Morning Media Newsfeed 07.12.12
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TV News Staffing Way Up, More Hiring Expected (TVSpy)
Here's some good news: TV news employment is soaring. According to the annual RTDNA-Hofstra University survey on the state of TV news staffing and profitability, TV news employment is up to the second-highest level ever and more hiring is expected over the next year. Deadline New York The study found that broadcasters added 1,131 TV news jobs, bringing the total to 27,653. That's the second-best tally the researchers have seen since 2000, when more stations offered newscasts, but with smaller staffs. RTDNA That's a gain of 4.3 percent over last year and the highest average full-time TV news staff ever. Overall, there are now 725 TV stations originating local news -- running that news on those stations and another 242 stations for a total of 967 stations airing local news.
September 11 Attacks, Katrina Top List Of Memorable TV Moments (Reuters)
Watching news coverage of the September 11 attacks, Hurricane Katrina disaster, and the O.J. Simpson murder verdict proved to be the most impactful TV moments of the past 50 years in the United States, according to a study released Wednesday. The Associated Press Sony Electronics and the Nielsen television research company collaborated on the survey. They ranked TV moments for their impact not just by asking people if they remembered watching them, but if they recalled where they watched it, who they were with and whether they talked to other people about what they had seen. Poynter / MediaWire The top five most memorable moments were the September 11 attacks (2001), Hurricane Katrina levees breaking (2005), OJ Simpson murder verdict (1995), Challenger Space Shuttle disaster (1986), and death of Osama bin Laden (2011). TVNewser While one might expect sporting events like the Super Bowl, or cultural moments like the final episode of M.A.S.H. to top the list, news events ended up dominating. Mediaite The survey showed differences among people of different generations and gender. For respondents over the age of 55, the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy came second to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. For younger respondents, President Barack Obama's inauguration in 2008 came in No. 4, but it was No. 24 for older respondents. LA Times / Nation Now The survey underscores the role of the TV set as perhaps the single most unifying device at our disposal, both as a diary keeper and as a cultural beacon. Washington Post / The TV Column We should note that, among the options for most impactful TV moments of the past 50 years in this study was Chaz Bono participating on Dancing With the Stars (which came in at No. 59) and the Kim Kardashian/Kris Humphries wedding (No. 76).
Judge Says Aereo, A TV Streaming Service, May Continue (NYT / Media Decoder)
Aereo, the service backed by Barry Diller, can keep streaming for now. THR / Hollywood, Esq. On Wednesday, New York federal judge Alison Nathan declined to issue an injunction against Aereo in a tremendous blow to major TV broadcasters. She has ruled that the plaintiffs have not demonstrated a likelihood of prevailing in the case. TheWrap Judge Nathan said on Wednesday that Aereo proved it would be harmed if the requested preliminary injunction were granted, despite the fact that the broadcasters demonstrated that they faced irreparable harm. Multichannel News The Diller-backed subscription service provides mobile users access to broadcast signals in New York City for a monthly subscription. Washington Post / Post Tech Consumer advocates hailed the decision as a move forward for competition in the online video space, where consumers are increasingly demanding more live streaming of sports and other shows that they can't get without network signals or cable subscriptions. Adweek Broadcasters aren't giving up; in fact they intend to appeal. Reuters Walt Disney Co.'s ABC, CBS Corp., Comcast Corp.'s NBCUniversal and Telemundo, News Corp.'s Fox, Univision Communications Inc. and the Public Broadcasting Service had filed lawsuits accusing Aereo of copyright violations, even before the service was launched in the New York City area in March for $12 per month.
R.I.P. Newscore: News Corp.'s Weird News Wire Goes Dark, Sheds Staff (NY Observer)
As News Corp. shores up its print and television properties leading up to the company's highly publicized split, its scrappy and beloved internal newswire Newscore has quietly gone dark, with at least 20 positions eliminated -- and possibly more than twice that if cuts hit bureaus in London and Sydney. In addition, there are internal rumors that The Daily has been put "on watch." New York / Daily Intel The Daily, Rupert Murdoch's news-of-the-future pet project, is said to lose $30 million a year, a number that will stick out more sorely when the publishing business no longer has the profits of Fox News and the rest of the media division to hide behind. Politico / Dylan Byers On Media The iPad-only magazine launched to great fanfare in early 2011, but has languished ever since -- chiefly because you can only access it on an iPad. The Atlantic Wire As for Newscore, whose best-known scoop was probably President Barack Obama's surprise visit to Afghanistan on the anniversary of Osama bin Laden's death, it has already been absorbed into Fox News, and its executives reassigned within News Corp.
El Manana Newspaper To Stop Covering Certain Stories After Second Grenade Attack (HuffPost / AP)
The El Manana newspaper in the northern Mexico border city of Nuevo Laredo says it will stop covering violent criminal disputes after suffering a second grenade attack against its offices in two months. Reuters On Tuesday assailants fired at the newspaper's main offices with a grenade launcher, damaging the building but causing no injuries. A similar attack occurred on May 11. NYT A spokesman for the newspaper said the attacks followed an investigation it had conducted into an organized crime ring it said was based at a state public transportation department that netted "hundreds of millions of dollars" through a plot involving stolen cars and illegal license plates. The newspaper said 175,000 illegal license plates were placed on stolen vehicles, which were then resold to unsuspecting customers. When stopped by police officers who were in on the scheme, the buyers had to pay a bribe or face sanctions for driving a stolen car.
Judge Steps Away From Facebook Privacy Lawsuit (Reuters)
A judge recused herself from overseeing a privacy lawsuit against Facebook over the social networking service's "Sponsored Stories" feature, one day before she was set to hold a hearing on a proposed settlement. paidContent Under the terms of the settlement, Facebook will pay a few thousand dollars to the lead plaintiffs in the case while lawyers and privacy advocacy groups will get the rest. Bloomberg The company also consented to revising its terms of usage so users can more easily see when they're being shown as endorsers of products and games for which they clicked a "Like" button and so they can limit the display of their content and interactions alongside "Sponsored Stories." AllFacebook Facebook agreed to settle the lawsuit in December, after District Judge Lucy Koh told the company it would not be able to dismiss the case. CNET Koh's one-page court filing said the case would be referred to another U.S. District Court judge by the assignment committee. The filing did not indicate the reason for her recusal, but Koh has been kept pretty busy lately by the barrage of filings in the Apple-Samsung patent spat, in which the iPhone maker has accused the Korea electronics giant of copying the look and feel of its products. Samsung has countersued and filed multiple motions in multiple cases to suspend injunctions that ban the sale of devices in the United States.
NBC, Microsoft Getting Online Divorce (The Daily Beast / Howard Kurtz)
NBC and Microsoft plan to announce a deal to finally part company, with the network buying back the remainder of their hugely popular MSNBC website from the software giant, say people familiar with the matter. TVNewser There is just one little problem: News of the buyback was broken by Adweek's Mike Shields, and news of the NBCNews.com re-brand was broken by TVNewser, both back in May. Politico's Dylan Byers also reported the news last month.
More Stories Result In More Subscription Revenue, Press+ Says (Poynter / MediaWire)
Press+ compared four newspaper websites using its digital subscription system, each with similar Web traffic and in similar communities, but very different output in daily stories. "Over time, the site with 82 daily stories sold 10 times as many subscriptions per month as the site with 50 stories a day and sold 15 times as many subscriptions as the newspaper with 20 stories a day." The conclusion: "If you want to sell journalism, you have to do journalism," said Press+ co-founder Steven Brill. Folio: According to the results, the site with 82 daily postings had first-month subscription sales of about $36,000, while the site with 21 daily postings had first-month sales of less than $400. Two more sites that posted 50 and 55 stories each day, recorded $3,000 and $3,100 in sales in the first month, respectively.
Netflix's Lost Year: The Inside Story Of The Price-Hike Train Wreck (CNET)
Reed Hastings stopped listening, and that's when the trouble started.
Columbia University Names Sree Sreenivasan Its First Chief Digital Officer (AllThingsD)
If you know anyone in the New York media scene, then you either know Sree, or you know someone who does. Wednesday Columbia University appointed him its first Chief Digital Officer. Poynter / MediaWire Sree begins his new job immediately, reporting directly to the provost. He will remain a member of the J-school faculty.
Anderson Cooper's Coming Out Announcement Was Planned For Months, Source Says (HuffPost / Naughty But Nice Rob)
Anderson Cooper caught everyone by surprise when he revealed he was gay on July 2 in an email to Andrew Sullivan that was shared with the public. But behind the scenes, months of conversations went into planning how, where and when the TV anchor would come out.
Twitter's Pitch Deck For Big Advertisers (AllThingsD)
Twitter's ad business is looking less like an experiment and more like a real business, one that could generate $1 billion a year in the not-too-distant future. If Twitter ads really take off, it will be because CEO Dick Costolo will have figured out how to sell lots of little ads to small marketers, in the same way Google did more than a decade ago. In the meantime, the company seems to be succeeding with the other end of the spectrum: Big marketers interested in experimenting with a brand-new format.
Carla Robbins Out At NYT Editorial Page (Politico / Dylan Byers On Media)
New York Times deputy editorial page editor Carla Anne Robbins stepped down, Politico has learned. FishbowlNY Robbins is taking book leave, according to a memo Politico obtained from Andy Rosenthal, the Times' editorial page editor.
The Palm Beach Post Exposes A Hidden Menace (CJR / Campaign Desk)
Reporting on tuberculosis is not most reporters' idea of a glamour assignment. It's an ancient disease, drug companies aren't keen to develop blockbuster medicines, and, anyway, few people get it, right? Wrong.
How's The Cycle Doing On MSNBC? (TVNewser)
In its first two weeks on the air, MSNBC's The Cycle, made up of an ensemble of hosts including Touré, S.E. Cupp, Steve Kornacki, and Krystal Ball, is holding its own, down just 1 percent in total viewers compared to the same period last year when Martin Bashir's show aired at 3 p.m. But the show is down 36 percent where it counts, in the adults ages 25 to 54 demo.