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Morning Media Newsfeed: Comcast, TWC to Merge | GMA Beats Today | Soledad, Google Team Up

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Time Warner Cable to Merge With Comcast Corporation (Comcast)
Comcast Corporation and Time Warner Cable Thursday announced that their Boards of Directors have approved a definitive agreement for Time Warner Cable to merge with Comcast. The agreement is a friendly, stock-for-stock transaction in which Comcast will acquire 100 percent of Time Warner Cable’s 284.9 million shares outstanding for shares of CMCSA amounting to approximately $45.2 billion in equity value. NYT / DealBook For Comcast, which completed its acquisition of NBC Universal, the television and movie powerhouse, from General Electric less than a year ago, the latest deal would be its second big act to radically reshape the media landscape in the United States. And the merger is almost certain to bring to an end a protracted takeover battle that Charter Communications has been waging for Time Warner Cable. CNNMoney The two companies expect the merger to receive government approval and take effect by the end of the year, but regulators are likely to take a close look at the potential impact on consumers. Through the consolidation of Time Warner Cable, Comcast would be the dominant provider of television channels and Internet connections in roughly one in three American homes, a total unmatched by any other distributor. Re/code So here’s the big idea that’s supposed to get the deal approved in the coming months: It’s OK for a giant cable company to buy another giant cable company, because cable companies don’t compete. For instance: I live in Brooklyn, and I’m a Time Warner Cable customer. In theory, I could also get TV from the satellite guys, and also from Verizon. But I can’t get TV from Comcast, because the cable guys work in specific territories, carved out by local regulators, and they don’t overlap. GigaOM And when you start to peel the onion and start looking at their average monthly revenues of the combined companies, you start to see why the game is all about broadband. According to UBS estimates, the combined company could see its consumer data-only revenues go from $17 billion at end of 2013 to about $23 billion by end of 2018. Voice revenues go from about $6 billion at the end of 2013 to $6.6 billion at end of 2018.

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Soledad O’Brien On Pursuing Stories She Believes In

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Soledad O’Brien has embarked on a new journey, and she couldn’t be happier about it. The former CNN morning anchor recently launched Starfish Media Group, a multiplatform company dedicated to uncovering empowering stories from around the world.

In the latest installment of Mediabistro’s So What Do You Do?, O’Brien discusses the challenges of starting her own company, her thoughts of the current state of cable news and the importance of pursuing stories that remain uncovered by the mainstream media:

You’ve said that Starfish Media Group allows you to explore topics that you care deeply about. How would a broader adoption of that model affect journalism as a whole?
In a way, I think what you’re seeing already among viewers is that exact model. People are interested in things not necessarily covered by the mainstream media, so they download things online. The categories are growing because people find out that they’re not able to get information about stories that are of interest to them on the evening news. So I think that’s already in place and it’s only going to become more so….I think that there’s a sense of “I have a story to tell” or “I would like to see my story reflected” somewhere, especially in a nation that’s more and more demographically diverse.

To get career tips from O’Brien and more info on her company, read: So What Do You Do, Soledad O’Brien, CEO of Starfish Media Group?

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Soledad O’Brien on Diversity in the Media: ‘It’s not that hard’

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(from L to R) Soledad O’Brien, CEO of Starfish Media and Keith Lorizio, VP of U.S. sales and marketing at Microsoft

Media types gathered last night at the 40/40 club in New York to kick off MSN’s partnership with Interactive One. The event was part of an ongoing trend necessity for media companies to focus on diversity, and Microsoft is looking to do just that not only with Interactive One, but also through partnerships with Lisnr and the Marcus Graham Project.

Interactive One’s chief content officer Smokey Fontaine spoke to the crowd about how the company evolved over the years to keep in line with America’s changing demographics. “We changed our focus from being solely African American to… all of the folks who demographically and psychographically are part of the multicultural landscape.”

Why? “Companies have no choice but to serve multicultural. If you want to stay relevant, you have no choice but to serve that market. But you do have a choice whether you’ll serve that market really well.”

Census data shows that minorities will be the majority in the near future, and Pew continues to document how little change there is in terms of minorities in the newsroom. “I’ve been having the same conversation about diversity for 26 years, since I started in TV news,” Soledad O’Brien told FishbowlNY. “Sometimes, that’s really disheartening.”

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Soledad’s Al Jazeera Gig | Snowden Speaks | NYT Blogger Scandal


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Soledad O’Brien Named Special Correspondent for Al Jazeera America (TVNewser)
As TVNewser first reported was in the works last week, Al Jazeera America has signed former CNN anchor Soledad O’Brien to a development deal, and will feature her as a “special correspondent” for its primetime newsmagazine, America Tonight. O’Brien’s company, Starfish Media Group, will produce long-form documentary specials for AJAM when the channel launches in August, with O’Brien appearing on-air for shorter-form reports on AJAM’s newsmagazine. TheWrap “O’Brien’s career producing and reporting on the human side of many of the most important stories of the past decade will fit in perfectly with what Al Jazeera America will be covering every day,” said Ehab Al Shihabi, executive director of Al Jazeera’s international operations and the senior executive developing the new channel. “Her dedication to that type of journalism is what makes it so exciting to announce that she and her production company are joining the Al Jazeera America team.” HuffPost It’s a move that makes sense for O’Brien, who ended her day-to-day job at CNN amidst that network’s rebranding. Al Jazeera has promised a less celebrity- and politics-focused network, something that jibes with O’Brien’s high-brow approach to TV journalism. Deadline Hollywood Would a CNN alum hire in this post advance efforts to get the biggest distribution holdout, Time Warner Cable, to carry the network? Back in January, when Al Jazeera coughed up a reported $500 million to buy Al Gore’s little-watched Current TV and replace it with Al Jazeera America, Time Warner Cable said its deal with Current had been terminated and it would no longer carry the service — a big distribution hit for the network. Shortly thereafter, however, Time Warner Cable said it was keeping an open mind about Al Jazeera’s plans. Politico O’Brien’s morning show program on CNN struggled in the ratings and ended March 29. Last month, HBO announced O’Brien is joining the network’s Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Hearst Tower Drama | Gannett Buys Belo | Soledad’s New HBO Gig


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Hearst Tower Scaffolding Collapses, Stranding Workers (FishbowlNY)
Scaffolding that was being used by two window washers on the Hearst Tower collapsed Wednesday, leaving them stranded. The scaffolding began to fall around 2:40 p.m. 57th St. at 8th Avenue closed to car and pedestrian traffic. TVSpy New York City stations broke into afternoon programming Wednesday with dramatic pictures of two window washers stranded on a scaffolding near the top of the Hearst Tower. TVNewser CBS This Morning co-anchor Gayle King was at her other day job, O: The Oprah Magazine in Hearst Tower Wednesday afternoon when two men got trapped outside the 45th floor after a window washing scaffold collapsed. NBC New York The two workers — identified by law enforcement sources as Victor Carabello, 26, of the Bronx, and Stephen Schmidt, 49, of Brooklyn — underwent a medical evaluation once they were brought inside. Moses Nelson, one of the attending FDNY paramedics, said the workers were fine and in good spirits. “They were all smiles, thankfully,” said Nelson. “No major injuries, no complaints.” Read more

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FishbowlDC: John Stanton, Buzzfeed’s Washington bureau chief, listens to Heavy D. That must mean something.

TVNewser: Soledad O’Brien is joining HBO’s Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel. Onward, but upward?

CNN Anchor’s Twitter Spat Explanation Offends the Hotel ‘Help’

It was bad enough when CNN anchor Don Lemon engaged in a weird little Twitter spat with actor Jonah Hill over what he felt was a rude exchange with the actor in a hotel lobby. But the Atlanta newsman may now need to apologize to hotel service staff everywhere.

While trying to explain himself to Soledad O’Brien on CNN’s Starting Point, Lemon said that Hill “treated him like the [hotel] help…” In the comments to an LA Times Show Tracker report, hotel staffer jerandolph had this to say:

Your Royal Highness Lemon -

Sooooo… Mr. Hill – I mean, Jonah – treated you as The Help, eh? As a three-decade veteran of The Help at my hotel, I have a question: What are we??? The lowest form of life??? And, furthermore, if what he did to YOU was not appropriate – then why would it be alright to treat US is such a manner???

Signed,
The Lowly Help

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About that Big Breitbart Scoop…

Breitbart.com editor Joel Pollack went on Soledad O’Brien‘s CNN show this morning to talk about Andrew Breitbart‘s last big scoop–linking President Obama to Harvard Law professor Derrick Bell. Didn’t go so well. O’Brien wasn’t buying it and neither were most of the other big media creatures of the world. The reaction to this story is what would have happened to any other Breitbart story that wasn’t fronted by Breitbart. Pretty much all of Breitbart’s “scoops” were bogus (Weiner’s wiener the one sensational exception). But he knew how the needle the press into giving them more coverage than they deserved.

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Screening of CNN’s ‘Tony and Gary Have a Baby’

Last night at the Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills, CNN’s Soledad O’Brien was at the LA screening of the newest spin off of her documentary series Black in America. This series In America, deals with “stories that usually fly under the radar” said O’Brien. This episode follows gay activists Gary Spino and Tony Brown in their arduous and expensive journey of being a “uterus deficient couple” and having a baby of their own.

It premiers of CNN on June 24th.

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