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Howard Kurtz Joining Fox News to Anchor New Version of Fox News Watch (Mediaite)
Mediaite has learned that Howard Kurtz is joining Fox News to anchor a new version of Fox News Watch. Beginning July 1, the network said in a press statement, Kurtz will anchor a version of what is now called Fox News Watch, which airs Saturdays on the network. He will also serve as an on-air analyst for the network throughout the week, in addition to writing a regular column for FoxNews.com. Jon Scott, the current anchor of Fox News Watch, will move to the specials unit, serving as an anchor for that programming. TVNewser Kurtz had been host of CNN’s media affairs show since 1998. His CNN contract had been up for several weeks, insiders tell us. In May, he parted ways with The Daily Beast and Newsweek where he was a media reporter and columnist. FishbowlDC The shortest goodbye note known to mankind just in from CNN to Kurtz: “Howie Kurtz has served as host of Reliable Sources for 15 years, developing it into a leading source for commentary and critique on the media. We thank him for all his contributions to CNN, and wish him all the best in this new opportunity. Reliable Sources will continue on CNN, and will be hosted by a variety of people in the coming months.” JimRomenesko.com “I want to thank CNN for giving me such a prime opportunity over the years and was tempted to continue, but the chance to create a revamped program and establish a strong online presence was too good to pass up,” Kurtz said. THR “Howie is the most accomplished media reporter in the country,” said FNC’s executive vice president of news, Michael Clemente. “He’s also a master of social media trends, information good and bad, and a veteran political reporter. Altogether, he will add even greater depth to a very accomplished team of reporters and anchors.” Deadline Hollywood Kurtz came under scrutiny in early May when what he characterized as “sloppy” reporting on NBA player Jason Collins got him canned from his gig as D.C. bureau chief for The Daily Beast and Newsweek. The incident also triggered an internal review at CNN, with Kurtz ultimately keeping his job and apologizing for his flub on the show. NYT The seeds of Kurtz’s departure were sown before that blog post, though; he was highly paid by The Daily Beast but was spending time writing and promoting a small, unaffiliated website called Daily Download, to the chagrin of some of his colleagues. Since the scrutiny that flared up in early May, Kurtz has not made any Web videos for Daily Download or promoted it on Twitter.


The Oregonian Is Reducing Home Delivery Days, Laying Off Staff
(Willamette Week / News Blog)
The Oregonian confirmed Thursday morning that the paper will reduce print delivery to four days a week. Publisher N. Christian Anderson III informed staff just before 10 a.m. on Thursday that the paper will continue to publish seven days a week, but will only deliver to subscribers on a limited number of days. “While we believe these changes will create growth opportunities for our employees, the reality is that some employees will lose their jobs,” said Anderson. Portland Mercury / BlogTown The number of layoffs, however, is unclear. And so is the fallout for staffers. A separate company, Advance Central Services Oregon, will take up “support” duties, like HR and circulation, for the new company and “others” — suggesting many of the cuts might come from the consolidation of “back office” functions at the downtown paper and its suburban holdings. Printing will remain in Portland. The paper says current employees are free to apply for jobs in the new companies.