Morning Media Newsfeed 08.15.12
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Former BBC Director is New New York Times CEO (TVNewser)
The new New York Times CEO has a TV background. Mark Thompson, the outgoing director general of the BBC, was named CEO of The Times yesterday, succeeding Janet Robinson who left the company with a golden parachute last December. Bloomberg Businessweek New York Times Co. (NYT) named Mark Thompson as its next chief executive officer after a nine-month search, turning to a leader who steered the British Broadcasting Corp. through belt tightening and job cuts. CNBC "Our board unanimously concluded that Mark is exactly the right person to lead The New York Times Company at this particular moment in time," chairman Arthur Sulzberger, Jr. wrote in an internal email to employees. Washington Post Sulzberger Jr. called Thompson a "gifted executive" and hailed his ability to generate revenue from new types of products. NYT / Media Decoder In choosing Thompson, a veteran of television who has spent nearly his entire career at the BBC, The Times reached outside its own company, its own industry and even its own country to find a leader to guide it in an uncharted digital future. The Guardian Thompson may have run a behemoth of a broadcaster for eight years, but as a former network news editor, he still considers himself at heart as a journalist, able if necessary to knock out 1500 words at an hour's notice.
NBC's Olympics Coverage Was Most-Watched TV Event in US History (The Guardian)
The network says 219 million people watched the London 2012 Games, despite complaints over scheduling. Washington Post / AP If a week could contain more than seven nights, NBC would have won them, too. The Atlantic This is pretty strong anecdotal evidence that, even if my Twitter feed is full of cord-cutters, lots of Americans still pay for live TV and like it.
Candy Crowley to Moderate Presidential Debate (Ms.)
The bipartisan Commission on Presidential Debates announced that CNN's chief political correspondent Candy Crowley will moderate one of three presidential debates this fall, which will be the first time in 20 years that a woman has done so. Politico / Dylan Byers Many media outlets are either directly or indirectly crediting three New Jersey students for the Commission on Presidential Debates' decision to appoint a woman, CNN's Candy Crowley, as moderator for this year's second presidential debate. This makes for heartwarming television, but it has no factual basis whatsoever. HuffPost As people cheer the presence of two women on the just-released list of presidential and vice presidential debate moderators, another question is lingering in the air: why are the hosts all white?
Ratings for TNT's The Closer Show Rapid Pickup as Age Increases (Adweek)
TNT shut the door on The Closer on Monday night, with more than nine million fans tuning in to see the series off -- about seven million of whom were 50 or older. New York Daily News TNT's The Closer and its star Kyra Sedgwick drew 9.1 million viewers for their final episode Monday night, a strong goodbye for a show that was No. 1 on cable for five consecutive seasons, 2005-09. HuffPost Meanwhile, 7.2 million viewers stuck around to watch the series premiere of Major Crimes, The Closer spin-off starring Mary McDonnell.
Flo Suddenly a Problem for Progressive in Its Social-Media Crisis (Adweek)
Progressive Insurance is surely longing for the days when the Internet's most pressing question about its spokeswoman Flo was whether she is hot or not. CNBC A blog post from comedian Matt Fisher entitled "My sister paid Progressive Insurance to defend her killer in court" -- has gone viral. There were nearly 16,000 negative tweets about Progressive just yesterday -- that's up nearly 50,000 percent from a week earlier, according to General Sentiment, a firm which tracks social media chatter. CNN Money Pro tip for big brands: When talking on Twitter about how you handled a customer's tragic accident, the phrase "contractual obligations" is unlikely to play well.
The Fifty Shades Tail: How Long, And Far, Will It Stretch? (Publishers Weekly)
Those who thought the interest in Fifty Shades of Grey would be a flash in the pan were, to put it gently, dead wrong.
Pinterest Announces Debut of Android and iPad Apps (GigaOm)
Pinterest added iPad and Android apps to its lineup Tuesday, bringing the popular platform to more users and expanding existing channels for accessing the service. NYT / Bits Evan Sharp, a founder of the company, said at a cocktail party at its San Francisco office that the Android app was customized for the platform from the ground up, and that the iPad app was designed to take advantage of the large screen to make it easy to pin things.
Twitter Founders Launch Medium, a New Collaborative Publishing Platform (AllThingsD)
Obvious, the company led by Twitter co-founders Ev Williams and Biz Stone, yesterday showed off a collaborative publishing tool called Medium. GigaOm Medium is a new collaborative publishing tool that lets different people contribute as much or as little as they want to themed "collections" of content. TechCrunch Medium could democratize content distribution. The way Twitter's retweets gave anyone with 140 characters of brilliance a way to spread across the web, Medium could do the same for longer thoughts.
Five Things Yahoo CEO Mayer Must Do Now (The Christian Science Monitor)
Much has been made about Marissa Mayer, Yahoo!'s new chief executive. But shareholders need to know what will become of the company, not the CEO.
Tim Tebow on Cover of GQ (Newsday)
Tim Tebow is the No. 2 quarterback on the Jets, and he's now the second Jets quarterback in recent years to get his face on the cover of GQ Magazine leading into the NFL season. THR But far more importantly for his female fans, Tebow poses shirtless inside the magazine with his arms outstretched. ABC News Another shot in the GQ spread features Tebow shirtless and striking a Christ-like pose in an empty football stadium.
The Economist Corrects Claim That Businessweek Journalists Can't Drink on the Job (Poynter)
When an article in The Economist about the disappearance of the boozy business lunch claimed that "Hacks at Bloomberg Businessweek can be disciplined for so much as sipping a spritzer," editor Josh Tyrangiel wasn't having any of it. FishbowlDC It's hard to imagine that a respected publication makes a serious case for getting drunk at work. Yet, here is The Economist trying to make that case.
Game Changer: AP Stylebook Moves Faster Than Merriam-Webster as Linguistic Authority (Poynter)
Merriam-Webster has officially sanctioned a bunch of words by adding them to the dictionary, hereby removing most of the fun of saying things like "f-bomb" and "sexting." Bloomberg Businessweek Along with new additions such as "f-bomb" and "man cave", the phrase "systemic risk" is making its long-awaited dictionary debut.
Forget Display Ads: Technically Media's Events-Based Business Model is Working (Nieman Journalism Lab)
With a $50 WordPress theme, Technically Philly was born. It already had a staff, a distribution platform, and a vision fit for a bumper sticker: "A better Philadelphia through technology." The question was: How to pay the bills?
TV Station Agrees to Pay Blogger $300 After Using His Video Without Permission (Jim Romenesko)
"I figured a decent rate was $100 per hour and I worked at least three hours shooting, editing and posting the video," Tucson bicycling blogger Michael McKisson told Romenesko readers.
Netflix To Launch In Norway, Denmark, Sweden and Finland By Year's End (Deadline Hollywood)
Netflix will further ramp up its rivalry with Amazon's Lovefilm when it expands into the Nordic region.