Robin Roberts announced on GMA this morning that she has a rare blood and bone marrow disease called MDS for which she is beginning treatment today. You can learn more about this disease here and watch video of Roberts revealing her illness here. But be warned, it’s absolutely heartbreaking. We wish Roberts a speedy recovery.
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Anthony Bourdain is heading to CNN and CNN International for a new weekend show. The network says the new programming will “creat[e] a signature showcase for the network’s coverage of food and travel.” He’ll also be a commentator on other CNN programming. He’ll finish out his final episodes of the Travel Channel’s No Reservations and The Layover, another Travel Channel show, with those episodes to air through 2013. Bourdain will be working with the same people who helped him produce his Travel Channel shows. [via]
New Orleans Times-Picayune employees will start learning who stays and who goes on June 4 or 5. Those who stay will be offered new positions and there is talk of bringing on new hires. In addition, there have been changes in how news is being reported on the website. Last week we learned that the Times-Picayune will be published in print just three times per week, making New Orleans the largest U.S. city without a daily paper.
ICYMI: We’ve posted part three of our three-part interview with New York magazine columnist Frank Rich, in which he talks about the intersection between culture and politics, new media and the upcoming Presidential election, and the dangers of the “meaningless gaffe.” According to Rich, the influence of a ubiquitous pop culture on the voting population is tremendous.
“To watch them [President Obama and Mitt Romney] grapple with, on one hand, the changes in the news media, and on one hand, The Voice, American Idol, and SNL, it’s fascinating,” he says.
In the first of our three-part part Media Beat interview with New York writer-at-large Frank Rich, we talk about his new HBO program Veep, how he first came in contact with Veep creator Armando Iannucci, and how he feels about being the inspiration for a character on the program dubbed “The Beltway Butcher.”
“I think comedy, satire, and farce, which is also a little bit of Veep, heightens everything,” Rich says.
James Murdoch has resigned from his role as executive chairman of News International, the UK publishing group that has been embroiled in the infamous phone-hacking scandal. In a statement from his dad, Rupert Murdoch says, “Now that he has moved to New York, James will continue to assume a variety of essential corporate leadership mandates, with particular focus on important pay-TV businesses and broader international operations.” However, shareholders want him gone all together. They may get their wish, as insiders say that it’s becoming increasingly difficult for James Murdoch to hang on while the scandal still unfolds. Reuters Peter Lauria breaks down the story above.
According to PandoDaily, AOL will layoff hundreds of employees next week, many in the hyperlocal Patch division.
New York magazine is launching a new publication focused on home design. New York Design Hunting will be published annually, coinciding with the International Contemporary Furniture Fair. Longtime design editor Wendy Goodman will lead the coverage.
James O’Keefe, a right-wing favorite who has launched attacks against Planned Parenthood, NPR, and the now-defunct liberal activist group ACORN, has filed a defamation lawsuit against Keith Olbermann, Current TV, and their guest host David Shuster. The lawsuit alleges that O’Keefe was wrongfully labeled a “convicted felon” who had been accused of rape. O’Keefe has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge and was accused of harassment. The harassment charge was dropped. [via, via]
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The New York Times Bits blog has a new logo and lots of other changes like expanded coverage, new staffers, and a daily email newsletter.
Penn State rioters destroyed a WTAJ news van.
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As predicted by The OutCast Agency’s TJ Snyder, the Vanity Fair annual “New Establishment” list has been revealed and there are techies aplenty at the top. Facebook‘s Mark Zuckerberg is number one for a second year, and also on the list are Sergey Brin and Larry Page from Google (#2); Apple’s Tim Cook and Jonathan Ive (#4); and Twitter’s Jack Dorsey (#5). (Facebook, Amazon, Andreeson Horowitz, Netflix, and Zynga are OutCast clients.)
New York has signed on as an advertising partner for teen fashion blogger Tavi Gevinson’s new site Rookie, launching on Monday. There was much talk about a partnership between Gevinson and former Sassy editor Jane Pratt. Those plans didn’t become reality, but word is that Pratt will be involved in some way, shape, or form with Rookie. Gevinson is 15 years old and EIC.
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Keith Olbermann has been bringing a lot of attention to himself and Current TV with the debut of the latest iteration of Countdown. The ratings for the first episode were an impressive 179,000 for the 25-54 age group, which surpassed CNN and pleased Olbermann. The PR continued this week with an appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman.
Some noted that Olbermann used his new Current TV gig to criticize his former colleagues. “It may seem like score settling, but that’s part of the Olbermann brand. Successful TV talk hosts are able to meld their personalities and their material,” notes Time today. ”Olbermann’s gift on Countdown has been to turn his ‘me against the Man’ attitude into an ‘us against the Man’ mantra as he enjoins his audience to resist corporate power.”
After the jump, some more of this week’s major media moves.
For those looking for another food outlet to pitch, news this morning is that famed pork chef David Chang, he of the delicious Momofuku restaurants, is launching a new quarterly magazine called Lucky Peach on June 22. Big names like Ruth Reichl and Anthony Bourdain will be involved with the debut issue. And the magazine will have an iPad app come July. McSweeney’s will be publishing the magazine, so it should be an interesting read. [via FishbowlNY]
After the jump, more of this week’s media highlights from mediabistro’s Revolving Door Newsletter.
New York Media, home to New York magazine, has launched the Vulture Network. With Vulture.com as its hub, the network will provide content from other entertainment blogs such as Brokelyn, Art Critical, and Seat 42F. According to the press release, the new blogs will add 2.5 million unique visitors to Vulture.com’s 3 million visitors. Add these blogs to your media lists.
Vulture.com also recently launched the Anticipation Index.
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