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Howard Kurtz Breaks Katie Couric Story, AP Creeps in a Week Later

On Monday the AP wrote that CBS Evening News anchor Katie Couric will leave the network when her contract expires in June. The rest of their story was about the program’s slipping ratings. A buried graph speculated that Couric’s successor may be Scott Pelley of “60 Minutes,” but that CBS would seek replacements “both inside and outside of the company.”

The story cited a “network executive who spoke on the condition of anonymity because Couric has not officially announced her plans.”

But wait. Didn’t we hear this a week ago?

We did. From The Daily Beast‘s Washington bureau chief, Howard Kurtz.

On March 25, Kurtz reported that Couric was “very likely to leave in June, and Scott Pelley is a top contender to replace her – but CBS is looking both within and outside the network.”

The AP also reported that Couric was “expected to launch a syndicated talk show in 2012.” Ten days earlier, Kurtz wrote: “[Couric] is now exploring daytime or syndication deals” and mentioned a 2012 launch.

It’s odd that the AP wouldn’t reference Kurtz at all, given that he wrote what amounts to the same story more than a week earlier.

Kurtz told FishbowlDC: “I wrote on Mar. 25 that CBS was searching for a successor, that Couric’s departure ‘now seems almost certain and that Scott Pelley was a leading candidate to replace her. It was hard to miss, since Drudge bannered it. So the AP story, which used slightly stronger language, wasn’t news to me.”

Paul Colford at the AP said the reason their story seems to be getting attention is “because it attributed Katie Couric’s exit from the anchor chair to a…’network executive,’” citing HuffPost, which included that attribution in their headline.

Note to Readers: We’ve removed the word “more” from the above post to reflect that AP‘s Colford does not believe that the AP‘s story got “more” attention than Kurtz’s piece. On the larger, more important matter of why AP never cited Kurtz’s story? AP won’t talk about it. — BR

Morning Reading List 10.08.09

Good morning FishbowlDC! Got a blind item, interesting link, funny note, comment, birthday, anniversary or anything of the sort for Morning Reading List? Drop us a line.

Happy (one-day-belated) 13th birthday to Fox News Channel! What we know and what we’re reading this Thursday morning…

NEWSPAPERS | TV | ONLINE | MAGAZINES | AWARDS & EVENTS

NEWSPAPERS

The Chicago Sun-Times is a step closer to new publisher.

TV

CNN’s SNL “fact-check” has received some backlash.

MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann devoted an hour to his “Special Comment” on last night’s “Countdown.” Tune in here.

Just after CBS’ Lara Logan appeared on “Charlie Rose” to discuss Afghanistan and war coverage this week, Rose hosted NBC’s Richard Engel and Max Cleland, former Senator and head of the Veterans Administration, and Vietnam veteran. That show re-airs tonight at 8pm.

Logan and other CBS-ers David Martin, Byron Pitts, Scott Pelley and their producers shared stories of their experiences reporting in Afghanistan on last night’s “Evening News.” There was also a voiceover from Cami McCormick, who was injured in Afghanistan this summer. Watch here.

ONLINE

At noon today, C-SPAN will host a live webcast with Sen. Tom Harkin and guest reporters NYT‘s David Herszenhorn and The Hill‘s Jeffrey Young.

Google is also dabbling in books.

MAGAZINES

Five ways to save mags.

AWARDS & EVENTS

Steve Roberts and Cokie Roberts hosted a party at their home last night to celebrated his new book “From Every End of This Earth.” Guests included: George Stephanopoulos, Judy Woodruff, Geoge Will, Andrea Mitchell and Alan Greenspan, Charlie Cook, Rick Klein and Bill Nichols, as well as Rep. Barney Frank and Anita McBride. (h/t Click)

HAT TIPS: mediabistro, TVNewser, Politico, NJ‘s Wake-Up Call and Last Call!

Where Are Your Fave DC Journos Delivering Commencement Addresses?

Alissa Krinsky at TVNewser has compiled this thorough list of where and when your favorite journos will deliver commencement addresses this year.

In alphabetical order…

• MSNBC’s Jonathan Alter: Western Connecticut State University (CT), May 24

• CNN’s Wolf Blitzer: St. Bonaventure University (NY), May 17

• NBC’s Tom Brokaw: Fordham University (NY), May 16…College of William & Mary (VA), May 17

• CBS’ Katie Couric: Princeton University (NJ) – Class Day ceremony speaker, June 1

• CBS’ Kimberly Dozier: Wellesley College (MA), June 5

• CNN’s David Gergen: Old Dominion University (VA), May 9

• FNC’s Lauren Green: St. John Fisher College (NY), May 9

• CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta: University of Michigan Medical School (MI), May 8

• Bloomberg News’ Al Hunt: Along with wife Judy Woodruff, Gettysburg College (PA), May 17

• PBS’ Gwen Ifill: Howard University (DC), May 9… Marymount University (VA), May 10… Simmons College (MA), May 15… Georgetown University (DC) – Georgetown College (undergraduate Arts & Sciences), May 16

• NBC’s Matt Lauer: Harvard University (MA) – Senior Class Day speaker, June 3

• PBS’ Jim Lehrer: East Central University (OK), May 9

• CNN’s Suzanne Malveaux: Gannon University (PA), May 9… Montgomery College (MD), May 22

• MSNBC’s Chris Matthews: Saint Joseph’s University (PA), May 16

• CBS’ Erin Moriarty: The Ohio State University (OH) – Distinguished Service Award at Pre-Commencement Dinner, June 13

• CNN’s Soledad O’Brien: Florida A&M University (FL) – 6 p.m. undergraduate ceremony, May 3

• MSNBC’s Norah O’Donnell: Marywood University (PA), May 10

• CBS’ Scott Pelley: Texas Tech University (TX), May 9

• CBS’ Randall Pinkston: Jackson State University (MS), May 9

• CBS’ Byron Pitts: North Carolina A&T State University (NC), May 9… Delaware State University (DE), May 17

• CBS’ Dave Price: Sacred Heart University (CT), May 17

• HDNet’s Dan Rather: Michigan State University (MI) – Advanced degree commencement, May 8.

• CNN’s John Roberts: University of Colorado at Boulder (CO), May 8

• CBS’ Bob Schieffer: Maryville University (MO), May 2… The University of Mississippi (MS), May 9… Hofstra University (NY), May 17

• PBS’ Ray Suarez: Lewis and Clark University (OR), May 10… California State University-Monterey Bay (CA), May 16

• PBS’ Margaret Warner: Sweet Briar College (VA), May 16

• PBS’ Judy Woodruff: Saint Mary’s College (IN), May 16… Along with husband Al Hunt, Gettysburg College (PA), May 17

• CBS’ Susan Zirinsky: American University (DC) – School of Communication, May 9

Morning Reading List, 07.18.07

morningsun.gifGood morning Washington.

  • Do tell! What are these mythical “other” beaches you are running off to?

  • An ABC release announced, “For the twelfth consecutive week, ABC’s ‘World News with Charles Gibson’ was the #1 evening newscast among Total Viewers, Households and Adults 25-54. Averaging 7.67 million Total Viewers and a 1.9/8 among Adults 25-54, ‘World News’ outperformed NBC by 330,000 Total Viewers and 90,000 key demo viewers. Week-to-week, ‘World News’ grew its Total Viewing audience 3% and its demo audience 4%.”

  • Another ABC release announced, “ABC News has received 15 News Emmy nominations from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, it was announced today by the Academy. The Awards will be presented on Monday, September 24, 2007 in New York City.”

  • An NBC release announced, “NBC News has received a total of 15 News and Documentary Emmy Award nominations, the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced today.”

  • 2 Weeks: MSNBC Tops CNN In Sales Prime

  • Cousin TVNewser reports, “PBS Leads The Way with 22 Emmy Noms”

  • “11 of CBS’s 19 News & Documentary Emmy Award nominations are for one program: the venerable 60 Minutes.”

  • LNS v. City Paper: The Fallout.

  • Dow Jones Board Approves Sale

  • Bloomberg reports, “Google Inc., owner of the world’s most popular search engine, said it will address privacy concerns by reducing the lifetime of ‘cookies’ installed on the computers of people who visit its Web site.”

  • The Weekly Pew News Index for July 8-13 shows, “The Iraq policy debate was easily the biggest story of the week, filling 20% of the newshole, according to PEJ’s News Coverage Index from July 8-13. It was also the top story in every media sector: newspapers 15%; online 17%; network 29%; cable 22%; and radio 20%.”

  • Bob Meyers, President of the National Press Foundation, sent a letter of thanks to supporters, stating, “As you may know, with your support we have met and exceeded our $25,000 Challenge Grant from the Knight, Ford, and Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundations. We raised more than $34,000 from individual donors, of which $28,000 qualified for our match.”

  • The London Times reports, “Facebook, the fast-growing social networking site, is facing a potentially embarrassing lawsuit after a rival site claimed that the founder, Mark Zuckerberg, stole the idea for the network.”

  • Olbermann To Moderate Dem Forum Aug. 7

  • The Los Angeles Times reports, “The songs remained the same on Internet radio Monday, as most stations continued to stream music while their representatives negotiated to lower a controversial royalty hike that took effect over the weekend.”

  • TVNewser reports, “The latest name to surface in the ongoing Katie Couric saga at CBS News is that of Scott Pelley, a Washington-based 60 Minutes correspondent since 2004.”

  • New York Times reports, “Business 2.0 magazine, a seven-year-old Time Inc. publication that covers start-ups, technology trends and changes in the new economy, might publish its final issue in September, according to people briefed on discussions about the fate of the magazine.”

  • The Independent features an interview with Tina Brown.

  • ABC announced that Charles Gibson will anchor a special edition of “20/20,” exploring “the untold story of Billy Graham’s ties to eleven U.S. administrations — from Harry Truman to George W. Bush . ‘Pastor to Power: Billy Graham and the Presidents’ will air on Friday, August 10 at 10 p.m., ET, in conjunction with the publication of ‘The Preacher and the Presidents’ by Nancy Gibbs and Michael Duffy of Time Magazine.”

  • The Chicago Tribune reports, “Faced with a steady decline in revenue and cash flow, Tribune Co. plans to run advertisements on the front pages of most of its daily newspapers”

  • From a reader calls our attention to this — “USA Today has a cow over voting numbers”

  • The Society of Professional Journalists announced upcoming journalism trainings in Washington, D.C.. Check it out here.

  • TVNewser reports, “In the week ending July 13, NBC slipped into a television year-to-date tie with World News in viewers.”

  • Who knew the Washington Post Business Section was funny? His Extreme-ness did.

  • From ABC: “ABC News and ABC5 News today released credentialing information for the Republican ‘This Week’ Iowa Forum on August 5th. The Forum moderated by ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos with additional questioning from David Yepsen of The Des Moines Register, will be held at Drake University. All Republican presidential candidates have confirmed their attendance. The Democratic Forum co-hosted by the Iowa Democratic Party will be held on Sunday August 19th from 8:00-9:30 AM Central Time credentialing details will be provided in the coming weeks.”

  • “You’re invited to the sixth annual Breakfast of Editing Champions at the AEJMC convention Friday, Aug. 10. The breakfast is open to anyone who teaches editing or likes to hang around editing professors ­ and who doesn’t?” All you need to do is e-mail an RSVP to at dgump@concernedjournalists.org this week.

  • Air America has launched a new blog called Spark, written and edited by Nancy Scola.

  • MediaBiz reports, “A panel of online media experts debated the future of the industry at Fortune’s iMeme conference in San Francisco on Friday. It probably shouldn’t come as a huge shock that these Web executives predicted more doom and gloom for so-called ‘old media’ and good times ahead for the Internet companies.”

  • Bloomberg reports, “Tribune Co. shares fell as much as 2.1 percent after Los Angeles Times publisher David Hiller said the newspaper had ‘one of the worst quarters we have ever experienced’ in the three months through June.”

  • The IHT reports, “The International Herald Tribune will next Tuesday unveil a redesign of its web site featuring a new set of home page templates and greater emphasis on interactivity.”

  • New York Times reports, “With the United States military fighting a protracted war in Iraq and a wide-open presidential campaign already making headlines daily, Americans of all ages are interested in current affairs and are consuming news like never before, right? Not so, especially not teenagers and young adults, according to a report released last week by the Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard.”

  • “NBC Universal is commiting to a ‘unprecedented, companywide weeklong programming effort’ to educate consumers about ‘ecological issues and our impact on the environment.’ It’s scheduled for Nov. 4 through 10.”

  • Blogs turn 10 years old (awwww).

  • In case you missed it, Chris Matthews announced a new contest on Monday night — the Hardball Campaign Ad Challenge — where you can submit your own homemade campaign ad.

  • Check out News Groper. It features “blogs, editorials and news analysis written by the most sought after politicians, celebrities, business leaders and dictators. News Groper’s proprietary technology ensures that its editorial content remains open and honest by having highly trained satirists ghostwrite on behalf of named authors — without the celebrities’ knowledge or consent.”

  • On Thursday night, don’t forget to check out Cigars and Martinis Night at Ozio, sponsored by Two Mundos Magazine & Laico DC Productions.

  • Dwight Garner writes, “Both Newsweek and Time magazine have newish editors (Jon Meacham, Richard Stengel) and, basically, it’s war: they’re slugging it out for eyeballs in a way they haven’t for a while.”

  • Check out Wonkette’s thoughts on the Post’s feature, “How to lose a war”

  • The Institute of Politics announced its Fall 2007 Resident Fellows, including the Washington Post’s own deputy business editor Maralee Schwartz.

  • From Radar: “This week’s New Yorker profile of Mort Zuckerman tells of how the New York Daily News owner, preparing to guest-host The Charlie Rose Show, asked to interview John McEnroe, who, still angry about a News gossip item, rebuffed him.”

  • Former National Journal-er Troy Schneider tells us, “Why the Deck is Stacked Against Political Startups.”

  • Politico’s Jonathan Martin gives some blog space to ESPN’s Karl Ravech.

  • Congrats to Josh Rushing for being on the Daily Show Monday night.

  • FishbowlDC public service announcement of the day: Find Paris Hilton a good home.

  • TVNewser reports, “CNN may be replacing Paula Zahn because of poor ratings, but the time slot isn’t proving easy for anybody.”

    Jobs

  • National Geographic Society is looking for a Senior Administrative Assistant.

  • The Community Associations Institute is looking for an Editor.

  • His Extremeness’ favorite network is hiring. Apply here.

  • Voice of America is looking for a News Division/writer.

  • BNA is looking for a Reporter for Pensions and Benefits and a Reporter for Environmental News.

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