New York Times Amends Carol Vogel Article (FishbowlNY)
The first paragraph of Carol Vogel’s July 25 New York Times article no longer reads as it did. The text has been amended and an editors’ note has been added at the bottom. New York Post / Media Ink Vogel is accused of lifting a Wikipedia passage — with a few minor word changes — on the artist’s eccentricities for her lede on a July 24 item, “A Renaissance Master Finally Gets A Showcase.” NYT The Times’ editors’ note, which followed an investigation into Vogel’s work by senior editors, said that the passage “improperly used specific language and details from a Wikipedia article without attribution” and should not have been published in that form. HuffPost The Times’ public editor Margaret Sullivan acknowledged the matter Wednesday, writing that there was “little dispute” that the two paragraphs look very much alike. A spokesperson for the Times said that editors are “not aware of any other problems like this,” adding that, “editors have dealt with Carol on the issue.” Politico / Dylan Byers on Media It’s the second big plagiarism case in the last week. Over the weekend, BuzzFeed fired Benny Johnson after finding more than 40 instances of plagiarism in his work.
Two Ex-News of The World Journalists Charged Over Hacking (BBC News)
Two former News of The World journalists have been charged with conspiring to hack phones, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has said. The defunct newspaper’s ex-deputy editor Neil Wallis and ex-features editor Jules Stenson are accused of conspiring to listen to voicemails between January 2003 and January 2007. Reuters Andy Coulson, who edited the paper from 2003 until 2007 before working as Prime Minister David Cameron’s media chief, was jailed on July 4 for 18 months for encouraging staff to hack phones in a bid to get exclusive stories. Financial Times The CPS confirmed that both men would appear before Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Aug. 21. In December 2013, the Metropolitan Police submitted evidence to the CPS in relation to Operation Pinetree, its investigation into an alleged conspiracy to hack phone messages by journalists at the World. Additional evidence was provided in June 2014. The file asked for charging advice on eight suspects; all were formerly employed at the World. The Guardian Six other former World journalists arrested last year by officers working on Operation Pinetree were told by the CPS earlier this month that they faced no further action, because of “insufficient evidence for a realistic prospect of conviction” on phone hacking-related allegations.
AMC Networks Said to Discuss BBC America Stake (Bloomberg)
AMC Networks, the cable programmer controlled by the Dolan family, is in talks to acquire almost 50 percent of BBC America, BBC Worldwide’s U.S. channel, people with knowledge of the matter said. Deadline Hollywood The cable network’s company, known for its hits The Walking Dead and Mad Men, could use the deal to further establish itself as a leading distributor of premium content — strengthening its ability to sell ads and negotiate high fees from cable and satellite companies. Variety BBC America, launched in 1998, is owned by BBC Worldwide, the for-profit arm of the U.K. pubcaster. AMC Networks declined comment on the prospect of a deal. BBC Worldwide issued a brief statement: “BBC America has just recorded eight straight years of growth and has never been stronger in brand, ratings, advertising or critical acclaim. We do not comment on market rumors and speculation.” WSJ AMC Networks is a relatively small cable-channel owner whose outlets include the AMC channel as well as SundanceTV and IFC, while BBC America only has the one channel in the U.S. Under the deal being discussed, AMC would represent BBC America in distribution negotiations with pay-TV operators, said a person familiar with the situation, giving BBC America the chance to increase its presence in households and raise the fee it receives from operators. Talks about a deal have been underway for months, the people said.
NYT Changes Dining Section to ‘Food’ (FishbowlNY)
The New York Times is making some changes to its Dining section — specifically, it is being renamed “Food” and will be edited by Sam Sifton. Capital New York The department will include the dining section and the new NYT Cooking site and app that Sifton has been working on, which is scheduled to debut in the fall. Dining editor Susan Edgerley will be Sifton’s deputy. EaterNY Sifton made the announcement on Twitter Wednesday morning, noting that this is the first time the paper has had such a position since the days of Craig Claiborne.
DreamWorks Animation Stock Plummets, Analysts Urge Studio to Lower Costs (Variety)
After DreamWorks Animation announced its disappointing earnings, reporting a net loss of $15.4 million or 18 cents per share, the studio’s stock was clobbered Wednesday. It fell nearly 15 percent, hitting a 52-week low of $19.20 per share. It closed Wednesday at $19.98 per share. THR The animation studio was also hit Tuesday with multiple threats of class-action lawsuits, which is par for the course nowadays when a stock makes a dramatic plunge. Law firms on Wednesday were referring to the $13.5 million write-down that DreamWorks Animation took in February after its racing snail film, Turbo, disappointed. USA Today The studio has had a string of box office disappointments, including Mr. Peabody & Sherman, but expects How to Train Your Dragon 2 to be a hit. Released June 13, the film has pulled in $166 million in domestic sales; another $258.5 million overseas, according to BoxOfficeMojo.com. CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg also warned that there would also be 13 percent higher costs associated with the theatrical release of The Penguins of Madagascar and Home.
Stephen Colbert Buys TheSarahPalinChannel.com (FishbowlDC)
Tuesday night on Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report, host Stephen Colbert poked fun at Sarah Palin‘s news channel that she announced on Monday. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media Palin got SarahPalinChannel.com, but she failed to get TheSarahPalinChannel.com. That address is now in the hands of Colbert and his staff. The site currently boasts a photo of Palin with the line “The only Sarah Palin Channel on the Internet with a definite article in the address!”
AP Has to Take Back Yet Another Tweet (HuffPost)
The Associated Press revised its third tweet in one week on Wednesday after Elmo somehow made it into a tweet about Gaza. The tweet read, “School in Gaza hit, 15 dead; kids go missing, no reports made; Ticket me Elmo in #AP10Things: http://t.co/SnmLdWrYXW”. The tweet was later corrected. Poynter / MediaWire On Tuesday it revised a tweet about Gaza. And last Wednesday it revised a clumsily worded tweet that many people misread. “The Elmo cite, included in an @AP tweet because of our ’10 Things to Know for Today’ item about Times Square impersonators, was part of a regrettable juxtaposition,” AP spokesperson Paul Colford said. “We are reviewing our procedures.”
A Shorter NYT (Capital New York)
The New York Times is considering the introduction of a truncated version of its daily print edition at a discounted rate as the paper mulls new strategies for maximizing the number of people who pay to read its content. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media As with a standard print subscription, it would also come with unlimited digital access.
Downton Abbey Broadcaster ITV Projects Growth, Will Not Sell Assets (Deadline Hollywood)
ITV, the U.K.’s leading — and highly acquisitive — commercial broadcaster said Wednesday morning that it’s on track to deliver another year of growth despite a 3 percent drop in viewing figures for the flagship channel over the first six months of 2014. WSJ ITV said Wednesday it is ignoring talk that it is a takeover candidate as it posted a 46 percent jump in profit on higher revenue. Earlier this month, cable group Liberty Global, whose legal headquarters are in London, said it would buy U.K. satellite giant British Sky Broadcasting Group stake in ITV for more than $800 million, further expanding its position in Europe.
Iran Reportedly Frees U.S.-Iranian, But Three Journalists Still Held (HuffPost / Reuters)
An Iranian-American man detained along with three journalists in Iran last week has been released, a source close to one of those being held said on Wednesday. The U.S. has called for their release and a senior U.S. official said Washington was using “all appropriate channels” to make its concerns known to Iran.
Susan Glasser Names WaPo’s Eva Rodriguez Senior Editor of Politico Magazine (FishbowlDC)
Politico Magazine editor Susan Glasser Wednesday announced to staff in an email that the Washington Post‘s editorial writer Eva Rodriguez will join the magazine as senior editor. Prior to her seven years at the Post, Rodriguez was the Washington bureau chief for BusinessWeek and spent 10 years with the Legal Times.
Evernote Now Lets Users Create eBooks (GalleyCat)
The popular note taking app Evernote has a new feature that lets users produce an eBook or PDF directly from the app. The new tool comes as part of an integration with self-publishing platform FastPencil. Users can publish a group of notes from Evernote or their entire notebook by importing the pages into FastPencil’s self-publishing platform from within the Evernote app.
Outlander Author Diana Gabaldon on Writing Best Sellers, Playing Nice With Hollywood (FishbowlNY / Lunch)
Judging by the decibel level at Michael’s Wednesday the media mavens and swells had plenty to talk about between bites of their Korean tacos and Cobb salads. There’s always a flurry of activity on the last Wednesday in July before most of the last remaining power lunches depart for their much-needed vacations in August.
Lindsay Zoladz Named New York Pop Music Critic (FishbowlNY)
New York has named Lindsay Zoladz its new pop music critic. She comes to the magazine from Pitchfork, where she served as an associate editor since last year. Zoladz starts her new role Aug. 11.
Fox 5 DC’s Emily Miller to Guest-Host The View on Thursday (FishbowlDC)
Fox 5 DC chief investigative reporter Emily Miller is set to guest-host The View Thursday morning, and a source confirms that she is one of several women being considered for the “conservative” role they’re looking to fill.