Morning Media Newsfeed: AJ Journalists Arrested in Paris | Goodman Out at Paramount

Al Jazeera journalists arrested in Paris. Adam Goodman exiting as president of Paramount. These stories and more in today's Morning Media Newsfeed

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Al Jazeera Journalists Arrested in Paris for Flying A Drone (WSJ)
Three journalists for Al Jazeera were arrested in the French capital Wednesday after flying a drone in a park on the western edge of the city, a spokeswoman for the Paris prosecutor’s office said. The Associated Press / The Big Story The arrests came after unidentified drones flew over the Eiffel Tower and key Paris landmarks for a second night running. It’s further baffled French authorities who are investigating a spate of unidentified flying objects in the Paris skies at a time of high security across the country. The Guardian The prosecutor’s office said the three foreign nationals, aged 70, 54 and 36 were taken into custody on Wednesday afternoon after police spotted the drone flying in the Bois de Boulogne woods in western Paris. They can be held for a maximum of 24 hours under French law. Flying drones without a license in France is illegal and carries a maximum one-year prison sentence and a €75,000 (£55,000) fine. Mediaite Police say no link has been yet discovered between the three journalists’ drones and the mysterious nighttime flights. Parisian authorities are especially cautious following the recent terrorist attacks against the Charlie Hebdo office and a kosher deli two months ago, not to mention some still-unsolved drone sightings above nuclear plants last fall and outside the Elysee Palace, the president’s residence, last month. NBC News Al Jazeera later said on Twitter that the three “have been held by police in Paris while filming a report on the city’s recent mystery drones.”

Adam Goodman on His Way Out at Paramount (TheWrap)
Adam Goodman is on his way out as president of Paramount Film Group, multiple individuals familiar with the situation have said. “The studio is currently reviewing its creative organization,” said an individual familiar with the studio’s thinking. THR Goodman has a year left on his contract but won’t survive much longer. While the studio hasn’t necessarily suffered a major financial box office bomb of late, Paramount chairman-CEO Brad Grey and vice chairman Rob Moore apparently aren’t satisfied with the controls on production costs, according to a source with ties to the studio. “They keep going over budget,” an insider said. Variety Goodman has been at the studio since 2008 and played a vital role in shepherding a number of key projects to the screen, such as their recent Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot, Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol and the Paranormal Activity franchise. Last summer brought about Transformers: Age of Extinction, the highest-grossing film at the global box office. However, Paramount has scaled back the number of films it produces annually, which has caused its market share to shrink. Last year, it had the sixth largest share of the overall domestic box office pie, behind its major studio rivals. LA Times / Company Town Viacom, Paramount’s parent, last month told Wall Street that it plans widespread restructuring that will lead to job cuts. It was unclear whether Goodman’s departure is related to cost-cutting at the company. Viacom has been grappling with lower ratings at its key television networks, including MTV, Comedy Central and Nickelodeon, and company executives are intent on reducing expenses. The Viacom filmed entertainment unit reported a $60 million operating loss in the October-December 2014 quarter on $720 million in revenue.

Defenders, Detractors Keep Bill O’Reilly in The Headlines (Media Matters)
Bill O’Reilly has claimed repeatedly that he witnessed the execution of nuns while reporting in 1981 on the civil war in El Salvador, an apparent fabrication that is at odds with both history and what O’Reilly himself has said about arriving in the country after the event took place, according to new information unearthed by Media Matters. The Fox host has faced withering scrutiny from historians, former colleagues and others for having exaggerated his claims of being in a “combat situation” during the Falklands War. TVNewser Meanwhile, the Daily Beast’s Lloyd Grove talked with several defenders of the bombastic Fox News host, while the Washington Post’s Paul Farhi talked with a communications expert about how the whole mess may be viewed inside Fox News. The network released a statement that “Chairman & CEO Roger Ailes and all senior management are in full support of O’Reilly.” HuffPost The Fox host also said during a 2009 interview on WVVH-TV’s American Dream show that he arrived in El Salvador “right after” the murders. “O’Reilly could not possibly have witnessed the murder of the churchwomen if his own timeline is to be believed,” Media Matters argued. Mediaite Media Matters has authored a new petition calling for him to be punished in the same way NBC News disciplined Brian Williams earlier this month. The petition, which is being hosted by MoveOn.org and already has nearly 10,000 signatures, calls on Fox to “hold Bill O’Reilly accountable for deceiving viewers about his ‘combat zone’ experience.”