3:18 pm Jul. 31, 2012
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Did the Daily News get its front-page "Today" scoop all wrong? Or is NBC News spinning reporters about "Today's" Olympics coverage plans?
In a page-three story given top billing on the cover of the News under the headline, "Save Our Show," and the subhead, "Hoda flown in to rescue Savannah," gossip reporter Carson Griffith wrote: "An insider told the Daily News that NBC flew Hoda Kotb to London over the weekend to take part in the 'Today' show's Olympic coverage because audiences weren’t digging [former co-host Ann] Curry's replacement, Savannah Guthrie."
But TV Newser's Alex Weprin subsequently pointed out: "Kotb was always supposed to be contributing to NBC’s Olympics coverage in London. Kotb and her fourth-hour co-host Kathie Lee Gifford even talked the upcoming trip on 'Today' almost two weeks ago."
An NBC News spokesman confirmed as much to Weprin in a statement that was also appended to the online version of the News article:
It is well-known that Hoda was traveling to London to participate in the TODAY show’s Olympic coverage because we announced it on our show three weeks ago. She planned to spend a few days in London covering fun Olympic stories, and she talked about it on the show several times. In fact, we started a well-publicized Facebook campaign on July 9 asking viewers for suggestions on what types of stories she should do at the Games. Hoda will be in London through this Thursday.
But Griffith is standing by her story:
The July 9 Facebook page actually asks whether Kopt [sic] should go: "Do you think Hoda should go to the Olympics? If you do, what do you think she should see, do, visit or tackle in London?"
And while NBC did say she'd be going July 20, our network insider maintains that Kotb's actual departure was up in the air and that Thursday's call came because of the sub-par ratings for the pre-Olympics coverage against the "Today" show's rival.
NBC asked Kotb to become "much more involved in the show than initially planned," the source said.
I did a deep dive on billionaire Joe Ricketts' neighborhood news gamble, DNAinfo. Here's a quick sampling:
The site has managed to evade the death spiral that's made the media industry such a lugubrious habitat in recent years, without availing itself of very much of the newspeak that surrounds the hyperlocal news movement. Rather, its editors speak the language of the traditional newspaper newsroom, and many of its recruits come from traditional journalism backgrounds. It's not an aggregator, it's not a viral-video machine, it's not a platform. It is, pure and simple, a local digital newspaper.
The rest is here.
In other news...
The Daily is laying off a third of its staff. [AllThingsD]
This is what it looks like when Woodward and Bernstein show up in the Washington Post newsroom with Annie Leibowitz and Robert Redford. [The Atlantic Wire]
Ross Levinsohn has left Yahoo. [AllThingsD]
Romney aide to press corps in Poland: "Kiss my ass." [CNN/Political Ticker]
News Corp. wants new phone-hacking allegations to be kept secret. [Bloomberg]
CNBC (inadvertantly?) promoted Fox Business Network's recent 7 p.m. ratings win. [Talking Biz News]
Thomson Reuters earnings rose in the second quarter. [Reuters]