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Ronan Farrow Joins MSNBC, Will Host Weekday Show (TVNewser)
Ronan Farrow is joining MSNBC where he will host a new Monday-Friday program for the network. Farrow is a writer and lawyer, and son of actress/humanitarian Mia Farrow and, most likely, film director/actor Woody Allen. “Ronan has established himself as a provocative, independent journalist capable of challenging people’s assumptions and empowering audiences,” said MSNBC president Phil Griffin in his announcement. THR / The Live Feed Farrow’s television experience — and his familiarity to MSNBC viewers — is limited. And Griffin said that he’ll appear across MSNBC’s programs in the interim to build Farrow’s profile. Certainly the MSNBC chief has shown a willingness to groom talent that may lack TV skills. NYT Griffin said Farrow’s youth should be a plus in reaching out to viewers of his generation (few of whom regularly watch cable news), but he said the main rationale for the hire was “his personality — we look at personality and the ability to communicate.” FishbowlDC “This is a new generation of news show for a new, more engaged generation of viewers. It’s a show about why the news matters to you — and what you can do to be a part of the story,” said Farrow in a release.

New York Magazine Considers Going Biweekly (NY Post)
New York magazine, launched as a weekly 45 years ago by Clay Felker, is mulling a move to a biweekly as rumors swirl that it will post a 2013 loss of several million dollars. Anup Bagaria, CEO of parent New York Media, confirmed that cutting the frequency of the magazine in 2014 is being considered at the highest level. “There is nothing definitive yet,” he said. The company is in the midst of its budget planning for next year in an increasingly tough environment for print. FishbowlNY New York has been a weekly publication since it debuted 45 years ago. If it cut back to a biweekly, it would be a sad moment for not only the New York media scene, but for any fan of magazines. It would also be unsurprising.

LA Times Sued by Former Sports Writer T.J. Simers (LA Times / Company Town)
Former Los Angeles Times sports columnist T.J. Simers has sued the paper, parent company Tribune Co. and the paper’s top two editors, alleging that he was discriminated against because of his age and a disability. Simers’ lawsuit, filed Tuesday in Los Angeles County Superior Court, also named former Dodgers owner Frank McCourt, saying he disrupted Simers’ contract with the Times by putting pressure on the news organization to stop “negative press” from being written about him. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media A spokesperson for the Los Angeles Times said the company would not give a comment on pending litigation, but Nancy Sullivan, vice president of communications for the Times told the paper “the claims in his lawsuit are without merit.” NBC Sports / HardballTalk Craig Calcaterra: The accusation seems pretty hollow. I followed coverage of McCourt closer than anyone outside of L.A. and there were multiple writers at the Times who were absolutely brutal in covering him.

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Why Pierre Omidyar Decided to Join Forces With Glenn Greenwald for A New Venture in News (PressThink / Jay Rosen)
On Wednesday, word leaked out that Glenn Greenwald would be leaving The Guardian to help create some new thing backed by Pierre Omidyar, the founder of eBay. I just got off the phone with Omidyar. So I can report more details about what the new thing is and how it came to be. HuffPost Journalists Jeremy Scahill and Laura Poitras will be working with Greenwald on the venture founder by Omidyar, according to sources familiar with the matter. Scahill, a dogged investigative journalist who focuses on national security, and Poitras, a filmmaker who has extensively covered surveillance issues, had already been in discussions with Greenwald about starting a venture together when Omidyar approached with a similar vision for a new media outlet, sources said. Forbes / Mixed Media While the Greenwald/Omidyar venture will clearly be a mission-driven organization, like ProPublica, it won’t be a nonprofit. Omidyar is funding it directly, not through his philanthropic Omidyar Network. On a smaller scale, he’s already the primary backer of another for-profit news startup, Honolulu Civil Beat. FishbowlNY The to-be-named Greenwald venture, which formally came together earlier this month, joins Jeff Bezos‘ Washington Post, Robert Allbritton‘s Capital New York and Aaron Kushner‘s Orange County Register as a 21st century media concern to most definitely watch.