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Chelsea Handler to Host Talk Show on Netflix (LostRemote)
Late-night comedian Chelsea Handler is moving from TV to Netflix, announcing Thursday she’ll host a talk show on the streaming service in 2016. NYT The idea could appear counterintuitive because Netflix, the subscription streaming video service, has thus far only posted original series in their entirety, not day by day or even week by week. But this apparent incongruity may be what appealed to Handler, a comic who has been public about seeking a new and different landing place after declaring that she was planning to leave E!, where for seven years she has hosted Chelsea Lately, a daily late-night show. WSJ Netflix will likely release the talk show episodes in a different way than it has debuted its other original series, where it is released all the episodes at once to encourage “binge viewing.” THR / The Live Feed “If I was going to continue working in this industry, I knew I had to do something outside the box to keep myself interested. I wanted to sit with the cool kids at lunch so I approached Netflix to make sure they were as cool as I thought they were, and when I confirmed my suspicions, like with any other future lover, I made my move,” said Handler in a statement. The Washington Post / Style Blog Before this, Handler made no secret that she despised the E! network — and her manager told the media she was actively looking for another gig. When E! announced the series finale of her talk show this summer, she offered the most lukewarm departure statement ever: “I will always look back at my time on E! as most people look back at their time in college. I’m glad I went.” HuffPost In addition to the talk show, Handler will also be collaborating with Netflix on five comedy specials into next year, including stand-up and docu-comedy specials.

WaPo, NYT, Mozilla Team Up for New Website Comment System (The Washington Post)
In an unusual partnership, The Washington Post, The New York Times and software developer Mozilla will team up to create digital tools that will make it easier for readers to post comments and photos on news sites and to interact with journalists and each other. Nieman Journalism Lab Greg Barber is the director of digital news projects at the Post — he’ll be leading the paper’s team on this initiative. He said the idea for a Post-Times collaboration — which will be based in New York — came about through casual conversations between people in both newsrooms who worked on engagement platforms. “When it came down to it — no surprise, really — it seemed we had a lot of the same challenges and goals,” he said. NYT Mozilla, the maker of the Firefox Web browser and a nonprofit that works for open standards on the Web, will help the Times and the Post build the technology for a platform tailored to news organizations. The platform, which will take approximately two years to complete, will eventually be available for other news organizations to download free. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media Funded by a $3.89 million grant from The Knight Foundation, the new system aims to help elevate and highlight thoughtful contributions from readers online.

Americans’ Confidence in News Media Remains Low (Gallup)
Americans’ faith in each of three major news media platforms — television news, newspapers and news on the Internet — is at or tied with record lows in Gallup’s long-standing confidence in institutions trend. This continues a decades-long decline in the share of Americans saying they have “a great deal” or “quite a lot” of confidence in newspapers or TV news, while trust in Internet news remains low since the one prior measure in 1999. HuffPost The poll examined Americans’ trust in 17 institutions; and newspapers, television news and Internet news ranked in the bottom third. The only institution all three outpolled was Congress. Poynter / MediaWire Overall, Andrew Dugan reports at Gallup, “confidence in newspapers has declined by more than half since its 1979 peak of 51 percent, while TV news has seen confidence ebb from its high of 46 percent in 1993, the first year that Gallup asked this question.” Mediaite The survey also broke down confidence in news media by political identification. While conservatives’ confidence in newspapers hit an all-time low of 15 percent this year, liberals’ confidence in newspapers actually increased over the last year from 31 percent to 34 percent. By contrast, at 21 percent, conservatives trust TV news more than liberals, who said they had a “great deal” or “quite a lot” of confidence in TV news just 15 percent of the time.

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