Duck Dynasty‘s Phil Robertson on Indefinite Hiatus Following Anti-Gay Remarks (THR / The Live Feed)
A&E has placed Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson on indefinite hiatus following anti-gay remarks he made in a recent profile in GQ. “We are extremely disappointed to have read Phil Robertson’s comments in GQ, which are based on his own personal beliefs and are not reflected in the series Duck Dynasty,” A&E said in a statement. GLAAD / GLAAD Blog The Robertsons, the family whose duck hunting products have made them a fortune, are breakout stars featured in A&E’s Duck Dynasty. GQ’s profile of Phil Robertson included some of the vilest and most extreme statements uttered against LGBT people in a mainstream publication. His quote was littered with outdated stereotypes and blatant misinformation: “It seems like, to me, a vagina — as a man — would be more desirable than a man’s anus. That’s just me. I’m just thinking: There’s more there! She’s got more to offer. I mean, come on, dudes! You know what I’m saying? But hey, sin: It’s not logical, my man. It’s just not logical.” FishbowlNY The headline for Drew Magary‘s GQ Louisiana visit (“What The Duck?”) now seems especially appropriate. Comments are coming in fast and so far are about evenly for-against Robertson’s outspoken views. Ad Age / Media News The question is how the comments will impact the show. Food Network dropped Paula Deen from the channel earlier in the year after she admitted in a deposition that she had used racial slurs. In 2007, A&E halted production of Dog The Bounty Hunter after star Duane Chapman made racial slurs. The show returned to the network less than a year later. NYT The announcement has no immediate effect on the series because it is not currently in production. Robertson already filmed episodes for the next season of Duck Dynasty and a network spokesman said he would appear in many of those. Business Insider Looks like Robertson can kiss that $200,000 an episode paycheck goodbye “indefinitely.”
Jay Leno in Demand: CNN’s Jeff Zucker Among Suitors (THR)
How in demand is Jay Leno? The most watched late-night host, who will be without a TV job in February when NBC transitions The Tonight Show to Jimmy Fallon, has been approached by some unlikely suitors. Sources tell THR that CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker — who, while running NBCUniversal, famously set in motion Leno’s first ouster from Tonight by promising the show to Conan O’Brien in 2009 — is among those who have approached Leno for a late-night or primetime show on his network. Defamer It seems unlikely that Leno would sign on with the guy who fired him, embarrassed him and then rehired him, but it also seems Leno’s constant need for camera time transcends any modicum of self respect. TVNewser Also among the 10 or so outlets courting the comic are Tribune, American Idol producer Core Media Group and even former NBC chief Jeff Gaspin. But Leno and his lone representative, attorney Ken Ziffren, are said to be refusing to entertain offers until the host fulfills his obligation to NBC on Feb. 6. NY Post The struggling news network may be trying to corral Leno’s audience. He consistently beats David Letterman in the ratings.
Hackers Break Into Washington Post Servers (The Washington Post)
Hackers broke into the Washington Post’s servers and gained access to employee user names and passwords, marking at least the third intrusion over the past three years, company officials said Wednesday. The extent of the loss of company data was not immediately clear, although officials planned to ask all employees to change their user names and passwords on the assumption that many or all of them may have been compromised. NY Mag / Daily Intelligencer Unlike the attack by the Syrian Electronic Army in August, which redirected readers to another site, this one seems to have been mostly behind the scenes. TheWrap “This is an ongoing investigation, but we believe it was a few days at most,” Post spokeswoman Kris Coratti said in regards to the intrusion’s duration. Mashable Wednesday’s announcement was the most high-profile incident for the Post since it was acquired by Amazon CEO and founder Jeff Bezos for $250 million.
Star-Ledger Fears Picayune‘s Fate (Capital New York)
Publishers of The Star-Ledger, New Jersey’s largest newspaper, have been convening meetings with staffers in a bid to address widespread morale problems. Trouble in the newsroom is nothing new at the Ledger, but a recent announcement that parent company Advance Publications, owners of New Orleans’ Times-Picayune, is looking to consolidate its Garden State newspapers and Web properties had staffers believing in “any worst-case scenario,” as one source close to the newsroom told Capital.
John Koblin Named Styles Reporter at NYT (WWD / Memo Pad)
The New York Times has hired media and sports writer John Koblin as its next Styles reporter. The job, which was previously held by Eric Wilson for nine years, has primarily been a fashion-centric one that, in the past, included reviews of New York and European collections. With no fashion reporting experience, Koblin won’t be writing reviews, WWD has learned. That duty will likely continue to be handled primarily by Cathy Horyn and the International Herald Tribune’s Suzy Menkes, although Times officials did not comment on their plans. FishbowlNY In a memo obtained by WWD (Koblin previously worked for WWD as a media reporter), Stuart Emmrich, the Times’ style editor, wrote that he was he excited to add Koblin.
Publishers Fête The Holiday Season (Adweek)
With holiday season in full swing, publishers have been gathering around the city to toast their various magazines. While the low-key trend of years past persisted in many corners, other titles still managed to inject a bit of glitz into their affairs.
FCC Wants to Eliminate Sports Blackout Rules (LA Times / Company Town)
The Federal Communications Commission wants to eliminate its almost 40-year-old sports blackout rules, which serve primarily to prevent NFL games being televised in markets where the home team failed to sell out the stadium. In a notice of proposed rule-making released Wednesday, the FCC said the sports marketplace has “changed dramatically” and that the “economic rationale underlying the sports blackout rules may no longer be valid.”
Magazine Closures Continue to Fall in 2013 (Folio:)
The magazine market stabilized in 2013 as launches outnumbered closures by more than 3 to 1, according to a year-end report by MediaFinder. With 185 new magazines in 2013, there were 18 percent fewer launches than there were in 2012, but closures fell almost twice as far. Just 56 titles shuttered in 2013, down more than 30 percent from the prior year and more than 60 percent from 2011.
The New AllThingsD Has Hired Ken Li as Managing Editor (Business Insider)
Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg have hired Kenneth Li, formerly of Reuters, to be managing editor at their new tech-focused website. Swisher and Mossberg are moving on from Dow Jones, where they’ve built AllThingsD into a tech news powerhouse with scoops, analysis, and of course, their D Conferences. FishbowlNY As you know by now, Mossberg and Swisher chose not to renew their contract with Dow Jones, and so they’re striking out on their own, with plans to launch their own tech site soon.
With CNN Experimenting at 10 P.M., AC360 Later Is M.I.A. (TVNewser)
If you haven’t noticed, AC360 Later has not aired on CNN for close to two weeks, with CNN airing documentaries, AC360 replays, and an Anderson Cooper Newtown special in its place. The show has been off-air for nine consecutive weeknights, and has aired just three times in December. The last airing was Dec. 5, a huge news day surrounding Nelson Mandela‘s death.
ESPN Wins duPont-Columbia Award for Football Investigation (Poynter / MediaWire)
ESPN’s critical look at youth football, “Outside The Lines: Youth Football Concerns,” was among the winners of the 2014 Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards, which were announced Wednesday. Capital New York CBS News won for coverage of the Newtown shooting; PBS won for its “POV” documentary The Barber of Birmingham: Foot Soldier of The Civil Rights Movement; NBC News won for its coverage of the devastating Oklahoma tornado in May. TVSpy Stations in Denver, Kansas City, Boston, Dallas and New Orleans have won 2014 Alfred I. duPont awards from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.
Media Still Doesn’t Like Talking About Climate Change: Study (HuffPost)
Surprise! The media still doesn’t want to discuss climate change that much. A new Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR) survey looking at top national news networks found that while reports of extreme weather dominated the media in 2013, networks failed to include hardly any mention of human influence. From January to September 2013, CBS Evening News, NBC Nightly News and ABC World News aired 450 segments consisting of 200 words or more, FAIR reported Wednesday.
Last Lunch of The Year: Huma Abedin, Rikki Klieman And The Media Mob (FishbowlNY / Lunch)
The arctic temperatures and snow couldn’t keep the faithful from 55th and Fifth Wednesday as the towncar set squeezed in the last Wednesday power lunch of 2013. The usual contingent of media mavens (Connie Anne Phillips, Gerry Byrne), spinmeisters (Tom Goodman) and fashionistas (Fern Mallis, Jaqui Lividini and LaVelle Olexa) were well represented, as there was plenty of air-kissing and glad-handing behind every poinsettia.
NBC Gives Willie Geist Primetime Special (Capital New York)
NBC is giving Today and Morning Joe co-host Willie Geist a primetime comedy special, the network said Wednesday. The special, dubbed What We Wasted Our Year On will air Friday, Dec. 27 at 9 p.m. ET. The one-hour show will be shot in front of a live studio audience and hosted by Geist, who will be joined by comedians Nikki Glaser, Seth Herzog, Julian McCullough and Sherrod Small.
The Best Political Column in Washington (The Week / The Compass)
Ron Fournier is on fire. Liberated (my word) from the responsibilities of editing National Journal, the 20-year-veteran writer has become Washington’s most trenchant, most compulsively readable political critic. Liberal or conservative, libertarian or other, you’d be wise to start reading him.
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