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Jake Tapper Leaving ABC News for CNN (TVNewser)
Senior White House correspondent Jake Tapper is leaving ABC News for CNN. Tapper will anchor a weekday program on CNN. TVNewser hears it will be the 4 p.m. ET hour, currently filled by The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer. He will also serve as the network's chief Washington correspondent. NYT / Media Decoder Tapper's talks with CNN predated the hiring of Jeffrey Zucker to be president of CNN Worldwide. But Zucker, who will start at CNN in January, was instrumental in getting the deal done, a spokeswoman for the channel said. HuffPost "We are thrilled to have Jake join CNN and take the helm of a brand new weekday program," said CNN executive vice-president Ken Jautz. "Jake is an exceptional reporter and communicator, and we look forward to developing a program that takes advantage of all of his strengths, his passion and his knowledge of national issues and events." The Washington Post / The TV Column More recently a major player in ABC News's coverage of the '12 election, Tapper will be remembered as the guy who, on election night, set the record straight when ABC News analyst Matt Dowd told viewers this "may be the last election that we see two white men run against each other for president." Tapper took a moment from inside Obama headquarters in Chicago to say, "I just want to make sure that everybody is clear on the fact that Barack Obama is not white. Has that been established?... I have this breaking news flash: Barack Obama is African American. If somebody could tell Matt, that'd be great." Politico / Dylan Byers on Media The Tapper hire is a major boon to CNN, which has undergone major ratings struggles but hopes to stage a turnaround under incoming president Zucker. Tapper's hire follows that of Virginia Moseley, the senior Washington producer for ABC's Good Morning America who joined CNN as vice president and deputy bureau chief in Washington last month. Correspondent John Berman also left ABC earlier this year to join CNN. New York Daily News It probably didn't hurt that CNN's head of talent is another former ABC News vet -- Amy Entelis, who joined CNN last January. Tapper has been a Washington, D.C. fixture for more than 14 years, and began as a print journalist at the Washington City Paper. Prior to joining ABC, he wrote for Salon.com and other major publications.
Charlie Rose Show Agrees to Pay Up to $250,000 to Settle Interns' Lawsuit (NYT / Media Decoder)
Charlie Rose and his production company have agreed to pay as much as $250,000 to settle a class-action lawsuit brought by a former unpaid intern who claimed minimum-wage violations. TVNewser As we noted back in March, the intern sued Rose and his company for not paying her when she served as an intern. New York has very strict laws regarding unpaid internships, and the media business makes frequent use of the unpaid labor pool. Rose and his company will also have to pay back wages for as many as 189 other former interns, according to the Times. THR / Hollywood, Esq. Lucy Bickerton sued in March, alleging that she wasn't paid despite working 25 hours a week for three months in the summer of 2007. In her original complaint, she said there were 10 other interns working for Rose during the time she spent on the show. A 2008 graduate of Wesleyan University, Bickerton said her duties included assembling background research and press packets, escorting guests, digesting Rose's interviews and cleaning. Deadline Hollywood The settlement comes on a landscape that sees various other former entertainment industry interns seeking pay or recognition through the courts for the work they have performed. Another class action case involving former Fox Searchlight interns is currently winding its way through the courts.
Brian McGrory Named Globe's New Editor (Boston Globe / Business Updates)
Brian McGrory, a 23-year veteran of The Boston Globe who has led groundbreaking coverage of corruption as an editor and whose columns have made him an essential voice in the region, will become the news organization's next editor. NYT / Media Decoder McGrory, who has worked at the Globe for the last 23 years, will succeed Martin Baron, the newspaper's editor for the last decade. Baron has been named the editor of The Washington Post and officially left the Globe last week. FishbowlNY "Brian has distinguished himself throughout his career at the Globe as a reporter, editor and columnist and as a native of Boston, he is the ideal candidate to lead the Globe's newsroom," said the Globe's publisher, Christopher Mayer, in a statement. "Brian will continue to emphasize the accountability reporting that has been the Globe's trademark, combined with narrative storytelling that gives readers a strong sense of our unique community." Bloomberg Businessweek The new editor takes over the paper as it seeks to make up for declining advertising sales by asking readers to pay for access to its articles online. The Boston Globe's print readership has declined with average weekday circulation falling 9.2 percent to 180,919 and Sunday editions dropping 8.7 percent to 323,345. The newspaper started charging readers online in October 2011 and reported 26,000 paying subscribers as of the end of September this year.
Meet the Press Books NRA's Wayne LaPierre (HuffPost)
Meet the Press has landed NRA CEO's Wayne LaPierre's first interview since Friday's tragic shooting in Newtown, Conn. Host David Gregory tweeted the news on Thursday. LaPierre will appear on the show Sunday. "The NRA is ready to talk," executive producer Betsy Fischer Martin wrote. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media LaPierre's Sunday appearance will follow what the NRA has described as a "major" press conference on Friday, at which the organization plans to make "meaningful contributions" to ensure that the tragic shooting in Newtown "never happens again." Amid increased calls for gun control legislation, LaPierre will address "what he thinks should be done to curb the threat of violence in America," NBC said. The Wrap / Media Alley The NRA was silent for several days after the killings of 20 children and six women at the school, deactivating its Facebook page and issuing no public comments.
Clear Channel Layoffs Begin at WOR; David Paterson and Joy Browne Axed (FishbowlNY)
It was only a matter of time at WOR. It's the sense of radio insiders that staffers at the venerable news/talk station were on borrowed time since Clear Channel purchased the 710 frequency in August. Now, FishbowlNY has learned that numerous changes have taken place at WOR, with others still possible, all within days of Christmas. Here's what we know at this point. Midday host Dr. Joy Browne is out. The psychologist spent 15 years dishing advice to callers on WOR. NYT / City Room Former Gov. David A. Paterson's career as a radio host on WOR-AM (710) lasted little more than a year. On Thursday, Paterson and Browne were dismissed as part of a takeover of the station by Clear Channel. The sale of WOR to Clear Channel closed on Thursday. Four other full-time employees were also let go. YNN / Capital Tonight Paterson, who has said his visual impairment led him to become a big radio fan at a young age, replaced conservative host Steve Malzberg back in September 2011, taking over the 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. slot. The former governor's show featured an eclectic array of guests, including his successor and one-time political rival, Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
A Good Year for ABC News' Martha Raddatz (TVNewser)
Martha Raddatz's promotion to chief global affairs correspondent caps off a good year for the ABC News correspondent. In her new role, Raddatz will also serve as George Stephanopoulos' primary substitute on This Week. Although she is known for her international reporting, Raddatz's political expertise received glowing reviews during her turn as moderator of this year's vice presidential debate between Joe Biden and Paul Ryan. Chicago Tribune / Reuters Raddatz has reported from the Pentagon, the State Department, the White House, and from conflict zones worldwide, including Afghanistan and Iraq. But she has been perhaps most celebrated for keeping the vice presidential debate between Joe Biden and Paul Ryan on course after the moderator of the first presidential debate, Jim Lehrer, was accused of letting the candidates run amok.
What the New York Times' 'Snow Fall' Means to Online Journalism's Future (The Atlantic Wire)
The New York Times debuted a new multimedia feature Thursday so beautiful it has a lot of people wondering -- especially those inside The New York Times -- if the mainstream media is about to forgo words and pictures for a whole lot more. Unlike a standard words-on-page article that doesn't diverge too much from print in the design department, "Snow Fall," a multi-"chapter" series by features reporter John Branch, integrates video, photos, and graphics in a way that makes multimedia feel natural and useful, not just tacked on. Business Insider It concludes with a time-stamped map and the words: "End of Chapter One. Remaining Chapters Coming This Week." The only thing not on the screen are any advertisements and while the story is available from an open link it makes sense that this would be subscriber exclusive content.
Why the U.S. Media Ignored Murdoch's Brazen Bid to Hijack the Presidency (The Guardian / Carl Bernstein)
So now we have it: what appears to be hard, irrefutable evidence of Rupert Murdoch's ultimate and most audacious attempt -- thwarted, thankfully, by circumstance -- to hijack America's democratic institutions on a scale equal to his success in kidnapping and corrupting the essential democratic institutions of Great Britain through money, influence and wholesale abuse of the privileges of a free press. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media Carl Bernstein is accusing the U.S. media, including his former employer The Washington Post, of failing to adequately cover what he calls Rupert Murdoch's "brazen bid to hijack the presidency." Bernstein's complaint comes weeks after his former colleague Bob Woodward reported -- in the Washington Post's "Style" section -- that Fox News president Roger Ailes had tried to enlist Gen. David Petraeus to run for president, and that Murdoch, Ailes' boss at News Corp., might have bankrolled the campaign.
Think Like the Audience (Nieman Journalism Lab / Mindy McAdams)
Put yourself in the shoes of the audience. This is the real challenge for journalists in 2013. I'm not sure if journalists will do it or not, so this is not exactly a prediction. I do know it's necessary. It's more necessary than a business model, because if no one wants what you're selling, you won't be able to sell anything.
How to Fix the Media Ownership Debate (CJR / The Swing States Project)
The debate over "who owns the media" is heating up again, and has already become stuck in a bit of a 1980s time warp. That's unfortunate. Smart media policy could actually help local news ecosystems during a critical time.
CNBC Greenlights Reality Series (Variety)
CNBC has greenlit two new series that will kick off its venture into primetime reality formats. Treasure Detectives and The Car Chasers will premiere on the cabler March 5 during its CNBC Prime block. In addition, CNBC has tapped four new unscripted projects for its development slate.
How the Publishing World Acclimated to the Digital Revolution (Highbrow Magazine)
Like the record industry before it, the publishing industry is changing dramatically. Of the Big Seven publishers (Random House, HarperCollins, MacMillan, Penguin, Simon & Schuster, Hachette Book Group (Little, Brown & Co, et al), and Scholastic), six of them -- all but Scholastic -- have proven to be too big to change their business strategy in a rapidly changing marketplace.
Instagram Reverts to Original Terms of Service for Advertising Practices (SocialTimes)
After a backlash from its users in response to proposed changes to its terms of service, Instagram said Thursday that it would go back to existing legal language that describe its advertising policies. Instagram does not currently support advertising, but is expected to do so soon.
Amazon Studios Orders Six Original Comedy Pilots for its Prime Instant Video Service (Engadget)
After putting out an open call for original content last May, Amazon Studios is ready to begin production on six comedy pilots. Culled from a writer base consisting of industry vets (some award winning, some from the minds of Big Bang Theory stars, some backed by the adorably creepy Kristen Schaal) and unknowns, these scripted entries will be hosted for free on the company's Instant Video platform once completed.
Facebook to Let Strangers, Brands Send You Paid Messages (PRNewser)
Thursday brought yet another reason for Facebook's billion-plus users to get their collective knickers in a bunch. In its latest attempt to catch the white whale we call "revenue," Facebook announced changes to its messaging feature: the network will soon offer a pay-per-message service to test audiences before making it available to all users.