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Friday May 06, 2011

OWN CEO Out; WaPo Loses Five Staffers

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WashingtonPostLogo100x100WaPo Reduces Print Declines, Display Rises More Slowly (paidContent)
The Washington Post Co.'s print revenue was flat in the first quarter, as advertising declines stabilized. Meanwhile, display growth rates for the newspaper site and The Slate Group were healthy, but are not as impressive as last year’s double-digit jumps. Bloomberg: Net income dropped to $15.2 million, or $1.87 per share, from $45.4 million, or $4.91, a year earlier, the Washington, D.C.-based company said Friday in a statement. Revenue declined 6.9 percent to $1.06 billion.

How Newspaper Designers, Editors Came Up With Their Bin Laden Covers (Poynter / Romenesko)
Brownsville Herald managing editor Ryan Henry was looking for a headline that relayed anger and justice, and experimented with different options, including "Payback" and "No More." He eventually decided on "Retribution" because it was a single, powerful word.

Bin Laden Operation A Hot Topic At First GOP Debate (TVNewser)
Fox News' Bret Baier is on his way back to Washington, D.C., Friday morning after moderating Thursday night's first-in-the-nation GOP primary debate.

A Tale Of Two Interviews: Condoleezza Rice Edition (TVNewser)
Following the news that Osama Bin Laden was killed, a number of top Bush administration deputies have been making the TV news rounds. One of those people was former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. Rice appeared on both MSNBC's The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell and CNN's AC360, with Anderson Cooper.

Carlos Diaz Joins HLN's Morning Express (TVNewser)
HLN's Morning Express with Robin Meade is adding Carlos Diaz as sports anchor.

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The New Arab Revolt on the Menu

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Rose explored the journal's brand new eBook, The New Arab Revolt: What Happened, What It Means, and What Comes Next. The digital collection pulls together timely articles, interviews, and primary documents to help readers understand the historic changes sweeping through the Middle East.

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Fox News Ends Contracts Of Gingrich, Santorum (Politico / Ben Smith)
Fox News has terminated its contracts with former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and former Sen. Rick Santorum after the deadline for them to decide on presidential bids passed on May 1.

McGrath Exits As MTV Networks CEO (Multichannel News)
Judy McGrath, one of the architects of MTV, is stepping down as chairman and CEO of MTV Networks, positions she has held since 2004. MTVN parent Viacom said a successor would not be named. AdAge / MediaWorks: McGrath began her career with MTV as a copywriter at the fledgling music-video channel in 1981, the year it began. NYT: The sudden change ended the tenure of one of the most powerful women in television and stunned many of the company's employees at a time when MTVN -- which includes channels like MTV, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon and VH1 -- is riding a surge in both ratings for its programs and profits for its parent company, Viacom. LA Times: Many in the industry had speculated that McGrath would be forced out after Viacom chairman Sumner Redstone in 2006 fired Tom Freston from his job as Viacom chief executive. But McGrath held on, striking a working relationship, albeit uneasy at times, with Freston's successor, Philippe Dauman. THR: What McGrath and a handful of others pioneered and then reinvented multiple times over the past three decades was not only an amalgam of youth-skewing channels, websites, merchandise, and programming, but more importantly a culture and state of mind. NY Post: He wants his MTV. With the departure of McGrath, Dauman is seizing the opportunity to solidify his grip on the company's profit center.

Couric Moves Closer To Syndicated Show With Disney (WSJ)
Katie Couric is moving closer to a deal with Disney's ABC that would give the former Today host her own syndicated talk show in the fall of 2012, as well as a role within ABC News.

Condé Leapfrogs Hearst In iPad Digital Mag Derby (NY Post)
Condé Nast is very close to a deal to begin selling digital subscriptions via Apple's iPad.

What You Missed In The Primary Season's First Republican Debate (New York / Daily Intel)
The first debate of the Republican presidential primary campaign took place Thursday night in South Carolina. Because many of the big names sat it out or were ineligible to participate, and the only candidates who showed up were Tim Pawlenty, Ron Paul, Herman Cain, Rick Santorum, and Gary Johnson, you would be excused if, instead of watching, you were out downing as many margaritas as your body can physically allow.

Gus Johnson Parts Ways With CBS (
The patron saint of March Madness buzzer-beaters will not be calling the NCAA tournament next year.

The Bin Laden Raid: Anatomy Of A Sloppy Spin Job (
The Bin Laden operation was a success. But the spin control has been a total muddle. After intoning that the terrorist leader died in a "firefight" late Sunday, the White House has been forced to backtrack day by day with an amended storyline that is less the stuff of myth and more the ugly truth. B&C: The initial coverage of the death of Osama Bin Laden has bucked the trend of big story coverage to turn partisan. Business Insider / The Wire: Buzz Bissinger went on one of his epic Twitter rants Thursday morning, except this time his anger was directly squarely at the media. CJR: The centerpiece of The New York Times' extensive coverage was a detailed and nuanced obituary of Bin Laden that the paper had on file, ready to go on the occasion of his death. The piece had two names on its byline: Michael T. Kaufman, who died in January 2010, and Kate Zernike. Assistant editor Lauren Kirchner spoke with Zernike to get the story behind the story.

WSJ: Our Print Edition Has Had 17 Consecutive Quarters Of Circulation Revenue Growth (Poynter / Romenesko)
The Wall Street Journal publisher Les Hinton tells staffers that ad revenue for the paper's U.S. print edition was up 7 percent in the first quarter, and circulation revenue was up almost 8 percent. For the digital editions, ad revenue was up 19 percent, and circulation revenue jumped 22 percent. Mashable: WikiLeaks has more than proved how a safe file-submission process can help uncover troves of important information. Now, The Wall Street Journal is implementing a similar model. Gawker: SafeHouse is the opposite of safe, thanks to basic security flaws and fine print that lets the Journal rat on leakers. NY Observer / Betabeat: If the leaker does choose the more secure route, they shouldn't expect to hide behind the WSJ when the going gets rough.

Demand Media Beats The Street In Q1 Earnings And Promises To Clean Up Its Content Act (AllThingsD / BoomTown)
Demand Media handily beat Wall Street expectations in its first-quarter results, released after the market closed Thursday. TechCrunch: Demand Media reported revenue of $79.5 million, an increase of 48 percent compared with $53.6 million in Q1 2010, beating analyst expectations of $69.49 million in Q1 revenue. The company reported a net loss of $5.6 million compared with $4.1 million in Q1 2010. Net loss per share was $0.13 compared with $0.94 in Q1 2010. AdAge / Digital: Observers and investors have been anxiously eyeing how Demand has responded to Google's recent change to its search software, internally known as "Panda." paidContent: Demand Media is launching three initiatives to change the mix of content it showcases on its sites. paidContent: For the first time, Demand Media is putting a number on how Google's changes to its search algorithm have impacted its sites, saying during its earnings call Thursday that search referral traffic to its flagship eHow site is down 20 percent since Google made the first of two major updates to its search algorithm this year.

As If The Switch From AOL News To HuffPost Isn't Confusing Enough (paidContent)
AOL News, consistently among the top news sites, is making way for The Huffington Post, a victim of the $315 million acquisition of the younger site.

Minnesota Patch Gets Huge Traffic With Arianna's Help (Poynter / Romenesko)
Chris Steller, editor of the Patch site in Fridley, Minn., sent Arianna Huffington an email asking if she'd blog for his site. She responded -- positively -- in 11 minutes.

A Place For Homicide Watch: Can A Local Blog Fill Some Of The Gaps In Washington, D.C.'s Crime Coverage? (Nieman Journalism Lab)
While I was sitting with Laura and Chris Amico in their apartment in the Adams Morgan area of Washington, D.C., Chris suddenly sat upright and began reading aloud a comment that had just come into the couple's blog, Homicide Watch.

Cablevision: Not Giving Up On Newsday; Advanced Ads Drive Revenue Gains (paidContent)
Since Cablevision Systems doesn't break out results for Newsday any more, it's hard to know exactly how bad the Long Island newspaper is doing. But it's clear that the property represents a drag on otherwise pretty solid business.

TV Everywhere? Cable On The Net Isn't There Yet (TIME / Technologizer)
When it comes to TV, I'm not fussy. I just want access to all the channels and shows I pay my cable company a princely sum for each month, whenever and wherever I want to watch them, on all the gizmos I own. Is that too much to ask?

Twitter, Television Sit Together For Royal Wedding (SocialTimes)
Media outlets including ABC News, CNN, BBC, ITV, and Sky incorporated Twitter into their coverage of the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton last Friday.

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