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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, 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.

Jeff Bezos’ Wife Slams Book About Him on Amazon With One-Star Review (TheWrap)
Brad Stone’s new book The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon has 31 five-star reviews from Amazon customers, 10 four-star reviews, two three-star reviews, and just one one-star review — from Bezos’ perturbed wife, MacKenzie. In a 922-word review titled “I wanted to like this book,” she criticizes it for one-too-many factual errors as it narrates Amazon’s rise since being launched online in 1995. “Everywhere I can fact-check from personal knowledge, I find way too many inaccuracies, and unfortunately that casts doubt over every episode in the book,” MacKenzie wrote Monday.

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Washington Comedian Named FishbowlDC Editor (Politico / Dylan Byers on Media)
Patrick Tutwiler, a Washington-based comedian, has been named editor of the media news and gossip site FishbowlDC, following Betsy Rothstein’s departure. With Tutwiler at the helm, Fishbowl may tack toward the humorous and away from the cruel, but only time will tell. Meanwhile, Rothstein’s next steps remain a mystery. FishbowlDC Meet Tutwiler — actor, comedian and writer. You may have seen one of his stand up acts around the District, or more recently, caught him in the Discovery ID series Evil Kin. But now he’s tackling a new role — one that couples his quick wit and unique perspectives with a personal passion for politics and incurable addiction to the news.

Dayton Daily News Memo: There Will Be Nothing Negative About CBS in Our Newspaper (
In Dayton, Cox Media Group is integrating its print, TV (a CBS affiliate) and radio operations and using the slogan, “Come Together.” According to a memo that Dayton Daily News staffers received on Friday, coming together means not publishing anything critical about CBS.

Twitter Apologizes for Blocking Newspaper’s URLs (Poynter / MediaWire)
Twitter’s Andrew Fitzgerald apologized Monday to Philadelphia City Paper reporter Daniel Denvir for an episode last week when Twitter wasn’t allowing users to access the paper’s stories through tweeted URLs, Denvir told Poynter in a phone call. Denvir said Fitzgerald told him the outage was a mistake resulting from a false positive picked up by Twitter’s team that combats spam. AppNewser Twitter’s spam troubles might just be the beginning. As recently as last month, users noticed that they were no longer able to send URLs within direct messages — a ban that resulted when URL spam was sent to massive amounts of users. The patch? A temporary ban on URL links within direct messages. Let’s hope Twitter sort all of their spam woes soon.

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Ray Suarez Joins Al Jazeera America (TVNewser)
Former PBS correspondent Ray Suarez is set to join Al Jazeera America. Beginning Nov. 11, he will be the host of Inside Story. “Ray has repeatedly proven that he can deliver compelling coverage of the most challenging news stories and events with objectivity and depth, punctuated by Ray’s own brand of thoughtful analysis,” Al Jazeera America president Kate O’Brian said in a statement.

Meredith Launches Allrecipes Magazine (Adweek)
Women’s-interest publisher Meredith Corp. Tuesday launched a print magazine extension of its user-generated, deepening its commitment to the food category. The eponymous magazine will come out six times a year and have an initial rate base of 500,000.

Reddit’s Politics Section Decides Mother Jones Isn’t All ‘Bad Journalism’ (Slate / Future Tense)
The volunteers who run Reddit’s most influential politics section announced Monday that they’ve taken a second look at some of the domains they banned last week, and decided to reinstate one: Mother Jones. The others, including Gawker, Huffington Post, the National Review, Reason, Salon, ThinkProgress and Vice, are still verboten for the time being.

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