Brian Stelter’s Top of The Morning Being Developed as Lifetime Movie (TVNewser)
Brian Stelter‘s Top of The Morning, which chronicled the rise of Good Morning America and the fall of Today, will soon join the pantheon of Lifetime original movies including Deadly Honeymoon, Romeo Killer and, more recently, Bonnie & Clyde. Top of The Morning: Inside The Cutthroat World of Morning TV has been optioned by Lifetime for a made-for-TV movie, TVNewser has learned. Production company DiGA Vision had previously bought the rights to the book. Lifetime confirms it is in the early development stage for the film. THR / The Live Feed The buzz-worthy book was published in April 2013, and met with mixed reviews. As part of the reporting process, Stelter, who recently moved to CNN as host of Reliable Sources, spent much of his time consumed by morning news coverage, with a heavy focus on Ann Curry’s short-lived stint as co-host of Today and the high-profile rivalry between Today and now top-rated Good Morning America. NY Observer It seems like a logical fit. After all, Lifetime is a network that caters to women. And women love morning television (or so we hear). Variety Lifetime’s deal to adapt Top of The Morning is sure to raise some eyebrows as the cabler is 50 percent owned by Disney, parent company of ABC. The book is generally flattering to GMA and the ABC News executive team. TVNewser For the rest of the week, we’ll be asking you to cast the actors you want to portray the biggest names in TV morning news.
Justin Kraemer Out at KSNW After Hot Mic Moment: ‘I’m Embarrassed’ (TVSpy)
Justin Kraemer has been fired at Wichita NBC affiliate KSNW after he ended Saturday night’s newscast with “let’s get the f*ck outta here.” Kraemer, KSNW’s weekend anchor, joined the station in 2008. He previously worked at KSNW “in the late 90s through 2001,” according to a cached version of his online bio, which has been stripped from the station’s website. The Wichita Eagle “I’m embarrassed,” he said. “I did something extraordinarily unprofessional. It’s something that’s drilled into you from the minute you start in this business to always consider the microphone’s hot.” Gawker The FCC indicated it would not fine KSN for Kraemer’s fleeting f*ck, as it took place during the 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. time slot during which “indecent or profane speech that is broadcast… is not actionable.”
Time Inc. Out of Forbes Race (NY Post / Media Ink)
Time Inc. is out of the running to buy Forbes, Media Ink has learned. The publishing giant has been rumored to be a top contender. Forbes was recently put on the block and Deutsche Bank, which is handling the deal, is said to be looking for a price of around $400 million. Several potential strategic buyers said it was more logically valued at about $210 million — although a bidding war could drive the price higher. Ad Age / Media News You might think December would be the calm before the storm at Time Inc., which is, to say the least, expecting an eventful 2014. But CEO Joe Ripp is busy this month too.
S.I. Newhouse, Jr. Quietly ‘Retires’ (NY Post / Media Ink)
The Condé Nast Christmas party was held Dec. 16 — much later in the season than ever before — without chairman S.I. Newhouse, Jr., the man who for years had engineered the secretive seating chart that propelled it into one of the most-hyped parties of the season. It is the first time in memory that Newhouse did not attend. That’s apparently because the chairman has quietly retired from day-to-day operations.
Snowden Not Renewing Request for Asylum in Brazil, Greenwald Says (BuzzFeed)
Glenn Greenwald says Edward Snowden’s letter to the people of Brazil has been “wildly misreported” in the news media and the NSA leaker is not making a renewed request for asylum in that country. “This is being wildly misreported,” the lawyer and journalist said in an email to BuzzFeed. “He already requested asylum months ago to Brazil and several other governments, and it’s still pending.” Poynter / MediaWire On Tuesday morning, CNN tweeted, then deleted: “Edward Snowden offers to spy on the U.S. & help Brazil investigate NSA surveillance.” Glenn Greenwald followed up quickly: “Dear CNN: even for you, this is so remarkably reckless and false that it’s shocking.”
Mashable Considers Lease for Big New HQ (Crain’s New York Business)
Mashable, the news hub for the social media set and one of the first of a string of new media websites, is in talks to take a big new Manhattan headquarters. The company is negotiating to take between 50,000 to 60,000 square feet at 114 Fifth Ave., a building that was just recently renovated by the landlord L&L Holding Company.
‘Bookazines’ Outpace Conventional Mags (NY Post / Media Ink)
Samir Husni, the University of Mississippi journalism professor and the pre-eminent tracker of new magazine launches said that “bookazines” are far outpacing conventional magazines on the launch circuit. Bookazines — with cover prices of $9.99 or higher and virtually no ads — are a cross between magazines and paperback books. Through November, he said, there were 777 new magazine titles appearing on newsstands, but only 177 were conventional magazines published at least on a quarterly basis.
Brown Moses to Launch Site for Open Investigative Journalism (Journalism.co.uk)
The Syrian conflict blogger and munitions investigator Eliot Higgins, better known as Brown Moses, is set to launch a new website as a platform and resource for open, investigative journalism in early 2014. The as-yet-unnamed site will act as a hub for bloggers like Higgins to publish their work and background on how they approached the stories.
Still Slip-Sliding: Gallup Poll Ranks Journalists Low on Honesty, Ethics (Poynter / MediaWire)
Gallup released a poll on “U.S. Views on Honesty and Ethical Standards in Professions” Monday, and journalists rank pretty low. The poll, conducted Dec. 5 through Dec. 8, used telephone interviews with a random sample of more than 1,000 adults in the country. Their findings: Just 21 percent of the people surveyed ranked newspaper reporters with high or very high honesty and ethical standards. Next came lawyers, tying with 21 percent, followed by TV reporters at 20 percent, then advertisers at a miserable 14 percent. FishbowlNY The least-trusted profession was lobbyists, as only 6 percent of respondents deemed them trustworthy or moral. That seems high, doesn’t it?
This Is The Second-Worst Year for Jailed Journalists (CJR / The Kicker)
Two hundred and eleven journalists are in jail around the world, the second-worst year on record since the Committee for the Protection of Journalists began its annual census in 1990. This year marks a slight improvement on 2012’s record high of 232, but the figures — which cover all reporters imprisoned as of December — still make depressing reading. The Guardian / Greenslade Blog In 2013, 71 journalists were killed in connection with their work, some 20 percent fewer deaths than the year before, according to the Paris-based press freedom body, Reporters Without Borders (RSF). But there was a 129 percent increase in abductions, says the RSF report, and the overall level of violations continued to be high.
John Miller’s Exit From CBS to Join NYPD A Big Blow to Network (Capital New York)
CBS News is taking correspondent John Miller’s expected exit for a job with Bill Bratton at the New York Police Department badly, despite his role in yet another recent controversy over a 60 Minutes report. “It’s devastating,” one CBS News staffer told Capital. “A huge loss,” another said. Miller, who covers crime and national security for CBS News, is expected to announce the move this week; he would likely lead the police force’s intelligence or counterterrorism unit.
Questionable Traffic Seems to Follow This Video Company Everywhere (Adweek)
In mid-2012, the online content/distribution firm Touchstorm was pushing further into original Web video, particularly for its lifestyle site Howdini. Like many in the industry, Howdini was attracting solid CPMs but struggled to get enough views. That is, of course, a common challenge for any site not called YouTube. Large media companies including Time Inc., Condé Nast and Dow Jones all strive to become players in online video, and all need traffic since none of their sites are major video destinations — at least not yet.
St. Paul Pioneer Press Offers Buyouts, Agrees Not to Oppose Unemployment Claims (JimRomenesko.com)
The Minnesota Newspaper Guild sent this memo to employees of the MediaNews Group-owned St. Paul Pioneer Press: “As most of you have no doubt heard, Pioneer Press managers [Monday] announced buyouts for employees in the newsroom and in advertising. The buyout provision is simple — those who accept the buyouts will receive their severance entitlement, per Section 24 of the Collective Bargaining Agreement. The severance formula is one week’s pay for each 26 weeks of continuous employment or major fraction thereof, up to a maximum of 38 weeks.”
Cosmopolitan Cleverly Stokes Reader Engagement (NY Observer)
Broadcasting a pitch meeting might be most journalist’s idea of Truman Show-like hell, but Cosmopolitan.com livestreamed their pitch meeting Tuesday afternoon because it knows how to reach its readership. And that readership is one that wants to spend almost an hour on a Tuesday afternoon watching editors awkwardly giggle while kicking around story ideas in a conference room.
Where Is Social TV Heading in 2014? (Ad Age / Digital Next)
As we wrap up 2013, it looks like social TV is being pushed to its tipping point. Not only are we starting to find hard evidence proving the powerful return on investment of second-screen and social TV, we’re seeing real-time insights into what viewers are actually watching.
Who do you consider a must-follow on social media?