Morning Media Newsfeed: David Carr Dies at 58 | AJ Journalists Freed

New York Times media columnist David Carr dies at 58. Al Jazeera journalists freed on bail. These stories and more in today's Morning Media Newsfeed

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David Carr, Times Critic And Champion of Media, Dies at 58 (NYT)
David Carr, a writer who wriggled away from the demon of drug addiction to become an unlikely name-brand media columnist at The New York Times, and the star of a documentary about the newspaper, died on Thursday in Manhattan. He was 58. TVNewser “He was the finest media reporter of his generation,” said executive editor Dean Baquet. “He was our biggest champion, and his unending passion for journalism and for truth will be missed by his family at the Times, by his readers around the world, and by people who love journalism.” The Daily Beast According to Baquet, Carr collapsed in the paper’s newsroom in Midtown Manhattan and died after being rushed by ambulance to nearby Roosevelt Hospital. The cause of death had not been determined late Thursday night, Baquet told The Daily Beast in a brief phone conversation. Adweek Carr chronicled his long-running struggles with substance abuse in a candid 2008 memoir called The Night of The Gun. In the book and its associated website, Carr described how addictions to cocaine and alcohol initially derailed his family life, but his hard road to sobriety allowed him to reunite with his twin daughters, raise another daughter with his wife and achieve great success in his career. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media In a statement, publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr. called Carr “one of the most gifted journalists who has ever worked at the Times.” NYT A.O. Scott: For a while, a few years ago, there was a weekly video on the Times‘ website called The Sweet Spot, taped during off hours in the cafeteria on the 14th floor. The idea was that it would be an informal, incisive discussion of various developments in the world of culture and media. Sometimes it managed to live up to its name, and sometimes it didn’t, but for me the show — or webcast, or schmooze fest, or whatever it was — had a much simpler reason for being: It guaranteed that I would have a few hours a week in the company of David Carr. For anyone who cared about journalism, there was simply no better place to be. FishbowlDC Long before he took over the 4 p.m. hour on CNN, Jake Tapper was scraping together a living at the Washington City Paper. His boss — his first as a legit newspaper reporter — was Carr, who would quickly become a mentor, then a legend. He was the Times’ media columnist, but was so much more. We talked with Tapper several years ago for our “So What Do You Do?” series. NYT Carr was often more quotable than the personalities he wrote about. His plainspoken style was sometimes blunt and searingly honest about himself. The effect was both folksy and sophisticated, a voice from a shrewd and well-informed skeptic. Here’s a selection of his writing and public statements.

Imprisoned Al Jazeera Journalists Freed, Pending Retrial (TVNewser)
Al Jazeera journalists Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed, who had been imprisoned in Egypt, were released on bail on Thursday as they await a retrial. Fahmy and Mohamed are accused of supporting the banned Muslim Brotherhood. Al Jazeera A retrial was ordered by the country’s Court of Cassation last month, overturning a lower court’s verdict that had falsely found them guilty of helping the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood group. “Bail is a small step in the right direction, and allows Baher and Mohamed to spend time with their families after 411 days apart,” an Al Jazeera spokesman said on Thursday. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media Mohamed and Fahmy are two of a group of Al Jazeera journalists, including Australian Peter Greste, who were imprisoned more than a year ago in Egypt for allegedly “spreading false news, belonging to a terrorist organization and operating without a permit.” Al Jazeera and the journalists have vehemently denied the charges and their plight kicked off the worldwide campaign #FreeAJStaff. NYT The release followed the publication this week of a previously undisclosed opinion by Egypt’s highest appeals court condemning the journalists’ conviction as baseless when it ordered a retrial at the beginning of this year. The release also comes at a time when the Egyptian government appears to be trying to allay some of the international criticism it has received over a series of harsh and hasty criminal convictions issued during a crackdown on dissent after the military takeover in July 2013. HuffPost / AP A solution was found for Greste when he was deported two weeks ago to his great relief.

Mic Fires Jared Keller for Plagiarism (Gawker)
Mic’s news director Jared Keller has been fired. Mic issued the following statement from co-founder Jake Horowitz: “Jared Keller is no longer employed at Mic. Plagiarism is unacceptable in any form and our editorial policies make that very clear.” Politico / Dylan Byers on Media On Wednesday, Gawker published 20 instances where Keller had allegedly lifted material without attribution or did not give full and proper attribution to other sources, mostly wire services like the AP and Reuters. Horowitz said they appreciated Gawker bringing the issue to light. Poynter / MediaWire Mic confirmed Wednesday it was investigating Keller. The plagiarized passages appeared in stories written by Keller between the months of July and February. Capital New York Chris Miles, who previously served as managing editor of news for Mic and recently joined Marketwatch as viral news editor, has left the company, a Dow Jones spokesperson said. On Wednesday, Gawker, as part of the larger exposé of plagiarism at Mic, reported that the site “placed editor’s notes on several dozen articles” written by Miles during his tenure there.

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CBS Sees Record Fourth Quarter Revenue (THR)
CBS reported better-than-expected revenue in the most recent quarter, benefiting from political advertising, its broadcasting of NFL games, and rising retransmission and affiliate fees. In fact, CBS said its results represent the company’s best-ever fourth quarter revenue and diluted earnings per share. Variety CBS said advertising from its new Thursday Night Football franchise helped boost a 3 percent increase in overall revenue in the New York broadcaster’s fourth quarter, even as net income in the period fell. Deadline CBS reported net earnings of $413 million, down 12.1 percent vs. the last three months of 2013, on revenues of $3.68 billion, up 3.1 percent. Sales were just a hair lighter than the $3.69 billion that analysts expected. Adjusted earnings at 79 cents a share beat the Street’s forecast by 3 cents. WSJ The company, which has had the most-watched broadcast network in prime time for six straight years, said the popularity of its programming is allowing it to increase the carriage fees it gets from pay-TV distributors. Affiliate and subscription fees, including CBS and the premium cable channel Showtime, increased 11 percent to $601 million in the quarter. CBS has said it expects to reach $2 billion in annual revenue from broadcast subscription fees by 2020. A person familiar with the matter said CBS generated several hundred million dollars in such fees last year.

Paris City Council Moves Ahead With Lawsuit Against Fox News (TVNewser)
In January, the mayor of Paris vowed to sue Fox News for “insulting” the honor of the French capital with reports — for which Fox apologized — that suggested there were “no-go zones” in parts of Paris. At the time, a Fox executive, Michael Clemente, released a statement saying “we find the mayor’s comments regarding a lawsuit misplaced.” Fox News Channel host Bill O’Reilly went further, saying “(the) suit’s going nowhere. It’s ridiculous.” Mediaite The Paris City Council voted this week to authorize mayor Anne Hidalgo to sue Fox News. French comedians and TV hosts had a blast mocking Fox News, but CNN also engaged in similar reporting about “no-go zones,” for which Anderson Cooper apologized. HuffPost / AP A law firm representing Fox News said the broadcaster would fight any lawsuit brought in Paris. “The decision by the City of Paris to bring legal proceedings against a United States news organization is antithetical to free speech,” according to a statement provided by Fox News from lawyer Dori Ann Hanswirth of the Hogan Lovells law firm. “Fox News will invoke every protection afforded it under all applicable laws.”

Rosie O’Donnell Signs Off The View (TVNewser)
For the second time — this time after just six months — Rosie O’Donnell said goodbye to The View. Thursday the ABC daytime program wrapped up the taping of Rosie’s final show. Deadline “I just wanted to say thank you to all the cast here and the crew — and mostly to Barbara Walters, who has always looked out for me and my life and career and is an amazing woman,” O’Donnell said at the close of Thursday’s broadcast on ABC. O’Donnell promised/warned she’d come back to do an occasional crafting segment, then shouted out a plug for her Sunday HBO comedy special as confetti dropped and the studio audience chanted, “Rosie! Rosie!” Mediaite O’Donnell had previously co-hosted the show from 2006 to 2007, and only returned just last year, when The View was completely retooled. O’Donnell decided to leave the show again, this past week, explaining she is trying to reduce the amount of stress in her life.

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Time Inc.’s Revenue, Circulation Decline (FishbowlNY)
Time Inc. reported its fourth quarter and full year earnings Thursday. The publisher endured a rough fourth quarter, with revenue dropping 8 percent to $895 million. Digital ad dollars were up slightly — from $85 million to $87 million — but that wasn’t enough to offset losses in print, which declined by 10 percent. Capital New York Time Inc., America’s largest magazine publisher, spun off last June from parent company Time Warner with $1.3 billion in debt. Time Inc. brought in $3.28 billion in revenue in 2014, a decrease of $73 million or 2 percent compared to the year before, according to the full-year financial results released by the company. Advertising revenues declined $32 million or 2 percent for the publisher of such titles as Time, People and Sports Illustrated in 2014, down to $1.78 billion.

News Orgs Set to Establish Industry-Wide Safety Guidelines for Freelancers (TVNewser)
The high-profile and horrific deaths of James Foley and Steven Sotloff — both freelancers — last year has led several news organizations, including the Associated Press and Reuters, to push for industry-wide guidelines on the safety of journalists. Those guidelines will be announced in response to the dramatic threat to journalists — freelance and staff — from groups like ISIS. Poynter / MediaWire Other news organizations that have signed on to the guidelines include Agence France-Presse, the BBC, McClatchy Newspapers, GlobalPost, the Pulitzer Center and The Groundtruth Project.

Fusion Gets Its Own Nightline (TVNewser)
Fusion, the joint venture between ABC and Univision, will begin airing a one-hour edition of Nightline next week. The first Nightline on Fusion, airing Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET, will include new and re-purposed stories from the late-night program meant for Fusion’s demographic: young, diverse millennials. Deadline Fusion’s edition to be hosted by ABC News’ Gio Benitez and Fusion’s Kimberly Brooks, along with contributions from additional ABC News and Fusion talent.

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Travel + Leisure Adds Five (FishbowlNY)
Travel + Leisure has added five staffers to its team. Maura Egan has been named editor-at-large. Egan has previously worked as a senior editor at T: The New York Times Style Magazine. Amy Schellenbaum joins as digital editor. She comes to T+L from Vox Media, where she served as editor of Curbed’s national site. Flora Stubbs has been named articles editor. Stubbs most recently served as a senior editor for Vogue. WWD / Memo Pad New York Magazine’s Seen editor Thessaly LaForce will become T+L’s new senior editor, while Sean Flynn, a T+L freelance digital producer, will come aboard full time. In his note to employees, T+L’s editor-in-chief Nathan Lump pointed to the magazine’s relaunch with the May print issue and at travelandleisure.com in April as key dates that will show the future direction of the magazine.

FIFA Grants Fox U.S. TV Rights for 2026 World Cup (WSJ)
As FIFA prepares to move the 2022 Qatar World Cup to the fall, world soccer’s governing body announced that the English language U.S. media rights to the soccer tournament will remain with 21st Century Fox’s television units through 2026, and NBC Universal’s Telemundo will retain the Spanish Language U.S. rights through then as well.

BuzzFeed Hires Lee Brown as Chief Revenue Officer (FishbowlNY)
BuzzFeed has named Lee Brown chief revenue officer. Brown was most recently head of global sales for Tumblr. Prior to joining Tumblr, Brown served as senior VP of national sales for Groupon.

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Barneys to Release Print Edition of Its Editorial Site, The Window (Fashionista.com)
Barneys New York has gradually been amping up the original content on its own online editorial site, The Window, and for spring 2015, the world-famous store has announced that it’s launching a print edition that’s inspired by the popular Web destination of the same name. FishbowlNY Articles in the debut issue include a visit to the Paris studio of Julien Dossena, creative director of Paco Rabanne, and an interview with designer Isabel Marant.

Scripps Networks Q4 Profit Rises 21 Percent on Affiliate Fees (Variety)
Scripps Networks Interactive, the owner of HGTV, Food Network and Travel Channel, said a tougher market for TV advertising and ratings declines resulted in a mild increase in revenue at its TV networks in the fourth quarter, even as the company notched a 21 percent increase in net income for the period.

Jerry Leo Upped at Bravo, Adds E! And Esquire Network Responsibilities (THR / The Live Feed)
Jerry Leo is getting a promotion. He has been named executive vice president of program strategy for Lifestyle Networks and production for Bravo Media, it was announced Thursday by NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment’s Lifestyle Networks president Frances Berwick.

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