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Posts Tagged ‘Joshua Topolsky’

Revolving Door: Murdoch’s Successor, ‘Times’ Testing, and a ‘WaPo’ Partnership

Rupert Murdoch sat in on News Corp.‘s earnings call the other day and, according to Reuters (h/t FishbowlNY), he said he had “full confidence” in Chase Carey — rather than son James — to take the reigns should the need arise.

Also this week, The New York Times launched Beta620, a testing site for digital offerings from Times developers. Oooh… There’s a crossword app on there now.

And former Engadget EIC Joshua Topolsky will write an exclusive weekly column for The Washington Post as part of a partnership between The Verge, an upcoming tech news site where Topolsky is now EIC, and the Post. Other reporters will also contribute tech stories to the newspaper.

After the jump, we have more of the latest media news and moves.

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Gizmodo Blogger: ‘PR Kowtowing’ To WSJ’s Mossberg ‘Should Have Ended Five Years Ago’

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Gizmodo editorial director Brian Lam wants PR professionals to stop giving preferential treatment to The Wall Street Journal. He tweeted last night:

PR kowtowing to walt should have ended 5 years ago. the emperor has no clothes. and no one under 40 reads him

Lam, and Engadget’s Joshua Topolsky were upset because The Journal‘s personal tech guru Walt Mossberg posted a story on TiVo’s new “TiVo Premiere” model before they were able to.

Initially, Lam accused Mossberg of breaking an embargo, but it appears he had “his own private publish time,” according to Lam.

Having previously worked in tech PR, we’ll say this: it’s unfortunate if Mossberg was indeed given a “private publish time,” which basically means TiVo gave Mossberg an exclusive and then briefed a bunch of other reporters under embargo.

Reporters, of course, hate this. It seems Lam and the other bloggers should be more upset with TiVo PR. Yelling at Walt isn’t going to do any good. Walt is a competitor, and a competitor at a much stronger and well-known brand, at that.

According to this release, Ruder Finn handled PR for the “Tivo Premiere” release.