Morning Media Newsfeed: SI Cuts Photography Staff | Bloomberg Eyed NYT

Sports Illustrated lays off staff photographers. Michael Bloomberg tried to buy The New York Times. These stories and more in today's Morning Media Newsfeed

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Sports Illustrated Lays Off All Remaining Staff Photographers (FishbowlNY)
This is the kind of news the National Press Photographers Association wishes it never had to report. But Friday morning, the organization confirmed that the six remaining staff photographers at Sports Illustrated were laid off the day before. New York Post The surprise move, which comes just over a week before the Super Bowl, the premier sporting event in the U.S., is believed to be part of ongoing budget cuts at Time Inc. Poynter / MediaWire The company plans to provide visual coverage of events including the Olympics and the NCAA basketball championship, said Sports Illustrated director of photography Brad Smith. Sports Illustrated will now rely increasingly on submissions from contributing photographers, said Scott Novak, a spokesperson for the magazine. HuffPost The magazine has undergone layoffs in the past, including hits to its photography staff in 2012. The layoffs are reminiscent of events at the Chicago Sun-Times, which cut its entire photography staff due to an increasing demand for “multimedia”; some 20 to 30 photographers were dismissed in April 2013. Capital New York Two senior writers, some copy staffers and two editors at Sports Illustrated Kids also made an exit the same day. Some of these employees took buyouts, a Time Inc. spokesperson said, characterizing the layoffs as part of a reorganization to direct funds toward new enterprises. Sports Illustrated previously let 12 staffers go in February.

Michael Bloomberg Tried to Buy NYT (New York / Daily Intelligencer)
For years now, it has been speculated in media circles that Mike Bloomberg could be a white knight and save The New York Times. Now it appears he may actually have tried to do it. FishbowlNY New York reported that Bloomberg tried to buy the company, but Times publisher Arthur Sulzberger rebuffed him. As with any rumor of this size, both sides deny this happened. A Times spokesperson told New York that Sulzberger “can’t remember the last time he spoke with Bloomberg.” New York Post The former mayor — who founded financial news agency Bloomberg News in 1990 — reportedly told Sulzberger near the end of his tenure that he wanted to buy the struggling paper. Bloomberg’s longtime political adviser Kevin Sheekey is said to be the driving force behind a potential deal. Re/code The Times may not be for sale today, but that could change soon. The company’s executives, including CEO Mark Thompson, have done a deft job of managing costs and paying down debt, but they still had to lay off staff after its app strategy wasn’t quite working.

Joe Franklin, Local Talk Show Pioneer, Dies at 88 (NYT)
Joe Franklin, who became a New York institution by presiding over one of the most compellingly low-rent television programs in history, one that even he acknowledged was an oddly long-running parade of has-beens and yet-to-bes interrupted from time to time by surprisingly famous guests, died on Saturday in a hospice in Manhattan. FishbowlNY Franklin, a veteran of WJZ-TV, WOR-TV and most recently the Bloomberg Radio Network’s Bloomberg on The Weekend, was 88. The cause of death was cancer. THR Franklin, who often is credited with developing the standard TV talk show format, started out with the afternoon show Joe Franklin — Disk Jockey on the ABC local station in 1951 and did his last show, then airing on WOR after midnight, in 1993. Deadline He continued to work in radio until just last Tuesday. Franklin played himself in several features, including Manhattan, Ghostbusters, Twenty Ninth Street and Broadway Danny Rose. He also appeared regularly on The Late Show With David Letterman and other talk shows, all spiritual descendants of his original program. Variety He earned a lifetime achievement award from the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in 1991. Most recently, Franklin had a celebrity interview show on Bloomberg Radio.