Brian Stelter to Guest Host Reliable Sources (The Washington Post / Erik Wemple)
Brian Stelter, a New York Times reporter covering television and digital media, will guest-host an edition of CNN’s Sunday program Reliable Sources, the media-watchdog show that longtime host Howard Kurtz recently left for a job with Fox News. In doing so, Stelter will join the likes of NPR’s David Folkenflik, CNN contributor John Avlon and others in CNN’s Reliable Sources bake-off. TVNewser Stelter will host Aug. 11. In the meantime, he will avoid covering CNN, as well as Fox News and MSNBC. Mediaite Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren is not taking the news well that Stelter will be guest-hosting Reliable Sources in August. In a blog post Tuesday, Van Susteren called Stelter’s move a “conflict of interest” and labeled him a “hypocrite” for his paper’s criticism of her husband’s ties to GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain. Gretawire Van Susteren: “Stelter writes about CNN (and MSNBC and Fox News) and is now either hustling CNN or the other way around… there is no clearer conflict of interest. Stelter now knows where his bread is buttered (and where is the New York Times public editor?)”
Snowden Granted Entry to Russia, Free to Leave Airport — Source (RT)
Russia’s Immigration Service has reportedly granted entry permission to NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, who has been stranded at a Moscow airport since last month. The Atlantic Wire It’s not know if or when Snowden actually plans to leave the airport, but his lawyer has stated Snowden intends to settle in Moscow and look for work, although he doesn’t speak any actual Russian.
Today, NBC Nightly News Hit by Modest Layoffs (TheWrap / MediaAlley)
NBC News was hit by a round of layoffs recently, with Today and NBC Nightly News With Brian Williams losing a small number of staff, a network spokesperson told TheWrap. The spokesperson said that “less than 2 percent” of each show’s staff was affected but declined to say the exact number or their positions within the company. TVNewser The layoffs — part of a restructuring on the shows — are a continuation of changes that began a few weeks ago, when the network parted ways with two correspondents and three senior producers on the programs.
The Dirty’s Nik Richie on Anthony Weiner Sex Scoop: ‘I’m Just Doing My Job’ (THR)
On Tuesday, The Dirty — the popular, salacious, unabashedly crass gossip website run by Nik Richie — posted new information and illicit images of alleged communications between Anthony Weiner and an unidentified young woman. When reached by The Hollywood Reporter, Richie declined an interview, saying through an associate, “I’m just doing my job.” Daily Beast The revelations on The Dirty have real-world consequences. The site was the first to publish racy photographs of Miss California Carrie Prejean, who later was stripped of her title. A few years later, a story on the site alleged that Ashton Kutcher had cheated on wife Demi Moore with a 22-year-old. The couple divorced soon after.
Fox Viewers May Be Graying, But Their Passion Still Pays (NYT)
Fox News continues to be near the top in cable television in terms of the number of viewers it attracts, but it is near the top in another category, too: The median age of its audience is among the oldest in television. FishbowlNY The elderly yelling “Give me my Fox News!” and “Where the hell are the Entenmann’s!?” force cable systems to shell out 94 cents a month to carry the channel. And with about 100 million subscribers, an expert guessed that Fox News will rake in $1.11 billion this year, just from those fees. The passion of the Fox News viewer has some questioning the adage that the younger the consumer, the better.
The Rise of The Personal Franchise Site in News (PressThink / Jay Rosen)
On Monday, the buzz in newsland was all about Nate Silver’s decision to move his FiveThirtyEight franchise from The New York Times to ESPN. A subplot was provided by public editor Margaret Sullivan. She described Silver as an awkward fit for the Times newsroom and an object of resentment among some political reporters. This led to something I had never seen before.
Jeff Zucker Junks His Network’s Previous Mandate: ‘CNN Is Greater Than Politics’ (TheWrap / MediaAlley)
One of Jeff Zucker’s first acts as CNN president was to toss out the previous regime’s Big Idea — and he’s not afraid who knows it. “When I came in, one of the slogans at CNN was that ‘CNN equals politics,'” Zucker told Fortune‘s Andy Serwer at Brainstorm Tech’s 2013 conference on Tuesday. “And I said — I put a line through that and said that CNN does not equal politics. Obviously, politics is a huge part of what we do and will continue to be. But really, that has to be that CNN is greater than politics.” TVNewser Zucker also revealed that he believes CNN’s future is digital, not analog. To that end, Zucker says they expect to add a number of “digital correspondents” in the coming months. Kelly Wallace was just the first of many.
Standard Media Index Survey Dings ESPN, MTV, E! for Calendar Year-to-Date (Adweek)
Analysts at the Standard Media Index, which tracks approximately 60 percent of media agency buys (excluding those from Omnicom and GroupM), issued a report for Q2 tracking year-over-year ad spend at major cable networks, and the findings weren’t so hot for ESPN (down 31 percent), MTV (also off by 31 percent) and E! (25 percent down), among others.
New Media Site The First Bound Launches (Poynter / MediaWire)
Nicholas Jackson’s media site The First Bound, which he once described as “a smarter version of MediaBistro,” launched Monday. Jackson originally planned to call the site The Feature Well. Reached by instant message (I’ve lightly edited the text for things like capitalization), he said he shifted to the new name because the founder of featurewell.com was threatening legal action “despite having let his own trademark lapse more than a year ago.”
Harry Siegel Is Latest to Leave The Daily Beast; Joins Daily News Editorial (Capital New York)
Harry Siegel has joined the New York Daily News. The veteran New York journalist announced the move on Twitter, revealing that he’s been hired as a weekly columnist and member of the tabloid’s editorial board. That makes him the latest in a series of recent hires at the paper, which laid off a bunch of longtime veterans just two months ago and now appears to be replenishing its ranks. It also makes him the latest in a series of exits from Tina Brown’s Newsweek-Daily Beast combo, where Siegel had been a senior editor.
Les Moonves Hits Time Warner Cable, Says Customers Could Lose CBS Thursday (Ad Age / Media News)
CBS Corp. president and CEO Leslie Moonves sent staffers a memo Tuesday about the company’s dispute with Time Warner Cable, saying there is a very real threat CBS stations, and possibly Showtime, will be dropped in New York, Los Angeles and Dallas come Thursday morning. TVNewser The deadline had been Wednesday afternoon, but FCC rules don’t allow blackouts during a sweeps period, pushing the deadline to Thursday.
New York Times Makes Two Masthead Moves (FishbowlNY)
The New York Times made two moves Tuesday. Matt Purdy has been named assistant managing editor and Marc Lacey is now associate managing editor, overseeing the paper’s weekend report. Purdy has been with the Times since 1993, most recently serving as an investigations editor. Lacey was most recently the Times’ deputy foreign editor. Prior to that he was a correspondent in Phoenix, Mexico, Nairobi and Washington.
More Latinos Consume News in English, Report Finds (NYT)
An increasing number of Hispanics in the United States are getting their news in English, according to a report released on Tuesday by the Pew Hispanic Center. Eighty-two percent of Latino adults surveyed said that at least some of the news they followed in 2012 was in English, an increase from 78 percent in 2006. Nearly a third of Hispanics, 32 percent, said they got their news exclusively in English, according to the report, compared with 22 percent in 2006.
Not Just for Mobile Anymore: Flipboard Magazines Come to The Web (AllThingsD)
The social magazine app Flipboard made a name for itself by being one of the first reading apps to take advantage of the iPad’s form factor upon its debut. Three years later, it’s making its way to the Web.
Jet Magazine Stays Compact, But With A New Design (NYT)
Jet is getting a makeover. On Friday, the magazine’s owner, Johnson Publishing, announced a complete redesign for Jet in print and online — the first in the 62 years of the publication, long a staple in the black community. The new look for Jet includes brighter colors against a white background, more informational graphics, larger photos and new fonts. FishbowlNY The revamped Aug. 12 Jet issue comes on the heels of a very successful 2012 online revamp of sister publication Ebony. That followed a print redesign and in the wake of those separate changes, traffic at ebony.com has increased six-fold since July of last year.
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Sharyn Kopf No. In fact, it would be a relief. A good reason to break the addiction. I’d miss it though.
Roger Pittman No, because thanks to Firefox and Adblock Plus I don’t see ads to begin with.