Morning Media Newsfeed: HLN Axes Three Shows | Lopez Tweets Crisis | Outrage Over NBC Footage

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HLN Hit With Show Cancellations, Layoffs as Part of Brand Repositioning (TheWrap)
HLN has cancelled three shows as it prepares to unveil its new schedule and “re-position the brand,” the network announced on Monday. In the first major change in new channel head Albie Hecht’s reign, a memo obtained by TheWrap said an unspecified number of staffers will be laid off: “While change is necessary to evolve HLN, it is also difficult,” Hecht wrote. “A handful of our family members will be impacted by today’s news.” Those family members are the staffs of Raising America, Now in America and Evening Express, which have been cancelled. Capital New York An unspecified number of staffers for the channel in New York and its Atlanta headquarters are affected by the moves. “These changes serve as a principal step as we continue to re-position the brand,” Hecht wrote in an email to HLN staff obtained by Capital New York. TVNewser Beginning Nov. 18, the shows will be replaced by a four-hour block of News Now from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. ET, anchored by a rotation of Mike Galanos, Susan Hendricks, Christi Paul and Lynn Berry. Variety In the past, the network has moved from offering a digest of the day’s news under the name CNN Headline News to featuring personality-driven programming as well as intense coverage of buzzy legal cases winding through the courts.

National Review Editor-at-Large Live-Tweets From Locked Down New Jersey Mall (FishbowlNY)
Kathryn Jean Lopez, the nationally syndicated conservative columnist and editor-at-large for the National Review, was among those trapped inside the Garden State Plaza Mall in Paramus, N.J. NYT Lopez: “Folks are nervous in here please just say a prayer… There is screaming.” She posted a dark photo from inside the Nordstrom store showing several people seated on the floor checking their phones.

NBC News, Agreeing to Pay for Sky-Diving Footage, Criticized for ‘Checkbook Journalism’ (The Washington Post / Style)
In a second episode of apparent “checkbook journalism” in a week, NBC News has locked up exclusive interviews and amateur footage of an aerial accident with a six-figure fee to a group of sky divers who survived the collision of their two small planes. NBC’s news division has agreed to compensate the nine sky divers and two pilots who were involved in the accident for an appearance on Tuesday’s Today show, a story on NBC Nightly News With Brian Williams and a one-hour Dateline NBC special. TVNewser NBC wouldn’t confirm the figure, and pointed to the fact that other news organizations bid on the footage. Spokeswoman Ali Zelenko tells the Washington Post’s Paul Farhi, “NBC News is proud to have this remarkable footage of human survival for use across all of our platforms. Our licensing of this footage is standard industry practice and is the result of a very competitive process with other major broadcast outlets.”

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Peter Beinart Leaves Daily Beast for Atlantic Media (FishbowlNY)
Peter Beinart is leaving The Daily Beast for Atlantic Media, where he’ll serve as a contributing editor. His work will appear in The Atlantic, theatlantic.com and National Journal. He’ll also participate in Atlantic Live and National Journal Live events. TheWrap “Beinart has been a valuable voice at The Daily Beast since our launch in the fall of 2008, penning memorable pieces like ‘The Rise of the New, New Left,’ which spurred debate across the Web this past September,” said John Avlon, executive editor for the Daily Beast.

Denton, Blodget Discussed Potential ‘Merger/Partnership/Collaboration’ at Balthazar (Capital New York)
Business Insider founder Henry Blodget’s anti-Balthazar-bathroom-attendant screed escalated into a full-blown media spectacle Monday morning after it culminated in a decision by Keith McNally, the SoHo brasserie’s long-time proprietor, to “relieve the restaurant’s bathroom attendants of their duties,” as McNally put it to Foster Kamer. But before all of that, we received a tip that Blodget’s fateful Balthazar visit Friday also happened to be a breakfast date with Gawker Media impresario Nick Denton, a fact that was confirmed in Gawker’s own item on the bathroom-attendant imbroglio. Gawker Last week, Blodget publicly bemoaned the fact that a fancy New York restaurant employs bathroom attendants. Now, Henry’s dream has come true: the bathroom attendants are all getting fired.