Morning Media Newsfeed 08.16.12
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Haslingden to Exit Fox Networks Group Post: Vet Had Been With News Corp. for 20 Years (Chicago Tribune)
David Haslingden will exit his post as president and chief operating officer of Fox Networks Group at the end of this year, wrapping his nearly 20-year run at News Corp. Los Angeles Times / Company Town The company announced Haslingden's departure on Wednesday, saying the lawyer-turned-television-executive was stepping down at the end of the year to "to return to his native Australia and spend more time with his family." Bloomberg Businessweek News Corp. has made a number of executive changes since announcing in June plans to split into separate publishing and entertainment businesses. THR "Since joining News Corporation, David has been a driving force in the evolution of the pay-TV industry in every corner of the world," News Corp. President and COO Chase Carey said in a statement.
Watching Julia Child (The New Yorker)
Yesterday would have been Julia Child's 100th birthday, and her many fans and admirers have rallied to commemorate her with a new biography, a Google doodle, at least one silly tribute video, and a number of non-silly, moving tributes. Los Angeles Times / Nation Now To start with, #JuliaChild is trending on Twitter, and "Julia Child" is the single most searched-for term on Google on Wednesday morning. New York Daily News For her 100th birthday, Child got the auto-tune treatment. Chicago Tribune Child did not look like the typical 1960's TV star. She was tall, about 6-foot-2, and dressed for the camera in a sensible skirt and blouse adorned with the badge of her old cooking school in Paris. The Washington Post Google celebrated her centenary with a colorful homepage Doodle that displays the array of her talents, from poultry to dessert -- with the top of the Google "G" sitting in the first pot.
Univision Chief Slams Debate Commission for Lack of Hispanic Moderators (THR)
CEO Randy Falco expresses "disappointment on behalf of the millions of Hispanics who do not have a voice in the upcoming presidential debates." Politico / Dylan Byers The Commission on Presidential Debates is denying Univision's request to host a 'forum' with the presidential candidates that would address Latino issues. NYT / Media Decoder Univision will use its nightly news broadcast on Wednesday to plead with both presidential campaigns to accommodate an additional debate, on Univision, directed at the issues of concern to Latino viewers.
Thurber Prize Announces 2012 Finalists (Los Angeles Times / Jacket Copy)
The Thurber Prize for American Humor announced its three 2012 finalists Wednesday. Surprisingly, a book that's a riff off a television show made the top three. GalleyCat The finalists are: Nate DiMeo for Pawnee: The Greatest Town in America, Patricia Marx for Starting from Happy and Calvin Trillin for Quite Enough of Calvin Trillin: Forty Years of Funny Stuff.
Wired Stands By Jonah Lehrer (BuzzFeed)
Jonah Lehrer, the New Yorker ideas writer forced out for fabricating Bob Dylan quotes in a nonfiction book, is set to re-emerge as a writer for Wired, where he spent several years and wrote the Frontal Cortex blog, a magazine spokesman confirmed Wednesday. New York Daily News / Page Views Though he declined to comment on any details or matters pertaining to the magazine's feelings on Lehrer, Wired spokesperson Jonathan Hammond confirmed in an email to Page Views that "Jonah was and remains on a features contract with Wired." The Washington Post / Erik Wemple When a publication issues a statement intended to clear up "confusion," it had best strive for clarity. Wired fell a bit short of that imperative yesterday, as it issued the following words about the status of disgraced journalist Jonah Lehrer.
Foliomag.com Changes to Metered Paid Access Model (Folio:)
Starting now, you'll have access to eight stories a month before the meter kicks in.
Aereo Wannabe May End Up Aiding Broadcasters (Adweek)
In a unusual legal twist, broadcasters may now have two shots at killing Aereo, the controversial TV streaming service recently launched by media mogul Barry Diller. Los Angeles Times / Company Town "Even if Aereo can win in court, the company is already dead in the water for multiple reasons," said Dan Rayburn, an analyst with Frost & Sullivan.
A First Look at Samsung's New 10-inch Tablet (NBC News / GadgetBox)
Samsung announced its latest tablet, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 on Wednesday. Naturally we had to take it for a test spin. Forbes The New York Times devoted nearly as many words to a review of Samsung's latest tablet computer Wednesday as Thomas Jefferson used to justify America's War Of Independence against Great Britain.
The Media's Internet Infatuation (CJR)
Much of the coverage makes claims "that are grand, outlandish, and ultimately unverifiable."
Mobile, Facebook App Users Prefer Ad-Supported Versus Paid (Adweek)
Users would rather be shown ads that pay for an app, but standard banners fall flat, according to a survey of 2,236 U.S. adults conducted by Harris Interactive on behalf of social and mobile ad firm MediaBrix. AllFacebook Harris Interactive polled 2,236 U.S. adults ages 18 and older and found that 72 percent of Facebook app users prefer to see "immersive and interactive ad units," while just 28 percent were content with standard banner ads.
Three Security Concerns About Retailers' New Mobile Payments Exchange (ABC News)
A new mobile phone payment system announced by several major retailers may change the way Americans pay for purchases, but security concerns could make the exchange a hard sell. USA Today The announcement by retailers on Wednesday to create the Merchant Customer Exchange (MCX) is also a line in the sand drawn to remind banks, credit card companies, Google, wireless carriers and technology start-ups that they aren't about to give up control of customers' wallets without a fight. NYT Fourteen companies so far have agreed to help develop the mobile wallet system, and more are expected to join the alliance later.
Las Vegas Review-Journal Lays Off Five Editors, Art Director (Jim Romenesko)
In a restructuring, the paper is hiring one person to oversee news/business and another for features/sports and, I'm told, the laid off editors have been invited to apply for the positions.
Google Uses Print Newspaper Ad To Advertise Search Ad Effectiveness (10,000 Words)
Google searches frequently help drive traffic to news stories at newspaper websites. But here's a different twist on the relationship between the search giant and newspapers: using a newspaper to drive advertisers to the search giant.
Donald Trump Punches Down, Misses (The Washington Post / Dylan Byers)
Self-appointed Twitter media critic Donald Trump has gone after CNN, AOL, Vanity Fair -- you name it. Yesterday, to the delight of young Internet journalists everywhere, he took on Salon's Alex Pareene. The Atlantic Yesterday, real estate mogul, Reality TV star, birth certificate verifier, and theater critic Donald Trump discovered that attacking liberal bloggers doesn't have quite the same effect as, say, going after moderate Republicans.
Overdosing on HuffPost Live (Adweek)
In case you were wondering, that's a whole lot of live Web video time to fill each day. Thus, a few big questions are hanging over Arianna and company. Such as, "is this a good idea?" and "does HuffPost Live even work?