Morning Media Newsfeed: Díaz-Balart to MSNBC | NPR Cuts Tell Me More | Sulzberger Talks

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José Díaz-Balart Named MSNBC’s 10 A.M. Host (TVNewser)
Telemundo anchor José Díaz-Balart has been named MSNBC’s 10 a.m. anchor, replacing Chris Jansing, who is leaving MSNBC to become NBC’s senior White House correspondent. HuffPost He will host his MSNBC show from Miami and take over when Jansing departs in June. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media Díaz-Balart will continue to co-anchor Telemundo’s Noticiero Telemundo and host Enfoque Con José Díaz-Balart. Ari Melber, a co-host on MSNBC’s afternoon program The Cycle, had been in the running against Díaz-Balart for the 10 a.m. slot, several sources said in recent weeks. The Associated Press MSNBC president Phil Griffin said Tuesday the deal has been in the works for some nine months. Griffin says he’s wanted to snag Díaz-Balart for years but had to find a time slot that wouldn’t conflict with the nightly news on Telemundo, which is also a division of NBC Universal. Díaz-Balart is the brother of U.S. Rep. Mario Díaz-Balart and former Rep. Lincoln Díaz-Balart. His aunt was the first wife of Cuban leader Fidel Castro. Variety Díaz-Balart began his career in 1983 and has reported historic events and interviewed major political figures for prestigious news outlets including NBC News and Telemundo. His achievements include being the first journalist to serve as news anchor on two national television networks in Spanish and English on the same day for an entire season.

NPR to End Tell Me More, Eliminate 28 Positions (NPR / The Two-Way)
NPR announced Tuesday that it would cease broadcast of the weekday program Tell Me More on Aug. 1 and eliminate 28 positions as part of a larger effort to end the company’s persistent budget deficits. FishbowlNY The cuts, in addition to earlier buyouts, are expected to save NPR about $7 million a year. Michel Martin, Tell Me More’s host, and Carline Watson, the show’s executive editor, will remain at the network. FishbowlDC Eight of the 28 positions on the chopping block are currently vacant. NYT The seven-year-old program was meant to attract African-Americans and other listeners of color. A little more than a week ago, NPR’s board adopted a strategic plan including a mandate to expand diversity and hired a new chief executive, Jarl Mohn, who promised a similar focus on appealing to more diverse audiences. Tell Me More, which reaches a weekly audience of just over a million listeners on 136 stations, needed to be carried on 300 to 400 stations to be sustainable as a stand-alone program.

Arthur Sulzberger’s First Interview About Turmoil at NYT: ‘I Would Have Done it Differently’ (Vanity Fair / VF Daily)
A week after the firing of Jill Abramson as executive editor of The New York Times, the newspaper’s publisher, Arthur Sulzberger Jr., sat down with Vanity Fair’s Sarah Ellison for an exclusive interview about the controversy. He had much to say about the coverage thus far (some of which he characterized as “lies”) — and revealed second thoughts about his own decision-making. THR Sulzberger one week ago announced to the Times newsroom that he’d fired Abramson, who had held the position since 2011, and was replacing her with managing editor Dean Baquet. Since then, various media outlets have speculated about the real reason Abramson was let go. Sulzberger, meanwhile, has been forced to fend off accusations of sexism, denying in a staff memo that Abramson, the first woman to serve as executive editor of the paper, was being paid significantly less than her predecessors. FishbowlNY This is the second time Ellison has interviewed Sulzberger for Vanity Fair; the first was for the 2010 cover story “Two Men And A Newsstand.” At the top of the interview, she notes the framed Winston Churchill quote in Sulzberger’s office is incorrect and later, ponders a strange metaphor from the 62-year-old publisher about not wanting to wait to cut off the other arm after the first arm has been chopped. New York Post Sulzberger told Vanity Fair he fired Abramson because he feared losing Baquet, which could have led to a disaster in the newsroom. Sulzberger said Abramson had lost the support of her colleagues and her attempt to recruit Janine Gibson, the U.S. editor of The Guardian, upsetting Baquet, was the last straw. HuffPost Sulzberger said of promoting Abramson in 2011 over Baquet: “Of course I would have done it differently.” Sulzberger said that a lot of what had been reported on the Times fallout “is untrue” and told Ellison that he’s “not going to let lies like this lie.”