Unger made the pitch during a lunch at the Four Seasons for which Portwood, Koch's editor, was also in attendance. Summner Redstone and Les Moonves were seated at nearby tables, and Liz Smith was there lunching with Barbara Walters, who came over to shake Koch's hand. He told Unger and Portwood that he refused to talk about his personal life in the column.
It's worth an announcement because December was only the third full month of operation for the site, which debuted Sept. 24 with a focus on reaching readers on mobile platforms like tablets and smartphones.
The China Channel is the latest addition to the online titles spinning out of Atlantic Media, which has been expanding its digital footprint over the past few years with the launch of new verticals on theatlantic.com and standalone sites such as The Atlantic Wire and Quartz. The company's digital revenues surpassed print advertising for the first time last year.(1)
Mayor Michael Bloomberg thinks Mitt Romney has no values and President Obama shouldn't get credit for killing Osama bin Laden.
Romney "walked away from everything he did," Bloomberg told the Atlantic.
Condé Nast leads the pack in just-released nominations for big digital-magazine awards, the Digital Ellies
This years' awards also brings at least one newcomer, The Atavist, a newish startup that commissions works of long-form journalism for individual sale, and which is nominated in the reporting and "use of interactivity and multimedia" categories.
You can view the full list of nominees after the jump.(1)
Atlantic Media spreads its cash-cow mini-Davos enterprise to New York, thanks to Thomson Reuters and McKinsey
Taking a cue from the Davos-esque conferences The Atlantic produces in Aspen and Washington D.C. each year in conjunction with Walter Isaacson's Aspen Institute, this new addition to its roster describes itself as the "premier forum in New York for the exchange of ideas of consequence," which is just the sort of language you'd expect to describe this sort of thing. "It will take on the largest issues of the day—through interviews, discussions, and debates. And it will recognize New York’s status as a major actor in all of the significant policy issues facing the country."
The app will initially feature Longform.org's top 25 most popular sources, which range from the websites of monthly magazines like GQ, The Atlantic and The New Yorker to online-only offerings such as The Awl and Grantland. It's designed to filter links based on word-count, "so you can take out all the daily pageview-churning content and what you're left with is all the long feature stories," said Linsky, speaking by phone this aftenroon. "We wanted to start with the stuff we love and that we know our readers love, but the plan is to try and go big with it. ... We plan to expand pretty quickly and broadly."(2)
'A very different nation': The Romneys on life with George and the lesson of his derailed presidential bid
“Can you imagine if Richard Nixon had not been president?” Mitt Romney said. “Instead it would have been my dad. We wouldn’t have had Watergate. Vietnam would have been handled in a different way and I think it would have been a very different nation.”(1)
Bob Cohn, editorial director of Atlantic Digital, announced a handful of new hires this morning, including Jen Doll, who will leave her post at The Village Voice's Runnin' Scared blog to become a senior writer at The Atlantic Wire. (That makes her the 16th Voice employee to depart in the past year by way of attrition or layoffs, according to several insiders who have apparently been keeping count.)(2)