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Jill Abramson’s Departure Is Bad News for The New York Times

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Yesterday’s announcement that The New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson was leaving the Grey Lady to be replaced by managing editor Dean Baquet came as a big surprise to all who don’t work in the NYT newsroom. The politics behind the move have unraveled at a record pace since then.

Unfortunately, the more we learn about it, the more we can guarantee that the story won’t end well for the paper of record. The biggest reveal to date came courtesy of Ken Auletta at The New Yorker: seems that Abramson didn’t just make less money than the men who preceded her–she made less than her own deputy.

The issue: how did the Times so completely lose control of this story?

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Media Beat: Ken Auletta Says Media ‘Has To Try And Charge for Content”

New Yorker columnist and author of “Googled: The End of the World As We Know It” Ken Auletta sat down with mediabistro.com Senior Editor Donya Blaze for the premiere episode of our new video interview series, Media Beat. In this clip, Auletta discusses how his employer, Conde Nast, missed an opportunity to “plant their flag” online. “I think they were late,” he said.

Auletta did say that where he agreed with some traditional media executives is on the point of paid content. Traditional media “has to try and charge for content,” he said.

Watch the rest of Media Beat with Ken Auletta:

PART 1: Premiere Episode: Ken Auletta Gets Googled

PART 2: Ken Auletta Is a Business, Man

Editor’s note: Media Beat is our new weekly video series where we’ll speak with the biggest names in media for an intimate sit-down about their careers and the latest happenings in the business.

Google Founder to PR Department: You Have Eight Hours of My Time This Year

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New Yorker columnist and author Ken Auletta released his latest book, “Googled: The End of the World As We Know It” earlier this month. The book, as the title implies, is a deep dive into the rocket ship paced rise of Google.

Auletta had access to Google co-founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page and quickly found out they’re not fans of PR. Engineers by background, the founders want to make every decision based on data, something not always possible in the “right brain” world of marketing.

In particular, Page told Google’s PR department in 2008 – which then consisted of 130 people – that he would only give them “a total of eight hours of his time that year for press conferences, speeches, or interviews,” wrote Auletta.