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Time Warner Prepares to Leave Time Warner Center… Eventually

Time Warner will likely leave its corporate headquarters at Time Warner Center in Columbus Circle over the next few years. While rumored for a long time, a profile of Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes by the New York TimesAmy Chozik sheds some light on the decision.

Time Warner, one of New York City’s largest commercial tenants, is now studying how to consolidate most of its four million square feet of office space. That probably means finding a new headquarters in a less expensive part of Manhattan and vacating the Time Warner Center, the Time & Life building at Rockefeller Center and many of its remaining 13 New York-area buildings. The company estimated that cutting back on its real estate footprint could save as much as $150 million a year.

The real estate moves are part of a larger effort to slim down a company that many investors say they believe became bloated during the acquisition frenzy of the last decade, when media companies raced to acquire expensive Internet companies.

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In His Memoir, CNN EVP Mark Whitaker Turns a Journalistic Eye on Himself

TVNewser stopped by a book party last night for CNN EVP Mark Whitaker, held at the Upper West Side apartment of HBO Video President Henry McGee and his wife, Celia. (HBO and CNN are both owned by Time Warner.) Whitaker’s family memoir, My Long Trip Home, will be released Tuesday.

In a room packed with colleagues and friends — people he called his “journalistic families” from stints at Newsweek, NBC and CNN — Whitaker (pictured here with his wife, Alexis Gelber) chronicled the experience of writing the memoir, which tells the story of his parents, an interracial couple who met in the 1950s.

“What really got me going and kept me going was not so much writing from memory, which I started to do at the beginning,” he said. “But when I realized that there were a lot of gaps in the story that needed to be filled, and I started to report. And it was really the reporting of the story that I became obsessed with.”

See who else was at the party after the jump.

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CNN, HLN Now Available For Streaming Online… If You Are a Paying Cable Customer

CNN Worldwide has announced that it is making CNN/U.S. and HLN available for streaming on computers, iPads and smartphones… provided you are a paying cable customer.

Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes has been one of the strongest advocates for the so-called “TV Everywhere” concept, which is attempting to let customers that pay for cable service to access those channels from whatever screen they wish. With entertainment programming, on-demand is the name of the game, but for news and information, live is a necessity.

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Maria Bartiromo becomes first female journalist inducted into Cable Hall of Fame

CNBC's Maria Bartiromo presented the Cable Hall of Fame award by Larry Satkowiak, CEO of The Cable Center. (Photo: Oscar Einzig)

The Cable Show, the trade show for the National Cable Television Association, is underway this week in Chicago. And last night at the gala event of the week, the Cable Hall of Fame, CNBC’s Maria Bartiromo became the first female journalist inducted into the Hall. (CNN’s Bernard Shaw and trade publisher Paul Maxwell are also members.)

We talked with the Money Honey this morning between panels she’s moderating at the trade show. She’ll also be anchoring “Closing Bell” from Wrigley Field this afternoon, because tonight the Brooklyn native and Yankees fan is throwing out the first pitch as the Cubs take on the Milwaukee Brewers. “I’ve been going to Central Park to practice,” Bartiromo tells TVNewser. “It’s 60 feet! I just want to get it over the plate.”

TVNewser: Congratulations. I know it’s a busy day for you. What an honor. The Hall of Fame is mostly made up of cable innovators and executives. How did a journalist get on that list?

Maria Bartiromo: Thanks Chris. They tell me I’m the first female journalist on the list and I’m in awe of that. When they asked me to join this illustrious group that includes John Malone, Ted Turner, and Jeff Bewkes, I started to think about my career. Where has the time gone? I started my career as an intern at CNN covering live events, producing under Lou Dobbs. That was 20 years ago and now it’s been 19 years at CNBC covering the financial ups and downs. I feel incredibly proud — proud to be part of this industry.

TVNewser: Who are some of the people behind your success?

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‘Morning Joe’ to CNN?: ‘Mika and I plan to work at NBC for a long time.’

Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski, holding Ryan Licht, at a book event for former EP Chris Licht. Willie Geist is at left.

Today’s New York Post reports on a conversation overheard at last week’s Mirror Awards ceremony in which MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzesinski spoke with Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes.

 

The “Morning Joe” hosts, who just lost their executive producer, Chris Licht, to CBS News, made a tag-team pitch about moving their politically oriented coffee klatch to a morning slot on CNN.

Insiders tell us the exchange was taken out of context, that Scarborough and Brzezinski, who hosted the ceremony, were approached by Bewkes and had the “casual, light-hearted” chat.

Scarborough tells TVNewser, “Mika and I had nice conversation with a CNN executive who joked that we should bring our show to CNN. We laughed, exchanged pleasantries and left the event. Mika and I plan to work at NBC for a long time.”

“Morning Joe” would give a jolt to CNN, however. In May, the show had its best month since November, 2008 topping both CNN’s “American Morning” and HLN’s “Morning Express.”

Also, if you want to get a sense of Scarborough’s sense of humor, just check out this “5 Questions With….” feature with him on TVNewser from 2007.

Media Meshes at Mirror Awards Ceremony

Photo Courtesy: Newhouse School

Yesterday the Newhouse School of Communications at Syracuse University held its fifth annual Mirror Awards ceremony, honoring the best in media reporting. You can read about the winners from FishbowlNY, here.

MSNBC hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski hosted the event, which also presented special awards to Foursquare co-founder Dennis Crowley and Comcast CEO Brian Roberts.

Scarborough opened up the event with a friendly jab at his former executive producer, Chris Licht, who was in the audience.

“Our connection to the Newhouse school is through our executive producer Chris Licht. We have found working with him through the years that not only do you teach your students how to get out there in the media world and do it better than anyone else, but we have to say the trait that you instill that really means more than any other is loyalty. Sticking together through the years no matter what. How is CBS Chris?”

Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes was to present the award to Roberts. The Comcast CEO was unable to attend as he was in Switzerland securing the rights to the 2014, 2016, 2018 and 2020 Olympics for NBC. Bewkes took the opportunity to poke fun at his business partner… and now competitor:

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What Are the Odds Rupert Murdoch Appear on Piers Morgan’s CNN Show? ‘Less Than Zero’

CNN’s upcoming 9 PM show hosted by Piers Morgan has its own website, and with it, a new web series called “Question Time.” Former TVNewser and current “Piers Morgan Tonight” digital producer Steve Krakauer hosts the web show, and asks Morgan about what it was like to work for–and now compete against–News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch.

Krakauer also asked if Morgan would get Murdoch on his program. “I asked him to name my chances from zero to 100 and he replied, ‘less than zero,’” Morgan says.


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Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes: ‘We have to do a better job at programming the news’

The New York Times David Carr sat down with Jeff Bewkes at The Paley Center in New York City for a live streaming web cast yesterday. After Carr brings up the success of Fox News, with 7 million viewers on election night, the writer suggests “maybe you need a tilt, right or left, to be a big business.”

Bewkes immediately answered with a resounding “no” pointing out the success of broadcasts like ABC, CBS, and NBC.

After Bewkes talks about the success of CNN’s centrist point of view, Carr asked “if you were so happy with the way things were going, then why did you replace the guy that was running it?”

“I think we have to do a better job at programming the news,” the CEO responded saying that covering the news from a non-partisan perspective is important but “you have to do it in an accessible, understandable, and interesting way.”

While responding to Carr’s question about CNN’s ratings, Bewkes says “They tune in to get the news, and when they’ve got it, they go…or we bore the hell out of them when they come. That would be our fault.”

Bewkes admitted to watching FOX’s “Family Guy” calling it “a pretty funny show” that he watches with his 13-year-old, saying that it also runs on TBS.

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Media Moguls Rupert Murdoch, Les Moonves and the Jeffs (Bewkes & Zucker) Walk into a Room…

The Paley Center for Media’s International Council has is putting together its program for next month’s 3-day gathering. The summit will include News Corp.’s Rupert Murdoch, CBS Corp.’s Les Moonves, Time Warner boss Jeff Bewkes and NBCU CEO Jeff Zucker and

Delegates from media companies from around the world will attend the gathering Nov. 17-19 at the Paley Center in New York. Reps from Viacom, Fox Networks, NBC Entertainment, Yahoo!, Endemol, Hearst and Microsoft are set to attend.

This year’s theme: the Rebirth of Media Worldwide. There’ll be discussions on the increasing influence of social media and mobile platforms on traditional media and the always-present future of journalism chat — but we sort of already know what Moonves thinks about that.

We’ll let you know what comes of it.

NY Post Floats Another Katie Couric to CNN Rumor

The New York Posts‘s Michael Shain takes two recent stories: Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkescomments on Fox News, and CBS CEO Les Moonvescomments at the University of Texas, and puts them together to once again float the idea that “CBS Evening News” anchor Katie Couric may make the jump to CNN when her contract expires.

Rumors of Couric leaving CBS to go to CNN go back years, with the possibility first mentioned on TVNewser back in 2008. The Post article does not appear to have any new information, and is based solely on the comments made by the two executives, along with some speculation about “Parker Spitzer.”

(h/t ICN)

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