk, get mad and get on Twitter to rip the people who do. Happens every year. HuffPost Here are some pictures from the celebrations.

FCC To TV Stations: Put Political-Ad Information Online ( / Hollywood, D.C.)
The Federal Communications Commission on Friday voted to phase in requirements that local TV stations put information about political advertising online. Under the rules, TV stations affiliated with the four top TV networks in the nation's 50 largest markets will be required to file political information online first. All other TV stations will be exempt from the new requirements until July 1, 2014, to give the FCC the opportunity to see how the changes work. Washington Post The panel approved the measure two to one, with the Democratic commissioners in favor and the lone Republican opposed. ProPublica The FCC rejected an industry push to water down the measure. But the adopted rule also has serious limits. For example, the data will not be searchable or uploaded in a common format.

Barnes & Noble Spins Off Nook, With Help From Microsoft (AllThingsD)
Barnes & Noble is breaking itself apart, by spinning off its fast-growing digital unit from its slow-growth bookstore business. And it's doing so with help from Microsoft. WSJ Microsoft Corp. is making a $300 million investment in Barnes & Noble Inc.'s Nook digital-book business and college-texts unit in a move that helps value the prized Nook business, the companies said. Microsoft will have a 17.6 percent stake in a new subsidiary for the businesses in a transaction that values them at $1.7 billion. CNET As part of this deal, Barnes & Noble will bundle its Nook digital bookstore with Windows 8 when it launches later this year. In addition, the companies have settled all of their patent litigation related to use of the Android platform on the Nook tablet, and have formed a "royalty-bearing license under Microsoft's patents for its Nook e-reader and tablet products."

Ryan Seacrest Joins Today, Expands NBC Duties In New Deal (HuffPost)
Ryan Seacrest is officially joining the Today show, NBC News announced Friday. NYT / Media Decoder Signed Friday afternoon, the two-year contract is said to span the news, entertainment and sports divisions of NBCUniversal, giving Seacrest a chance to contribute to Today, election coverage, prime-time entertainment shows, and coverage of sporting events. TVNewser Seacrest will continue as the managing editor of E! News, as well as E!'s red carpet host, though his regular hosting duties will likely be cut back. Instead, Seacrest will serve as a "special correspondent" for Today and "contribute to NBC prime-time news and produce and contribute to NBC entertainment programming." He will also -- as previously announced -- serve as a correspondent during NBC's coverage of the 2012 London Olympics.

With 16.4 Percent Growth, Digital Is Adland's Star Performer (AdAge)
You need more than 10 digits to count digital. Last year, U.S. agencies generated 30.3 percent of revenue, or $10.1 billion, from digital, compared with 28.0 percent in 2010.

Journal TV Revenue Up 7.5 Percent (TVSpy)
Journal Communications' 14 TV stations brought in $29.5 million during the first quarter, a 7.5 percent increase compared to the $27.5 million in revenue from the same period last year. B&C Political and issue advertising revenue was $1.2 million, compared to $0.8 million last year. Core local advertising revenue increased 2.6 percent while core national ad revenue increased 18.1 percent, primarily due to increases in communications and financial advertising.

2012 Edgar Award Winners Revealed (GalleyCat)
The Mystery Writers of America have revealed the winners of this year's Edgar Awards. The annual prize is named after beloved writer Edgar Allan Poe, awarded to the best authors in the mystery genre since 1945. St. Louis Post-Dispatch / Book Blog Mo Hayder received an Edgar Award for best novel, and Candice Millard of Kansas City came up the winner for best true crime book. School Library Journal Matthew J. Kirby's Viking suspense novel, Icefall, and Dandi Daley Mackall's classic whodunit, The Silence of Murder, are winners of this year's Edgar Awards in the juvenile and teen categories.

Consumer Spending On Home Entertainment Rising For The First Time In Years (THR)
Home video chiefs at the Hollywood studios finally have something to smile about. For the first time in years, consumer spending on home entertainment actually rose in the first quarter of 2012, rising 2.5 percent to $4.45 billion largely due to the strength of streaming, according to numbers compiled by DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group. NYT / Media Decoder Total rentals, excluding video-on-demand, fell about 18 percent for the quarter, to about $1.8 billion from roughly $2 billion for the same quarter a year ago. That happened as rentals from stores fell more than 39 percent, to $305 million from about $504 million, and rentals of disks from subscription services like Netflix fell 48 percent, to $348 million from about $671 million.

Pecker Mixes Up The Mastheads At AMI (NY Post / Media Ink)
The rumblings about a big editorial shake-up at American Media have finally come to pass. James Heidenry, a former longtime editor of Maxim, and for the past four years the top editor of Modern Luxury's Manhattan magazine, is the new editor in chief of Star magazine. FishbowlNY Additionally, Richard Spencer, OK!'s editor in chief, has been promoted to editorial director of the Celebrity Magazine Group, which includes Star, OK!, Reality Weekly and Soap Opera Digest.

Nielsen Study Finds 'Second Screen' Viewing Enhances TV Experience (LA Times / Company Town)
When viewers watch a TV program with a tablet device, they tend to check their email, hunt for sports scores or seek additional information about the show or a commercial they were watching on the big screen. A new report by Nielsen Co., released Friday, underscores what network television researchers have been preaching for more than a year: that "second screen viewing" appears to augment the TV viewing experience rather than steal away viewers.

Economist Reveals Digital Circ (Adweek)
Last year, with ad buyers clamoring for more information about print audiences, the Audit Bureau of Circulations launched a voluntary product called the Consolidated Media Report (CMR) that presents publications' total brand footprint across print and digital platforms. The Economist's CMR reveals that its digital edition averaged about 48,000 in sales for March -- about 6 percent of total circulation, putting it at the high end of magazines.

New York Stations Go Live For Shuttle Landing (TVSpy)
As a jet carrying the space shuttle Enterprise touched down Friday at JFK airport around 11:21 a.m. ET, every major news station in New York was carrying live coverage of its arrival. TVNewser Enterprise flew from Dulles airport to JFK, where it will eventually be transported to the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum in Manhattan. While all three networks provided plenty of coverage of the flyby, MSNBC ended up missing the landing by about 10 seconds. The network was in a commercial break when the shuttle touched down.

What Is The Purpose Of A Newspaper? (GigaOM)
When all is said and done, what is the ultimate purpose of a newspaper -- to make money, or inform the populace?

Top 6 Mags In May: Marie Claire, Allure, Texas Monthly 'Keep On Tracking' Advertisers (minOnline)
Just like New York's crazy spring weather -- one day sunny and feeling like summer, one day raining and cold -- monthly magazines are going through an ad-page turbulence of their own. Of the 150 mags we track at min, 62 showed gains in May (27 of which were up by double-digit percentages) and 88 plummeted.

Bob Throndsen Retiring After 34 Years At KOMO (TVSpy)
Bob Throndsen is retiring after more than three decades at KOMO, the ABC-affiliate in Seattle. Throndsen has been a reporter, anchor and managing editor of KOMO. Most recently, he served as news director for KOMO Newsradio.

Mediabistro On Demand

Career Reinvention Toolkit

Pamela Mitchell A three-part online audio seminar on putting your career dreams into action. Watch the video

Read more on Media News >