Morning Media Newsfeed: Int’l NYT Debuts | Capital NY Hires Three | Baldwin’s Mixed Reviews

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International New York Times Kicks Off With Events in Paris, Tel Aviv, Dubai, Singapore And More (Capital New York)
As readers picked up the final issue Monday of The International Herald Tribune under the title it has been known for throughout much of its 125-year history, The New York Times Company is ringing in the paper’s revamp with a series of launch events from Paris to Tokyo and lots of places in between. The promotional push for The International New York Times, which debuts Tuesday as the Times Company’s new English-language foreign edition, kicked off at the Académie Diplomatique Internationale in Paris Monday afternoon with a panel on “News as the New Global Language.” The Guardian In an editorial for the last edition, the IHT‘s Serge Schmemann argues bravely that the rebranded paper will remain vital and relevant because “we still need trusted reporters and editors to sort out the vast waves of information sweeping this chaotic world of ours. We need those first rough drafts, the smart commentary, the impartial news, to function in these times.” FishbowlNY To celebrate the change, the Times put together an interactive feature that you should check out. Among other things, there’s a photo of Andy Warhol reading the IHT. The Times will also offer unlimited digital access to INYT.com and associated mobile apps through Oct. 19 at 5 p.m. ET.

Capital New York Hires Three Columnists as Relaunch Nears (HuffPost / The Backstory)
Capital New York has been hiring up reporters to cover media and politics since Politico purchased the site last month, following the Beltway site’s model of going big in signature beats before later branching out. Now that Capital is close to filling up its reporter ranks on the politics and media desks, editors are lining up several weekly city columnists for the site’s early November relaunch. Capital’s first three columnists will be Jim Windolf, a Vanity Fair contributing editor who has written for several publications and started the New York Observer‘s “New York World” column; Joanna Molloy, a veteran New York Daily News gossip writer and co-author of a new book on the subject; and Glynnis MacNicol, a writer and co-founder of TheLi.st and former media editor at Business Insider and Mediaite. TheWrap The columns will be New York affairs-centric, as the Huffington Post first reported. Capital editor Tom McGeveran told TheWrap that he wants “columns [to] speak for themselves in specific” when they debut sometime in the fall (their exact start dates and Capital New York’s relaunch are still being worked out, he said).

Ratings: Up Late with Alec Baldwin Debuts Up, Jonathan Larsen Named EP (TVNewser)
Friday’s premiere of Up Late with Alec Baldwin on MSNBC drew 674,000 total viewers and 172,000 adults 25-54, according to data from Nielsen. Compared to the average in that timeslot over the past few weeks, Baldwin’s show was up in both categories, although compared to only last Friday the program was down slightly in the demo. LA Times / Show Tracker The critics weren’t in a forgiving mood. The premiere featured the former 30 Rock actor and his guest, New York mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio, nestled into a green banquette in a set that looked like it was built for a mob-meeting scene in Goodfellas. Slate called it “My Dinner with Alec” and described the proceedings as “willfully wonky.” The Daily Beast called it a “snooze.” THR / The Live Feed CNN seemed to suffer against the new competition. Anderson Cooper shed 52 percent in total viewers, down from 717,000 to 347,000, and 58 percent in the demo to just 111,000 adults 25-54.