Layoffs And Cutbacks at PBS NewsHour (NYT)
The PBS NewsHour, the signature nightly newscast on public television, is planning its first significant round of layoffs in nearly two decades. Because of declines in support from corporate sponsors, the show’s producer, MacNeil/Lehrer Productions, will close the two offices it has outside of the Washington area — in Denver and San Francisco — and lay off most of the employees there. The company, which is based in Arlington, Va., will also eliminate several of what it calls “noncritical production positions” at its main office. TVNewser None of the affected staffers were named in the email, but TVNewser hears that one of those departing is San Francisco correspondent Spencer Michels, who started reporting for the program 30 years ago. While the program will still maintain in-house crews, the NewsHour will rely more on freelance contributions going forward. Poynter / MediaWire “We believe the staff restructuring and production changes, along with continuing Web investment, will make us stronger and enable us to be more effective and nimble,” NewsHour public relations manager Anne Bell writes in an email to Poynter. Deadline Hollywood It will be the show’s first major round of layoffs since the mid-‘90s.
Greece Suspends State Broadcaster ERT to Save Money (BBC)
The Greek government has shut down the public broadcaster ERT, calling it a “haven of waste.” Viewers watching the news on the main TV channel saw the screens go to black late on Tuesday evening. All employees have been suspended pending a re-organization. Reuters Greece’s government promised on Wednesday to relaunch a slimmed-down state broadcaster ERT in a matter of weeks after a firestorm of protests from journalists, trade unions and coalition partners over its sudden closure. TVNewser ERT will reopen eventually, but with a fraction of its 2,900 staff members.
Interns Win Huge Victory in Labor Lawsuit Against Fox (THR / Hollywood, Esq.)
In a ruling that is likely to be well read throughout Hollywood and maybe corporate America at large, a federal judge on Tuesday has handed a couple of the interns suing Fox Searchlight a victory on summary judgment and also certified a class action over the internship programs of Fox Entertainment Group. The lawsuit was first brought in late 2011 by two interns — Alex Footman and Eric Glatt — who both worked on Fox Searchlight’s Black Swan and claimed that the company’s unpaid internship program violated minimum wage and overtime laws.
Pandora Buys Terrestrial Radio Station in South Dakota, Aims for Lower ASCAP Royalties (Billboard / Biz)
Internet radio giant Pandora is taking an innovative route to lower ASCAP fees: The purchase of a small-market terrestrial radio station. The company announced Tuesday it has purchased KXMZ-FM in Rapid City, South Dakota. Terms of the deal, which closed last Wednesday, were not disclosed. The Hill / Congress Blog Christopher Harrison, assistant general counsel at Pandora: “This acquisition allows us to qualify for the same RMLC license under the same terms as our competitors. While this might seem like an unexpected move for Pandora, it makes sense even beyond the licensing parity.”
The Best (And Worst) Cities for Newspapers (Ad Age / Media News)
The percentage of daily print newspaper readers in the U.S. has fallen nearly 20 percent since 2001, according to research firm Scarborough. But that drop has not been spread evenly, with print readership remaining strong in some metropolitan areas. In several cities rimming the Great Lakes and Northeast, the percentage of adults who claim to read a print newspaper daily hovered around 50 percent in 2012, compared with 35.7 percent nationwide, Scarborough found. FishbowlNY The data showed that Pittsburgh is the best city for a print newspaper, with 51 percent of people saying they read the paper at least once per day. Albany was tied for second with Hartford/New Haven, with 49 percent reading a print paper daily. Rounding out the top five cities for print papers was another tie, between New York, Toledo and Buffalo, all at 47 percent.
Charlotte Observer Reporter Arrested While Covering Protest (Poynter / MediaWire)
Charlotte Observer religion reporter Tim Funk was arrested Monday while covering a protest in Raleigh, the state capital. In a phone call with Poynter, Observer managing editor Cheryl Carpenter said Funk was attempting to locate a clergymember when he was arrested. The paper has asked him not to comment publicly, she said, adding that “We intend to defend him vigorously.”
CBS Anchor Scott Pelley Throws A Fit Over The Network’s Big State Department Scoop (NY Post / Page Six)
CBS anchor Scott Pelley was furious after John Miller’s scoop about the State Department sex scandal broke not on his CBS Evening News, but early Monday on CBS This Morning hosted by Charlie Rose, Gayle King and Norah O’Donnell, network sources tell Page Six. There was no mention of the State Department story on The CBS Evening News Monday night — and sources say it was because Pelley and his EP, Pat Shevlin, were peeved.
Gawker Calls Its Own Sponsored Content ‘Straight-Up Garbage’ (FishbowlNY)
No one likes sponsored advertising, but it is apparently here to stay. So it’s nice to see Gawker — which posts plenty of advertorial content — acknowledge how awful it is. Gawker The ad that doesn’t feel like an ad — this is the grail right now, for everyone, Gawker Media very much included. So we get the occasional humiliating advertorial post, with straight-up garbage dressed to resemble actual content, through which the advertiser (or the publication) tells the reader, “We think you are stupid, and we have bad taste.”
The New York Times Takes Down Anthony Weiner Story (Politico)
The New York Times “inadvertently” posted an article on the women involved in Anthony Weiner’s sexting scandal — and then deleted it. “For Women in Weiner Scandal, Indignity Lingers” by Michael Barbaro was posted on the Times’ website Monday “before it was ready for publication,” according to a production note.
Magazine Heralds A New Golden Age of Print With Six Old White Guys on Its Cover (Slate / XX Factor)
It’s not particularly surprising that when it comes to honoring people in the magazine business — say, at the National Magazine Awards — those singled out for praise are mostly white and male. Knowing this, however, does not make the new issue of Port magazine (a British quarterly that dubs itself “the magazine for men”) any less idiotic. Gawker In the middle of the Venn diagram between the glass ceiling, the vanilla ceiling, and chilled out dude-itors, you’ll find the cover of the summer issue of Port. There, staring back at you, are the patriarchs-in-chief of some of the most influential American print magazines, which, if you believe them, have the same staying power as the human species itself. Tumblr / Ruth Franklin Dear Jim, Scott, Graydon, Hugo, Josh and Adam: What were you thinking? Were you aware of the premise for the cover? Did you notice there were no women in the room when you arrived for the photo shoot? Did anyone suggest asking a few women to participate? We look great in dark suits too, especially with a tight skirt! Off the top of my head I can think of a bunch. Anna Wintour, now artistic director of Condé Nast. Tina Brown, of Newsweek/Daily Beast. Ellen Rosenbush, of Harper’s. Bronwen Maddox, of Prospect, not far from you guys in London. JimRomenesko.com “In answer to this and many other queries about why we ran only white male editors on our new Port cover, and why they were all American: Well, we did ask a woman, who is British — Anna Wintour of Vogue,” said Port editor-in-chief Dan Crowe. “I asked her as I think she is one of the great living editors, not because she is female or British. She declined, which is a shame.”
Ann Curry Flies to South Africa to Cover Nelson Mandela’s Health (NY Post / Page Six)
Where in the world is Ann Curry? The displaced former Today show co-anchor, who now serves as NBC News correspondent and anchor at large, is headed to South Africa to cover Nelson Mandela’s health for the network.
How Many People Really Read Wonkette? (FishbowlDC)
Things are looking way up at Wonkette, this according to Wonkette. If you’re familiar with the site, then you probably already know where this story is going. The site’s numbers — again, directly measured by a snippet of code pasted into the pages of Wonkette — paint a far different picture than the one publisher Rebecca Schoenkopf has sold to two different reporters.
Shannon Bream Had Severe Eye Problem During 2010 Midterm Election Coverage (TVNewser)
Fox News reporter Shannon Bream is the subject of a very lengthy Washington Post story. The story isn’t about her reportage, or Fox News. No, it’s about Bream’s eyes. Bream, it turns out, had a rare eye condition that resulted in extreme pain and dryness, and hindered her ability to sleep… all during the heart of the 2010 midterm election campaigns. The Washington Post / Health & Science Through repeated painful experience, Bream had learned to keep her eyedrops close at hand wherever she went — even in the shower.
Sales of Orwell’s 1984 Spike After NSA Revelations (NPR / The Two-Way)
As of Tuesday morning, Amazon sales of George Orwell’s dystopian novel 1984 had jumped 6,021 percent in just 24 hours, to No. 213 on Amazon’s bestseller list. As NPR’s Alan Greenblatt recently pointed out, many people have found uncomfortable resonances between Orwell’s “Big Brother” state and the news that broke last week of U.S. government surveillance programs.
Netflix to Launch User Profiles Later This Summer (Yahoo! News)
Sharing your Netflix account with a friend or lover who has dramatically different taste in movies than you do? Soon, there will be no need to worry about getting your Netflix recommendations all mixed up with theirs. Netflix will allow subscribers to set multiple user profiles on a single account starting later this summer, according to Netflix vice president of product innovation Todd Yellin.
Deborah Easton Traitor
Amy Denise Hereford Attention seeker
Matt Spencer He’s a leaker. Whistleblower protections do not protect you when you’re leaking documents on legal actions, unethical/immoral or not.
Mike Arringdale Right now its not hard to see that he broke the law, broke his contract, broke the requirements of his security clearance, and broke faith with the American people.
Ivan Raszl I agree. What history will tell is if his actions helped America as he intended (or claims so).