Morning Media Newsfeed: Stelter Gets Movie | Profane Anchor Fired | Time Drops Forbes Bid

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Brian Stelter’s Top of The Morning Being Developed as Lifetime Movie (TVNewser)
Brian Stelter‘s Top of The Morning, which chronicled the rise of Good Morning America and the fall of Today, will soon join the pantheon of Lifetime original movies including Deadly Honeymoon, Romeo Killer and, more recently, Bonnie & Clyde. Top of The Morning: Inside The Cutthroat World of Morning TV has been optioned by Lifetime for a made-for-TV movie, TVNewser has learned. Production company DiGA Vision had previously bought the rights to the book. Lifetime confirms it is in the early development stage for the film. THR / The Live Feed The buzz-worthy book was published in April 2013, and met with mixed reviews. As part of the reporting process, Stelter, who recently moved to CNN as host of Reliable Sources, spent much of his time consumed by morning news coverage, with a heavy focus on Ann Curry’s short-lived stint as co-host of Today and the high-profile rivalry between Today and now top-rated Good Morning America. NY Observer It seems like a logical fit. After all, Lifetime is a network that caters to women. And women love morning television (or so we hear). Variety Lifetime’s deal to adapt Top of The Morning is sure to raise some eyebrows as the cabler is 50 percent owned by Disney, parent company of ABC. The book is generally flattering to GMA and the ABC News executive team. TVNewser For the rest of the week, we’ll be asking you to cast the actors you want to portray the biggest names in TV morning news.

Justin Kraemer Out at KSNW After Hot Mic Moment: ‘I’m Embarrassed’ (TVSpy)
Justin Kraemer has been fired at Wichita NBC affiliate KSNW after he ended Saturday night’s newscast with “let’s get the f*ck outta here.” Kraemer, KSNW’s weekend anchor, joined the station in 2008. He previously worked at KSNW “in the late 90s through 2001,” according to a cached version of his online bio, which has been stripped from the station’s website. The Wichita Eagle “I’m embarrassed,” he said. “I did something extraordinarily unprofessional. It’s something that’s drilled into you from the minute you start in this business to always consider the microphone’s hot.” Gawker The FCC indicated it would not fine KSN for Kraemer’s fleeting f*ck, as it took place during the 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. time slot during which “indecent or profane speech that is broadcast… is not actionable.”

Time Inc. Out of Forbes Race (NY Post / Media Ink)
Time Inc. is out of the running to buy Forbes, Media Ink has learned. The publishing giant has been rumored to be a top contender. Forbes was recently put on the block and Deutsche Bank, which is handling the deal, is said to be looking for a price of around $400 million. Several potential strategic buyers said it was more logically valued at about $210 million — although a bidding war could drive the price higher. Ad Age / Media News You might think December would be the calm before the storm at Time Inc., which is, to say the least, expecting an eventful 2014. But CEO Joe Ripp is busy this month too.

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S.I. Newhouse, Jr. Quietly ‘Retires’ (NY Post / Media Ink)
The Condé Nast Christmas party was held Dec. 16 — much later in the season than ever before — without chairman S.I. Newhouse, Jr., the man who for years had engineered the secretive seating chart that propelled it into one of the most-hyped parties of the season. It is the first time in memory that Newhouse did not attend. That’s apparently because the chairman has quietly retired from day-to-day operations.