Morning Reading List, 11.02.07

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  • Kara Baskin, formerly of TNR, is now going to be editor of Lola, the new women’s magazine put out by the Boston Globe.

  • FishbowlDC hears that the Houston Chronicle’s Patty Reinert was a D.C. Bureau casualty of the Chronicle’s recent belt-tightening.
  • washingtonpost.com’s Derek Willis is leaving to join NYTimes.com
  • An ABC release announced. “According to Nielsen Media Research for the week of October 22, 2007, ABC News’ ‘Nightline’ outperformed CBS ‘Late Night with David Letterman’ in the key Adults 25-54 demographic. In addition, ‘Nightline’ grew among both Total Viewers and Adults 25-54 compared to last year while both ‘Letterman’ and NBC’s ‘Leno’ declined. The program also grew week-to-week among Total Viewers and Adults 25-54.”

  • According to the Pew News Index, “The California wildfires overshadowed all other news stories last week both in terms of public interest and news coverage. Four-in-ten Americans followed news about the fires very closely, making it the fourth most closely followed news story of the year. The only stories that have attracted a larger audience this year were rising gas prices in May, the Virginia Tech shootings in April, and the Minnesota bridge collapse in August.”

  • Can you answer CQ’s Political Trivia this week?

  • Market Movers tackles the question of “What is the best way for newspaper media companies to structure their ownership so they can still generate sustainable profit and inform the public on issues of importance?”

  • Radio Ink reports, “Speaking Wednesday at the FCC’s sixth and final localism hearing, longtime NPR anchor and current XM Satellite Radio host Bob Edwards – serving here in his capacity as AFTRA National First Vice President – warned the FCC that further deregulation of the agency’s broadcast-ownership rules could damage the localism broadcasters are expected to provide.”

  • Check out the latest edition of Jonathan Martin’s Trail Mix, “All-Red-Meat Edition.”

  • Business Week reports, “The wave of dealmaking engulfing the online advertising sector isn’t over yet. The most recent evidence came Nov. 1, with news that Francisco Partners, a private equity firm in Menlo Park, Calif., is investing $100 million in Specific Media , a company that specializes in placing and targeting online ads.”

  • Bloomberg reports, “Washington Post Co., owner of the namesake newspaper, said third-quarter profit fell 1.1 percent as revenue from print publications declined and the company invested in its Kaplan education unit.”

  • ars technica reports, “Can bloggers be journalists? Federal court says yes”

  • Los Angeles Times reports, “Writers and producers are still far apart, making a strike more likely. The current contract expires at midnight.”

  • Reuters reports, “More than half of Americans surveyed said it should be illegal for a company to own both a newspaper and a television station in the same market, a coalition of consumer and telecommunications advocacy groups said on Wednesday.”

  • Baltimore Business Journal reports, “Citing a decline in national advertising revenue, Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. said its third quarter net income dipped 56 percent.”

  • WWPR is hosting their annual event to honor the Woman of the Year in PR on November 14 at the Mayflower. This year’s event honored guest and keynote speaker is Helen Thomas. The event honors 3 nominees for Woman of the Year in PR which are Juliette Rizzo, National Director, Exhibits and Events Planning, U.S. Department of Education, Jennifer Wayman, Senior VP/Co-Group Director, Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide and Karen Doyne, Managing Director, Crisis & Issues Management, Burson-Marsteller.

  • Deadline Hollywood Daily reports, “When two Big Media moguls meet, a chain restaurant is not the usual venue. But I’m told that last Friday Rupert Murdoch had lunch with Ted Turner at the Atlantan’s bison-serving eco-friendly Ted’s Montana Grill in NYC’s Time-Life Building (one of 51 locations). Sources said to me that the lunch was requested by Turner (est worth $2.3 bil) in an effort to ‘bury the hatchet’ with Murdoch (est worth $8.8 bil). It came just days after a GQ interview was published with the CNN founder blaming the Fox News Channel founder for helping get America into the Iraq mess and labeling it ‘Rupert’s war’ — and FNC in response using air time to belittle and demean Turner as ‘off his rocker.'”

  • Bloomberg reports, “CBS Corp., the broadcaster Sumner Redstone split from faster-growing Viacom Inc., may say today that its radio division held back profit growth in the third quarter as the unit lost advertising and sold stations.”

  • “Peter Jennings: A Reporter’s Life” will be published on Monday, November 5, 2007. Excerpts from the book, video clips, and photos, as well as an introductory note from Kayce Freed Jennings, are available here.

  • Quin Hillyer has joined Citizens United as Director of Strategic Communications. He will keep his affiliation with the American Spectator, and also continue to write columns for The Washington Examiner and Comment is Free (UK Guardian Unlimiited).

  • Green Room Girl has some new pics! Check them out.

  • WETA announced, “Classical WETA 90.9 will feature a new radio program Concerts from the Library of Congress premiering on Front Row Washington on November 5th. Concerts from the Library of Congress is a special 13 week series which features performances by the world’s preeminent chamber groups, including some world premieres and special commissions by the Library.”

  • Radar reports, “With the blowback against alleged New Republic Baghdad fabulist Private Scott Thomas Beauchamp going full bore, the soldier-turned-reporter is getting support from an unlikely group of men: his fellow soldiers”

  • AP reports, “Newspaper publisher The Washington Post Co. said Thursday its third-quarter profit edged down 1 percent, as a 50 percent drop in newspaper profits weighed down the company’s bottom line.”

  • Portfolio’s Mixed Media reports, “Before Gawker Media gets carried away with dominating the world, maybe it should try to master the book industry? As of yesterday, The Gawker Guide to Conquering All Media had sold a scant 242 copies since it went on sale Oct. 2, according to Nielsen BookScan.”

  • Washington Post’s Robin Wright reports, “The memos, often referred to as “snowflakes,” shed light on Rumsfeld’s brusque management style and on his efforts to address key challenges during his tenure as Pentagon chief. Spanning from 2002 to shortly after his resignation following the 2006 congressional elections, a sampling of his trademark missives obtained yesterday reveals a defense secretary disdainful of media criticism and driven to reshape public opinion of the Iraq war.”

  • Los Angeles Times reports, “A plan by the head of the Federal Communications Commission to consider major changes to media ownership rules by year’s end could be derailed by growing calls for the agency to first complete a long-running study of how broadcasters serve their local communities.”

  • E&P writes, “Newspaper executives have complained for years that the yardstick used to measure audience — paid print circulation — was unfair especially when compared to the likes of television and radio. Those media have always touted audience share to advertisers so why shouldn’t newspapers?”
  • The Washington City Paper takes on gambling. “If horse racing can lose Craig Brownstein’s interest, it can lose anybody’s. And it’s losing Brownstein’s. The U Street area resident and lifelong horseplayer watched only a few Breeders’ Cup races on TV in the basement of his home. He didn’t spend even a minute handicapping the biggest horse-racing card of the year. ‘This was my first time watching the Breeders’ Cup without participating,’ says Brownstein. By ‘participating,’ Brownstein means betting. The Rochester, N.Y., native has been a devoted participant in the sport of kings ever since a family visit to Louisville, Ky., in May 1973, which included a trip with an uncle to Churchill Downs on Kentucky Derby Day. And there he saw Secretariat, the greatest horse of all time, win the Derby.”

  • FNC announced, “FOX News Sunday with Chris Wallace marks the launch of a new series, “American Leaders,” with an exclusive interview with George H. W. Bush from his library in College Station, Texas this Sunday, November 4th. The new series aims to expand the typical Sunday morning talk show conversation beyond the beltway — by engaging prominent business, cultural and social figures in candid discussion about a wide range of issues important to Americans.”

  • Ok, so this is late, but worth the mention. The New York Times reports, Sachiko Ide and Daniel Edward Rosenbaum were married yesterday at the home of their friends Susan and Gus Schumacher in the Georgetown section of Washington. Geoffrey M. Alprin, an associate judge of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, officiated.”

  • E&P reports, “More than 59.6 million people visited a newspaper Web site in July 2007 — a 9% increase compared to the same period a year ago, according to new data released by the Newspaper Association of America.”

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