Morning Media Newsfeed: Horowitz Out at NBC News | Charles Champlin Dies at 88

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Jamie Horowitz Out at NBC News (TVNewser)
Jamie Horowitz, the recently-hired SVP and GM of the Today show, is no longer with NBC News. A source tells us Horowitz and his boss, NBC News president Deborah Turness, were not seeing eye to eye, leading to Horowitz’s departure from the network late Monday. THR / The Live Feed Originally set to join the network in December, Horowitz started taking meetings at Today in September, overseeing the network’s flagship morning show. Variety “He’s a talented producer and executive, but, together, he and I have come to the conclusion that this is not the right fit,” Turness said in a memo to staffers. In the wake of Horowitz’ departure, Turness said, she will continue working closely with Don Nash, the executive producer of Today, and Jen Brown, the vice president and general manager of She expects to find a new general manager of Today, she said. Deadline Hollywood In August, NBC agreed to let Bill Wolff, VP primetime programs at MSNBC and executive producer of The Rachel Maddow Show, out of his contract to move to ABC, in order to get that parent company to allow top ESPN programmer Horowitz take the helm at Today. Before joining ESPN, Horowitz worked at NBC Sports; he started his TV career as an NBC Olympics researcher. Turness came to the network from the U.K. in August 2013 to help turn around the news division’s once-dominant but now struggling franchises. NYT Early reports of new turbulence at Today were especially upsetting for NBC News because the show is the news division’s biggest profit center, and NBC has been touting a comeback in the ratings for the show, which has trailed ABC’s Good Morning America since Today lost a seemingly impregnable lead in the morning ratings in 2012. Turness has been portrayed as embattled in some reports, and Horowitz’s name surfaced quickly as a possible successor, despite his short tenure and the fact that he has no network news background.

Charles Champlin Dies at 88; Former LA Times Arts Editor, Critic (LA Times)
Charles Champlin, the former Los Angeles Times arts editor, film critic and columnist whose insightful, elegantly written reviews and columns informed and entertained readers for decades, died Sunday at his Los Angeles home. He was 88. FishbowlNY Champlin worked at the Times from 1967 to 1991, joining the paper after stints at Life and Time. Post-retirement, he continued to contribute the paper and also wrote two books. THR Champlin died from complications of Alzheimer’s disease. Champlin, who also hosted TV shows for Los Angeles public station KCET, PBS and Bravo, also suffered from macular degeneration, diagnosed in the late 1990s, which he described in his 2001 book, My Friend, You Are Legally BlindVariety Champlin started at the Times as entertainment editor and columnist. He was the main film critic from 1967 to 1980, during a time which saw the creation of the movie ratings system was instituted, the groundbreaking movies of the 1970s, and during which directors such as George Lucas, Steven Spielberg and Martin Scorsese first made their mark. He later covered books and arts before retiring in 1991 but continued to contribute to the Times as well as to Variety. In 1975, he co-founded the Los Angeles Film Critics Association with Ruth Batchelor and served as its president for many years.

Time Apologizes for Suggesting ‘Feminist’ Should Be Banned (FishbowlNY)
When Time asked readers to vote on words and/or phrases that should be banned in 2015, we immediately wondered why “feminist” was included. Making matters worse, “feminist” was leading in Time’s poll. Mediaite The term appeared among terms like “disrupt” and “obvi.” After some major backlash, much of it from female journalists, Time editor Nancy Gibbs has issued an apology for the inclusion. HuffPost The poll had briefly explained that “feminist” was included because it’s become a “thing” that every celebrity has to “state their position on.” Gibbs’ note read, “While we meant to invite debate about some ways the word was used this year, that nuance was lost, and we regret that its inclusion has become a distraction from the important debate over equality and justice.”