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Time Warner Cable Threatens to Drop CBS From Channel 2 Spot (AdAge / Media News)
Time Warner Cable Inc. is threatening to drop CBS from its position as the first broadcast station on its TV menu as a deadline to conclude negotiations nears. The second-largest U.S. cable provider is talking to several competitors about taking CBS’ place if the deadline passes and CBS goes dark in New York, Los Angeles and Dallas, said Maureen Huff, a Time Warner Cable spokeswoman. Deadline Hollywood The parties again have set a new deadline to settle their retransmission consent battle: This time it’s 5 p.m. ET on Monday. In a memo to staffers this week, CBS chief Leslie Moonves wrote that there’s “a very real threat” that the blackout will happen and “possibly” also affect Showtime. NYT CBS has been demanding an increase in the fees that the cable company pays to retransmit the signals of network stations to its customers. Time Warner Cable has labeled the CBS demands exorbitant. The two sides have both taken out ads denouncing the other as unreasonable, trying to lay the groundwork to blame the other party if the stations were made unavailable to the cable customers. LA Times / Company Town Media analyst David Banks of RBC Capital Markets said in a recent report that CBS is looking to increase the fee Time Warner Cable currently pays from less than $1 per subscriber per month to a figure approaching $2 in the first year and with subsequent increases in later years. Adweek While most observers believe it’s a foregone conclusion that CBS will prevail, at least one analyst said the network may have bitten off more than it can chew. In a note to investors issued last week, BTIG analyst Rich Greenfield said the availability of Aereo in New York and Los Angeles and the relatively sleepy summer broadcast season neutralizes some of CBS’ considerable leverage.

KTVU Producers Fired Over Asiana Pilots’ Fake Names (San Francisco Chronicle)
KTVU has dismissed at least three veteran producers over the on-air gaffe involving the fake names of those Asiana airline pilots that became an instant YouTube hit — and a major embarrassment to the station. NY Mag / Daily Intelligencer Bay Area media blogger Rich Lieberman, who first reported the firings, writes that he’s hearing more could follow. The fake names “came to the station via email from an expert source who had provided information to the station in the past.”

Nashville City Paper Shutting Down, Publisher Says Free Model Didn’t Work
(The Tennessean)
The Nashville City Paper, which began publishing a free weekday newspaper in 2000, will stop publication after the Aug. 9 issue. The announcement was made to staff members on Wednesday morning. “In the last few days, we made the difficult decision to stop publishing the City Paper,” SouthComm CEO Chris Ferrell posted in a statement on the paper’s website. Poynter / MediaWire Reached by phone, City Paper editor Steve Cavendish said some of the paper’s staffers would move on to other publications that, like City Paper, are owned by SouthComm. He’ll become news editor of the alt-weekly Nashville Scene and the business publication Nashville Post. Sports editor David Boclair will cover sports at the Post, and Andrea Zelinski will continue her government reporting there, too.

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Forbes Apologizes for Calling Irish President Michael D. Higgins Gay
(HuffPost / AP)
Financial news publisher Forbes says it’s apologizing to Ireland’s president for inaccurately describing him as gay in an online article. The New York-based media company pulled the offending piece from its website Wednesday and replaced it with an apology to readers and, indirectly, to President Michael D. Higgins. “Forbes will be issuing an apology to President Higgins in a separate correspondence,” the publisher said.” FishbowlNY Just how big a deal in Ireland is the July 23 sexual orientation mix-up for which both Forbes magazine and item author David Monagan have solemnly apologized? Well, it’s not every day that a correction leads to a separate informational page in the recipient country’s leading newspaper, to educate readers about the culpable publication and journalist.

Jason Sudeikis Exit Creates Casting Crisis at Saturday Night Live (Variety)
Now there’s four out the door. Jason Sudeikis confirmed Wednesday at a Late Show with David Letterman taping that he will not be returning for the 2013-14 season of Saturday Night Live. He joins Fred Armisen and Bill Hader, who signaled their departures when the 38th season concluded. To make matters worse, “Weekend Update” anchor Seth Meyers steps out midseason to get his own late-night show on NBC. Yes, SNL has weathered its fair share of cast defections over its long run, but this is a huge talent drain for the franchise to suffer all at once. NYT Sudeikis said he was leaning toward leaving before this last season, but the show’s longtime leader, Lorne Michaels, prevailed on him to come back. Sudeikis was the cast member who impersonated Mitt Romney and Michaels knew the show would be putting on numerous sketches last fall tied to the presidential election.

Al Jazeera America Taps Joie Chen as Anchor of America Tonight
Al Jazeera America has named Joie Chen the anchor of its primetime newsmagazine, America Tonight. Chen is a CNN and CBS News veteran, and most recently worked as a media consultant in Washington, D.C. She left CBS News in 2008, as we reported at the time. Variety During her time at the Time Warner news cabler, Chen worked at both CNN International and at CNN’s domestic operation. She received an Emmy for her work as an anchor covering the bombing at Centennial Olympic Park during the 1996 Atlanta Games. She also created and anchored the network’s first effort to bring together its online audience with an on-air news program, CNN News Site with Joie Chen.

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Keith Olbermann: Politics Won’t Be Off-Limits on ESPN Show (THR / The Live Feed)
Keith Olbermann took center stage Wednesday afternoon at the Television Critics Association’s summer press tour to preview what to expect from his upcoming ESPN2 show and return to the network fold that helped launch his career. “There’s no such clause that said I could not talk about politics, there is no such clause referring to content about anything that we might do on the show,” he said, refuting a recent New York Times report that claimed politics would be off-limits on the upcoming sports series.

Snowden Asylum Still Under Review, Stays in Airport for Now (RT)
NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden will have to stay at a Moscow airport for a little longer as his asylum plea is still being reviewed by Russian immigration authorities, according to his lawyer. Anatoly Kucherena said that the NSA leaker plans to settle down in Russia. But for now, Snowden still cannot leave Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport. New Republic The reality that lies before Snowden, however, is not that of a Petersburg slum or a cherry orchard. More likely, he will be given an apartment somewhere in the endless, soulless highrises with filthy stairwells that spread like fields around Moscow’s periphery. He will live there for five years before he will be given citizenship.

Jacob Soboroff Leaves HuffPost Live, Third Host to Depart in Two Months (Capital New York)
HuffPost Live, the Huffington Post’s ambitious online video network run by the site’s founding editor, Roy Sekoff, has lost its third host in two months. Jacob Soboroff, who’s been with HuffPost Live since it launched, told colleagues Wednesday afternoon in an email obtained by Capital that it was his last day. TVNewser Soboroff isn’t saying just yet where he is going.

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Reuters’ Climate Coverage Slashed Under ‘Skeptic’ Editor (Mother Jones / Blue Marble)
Last week, former Reuters reporter David Fogarty published a scathing letter online accusing his former employer of abandoning coverage of climate change. Fogarty, who had been covering climate change in Asia, said he’d been told climate change was no longer a top-priority issue for the wire service. Fogarty described one high-level editor, Paul Ingrassia, as a climate skeptic and said that it became increasingly difficult to publish stories on global warming under his leadership.

Was Newspaper Decline Inevitable? Veterans Conclude That Yes, It Was (TheWrap / WaxWord)
A broad study by a group of respected journalists into the disruption that the digital age has brought to print has led them to a surprising conclusion: The decline was unavoidable. Former Time Inc. editor-in-chief John Huey, the New York Times‘ former digital chief Martin Nisenholtz and Paul Sagan, executive chairman of Akamai Technologies, have just completed a video project at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government interviewing 60-some members of the media about the digital disruption that has decimated newspapers across the country. Their conclusion after all these video interviews, offered up at Fortune’s Brainstorm Tech conference on Wednesday? Advertising went away and there’s nothing newspapers could have done about it.

Awaiting Another Top Editor, Essence Faces Identity Questions (NYT)
Essence Communications, which has been without an editor-in-chief for its flagship publication since February, is said to be in the final stages of choosing a new leader for the magazine, the fifth such appointment in 13 years. The new editor will be part of a healthy franchise that includes the Essence Festival, the brand’s annual entertainment event, but running the magazine — once seen as a lifestyle and beauty beacon for African-American women — may prove challenging. FishbowlNY Essence magazine continues to suffer an identity crisis. Ever since Time Inc. purchased it, readers have accused the title of not addressing black women’s concerns and including too many white people, in editorial sections as well as ads.

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News Reporter Unwittingly Draws A Penis While Talking About Men at Work (Gawker)
Siobhan Riley of Michigan’s WJRT must have had men at work on her mind while illustrating the Saginaw roads affected by ongoing construction, because before she knew it, her subconscious had drawn a penis on the touchscreen. TVSpy WJRT news director Jayne Hodak told TVSpy, “This was an innocent mistake on behalf of the reporter. In no way was it intentional.”

Deborah Norville, Miss USA And The Man Behind Those Spitzer Ads (FishbowlNY)
At Wednesday’s lunch, I was joined by Lisa Linden, longtime public relations adviser to Eliot Spitzer, and Jimmy Siegel, of Siegel Strategies. Jimmy is the creative force behind Spitzer’s campaign ads that began popping up last week online and are now airing on cable and broadcast television in New York City. Jimmy spoke with me exclusively to give me the story behind the new campaign ads that have generated plenty of commentary by politicos everywhere.

Geraldo Rivera: Fox News Made Me Take Selfie Down (TheWrap / MediaAlley)
Fifty-year-old-looking 70-year-old Geraldo Rivera has shed more light on his decision to post that bizarre nearly nude selfie to Twitter on Sunday morning — and why he deleted it several hours later: Fox News told him to.

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