Morning Media Newsfeed: Cuts at NBC News? | Wagner Gets Bashir Slot | Sacco Fired After Tweet

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D.C. Staff Irked as NBC News Eyes Cuts (NY Post)
NBC News boss Deborah Turness is spending the last few days of the year eyeing cuts — moves that could include axing some senior on-air talent, the Post has learned. Turness, brought on in August to shake up the moribund news division — where Meet The Press and Today had stumbled — is in the midst of a host of end-of-year buyouts and cost reductions, sources said. Mediaite An NBC spokesperson, in a statement on Friday, said, “We offered a handful of voluntary buyouts in the D.C. bureau back in early November. Discussions are ongoing.” The spokesperson declined to elaborate.

Alex Wagner Moving to 4 P.M. on MSNBC (TVNewser)
Alex Wagner will be the new 4 p.m. ET host on MSNBC starting Jan. 13, TVNewser has learned. Wagner takes over the hour from Martin Bashir who resigned earlier this month following vile comments he made about Sarah Palin. Wagner debuted as the host of Now, which airs at noon ET, in November 2011. Capital New York The shift is the first of a number of moves (plural) to come, something noted by Griffin in his email to staff. “We’ll have more announcements in the new year — stay tuned,” MSNBC president Phil Griffin wrote.

Fired PR Executive Issues Apology Regarding Her Tweet: ‘I Am Ashamed’ (MediaJobsDaily)
We can’t even imagine what was going through Justine Sacco’s head on Friday when she tweeted, “Going to Africa. Hope I don’t get AIDS. Just kidding. I’m white!” The senior director of corporate communications working for Barry Diller’s company, IAC, was promptly dismissed. Per her LinkedIn profile, she was promoted to that position in July. Prior to that, she served as director of corporate communications since September 2011. Adweek / Adfreak The whirlwind story of a successful PR pro’s downfall on a global social media stage unfolded in little more than 24 hours. Sacco’s tweet was posted shortly before she boarded a flight, leaving her likely unaware of the worldwide consternation and mockery she had instigated. Gawker As Sacco flew south through Europe and over Africa, her life began to slowly unravel. On the day when no one at work wants to work, she became the unwitting focus of Twitter, quickly eliciting a response from her boss Diller, who called her AIDS joke “outrageous, and offensive.” As day became night on the East Coast, the hashtag #HasJustineLandedYet shot up Twitter’s list of trending topics. ABC News “Words cannot express how sorry I am, and how necessary it is for me to apologize to the people of South Africa, who I have offended due to a needless and careless tweet,” Sacco said. 10,000 Words It’s amazing that it’s almost 2014 and people are still getting fired for saying horrible, no good things on social media. Haven’t we learned that what you say can and will get you in trouble? Variety At a time of year when the hamster wheel we call our careers slows a tick or two, consider that maybe we are all Sacco. Or at least 140 characters away from being her at any given time.

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The Washington Post‘s Ezra Klein Considering Starting New Venture (HuffPost / The Backstory)
Ezra Klein, a top Washington Post policy writer and editor of the paper’s Wonkblog, is currently speaking to outside suitors about starting a new media venture, according to a source familiar with the matter. At the same time, Klein is still in talks with the Post about possible next steps in his career, and he may end up staying at the paper, the source said. Klein declined to comment. Washington City Paper Klein joined the paper in 2009 from The American Prospect at the age of 24. He is also an analyst for MSNBC and a columnist for Bloomberg View.

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