Blog Posts by Joe Pompeo

  • FIRST CUTS: Magazine newsstand sales down; new editor at Forbes

    Our list of stories that should be on your morning media menu:

    • Magazine newsstand sales have slipped, according to the latest circulation data. (Media Decoder)

    • The ugly truth about CMS back-ends. (Adweek)

    • Neil Cavuto's weekend S&P downgrade coverage produced record ratings for Fox News. (Mediaite)

    • Forbes has a new editor--who comes from Newsweek and the Daily Beast. (Romenesko)

    • The death of the downtown alt-weekly? (New York Observer)

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  • Journalists targeted in London riots

    (AP/Lefteris Pitarakis)With riots sweeping through London, there's growing concern about the safety of journalists who are covering the unrest. News of reporters and photographers getting caught up in the turmoil has begun pouring in.

    "We are very concerned that the social unrest has spread to aggression against journalists," Joel Simon, executive director of the Committee to Protect Journalists, said in a statement issued Tuesday afternoon. "News organizations must take precautions, but we hope demonstrators recognize that it is in the public interest for journalists, as independent observers, to witness and report the facts."

    Photojournalists in particular have reportedly found themselves in the cross-hairs. Some have been beaten while others have had their equipment destroyed, according to The Guardian.

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  • Davies (Guardian)

    When not tirelessly chronicling the ongoing British phone-hacking saga, The Guardian has been lining up journalists to staff the U.S.-based website that the U.K. broadsheet plans to have up and running sometime this fall.

    One of the marquee recruits to that operation may be Nick Davies, the dogged Guardian investigative reporter who's blown the lid off some of the biggest stories to emerge from the scandal. The phone-hacking controversy continues to engulf News Corporation as the company heads into its second-quarter earnings report Wednesday afternoon.

    Davies has been in the United States for more than a week on a reporting trip and press tour that's produced a series of interviews about his role in exposing phone-hacking and other journalistic malfeasance within News Corp.'s British newspaper division. Davies has yet to publish any items with U.S. datelines--but the broader goal of his American visit, he has said, is to probe potential phone-hack fallout in the states.

    Davies, who was in New York through last Friday and is now on the ground in Los Angeles, is scheduled to fly back to London after this week. But depending on how things go, he may be back sooner than embattled News Corp. chairman Rupert Murdoch would like.

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  • Glenn Beck continuing to expand his web TV lineup

    (GBTV/Mercury Radio Arts)Glenn Beck is beefing up the talent roster for his forthcoming web TV show.

    The controversial conservative talk show personality and media mogul has tapped Amy Holmes, an alumnus of CNN (where she was a regular political contributor) and Talk Radio Network (where she co-hosted the nationally syndicated "America's Radio News"), as news anchor for the fledgling webcast operation GBTV. Beck launched the subscription Internet channel bearing his initials in June after he walked out of his final broadcast for the Fox News Channel.

    "Amy is the perfect addition to the growing line-up of talent at GBTV," said Joel Cheatwood, the former Fox News executive who followed Beck to his new venture as president of programming, in a statement. "She combines an award-winning experienced pedigree with a fresh and unique approach to the news. We are excited about Amy becoming a key part of Glenn's new two hour show."

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  • FIRST CUTS: Current’s new president; Conde Nast slapped with libel suit

    Our list of stories that should be on your morning media menu:

    • Conde Nast has been slapped with a libel lawsuit over a Vanity Fair article. (New York Observer)

    • Current TV has tapped a CNN vet as its new president. (paidContent)

    • He talked to Michael Calderone about his plans for the network. (HuffPo)

    • Jeff Bercovici explains why HuffPo would be better off without AOL. (Forbes)

    • Reporters were attacked during the London riots. (HuffPo)

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  • Business news networks rush in with S&P downgrade coverage

    (Bloomberg TV)When earth-shattering financial news breaks, the cable business news networks get their chance to shine.

    So one would have expected to see all three of them spring into action three days ago, when Standard & Poor's lowered the United States credit rating for the first time in nearly a century. The ratings agency downgraded America's AAA standing to AA-plus in the wake of the recent congressional debt debacle.

    And indeed, two leading cable business outlets were all over the news. Bloomberg TV produced a live special report for S&P's downgrade announcement, shortly after 8 p.m. Friday evening. At the time, Bloomberg economics editor Michael McKee was covering Cumberland Advisers' annual fishing trip in rural Maine,  so he was able to jump on the air immediately with  heavyweights such as the economists Nouriel Roubini and Barry Ritholtz for a special that lasted two and a half hours. Fox Business Network broke into a special report with Gerri Willis shortly thereafter, covering the details of the announcement live from 9-11 p.m., and again with Neil Cavuto on Saturday.

    But CNBC, the most-watched and--many would argue--most influential of the three, devoted its Friday evening schedule to repeats of "60 Minutes," "How I Made My Millions" and "Remington Under Fire." By Sunday evening, all the networks had cued up special reports--and inevitably have focused most of their programing today on the market reaction, as have the general news channels.

    To be fair, it's not as if CNBC was late to the party. In fact, correspondent Kate Kelly reported around 4:30 Friday afternoon on "Closing Bell with Maria Bartiromo" that the government was bracing for a downgrade. So perhaps, then, viewers of the "First in Business Worldwide" were surprised when they had to turn to the competition to follow the downgrade story on Friday night?

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  • Our list of stories that should be on your morning media menu:

    • The Guardian's Nick Davies shares his thoughts on how the News Corp. phone-hacking scandal he's been doggedly covering will shake out. (Deadline)

    • A brief history of checkbook journalism. (New York Times)

    • has rolled out its research and development site to the public. (paidContent)

    • Tavi Gevinson is forging ahead without Jane Pratt on her new web magazine. (WWD)

    • New mom Megyn Kelly dishes on her post-maternity leave return to Fox News. (USA Today)

    • Find out where all your favorite magazine editors are getting their summer on. (WWD)

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  • Our list of stories that should be on your morning media menu:

    • Mark Halperin's MSNBC suspension has come to an end. (Broadcasting & Cable)

    • MSNBC prez Phil Griffin: "For the first time we're beginning to chip away at Fox News Channel." (Hollywood Reporter)

    • Meanwhile, the July cable news ratings are in: Fox News continued to dominate while the Casey Anthony-fueled HLN edged out both MSNBC and its sister network, CNN. (TV by the Numbers)

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  • Debt debate dominates news coverage

    (PEJ)The Senate's vote on Tuesday to raise the U.S. debt ceiling brought to a close not only weeks of national anxiety about a federal loan default, but a fast-moving story that has dominated much of the media dialogue.

    Indeed, between July 25-31, 52 percent of the weekly American newshole was devoted to the economy, according to the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism. Almost all of the saturating economic coverage, PEJ's research shows, focused on the congressional debate over spending cuts and tax increases as Republican and Democratic lawmakers jostled over how to avoid a dangerous credit default.

    The only other week with more economic news in the past four and a half years that PEW has been tracking reporting trends was that of March 16-22, 2009, when it was revealed that AIG bigwigs had received hefty bonuses despite a government bailout that saved the company in the wake of the financial crisis.

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  • Reports: Rachel Maddow extends MSNBC contract past 2012

    Maddow in 2010. (AP)

    MSNBC has locked prime-time anchor Rachel Maddow into a deal that will keep her at the network beyond the 2012 presidential election, according to reports.

    The news first broke via the Hollywood Reporter's Marisa Guthrie, who writes: "By extending her contract, MSNBC seals [Maddow's]  status as the face of the network and also puts any speculation about Maddow's future to rest."

    TV Newser's Alex Weprin reports that Maddow's new contract "extends at least into 2014."

    Since the departure of Keith Olbermann in January, Maddow has become the cable network's biggest star. MSNBC meanwhile has been locking down existing and additional talent for its roster. Olbermann had previously indicated he would be happy to lure Maddow to his new home at Current TV, which enjoys but a sliver of MSNBC's ratings share, after the expiration of her contract. Maddow hosts the 9 p.m. hour on MSNBC.

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