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Don Nash Named EP of Today (TVNewser)
Following the news that Jim Bell would be leaving NBC's Today for a job at NBC Olympics, the network has promoted senior broadcast producer Don Nash to executive producer of the long-running morning program. NYT / Media Decoder The announcement, which was made at a staff meeting, put an end to widespread speculation about a leadership change at the beleaguered morning show, which lost in the ratings to ABC's Good Morning America this year for the first time since the mid-1990s. LA Times / Company Town In his new role, Nash, 47, will be responsible for all four hours of Today, and will be the executive in charge of the show's staff. He takes over Dec. 1, and will report to Alexandra Wallace, who was promoted to the newly created role of "executive in charge" of the Today show. THR "Don Nash deserves to be at the helm of Today," NBC News president Steve Capus said in a statement. "He is a beloved member of the Today family who brings vision, commitment and a deep familiarity to all aspects of the broadcast. The formidable individual talents of Alex, Don and the Today leadership are now combined, and I'm confident our team is well positioned for success." The Wrap Nash, who began with NBC as a page in 1989, has been with Today for 23 years, and had recently overseen the renovation of Today's studio exterior and video wall. He was responsible for the production of Today's Olympics coverage in London this summer, as well as the coverage of the royal wedding. Variety In addition to her Today duties, Wallace will continue to serve as exec producer of NBC's primetime newsmag Rock Center with Brian Williams. She was previously chief deputy in the news division to Capus.
Luke Russert Gets Bashed for 'Ageist' Question (FishbowlDC)
Wednesday, NBC congressional correspondent Luke Russert unleashed a new kind of war on women with a question he asked House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi in a morning press briefing: "Colleagues privately say that your decision to stay on prevents the party from having a younger leadership and hurts the party in the long run." HuffPost "Age discrimination!" some of Pelosi's colleagues shouted. "Boo!" "Next!" Pelosi cried, adding, "Oh, you've always asked that question, except to Mitch McConnell!" The women behind her applauded. Russert pressed on. "No, excuse me," he said. "You, Mr. Hoyer, Mr. Clyburn, you're all over 70. Is your decision to stay on prohibiting younger members from moving forward?" Politico / On Congress When Russert pressed further, Pelosi responded: "So you're suggesting that everybody step aside?... Let's for a moment honor it as a legitimate question, although it's quite offensive. But you don't realize that, I guess." Pelosi then went on to defend her record on electing younger and newer faces to Congress, particularly women, in her 25 years on Capitol Hill. U.S. News & World Report / Washington Whispers Pelosi suggested she was only asked the question because she is a woman. Raising children, she said, led her to start her political career later than her male colleagues. "I knew that my male colleagues... had a jump on me because they didn't have children to stay home [with]," she said, calling Russert's question "offensive." "You got to take off about 14 years from me because I was home raising a family." The Atlantic Wire That's a solid question, as Russert points out himself, the Democratic Party's caucus leaders will all be over 70 years old. Compare that to the GOP party which is grooming its young stars like Paul Ryan and Eric Cantor and priming some of them for 2016 (and beyond). Where are the Democrats' next crop of leaders?
National Book Award Winners Revealed (GalleyCat)
The National Book Award winners for 2012 were revealed at Cipriani Wall Street Wednesday evening. Louise Erdrich has won the fiction award for The Round House from Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers. Washington Post / AP A clearly delighted and surprised Erdrich, who's part Ojibwe, spoke in her tribal tongue and then switched to English as she dedicated her fiction award to "the grace and endurance of native people." The works of two other winners also centered on young boys -- Katherine Boo's for nonfiction, and William Alexander's fantasy Goblin Secrets, for young people's literature. David Ferry won for poetry. LA Times / Jacket Copy The National Book Foundation, which sponsors the awards, has undertaken a high-profile campaign to bring a new measure of glamour to the event. It presented the awards at a black-tie dinner at Cipriani in New York City, hosted an afterparty with a DJ and, for the first time, had a red carpet for arriving authors. USA Today The winners in fiction, nonfiction, poetry and young people's literature each receive $10,000 -- and a boost in their literary reputations and book sales. To be eligible for this year's awards, a book must have been published in the USA between Dec. 1, 2011, and Nov. 30, 2012, and been written by a U.S. citizen.
Facebook Caters to Businesses, Others with Separate News Feed (CNET)
As Facebook works to keep its users happy by minimizing the number of promotional posts that appear with friends' posts in the News Feed, businesses have asked for a new way to reach fans. Enter a separate "Pages Feed," rolled out Wednesday. VentureBeat The option is accessible from the left-hand menu and is rolling out to all Facebook members globally starting Wednesday, the company confirmed to VentureBeat. "This new feature surfaces updates just from Pages you are connected to," a Facebook representative told VentureBeat. "It's a 'Pages only' view of your News Feed, making it even easier for people to keep up with the Pages they care about most." SlashGear It's a quite simple change that's being made, separating out the Pages updates from your main notifications feed, but the results are sure to be long-lasting. Imagine an update feed with only the information you want to see from your buddies, and nothing else -- what a perfect Facebook it could be! readwrite Corralling Pages into their own pen could at least ease some psychological brand weariness among users, a flavor of fatigue that's already begun taking its toll on brands and users alike.
Jimmy Savile Investigation: 450 Potential Victims Now Identified (BBC News)
A total of 450 potential victims of sexual abuse have now been identified by the police investigation set up in the wake of the Jimmy Savile scandal. Daily Mail Police investigating Savile have arrested a man in his 60s on suspicion of sexual offences. He is the third suspect to be arrested as part of Operation Yewtree after former BBC producer Wilfred De'ath, 73, former pop star Gary Glitter, 68, and comic Freddie Starr, 69. NYT A former British politician who was wrongly implicated in child sexual abuse by the British Broadcasting Corporation was quoted on Thursday in his first public interview since the segment was aired as saying that the allegation was "complete rubbish" and that the broadcaster should have called him to check it out.
Spotify Attracts Investments from Coca-Cola and Fidelity (NYT / Media Decoder)
Coca-Cola is becoming a minority investor in Spotify, as part of a new round of financing that will bring in $100 million and value the streaming music service at about $3 billion. TechCrunch The money could help it pay for big taxes from the record labels, marketing to attract new listeners and paying subscribers, and developers to finish building the browser-based version we wrote about this summer. Adweek Additionally, Coke's investment underscores an arms race of sorts between the beverages brand and rival PepsiCo. Through concert series and other music-related efforts, it's become clear that both want to be known as the "music brand" in order to secure the youth market for decades to come.
Marie Claire's New Creative Leadership: Alex Gonzalez and Nina Garcia (FishbowlNY)
Marie Claire is shaking up its creative leadership. Alex Gonzalez is joining the magazine as artistic director, while Nina Garcia has been promoted from fashion director to creative director. New York Observer "Alex and Nina are both inspired visual storytellers, and I am excited about what they will each bring to this new phase in Marie Claire's evolution," said Anne Fulenwider, who has been the editor-in-chief of Marie Claire since September. "Alex's impeccable taste and discerning eye will add a fresh point of view, and Nina truly embodies Marie Claire from a fashion and style perspective." Fashionista While the appointment is certainly news, we can't say we're surprised. Garcia is the natural choice to succeed Suzanne Sykes, who left Marie Claire in September to be creative director of Elle UK.
News Corporation Said to Be Close to Acquiring Stake in YES Network (NYT / Media Decoder)
News Corporation is close to acquiring a stake in the YES Network, the New York-based cable channel that broadcasts Yankees baseball and Nets basketball games, among other regional sports, a person briefed on the discussions said Wednesday. THR Murdoch's son and News Corp. deputy COO James Murdoch sits on the board of the Yankees' holding company, Yankees Global Enterprises. Since moving from London to the conglomerate's headquarters in New York, he has particularly focused on the company's TV businesses.
Pinterest Launches Business Pages to Get Cozy with Brands (Ad Age / Digital)
Pinterest is sending a signal to the multitude of brands and retailers already active on its platform that it's getting ready to open for business itself by unveiling accounts designated for marketers. SocialTimes Commercial accounts were formerly forbidden on the upstart social network, although the rule was widely disregarded. "We want to help more businesses provide great content on Pinterest and make it easy to pin from their websites," product manager Cat Lee wrote on the company's blog.
Ads That Get More Love Than the Stories Around Them? Pulse Has Them (Forbes / Mixed Media)
If there's a holy grail in digital media, it's advertising that's the equivalent of a Super Bowl commercial or a glossy page in Vogue -- an ad that users regard as part of the experience and worth their attention. So when Pulse CEO Akshay Kothari says that users of his mobile reading app are 25 percent more likely to share "brand stories" -- i.e. ads -- than they are to share actual news articles -- well, that's bound to be very interesting to a lot of people.
Pete Wells Absolutely Destroys Guy Fieri's Times Square Restaurant (FishbowlNY)
In his review of Guy Fieri's American Kitchen & Bar in Times Square, Pete Wells -- restaurant critic for The New York Times -- has quite a few questions for the Food Network star. And none of them are nice. In fact, Wells' entire review is a series of questions that absolutely rip apart every aspect of the restaurant.
Self-Published Author Signs a Three-Book Deal, Heralding New Adult Fiction (NYT / Media Decoder)
Of course, most self-published books linger in obscurity, but Cora Carmack's novel was in an emerging area of the market that publishers think is under exploited: New Adult fiction -- books for readers in their college years and early 20s.
Time Warner Cable Makes Good Start to Q4 (Reuters)
Time Warner Cable, the second-largest U.S. cable provider, has made a good start to the fourth quarter in terms of net subscriber additions, its finance director said.
10 Apps to Manage Black Friday Mayhem (SiliconBeat)
Retailers have upped the Black Friday ante with more and bigger sales on the classically American retail holiday that used to arrive the day after Thanksgiving. This year the shopping frenzy starts early Thursday evening, at about pumpkin pie o'clock, and the 30-hour marathon of staggered sales and promotions is enough to leave even the most professional shopper frazzled. So we bring out the apps.
Gossip Cop Founder Narrowly Avoids Becoming People's 'Hexiest Man Alive' (FishbowlLA)
First, we wrote about how People magazine embedded their 2012 "Sexiest Man Alive" issue into Tuesday night's episode of Don't Trust the B- in Apartment 23. Then, we wondered if a Nov. 3 scoop by gossipcop.com "top cop" Michael Lewittes might hex Channing Tatum and prompt the magazine to opt for someone else. Wednesday, with Tatum still strutting his stuff on the cover, we're debating if mention of the actor in Tuesday night's episode might have had something to do with the magazine's decision to stick with the 32-year-old actor.