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Go Inside Newsweek, as Iconic News Magazine Announces End to Print Edition

FishbowlNY reports that after 80 years, Newsweek is ending its print edition. December 31 will see the final Newsweek in print. In a note to staff, Newsweek/Daily Beast chief Tina Brown writes, “The inexorable move to an all-digital Newsweek comes with an unfortunate reality. Regrettably we anticipate staff reductions and the streamlining of our editorial and business operations both here in the United States and internationally.” FBNY has the full memo from Brown and CEO Baba Shetty, who joined the company just last month.

At least one NewsBeast staffer has already found work, at Fox news. Politico’s Mike Allen Tweets:

big Fox get: Peter J. Boyer, who joined Newsweek/Daily Beast after 18 yrs at New Yorker, to Fox News as editor at large; announcement soon

MediabistroTV recently took a tour of the IAC Building and the NewsBeast offices. CNN contributor John Avlon was our tour guide. Take a look:

The Ticker: MSN, Baier, Colbert

  • Now that Microsoft has separated itself from MSNBC.com (save for a content-sharing arrangement), one of its first orders of business is to launch a new news operation, according to Mashable. “Staffers in Redmond, Wash. and New York will be responsible for 24/7 news coverage, largely made up of short, 300 to 500-word ‘news bites,’ and supplemented by content from Reuters and AP. ‘We’re going to look to take on other content partners as well,’ he added.”
  • Over the weekend we noted that CNN is launching a swing state series courtesy of contributor John Avlon. Turns out that FNC’s Bret Baier has had a regular segment since July of this year called ‘Counties that Count,’ and it sounds an awful lot like the one CNN is launching. As it happens, Baier is also in Colorado this week anchoring his program, where he will be doing his segment.
  • Tomorrow morning is the day that Comedy Central host Stephen Colbert serves as a guest co-ahost on ABC’s “Good Morning America.” Says “GMA” EP Tom Cibrowski:

 

The Ticker: Couric, Avlon, CNN Debate App

  • Katie Couric is taking her daytime talk show out of the studio Monday. Couric will host the Oct  1 edition of her show from her house, with guests Jimmy Fallon, Donald Trump, Andy Cohen and Sunny Anderson stopping by for segments and interviews. “Katie shares sleeping tips from her bedroom, skincare tips from her bathroom and learns all about how to make healthier meatloaf in her own kitchen”
  • CNN contributor John Avlon is launching a series on “OutFront” called “The Final Four Factors.” The night before each opf the four debates, Avlon will report from a swing state: Colorado, Ohio, Nevada and Florida are on the list. In each location Avlon will talk to voters, and figure out the issues that are important to that state, and what Mitt Romney and president Obama will need to do to win them over.
  • CNN is also launching some interactive elements for the debates. Viewers will be able to stream the debates live on their computers, or on their iPhones and iPads, with clip and share video editing features. In other words, if one of the candidates says something controversial, users can clip it and share the video with friends instantly, right from the app. More information after the jump.

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Margaret Hoover Joins CNN as Political Contributor

TV political pundit Margaret Hoover has found a new home on cable news, TVNewser has learned.

The great-granddaughter of President Herbert Hoover has joined CNN as a political contributor. Her first appearance was this morning on “Starting Point.” Hoover’s husband is John Avlon, and is already a political contributor with CNN.

Hoover has been a contributor to Fox News Channel for a number of years, though the two parted ways earlier this year after failing to come to terms on a new contract. She last appeared on FNC in March.

Election 2010: Technology Front and Center for CNN’s Midterm Election Coverage

CNN has announced its coverage plans for the 2010 midterm elections. As in previous elections, new technology will be a major part of the coverage, with returning favorites like the “magic wall” and “data wall’ being joined by the “CNN Election Matrix,” which will break down data in a visual way.

The network already revealed it will be adding more “virtual objects” to its coverage.

“We are taking capabilities of the Data Wall and quadrupling it in order to report the story in the clearest way we can,” said CNN senior VP and Washington bureau chief David Bohrman in a statement. “Viewers are ready for a rich meal of election items and with CNN’s technology on air and online, paired with the Best Political Team, we will serve an unparalleled election night experience.”

Wolf Blitzer will lead the network’s coverage, and will be joined by Anderson Cooper, Candy Crowley, John King and Soledad O’Brien. Other anchors, reporters and hosts that will be contributing to the program include Jessica Yellin, Dana Bash, Brianna Keilar, Ed Henry, Dan Lothian, Suzanne Malveaux and new 8 PM hosts Eliot Spitzer and Kathleen Parker.

More information after the jump.

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John Avlon Joins CNN

cnn_avlon_5-13.jpgCNN picks up another political contributor: the D.C. bureau announced today that columnist John Avlon is joining the network. Avlon is senior political columnist at the Daily Beast, the author of Independent Nation and Wingnuts, and was Rudy Giuliani‘s speechwriter.

He’s appeared a number of times over the past year on CNN programming.

Release after the jump…

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CNN’s New “Wingnut” Segment Hits Left and Right

Much has been made of the “middle” role CNN has taken in the cable news landscape. The position was made evident today in a new segment on American Morning. CNN contributor John Avlon (author of “Independent Nation”) will name two people “wingnuts” each week — one from the left and one from the right. This week’s picks: Cynthia McKinney and Michele Bachman.

He explained in a blog post on CNN.com. “It builds on a simple premise — the far-right and the far-left are equally insane,” he wrote. “What’s a Wingnut? It’s someone on the far-right wing or far-left wing of American politics — the professional partisans and the unhinged activists — the folks who always try to divide rather than unite.”

Check out the premiere segment below (via, via):

Hoover-Avlon: A Marriage Made on TV

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TVNewser has learned TV pundits Margaret Hoover (great-granddaughter of Pres. Herbert Hoover) and John Avlon are engaged to be married.

Hoover is a GOP strategist who appears on Fox News Channel and has co-hosted The View. Avlon, who was deputy policy director for Rudolph Giuliani‘s presidential campaign, is an analyst for CNN. As the author of “Independent Nation,” Avlon’s politics is down the middle.

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