Click here to receive mediabistro.com's Morning Media Newsfeed via email.
White House Correspondent Joe Williams To Leave Politico (FishbowlDC)
Joseph Williams, the White House correspondent for Politico who was recently suspended for some questionable tweets and comments he made on television about Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, is leaving the publication. Politico / Dylan Byers On Media "After some cordial discussions, Joe Williams and I mutually decided that the best step for him is to begin a transition to the next phase of his career," Politico editor in chief John Harris wrote in a memo to staff. HuffPost On June 21, Williams made an MSNBC appearance to discuss immigration. When asked what his thoughts were on Romney's problem connecting with Hispanic voters, he said the former Massachusetts governor appeared "very comfortable" around "white folks." Conservative websites pounced on the remarks, posting the video and digging through Williams' tweets for examples of overtly partisan leanings. Mediaite Williams' departure raises questions about the ability of journalists to deliver commentary under certain circumstances, particularly black journalists. According to Williams' Politico bio, the intersection of race and politics was his job, yet it appears that he was given very little latitude to perform it.
AMC Networks, AT&T Reach New Carriage Deal (THR)
AMC Networks, the company behind cable networks AMC, IFC, and WE tv, and AT&T's U-verse pay TV service, unveiled a new carriage agreement on Sunday. Multichannel News The deal, financial terms of which were not disclosed, keeps AMC, IFC and WE tv on the telco's video package. AMC Networks' other national service, Sundance Channel, was not part of these negotiations. Forbes / Julia Bricklin Dish Network has dropped AMC, just a couple of weeks before its ratings behemoth Breaking Bad premieres its fifth season. NYT July began with a revealing set of changes to the channel lineup in millions of Dish Network homes. An obscure channel called HDNet Movies replaced AMC, Style replaced WE tv and HDNet replaced IFC -- all because of a quarrel between Dish and AMC Networks, which operates the three channels that were replaced.
Savannah Guthrie Named Co-Host Of Today (THR)
It's official. Savannah Guthrie has been named as Matt Lauer's co-host on Today. FishbowlDC She replaces Ann Curry, who left in an awkwardly sad goodbye but will remain with the network with, in her words, a "fancy new title." TVNewser Guthrie, who co-anchored the program Friday morning, will officially debut on July 9. THR Asked why Curry did not work out as a morning TV host, NBC News president Steve Capus allowed that her weakness was convincingly presiding over morning TV staples such as cooking segments and celebrity interviews that make up a big chunk of the job. "I think it was not where her real passion was," he said. "In her heart of hearts, I think she would admit that." HuffPost Capus said that, although he felt it was right to give Curry a chance at the top Today job (she had put in 14 years as newsreader and already been passed over once before), he had no choice but to make the change.
Apple Settles iPad Trademark Suit (The Associated Press)
Apple has agreed to pay a Chinese company $60 million to settle a dispute over ownership of the iPad name, a court announced Monday, removing a potential obstacle to sales of the popular tablet computer in the key Chinese market. NYT According to testimony in the legal fight, Apple retained British lawyers several years ago to set up a company, IP Application Development, to buy up rights to the iPad name around the world. Apple paid only £35,000 to a Proview Technology affiliate in Taiwan for that company's iPad trademarks in various countries. But when Apple introduced the iPad with immediate success, Proview Technology (Shenzhen) said that the transaction had not included the trademark for China.
Euro 2012 Final Sets New Twitter Record (AllTwitter)
Did you watch Spain thrash Italy 4-0 in the final of Euro 2012? Well, you're not alone, of course -- an estimated 250 million people from around the world tuned in to watch the game, and this army of football fans helped to trigger a new sporting tweets-per-second record on Twitter.
News Corp. Split Adds To Pressure On Papers (NYT)
With the announcement that News Corp. will be split in two, employees at the company's many print papers are facing a new reality: they are now in the newspaper business.
Now Available For Download: Nieman Lab In eBook Form (Nieman Journalism Lab)
Here at Nieman Lab, we're always interested in new platforms for our work -- both because we like people to read what we produce and because we think it's important to experiment in some of the same ways that the news organizations we cover do. (Also, we're very nerdy.) So I'm happy to say that you now have a new way to learn what we're learning at the Lab -- eBooks.
Rupert Murdoch Single-Handedly Launches A Twitter War Against Scientology (Mediaite)
Rupert Murdoch has clearly been enjoying Twitter, as he has used it to dispense his knowledge on everything from congressional legislation to Twitter itself. Sunday, in the midst of giving Mitt Romney some campaign advice, he launched into a twirade (Twitter tirade) on how Scientology is both "evil" and "creepy," thus establishing whole new parameters for what constitutes irony. LA Times / Company Town Murdoch has put his two cents in on the news that Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes are getting divorced. Politico / Burns & Haberman Murdoch, who last weekend took a Twitter shot at Romney over his lack of a strong stand on immigration after President Barack Obama's executive action involving some deportations, took to his feed again for a harder hit.
Its IPO Botched, Facebook Looks Hard At Nasdaq (NYT / DealBook)
Facebook's debut was supposed to be Nasdaq's ultimate coup. But in the weeks since the social network's much-ballyhooed -- and ultimately botched -- initial public offering, the relationship has soured. In Facebook parlance, it's complicated.
Seventeen Reclaims Readers Who've Moved On To College (NYT / Media Decoder)
Seventeen was once the magazine girls picked up before they turned 13 and cast aside well before they headed to senior prom. But Seventeen's popularity has been growing with college students, and now the magazine is introducing along with its August issue a 40-page supplement called "Seventeen College Style."
Journatic Worker Takes This American Life Inside Outsourced Journalism (Poynter)
Not long after he started working for Journatic, Ryan Smith felt there was something not quite right about what the company was doing. The Chicago freelance journalist started working for Journatic, which provides outsourced journalism work for newspapers, in January of 2011, and he was glad to have steady work, even if it paid $10 an hour with no benefits. JimRomenesko.com The latest This American Life looks at hyperlocal content provider Journatic and interviews Journatic writer-editor Smith, who reveals that the company uses fake bylines for its Filipino writers -- or did, until "TAL" blew the whistle on them.
It's Blame-Game Time At CNN (NY Post / Page Six)
Abysmal ratings at CNN have insiders pointing fingers over who's to blame, and sources say a big problem is friction between managing editor of CNN Worldwide Mark Whitaker and U.S. CNN President Ken Jautz. Mediaite Several insiders cited Soledad O'Brien's show, Starting Point, as a clear example of the difference in how the two men run things. Whereas Jautz is not that big a fan of the morning show-style banter on Starting Point, Whitaker likes it because he wants it to be the kind of conversation-starter that Morning Joe over at MSNBC has successfully pulled off.
Robin Givhan To Contribute To FashionBeast (WWD / Memo Pad)
Robin Givhan missed the regular check-ins. When she was at the Washington Post, she would often take to her blog to write about events that weren't runway-specific or related to a store visit. "Things that popped up that needed to be acknowledged," she said. "Brief little thought pieces." Now Givhan, who joined The Daily Beast and Newsweek company nearly two years ago, is going to have that, becoming one of the contributors to a new blog, FashionBeast.
Press War Down Under (CJR / The Observatory)
Fairfax Limited, one of Australia's largest media conglomerates, is at war with its largest individual shareholder, the world's richest woman.
More Layoffs At Dow Jones, Following The Sale Of Career Website FINS.com (Capital New York)
A little more than a week after Dow Jones & Co. announced that about 25 jobs would be eliminated as part of a plan to make SmartMoney digital-only, the financial publisher is handing out yet more pink slips.