AP Video Journalist, Freelance Translator Killed in Gaza (FishbowlNY)
Simone Camilli and Ali Shehda Abu Afash — an Associated Press video journalist and a freelance translator, respectively — were killed in Gaza Wednesday while covering the conflict there. TVNewser Camilli, an Italian national, and Abu Afash, his Palestinian translator, were killed after ordnance left over from fighting in Gaza exploded. Following the news, AP president Gary Pruitt sent a note to the AP’s global staff about the dangers of their work. Associated Press / The Big Story Police said three police engineers also were killed. Four people, including AP photographer Hatem Moussa, were badly injured. Moussa told a colleague that they were filming the scene when an initial explosion went off. He said he was hit by shrapnel and began to run when there was a second blast, which knocked him out. He woke up in a hospital and later underwent surgery. NYT Camilli, 35, a video journalist based in Beirut, Lebanon, who started as an intern at The AP in 2005, was the first international journalist killed in the latest Gaza conflict. Abu Afash, 36, helped train local journalists through the Doha Center for Media Freedom and worked regularly with visiting foreign correspondents. BBC News The incident happened in the town of Beit Lahiya, in the north of the Gaza Strip. It came hours before a three-day ceasefire agreed between Israel and the Palestinians was due to expire. Some 2,000 people have died since the fighting in Gaza began on July 8. Those killed include more than 1,900 Palestinians, mostly civilians, according to the UN.
7.2 Million Watch 20/20 Robin Williams Special (TVNewser)
According to Nielsen overnight ratings, the ABC News 20/20 special The Life And Death of Robin Williams was watched by 7.18 million viewers, making it the No. 2 TV show of the night, and in the time period, behind NBC’s America’s Got Talent. Deadline Hollywood Featuring interviews with the actor by Barbara Walters and Diane Sawyer plus the latest news on the investigation into Williams’ death, the one-hour special was hosted by David Muir. Compared to ABC’s last primetime 20/20 special, the June 9 Hillary Clinton interview, Tuesday night’s Williams tribute was up 56 percent among adults 18-49. Variety The network had been averaging about 3 million viewers in the Tuesday-at-10 hour with its regular programming this summer (Celebrity Wife Swap). Cable numbers for Tuesday weren’t available early Wednesday, but Monday saw a significant spike in viewership, especially among adults 25-54. A combined 1.465 million adults 25-54 were watching during any given primetime minute on either Fox News Channel (574,000), CNN (568,000), MSNBC (180,000) or HLN (143,000), a 77 percent spike from the previous week’s 826,000; CNN saw the biggest surge, more than tripling its week-ago Monday average. THR / The Live Feed The 20/20 special followed a steady Extreme Weight Loss (1.1 adults), giving ABC second-place status to NBC for the night.
NYT’s Rubin ‘in Stable Condition’ After Crash (Politico / Dylan Byers on Media)
Alissa Rubin, the New York Times’ Paris bureau chief who was injured in a helicopter crash in northern Iraq on Tuesday, is “in stable condition” at the American hospital in Istanbul, executive editor Dean Baquet informed staff on Wednesday. HuffPost / AP An Iraqi military helicopter providing aid to people stranded on a mountain fleeing Sunni militants crashed on Tuesday, killing the pilot and injuring several people on board, including Rubin, who was inside the helicopter for a story. HuffPost The crash killed the pilot and injured several others, leaving Rubin with a reported concussion and broken wrists. Baquet told the newsroom that Rubin is now in the intensive care unit in Istanbul. Poynter / MediaWire Adam Ferguson, the freelancer who was with Rubin when the helicopter crashed, “has aches and pains that he describes as minor,” Baquet said. The photographer Moises Saman, who was on assignment for Time, was aboard the same helicopter and got away with only a cut, he told Dan Kedmey.
Wired’s Edward Snowden Cover Shows Him Holding The American Flag (HuffPost)
Edward Snowden’s latest media move is perhaps one of his most provocative. The whistleblower gave a lengthy interview to Wired magazine, which also brought famed photographer Platon to Moscow to take pictures of him. The picture that wound up on the cover shows Snowden holding the American flag. Politico In the story, Snowden describes to reporter James Bamford an NSA program called MonsterMind, designed to prevent foreign cyberattacks and automatically fire back at the source of those attacks, without any human action. He argues the program could also be the biggest invasion of privacy known. “You could have someone sitting in China, for example, making it appear that one of these attacks is originating in Russia. And then we end up shooting back at a Russian hospital. What happens next?” he asks. Slate / Future Tense Snowden also claimed that in 2012, the NSA’s TAO hacking group was attempting to install surveillance malware when it accidentally brought down a crucial router at a Syrian Internet service provider, and the nation’s Internet connectivity with it. At the time, observers speculated that the Bashar al-Assad regime was behind the blackout, which could still be true of other outages that have occurred.
Radio Disney Moving Off Air to Digital (B&C)
The Walt Disney Co. is looking to sell 23 more radio stations and move its Radio Disney kids programming exclusively to digital distribution. The shift comes because young viewers have adopted satellite radio and online platforms when listening to music and other programming. THR Disney is selling 22 AM and one FM station in markets covering more than 42 percent of the U.S., including stations in New York City, Chicago, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Seattle, San Francisco, Boston, Houston, Miami, Denver, Indianapolis and Minneapolis. TheWrap As part of the changes, 184 positions (about eight per unloaded station) will be eliminated at the local level and in ad sales and operations, effective Sept. 26. The company will be keeping its flagship station and studio, KDIS-AM 1110 in Los Angeles, which will drive its national network programming and provide content to partners moving forward. Its operations will be picked up by the national team.
Yahoo! Names EICs for Health, DIY Sites (FishbowlNY)
Yahoo! has hired Michele Promaulayko and Katie Brown as editors of Yahoo! Health and Yahoo! DIY, respectively. Adweek Promaulayko has been the editor of Rodale-owned Women’s Health for five years. Under her leadership, Women’s Health grew digitally and in print and won some of the magazine industry’s highest awards, including a National Magazine Award for General Excellence. The 1.5 million circulation magazine has also managed to maintained strong single-copy sales, which rose 3.3 percent in the first half of 2014, even as much of the women’s category continued to struggle on the newsstand. WWD / Memo Pad Brown has hosted her show Next Door With Katie Brown on Lifetime TV since 1997, has her own DIY website and has published numerous books on DIY topics.
Deadline Gets A Makeover (FishbowlNY)
In announcing Deadline’s first-ever website revamp Wednesday, TV editor Nellie Andreeva says the move was largely motivated by the now-familiar refrain of a cresting base of mobile-device users. Deadline Hollywood “Back when the site started, there were no smartphones — now a large portion of our readers get Deadline on mobile devices. We are all creatures of habit, and change is always hard, but it was time for a facelift,” Andreeva wrote. “Your feedback is very helpful, and we are working hard to address any concerns you may have. On that note, the beloved print button so many of you seem to be missing on the new platform will be coming back soon.”
SeaWorld Finally Confirms A Blackfish Backlash to Investors (PRNewser)
SeaWorld has been very insistent in its messaging since CNN’s Blackfish expose surfaced, with variations on “The documentary is skewed and it will not affect our business in any way.” Wednesday, however, the company officially changed its tune in a telling press release. WSJ Shares of SeaWorld — down 22 percent in the past year through Tuesday — lost about a third of their value Wednesday. “The company believes attendance in the quarter was impacted by demand pressures related to recent media attention surrounding proposed legislation in the state of California,” SeaWorld said in its earnings release.
i-D Writer Dismissed After Plagiarism Charge (Politico / Dylan Byers on Media)
Vice Media has dismissed i-D writer Jack Borkett after he posted an item about Lauren Bacall that lifted the title and portions of text from a New York Magazine article, a spokesperson said. i-D had removed Borkett’s post after determining that it “had too many similarities to a recent post by New York Magazine‘s The Cut.”
Susan Mercandetti Is Leaving ABC News (TVNewser)
Susan Mercandetti is leaving ABC News to start her own media consulting company. Mercandetti has had two stints at ABC. She returned in April 2011 as VP of business development. Mercandetti has already lined up Disney/ABC, Univision and Fusion as her first clients, says Disney/ABC TV president Ben Sherwood.
Jill Jackson Named Senior Producer of Face The Nation (FishbowlDC)
CBS News announced Wednesday that Jill Jackson, who’s been with the bureau since 2007, is set to join Face The Nation With Bob Schieffer as a senior producer. Jackson served as a Capitol Hill producer in CBS’ Washington bureau before joining CBS This Morning in 2013.
WaPo, HuffPost Reporters Were Arrested by Police in Ferguson, Mo. (Mediaite)
Two journalists were arrested in Ferguson, Mo. Wednesday. Washington Post reporter Wesley Lowery and Huffington Post reporter Ryan Reilly were arrested by police as they were covering the clash between cops and protesters in the Missouri town. FishbowlDC Following the arrests of Lowery and Reilly, statements from both the Post and Huffington Post have been issued.
Company Magazine to Become Digital Brand (WWD / Memo Pad)
Company, the British monthly magazine targeted at 16-to-24-year-old women interested in street style, is to become a standalone digital brand from October, according to its publisher Hearst Magazines U.K. The final print edition of the magazine that was launched 36 years ago will be the October issue, which is out on Sept. 5.
No Press Access for Obama-Clinton Reunion (Politico / Dylan Byers on Media)
The media did not have access to President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton’s encounter at a Wednesday party on Martha’s Vineyard, White House deputy press secretary Eric Schultz said during the day’s briefing. The reunion, which took place at Vernon Jordan’s party on Wednesday night, came after a public tiff that began when Clinton questioned Obama’s foreign policy strategy during an interview with The Atlantic.
Facebook Announces Cross-Device Ad Reporting (AllFacebook)
Facebook continues to make strides in becoming the “cross-platform platform,” as Wednesday the company announced a way to track performance of advertising across devices. This will enable advertisers to see how people are balancing desktop, mobile and tablet before they make a conversion. Through this cross-device reporting, advertisers can see how different devices influenced a website conversion and mobile app actions, as well as the value of the website conversion.