Et tu, “Gronc?”
That has been the sentiment among media watchers in the wake of Ken Doctor’s Sunday evening report for Politico Media that an announcement of Gannett’s acquisition of Tronc was imminent. Today, Bloomberg reporters Alex Sherman and Matthew Monks challenge that timetable:
Gannett Co. and Tronc Inc. have bridged a valuation gap that caused months of friction, but are still hammering out the details of a transaction, people familiar with the situation said.
The parties haven’t reached a final agreement, and an announcement isn’t imminent, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the matter is private. Gannett, the owner of USA Today, is in talks to buy Tronc for $18.50 to $19 a share, the people said.
One aspect of Doctor’s article that we’ve been pondering. He wrote that at the time Tronc chairman Michael Ferro got L.A. billionaire Patrick Soon-Shiong to invest, he promised in return he would not sell to Gannett.
CNN has poached four staffers from BuzzFeed — Andrew Kaczynski, Kyle Blaine, Nate McDermott and Christopher Massie.
The staffers worked together for BuzzFeed as a political research team.
“To be at the biggest name in news for the last month of what has been the craziest election in modern history is just a great opportunity for me and everybody on our team,” Kaczynski told The Huffington Post. “When the opportunity was there, we made sure we took it.”
Laura Reston (pictured) joined the New Republic last summer as a reporter. A year and a quarter later, she’s very impressively moving up to managing editor, replacing Elaine Teng. Reston graduated from Harvard in 2015, where she was Metro editor of the Harvard Crimson, and then interned briefly at Forbes before joining an media organization that, admittedly, has had its share of upheavals this year since being purchased by Win McCormack.
Her appointment is one of a half dozen editorial and business moves announced today by the magazine. On that former side, Siung Tjia, formerly a creative director with Bloomberg Markets and ESPN The Magazine, is joining the New Republic as design director; Sarah Jones has been named social media editor; and Graham Vyse is on board as a staff writer, based in Washington.
From today’s announcement:
“It’s more crucial than ever for media organizations to reflect the audiences they strive to engage with,” says editor Eric Bates. “As we continue to revitalize this historically influential publication, our growing staff highlights our commitment to building on our top-notch team in both print and digital, and to identifying and promoting a wide range of diverse voices.”
Adds publisher Hamilton Fish: “We are thrilled to expand our existing team at the New Republic with such talented individuals. Each brings a dynamic perspective and deep experience that will contribute to our continued growth and evolution.”
On the business side, the magazine has hired Eliza Fish as audience and partnership manager and Steph Leke is the new media relations manager. New Republic is additionally filling more editorial positions: Culture staff writer, Politics staff writer and reporter-researcher.
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For its recent “Animal Issue,” Louisville magazine got the print-digital sequence right. The Kentucky publication gave each of its three Cover Contest runners-up a full page in the September issue, alongside winner Big Boy Becker, a two-year-old Great Dane, but waited until the very end of the month to share those same details online.
The runners-up submitted by readers are a formidable trio. There’s a parrot who squawks at all U.S. election TV coverage except for reports involving Bernie Sanders; a one-year-old New Zealand rabbit; and… Don Julio.
A key when entering a pet in a Cover Contest is the pitch. Don Julio’s owners Cristian and Jason Richey sent in this colorful decription:
Don Julio enjoys sniffing Santa Margherita wine; using his younger but larger brother, Baloo, as a pillow; and gluten-free cheese pizza from Domino’s. Drake is his favorite musician.
Sure enough, in the gallery, there is also a shot of Don Julio sniffing a said glass. Suggesting Don Julio may well be… the most interesting chinchilla in the world.
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Time Inc. has named Leslie Yazel editor in chief of Real Simple. Yazel joins the company from Cosmopolitan, where she served as director of editorial content.
Prior to her time with Cosmo, Yazel served as a deputy editor for The Wall Street Journal. She previously worked for The Washington Post, Redbook, Seventeen, Glamour and Maxim.
Yazel starts October 17. She’ll report to Nathan Lump, editorial director of Time Inc.’s Lifestyle Group.
Mashable has named Kamelia Angelova director of emerging platforms. She most recently led Business Insider and Tech Insider’s video operations. Angelova had been with BI for seven years.
“We’re seeing exceptional growth in audience, engagement and video views across all our distributed platforms,” said Gregory Gittrich, chief content officer of Mashable, in a statement. “Kamelia is the right person to accelerate that growth even more and lead our innovative, visual storytelling across Snapchat, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.”
Kamelia will report to Eric Korsh, president of Mashable Studios. She starts October 10.
The Financial Times has revamped its site. The new look FT.com was designed with speed—it apparently loads desktop pages in 1.5 seconds—and customization in mind.
“We have designed our new digital platform around our readers’ preferences and usage, so it’s very fast, optimized for mobile, with smart navigation and personalization,” said FT CEO John Ridding, in a statement. “As a result, readers are spending more time on the site and that will help deliver further growth in our global subscriber base.”
The new FT.com was also created using reader feedback, specifically how they typically used the site. “Words, pictures, data and image combine seamlessly,” explained FT editor Lionel Barber. “Stories are not grouped according to old newspaper definitions, but to the way readers actually navigate, save and share their news.”
Bloomberg has made some changes to its economics team. Details are below.Brendan Murray has been named managing editor of U.S. economic coverage. He has been with Bloomberg since 1998. Alister Bull has been named a team leader on the Fed team. Bull joined Bloomberg two years ago from Reuters. Sarah McGregor has been named team leader for U.S. economic policy. She previously worked as an editor stationed in Africa. Scott Lanman has also been named a team leader for U.S. economic indicators. He most recently served as international economic policy editor. Ruth Pollard has joined Bloomberg as a team leader for the economics and government team in South Asia. She previously worked for the Sydney Morning Herald.
Atlantic Media’s CityLab continues its expansion plans with the promotion of Jessica Leigh Hester and Adam Sneed and the hiring of Gracie McKenzie.
Leigh Hester and Sneed, both most recently associate editors, have been bumped up to senior associate editors.
McKenzie has joined CityLab as its social media editor. She previously worked for The Diane Rehm Show and Narratively.
The A' Design Award & Competition, which is billed as "the worlds' largest design competition awarding best designs, design concepts, products and services," is now in its seventh year and is somewhat unusual in that it encompasses a wide range of design disciplines.
Who better to report on the imminent redesign of Philippines daily newspaper the Daily Inquirer than a reporter from that publication? As Juliet Labog-Javellana notes at the top her article, the man tasked with overseeing that transformation, New York-based Dr. Norman García (pictured), has over the years been involved with hundreds of media brands.
This, though, is the 69-year-old’s first project in the Philippines. García first visited the Inquirer newsroom in April of 2015 and is back there this week ahead of Thursday’s scheduled launch:
“Many well-designed newspapers have ceased to exist, while many not-so-beautiful newspapers continue to thrive. Why? Because the content has been essential to the lives of its readers,” Garcia said in an interview for this article.
“My background and training are those of a journalist. So in each project I have emphasized the importance of the good story, with design there to package it and to make it more accessible,” he said.
García, 69, blogs actively and enthusiastically about his various projects. He will be sharing several posts this week in advance of the Oct. 6 unveil. He also, for the Inquirer write-up, highlighted his all-time favorite project. Hint: It’s a newspaper in South America.
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Politico is brining its Off Message and Nerdcast podcasts to Panoply, a podcast network.
“This partnership will make it easier for our listeners to tune in each week, as well as for new listeners to discover our compelling content,” said Politico president Poppy MacDonald, in an announcement. “Panoply will help to ensure we’re well-positioned to continue to grow our podcast audience.”
Off Message is hosted by Glenn Thrush, and offers a behind-the-scenes take on the presidential campaign trail. Nerdcast also features coverage of the presidential race and “backstage dope on how politics really works.”
From a zeitgeist point of view, Chelsea Handler’s Netflix show has yet to approach the level of John Oliver’s weekly investigations and James Corden’s carpool excursions. But it’s early; the talk show is just four months old.
When Handler welcomed Business Insider senior TV reporter Jethro Nededog to the Sony Pictures lot, she told him that she feels things had “clicked” six weeks into the production of her program, which streams three nights a week. Nededog’s article features a chronological set of photos taken by a Netflix supplied photographer, Neil Jacobs, and these pictures offer a great window into Handler’s staff, set and daily routine.
It’s also interesting to read Handler’s comments about transitioning to a show without advertisers and commercial breaks. Check out the full feature here.
Founded in 1991 and opened in 1995, Gilda’s Club New York City was the site Friday of a intimate celebration of Gene Wilder‘s life. Among those sharing memories of Wilder and his second wife Gilda Radner were actor Mandy Patinkin, who first met Radner when he shot a TV commercial in Canada at age 17, and Allan Zweibel, who wrote for her on Saturday Night Live.
From a report by The Daily Beast’s Tim Teeman:
One day Patinkin put on his dressing room door an the Helen Hayes Theatre on Broadway a quote of Radner’s, or so he believed: “Enjoy the delicious ambiguity of life.” For a nervous person like Patinkin, “there is no person on earth that wanted to hear those words more than me then, and now, and tomorrow and tomorrow.”
A fellow actor told him the quote actually belonged to Joanna Bull, Radner’s cancer psychotherapist.
The next day, Patinkin bumped into film critic Joel Siegel whose wife had passed away from cancer, who told him he had just spoken to Bull about setting up a cancer center, and then Bull herself flew into New York, and soon Patinkin was involved in the setting up of Gilda’s Club with Siegel, Wilder and Bull.
Bull is writing a memoir and at Friday’s event, she revealed it will be called Delightful Ambiguity. During her remarks, she also revisited a landmark weekend for the cancer charity in Chicago that involved Princess Diana. As an added bonus, The Daily Beast article ends with the recipe for Chicken Wilder (as recalled by Zweibel’s daughter Robin), a dish the actor used to love to serve up for friends.
Previously on FishbowlNY:
RIP: Gene Wilder
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CNBC has made several hires. Details are below.Ester Bloom has joined as a senior editor for CNBC Make It. She previously worked for The Billfold and The Atlantic. Brandon Ancil, Mary Stevens, Qin Chen, Zack Guzman, Andrea Kramar, and Jarrett Bellini will all join CNBC full-time to work on Make It video. Kathy Mavrikakis has been named a production manager. She most recently served as supervising producer for The Late Show with David Letterman. Elizabeth Skadden, who most recently worked with Rolling Stone and Vice, has been named a producer.