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ABC To Debut Good Afternoon America July 9 (TVSpy)
ABC Monday made official what was reported several weeks ago: The new extension of Good Morning America will debut on July 9 and run for nine weeks on most ABC stations. TVNewser Josh Elliott and Lara Spencer will anchor an early-afternoon spinoff of ABC's Good Morning America called, appropriately, Good Afternoon America. THR The nine-week run of Good Afternoon America also will include special appearances from fellow GMA staffers Sam Champion, Robin Roberts and George Stephanopoulos. LA Times / Show Tracker Rather than the harder news of the wee morning hours, the afternoon edition of the show will focus on celebrities, pop culture, lifestyle and health reports. NY Mag / Daily Intel If your grandma keeps loudly wondering why they had to cancel One Life To Live, we finally have an answer: It's all part of Good Morning America's never-ending battle with the Today show. New York Daily News Putting the established Good Morning America franchise into the 2 p.m. slot also should help ABC retain viewers it hopes will watch the Katie Couric talk show that debuts Sept. 10 on many ABC stations.

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Files For Bankruptcy (GalleyCat)
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt has officially filed a major restructuring plan to redistribute the company's $3.1 billion in debt, entering what they called "a prompt, court-supervised, chapter 11 process." NYT / DealBook The storied Boston company, which produces everything from math textbooks to computer games like The Oregon Trail, had reached an agreement earlier this month with 70 percent of its senior secured creditors to restructure its $3.1 billion in debt into equity. LA Times / Money & Co. Houghton Mifflin, along with many other publishers, has struggled to keep its print products popular as eBooks swarm into the market. Bloomberg Sales of adult paperbacks and hardcover books fell 18 percent from 2010 to 2011, according to the Association of American Publishers. Borders Group Inc., the second-largest U.S. bookstore chain, filed for bankruptcy in February 2011.

New York Times Public Editor To Leave In September (Washington Post / Erik Wemple)
New York Times public editor Arthur Brisbane will leave his position on Sept. 1 of this year, completing a two-year term as in-house watchdog for the paper. FishbowlNY Brisbane will surely be remembered for his ridiculously awful column that asked if The New York Times should report facts. NYT / Media Decoder Brisbane, 61, joined the paper as public editor in 2010 after a long career at The Washington Post and more recently at The Kansas City Star, where he was publisher. He accepted the public editor job with the understanding that he would stay for two years and consider a third.

Nasdaq Earmarks $13 Million To Cover Facebook IPO Losses From Technical Issues (AllFacebook)
Nasdaq said it will set aside at least $13 million to make good for traders and investors who were affected by the stock exchange's order-cancellation issues Friday, on the first day of Facebook's initial public offering, but that amount may not be nearly enough to pacify those who are claiming losses. WSJ Some investors waited until Monday morning to hear whether their Facebook trades were ever completed, while others remained in the dark. VentureBeat Nasdaq took a lot of heat for computer problems that negatively affected the Facebook IPO. Trading didn't start on May 18 until 11:30 a.m. ET, because the computers that run the Nasdaq couldn't process the large volume of trades.

Confirmed: Frantz Joins Washington Post (
A Washington Post memo confirms that investigative reporter Doug Frantz is joining the paper as national security editor. Politico / Dylan Byers On Media Frantz begins on June 11. FishbowlNY Frantz comes to the paper from Kroll, a consulting firm. He is a former managing editor for the Los Angeles Times and former investigative reporter and investigations editor at The New York Times. He also spent time as an investigative reporter for the Chicago Tribune. HuffPost / The Backstory With the Post job, Frantz returns to journalism, the field he worked in for 36 years before becoming an investigator for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in early 2009.

Limbaugh Takes Post-Fluke Ratings Hit (Politico / Dylan Byers On Media)
Rush Limbaugh took a significant ratings hit in some key radio markets last month in the wake of the Sandra Fluke controversy. The conservative radio host's ratings fell 27 percent in the key 25-54 demo in New York City, 31 percent in Houston-Galveston, 40 percent in Seattle-Tacoma, and 35 percent in Jacksonville. Mediaite Limbaugh's ratings actually experienced an increase in other key markets -- the key demographic increased 79 percent in both San Francisco and Las Vegas. HuffPost Limbaugh called Fluke a "slut" and a "prostitute" for her birth control advocacy, sparking condemnation from President Obama on down and causing many advertisers to flee his show.

Bright House, Cablevision, Comcast, Cox, Time Warner Cable Get Hot With WiFi Sharing Initiative (Multichannel News)
Five major cable operators are teaming to provide each other's high-speed data customers reciprocal access to metro WiFi networks, totaling more than 50,000 hotspots. LA Times / Company Town In other words, if someone is a Time Warner Cable subscriber but traveling out of town and in a region served by Comcast Corp., they can still access free wireless by logging in with "Cable WiFi." The catch is that you have to already be a broadband subscriber and register to use the service. NYT / Media Decoder The hot spots are marketed as a benefit for cable customers, potentially giving them a reason not to switch providers. They also position broadband-via-cable as an alternative, or at least a supplement, to the services of wireless companies like AT&T and Verizon, which are more closely associated with wireless phone and data subscriptions.

Buzz Bissinger: Newspaper Editors Are 'Very Cautious -- Too Cautious' (Nieman Journalism Lab)
Reporter, author, and former Nieman Fellow Buzz Bissinger stopped by the Nieman Foundation last week and shared his thoughts about how journalism has changed since his early days, and where it's going, among other topics.

Time Warner Cable Head Sides With TV Networks Over Ad-Erasing Technology (NYT / Media Decoder)
The head of one of the country's biggest cable companies voiced his disapproval of the Dish Network's ad-erasing technology on Monday, aligning himself with television networks that are trying to squash the technology, called Auto Hop. NY Post Glenn Britt, the head of Time Warner Cable, the country's second-biggest cable operator, said Monday that Dish's new Auto Hop feature -- which allows viewers to not only skip commercials but black them out altogether -- represents a major threat to the paid-TV ecosystem.

Supreme Court Refuses To Hear Joel Tenenbaum Appeal In Music Piracy Case (THR / Hollywood, Esq.)
The long-running saga of Joel Tenenbaum, the Boston student penalized $675,000 for illegally downloading and sharing 31 songs online, has taken a new turn. The Supreme Court on Monday refused to hear the Boston University Ph.D. student's constitutional challenge to the penalty, which resulted from a lawsuit filed in 2007 by the RIAA. Wired / Threat Level Without comment, the high court, with Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Stephen Breyer not participating, declined an appeal brought by former Boston college student Tenenbaum. His petition claimed that Congress did not intend "unrestrained discretionary jury damage awards against individual citizens for copyright infringement." NYT / Media Decoder But even this decision is not likely to be the end. The case, which started in 2007, so far has outlasted its original judge and has drawn the controversial defense services of a renowned Harvard law professor. Time / Techland As far as anti-piracy strategies go, this case is a relic for the RIAA, which stopped suing individual file sharers a few years ago. The industry is now more interested in shutting down sources of piracy and getting Internet service providers to warn and punish subscribers for copyright infringement.

David Karp: Tumblr's Revenue Model Is All About Telling Stories (TechCrunch)
In a fireside chat with MG Siegler at TechCrunch Disrupt Monday, Tumblr founder David Karp described how his company thinks differently about advertising than Facebook or Google, and how they hope to make it less distracting and more meaningful to users. In short, it's all about telling stories. SocialTimes After two years of experiments with various business models, Tumblr's latest revenue strategy seems to take cues from smaller communities that, like Tumblr, are built on creativity.

Huffington Post Live Video Strategy Takes Shape With New Hires, A New Name (Capital New York)
Huffington Post staffers got a progress report last week on the site's plans for live streaming video.

Eugene Polley, Co-Inventor Of The TV Remote Control, Dies At 96 (TVNewser)
The television business lost one of its technological giants Monday, as Eugene Polley died at the age of 96. Polley, as a young engineer at Zenith Radio Corporation, patented (along with fellow inventor Robert Adler) technology that would become the "Flash-Matic" in 1955.

NPR Snags Brian Boyer To Launch A News Apps Team (And They're Hiring) (Nieman Journalism Lab)
NPR has hired Brian Boyer, head of the Chicago Tribune's news apps team, to lead a new, similar team of data grinders and designers focused full-time on interactive storytelling. Poynter The announcement represents a big bet on news applications, not just because of the team's size -- seven people, including Boyer -- but because it comes just a few days after The Washington Post reported that NPR is running a $2.6 million deficit halfway through its fiscal year.

Patch: 'The Most Significant Media Organization' In The U.S. (
"Patch is the most significant media organization in the nation, bar none," declares Patch chief content officer Rachel Feddersen.

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