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Anthony Bourdain Joins CNN To Host New Weekend Program (CNN / Press Room)
World-renowned chef, bestselling author and Emmy-winning television personality Anthony Bourdain will join CNN as host of a new weekend program, creating a signature showcase for the network's coverage of food and travel. TVNewser Bourdain will be exclusive to CNN when the new show launches on Sunday evenings in early 2013. The still-untitled program will "be shot on location and examine cultures from around the world through their food and dining and travel rituals." THR Bourdain's untitled CNN program will air Sunday evenings and repeat on Saturdays. It will follow a similar format to No Reservations. NYT / Media Decoder Bourdain has been the host of Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations for the Travel Channel since 2005. He began a second show, The Layover, for the channel last winter. The Layover has been renewed for one more season, but No Reservations, which wraps up its eighth season this week, has not. Bourdain will be leaving the Travel Channel after his obligations for this season are complete, but the channel can keep replaying old episodes. LA Times / Show Tracker Bourdain's new program will retain the same split-season format of No Reservations, with a first season of 16 episodes, divided into two eight-episode runs. Adweek Bourdain won't just be creating another unscripted series with this gig. CNN says he'll also be a commentator on the network and blogger for CNN.com (the food guru has appeared on Anderson Cooper 360 a number of times already). The Associated Press The weekend show on food and travel represents a departure for CNN in both content and procedure. CNN usually does its programming in-house, but in this case an outside production company tied to Bourdain will make the series.
TV Exec, TMZ Founder Jim Paratore Dies (Deadline Hollywood)
Syndication veteran Jim Paratore died Tuesday from a heart attack while on a cycling vacation in France. He was 58. B&C Paratore founded the full-service television production company paraMedia Inc. in August 2006. The production company has an exclusive overall deal with the Warner Bros. Television Group, and was behind such productions as TMZ, The Bonnie Hunt Show and TBS' Lopez Tonight, hosted by George Lopez. THR Paratore oversaw development of the show TMZ with Harvey Levin while he was president of Telepictures Productions, a unit of Warner Bros. TV. He also served as executive vice president of Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution. TheWrap.com While at Telepictures he was also involved with numerous series, including Extra, The People's Court, The Rosie O'Donnell Show and The Tyra Banks Show. His primetime credits include The Bachelor, The Bachelorette and The Real Gilligan's Island. LA Times / Company Town Prior to joining Telepictures, Paratore worked in local television as a programming director at several Florida stations. TMZ Jim was president of Telepictures -- a division of Warner Bros. -- when he dreamed up the idea of getting into the digital business back in 2006. Jim and Harvey developed the concept of TMZ... and Jim sold it to the big wigs, which was no small feat. Jim was a driving force behind TMZ.com and then was critical in creating the TMZ television show. FishbowlLA Warner Bros. Television Group president Bruce Rosenblum: "The Warner Bros. Television family has lost an incredibly talented and creative friend and colleague in Jim. He has left an indelible mark not only on our company's success but on each of us who worked with him during the past 26 years. Jim had a passion for life, both inside and outside the entertainment industry, and he will truly be missed."
Julian Assange Loses Appeal Against Extradition (The Guardian)
Julian Assange has lost his appeal against extradition to Sweden at the supreme court. NY Daily News / AP Assange, 40, has spent the better part of two years fighting attempts to send him to Sweden, where he is wanted for questioning in sex crime allegations. He has not been charged there. Washington Post At a short hearing in central London, the president of the Supreme Court, Nicholas Phillips, said the court dismissed the defense team's argument that the warrant that led to Assange's arrest was flawed. Forbes / Tim Worstall This does not, of course, mean that Assange is guilty of anything at all. Only that it is now possible to extradite him to Sweden where the law can then take its course. LA Times / World Now The 40-year-old Australian-born Assange is at present on house arrest in eastern England in the mansion of a supporter. He denies the charges and his fight against extradition is based on the grounds that once in Sweden he could be extradited to the U.S. to face charges for leaking State Department documents on the Internet.
Russia's VKontakte Delays IPO After Facebook Debacle (Reuters)
Russian social network VKontakte says it won't risk going ahead with its planned initial public offering, fearing a repeat of the botched Facebook float which left U.S. regulators red-faced and investors around the world fuming. WSJ / Emerging Europe VKontakte is Russia's most popular social network with about 119 million users. It was considering an IPO in 2012.
It's 2012 Already: Why Is Opinion Writing Still Mostly Male? (CJR / Behind The News)
"Man. Man. Man. Man. Man. Man." I had Sue Horton, the op-ed and Sunday opinion editor at the Los Angeles Times on the phone one morning in early March. She was flipping through her slush pile of op-eds, calling out the gender of each author -- a demonstration of her daily odds. "Man. Woman. Man. Woman. Man." We got to 32, six of whom were women. "Do you want me to keep going?" HuffPost A new study released on Tuesday revealed that men continue to dominate the majority of bylines on articles published in various types of news outlets. Poynter / MediaWire From Sept. 15 to Dec. 7, 2011, the OpEd Project -- which is designed to enrich public conversation by expanding the range of voices we hear -- looked at more than 7,000 articles from The New York Times, The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times and The Wall Street Journal (categorized by the research as legacy media), The Huffington Post and Salon (new media) and Harvard, Columbia, Yale and Princeton (college media). The third annual survey found that women wrote 38 percent of the op-eds that appeared in the college publications surveyed, 33 percent of those at new media outlets and 20 percent at legacy outlets.
Coming Soon: A New Spanish-Language Evening Newscast From Fox (TVNewser)
2012 is shaping up to be a big year for Hispanic news outlets, with Univision and ABC News preparing to launch a new English-language cable news channel, and Telemundo and Univision preparing to cover the 2012 election. This summer, however, there will be a new player in the fast-growing field, as News Corp. launches its Spanish-language broadcast channel, MundoFox. TVSpy The national newscast will also use some content from local affiliates.
Court Rules That KPIX Did Not Target Older Reporters For Layoffs (TVSpy)
An appeals court in San Francisco Tuesday ruled in favor of KPIX in the station's long-simmering legal battle with two former reporters. SF Gate Although a study found "sharp age disparities" between the employees who were dismissed and those who kept their jobs, plaintiffs Bill Schechner and John Lobertini failed to offer enough evidence of intentional bias to justify a jury trial of their lawsuit, said the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
Salesforce Set To Snap Up Facebook Friend Buddy Media For More Than $800 Million (AllThingsD)
Enterprise, meet social: Cloud-computing pioneer Salesforce.com is close to a deal to acquire Buddy Media, the five-year-old company that helps brands manage their Facebook presence. Mashable Buddy Media's services include setting up an interactive profile for clients, publishing and moderating content across social networks, creating and deploying socially-enabled content across the Web, and creating and tracking social activity from a customer's first click on a website to when they make a purchase. Forbes / Tomio Geron The deal would be a major validation for social media marketing, a still nascent but fast-growing segment of the online advertising market.
Ross Taylor, David Weatherwax, Picked As BOP's Photojournalists Of The Year (National Press Photographers Association)
Ross Taylor of The Virginian-Pilot was named Tuesday as the National Press Photographers Association's Best Of Photojournalism 2012 Photojournalist of the Year (Larger Markets), and David Weatherwax of The Herald, in Jasper, Ind., was picked as the Photojournalist of the Year (Smaller Markets).
AP Finishes HD Transition (B&C)
After 18 months of work and a multimillion-dollar investment upgrading its facilities, The Associated Press has completed its HD rollout by beginning to deliver video news in high definition to its customers.
On Journatic, And Making It In Hyperlocalville (CJR / Behind The News)
In late April, a six-year-old digital startup called Journatic struck a deal with a 165-year-old newspaper company to take over its online community news operations. When the deal was reported on hyperlocal watchdog site Street Fight, commenters hit the fan. One in particular, named "Fedge," pretty much summed up the outrage, saying simply: "So much for integrity in journalism." Welcome to Hyperlocalville, Journatic!
Alan Rusbridger On The Guardian's Open Journalism, Paywalls, And Why They're Pre-Planning More Of The Newspaper (Nieman Journalism Lab)
Alan Rusbridger is a busy man on two sides of the Atlantic. The editor of The Guardian seems to be everywhere, writing, tweeting, and leading the paper's ongoing coverage of the British phone hacking scandal that continues to pick off executives and editors of Rupert Murdoch's News International. Meanwhile, on this side of the water, he's directing the establishment of The Guardian's New York-based operation, where they hope to claim a foothold in the U.S. media market through an aggressive online-only play.
WABC News Director Stepping Down (TVSpy)
In a staff email with the subject "A New Chapter," Kenny Plotnik announced Tuesday morning that he would be stepping down as news director at WABC, a position he has held for the past decade. NY Daily News In a memo circulated Tuesday morning, Plotnik praised the staff as "the New York Yankees of TV news" and said, "25 years is a long time at one place and I've given a lot of thought to what lies ahead during the next 25 years." FishbowlNY Channel 7 has been a ratings grabber throughout Plotnik's tenure. The station just concluded a successful May sweeps, winning virtually all dayparts.
What The Forbes Model Of Contributed Content Means For Journalism (Poynter)
Two years ago, Forbes.com was a news website like most others. Today, it is less website, more operating system -- an underlying layer of technology that hundreds of contributors use to publish independently.
Spain's First-Ever Investigative, Data Journalism Master's Program To Launch In Fall (10,000 Words)
The University Rey Juan Carlos of Madrid will launch Spain's first-ever masters degree on investigative reporting, data journalism and visualization this fall, and Google will provide six scholarships that pay 80 percent of recipients' tuition.