Morning Media Newsfeed: MSNBC Announces New Shows | Tarantino Sues Gawker | Van Susteren Blasts Pundit

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MSNBC Shaking Up Daytime Schedule (TVNewser)
MSNBC is announcing major changes to its daytime lineup. Cable news newcomer Ronan Farrow will host his new show at 1 p.m. ET, sources tell TVNewser, while Joy Reid, the managing editor of NBC’s TheGrio.com, who has been filling in on MSNBC, is expected to be named host at 2. p. m. ET. Tamron Hall, who currently anchors NewsNation at 2 p.m., is negotiating a new contract that would give her an expanded role at the Today show while also keeping her on the MSNBC schedule. Meanwhile, the noon hour has seen fill-in anchors since Alex Wagner moved to 4 p.m. two weeks ago. TVNewser News in the morning. Opinion in the afternoon. That sums up the changes coming to MSNBC’s daytime schedule. The afternoon additions will also create flow in the mornings where Morning Joe leads into Chuck Todd’s DC-based politics hour, followed by Chris Jansing’s newscast. Hall’s NewsNation follows at 11 a.m. with Andrea Mitchell moving back an hour to noon. “Andrea Mitchell is so critical to MSNBC and I’ve always thought her show should be at noon,” MSNBC president Phil Griffin says. “Andrea brings on the biggest newsmakers of the day and the new time slot will help showcase her work.” NYT The network, which will be on a break from its usual lineup to cover the Winter Olympics starting in two weeks, will introduce Farrow as host of the 1 p.m. hour starting Feb. 24. Farrow, the 26-year-old son of Mia Farrow and Woody Allen, has already amassed a long résumé, including being a Rhodes Scholar and a Yale Law School graduate, and a stint in the Obama administration. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media In his memo to staff, Griffin commended MSNBC for getting off to “a great start in 2014.” “We’ve broken news, done important reporting and lead the way on a variety of stories this month And the audience has responded with some of our highest ratings since the 2012 election,” he wrote. “I’m proud of the fantastic work all our teams are doing, particularly those of you who have been juggling multiple assignments. Thank you for your hard work and flexibility.”

Quentin Tarantino Suing Gawker Over Leaked Script (THR / Hollywood Esq.)
Quentin Tarantino has filed a copyright lawsuit against Gawker Media for allegedly facilitating the dissemination of copies of his unproduced script, The Hateful Eight. Last week, the director was outraged after details about the Western circulated. He was so irate that he told the media that he wouldn’t be making the picture as his next film. Soon afterward, Gawker’s Defamer blog linked to the 146-page script under a post titled, “​Here Is the Leaked Quentin Tarantino Hateful Eight Script.” FishbowlNY Tarantino’s complaint charges Gawker with copyright infringement and contributory copyright infringement. In the filing, Gawker is labeled as “predatory journalism.” Gawker Tarantino’s complaint includes the following claim: “Gawker Media itself for its own benefit, itself transmitted or encouraged an infringing unauthorized full copy of the Screenplay to be posted for download on the obscure file share website AnonFiles.com.” This claim is false. No one at Gawker saw or had access to Tarantino’s script before AnonFiles posted it. No one at Gawker transmitted it — or anything else, at all — to AnonFiles. No one at Gawker encouraged anyone to do so. No one at Gawker has any earthly idea how AnonFiles obtained a copy.

Greta Van Susteren: Erick Erickson is ‘a Jerk!’ (Politico / Dylan Byers on Media)
Fox News host Greta Van Susteren slammed RedState editor and Fox News contributor Erick Erickson in a post on Monday for his comments on Texas Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis. “What is wrong with this guy? He is such a jerk! He is a repeat offender!” Van Susteren titled the post on her website. Erickson has long been calling Davis, who rose to fame after filibustering an abortion bill, “Abortion Barbie.” In tweets, Erickson has said Davis can’t handle the truth and “is so cute when she’s lying.” He also posted a widely panned story last week on RedState about Davis’s past, titled “Wendy Davis’ Ex Asked a Court to Order Her Not to Use Drugs Before Seeing Her Kids.” Van Susteren said her issue with Erickson was about how he goes about expressing his views. Washington Post / Erik Wemple Fox News chief Roger Ailes has conceded that he didn’t “do a lot of web at Fox News.” FoxNews.com does the basics, hosting videos from Fox News shows, offering stories from network reporters and otherwise posting content from other providers, including the Associated Press. There’s not a ton of personality to it all. Yet there’s a lot of personality at gretawire.foxnewsinsider.com, the blogging platform of Van Susteren.