Morning Media Newsfeed: Colicchio Joins MSNBC | Yahoo! Finance Nabs Serwer

Tom Colicchio joins MSNBC. Yahoo! Finance names Fortune's Andy Serwer editor. These stories and more in today's Morning Media Newsfeed

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MSNBC’s New Dish: Tom Colicchio Named Food Correspondent (TVNewser)
MSNBC continues to open the aperture, by hiring its first food correspondent. Tom Colicchio, a 30-year veteran chef, restaurateur and, since 2006, head judge on Top Chef, joins the network, as he continues on the food competition show which airs on MSNBC’s sister network Bravo. Mediaite In a memo to MSNBC staff, network chief Phil Griffin wrote that Colicchio’s work will focus on how “food is an essential — yet underreported — part of our cultural and political debate.” He will report regularly to cable shows like Morning Joe and The Rachel Maddow Show, in addition to hosting a series for Shift — MSNBC’s digital network — called “Stirring The Pot.” Variety Colicchio has been a semi-regular guest on various MSNBC shows over the years. Colicchio said he will put an emphasis on political and social issues that involve food and agricultural concerns in his MSNBC reporting. Deadline “Stirring The Pot” will feature digital documentaries and conversations with the people shaping today’s most compelling stories about food and its impact on our daily lives. “Everyone Eats” will feature a series of interviews over lunch with a wide range of newsmakers, including sports stars, elected officials, actors and star chefs. NYT / ArtsBeat Colicchio started as a chef at Mondrian and Gramercy Tavern, and became a restaurateur after opening Craft, Colicchio & Sons and the sandwich chain ’wichcraft. Increasingly he has spoken up on food issues like school lunches, genetically modified foods, hunger in America and the minimum wage, testifying before Congressional committees. He was the executive producer of and appeared in 2013’s A Place at The Table, a film about food insecurity in America, which was directed by Kristi Jacobson and his wife, Lori Silverbush.

Andy Serwer Named EIC of Yahoo! Finance (FishbowlNY)
Andy Serwer has been named editor-in-chief of Yahoo! Finance. Serwer most recently served as editor of Fortune. He had been with Time Inc. for 29 years. WWD / Memo Pad Time Inc. dismissed Serwer over the summer and replaced him with Alan Murray. At Yahoo! Finance, Serwer replaces former editor-in-chief Aaron Task, who held the top spot for seven years. New York Post Serwer’s hiring is part of a pattern for Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer, who has been plunking down big bucks for marquee names, including former CBS Evening News anchor Katie Couric and top tech columnist David Pogue. In his posting, Serwer described himself as an early booster of Yahoo! Finance, first drawing on it for market news and data in 1997, when he started writing his daily blog, Streetlife, for Fortune.com. NYT Serwer said he planned to bring in “distinguished reporters and journalists to break news and do groundbreaking and award-winning stories both in text and video and on mobile.” He said the expansion would include live events. Kathy Savitt, head of media at Yahoo!, said that Yahoo! also planned to increase its “commitment and focus on Yahoo! Finance video programming.”

NBC Nightly News Maintains Lead With Lester Holt (TVNewser)
As the six-month suspension of Brian Williams got underway, NBC Nightly News continued as the most-watched evening newscast last week with Lester Holt in the anchor chair. But compared to the same week last year only ABC’s World News Tonight With David Muir saw total viewer growth, up 9 percent. THR / The Live Feed The NBC broadcast posted a victory among total viewers, with an average 9.43 million. The demo race much was tighter. Despite leading ABC News by 400,000 total viewers, NBC only just topped it in the key demo, 2.292 million to 2.242 million. Variety Even so, Nightly’s lead over its rivals is not as robust as it was a year ago, when NBC’s coverage of the Sochi Olympics helped boost the evening newscast to a nine-year ratings high. And it is down 7.6 percent in total viewers from the prior week, when Williams sat in the chair. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media The good numbers for NBC bring up a few questions for the network and Williams’ future. First, huge storms have been pummeling the country this week, and weather always equals better ratings. Add on to that the publicity surrounding Williams’ departure, more viewers might have been tuning into see the result of the drama. The ratings a month or so from now will give us a clearer picture of how Nightly News is really doing without Williams.

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Bart Feder Joins Tribune as SVP of News (TVNewser)
Bart Feder, most recently VP of programming at CNN, is joining Tribune as senior VP of news. Feder will oversee all news operations and production for Tribune’s 42 owned or operated stations. TVSpy Although Feder most recently worked at CNN, he has a long history in local news. He began his career at 1010 WINS radio and went on to work as a news writer at CBS Radio and New York CW affiliate WPIX. He was also a producer at WNEV (now WHDH) in Boston and WOR in New York. Deadline Prior to his position at CNN, Feder was chairman and CEO of The FeedRoom, a pioneer in online video, live streaming and digital asset management for media organizations. He begins March 2.

Fusion Launches Mini-Series on Snapchat Discover (LostRemote)
Wednesday, Fusion announced a mini-series exclusively for Snapchat Discover. The mini-series, produced by Univision’s documentary team, is called Outpost: Into The World and will focus on exploring “hidden worlds that usually go unseen and overlooked but when revealed will shock and thrill.” Variety The catch: The content will be available only to Snapchat users outside the U.S. The series is slated to bow Feb. 25 on Snapchat with new episodes following every Wednesday for the next seven weeks. In addition, Fusion has started to produce one-minute news updates, “News in A Snap,” on Snapchat (also only for those outside the U.S.). HuffPost Fusion, along with more than a dozen other media companies, joined with Snapchat in January as part of Discover, the messaging service’s new newsier feature.

Mashable Expands to India (FishbowlNY)
Mashable is expanding its empire with the launch of Mashable India. The English-language site comes via a partnership with India.com, a joint venture between Penske Media Corporation and Zee Entertainment Enterprises. WWD / Memo Pad Mashable will have an editorial team based in India who will report to Mashable’s U.S.-based team: executive editor Jim Roberts, managing editor Jonathan Ellis and global news editor Louise Roug. The site will provide local content and editorial coverage from Mashable.com that is modified for the Indian readership. Variety Mashable India will also leverage the audience reach of India.com network properties, which include BGR.in, CricketCountry.com, BollywoodLife.com, TheHealthSite.com, Prepsure.com, BrownPaperBag.in and the India.com portal.

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NYT Magazine Goes With Four Covers (FishbowlNY)
We’ve been monitoring the relaunch of The New York Times Magazine pretty closely around here. The latest news? The revamped Times Mag is going with four covers, and the first edition is “The Global Issue.” Capital New York The new magazine has a bigger feature well than its previous iteration, with four long-form narratives a week as opposed to three in a book that’s added six editorial pages to its baseline. In addition to deep reporting, a greater number of feature essays will appear, as well as nonfiction pieces from novelists and other “voicey” writers, said editor-in-chief Jake Silverstein.

Bob Simon 60 Minutes Tribute to Run 90 Minutes (TVNewser)
60 Minutes remembers Bob Simon this Sunday with a 90-minute tribute episode. Steve Kroft anchors the special, which will pay tribute to the most-honored field reporter in television news. The tribute will include interviews with Simon’s 60 Minutes colleagues, clips of his life’s work and three of his award-winning stories. Deadline This past Sunday, 60 Minutes opened with a report Simon finished the day he died in a car crash on New York City’s West Side Highway. Simon was killed Feb. 11 when the Town Car in which he was a passenger sideswiped another car on the highway.

The Huffington Post Launches Weekly Satirical News Show (THR)
The Huffington Post is expanding its live video programming with weekly primetime news hour The HuffPost Show. The series, which will feature a mixture of news and entertainment segments, will premiere March 27 and will air live every Friday at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT on the Huffington Post homepage and HuffPost Live network. TVNewser President and co-creator of HuffPost Live and Huffington Post founding editor Roy Sekoff and HuffPost Live host Marc Lamont Hill will co-host the program. The show will look at news stories and mix in commentary, panel discussions, digital videos and celebrity interviews. The show is designed to attract social media sharing, as it will be broken into smaller segments to enable easy viewing.

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Jay Gallagher Promoted to Publisher of Men’s Journal (FishbowlNY)
Jay Gallagher has been promoted from associate publisher to publisher of Men’s Journal. Gallagher had served as associate publisher of the magazine since 2013.

LinkedIn Adds New York-Based Editor (FishbowlNY)
Last fall, Digiday suggested that Dan Roth is “the most powerful editor in business publishing.” This week, the LinkedIn executive editor added several more journalists to the power team.

NBC Makes Big TV Everywhere Announcement (LostRemote)
Consumers living in a market with an NBC Owned Television Station — and who have a cable, satellite, or telco subscription — will have access to TV Everywhere, the network’s full lineup of live programming across PCs, tablets and smartphones, in and out of their homes.

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Food & Wine EIC: ‘Enough With Men, We Need More Female Chefs’ (FishbowlNY / Lunch)
Those movers and shakers not on Harvey Weinstein’s Oscar party list (our invite must have gotten lost in the mail), made it to Michael’s for the weekly Wednesday lunch.

Larry Jones Out as TV Land President Amid Impending Viacom Restructure (THR / The Live Feed)
A day after Van Toffler exited his role as president of MTV Networks Music & Logo Group at Viacom following a 28-year run, Viacom is poised to unveil a major corporate restructuring later this week. As part of the latter, Larry Jones is out as TV Land president.

Discovery Joins L3 Ratings Bandwagon, Promotes Research Exec (Variety)
Discovery Communications’ outlets have joined the list of cable nets that are attempting to shift the focus of TV ratings coverage to the live-plus-three ratings that encompass three days of time-shifted viewing.

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