Morning Media Newsfeed: Roker Slams NYC Mayor | Charter’s Next Moves | Maxim Nearly Defrauded

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Al Roker Rants About Mayor de Blasio, School Snow Policy (FishbowlNY)
Al Roker went on a Twitter rant Thursday morning, blasting mayor Bill de Blasio and the city’s department of education for allowing schools to be open — and then ultimately closing early. Roker wrote that “It’s going to take some kid or kids getting hurt before this goofball policy gets changed.” When schools announced they were closing, he said “And how about all the parents and caregivers who have to scramble to get their kids home? Is there no one there with any common sense?” Politico Roker was especially critical of the mayor’s decision to keep schools open, complaining about his daughter’s school going to an early release day. “I knew this am @NYCMayorsOffice @NYCSchools would close schools. Talk about a bad prediction. Long range DiBlasio forecast: 1 term,” Roker tweeted. NYT Told that Roker was bluntly predicting a one-term mayoralty, de Blasio ventured some humor. “I respect Al Roker a lot,” the mayor said. “It’s a different thing to run a city than to give the weather on TV.” NY Post Roker conceded he doesn’t have the skills to be mayor of New York City, but took one more shot at City Hall. “Mr. Mayor, I could never run NYC, but I know when it’s time to keep kids home from school,” Roker tweeted.

Charter Likely to Pursue Other Acquisitions (WSJ)
With cable’s top two operators hooking up, rival Charter Communications Inc. is likely to look at other suitors, said people familiar with the company’s thinking. Charter is unlikely to counterbid for Time Warner Cable, people familiar with the matter said, given the price gap between Comcast’s bid, which at Wednesday’s closing price valued Time Warner shares at $158.82 versus the $132.50-per-share bid that Charter had been contemplating. Capital New York Executives at Time Warner Cable attempted to reassure employees at NY1 that the station wouldn’t be tampered with, as news of Comcast’s bid to acquire the cable provider became public. Steve Paulus, Time Warner Cable’s senior VP of news and local programming, held a conference call with staff at the channel to let them know that everything would be OK, according to a source who was on the call. New York Daily News “In The Papers” will remain in our living rooms — at least for now. Pat Kiernan and his NY1 colleagues appear to be safe even as the beloved local news outlet’s parent company, Time Warner, was swallowed whole by Comcast in the $45 billion mega-media deal announced Thursday. Ad Age / Media News Assuming the deal is approved, it will make Comcast becomes a more important partner for advertisers, said Ken Doctor, affiliate analyst, Outsell. Its expanded role as both a content producer and content distributor will make it all the more competitive for ad dollars with companies like Yahoo!, AOL, Google and Facebook.

Man Charged in Scheme to Fraudulently Buy Maxim (Fox Business)
Calvin Darden, Jr. was charged by federal prosecutors Thursday for allegedly crafting an intricate scheme to defraud banks and impersonate his prominent father in an attempt to buy men’s magazine Maxim. The U.S. Justice Department alleges Darden lined up $28 million in loans from three lenders to scoop up the risqué mag. As part of the scheme, which nearly came to fruition, Darden allegedly impersonated his father, Calvin Darden, a director at Target and former executive at United Parcel Service. NY Post / Media Ink The troubled auction to sell Maxim is back on. The owners of Alpha Media and Maxim magazine had already dropped Darden Media Group as a potential buyer even before the arrest Wednesday of convicted stock swindler Calvin Darden Jr. on charges that he had duped investors into making them think that it was his wealthy father who was buying the magazine. Now talks with the No. 2 bidder, a joint venture involving Infinity Partners and Hilco Global, have also collapsed, sources tell the Post.

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