Gwen Ifill, Judy Woodruff Named Co-Anchors of PBS NewsHour (TVNewser)
At the Television Critics Association Summer Press tour in Beverly Hills Tuesday afternoon, PBS named Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff as the co-anchors and managing editors of the PBS NewsHour, making them the first all-female co-anchor team in broadcast news. NYT The appointments are another milestone for women on television and in journalism, seven years after Katie Couric became the first female solo anchor of a network nightly newscast. The co-anchor arrangement harks back to the 1970s, when Jim Lehrer and Robert MacNeil founded the nightly newscast that was later named The MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour. TheWrap / Report From The TCA PBS president Paula Kerger said at a Television Critics Association panel Tuesday that she was surprised it’s taken so long for two women to co-anchor a broadcast. “I was thinking about this announcement — I almost paused in drawing attention to the fact that it’s two women,” she said. “We chose two people we thought would be the strongest anchors… and they just happened to be two women.” HuffPost Ifill and Woodruff have co-anchored together before. During the 2012 election, they were the first all-female team to host coverage of the conventions, and also co-hosted on election night. “The true accomplishment will be when we stop making ‘firsts,'” Ifill said last August.
Bob Woodward Saddened by Washington Post Sale to Jeff Bezos (Daily Beast)
The sale of The Washington Post to Amazon founder Jeff Bezos has stunned the paper’s old guard. The Graham family survived Nixon but not the Internet. “It’s very sad,” said Post associate editor Bob Woodward, who, along with his partner Carl Bernstein under the leadership of executive editor Ben Bradlee, led the Post to a Pulitzer Prize for their investigation of Richard Nixon’s crime-ridden White House. Time / Swampland Woodward: “I knew things were in the works, [but] you never know what’s final or what’s going to happen, who or how much. And they told me in the morning [Monday], which was Aug. 5, 2013, and I thought back to Aug. 5, 1974. So that’s 39 years ago. That day the Nixon White House released the transcripts of conversations which turned out to be what they called the ‘smoking gun’ tapes that irrefutably tied Nixon to the Watergate cover-up. And those tapes really ended his presidency. And he resigned that week. And I just thought, ‘Wow, 39 years. What a change from that moment to now, The Washington Post is being sold.’” Poynter / MediaWire Post reporter Paul Farhi was on vacation in the Dominican Republic last Thursday when his boss phoned. “I need you to write a story,” Farhi remembers executive editor Marty Baron saying. “There’s something happening here and I can’t tell you about it.” Baron wouldn’t spill, “which of course drives me crazy,” Farhi said. He returned to the D.C. area Friday and spent the next days “coming up with scenarios” that could merit such an ominous call: The least likely, he figured, was a sale of The Washington Post.
Magazine Newsstand Sales Plummet, But Digital Editions Thrive (NYT)
Magazines continued to struggle with sales of subscriptions and newsstand copies in the first half of 2013, but they made inroads in selling digital editions, according to data released on Tuesday. Total paid and verified subscriptions declined by 1 percent in the first half of 2013, and newsstand sales, which are often an indicator of a magazine’s appeal, dropped by 10 percent. Both declines were similar to the overall trend in the same period a year ago. Capital New York New York’s hometown weeklies are bucking one of the bleaker trends of the magazine industry and they have readers who bought single digital editions to thank for that. Year over year, New York magazine was up 22.6 percent on the newsstand (that includes brick-and-mortar newsstands like Hudson News and digital ones like the App Store) for the six-month period that ended June 30, while The New Yorker saw a 17.7 percent increase, according to the Alliance for Audited Media’s latest semi-annual circulation report. Adweek It hasn’t been a particularly great year for magazine circulation, but one category is shining as a beacon of hope for the American publishing industry: guns. American Rifleman and America’s 1st Freedom, both of which are benefits of NRA membership, saw their circulations increase 14 percent to 1.9 million and 8 percent to 545,019, respectively, in the first half of the year versus the year-ago period. FishbowlNY Out of the 25 titles considered, women’s titles and gossip rags were hit the hardest.
Denver Post Changes in Print, Online And Behind The Scenes (Westword / Latest Word)
Beginning with Tuesday’s print edition, there’s less of the Denver Post. The page size is now one inch narrower, with the dimensions when folded actually smaller than (believe it or not) Westword‘s. The physical paper has also been reorganized, and the Post‘s website has been redesigned. But these aren’t the only changes at the paper, which recently lost one of its main Broncos writers as football season heats up, and the president of its parent company has split — more signs of the times in an industry currently getting a good shaking from coast to coast.
Media Matters Backs GOP Campaign to Stop Hillary Clinton Projects (THR)
The Republican National Committee has gained an unlikely ally in its effort to get CNN and NBC to nix their plans for Hillary Clinton programming: Media Matters for America, a progressive watchdog group known best for its attacks on Fox News and Rush Limbaugh. On Tuesday, Media Matters founder David Brock told reporters that he sent letters to NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt and CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker in support of letters from RNC chairman Reince Priebus asking that CNN ditch plans for a documentary film on Clinton and NBC cancel a planned miniseries on the same topic.
McClatchy Editor Defends Publishing Al Qaeda Detail CNN, NYT Held Back (HuffPost / The Backstory)
On Sunday, McClatchy reported that the decision to close U.S. embassies and issue a travel warning last week was prompted by an intercepted communication between Al Qaeda leader Ayman al Zawahiri and Nasir al-Wuhayshi, the Yemen-based head of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. The McClatchy report helped clarify why the U.S. government was taking such extreme caution overseas and included information about the much-discussed terror threat that at least two news organizations, CNN and The New York Times, held back at the government’s request. Mark Seibel, McClatchy’s chief of correspondents, told journalist Dan Froomkin that they got the information out of Yemen and “so no, no one asked us not to run it.”
Al Roker Oversleeps, Fails to Wake Up for Wake Up With Al (TVNewser)
For the first time in 39 years, NBC Today weather anchor and Wake Up with Al co-host Al Roker overslept and missed a show. Roker’s alarm didn’t go off, and he missed his Weather Channel program, although he made it to Studio 1A in time for Today. His NBC colleagues chided him on the incident, putting up a “Breaking News: Al Roker Oversleeps” banner for good measure. HuffPost Roker said that his phone just didn’t go off, and that he did not have a backup alarm because he never needed one. “Did you miss Wake Up With Al this morning?” Matt Lauer asked Tuesday, referring to Roker’s 6 a.m. show on The Weather Channel. “Yeah we changed the name to Al, Wake Up!” Roker quipped.
Cord-Cutting No Longer An ‘Urban Myth’: Pay TV Operators Drop 316,000 Subs in Past Year (Variety)
The number of Americans jettisoning pay TV is still fairly small — but data clearly shows that cord-cutting is picking up the pace as the cost of cable and satellite TV service continues to climb skyward. The U.S. pay-TV sector as a whole lost 316,000 subscribers for the 12-month period ending in June, even as the housing market shows signs of recovering, Moffett Research analyst Craig Moffett wrote in a research report Tuesday.
CNN Schedule Changes: Less Wolf Blitzer, More Newt Gingrich (TheWrap / MediaAlley )
CNN announced a few schedule changes Tuesday, including the timeslot for its revamped version of Crossfire. Gone is Anderson Cooper 360‘s 10 p.m. rerun of its 8 p.m. show — Cooper will now host AC360 Later at 10 p.m. CNN did not say what would go in the 8 p.m. slot instead. TVNewser [AC360 Later] is essentially a fine-tuned version of the panel editions of AC360 that aired earlier this year. Anderson Cooper will lead the program, which “will feature a range of opinions and points-of-view from guests and newsmakers,” CNN says in a release. “The show will also include CNN correspondents, analysts and commentators plus a special guest each night.”
Tensions Reportedly Grow Between Philly.com And Philly Newspapers (Poynter / MediaWire)
Philly.com “is increasingly competing against the dailies’ newsrooms with its own writers,” Daniel Denvir writes. The website, like The Philadelphia Inquirer and the Philadelphia Daily News, is owned by Interstate General Media and shares content with both, but the newspapers’ sites are premium and Philly.com is free.
Gawker Wants Richard Cohen Canned (FishbowlDC)
WaPo columnist Richard Cohen wrote a Dear Diary-type confessional Tuesday morning. The headline gets right to the point: “When Linda cheated.” And Tuesday afternoon Gawker got to their point — Cohen ought to be fired. Gawker Cohen, the paper’s resident expert on racism and sexism who should be immediately fired by new owner Jeff Bezos, delves deep into the mysteries of the human heart to explain why Huma Abedin continues to stand by Anthony Weiner. He’s been there, brother. See, there was this chick, “Linda,” who cheated on him “a long time ago.”
Women Led 58 Percent of Book Spending in 2012 (GalleyCat)
Bowker has released its 2013 U.S. Book Consumer Demographics and Buying Behaviors Annual Review, revealing that online booksellers accounted for 44 percent of American book sales in 2012. The report also discovered that women led 58 percent of book spending in 2012, gaining three percentage points compared to the year before.
Hey NYT, What Is It With You And These ‘Near Disaster in The Air’ Stories? (The Atlantic)
Visitors to this site may recall the flap over a bogus New York Times Magazine “Lives” story called “The Plane Was About to Crash. Now What?” The story described a harrowing two-hour ordeal over Philadelphia airport as a Frontier Airlines flight circled to burn off fuel before attempting a dangerous landing. In fact the plane was only in the air a brief time, it didn’t circle anywhere, there was never any danger, and the air of emergency, while apparently quite real to the author, was strictly in his mind.
The Toobin Principle (PressThink / Jay Rosen)
Last week on his CNN program Piers Morgan had just about finished a little speech on how you can’t have any bloke with a security clearance spewing classified information “on a whim” when James Risen, national security reporter for The New York Times, interrupted him: Which document that’s come out don’t you want to talk about? Meaning: Which of the things we’ve learned from Edward Snowden would you, as a journalist, prefer not to know? Which part of the surveillance story that’s come to light should have remained in darkness? It was a good question.
Nikki & Sara Live Is Late-Night TV’s Best-Kept Secret (Daily Beast / Sexy Beast)
It could be the refreshing lack of diva behavior. Or maybe it’s the gossipy conversations matched with unassuming thick-framed glasses. The harmless sarcasm no doubt helps. Whatever the factors, in the three years they’ve known each other, Nikki Glaser and Sara Schaefer have perfected a trademark banter so successful that it’s earned them a second season of their very own MTV talk show, Nikki & Sara Live — and all the Diet Dr Pepper they could ever have hoped for.
KrisWash Love the idea – esp when the wedding has a hashtag. Gives couple a unique & immediate record of the day.
wilmsjoy Certainly! I have many friends who have used it to keep loved ones overseas included in wedding festivities!
Vonnestar I’ll so have a hashtag.