Media Minutiae: Monday Edition

  • Redesigned: WNYC’s website gets a much-needed overhaul. Unclear whether it was the trickle-down effect from an NPR flush with cash.
  • Hachette gets the hatchet: Another year, another nom-less National Magazine Awards for Hachette Filipacchi Media. Surprising, too, since Hachette’s prez, Jack Kliger, now presides over the Magazine Publishers of America board.
  • ‘Chicken,’ Tivoed: KFC’s stunt embedding a coupon into a commercial so as to entice Tivo users paid off — with 100,000 biting, says the Wall Street Journal.
  • HuffPo-Clooney Reax: Bloggers react to the Arianna Huffington‘s Clooneygate, and at least one says whole thing is a non-controversy, or, rather, “the wrong controversy.”
  • A Thriller Writer’s Own Thriller: While on a family trip to Italy, Douglas Preston was accused of “planting evidence, and of being an accessory to murder after the fact, which scared the hell out of me,” the Boston Globe reports.