An ABC release announced, “‘This Week with George Stephanopoulos’ will produce the first Democratic presidential debate of the 2008 presidential election to be aired on broadcast television. The debate will be moderated by ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos with additional questioning from David Yepsen of The Des Moines Register and will be held at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa on Sunday morning, August 19, 2007.”
Don’t forget that The Washington Blogger Meetup is today! You can see who’s coming and RSVP here.
TVNewser reports, “FNC’s SVP of programming, Bill Shine announced the network ‘will not continue the Half Hour News Hour beyond its current 15 episode run.'”
“Channel 9’s Tracey Neale, who is headed to Africa to pick up her kids. The WUSA anchor announced the news on Tuesday’s broadcast: ‘I’ll be adopting 1-year-old twins, so I’m going to have my hands full,’ she told viewers.”
A tipster writes in, “Good for Plante for shouting an intelligent question–and a valid one, and an important one, and a relevant one. Good for Plante. He was doing his job. The question was a good one.”
From CJR: “The WSJ editorial page launches baseless attacks on its competitors’ motivesâ€”it will fit right in at News Corp.”
Slate’s Christopher Beamtells us, “How to mash together the ultimate search engine”
Julian Friedland writes in the Denver Post, “Last week, the New York Times reduced the width of its pages by an inch and a half — joining a trend that has reduced both the space devoted to news and commentary and the staff sizes of many daily newspapers throughout the country. And, recently, Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation won its fight to buy The Wall Street Journal.”
Denver Post reports, “At an Aspen forum, executives in media new and old say papers are staying relevant by changing their mind-set about delivery”
From The Hollywood Reporter: “Sirius Satellite Radio — more popular in automobiles than in living rooms — is making it easier to get Howard Stern, along with dozens of commercial-free channels, on home-based radios.”
Ad Week reports, “Since Facebook opened its site to developers in May, it has been flooded with mini-programs that let users throw virtual food at one another, post movie reviews and share YouTube videos. The influx of applications, now up to over 2,800, is leading to the creation of ad networks designed to let developers profit from their work and help advertisers reach Facebook’s growing user base.”
CNN reports, “He’s a veteran statesman and hard-hitting chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. But Sen. Patrick Leahy is set to leave the marble halls of Washington for the bright lights of Hollywood — at least briefly. Vermont’s senior senator has landed a speaking role in the newest Batman movie, CNN affiliate WPTZ reports and confirmed by Leahy’s office.”
Bloomberg reports, “Google Inc. and its YouTube video- sharing site staved off the threat of legal action from Belgium’s soccer association by offering a technology that will allow the group to monitor where its matches are broadcast.”
Variety reports, “Viacom has pledged $1 million in cash and more than $500,000 in media value to support the construction of a memorial to Martin Luther King Jr. on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.”
Fortune reports, “Readers of the The Sun, a British tabloid best known for its bare-breasted Page Three girls, opened their newspapers to see a young woman named Keeley Hazell wearing only green paint. Ms. Hazell is the face — well, not just the face — of the paper’s campaign against global warming.”
Bloomberg reports, “Yahoo! Inc., fighting Google Inc. for local advertisers, added more city-specific Web pages with information on movies, events and neighborhood restaurants.”
MediaLife reports, “Since April, more than 900 newsroom jobs have been cut in these days of declining circulation and shrinking ad revenues. Now the paper cuts are extending even to those whoâ€™ve made an effort to avoid them in the past.”
CNet News.com reports, “This summer has been an unusual hunting season for the start-up world, with nascent Internet companies firmly in the crosshairs of major media conglomerates.”
Poynter Online points us to this gem from ABCnews.com: “CIA recently updated its FOIA requests policy to allow bloggers to get special treatment once reserved for old-school reporters. Last August, the NSA issued a directive to report leaks of classified info to the media — ‘including blogs.'”
American University School of Communication professor Kathryn Montgomery has new book, Generation Digital: Politics, Commerce, and Childhood in the Age of the Internet. Check it out here.
Express reports, “Since 2003, many people have been confused about the restaurant at the corner of 21st and M streets NW. Is NBC News’ chief White House correspondent and sometime ‘Today’ show fill-in David Gregory, at right, also a restaurant owner? The answer has always been an emphatic no; after all, the restaurant’s name has one ‘g’ more than the journalist’s. And now, David Greggory — named after chefs and onetime business partners David Hagedorn and Greggory Hill — is no more.”
BtoB reports, “As it prepares to celebrate its 25th anniversary in September, Gannett Co.’s USA Today is bucking the downward trend in U.S. newspaper circulation and branching out online to offer the kind of user-generated content that has growing appeal for b-to-b marketers.”
Jon Friedmanwrites, “Gawker gets respectable — and remains humorous”
The Wall Street Journal is looking for a Advertising Sales Representative.
Vandenburgh Media is looking for an Advertising Database Manager.