An ABC release announced, “According to Nielsen Media Research for Sunday, September 2, 2007, ABC News ‘This Week with George Stephanopoulos’ outperformed CBS’ ‘Face the Nation’ among Total Viewers for the 15th time this season. In addition, ‘This Week’ is the only Sunday discussion program up season-to-date (2%) and year-to-date (5%) among Total Viewers. ‘This Week’ also increase among Total Viewers versus the prior week (5%).
A tipster tells us that Sam Donaldson “looked awfully natty in his suit with his shoes off in the security line at DCA” Sunday morning.
A Univision Communications press release announced, “In the first entire week (8/27/07-9/2/07) since all networks were reported from one single ratings sample, Univision ranked as the #1 network with an +11% advantage over its nearest competitor, FOX, and beating ABC by +43%, CBS by +42%, NBC by +57%, and fully +125% ahead of CW for all Adults 18-34, not just Hispanics.”
From the Alexandria Times: “Editor’s Note: With the advent of City Limits, by John Arundel, The Alexandria Times is pleased to have former About Town author Kathryn Streeter as its newest writer on board focusing on new businesses and the people who make up this city by the Potomac. Look for Kathryn’s profiles in all upcoming issues of The Alexandria Times.”
The Alliance for American Manufacturing’s blog, — www.manufacturethis.org — has a new author. Steven Capozzola is the communications director for the Alliance for American Manufacturing and is doing much of the writing on the blog.
“Need a reading on the 2008 presidential election but feeling a bit inundated with torrent of information flowing from the blogosphere? No wonder. Technorati reports that there are currently 39,557 posts about the 2008 presidential election.” No worries. Poynter Online goes on to report that “help is on the way.”
One of our blind items was outted! Inside the Beltway reported, “Sure enough, as soon as we stepped outside, there was Mr. Cheney and Weekly Standard senior writer Matt Labash swapping stories about catching fish on a fly — including catfish, of all ugly creatures. Indeed, when Mr. Labash’s wife, Alana, approached to shake Mr. Cheney’s hand, she was all but ‘brushed aside’ by the pair of engrossed anglers.”
Media blogging expert to discuss relationships between journalists, bloggers at the 2007 SPJ Convention & National Journalism Conference. Click here for more details.
“UK blog publisher Shiny Media has launched the first in a series of US-focussed blogs. … The US launch of Shiny Style (fashion) and Shiny Gloss (make-up) is intended to coincide with New York fashion week. They are the first two of a proposed ten blogs for the Shiny US network.”
GOOD, “an earnest new magazine that aspires to reach ‘people who give a damn,” held its promo party at the Hirshhorn Museum.
Chris Matthews goes behind the music with the singing senators. Check out the video here.
“Apart from a few scattered gains, a new national survey by ABC News, the BBC and the Japanese broadcaster NHK finds deepening dissatisfaction with conditions in Iraq, lower ratings for the national government and growing rejection of the U.S. role there.”
DCRTV reports, “A source tells DCRTV that big layoffs are coming to Discovery’s TLC network. Apparently, there’s a plan to move the operation from Silver Spring to LA. Producers are being told to relocate to the west coast or leave, we hear.”
B&C reports, “News bloopers have long been an online-video staple, with clips of anchors losing their composure almost a genre unto themselves. But lately, it seems that an inordinate number of those clips are coming from ABC News.” World News Now’s Ryan Owens and Taina Hernandez “are serial offenders.”
Inside Higher Ed reports, “A new statement on college rankings appeared Friday afternoon –signed by 19 presidents of prestigious liberal arts colleges. While the statement criticizes the “inevitable biases” of any rankings and pledges the colleges not to use rankings in promotional material, it falls short of the pledges and the rhetoric of a letter distributed in May by the Education Conservancy and signed by another group of presidents.”
Paid Content.org reports, “For the magazine industry, online is finally coming into its own, as the companies understand to creatively mix the print and native-Web content, and as online advertising has roared back, helping the revenue side move from being just a rounding error in overall revenues.”
More on CNN’s new mini bureaus from a CNN release, “The mini bureaus, already operational, are staffed by CNN producers and will increase their resources as the primaries and caucuses approach. They will be located at three CNN Newsource affiliate stations: Hearst-Argyle Television’s KCCI-TV in Des Moines, Iowa, and WMUR-TV in Manchester, N.H.; and Raycom’s WIS-TV in Columbia, S.C. All CNN material produced in these mini bureaus will be available to each of the more than 800 CNN Newsource affiliates, augmenting the comprehensive content available to them each day. … Equipped with state-of-the-art production capabilities and high-definition cameras, the mini bureaus will be staffed full time until after each state’s election day.”
TechCrunch reports, “AOL has announced the end of Netscape as a social news portal.”
AP reports, “With many viewers apparently outside enjoying summer’s last hurrah, the broadcast television networks hit a negative ratings trifecta only a few weeks before the start of the fall season.”
Bloomberg reports, “Dow Jones & Co. must pay Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. $165 million if either company decides to terminate their $5.2 billion merger agreement.”
The Age reports, “New York’s Hudson Theatre will host a different type of election on October 19, when Murdoch’s shareholders in News Corporation gather for the 2007 annual general meeting. It will be a historic day because the world’s most powerful businessman is up for re-election for the first time in decades. Shareholders will also vote on a resolution I’ve proposed, which, based on Friday’s sharemarket moves, would make Murdoch richer but less powerful.”
Between The Lines reports, “Facebook could surpass 200 million users in a year”
New York Post reports, “As the fall television season fast approaches, the four major broadcast networks are betting big that a lot of their viewers will be parked in front a computer screen instead of a TV. ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox this year will offer more free full-length shows than ever via on-demand streaming through their own Web sites as well as through a network of third-party sites, with revenue coming from advertising.”
New York Times’ Public Editor gives us “The Truth and Alberto Gonzales”
Weiner Public Media was the first media team to finish the NPC 5K, but a tipster suggests that they may have brought in a ringer — “26-year-old world class Ethiopian runner Zereu Kelele who ran the thing in just over 15 mins, five minutes faster than next best Weiner team member!”
NewsBusters asks, “Why Isn’t There a Conservative Daily Kos?”
Baltimore Sun’s Public Editor writes, “Newspapers, don’t leave the Internet holdouts behind.”
Robert Franklin, a retired Star Tribune reporter and editor, writes, Today, at virtually every big-city American paper, there’s an elephant in the newsroom. It’s the question of print media’s survival in the face of lost advertising, circulation, news space and jobs.”
Portfolio’s Mixed Media reports, “The natives are restless at The Wall Street Journal. Reporters at the bible of capitalism will be hitting the picket line in a couple hours to flex their collective muscle.”
Wall Street Journal reports, “Investors who have grown impatient with Yahoo Inc. may have to wait awhile longer to see any pop in its stock. The Internet company replaced its chief executive in June and this summer kicked off a strategic review to better position it for a changing online-advertising market and compete with the likes of Google Inc.”
Bloomberg reports, “Walter Cronkite, the former CBS news anchor who retired in 1981, is negotiating a return to television. The cable channel, Retirement Living TV, is planning to have him become part of a daily program in which he would offer his views and commentary on current events.”
Tech Trader Daily asks, “The Standard is coming back? Maybe, although a web-only format would be a lot more likely than a print magazine. Still it would be nice to have it back. Here’s hoping they do it.”
The Washington Post “MEGA Career Fair” is this Thursday, September 13 from 11AM-6 PM. For more info, click here.
TV Week reports, “National Geographic Channel has reached out to marketing partners for two shows it is launching. For ‘The Living Body,’ which premieres Sept. 16, Nat Geo is joining with ‘Bodies: The Exhibition,’ which uses preserved bodies to show what’s beneath the skin. … Nat Geo also has partnered with Men’s Health magazine to help launch ‘Incredible Human Machine,’ which debuts Oct. 21.”
Portfolio’s Mixed Media reports, “Furnishings salvaged from The New York Times’s old offices are going up for auction. Christie’s October House Sale will feature over 100 objects gleaned from the Times’s old building on West 43rd Street, with prices ranging from $300 to $6,000.”