LA Times Forms Venture With Jose Antonio Vargas to Create #EmergingUS Media Platform (LA Times)
The Los Angeles Times Tuesday announced a venture with journalist Jose Antonio Vargas to establish #EmergingUS, a multimedia platform which will explore the evolving American identity in the 21st century. FishbowlDC #EmergingUS will explore the nexus of race, ethnicity and immigration. Plans for the section, set to debut in the spring, include the full multimedia array of graphics, video and social media outreach. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media Vargas is a Filipino journalist who has made his status as an undocumented immigrant the central theme of his work. The Times cannot hire Vargas directly because of his citizenship status and will instead make him a partner. Poynter / MediaWire Vargas revealed his undocumented immigrant status in an article in The New York Times Magazine in 2011. Last year, he created the film Documented about his own experiences in the U.S. Vargas, who started Define American, was also detained last year in McAllen, Texas by U.S. border patrol agents. He was later released. CNN Austin Beutner, the publisher and CEO of the Times, said #EmergingUS is the first of several “verticals” of news coverage the newspaper will establish in the months to come. He cited the New York Times’ DealBook section of mergers and acquisitions coverage and Politico’s coverage of Washington as two examples of the approach he’d like to take. The name of the venture announced on Tuesday can be read two ways: as “Emerging Us” or “Emerging U.S.” for the United States.
HBO Ensures John Oliver Won’t Replace Jon Stewart on The Daily Show (Mediaite)
One week after Jon Stewart announced he would be leaving The Daily Show later this year, HBO has locked in Last Week Tonight’s John Oliver through 2017 to ensure the former correspondent and fill-in host won’t be tempted to return to his old Comedy Central home anytime soon. THR / The Live Feed Oliver left his correspondent gig at the Comedy Central series in 2013 for a two-year pact with HBO after a wildly successful stint guest-hosting for Stewart. And though few expected that Oliver would depart his incredibly successful pay cable upstart, which has been a boon to the network’s Sunday nights and Web presence, his name was nonetheless floated as soon as Stewart’s exit was announced. Variety HBO said a third and fourth season of Last Week Tonight would each consist of 35 episodes, the same number Oliver is producing for the show’s current, second season. Deadline The renewal also follows Last Week’s big win at the WGA Awards on Saturday where it topped heavyweights like The Daily Show and The Colbert Report, HBO’s incumbent weekly comedy/talk show Real Time With Bill Maher, and 40-year-old Saturday Night Live to win the comedy/variety category for his first major awards recognition.
Columnist Resigns Over Telegraph’s ‘Fraud’ (Politico / Dylan Byers on Media)
The former chief political commentator for the English newspaper the Daily Telegraph has resigned after claiming to have discovered that advertisers held immense power over the newspaper’s editorial division. Peter Oborne, who had been with the Telegraph for five years, wrote a lengthy and blistering post on OpenDemocracy.net on Tuesday accusing the newspaper of committing \"fraud\" on its readers for not properly covering newsworthy events that involved their advertisers. The Guardian Oborne, associate editor of the Spectator and a familiar face on Channel 4 Dispatches documentaries, claimed the paper deliberately suppressed stories about HSBC, including last week’s revelations that its Swiss subsidiary helped wealthy customers dodge taxes and conceal millions of dollars in assets, in order to keep its valuable advertising account. Poynter / MediaWire After publishing six articles in an investigation into HSBC, the Telegraph’s investigations team was \"ordered to destroy all emails, reports and documents related to the HSBC investigation,\" Oborne writes. The Telegraph was willing to go to great lengths to get back in HSBC’s good graces, Oborne writes. He says Murdoch MacLennan, the chief executive of Telegraph Media Group, was \"determined not to allow any criticism of the international bank.\" Mediaite Oborne said he resigned in December and agreed to leave quietly. But last week’s incident spurred him to publish his complaints.
David Carr, Late NYT Columnist, Remembered for Devotion to Journalism, Family (HuffPost)
Hundreds of mourners gathered together on a snow-covered Tuesday morning to honor and celebrate the beloved and esteemed New York Times media columnist David Carr. The media icon died at the age of 58 on Thursday after collapsing to the floor of the newsroom. An autopsy later showed that Carr’s unexpected death was the result of complications from lung cancer, with heart disease as a contributing factor. New York Post Dozens of celebrities — including Lena Dunham, Anthony Bourdain and Tom Arnold — crammed into the Upper East Side’s Church of St. Ignatius Loyola to pay tribute to their lost friend Monday night at Carr’s wake. Other Times bigwigs, including axed editor-in-chief Jill Abramson, former executive editor Bill Keller and public editor Margaret Sullivan, also stopped by to remember their colleague. TVNewser 60 Minutes correspondents Morley Safer and Steve Kroft were among those who eulogized Bob Simon at his private funeral at the Metropolitan Opera House Tuesday morning. The service, which got underway around 10:45 a.m., was attended by 150 close friends and colleagues. Simon died last Wednesday as the result of a car accident in Manhattan.
Warren Buffett Takes Stake in 21st Century Fox (THR)
Berkshire Hathaway, the firm founded by billionaire investor Warren Buffett, disclosed on Tuesday that it has taken a position in 21st Century Fox, the media conglomerate controlled by Rupert Murdoch. Variety Berkshire has bought up about 4.75 million shares of Fox during the fourth quarter of 2014, according to an SEC filing Tuesday. The Class A shares were valued at about $181 million as of Dec. 31. Berkshire’s largest media investment at present appears to be in DirecTV, with more than 31 million shares valued at more than $2.5 billion. That means Berkshire is poised to profit handsomely from the satcaster’s pending $50 billion merger with AT&T, assuming it is cleared by regulators. Fortune 21st Century Fox was formed as the result of the 2013 split of News Corp.’s publishing and mass media businesses and, last year, Murdoch used it to make an unsuccessful run at buying rival Time Warner. Berkshire’s addition of the Fox stake follows last year’s investment in cable television provider Charter Communications.
Viacom Executive Van Toffler Steps Down (WSJ / CMO Today)
Change is afoot at the Viacom division that includes MTV, VH1 and CMT. Van Toffler, the president of the group that houses these Viacom channels, will be stepping down in April, he announced to staff on Tuesday, although he will stick around to executive produce awards shows like MTV’s Video Music Awards. Deadline Toffler will be launching a content creation and acquisition company tentatively named Below The Radar. In a staff email, Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman indicated that there would be announcements about the company’s future executive structure later this week.
ABC News Hero Kevin Delany Dead at 87 (TVNewser)
Kevin Delany, who helped rescue more than 100 Vietnamese ABC employees and their family members as Saigon fell in 1975, has passed away at age 87. The former ABC News journalist had been battling Alzheimer’s disease. FishbowlDC Delany got his start started in journalism as a copy boy for the New York Daily News while attending the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism. After a sting in the Navy, he became a reporter and later a television columnist. He joined CBS News in the mid-1950s as a reporter and assignment editor and, later, as CBS News correspondent in Hong Kong.
WSJ Updates Print Edition, Renames Marketplace (Capital New York)
When devout Wall Street Journal readers opened their papers Tuesday, they noticed an array of changes to the 126-year-old broadsheet’s U.S. print edition. The most notable is that Marketplace — the heart of the Journal’s business report — has been rebranded “Business & Tech,” marking the section’s first name change since 1988. FishbowlNY Other changes to the paper include more promotion of reporting and business analysis on A1, smaller headlines and slight improvements to colors.
AMC Entertainment Says Earnings Are Strong Despite ‘Sluggish Box Office‘ (THR)
AMC Entertainment on Tuesday reported record fourth-quarter financial results, by some metrics, in spite of what CEO Gerry Lopez called “a lackluster film slate” and “sluggish box office.” Variety The theater chain’s success was fueled by stronger concessions revenue, which increased 8.8 percent to $215.3 million, up from $197.9 million in the year-ago period. The company hit a record of $4.46 in food and beverage sales per patron. That offset declining admissions, which fell 4.5 percent to $460.3 million.
Why A Former Gawker Editor Is Pushing Local News to National Audiences (Street Fight)
Can offbeat local news stories attract national audiences (and advertisers)? Former Gawker and Deadspin editor A.J. Daulerio thinks so. He recently launched Ratter, an online tabloid centered around news from cities like San Francisco and backed by $1 million from Gawker Media chief Nick Denton and others.
ICC Cricket World Cup 2015: 25 Million Facebook Interactions for India’s Defeat of Pakistan (SocialTimes)
Some 9 million Facebook users were responsible for 25 million interactions related to Sunday’s ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 match between rivals India and Pakistan, in which India prevailed 300-224.
New NYT Mag Is Gigantic (FishbowlNY)
As we’ve mentioned, the first redesigned New York Times Magazine under the direction of editor Jake Silverstein debuts this Sunday. Along with many changes on the inside and outside, it appears that — at least for the first issue — it’s going to be huge.
Sky Starts Process to Take 100 Percent Control of Sky Deutschland (THR)
Pan-European pay TV giant Sky said Tuesday that it has notified the management board of Germany’s Sky Deutschland that it has started a process to buy out the remaining 4 percent stake in the company held by small shareholders.
Univision Communications CFO Resigns (THR)
Spanish-language media giant Univision Communications said Tuesday that CFO and senior executive VP Andy Hobson has resigned.
Snapchat Said to Seek Up to $19 Billion Value in Financing (Bloomberg)
Snapchat Inc. is seeking a new round of funding that would value the company as high as $19 billion, a person with knowledge of the matter said, making it the third-most valuable venture-backed company in the world.
Newsweek, the magazine that will never die, debuted 82 years ago today. The first issue — then known as “News-Week” — sold for 10 cents. Fancier folk could opt for a year-long subscription for $10 a pop.
Headlines from the 1933 issue included “Easing Burdens of Debt and Foreclosure,” “Roosevelt Seeks Governors’ Aid,\" and our favorite, “HORSES: Young Girl Upsets Even Tenor of Jockey Club.”
After a brief stint as an all-digital entity, Newsweek was purchased by IBT Media, which then resurrected the print version in March 2014. The relaunch didn’t go so smoothly, but resurrections rarely do. Aside from the time that Jesus fella pulled off one hell of a caper, of course.
Happy birthday Newsweek, keep on keeping on.
The only thing more dichotomous than Michael Bolton professing his love on SNL for Pirates of the Caribbean is sharing an SNL 40th anniversary after-party stage with Prince and killing it on the same level. Sure, the Purple One will always be the coolest guy in the room; but as Seth Meyers explained on his talk show last night, Bolton’s performance of “When a Man Loves a Woman” destroyed. “You don’t think [with Michael Bolton], ‘I’m about to get my balls blown off.’ But that’s what happened, to me, to everybody,’\" Meyers explained.
Bolton is following up the Park Plaza on a Sunday with an equally dichotomous feat – the Table Mountain Casino in Friant, California on a Tuesday (SRO). As he recently told the Fresno Bee, his earliest and forgotten-by-many musical days connected him to a pair of the other big celebs in the Park Plaza after-party room:
“Before [Bruce] Kulick went off to join Kiss, our band Blackjack was opening for people like Ozzy Osbourne and Krocus. We had released two albums on Polydor in ’79/’80. Bruce and I wrote the songs together. I recently learned that Jay Z actually sampled one of our songs, \"Stay,\" on his record \"A Dream,\" and Kanye West used our song \"Maybe it’s the Power of Love\" in his song \"Never Let Me Down.\" It’s awesome to see the relevance of those songs now and it’s definitely got me thinking about the band again.”
The career of Dorothy Kilgallen was truly remarkable. If you’re not familiar with her many journalistic exploits, starting with a round-the-world race in 1936 against fellow reporters Bud Ekins (New York World-Telegram) and Leo Kieran (New York Times), do yourself a favor and read this bio.
Many folks today remember Kilgallen from her years as a panelist on TV quiz show What’s My Line?, from 1950 to 1965 (when she passed away). Others connect her to the final days of JFK.
But for Lenny Lipton, the Brooklyn native whose poem Puff, the Magic Dragon was the basis for the 1963 smash song by Peter, Paul and Mary, he will forever think of Kilgallen as the reason why – five decades later – he still has to tell reporters the poem and song are not about marijuana:
Lipton says he thinks it’s unlikely that either “the question” or the drug perception will die. “Fifty years ago, I could not have imagined we’d still be having this conversation.” The only reason it remains a point of contention with Lipton is that he’d like to see the story of Puff turned into a feature film. “It’s not a good thing because it’s prevented my dramatic exploitation of the property. It’s inhibited it. There are some people for whom that would be a stumbling block.”
As music blogger Adam Mason reminds, it was Kilgallen’s 1964 insinuations of hidden meaning that got the bogus ball rolling. A few years later, her hallucinations became a self-fulfilling prophecy:
Kilgallen wrote a piece in Newsweek pointing out that the song contained references to smoking marijuana cigarettes, thereby consigning it to an endless round of drug gossip that would eventually define it. This gossip revolved around the idea that \"Jackie Paper\" symbolized the cigarette paper by which to roll joints, that \"puff\" meant to smoke said joints, that the \"autumn mist\" in the song stood for the cloud of smoke consequently produced and that the town of \"Honalee\" was actually a real place on the island of Kauai (unbeknownst to the writer when he composed the words), renowned for its marijuana plants, beaches and accompanying cliffs that were said to look like a dragon.
With consequent accusations in the air that Peter, Paul and Mary condoned drug use, the group nevertheless continued to perform \"Puff\" in their live sets, as on the Tonight in Person TV show in 1966, before the song was well and truly adopted by the hippie counterculture amidst increasing recreational drug use among the youth.
We made some efforts to track down that original Newsweek column, but came up empty-handed. However, we did get a kick along the way out of reading some of Kilgallen’s \"Voice of Broadway\" columns in the New York Journal-American. Think: lots of random celebrity observations and lots of […], just like Larry King’s USA Today column (coincidentally, King interviewed Kilgallen during his early Miami radio days).
Kilgallen was, by some unverified accounts, a pot smoker herself. Maybe that’s the best explanation for all this “Puff” business and various other Journal-American column tidbits, like this one from June 1963:
New York hippies have a new kick – baking marijuana in cookies…
We received a glimpse of how the Brian Williams saga might end and two words — “morality clause” — are prominently involved. According to the New York Post, “he could be fired if he offended ‘a significant portion of the community’ or brought himself ‘public disrepute, contempt, scandal or ridicule,’ among other concerns.” Williams received a six-month suspension, but there are many inside and outside NBC who think that he won’t ever see the anchor chair again. One thing that might save the $10-million-a-year man are the ratings of “NBC Nightly News,” which plummeted by double digits in his absence. It wouldn’t be the first time we’ve seen dollars and cents trump morality…
Chuck Klosterman is out as Ethicist at The New York Times Magazine, a job he’s had since 2012. The move comes as newish editor Jake Silverstein prepares to roll out his redesign, which should be pretty dramatic from the sound of his editor’s letter. The redesign drops next week; Klosterman wrote his last column this past weekend. Also out in the shake-up are sections like “The One-Page Magazine,” “Look,” “Riff” and “Who Made That?” although it’s not clear if any staff changes are associated with those cuts… Cosmopolitan launches a Nigeria-based website, headed by Yemisi Odusanya. It’s similar to ventures in countries including Italy, China and the Netherlands… Read More
TVNewser: Rhonda Glenn, the first female sportscaster at ESPN, has died. She was 68.
TVSpy: The FAA has approved new drone guidelines, opening the skies to every company imaginable. Goodbye blue sky. Goodbye stars. Hello flying robot dropping a bag of dog food on the porch.
GalleyCat: An infographic we all deserve — comparing Fifty Shades of Grey to Twilight.
In addition to a sweet cover, inside Wired readers will find a look at virtual reality sex and meet real, actual people who would simply rather not have sex. Yes, there are people like that. Seriously. There’s even Scott Dadich’s editor’s note, which explains how tech helped him meet his wife.
Wired’s first sex issue hits newsstands February 24.
— Bill Wasik (@billwasik) February 17, 2015
As we’ve mentioned, the first redesigned New York Times Magazine under the direction of editor Jake Silverstein debuts this Sunday. Along with many changes on the inside and outside, it appears that — at least for the first issue — it’s going to be huge.
Times Mag deputy editor Bill Wasik tweeted a picture of the new mag, noting that it’s “218 pages on new, better stock.”
That’s gigantic, and certainly one (additional) way to get a revamp noticed.
SNL’s 40th Anniversary Special Breaks Two Nielsen Twitter TV Ratings Records (LostRemote)
It’s hard to capture people’s attention for three-and-a-half hours (four-and-a-half hours if you include the red carpet), but Saturday Night Live’s 40th Anniversary Special did just that, and it easily broke two Nielsen Twitter TV Ratings records. Deadline All told, according to Nielsen, the show spawned 1.3 million tweets seen by an unduplicated audience of 9.1 million people during the show and for the three hours before and after. Those tweets were sent by 449,000 people, a big but not extraordinary number. THR / The Live Feed Fast National returns from Nielsen give the three hours that aired in primetime an average 7.8 rating among adults 18-49 and 23.1 million viewers. (The final numbers, which will include the last half-hour, will likely be somewhat smaller.) Not far off from CBS’ showing the Sunday prior with the Grammy Awards, the massive haul rivaled many outings of the network’s Sunday Night Football franchise. Variety The 7.8 rating is the best for any NBC primetime entertainment telecast (excluding post-Super Bowl programs) since the Will & Grace finale in May 2006, and the 23.1 million total viewers is the net’s best since the night of the Frasier finale in May 2004. And among all SNL primetime specials, Sunday night’s is the highest-rated in 18-49 since a February 2001 edition following an episode of Friends (9.3) and the most-watched overall since an SNL Presidential Bash in November 1992 (28.8 million). Mediaite The hour-long red carpet special that ran before the show also did well for NBC, beating all its competition, including CBS’ 60 Minutes, with a 3.0 in the demo and 11.1 million viewers overall.
Conan O’Brien Films in Cuba (Deadline)
Jimmy Fallon may have taken NBC’s Tonight Show to Phoenix and Los Angeles — but Conan’s in Cuba. THR / The Live Feed The talk-show host spent the weekend in Havana to film an upcoming segment for his TBS series. He was there for several days, taking in the sights and experiencing daily life. TheWrap A U.S. talk show host hasn’t visited the Caribbean country’s shores since Jack Paar interviewed Fidel Castro in 1959. The U.S. has maintained a strict embargo against Cuba since 1960. Mashable In December, President Barack Obama announced a historic change to the country’s relations with Cuba, saying the U.S. and Cuba were poised to resume diplomatic relations after cutting ties in 1961. Since the announcement, ABC’s David Muir, CBS’ Scott Pelley and NBC’s Brian Williams have all broadcasted from the country.
With Addition of EPIX, Sling TV Keeps Getting Better (LostRemote)
Monday, Sling announced the addition of EPIX — giving customers access to more than 2,000 video-on-demand titles, plus linear channels with EPIX, EPIX2, EPIX3 and EPIX Drive-In. THR Dish’s recently launched Sling TV streaming video service said the deal grants it live and VOD multi-stream rights. Financial terms weren’t disclosed. EPIX is a joint venture of Viacom and its Paramount Pictures, Lionsgate and MGM. Variety Recent releases coming to Dish’s EPIX customers are to include Transformers: Age of Extinction, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Interstellar, Selma and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1. EPIX also offers documentaries as well as music and comedy specials. Dish officially launched Sling TV nationwide last week, offering a slimmed-down initial lineup of 14 networks — with ESPN the most prominent among them — for $20 per month. The company plans to add additional nets to the core package, including AMC, and also offers add-on packages. TheWrap Sling TV — Dish’s \"alternative for live television to the millennial audience\" — will announce the launch date, package and pricing of EPIX in the coming weeks.
Kelsey Keith Named Editor of Curbed (FishbowlNY)
Vox Media has named Kelsey Keith the first editor-in-chief of Curbed, the architecture and real estate site. Keith comes to Curbed from Dwell, where she served as a special projects editors since 2011. This is a homecoming for Keith, as she served as an editor at Curbed New York prior to joining Dwell. She previously served as editor of Architizer and as a deputy editor of Flavorpill. WWD / Memo Pad Curbed will also get a new site at the end of the year, and a slate of new hires under Keith, who will report to Vox Media vice president and editorial director Lockhart Steele. Prior to the addition of an editor-in-chief, Curbed’s national editor and cities editor reported to Steele. The investment is part of Vox Media’s latest round of funding. The firm raised $46 million in the fall, and it has used the cash infusion to relaunch its sister sites, which include Racked and The Verge, as well as invest in new technologies.
New Yorker Celebrates 90 Years With Nine Covers (FishbowlNY)
The New Yorker is celebrating its 90th anniversary with nine different covers. Each features a different take on Eustace Tilley, the iconic New Yorker character that appeared on its first cover way back in 1925. \"To celebrate the fact that we’re entering our 10th decade, we turned, as we do every week, to our artists for ideas, and this time we decided to publish more than one [cover],\" wrote the magazine’s art editor, Françoise Mouly. \"We picked nine covers for our 90 years, selecting images that reflect the talent and diversity of our contributors and the range of artistic media they use.\" Poynter / MediaWire \"That image, of a ‘starchy-looking gent with the beaver hat and the monocle,’ so effectively established the magazine’s tone that it was published, nearly unchanged, every February until 1994,\" Mouly wrote. The butterfly, which you’ll see on almost all the new covers, appeared on the first cover with Eustace Tilley.
Fifty Shades Locks Up More Records — This Time for Fandango (Deadline)
Fandango said Monday it sold 29 percent of the domestic tickets for Fifty Shades of Grey‘s three-day opening weekend, the largest share for any film in its 15-year history. The adaptation of E.L. James’ novel also set a number of minor records for the online ticketer, including the most sold on Valentine’s Day and largest percentage of mobile ducats sold on a single day. Variety Grey made moviegoers its slave over President’s Day weekend, shattering records and heating up the box office with a staggering $94.4 million debut over the four-day holiday. That easily trumped the previous high of $63.1 million set by Valentine’s Day in 2010.
Vice Media Names Head of $100 Million Toronto Studio (THR)
Vice Media has named Michael Kronish to head up its $100 million mobile and Web content studio, and upcoming 24-hour VICE TV Network in Canada. The Vice Media brand, launched in Montreal as a magazine in 1994 by current CEO Shane Smith, hired Kronish as senior vice president of production at Vice Media Canada. Kronish was most recently executive producer at Montreal-based indie producer Zone3.
Two Men Suspected of Helping Copenhagen Gunman Jailed for 10 Days (Mashable / AP)
Two men suspected of helping the gunman behind the deadly attacks in Copenhagen were jailed for 10 days Monday as Danes mourned the victims of a shooting spree that authorities said may have been inspired by last month’s terror attacks in Paris. They were accused of helping the gunman evade authorities and get rid of a weapon during the manhunt that ended early Sunday when the attacker was killed in a shootout with police, said Michael Juul Eriksen, the defense attorney for one of the two suspects.
NYT Mag Drops Chuck Klosterman (FishbowlNY)
Starting next Sunday, The New York Times Magazine is getting a massive revamp. Editor Jake Silverstein has already started making changes inside, such as dropping the much-maligned One Page Magazine section. In an editor’s note, Silverstein added that Chuck Klosterman, the magazine’s Ethicist for the past few years, will also not be a part of the new NYT Mag.
The 2014 Polk Awards Winners (FishbowlNY)
The winners of the 2014 George Polk Awards — which honor special achievement in journalism — have been announced. The New York Times was represented well, and we were excited to see the Atlantic’s Ta-Nehisi Coates win for his moving essay \"The Case for Reparations.\"
Amazon Adds Russian Language Section to Kindle Store (GalleyCat)
Amazon has quietly added a Russian language eBook section to its site. While Russian Kindle books were available before, the site now counts 9,500 Kindle titles in Russian which are better indexed for discovery.
Princeton Inherits $300 Million Worth of Rare Books (GalleyCat)
William H. Scheide, a graduate of Princeton University, passed away last year and left a very valuable rare book collection to his alma mater. The collection includes about 2,500 books collectively worth about $300 million.
Former Rhythm & Hues Owners Sued for Having ‘Pillaged’ Oscar-Winning VFX House (THR / Hollywood, Esq.)
When Rhythm & Hues declared bankruptcy in February 2013, laying off hundreds of employees and taking $17 million in loans just so it could complete VFX work for Universal and Fox, the court filings led to weeks of discussion about how a company that had worked on such films as The Hunger Games and The Lord of The Rings and won an Oscar for Life of Pi had gotten into such dire straits.
J.K. Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy Averages 6.6 Million Viewers in BBC Debut (THR)
The first episode of the TV adaptation of J.K. Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy drew strong ratings for the BBC on Sunday night. The U.K. public broadcaster said its flagship network, BBC One, averaged 6.6 million viewers in the overnight ratings for the start of the miniseries.
NYT Corrects Scott Walker Column (Politico)
In a recent column about the Wisconsin governor, a conservative Republican, New York Times columnist Gail Collins wrote that Walker had cut state aid to education, causing teacher layoffs in 2010. But Walker didn’t take office until 2011.
The Wall Street Journal has made some changes to its print edition. The most noticeable comes to Marketplace, probably the paper’s most popular section. Capital New York reports that the entry is now titled “Business & Tech.”
Why the name change? Journal business editor Dennis Berman told Capital that it was mean to reflect the notion that “Tech is permeating every industry.”
Other changes to the 126-year-old paper include more promotion of reporting and business analysis on A1, smaller headlines and slight improvements to colors.
(Image: Steven Perlberg)
Hearst Magazines International is taking the Cosmo brand to Nigeria. The publisher has launched Cosmopolitan.ng, an English-language site led by Yemisi Odusanya and staffed with local writers.
A key to Cosmo Nigeria is its responsive design; the same format used by HMI sites here, the UK, Italy, China, and the Netherlands. Readers will feel comfortable using Cosmopolitan.ng right away, thus giving HMI a shot at a solid audience.
Duncan Edwards, president of HMI, said Nigeria was “perfect” for the Cosmo brand because the country “has a large population of digitally-minded young women with a growing appetite for beauty, fashion, entertainment and relationship content.”
From Russell Westbrook to Russian Terriers. In case you hadn’t noticed, that’s what’s been going on the past few days in and around Madison Square Garden.
In honor of the 139th annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, which wraps up at MSG tonight, Anne Kadet, New York columnist for the Wall Street Journal, has gone to town with her look at how Manhattan hotels are dealing with the influx of more than 1,000 canine guests:[Hotel Pennsylvania doggie concierge] Jerry Grymek, an enthusiastic man dressed in a charcoal suit and dog-print tie, refers to himself as the director of pooch relations and barketing manager. \"We are a five-paw hotel, the world’s most pup-ular hotel,\" he crows, handing out pink-frosted dog cookies.
The hotel’s crowded lobby offered some fine dog watching. There were shiba inus riding luggage carts and puffy white Samoyeds in wire crates looking like caged clouds. A proud poodle in a black sweater and boots wandered unaccompanied. One Maltese wore a purple velour bathrobe, like a furry Hugh Hefner.
There are more than 600 four-legged competitors staying at the Pennsylvania, where a special relieving area with plastic fire hydrants has been set up and a \"Best in Show\" prize means the entire stay is free. The Midtown hotel is also where the Dog Writers Association of America held their annual awards banquet on Sunday night, handing out prizes in four dozen categories.
P.S. Kadet didn’t make the calculation, but we couldn’t resist. In dog years, Hefner is 12 1/2.
[Photo via: hotelpenn.com]