Morning Reading List, 11.26.07

Good morning Washington.

  • Brian Williams would have been a good Thanksgiving dinner guest.

  • Channel 5 Is Losing News Chief To CNN

  • An ABC release announced, “For the week of November 12-16, ‘World News with Charles Gibson’ averaged 9.08 million Total Viewers and a 2.2/8 among Adults 25-54. The ABC broadcast tied for 1st place among Total Viewers with NBC’s ‘Nightly News,’ which also averaged 9.08 million. ‘World News’ won the week among Households, averaging 6.3/12 to NBC’s 6.1/12.”

  • Thompson charges Fox News is biased against his campaign

  • From DCRTV:

      On Tuesday, 11/27, Citadel talker WMAL’s Fred Grandy and Andy Parks morning show will be simulcast live by C-SPAN television. “Get out of the way Don Imus,” Parks jestfully said Friday morning after the announcement was made. Also, C-SPAN is simulcasting the Bill Press radio show on Wednesday morning, 11/28. DC-based Press is heard locally on Clear Channel’s Progressive Talk 1260, WWRC. Press used to be part of WMAL’s morning show…..

  • AP Chief Slams Case Against Photographer

  • An NBC release announced, “According to Nielsen Media Research data, “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams” won the week of November 12-18, 2007 among the key demographic adults 25-54 (000). In the key demo, ‘Nightly’ topped ‘World News’ by 67,000. This is ‘Nightly’s’ best A25-54 (000) advantage over ABC since the week of April 16, 2007.”

  • The New York Time’s Nicolai Ouroussoff writes, “Writing about your employer’s new building is a tricky task. If I love it, the reader will suspect that I’m currying favor with the man who signs my checks. If I hate it, I’m just flaunting my independence. So let me get this out of the way: As an employee, I’m enchanted with our new building on Eighth Avenue. The grand old 18-story neo-Gothic structure on 43rd Street, home to The New York Times for nearly a century, had its sentimental charms. But it was a depressing place to work. Its labyrinthine warren of desks and piles of yellowing newspapers were redolent of tradition but also seemed an anachronism. The new 52-story building between 40th and 41st Streets, designed by the Italian architect Renzo Piano, is a paradise by comparison.”

  • An NPR release announced, “The NPR News and Iowa Public Radio national Democratic Presidential debate, to be broadcast and webcast live from 1:00-3:00PM (CT) on Tuesday, December 4, will be held at the State Historical Society of Iowa in Des Moines, with NPR News journalists and hosts Steve Inskeep, Michele Norris and Robert Siegel as moderators. The two-hour event, leading up to the Iowa Caucus, will offer the first audio-only debate of the presidential race and will repeat the format introduced in 2004 by NPR and the NPR Member Stations of Iowa. All major Democratic candidates are confirmed to attend.”

  • Politico reports, “The presidential campaigns in both parties have begun reacting ferociously to real or perceived attacks from rivals, goaded by a tight campaign calendar that leaves no room for error, and a determination to show they’re tougher than John F. Kerry was in 2004.”

  • AFF announced, “Starting in January, and throughout the presidential election cycle, AFF will convene roundtable debates in major cities nationwide, including Chicago, Denver, Portland, Oregon, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, and others. … Our first stop will be in Chicago.” For the full schedule, click here.

  • Media Daily News reports, “When TV Guide re-launched as a full-size publication two years ago, the new look continued one of the magazine’s more notable offerings–its ‘Cheers & Jeers’ page–where editors rave about some small-screen shows and rip others. Now, in the vein of media companies taking signature brands and migrating them to new platforms, the money-losing publication’s parent is expanding the reach of “C&J,” a feature that first hit the pages of the magazine, whose circulation in 1983 approached 20 million.”

  • Trey Ditto, the Deputy Press Secretary in the Office of Communications and Outreach for U.S. Department of Education, is leaving D.C. to move to NYC where he will be Associate Vice President at Rubenstein Associates, Inc.

  • 23/6 takes a look “Inside the incredible mind of Thomas L. Friedman

  • PEJ News Coverage Index for November 11-16 shows, “Planted questions, the B-word, and an embarrassing indictment were all fodder for journalists covering the revved up race for the White House last week. In Pakistan, a national crisis turns personal in the media. And cable news’ favorite celebrity defendant.”

  • A reader writes in, “Re: ‘From: RadioTV Executive Committee’ ‘As per…’? Are these professional writers?”

  • The Huffington Post announced, “the launch of its ‘Polling Project’ to survey the widely-used practice of polling. Prominent media organizations are participating in this unprecedented effort to study the pervasiveness and impact of polls across the country. Joining forces to examine the polling industry, OffTheBus and its media sponsors will ask their readers to share their polling experiences, and OffTheBus will distribute the collected data among partners that will analyze and report on it.” For more info, click here.

  • Media Biz reports, “There are a lot of R buzzwords that media companies and advertisers focus on these days: relevance, reach and retention come to mind. But here’s another R word that’s getting a little more play lately. And it doesn’t have the positive connotations that those other ones have: recession.”

  • Reuters reports, “Two U.S. senators on the antitrust subcommittee urged the Federal Trade Commission’s chairman to submit Google Inc’s purchase of advertising company DoubleClick to ‘serious scrutiny.'”

  • reports, “Republican lawmakers on Capitol Hill are seeking to rein in Kevin Martin, the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission who is seeking to expand the media regulator’s authority over the cable industry.”

  • Fortune reports,Brian Roberts, CEO of Comcast, is moving the company well beyond TV. Already the No. 1 provider of traditional cable, with 24.2 million subscribers, Comcast is on track to become the fourth-largest residential phone company in the U.S. by year-end. But phone operators like AT&T and Verizon are fighting back, and Wall Street is fearing a bloodbath.”

  • Radio Ink reports, “to bring former customers back into the fold, XM Satellite Radio is offering three months of free service — ‘applied over the first six months of a subscription’ — to anyone who re-activates an inactive XM receiver between November 23 and December 31.”

  • Press Gazette reports, “Al Jazeera English will launch on an American network within the next six months, according to its London bureau chief.”

  • CNN reports, “The U.S. military says it has ‘convincing and irrefutable’ evidence that an award-winning Associated Press photographer is connected to the insurgency in Iraq.”

  • Washingtonian’s Harry Jaffe writes, “With readership dwindling, the Post’s educational division, Kaplan, now generates most of the company’s revenue.”

  • Washington Whispers reports Shell’s hook to get newsies to attend a luncheon.

  • Hot Air asks, “Why did so many of the ‘undecided voters’ who asked questions at last week’s Democrat debate turn out to be either anti-war, labor, race politics or Democrat party activists?”

  • Adam Conner-Simons asks, “Are internal media watchdogs an expensive PR ploy or a useful tool in maintaining journalistic accountability?”

  • Confederate Yankee writes, “Sacrificial Lamb? Head Fact-checker Gone at TNR”

  • It Was Called The Democratic Debate, but CNN Is The Story.”

  • Fake news on Web just not as good

  • Joan Walsh wants to “Stop the New York Times Op-Ed food fight!”


  • The News and Advance is looking for a Page Designer/Copy Editor.

  • Need to Know News is looking for an Economics Reporter.

  • Platts is seeking a market reporter for real-time news and metals newsletters

  • Erickson Retirement Communities is seeking a copywriter.

  • Inside Washington Publishers is looking for Print and online reporters.

  • The Associated Press is looking for a Financial Impact Editor.

  • Martinsville Bulletin is looking for a Sportswriter.

  • Reuters is looking for a Jr. Producer, Group 7 Consumer TV.

  • The Associated Press is looking for a Diversity/Demographics Writer.

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