Morning Media Newsfeed: World Cup Sets Ratings Records | Plotz Resigns From Slate

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World Cup Shatters Facebook Engagement Records (LostRemote)
The World Cup set single-event Facebook engagement records within the tournament’s first week. Now, with the tournament over, it is official: the 2014 World Cup is the most talked-about event in Facebook history. From June 12-July 13, 350 million people generated 3 billion World Cup-related interactions. AllFacebook These numbers make the 2014 World Cup the most-talked-about sporting event in the social network’s history. The tournament’s final match, which resulted in 280 million interactions from 88 million users, was the top sporting event in Facebook’s history. Capital New York All told, 26.5 million people watched the match Sunday via either ABC or Univision, making it the most-watched men’s World Cup final ever. ABC drew an average of 17.3 million viewers according to Nielsen Fast National ratings, the best numbers ever for a World Cup final, and the third best for any World Cup game. The two games that beat it were U.S.-Portugal from earlier in this year’s tournament (18.2 million viewers), and the 1999 Women’s final between the U.S. and China (17.9 million viewers). Deadline Hollywood Both ABC/ESPN and Univision had their best World Cup ever this year, with ESPN/ABC up 39 percent in viewership over the 2010 World Cup and up 96 percent over the 2006 World Cup. Over the 64 games of this year’s tournament, Univision was up 34 percent from its total audience from 2010. Variety The combined 26.5 million for Germany’s 1-0 victory is a larger audience than the deciding game for the most recent World Series on Fox (19.2 million) and NBA Finals on ABC (18.0 million), and also tops the BCS Championship game in college football on ESPN in January (25.6 million).

David Plotz Resigns as Editor of Slate (FishbowlNY)
David Plotz, who has been with Slate since the site launched in 1996, is stepping aside. Plotz had served as Slate’s editor since 2008. NYT Plotz will remain on staff with the title editor-at-large and continue to co-host the Political Gabfest podcast. In his new role, Plotz said, he looked forward to “meeting interesting people and looking at interesting things I might do.” One possibility, he said, would be to start a new operation for Graham Holdings, the parent company of Slate. He is also looking to help Slate with live events and podcasting. Poynter / MediaWire “I’m not leaving for any secret reason,” Plotz wrote in a farewell note. “Maybe it’s the rule of six: Mike [Kinsley] edited Slate for six years. Jacob [Weisberg] edited Slate for six years. I’ve been editing Slate for six years, and I’m ready to try something new.” Politico / Dylan Byers on Media Deputy editor Julia Turner will take the reins at the online magazine. Whereas Plotz was based in Washington, Turner will be based in New York. But she informed staff Monday that the structure and integrity of the site will stay the same.

NYT Names Arthur Gregg Sulzberger Editor for Strategy (FishbowlNY)
The New York Times has named Arthur Gregg Sulzberger — son of publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr. — its senior editor for strategy. Sulzberger, widely believed to be an eventual successor to his father, has been with the paper since 2009. Capital New York The younger Sulzberger previously did stints as an editor and reporter on the metro and national desks. The appointment follows Sulzberger’s stewardship of a Times Innovation Report that identified areas where the paper was lagging in terms of its digital operation while also calling for new teams focused on things like audience development, analytics and strategy. HuffPost Times executive editor Dean Baquet said that in his new role, Sulzberger will “aggressively search for the trends and developments in the industry” and “help the newsroom’s leaders and Andy Rosenthal build a joint newsroom-editorial page audience development operation that can pull all the levers and build readership.” Baquet praised the innovation report as a great success and said it should “come as no surprise” that Sulzberger has now been chosen to lead the strategy operation. The Wrap Before joining the Times, Sulzberger worked as a reporter for the Providence Journal and the Oregonian.

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Alisyn Camerota Joins CNN as Anchor (TVNewser)
Alisyn Camerota is back in the cable news business, joining CNN as an anchor. Camerota, whose first day was Monday, joins CNN after 16 years at Fox News Channel. She left in March. Camerota will contribute to all programs, with a permanent slot announced in the coming months. Deadline Hollywood Most recently, Camerota co-hosted America’s News Headquarters on Fox News Channel. Before that, she co-anchored Fox & Friends Weekend and contributed to the Fox & Friends weekday franchise, covering both hard news and human interest stories. Mediaite The hire is the second instance of Fox talent moving to CNN in 2014. Former Fox contributor Sally Kohn joined the network in January.

Jenny McCarthy to Host Her Own SiriusXM Radio Show (Variety)
Former View co-host Jenny McCarthy will be hosting her own hour-long weekly show on SiriusXM starting July 16. Dirty, Sexy, Funny With Jenny McCarthy will feature the comedian and Playboy model as she talks about “parenting, sex, dating and marriage.” Mediaite The announcement comes just under two weeks after SiriusXM fired Anthony Cumia for a series of racially-charged tweets aimed at a black woman who allegedly assaulted him. HuffPost The series is scheduled to feature guests Chelsea Handler, Perez Hilton and McCarthy’s fiancé Donnie Wahlberg. McCarthy, who just joined The View last fall, revealed in June that she will not be returning to the show next season. She had alluded to a new gig when she addressed her departure earlier this month.

Hillary Clinton to Appear on The Daily Show (TVNewser)
The cable news portion of Hillary Clinton‘s book tour ended a few weeks ago, but the former secretary of state isn’t finished yet. She’ll appear on The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Tuesday. Mediaite Clinton’s big media tour had presumably ended last month, both with her book Hard Choices falling to No. 2 on the New York Times non-fiction hardcover best sellers list, behind Edward Klein’s Blood Feud: The Clintons vs. The Obamas. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media The appearance is a late addition to last month’s Hard Choices media juggernaut, which saw Clinton doing sitdown interviews with ABC, NBC, CBS, NPR and Fox News, as well as a town hall event hosted by CNN. Tuesday’s appearance will be Clinton’s third on the late-night program. She appeared in 2003 as a senator from New York and in 2008 as a candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination.

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Lionsgate, Alibaba Teaming on Streaming Service for China (Variety)
Lionsgate and Alibaba Group are teaming on a subscription streaming service for mainland China that will offer the Twilight films, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Divergent and Mad Men. Dubbed Lionsgate Entertainment World, the service will be available in August exclusively through Alibaba’s latest generation of set-top box. The pricing was not disclosed in the announcement but it’s likely to be similar to other SVOD services. THR Alibaba, in which Yahoo! has a stake, accounts for as much as 80 percent of e-commerce in China. Alibaba, which is working on a New York IPO that could be the biggest tech listing in history, has been expanding rapidly into entertainment, including the registration of its film unit, Alibaba Film Group, in Hong Kong.

Strong Debut for CNN’s The Hunt (TVNewser)
The debut of CNN’s newest original series, The Hunt With John Walsh, won the 9 p.m. ET timeslot Sunday night, delivering 989,000 total viewers and 330,000 adult 25-54 viewers, according to Nielsen Fast National data. It was the highest-rated debut episode in the demo for a CNN original series. Deadline Hollywood The fugitive investigation series fronted by the former America’s Most Wanted host beat Fox News Channel by 21 percent and MSNBC by 174 percent in total viewers. The new show outperformed FNC’s 9 p.m. offering and MSNBC’s by 141 percent and 63 percent in the key news demo, though Fox was airing a repeat of On The Record.

10 Days Out, Clinton, Inc. by Weekly Standard’s Daniel Halper Leaked to Press (FishbowlDC)
Saturday night, a second critical book on the Clinton’s following the release of Hillary Clinton’s Hard Choices was leaked to press 10 days ahead of its publishing date. Clinton, Inc.: The Audacious Rebuilding of A Political Machine, written by the Weekly Standard’s online editor Daniel Halper, was distributed to more than 100 reporters by the mysterious “Robert Josef Wright” as a combined 317-page PDF. Daily Beast “We really have no idea” how the premature release occurred, said Adam Bellow, top editor at Broadside books, the conservative imprint of HarperCollins. While the contents of hotly anticipated titles occasionally leak prior to their publication dates — notably Hard Choices, which Politico obtained and summarized three days before its official June 10 release — it’s rare that a book is stripped bare more than a week ahead of its scheduled unveiling.

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Nobel Prize Winning Author Nadine Gordimer Has Died (GalleyCat)
Nobel Prize-winning author Nadine Gordimer has died. The South African writer was 90 years old. Gordimer, who was best known for speaking out against apartheid, wrote more than 30 books, including: The Conservationist, What Happened to Burger’s Daughter or How South African Censorship Works, Something Out There and July’s People. She also published a number of short story collections. Gordimer was the recipient of the Booker Prize in 1974 and the Nobel Prize for literature in 1991. In 2003, she won the Mary McCarthy Award and in 2008, she was shortlisted for the Best of the Booker prize.

Sports Illustrated Sets Web Traffic Record With LeBron James Essay (FishbowlNY)
When LeBron James announced his decision to return to the Cleveland Cavaliers via an essay on Sports Illustrated’s site Friday, the piece attracted 6.1 million unique visitors to, good for its most UVs ever. James’ essay beat out the old record holder — Richard Sherman’s column on MMQB — by almost two million UVs. Sherman’s article, posted in late January, netted 4.3 million UVs.

Dish Can Keep Streaming TV Anywhere After Fox’s Aereo Argument Fails (GigaOM)
Three weeks after the Supreme Court shut down Aereo for streaming TV over the Internet without permission, a court in California has given the green light for satellite TV company Dish to continue selling a service that does much the same thing. In a short ruling issued on Monday, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals refused a request by Fox to shut down “Dish Anywhere,” which lets consumers record the broadcasters’ shows on a DVR and then beam them over the Internet to a computer or mobile device.

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NPR Downgrades, Disables Its Ombudsman (Jay Rosen’s PressThink)
I always read job descriptions for open positions in journalism. On July 8 I came across an opening for the NPR ombudsman/public editor position. Two phrases jumped out at me: “The NPR ombudsman/public editor focuses on fact gathering and explanation, not commentary or judgment,” and “In addressing audience complaints about journalistic errors in NPR News coverage, the ombudsman/public editor will gather facts and can interview key news managers. The ombudsman/public editor will then explain any errors without passing judgment.” What is going on with these phrases, which appear to prohibit the ombudsman from criticizing the performance of NPR journalists? Well, it’s a change in policy.

CQ Roll Call Launches Fifth Policy Pulse Blog — Energy Xtra (FishbowlDC)
CQ Roll Call announced Monday the launch of Energy Xtra, the fifth Policy Pulse blog on to be led by Randy Leonard. The new vertical will focus on energy debates related to renewable generation, efficiency, electric reliability, infrastructure, nuclear developments, coal technology, and implications of the ongoing oil and gas boom.

Production Cuts at Sam Champion’s Weather Channel Show (TVNewser)
Four months after launch, the Weather Channel’s signature morning show, AMHQ With Sam Champion, is feeling some growing pains. A tipster said that a dozen freelance production jobs have been cut. A Weather Channel spokesperson said the daily studio contractor schedule was adjusted “to gain some efficiency post launch” and that the freelancers could be brought back as needs adjust.

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