Megyn Kelly Moving to Primetime at Fox News (TVNewser)
Megyn Kelly is moving to primetime for Fox News Channel, the network announced Tuesday afternoon. But to which hour is not known. Since 2010, Kelly has anchored the two-hour afternoon show America Live. “Megyn is an exceptional talent who has successfully filled and surpassed each role we have given her at the network,” Fox News chairman and CEO Roger Ailes said in a statement. The Washington Post / Erik Wemple Just how Fox News will install Kelly in primetime is a matter of great mystery, given that its stars in the various time slots — including Bill O’Reilly, Sean Hannity and Greta Van Susteren — appear to be locked down on contracts. NYT Fox did not announce a specific show for Kelly or whose place she would be taking in the network’s primetime lineup. However, speculation has centered on Van Susteren, the 10 p.m. anchor. Van Susteren recently signed an extension of her Fox contract but her future role is not certain at this point. TheWrap / MediaAlley According to an insider with knowledge of the situation, Van Susteren approached CNN chief Jeff Zucker about a possible job at her former cable network last spring. Though they met several times, CNN ultimately wasn’t interested in her. The Atlantic Wire The only option we see is a co-hosting gig, or perhaps they dump the 11 p.m. O’Reilly Factor re-run for a brand-new late night show. But late-night is not primetime and any way you slice that (8-to-11 or 6-to-11), it seems Fox News has more highly-paid hosts than there are hours in the day. Let the battle begin.
Washington Post‘s Edward Snowden Editorial Draws Incredulous Reaction (HuffPost)
The Washington Post‘s editorial board drew catcalls on Tuesday for calling for the leaks from Edward Snowden to be stopped — even though the Post itself had benefited from those leaks. The editorial board, which is run independently of the news division, allowed that the scoops published by the Post and other outlets had “shed useful light on some NSA programs and raised questions that deserve debate.” But, the board said, “The first U.S. priority should be to prevent Mr. Snowden from leaking information that harms efforts to fight terrorism and conduct legitimate intelligence operations… The best solution for both Mr. Snowden and the Obama administration would be his surrender to U.S. authorities, followed by a plea negotiation.” Gawker Take note, potential leakers and whistleblowers inside the U.S. government: The official stance of the Washington Post‘s editorial board is that you should shut up and go to jail. Would-be Washington Post sources may wish to take that information into consideration when choosing where to leak to. With such a welcoming attitude at the WaPo, it’s crazy that Snowden ultimately chose to leak to The Guardian, right? Salon / David Sirota From David Gregory to Andrew Ross Sorkin to David Brooks, the ranks of Washington’s hottest new club continues to swell. Call it Journalists Against Journalism — a group of reporters and pundits who are outraged that whistle-blowers and news organizations are colluding to expose illegal government surveillance. To this club, the best journalism is not the kind that challenges power or even merely sheds light on the inner workings of government; it is about protecting power and keeping the lights off.
Amy Chozick to Join New York Times’ Political Team (Poynter / MediaWire)
The New York Times announced Tuesday that Amy Chozick, who covers corporate media, will be joining the political team. She’ll focus on a specific beat: covering Hillary Clinton and the Clinton family. FishbowlNY As a media blog, we’ve become quite familiar with the work of Amy Chozick, who has been covering corporate media for The New York Times since 2011. So we’re sort of sad to hear that she’s moving to the paper’s political team, but also happy for her.
Barry Diller to Pay $480,000 to Settle Antitrust Complaint (Bloomberg Businessweek)
Barry Diller agreed to pay $480,000 to settle a U.S. Federal Trade Commission complaint that he broke antitrust law by purchasing almost a million shares of Coca-Cola Co. without reporting the transactions.
Did Someone Shut Off The Lights in Taegan Goddard’s Cloakroom? (FishbowlDC)
A tipster wrote in after noticing Taegan Goddard’s blog at The Week has been dark for more than a month. Launched in January when Goddard joined the publication as editor-at-large, The Cloakroom never really developed into the “daily political blog” Dylan Byers at Politico said it was meant to be — at most, Goddard posted every few days. In May he posted just three times, the last on the 22nd. Nothing in June or July so far.
The Influence of Andrew Sullivan (NYT / Ross Douthat)
The day the gay marriage rulings were handed down I raised the possibility, on Twitter, that Andrew Sullivan might deserve to be remembered as the most influential political writer of his generation. paidContent Ever since he cut his ties to The Daily Beast/Newsweek and launched his political blog The Daily Dish as a subscription-driven site earlier this year, Andrew Sullivan has been refreshingly transparent about how his new venture is going, with repeated updates about the number of subscribers, the number of conversions from free to paid, and so on — far more than we get from the average traditional media outlet with a paywall. And while he may not have met his ultimate goal of raising $900,000, he already has a lot to brag about.
YouTube Renews Vevo Deal, Buys Stake in Company to Keep Music Videos Off Facebook (The Verge)
Google said Tuesday that it has renewed its agreement with Vevo, the music video distributor, keeping its popular programming on YouTube and preventing it from falling into the hands of its rivals.
Reporters at GateHouse Paper Withhold Bylines After Veteran City Editor Is Laid Off (JimRomenesko.com)
Three or four (I’m getting different counts) of the seven city reporters at GateHouse Media’s Peoria (Ill.) Journal Star are withholding bylines to protest the layoff of metro/city editor Mike Cecil, who had been with the paper for 29 years. “Cecil had just completed work on a well-received tab on the recent flooding across the region,” a JS reporter tells me. “It published the day before his firing.”
Can Kerry Washington Fix The Magazine Industry’s Problem With Black Women? (The Atlantic Wire)
The Scandal actress is finally getting the covers many have long said she deserves. First Elle, then a Hollywood Reporter group photo, and now the August issue of Vanity Fair. Already, the quest is on to make it sell — and hopefully to make it change frustrating newsstand attitudes. FishbowlDC Washington says she is not her Scandal character Olivia Pope and insists she is not as smart as the character she plays. In fact, she prepares by reading CNN legal correspondent’s Jeffrey Toobin‘s The Nine to better understand the workings of the Supreme Court.
Katie Couric Isn’t Happy About Gossipy New Direction for Katie, Say Insiders (New York Daily News / Confidential)
Katie Couric’s talk show, Katie, is taking a turn in the wrong direction — according to her, anyway. Confidential has learned the syndicated daytime show will be “gossip-centric” in its second season, since a behind-the-scenes shakeup replaced executive producer Michael Morrison with The Tyra Banks Show executive producer Rachel Miskowiec. Couric, who is also a co-executive producer on the show, is upset at being “dumbed down,” a source says, and was set on calling it quits after season one.
Comedians in Cars Redefines Sony’s Crackle (Adweek / VideoWatch)
Crackle has always had something of an enigma. Founded as Grouper, a YouTube wannabe from the early 2000s, the site was acquired and rebranded as Crackle.com back in 2006. Since then, the programming has bounced between originals featuring Married… With Children’s David Faustino to old episodes of Party of Five to guy movies like Pineapple Express. Then, last year, via a unique relationship through Jerry Seinfeld, Crackle saw its profile soar with Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.
Local News Salaries Fell in 2012 (TVSpy)
The latest RTDNA/Hofstra University annual survey found that local television news salaries fell 1.9 percent in 2012. In a study of newsroom roles, nine average salaries went up, four went down and one stayed the same. The increases in average salaries were “almost all extremely small.” By comparison, 11 median salaries went down, four went up and four stayed the same. The biggest salary jumps proportionally were for news writers and news assistants; only managing editors rose in both average and median salaries.
MSNBC Suffers Worst Quarter Since 2007, Piers Morgan Drops on CNN (THR / The Live Feed)
Two quarters into its rebrand under Jeff Zucker, there’s good news and bad news for CNN. Nielsen Media Research has the cable news network rising to top MSNBC for a rare second-place finish behind Fox News Channel during the second quarter, but CNN ended the first half of the year with June viewership dipping to a monthly low not seen in nearly a year. TVNewser After experiencing a six-year low in May, MSNBC was poised to have a troubling Q2 in the ratings. And it did. For total day viewership in the quarter, the network was down 9 percent in viewers and down 5 percent in the demo. In primetime, MSNBC shed 16 percent of its viewership and 12 percent in the demo, versus Q2 2012.
David Chalian Out at Politico (Politico / Dylan Byers on Media)
David Chalian, the veteran political video director who joined Politico late last year, is leaving the company to pursue other opportunities at broadcast news operations, according to an internal memo. He’s leaving this month. FishbowlDC As some may recall, Politico saved Chalian‘s ass after his messy hot-mic comment and subsequent firing from Yahoo! News as their Washington Bureau chief. During the August 2012 incident for an online ABC News/Yahoo! broadcast, he joked that Republican convention officials didn’t care about African Americans coping with Hurricane Isaac. “They’re not concerned at all,” he said in jest. “They’re happy to have a party with black people drowning.”
New York Times Photog Sues Perez Hilton for $2 Million in Copyright Infringement Case (NY Observer)
Photographer Robert Caplin is suing Perez Hilton for copyright infringement after the gossip blogger used photos of Glee actor Darren Criss on his site without permission, according to a complaint filed in Los Angeles Federal Court. According to the complaint, Hilton published 14 copyrighted images on PerezHilton.com and added his own watermark over the photographer’s. Caplin is asking for damages of $2,100,000 ($150,000 per photograph).
WrekinNews1 Yep. A very good chance.
penandkeys Not death but transformation. Principles remain the same. The sales & consumption models are what’ll change.
sailfish157 Yes! We still have to read, spew, rant, etc. Tho’ I bemoan losing print mags.
Brett Becker Yup. Now we get to compete for jobs with people who will do it for free.
Shelley Johnson What we need is to seize this opportunity and return to true investigative reporting and high quality journalism.