P.M. Media Pro: Omidyar lifts the curtain
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FIRST LOOK MEDIA GAVE A PREVIEW of what to expect when it launches in full later this year. It will be a flagship website, with a number of digital magazines feeding content, according to its backer, Pierre Omidyar. “Instead of putting someone into a vertical and saying ‘here you’re going to cover entertainment,’ it’s really saying 'create a publication from scratch the way you think it ought to be done,'” Eric Bates, the former Rolling Stone editor, who is working with the venture, told Capital’s Johana Bhuiyan. The company will create its publishing platform in-house and will license out its proprietary technology, but is still working out other revenue sources. Read more, and watch an introductory video on Capital. http://capi.tl/MlumL3
NEW YORK TIMES TALENT TALLY: In recent months, the paper of record has replenished its newsroom with more than a dozen new hires, including multiple Pulitzer winners, according to a list passed around among managers last week and shared with Capital’s Joe Pompeo, who has the full list here: http://bit.ly/1f1AyBn
ELSEWHERE AT THE TIMES, one of its journalists is being forced to leave China because the country’s Foreign Ministry claims he broke rules regulating residence visas. Concerns over press freedoms have escalated in the past year or so as China has retaliated against foreign outlets like the Times and Bloomberg News. Reuters has more: http://reut.rs/1erXUgr
GRAMMY RATINGS: CBS’ coverage of the 56th annual Grammy Awards averaged approximately 28.5 million viewers. That is up a pinch from last year’s broadcast, which drew 28.4 million viewers. Still, good news for CBS, as the broadcast was the second highest-rated in the last 21 years.
NEW YORK POST PUBLISHER JESSE ANGELO told staff in a Friday memo that David Brinker has been named president of the tabloid, which is also touting growth in its recently-relaunched web properties: “14.4m unique users across desktop and mobile for the month - up from the previous record of 12.1m.” Joe has the scoop: http://bit.ly/1b1suNg
A PREVIEW OF THE GOOD LIFE:Capital got a sneak peek at Dr. Oz’s new magazine, which Hearst rolls out on newsstands Feb. 4. http://goo.gl/vC7j7Q
THE HISTORY CHANNEL is courting “Tonight Show” host Jay Leno, after he joked that he wanted to do a program for the cable channel after he leaves the show. “We're big fans of Jay, and we think he would really be complementary to our audience.” http://goo.gl/FgYwRu
—Here’s Leno and Jimmy Fallon’s interview with Matt Lauer, which aired on “Today” this morning: http://goo.gl/cM8tPd
—Sunday’s “60 Minutes,” which had Leno’s “exit interview,” averaged 14.47 million viewers, according to CBS.
ESPN IS STILL A TV COMPANY, but The Wall Street Journal dives deep into its digital initiatives, which paint a picture of the future of the brand. http://goo.gl/oeewZX
—Meanwhile, ESPN ombudsman Robert Lipsyte offered a tough critique of “Dr. V’s Magical Putter,” the now notorious story published by the company’s prestige sports and culture site Grantland. “The story lacked understanding, empathy and introspection—no small ingredients,” Lipsyte wrote. “More reporting would have helped. It was a story worth telling, if told right. And aside from its humane shortcomings, I still don’t like it as a piece of writing.” http://goo.gl/sgQCZv
QUENTIN TARANTINO IS SUING GAWKER for linking to a draft of his script for The Hateful Eight. The director vowed not to make the film last week after the screenplay leaked. “This time, they went too far,” the director’s complaint alleged, according to the New York Post. http://goo.gl/OWDnjI
CNN PRESIDENT JEFF ZUCKER spoke to the RealScreen conference in Washington this morning. According to Variety, he defended CNN’s coverage of the recent Justin Bieber arrest, saying, “I’m incredibly comfortable with the way CNN covered the Justin Bieber story.” he also said that CNN may put unscripted series every night at 10 p.m. http://goo.gl/9Dr0e1
FOX NEWS HOST BILL O’REILLY talks to Mediaite about his interview with President Obama before the Super Bowl. O’Reilly also commented on his favorite host at a competing channel (it’s Rachel Maddow), and has this to say about CNN: “CNN is a network you might have to keep an eye on, to see how they successful might become.” http://goo.gl/D6kAW4
THE CALIFORNIA BAR DENIED ENTRY TO STEPHEN GLASS, the ex-journalist who earned infamy by fabricating material for articles in magazines including The New Republic and Harpers. The New York State Bar rejected Glass on moral character grounds in 2004. http://goo.gl/Es4rHz
MEREDITH CORPORATION NAMES LORI SHELDON the home furnishing director of Traditional Home magazine, an upscale decorating, design and lifestyle title. Sheldon most recently served as national home furnishing director, in a marketing and sales capacity, at Luxe Interiors + Design, a high-end shelter quarterly.
FACEBOOK IS SEEKING CONTRACT EDITORS for the rumored launch of its Flipboard-like news reader app, according to Re/code’s Mike Isaac. http://goo.gl/lAld2t
AND YOUR CANDIDATE FOR TIME-WASTER OF THE DAY: Time built a program to calculate how much time you’ve spent on Facebook in its ten years of existence. http://goo.gl/lO9EZn
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