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Bloomberg’s Heilemann/Halperin Politics Vertical to Launch in October

John Heilemann and Mark Halperin bloombergCapital New York reports Bloomberg Politics, the multi-platform vertical led by John Heilemann and Mark Halperin, will launch in October, just 30 days before the midterms. The pair will helm a half-hour show in the 5 p.m. timeslot:

In a town hall meeting that lasted about two hours, Bloomberg Businessweek editor-in-chief Josh Tyrangiel, who’s been working closely with [Bloomberg Media Group CEO Justin] Smith on the media-group strategy, described the show as “much closer to ‘Pardon the Interruption’ on ESPN than ‘Meet the Press,’” according to a partial transcript provided by a source. “One of our biggest advantages in politics is we are not ideological, we are not a sewer.” (Presumably the show will share the name of the site: Bloomberg Politics.)

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The Hollywood Reporter’s Annual ’35 Most Powerful People in New York Media’

Television news executives and personalities are well represented on The Hollywood Reporter‘s annual “35 Most Powerful People in New York Media” list.

From the executive ranks: CBS News chairman Jeff Fager and president David Rhodes; NBC News chairman Pat Fili-Krushel and president Deborah Turness; and incoming Disney/ABC Television group president Ben Sherwood and ABC News president James Goldston represent the broadcast networks. On the cable side, Fox News chairman Roger Ailes, MSNBC president Phil Griffin, CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker and Bloomberg Media Group CEO Justin Smith make the list.

The main anchors for the broadcast networks — Brian Williams, Diane Sawyer and Scott Pelley — are all on the list, as well as morning anchors from each network. For NBC, it’s Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie and Willie Geist; Charlie Rose, Gayle King and Norah O’Donnell represent CBS; and for ABC, Robin Roberts, George Stephanopoulos and Lara Spencer. “Good Morning America” senior executive producer Tom Cibrowski and “CBS Sunday Morning” EP Rand Morrison are also named.

As for cable news talent, all three Fox News primetime hosts — Bill O’Reilly, Megyn Kelly and Sean Hannity — make the list. From MSNBC, Rachel Maddow, Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough; and from CNN, Anderson Cooper.

Other notable additions: Stephen Colbert, Jon Stewart, Jimmy Fallon, Bob Costas, Michael Strahan and Kelly Ripa.

TVNewser will be at the party celebrating the honorees tonight.

[Images via Hollywood Reporter]

Bloomberg Media Completes 100-Day Review

justin smith bloombergBloomberg Media Group CEO Justin Smith has completed his 100-day review of the company. He talks to Digiday about his plan to build a “leading digitally-led, multi-platform media company for global business,” a project he says will require “re-imagination and re-invention” across all Bloomberg’s platforms, including TV:

You identify digital video as a large opportunity. Why? 
The main advantage is we are in the video business 24/7 around the world. We have large live television and digital video operations in New York, Hong Kong and London. We have the ability to produce a quality standard that’s different than what you’re seeing from a lot of the other entrants who come from other platforms outside TV.

In a Medium post, Smith expands on his television strategy: Read more

Justin Smith on Bloomberg TV: ‘We’re Sort of in the Top of the First Inning Here’

justin smith bloombergAs he prepares to wrap up an 100-day review of the company, Bloomberg Media Group CEO Justin Smith talks to AdAge about first months at his new job. He also talks about Bloomberg’s digital video production, which ended 2013 as the top site for global business video, and hints at possible changes to Bloomberg TV under Josh Tyrangiel‘s leadership:

Ad Age: Does Bloomberg TV need to be more broadly accessible? Would we ever see it as more of a CNBC – or even a CNN — that reaches beyond business media?

Mr. Smith: The vast majority of the content we produce is for the global business community — their business interests, their financial interests, their work-related or professional-related interests. However, we are increasingly growing our media businesses and media platforms around the lifestyle side of this global business audience.

Ad Age: Are we going to see the kind of splashy packaging Josh Tyrangiel brought to Businessweek reflected on Bloomberg TV? Read more

The Saturday Ticker: Bloomberg’s Back, ‘Cups’ Filled, Digging a Dinosaur

  • The NYTimes reports Michael Bloomberg is back at his old company and taking a hands-on role: “He sits with the TV operation and media group on the fifth floor of the Bloomberg tower, in the same cluster of desks as Justin Smith, the new chief executive of Bloomberg Media.”

  • Three Cups of Tea author Greg Mortenson defends his bestseller to NBC’s Tom Brokaw and says the stories in his book happened, but not in the sequence or the timing that he wrote. The interview airs Tuesday on “Today.”

  • From whales to dinosaurs. CNN Films has acquired Dinosaur 13, a documentary that follows paleontologist Peter Larson and “Sue,” a 65 million year-old fossilized Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton. Dinosaur 13 will be shown in theaters this year and on CNN later.

Sara Eisen, Justin Dial Leave Bloomberg TV

BLOOMBERG-tv-LOGOTVNewser has learned about a handful of notable departures from Bloomberg Television recently.

Justin Dial, who joined Bloomberg in 2011 as head of U.S. newsgathering, has joined Al Jazeera America as deputy head of newsgathering. In his new role, he will report to Marcy McGinnis, Al Jazeera America’s senior vice president of newsgathering.

Another recent departure from Bloomberg TV is Sara Eisen, who anchored “Bloomberg Surveillance” alongside Tom Keene. Eisen announced on Twitter she will join CNBC on December 16.

TVNewser hears there have been other departures from the network recently, including a show producer who is leaving for Fox Business and Chris Berend head of digital video, is joining CNN. Andrew Morse, who had been the head of U.S. television for Bloomberg left for CNN in August.

Under the leadership of newly-installed CEO Justin Smith, Bloomberg Media Group is the midst of a 100-day review as “a strategic planning exercise to map our future course,” according to AdWeek. Bloomberg Businessweek editor Josh Tyrangiel has temporarily moved to the TV side. And as TVSpy reported, the company is ending production of its local market reports, seen on nearly 200 stations across the country.

Atlantic Media’s Justin Smith Named CEO Of Bloomberg Media Group

The Bloomberg Media Group, which includs Bloomberg TV and Bloomberg BusinessWeek, has named Justin Smith CEO.

Smith joins Bloomberg from Atlantic Media, where he was president from 2010-2013. Atlantic Media includes The Atlantic magazine, National Journal and Quartz. Smith officially joins Bloomberg September 16, and will report to Bloomberg LP CEO Dan Doctoroff.

With the addition of Smith, Andrew Lack has been named chairman of Bloomberg Media. Lack, the former president of NBC News, has served as CEO of Bloomberg Media since 2008.

“Throughout Bloomberg’s history, we’ve been defined by our ability to disrupt markets, our willingness to invest when others don’t, and our constant focus on innovation,” said Doctoroff in a statement. “Justin Smith has an exceptional track record in each of these areas. His deep understanding of the media and vision for its future makes him an ideal fit at Bloomberg as we continue to transform and expand our media businesses worldwide.”

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