Morning Media Newsfeed: Snyderman Apologizes on Air | Elliott Takes NYT Buyout

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Dr. Nancy Snyderman Apologizes: ‘Good People Can Make Mistakes’ (TVNewser)
Dr. Nancy Snyderman returned to NBC News Wednesday morning to report a story on depression in America. But the segment began with Matt Lauer pressing her on why she violated a voluntary quarantine following an Ebola reporting trip to Liberia. PRNewser Rather than just saying she was sorry for breaking the rules, she and Lauer got more specific about what exactly went wrong. Besides “scaring my community,” she says she was guilty of “adding to the confusion of terms.” THR Snyderman initially apologized for her team violating its voluntary quarantine, but now, almost two months later, she’s admitted that she, herself, broke the rules and apologized for that. “I’m very sorry for…scaring my community and the country,” she said on Wednesday’s Today, later adding, “I stepped outside the boundaries of what I promised to do and what was expected of me and for that I’m sorry.” HuffPost Snyderman had been absent from the network since October after traveling to Liberia with an NBC News crew — which included cameraman Ashoka Mukpo, a former Ebola patient — and then failing to voluntarily confine herself to a 21-day quarantine. Her actions caused outrage and heightening fear among the public after discovery that her colleague had contracted the virus. Snyderman issued a statement shortly after breaking quarantine in October, but questions lingered about the date of her return to the network (or whether she would return at all). Variety Snyderman’s colleague eventually recovered from the disease, and Snyderman and the rest of her team remained symptom-free. Wednesday, she added that she hopes her mistake hasn’t drawn attention from the bigger story.

Stuart Elliott Takes New York Times Buyout (AgencySpy)
From now on, agency PRs everywhere will no longer be pitching Stuart Elliott for coverage in The New York Times. As Elliott announced on his Facebook page Wednesday morning, he has chosen to take early retirement. Variety In the wake of news that Elliott, who has led the Times’ “Advertising” column since 1991, is among tens of staffers taking a buyout, a spokeswoman for the publishing company said a decision about the feature is not likely to be made for several weeks. If the Times were to discontinue its “Advertising” column, it would mark the end of what was once a staple in many large American newspapers. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media Veteran labor reporter Steven Greenhouse is also taking a buyout. His departure means that there is only one full-time labor reporter left at a major U.S. newspaper — Melanie Trottman of The Wall Street Journal. Elliott and Greenhouse join a growing list of veteran Times reporters who are taking the buyouts, which are part of a plan to eliminate some 100 positions in the newsroom as part of the Times’ larger effort to stem costs and restructure for a more digital future. Capital New York Others who announced their departures on Wednesday include Sasha Koren, an editor who focuses on social media and community development, Maria Newman, an editor in the Food section, Patty LaDuca, an editor, and Nadia Taha, a senior staff editor for The Upshot.

November 2014 Ratings: For First Time Ever, Megyn Kelly Is No. 1 Show in Demo (TVNewser)
Fox News Channel was the second most-watched cable channel, only topped by ESPN, in the month of November. FNC saw slight 2 percent growth for total day viewing, but experienced double-digit (20 percent) growth in the adults 25-54 demo in primetime. FNC delivered its highest rated month in total viewers since May 2013 and in the adults 25-54 demo since April 2013, when the Boston Marathon bombing occurred. THR / The Live Feed Just over a year after launching, FNC’s The Kelly File, anchored by Megyn Kelly, posted its first month as the highest-rated show on cable news. She beat out long-reigning champ (and lead-in) The O’Reilly Factor by a margin of 5 percent. TVNewser Spurred on by coverage from Ferguson, Mo. and, to a lesser extent, the midterm elections, CNN was the No. 2 cable news network in November. CNN showed the most growth of the cable news networks: up 34 percent in total day viewers and up 55 percent in the demo compared to November 2013. TVNewser Despite the midterm elections, The Place for Politics saw a decline in viewership vs. November 2013. MSNBC was down 13 percent in viewers and down 16 percent in the adults 25-54 demo for total day viewing for the month. The losses were less severe in primetime, where the network was down 6 percent in viewers and down 8 percent in the demo.