Morning Media Newsfeed: Newsweek to Print Again | Daily Download Dead | Kennedy Joins FBN

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Newsweek Plans Return to Print (NYT)
Newsweek, the struggling weekly magazine that ceased print publication last year, plans to turn the presses back on. The magazine expects to begin a 64-page weekly edition in January or February, said Jim Impoco, Newsweek’s editor-in-chief. Impoco said in an interview that Newsweek would depend more heavily on subscribers than advertisers to pay its bills — and that readers would pay more than in the past. “It’s going to be a more subscription-based model, closer to what The Economist is compared to what Time magazine is,” Impoco said. CNNMoney The announcement is a remarkable twist in Newsweek’s evolution, coming less than a year after its previous owner, IAC, stopped printing the magazine. The brand was basically left for dead — but now the cover of IAC’s final edition, with the phrase “#LastPrintIssue” rendered as a Twitter hashtag, seems decidedly premature. TheWrap The magazine, which had published weekly since 1933, ran what was expected to be its last print issue on Dec. 31, 2012. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media Newsweek’s ride the past few years has been anything but easy. The Washington Post Company sold the magazine to Sidney Harman for $1 plus liabilities in 2010, upon which Harman joined forces with Tina Brown’s former online publication, The Daily Beast, which is owned by Barry Diller’s IAC/InterActiveCorp. Despite generating some controversy, Brown was never able to bring the magazine back to life. After the print edition folded at the end of 2012, top staff started heading for the exits. Adweek The move runs counter to prevailing print media trends. This week, weekly New York magazine announced it would cut back to a biweekly frequency; other weeklies have generally curtailed their publication schedules over the years amid shrinking print revenue and soaring paper and postage costs.

The Sad Final Demise of The Daily Download (BuzzFeed)
The Daily Download, the much-scrutinized project of media personalities Lauren Ashburn and Howard Kurtz, appears to be no more. The website for the media commentary project hasn’t been online in more than a month according to the Internet Web Archive. The Daily Download’s YouTube account was also taken down. That account was online earlier Tuesday but disappeared during the day. Slate / Weigel What elevates this from farce to scandal (OK, a very small scandal) is the appearance, in every adviser’s story, of Kurtz. Kurtz was the star who attracted its investments. Why’d he ever imply otherwise? Why, in 2012 and 2013, was he going to the mat for a sort of rinky-dink site founded by — let’s be honest — a pretty bland pundit with no real profile in D.C., Lauren Ashburn? Why, when confronted about his role promoting the site, did he dissemble? Why, when he moved to Fox this year, did he give a semi-co-hosting role to Ashburn, who has almost nothing to say about anything?

Lisa Kennedy Montgomery Named Primetime Host on Fox Business Network (TVNewser)
Lisa Kennedy Montgomery will debut as host of the new Fox Business Network primetime show The Independents at 9 p.m. ET on Monday, Dec. 9. The show will air Monday through Wednesday and Friday at 9 p.m., with Stossel remaining on Thursday at 9 p.m.. Expect a roundtable discussion about protecting economic and civil liberties hosted by the libertarian-leaning Montgomery and co-hosts Matt Welch of Reason magazine and America’s Future Foundation’s Kmele Foster. THR / The Live Feed The move is bound to make many a Gen-X-er feel a little old with the network tapping ’90s MTV VJ Kennedy to host a primetime series about economics. The new hour marks another programming expansion for FBN, which currently airs an encore of Gerri Willis’ Willis Report in the hour. Variety Kennedy joined FBN as a contributor and special correspondent to Stossel in 2012.