Right-Wing Radio’s Win on Cantor (Politico)
Dave Brat didn’t have much money, staff or name recognition — but he did have Laura Ingraham. In the weeks leading up to Tuesday’s primary, the conservative talk radio host did more to raise Brat’s profile in his Virginia district than his own campaign could ever have done with its paltry budget and paid staff of two, political experts in the state and Washington said Wednesday. TVNewser Cable news networks went into overdrive with the stunning news Tuesday night. At 8:06 p.m. MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow interrupted Chris Hayes‘ show, which had been pre-recorded. Maddow called it “a shocking development in American politics.” (Hayes returned live at 8:38 p.m.). CNN’s Anderson Cooper called the race at 8:11 p.m. and FNC’s Trace Gallagher broke into The O’Reilly Factor at 8:14 p.m. ET, before Bret Baier and Megyn Kelly picked up coverage and filled out the 8 p.m. ET hour. NYT Few people did more than Ingraham to propel Brat, a 49-year-old economics professor who has never held elected office before, from obscurity to national conservative hero, defeating house majority leader Eric Cantor in the Republican primary held Tuesday night. And few stories better illustrate how his out-of-nowhere victory was due in large part to a unique and potent alignment of influential voices in conservative media. New York Daily News / Mouth of The Potomac Ingraham likened a rally she held for Brat to what she saw in 2008 when freshman senator Barack Obama was campaigning in the Iowa caucuses. She left Iowa knowing Obama would win. “The national media totally missed this,” said Ingraham, a nervy and entertaining conservative, noting how little coverage the rally got, mostly via the local NBC station and a conservative website. TVNewser Nearly 4 million people tuned into one of the cable news networks during the 8 p.m. ET hour Tuesday night as news broke that Cantor had been defeated in his Virginia primary race. As usual, Fox News led the way in both ratings metrics, averaging 2,794,000 total viewers and 485,000 adult 25-54 viewers in the 8 p.m. hour.
RTDNA Announces 2014 Edward R. Murrow Award Recipients (FishbowlDC)
The Radio Television Digital News Association Wednesday announced the winners of the 2014 National Edward R. Murrow Awards, recognizing the best reporting by radio, television and online news organizations. For the second consecutive year, The Washington Post received the Overall Excellence Award in the large online news organization division as well as a Feature Reporting award. TVNewser With eight overall awards, CBS News led the way in the Murrow Awards. The Overall Excellence Award in network television, which last year went to Vancouver, BC’s Global News, was awarded to ABC News. CBS Evening News With Scott Pelley won best newscast, feature reporting and writing. 60 Minutes won best investigative reporting for its “lethal medicine” report, which examined a steroid that spurred a deadly outbreak of meningitis. TVSpy In local news, Boston ABC affiliate WCVB and Knoxville NBC affiliate WBIR were the winners of this year’s awards for overall excellence. Hearst’s WCVB won in the large market category and Gannett’s WBIR won in the small market category.
Paula Deen to Launch Subscription-Based Digital Network (FishbowlNY)
Paula Deen will launch a subscription-based digital network in September, featuring content based on her Food Network show. New York Post Paula Deen Ventures, a new company formed to help launch a comeback for Deen, announced plans Wednesday for the creation of the Paula Deen Network. The paid subscription-based network will be accessible by computer, smartphone or tablet. Variety The subscription fee for the Paula Deen Network has not been determined yet. Deen has 1.25 million followers on Twitter, but it’s not clear how much of her fanbase will pay to watch her on the Internet. Content on her website is to include cooking segments shot in a new studio near her Savannah, Ga., home, in front of an audience. THR Fans can sign up now to receive updates at pauladeen.com, with early registration beginning in July. After Deen revealed in a deposition that she previously used the N-word, Food Network declined to renew her contract when it expired last June. Despite her repeated apologies, Deen’s admission created a media firestorm and led to the crumbling of her business empire, with many companies cutting ties with the chef: Walmart, Home Depot, Sears and Target all ended their relationships with her.
ESPN Adds Landon Donovan to 2014 FIFA World Cup Roster (ESPN)
Landon Donovan, widely considered the best player in U.S. Men’s National Team history and the star of the past three FIFA World Cup squads (2002, 2006 and 2010), will be part of ESPN’s coverage of the upcoming FIFA World Cup in Brazil. TheWrap Donovan will preview and analyze the tournament, focusing on the U.S. team’s three opening round matches: June 16 vs. Ghana; June 22 vs. Portugal and June 26 vs. Germany. Donovan will contribute to pre-game, halftime and post-match coverage, editions of SportsCenter, World Cup Tonight and other shows. THR Donovan, who was part of the final cut in May when the 23-man U.S. roster was set for Brazil, is the all-time leader in goals and assists with the U.S. National Team, scoring 57 goals and adding 58 assists in his 157 games. Bleacher Report The timing of the announcement doesn’t come as a surprise. U.S. manager Jurgen Klinsmann said after announcing the final roster that Donovan could still receive a call if the Americans suffered injuries during the warm-up matches.
CBS Announces Plans to Sell CBS Outdoor Stake (WSJ)
CBS Corp. said it plans to divest itself of the 81 percent stake in billboard-advertising company CBS Outdoor Americas Inc., which split off from the media giant earlier this year. Ad Age The exchange offer is expected to be tax-free for shareholders in the U.S., New York-based CBS, owner of the most-watched TV network, said Wednesday in a statement. After the split, CBS Outdoor intends to convert into a real estate investment trust, or REIT. Variety The move follows CBS Outdoor’s initial public offering in April, which helped the company raise more than $550 million.
Jury Retires To Decide Phone-Hacking Verdict (Reuters)
A jury retired on Wednesday to consider whether two ex-Rupert Murdoch editors, one the media mogul’s protégé and the other a former close aide to the British Prime Minister, were guilty over phone-hacking offences and illegal payments to officials. The jury of eight women and three men at London’s Old Bailey court will have to decide whether Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson were complicit in illegal activities with their staff. BBC News Justice John Saunders finished summing up the evidence heard in the trial — which started in October last year — and sent the jury out to begin deliberations. Seven people are on trial in connection with alleged phone hacking at the News of The World, including former editors Coulson and Brooks. All the defendants deny all the allegations against them. NBC News Both prosecutors and defense lawyers agree that staff at the London-based paper obtained some of their sensational stories by listening to the voice mails belonging to scores of people, including A-list celebrities and a 13-year-old murder victim. But prosecutors allege that two of the newspaper’s most high-profile editors knew about the widespread use of this illicit practice and “none of them lifted a finger to stop it.” If convicted the defendants face up to two years in jail, the maximum term for phone hacking.
Jacki Kelley Named COO of Bloomberg Media (FishbowlNY)
Jacki Kelley has been named chief operating officer of Bloomberg Media. Kelley comes to the company from IPG Mediabrands, where she served as CEO since last year. Adweek Before IPG Mediabrands, Kelley was global CEO of UM, where she spent about four years. Earlier in her career, however, she held a series of roles at media owners, including Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Yahoo! and USA Today. So, Bloomberg represents a return to that side of the fence.
Parade Magazine Said to Be on The Sales Block (New York Post)
Parade, the Sunday magazine, may be getting ready to march out of Advance Publications — the Newhouse family’s media empire. The company has quietly begun shopping the 73-year-old magazine to prospective buyers, according to reliable industry sources. FishbowlNY Parade can still be found in more than 700 Sunday newspapers each week, but like other magazines, it is struggling to compete in the digital-first world. Ad pages have suffered, dropping 10 percent through June. New products — like React, a teen-focused entry from Parade — have faltered.
Media Seeks Senate Vote on Shield Law (Politico / Under The Radar)
In the wake of the Supreme Court’s refusal to take up a case involving a New York Times reporter’s refusal to identify his sources, a coalition of more than 70 news organizations and press freedom groups is urging the Senate to take prompt action to pass a shield law that would make it easier for journalists to protect their sources. HuffPost Journalists have been calling for the Senate to pass new protections for journalists for months now, but there’s new urgency now that the Supreme Court has refused to hear an appeal from Times reporter James Risen. Risen has been ordered to testify about his sources in the case of former CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling, who is accused of revealing government secrets.
Mary Noonan Joins ABC News (TVNewser)
Mary Noonan has joined ABC News as VP of talent and development, reporting to SVP Barbara Fedida. Noonan joins from CNBC, where she produced documentaries, helping the long-form unit win a Murrow award in 2012. Noonan joined CNBC in 2011 from CBS News, where she’d spent 23 years in a variety of roles.
Shazam Hires Former Hulu Exec Patricia Parra as CMO to Drive Deeper Into TV (Variety)
Shazam Entertainment, creator of apps that identify songs and TV shows, has tapped Patricia Parra, a former content marketing exec at Hulu, to be chief marketing officer and build on its entry into the second-screen television market. Most recently, Parra was CMO of gaming startup Ouya. Prior to that she was head of content marketing at Hulu.
Forbes, Men’s Health Go Digital (WWD / Memo Pad)
With 25 years under its belt, ForbesLife magazine will launch its own website and app for both mobile and iPad on Sept. 2. Editor Michael Solomon said he would hire between 100 and 150 new contributors to write for the site by the September launch, and he will also add staff. Men’s Health, one of Rodale’s more lucrative titles, has launched a World Cup digital edition, which is currently available for iPad and iPhone.
Harvey Weinstein, Ron Meyer And The Secrets of Sheryl Sandberg’s Media Coach (FishbowlNY / Lunch)
It was the usual mix of moguls on the menu (Harvey Weinstein and Ron Meyer at Table Four), seasoned with a smattering of stylistas, social types and a generous side order of publicists at Michael’s Wednesday.
Andrea Dunham Named People Creative Director (FishbowlNY)
Andrea Dunham has been promoted to creative director of People. Dunham has been with the magazine since 2010, serving as design director. Prior to joining People, Dunham severed as Women’s Health’s creative director for five years.
Time Warner Cable’s Former CEO Glenn Britt Dies (WSJ)
Glenn Britt, a longtime chairman and chief executive of Time Warner Cable Inc., died Wednesday at his home in New York City after fighting cancer, the company said. He was 65 years old.