NBC’s Emmys Drop From Last Year But Dominate on New Night (LA Times / Company Town)
Held on a Monday for the first time since 1976, the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards won the night in viewers, according to Nielsen ratings. Down in total viewership from last year, the three-hour ceremony drew in 15.6 million viewers. Deadline Hollywood It was behind only last year’s 17.8 million, which had benefited from a Sunday scheduling, a September airdate and a high-rated NFL lead-in. On the other hand, that CBS Emmycast had to compete against a highly rated NBC Sunday Night Football game (Chicago/Pittsburgh), which averaged 20.5 million viewers and a 7.7 rating in the demo. AllFacebook Roughly 6.2 million Facebook users weighed in on the Emmy Awards Monday night, leading to 10.9 million interactions on the social network, according to Facebook data analyst Betsy Williams. Lost Remote For the past week, the social conversation has centered on the VMAs and Emmys, which aired on back-to-back nights. But which awards show captured the attention (and engagement) of Facebook users? Sunday night’s VMAs saw 13 million people with more than 30 million interactions; 6.2 million people had 10.9 million interactions related to the Emmy Awards Monday night. GalleyCat Grammy Award winner Weird Al Yankovic requested that author George R.R. Martin “type as fast as you can.” Yankovic reasoned that “we need more script.” Yankovic performed a medley of TV theme music at the Emmy Awards. As he was singing the Game of Thrones portion, comedian Andy Samberg (donning a costume of character Joffrey Baratheon) handed Martin a typewriter.
Pew: There’s a ‘Spiral of Silence’ on Social Media (10,000 Words)
We often think of the Internet as a breeding grounds for idea exchange — a place that lends itself perfectly to sharing viewpoints on topics both trivial and complex. But according to Pew Research Center, there’s something deeper happening in your social media networks that goes against what many of us may perceive. Pew Research Project A major insight into human behavior from pre-Internet era studies of communication is the tendency of people not to speak up about policy issues in public — or among their family, friends and work colleagues — when they believe their own point of view is not widely shared. This tendency is called the “spiral of silence.” CJR / Behind The News The study showed Facebook and Twitter users posted less about Edward Snowden and his revelations of government surveillance if they felt their networks would disagree with their viewpoints, and were nearly twice as likely to share on Facebook if they felt their network agreed with them. The Washington Post / The Switch That unwillingness to speak up also transferred to the real world. Facebook users were half as likely to voice their opinions in a public setting if they thought their friends on the network disagreed with them. Those on Twitter were 0.24 times less likely to do the same. Users on Instagram, where the study found people tend to have the most awareness of the diversity of their social networks, were 0.49 times less likely to even be willing to discuss the issue with their own families at dinner. SocialTimes That point is especially interesting because it “suggests a spiral of silence might spill over from online contexts to in-person contexts.” The authors of the report speculated that social media users have seen others being cyberbullied for unpopular opinions, which would “increase the perceived risk of opinion sharing in other settings.” NYT / The Upshot These findings are limited because the researchers studied a single news event. But consider another recent controversial public affairs story that people discussed online — the protests in Ferguson, Mo. Of the posts you read on Twitter and Facebook from people you know, how many were in line with your point of view and how many were divergent, and how likely were you to speak up?
Executive Producer Changes at ABC News (TVNewser)
TVNewser has learned Good Morning America senior executive producer Tom Cibrowski is being promoted to senior VP of programs, newsgathering and special events. Taking his place at the nation’s No. 1 morning show is current World News EP Michael Corn. Taking Corn’s job at World News is Nightline EP Almin Karamehmedovic. The Wrap Cibrowski has spent nearly 25 years at ABC and 13 at GMA. As senior executive producer, he led GMA to break a staggering 16-year streak for NBC’s Today at No. 1. He also led the show to four Emmys for Best Morning Show and a Murrow award for Robin’s Journey. THR / The Live Feed The changes have been expected for some time and were set in motion when Disney CEO Bob Iger last March tapped former ABC News president Ben Sherwood to lead the Disney/ABC Television Group. ABC News staffers threw Sherwood and his family a going away party last week in New York.
Ad Spending to Hit Record $172 Billion Next Year, Digital to Overtake in 2017 (The Wrap)
The U.S. ad market is expected to hit $172 billion in 2015, an all-time high driven in part by a robust uptick in digital ad spending. The spending will beat out the previous record at $169 billion set in 2007. According to a report from Magna Global out Tuesday, the level of spending growth is the highest the U.S. ad market has seen in 10 years. And one in three of those ad dollars in 2015 will be spent on digital ads. THR By comparison, digital media advertising is already bigger than total TV spending in such countries as the U.K., Australia, Germany and the Netherlands. The fact that digital isn’t the biggest ad category in the U.S. “shows the strength and resilience of television in the U.S. compared to other advanced ad markets despite the current plateau in viewing,” Magna said. WSJ / CMO Today On a normalized basis, television revenues are expected to grow 2.2 percent this year. Newspaper and magazine ad revenue are expected to decline 8.9 percent and 11 percent respectively, while digital ad revenues are expected to jump 17 percent this year to $50 billion. Radio sales are expected to contract 3 percent this year, a larger decline than last year. Outdoor media sales are projected to improve 1.7 percent, a slowdown compared to the mid-single digit growth rate seen in the past three years.
The 2014 Online Journalism Award Finalists (FishbowlNY)
The Online News Association has announced the 2014 finalists for its Online Journalism Awards. The awards honor a variety of categories, including investigative journalism, data journalism, visual digital storytelling, general excellence, public service and more. FishbowlDC Among the finalists is the Center for Public Integrity in six categories; The Washington Post in three categories, including for General Excellence in Online Journalism (Large) against NPR.org; and the Council on Foreign Relations in the Explanatory Reporting (Small) category.
Instagram Debuts Time-Lapse Video App Hyperlapse (AllFacebook)
Facebook-owned photo- and video-sharing network Instagram announced the launch of Hyperlapse, a stand-alone application (currently available only for iOS) that allows users to create high-quality time lapse videos. Yahoo Tech But unlike Instagram’s original app, which allows you to snap a photo, choose a filter and post it to your feed within a few minutes, Hyperlapse requires you to invest a good amount of time into your creation. It takes a whole six minutes to record one minute of footage at the app’s highest speed. And though Hyperlapse promises that its “built-in stabilization technology” will bring a cinematic feel to your recording, it’s a challenge to stay still with your phone for that long, especially considering all the notifications our phones receive on a minute-to-minute basis.
NY1 Anchor Roma Torre to Take Leave After Cancer Diagnosis (New York Daily News)
NY1 anchor and theater critic Roma Torre has been diagnosed with colon cancer and will be taking a leave of absence from the news station for surgery and treatment. Torre, 56, broke the shocking news to her viewers Tuesday morning. TVSpy “Anyone who knows me is well aware I don’t seek public attention,” Torre told the Daily News. “And so when I received a diagnosis of cancer, my inclination was to keep it private. But if there’s any good to come out of all this, it’s the hope that sharing my story can spare others the pain of my experience.” Torre has worked at NY1 since 1992 and is a mother of two.
Big News Draws Big Crowds to Cable News (TVNewser)
No news slowdown this August. We’ll have the final monthly cable news numbers next Wednesday, but for last week, with coverage of protests in Ferguson, Mo., the murder of James Foley and the earthquake in California, Fox News Channel was the second most-watched network in all of cable in primetime, behind only ESPN, which had its own big week with the Little League World Series. FNC trailed only Nickelodeon in total day viewing.
Snapchat Fetches $10 Billion Valuation (WSJ)
Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers has agreed to invest in the fast-growing ephemeral message service Snapchat Inc. at a valuation of close to $10 billion, people with knowledge of the matter said. Snapchat, which has talked to several potential investors in recent months, is in the process of raising a large investment round that would make it one of the world’s most valuable private tech startups despite virtually no revenue. TechCrunch The rumors are flying around the vanishing messaging app Snapchat. We are hearing that Microsoft and Snapchat are in acquisition talks, though we can’t really grok why they would be. According to people familiar with Microsoft, there is little chance of these talks going through, or if they are even happening.
Quartz Is Trying a New Twist on the Traditional Website Front Door (Nieman Lab)
It was only a couple of months ago that Quartz was making a bold proclamation: “The homepage is dead, and the social Web has won.” The behavior of news consumers online was shifting rapidly away from the old way — going to a news site’s homepage, looking for an article that interests you — to one fueled by the streams of links found in social media. So if you went to qz.com Monday morning, you could be forgiven for being confused. With a new redesign that launched late Sunday, Quartz has gone retro and built an actual homepage. And they did it for the reason just about every other news site has a homepage — to build up reader loyalty.
Kyle Hill, Former Reporter and Spokesman, Has Died (The Cincinnati Enquirer)
Kyle Hill, former WKRC-TV reporter/anchor and Cincinnati Bell spokesman, died Sunday at his Mount Lookout home. He was 80. Hill, who also had served as Channel 12’s acting news director, anchored the station’s live reports from the Beverly Hills Supper Club fire in 1977. TVSpy His former station remembered Hill as a “kind man and devoted husband and father.”
Philip Klein Promoted to Commentary Editor of Washington Examiner (FishbowlDC)
Washington Examiner editorial director Hugo Gurdon Tuesday announced that senior writer Philip Klein has been promoted to commentary editor. Klein has been with the Examiner since 2011 and begins his new role Wednesday.
NYT Revamps Crossword Feature (FishbowlNY)
One way The New York Times can attract new customers is by tempting people (well, at least the smarter ones) with a revamped Crossword feature. Recently the Times announced a free, mini crossword app for iOS devices. Now it is looking for people to pay up with an update to New York Times Crossword.
Meredith Vieira on GMA to Promote New Show (TVNewser)
Meredith Vieira was a special guest host on Good Morning America Tuesday morning, promoting her new talk show and promising to participate in a gravy wrestling match with Lara Spencer. Vieira has also lined up a guest-hosting gig on the Today show Sept. 8, which is the same day her new talk show debuts.
New Neil Gaiman Short Story Collection to Be Released in 2015 (GalleyCat)
Author Neil Gaiman has been working on an anthology called Trigger Warning: Short Fictions And Disturbances. William Morrow, a HarperCollins imprint, will release the book on Feb. 3, 2015.