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Random House Moves Up Publication Date of Roger Ailes Biography

Ailes bookBecause of “heavy media attention and heightened interest,” Random House is moving the publication date of Gabe Sherman‘s book on Roger Ailes up a week, Politico’s Dylan Byers reports. The book, originally scheduled to be released January 21, will now be published next Tuesday, January 14.

Sherman’s book, “The Loudest Voice in the Room,” has received heavy media attention since The New York Times released the first details from it Tuesday night. Yesterday, New York magazine published a lengthy excerpt about Ailes’ involvement in local politics in Garrison, N.Y., where he owns a home and two local newspapers.

New York released additional excerpts from “Loudest Voice” this afternoon, including an anecdote about Ailes’ first tour of the Wall Street Journal’s News Corp. newsroom:

The ratings failure of the Fox Business Network, which Murdoch had tapped Ailes to launch 2007, was all the more glaring given that Murdoch had acquired The Wall Street Journal around the same time. But Ailes spoke of the Journal as a threat. The paper had no synergy with Fox. Executives noticed that Ailes resented Murdoch’s lavish support of the Journal‘s parent company, Dow Jones, and his close friendship with Robert Thomson, the former editor of The Times of London whom Murdoch tapped to be publisher of the Journal. As Les Hinton, then president of Dow Jones, accompanied Ailes on a tour of the Journal‘s gleaming new newsroom a few floors above Fox News, Ailes grumbled, “So, you’re showing me what I paid for.”

Sherman did not interview Ailes for the book. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter published yesterday, Ailes said “attacking me and Fox News is nothing new.”

Speaking of the “gleaming new newsroom” at the Wall Street Journal, MediabistroTV’s CUBES got a tour of it last year. Watch after the jump. Read more

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Roger Ailes on Gabe Sherman, Rupert Murdoch and Jeff Zucker

rogerailesfox-afpOn the same day that the first pieces of Gabe Sherman‘s book were published by The New York Times, Roger Ailes is the subject of an extensive Q+A with The Hollywood Reporter.

He weighs in on last year’s changes to the primetime lineup (“I believed, in some cases, we needed to freshen up a little bit”) and his relationship with Rupert Murdoch (“He wanders in and ruins my schedule and just wants to talk”). He also talks about his competitors and Sherman’s upcoming book:

You’re the subject of an unauthorized book, for which you declined to participate. Are you doing anything to counteract any negative elements?

Bette Davis said, I think it was Bette Davis, ‘What other people think of me is none of my business.’ Attacking me and Fox News is nothing new – it’s a cottage industry. What’s new is that Random House refused to fact check the content with me or Fox News — that tells you everything you need to know about this book and its agenda.

What do you think of Jeff Zucker saying CNN is now focused on making shows and moving away from newscasts? Read more

Brian Lewis Talks About his Fox News Firing

Brian Lewis, who spent the last 17 years as the chief spokesperson for Fox News, is himself speaking out about his firing from the network. Though, in classic PR style, just barely.

Lewis, who joined Fox News in April 1996, six months before the network launched, was let go July 25 for, “issues relating to financial irregularities, as well as for multiple, material and significant breaches of his employment contract,” according to 21st Century Fox spokesperson. (It was Lewis who used to do the talking for Fox News and other 21CF entities).

“There has been rampant speculation surrounding my departure from Fox that I am not addressing at this time,” Lewis tells TVNewser. “I will say it has been an honor and privilege to work for Roger Ailes the past 20 years and I wish nothing but the best for him and the great people at Fox News.”

We asked Lewis what was behind his departure, what the “financial irregularities” were, and how he thinks the story of his dismissal leaked out, nearly a month after it occurred. The longtime flack could not, for legal reasons he says, talk about it. We also asked about all the reporting and speculation over the last 24 hours since the story broke.

“Some stories are ludicrous, but there is one story that is particularly ludicrous.” Without saying as much, he’s referring to  Gabe Sherman‘s New York Magazine take on what it all means. Sherman’s book on Ailes and Fox News, “The Loudest Voice in the Room,” is slated to be released in January.

The final line of Sherman’s piece — “Lewis’s departure means Ailes is more isolated than ever before” — got many Fox Newsers Tweeting today defending their boss.

A former Fox may be on the prowl, but he’s not far from the pack.

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Matt Lauer: ‘The Last NBC News Star From the Era When Broadcast Still Ruled’

With NBC News and Matt Lauer reportedly closing in on the terms of a new contract, New York‘s Gabe Sherman takes a look at how the negotiations have unfolded. As ABC’s “Good Morning America” continues to close the gap with “Today” in the mornings, and CBS’ “Face the Nation” trades off the top spot with “Meet the Press” on Sundays, Sherman points out NBC is left “needing Lauer even more than it might have expected to just a year ago”:

Today is a huge moneymaker for NBC, generating ad revenues in excess of $450 million in 2010, according to Kantar Media. Lauer is the key to that haul. After playing the beta to Katie Couric’s alpha, he’s now the linchpin of the franchise, his versatility and likability buoying the program ever since her departure in 2006. Lauer’s worth only increased when Meredith Vieira left and handed the co-anchor chair to Ann Curry, who in the eyes of many television-news executives has experienced a rocky transition to her new role.

With the death of Tim Russert and the retirement of Tom Brokaw, Lauer has emerged as the last NBC News star from the era when broadcast still ruled.