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Cumulus Planning to Drop Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity (Politico / Dylan Byers on Media)
In a major shakeup for the radio industry, Cumulus Media, the second-biggest broadcaster in the country, is planning to drop both Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity from its stations at the end of the year, an industry source told Politico on Sunday. Cumulus has decided that it will not renew its contracts with either host, the source said, a move that would remove the two most highly rated conservative talk personalities from more than 40 Cumulus channels in major markets. New York Daily News New York radio observers have been expecting for the past year that Limbaugh and probably Hannity would leave WABC, which is owned by Cumulus, for rival WOR. Speculation about possible replacements at WABC for Limbaugh’s noon-3 p.m. show and Hannity’s 3-6 p.m. show has focused on Mike Huckabee and WABC evening hosts Mark Levin and Michael Savage, who signed with Cumulus last year. Deadline Hollywood In May, Limbaugh reportedly mulled leaving Cumulus after receiving blame for advertiser decline in the wake of his controversial Sandra Fluke comments. Cumulus CEO Lew Dickey told Bloomberg TV at the time that “we have the premier talk distribution platform in the business and if you want to be on a big stage in this game, you need to be on our stations in the largest markets. They’re the biggest signals, the heritage brands and everybody knows that.”

ABC Tries to Poach Hoda Kotb From NBC for The View (NY Post / Page Six)
NBC could be up for another battle with ABC, this time over popular Today show co-host Hoda Kotb — who sources tell Page Six is being eyed by ABC as a potential new co-host for The View. Kotb — who sits alongside Kathie Lee Gifford to host the bubbly fourth hour of the Today show, “Kathie Lee & Hoda” — has been mentioned by ABC chiefs as a possible replacement for longtime View host Joy Behar, who’s exiting the show after 16 years. NY Mag / Daily Intelligencer “Hoda addresses several of their needs,” explains an anonymous media insider. “She has news experience, which is something The View has not had since Meredith Vieira left. She also adds some diversity to the panel.” Plus, thanks to Gifford, she can fend off passive-aggressive banter with one hand tied behind her back (and a few cocktails in her).

Bloomberg Media Recruits A New Chief From The Atlantic (NYT)
Justin B. Smith, whose digital strategy swiftly transformed The Atlantic, one of the statelier media vessels around, is about to get a bigger boat. On Monday, Bloomberg will announce that Smith, the president of Atlantic Media, will be named chief executive of the Bloomberg Media Group. He will report to Daniel L. Doctoroff, chief executive of Bloomberg. GigaOM In a letter to Atlantic staff, Bradley paid tribute to Smith’s contribution to the magazine, saying he and the team that he assembled accomplished a “reversal of fortune for a magazine in a 60-year decline [and] a doubling of revenues” as well as a return to profitability, the launch of new properties including Atlantic Cities, The Atlantic Wire and Quartz, a growing events business and 25 million monthly Atlantic readers and visitors.

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Publicis And Omnicom to Merge, Creating World’s Biggest Advertising Company
Publicis and Omnicom, two of the largest global advertising agency holding companies, confirmed that they will merge. In an 8 a.m. ET conference call Sunday, Omnicom CEO John Wren and Publicis Groupe chairman and CEO Maurice Lévy, who will serve as co-CEOs, announced the “merger of equals,” to be called Publicis Omnicom Group. AgencySpy As one might imagine, the announcement (and Vine video) of the biggest merger in advertising history is causing quite a reaction from those in the industry. In the video, Keith Hunt, managing partner of M&A consulting firm Results International, hypothesizes about the implications the newly formed Publicis Omnicom Group will have. As Hunt notes, the merger means the company will be able to buy media very cheaply, leapfrogging WPP in the process. But, Hunt wonders, how far can you push down prices? At one point do vendors draw the line?

Amazon Unveils New Hiring Spree Ahead of Obama Visit (Reuters) Inc unveiled a new hiring spree on Monday ahead of a visit by President Barack Obama to one of the Internet retailer’s giant distribution warehouses this week. Amazon said it is looking to fill more than 5,000 new full-time jobs at 17 of its fulfillment centers across the United States. That’s roughly a 25 percent increase in full-time fulfillment center staff, which currently number more than 20,000 in the country.

Al Jazeera America Promises to Stand Out in Cable News Market, But Concerns Loom (HuffPost / The Backstory)
With seemingly unlimited resources, can Al Jazeera America break away from the cable news crowd? Its new stars say yes. Joie Chen, a veteran of CNN and CBS News who was announced last week as host of flagship evening news magazine America Tonight, said Wednesday that the show “will bring together the powerful and diverse voices of Al Jazeera America and stand out from other networks with its fearless, unbiased reporting.” Yet some inside the company remain skeptical that the network will depart from the status quo, especially given that Chen — like many of the recent high-profile hires — hails from established US broadcast and cable news networks.

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Why The New York Times Is Moving on From The Herald Tribune (The Guardian / Greenslade Blog)
We are in the run-up to the transformation of the International Herald Tribune into the International New York Times. The grey lady is to become la dame grise. Romantics, which means those who saw Jean Seberg selling the paper in the 1960 movie À Bout de Souffle, may regret this change of title. Then again, those romantics, as so often with nostalgia, forget what it actually said on her T-shirt: New York, not International, Herald Tribune.

The Most Embarrassing Fox News Interview? (Slate / The Slatest)
It’s got plenty of competition but this may just be the single most cringe-worthy, embarrassing interview broadcast on Fox News. At least in recent memory. Fox News anchor Lauren Green had religious scholar Reza Aslan on her show Friday to talk about Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth, his book that has been stirring up some online controversy recently. And right off the bat, Green gets to what is important: “You’re a Muslim, so why did you write a book about the founder of Christianity?” Christian Science-Monitor / Backchannels Frequently the US mass media places Muslims all in one box and it’s not only inaccurate, but also harmful to a real understanding of the world and its problems. Green’s interview with Aslan is a premier example. Her first question clearly implies that Aslan — whose book is controversial — has some kind of agenda, something suspicious. His answer to her, expounding on his academic credentials and the fact that as a scholar he’s interested in religions (plural), not just his own faith, is spot on. The Atlantic Wire The disgust and glee and outrage stemming from the interview should actually help Aslan. Controversy like this usually drives book sales through the roof. Remember what happened with J.K. Rowling’s pseudonymous mystery novel?

PolitiFact Gives BuzzFeed Sponsored Post A ‘Pants on Fire’ (Ad Age / Media News)
If “native” ads are designed to mimic editorial content, should readers expect the same rigorous attention to detail that they find in news stories? In other words, should sponsored content be — you know — accurate? “Of course,” BuzzFeed spokeswoman Ashley McCollum said. “Readers expect accuracy from us.” BuzzFeed, a vanguard of native advertising online, caught flak after one of its listicles, sponsored by Mini USA, raised the hackles of PolitiFact Rhode Island. The story, “11 Awesome Facts You Never Knew About Rhode Island,” claimed that Providence, R.I. had made it “illegal to sell toothpaste and a toothbrush to the same customer on a Sunday.”

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Travel Blogging Today: It’s Complicated (NYT)
It’s impossible to estimate the number of independent travel blogs. Thousands of writers and photographers now travel the world registering their thoughts through platforms like WordPress and Blogger. But there is indication that the ranks of the bloggers whose aspirations are not just creative have grown: Blogger attendance at the annual conference known as TBEX was about 1,000 this year, more than double that of last year’s event in Keystone, Colo., and the “speed dating” sessions in which bloggers seek sponsors grew to 3,629 from 206 last year.

Why Social Media Internships Should Never Be Unpaid (Mashable)
Interns are often hired to run social media for small companies that can’t afford a full-time social media manager. Employers assume the job is simple and they have the skills to handle it because they regularly use social media in their personal lives. However, social media internships, because of the nature of the work involved and skills required, should never be unpaid.

Meghan McCain: John McCain Didn’t Like Me Working at MSNBC (HuffPost / AP)
Meghan McCain is getting her own show on a new TV network targeting the generation of Americans known as millennials. Raising McCain will debut on Pivot, a general entertainment network that launches Aug. 1. It’s described as a documentary-talk series for viewers ages 15 to 34. McCain will star and serve as executive producer.

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CNN’s Don Lemon Backs Up Bill O’Reilly: ‘He Doesn’t Go Far Enough’ in Criticizing Black Culture (Mediaite)
Bill O’Reilly’s recent remarks on race drew heavy criticism from Chris Hayes, Bill Maher, Al Sharpton, Larry Wilmore, and more, but one unlikely person is agreeing with him: CNN host Don Lemon. Lemon addressed the wounds inflicted by black males onto their community on his “No Talking Points” segment Saturday afternoon, saying he was able to bring this up now that the George Zimmerman trial had concluded. HuffPost Lemon received a barrage of responses from viewers calling him out on Twitter. MSNBC’s Goldie Taylor did not mince words, and referred to the host as a “turn coat mofo.” BET / Keith Boykin Lemon was the very first person I followed when I signed up on Twitter. I’ve known him for years and I was a fan even before I did. In some ways he’s been a hero, and I praised him when he became the first national black TV news anchor to come out of the closet in 2011. That’s why I was so troubled when I turned on the TV Saturday and saw him complaining about young black men wearing sagging jeans.

Just How Much Royal Baby News Was Consumed? (Adweek)
George Alexander Louis, the baby boy born to Prince William and Kate Middleton, has had the world’s attention for months — and the advertising/content discovery platform Outbrain has quantified just how much attention the young prince received on the company’s network of 100,000 publishers on the day he was born.

Gretchen Carlson Going Hollywood (TVNewser)
Fox & Friends co-host Gretchen Carlson is taking a 10-day sabbatical from the morning show to film a movie. Now, the question is what movie is Carlson filming? TV news anchors are common in films, but usually the role is nothing more than a few seconds on their set delivering a fake newscast, not a 10-day affair.

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