Wonkette reports, “Old man Politico sure is concerned about those Hill staffers not getting their holiday parties, what with damnable new ethics laws poisoning the egg nog. Le sigh. But hey, who are those sexy looking ‘staffers’ in the accompanying photo? Whaddayaknow, it’s Nick Lachey and Vanessa Minnillo at last year’s MTV New Years Party!”
The AP reports, “Shares of New York Times Co. rose Tuesday after an analyst said he expects management’s turnaround initiatives to start to bear fruit next year.”
The Guardian reports, “The Times board, which approves the appointment of a new editor, is set to meet next week – fuelling speculation that James Harding is about to replace Robert Thomson in the top editorial job at the paper.”
Today, Politico’s John Harris moderates an Early State Countdown Panel with Des Moines Register’s David Yepsen, New Hampshire Union Leader’s Andrew Cline, Las Vegas Sun’s J. Patrick Coolican, The (Columbia) State’s Lee Bandy, and Politico’s Roger Simon and Jeanne Cummings. For more info, click here.
An NBC release announced, “According to Nielsen Media Research data, ‘NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams’ won the November 2007 sweep in total viewers and in the key demographic adults 25-54.” For the sweep, “Nightly News” averaged a 1% advantage over ABC’s “World News with Charles Gibson” and a tremendous 37% lead over CBS “Evening News with Katie Couric”. “NBC has now placed first for 32 of the last 35 sweep periods, and the last six consecutive November sweeps.”
A reader notes, “That kathleen matthews’ smiling face still graces the main entrance billboard to 1100 Wilson Blvd. I thought I read in fishbowl she was leaving!” Funny, we asked about this a year ago.
Tonight, CNN will air the first ever live award show broadcast, “CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute” at 9:00 p.m. Hosted by Anderson Cooper and Christiane Amanpour, the show will include performances from Mary J. Blige and Sheryl Crow and a duet by Grammy Award winner Norah Jones and acclaimed performer-producer Wyclef Jean.
Multichannel News reports, “The Discovery Channel is cable subscribersâ€™ favorite channel, but the channel with the highest perceived value by consumers is ESPN2, according to a Beta Research study released Dec. 4.”
AJR reports, “Today’s network newscasts aren’t as retro as the conventional wisdom would suggest.”
The New York Observer reports, “When New York Times executive editor Bill Keller sent out a Nov. 28 memo announcing the layoffs of a dozen Times employees, one detail attracted little attention outside the newsroom: The paper would be eliminating a legendary Times institution, the Recording Room.”
The AP reports, “New York Times Co. said Wednesday it expects revenue in November to rise 1 percent to 2 percent.”
The Washington Post reports, “Revolution Health Network has invested in two new Web sites, expanding its Internet audience to 12 million unique visitors a month as it seeks to challenge WebMD. Revolution said it acquired HealthTalk, a site devoted to patients with chronic conditions, and invested in SparkPeople, which offers diet ideas, exercise plans and advice. Financial terms were not disclosed.”
Wall Street Journal reports, “For years, media and technology companies have been ensnarled in a battle over the rights to video posted online. Now ratings giant Nielsen wants to be the policeman. Nielsen is rolling out a new service that aims to ensure that video is distributed and viewed on the Web only in ways sanctioned by its owners.”
Slate points out, “The sincerest form of flattery … From the WP on Nov. 29: ‘If an irony falls in the primary and there’s no late-night comic to tell a joke about it, did it really exist?’ From today’s NYT: ‘If Rudolph W. Giuliani’s campaign falls in a forest of bizarre mayoral accounting practices, but nobody hears about it on late-night television, does it make a sound bite?'”
Mark your calendars. The December Washington Blogger Meetup will be Wednesday, December 19 at 7:00PM at Regional Food and Drink.
A CQ release announced, “Eric Pfeiffer will write a regular blog for CQ Politics. He joins other heavy-hitting political bloggers and columnists, including David Corn, John Cranford, Craig Crawford, Jeff Stein and Richard Whalen. … Pfeiffer’s CQ Politics blog, called “Ground Game“, explores emerging stories and ideological debates taking place in the blogosphere and the larger world of online politics.”
Slate’s Jack ShafercallsBen Wallace-Wells’ 15,000-word article in the new (Dec. 13) issue of Rolling Stone the “Smartest Drug Story of the Year”
Tune in Saturday to NPR’s On the Media. U.S. News’ Ken Walsh will be on air chatting it up with host Bob Garfield at 4 p.m., WAMU 88.5
MarketWatch reports, “Sirius Satellite Radio remains hopeful that it can close its acquisition of XM Satellite Radio by the end of the year, as the Department of Justice has ‘little left to do’ to complete its review of the proposed transaction, Sirius Chief Financial Officer David Frear told investors on Tuesday.”
The Pew Weekly News Index shows, “Even as the 2008 presidential campaign draws increasing news coverage, the public shows limited awareness of the personal backgrounds of some of the top GOP candidates.”
A release announced, “Eagle Publishing, Inc., announced today that Ron T. Lippock has joined the company as Vice President and Group Publisher. Lippock is responsible for Eagle’s rapidly growing direct-to-consumer geopolitical publications and for the Conservative Book Club.”