Morning Media Newsfeed: Condé Nast Names CMO | Gregory Writing Book on Jewish Faith

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Edward Menicheschi Named CMO of Condé Nast (FishbowlNY)
Edward Menicheschi has been named chief marketing officer and president of Condé Nast. Menicheschi most recently served as Vanity Fair’s VP and publisher. New York Post Menicheschi will replace Lou Cona, who is getting the boot. Some were speculating that Gina Sanders, the president of Condé’s Fairchild division, might land the vacant Vanity Fair job now that her group is being sold to Penske Media Corp. Capital New York Cona has served as the media group’s president and chief revenue officer since April 2013. As home to the publisher’s corporate and digital sales and marketing teams, the division is a central corridor of business-side power. Cona first ascended the corporate ladder to the media group in 2010 after his own stint as Vanity Fair’s vice president and publisher, and a run at The New Yorker before that. WWD Cona’s departure came as a surprise to some within Condé. In April 2013, he was promoted after he mused about retiring at the ripe age of 55. TheWrap Prior to Menicheschi’s role at Vanity Fair, he was president of WWD Media Worldwide. He has held a number of senior roles at Vogue and GQ.

David Gregory Writing Book on Jewish Faith (Politico / Playbook)
David Gregory is writing a book about his Jewish faith, for publication next year. TVNewser Gregory and publisher Simon & Schuster have reportedly been working on the book since 2011, which will focus on his “personal faith and the spiritual journey people take in their lives.” FishbowlDC The book will not serve as a memoir to Gregory’s six years as Meet the Press host or 20-year career with NBC News. Last Thursday, NBC News president Deborah Turness announced that Gregory would be replaced as host of the network Sunday morning public affairs program by Chuck Todd. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media Gregory is well-known to host Jewish holidays at his home in Northwest D.C. and has studied with a Jewish scholar. And, as previously reported, Gregory will be available for speaking gigs this fall, including on what life is like in the middle of “the media firestorm.”

Fired Up Bill O’Reilly Helps Put Fox on Top (TVNewser)
After CNN’s back-to-back ratings wins Monday and Tuesday, Fox News Channel returned to its familiar perch atop the cable news ratings scoreboard. FNC drew the most total viewers and A25-54 demo viewers in both total day and primetime Wednesday. While FNC was up in both dayparts, CNN and MSNBC were both down from Monday and Tuesday. Deadline Hollywood The O’Reilly Factor was the night’s highest-rated cable news program with 615,000 news demo viewers, besting Anderson Cooper’s 346,000 on CNN, Chris Hayes’ 135,000 on MSNBC and Nancy Grace’s 186,000 on HLN. For the night, FNC averaged 540,000 demo viewers, beating CNN (362,000) and MSNBC (156,000) combined. THR / The Live Feed The regular ratings winner, FNC does see increased competition from CNN during times of breaking news. O’Reilly covered the events in Ferguson, Mo., from the network studio in New York, as did MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, while Cooper has fronted coverage for CNN in Ferguson. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media A new report from Pew finds that MSNBC devoted the most primetime cable coverage to the unrest in Ferguson in the week after Michael Brown’s death. MSNBC devoted twice as much airtime as Fox News to the events in Ferguson over the course of the first six days of the story, with CNN’s coverage in the middle. Pew found that the networks devoted similar levels of coverage in the aftermath of the death of Trayvon Martin in 2012.