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N.Y. publishers mull more layoffs

mediawiremorningGood morning. Here are 10 media stories.

  1. More layoffs may come at New York publishers: “Industry executives are spending the month of October in closed-door meetings as they look for ways to tighten their belts even more.” (WWD) | Related: Time Inc. management “wants the ability to send 160 editorial jobs overseas,” Newspaper Guild of New York President Bill O’Meara says. (Capital) | Meta related: New owner Jay Penske‘s plan for WWD. (Capital) | Related sad trombone: “The joy we get from throwing magazines away seems like a bad sign for their future,” Laura Hazard Owen writes. (Gigaom)
  2. NBC News crew quarantined: They worked with freelance cameraman Ashoka Mukpo in Liberia and “Officials said the order was issued late Friday after the crew members violated an agreement to voluntarily confine themselves.” No one’s shown any signs of the disease. (Reuters) | “With the Ebola virus, you never relax completely, but we think [Mukpo] has made great progress,” a doctor at the Omaha hospital where he’s being treated said. (Mashable)
  3. Keith Olbermann notifies his bosses about his commentaries: Olbermann gives ESPN execs in Bristol “as much as six hours notice,” he tells Richard Deitsch. “The key people all get the A Block [opening] commentary and the Worst Persons. So the scripts are sitting with them for a couple of hours.” (SI)
  4. NYT kills chess column: Dylan Loeb McClain‘s Oct. 11 column ends with an abrupt note: “This is the final chess column to run in The New York Times.” (NYT) | “Few will mourn, even as a symbolic loss.” (@Kasparov63) | “A chess column has appeared in the NYT since… 1855.” (@DVNJr) | The bridge column is still breathing, Michael Roston notes. (@michaelroston)
  5. Why David Remnick isn’t on Twitter: “I don’t have a Twitter account, [but] not because I’m a dinosaur about it,” the New Yorker EIC tells Alexandra Steigrad. “I have enough of a platform here. People in my position who do it tend to use it in a promotional way or in a hamstrung way. I look at Twitter all the time as a news tool or for cultural conversation. I’ve used it in my reporting. It’s very useful.” (WWD)
  6. Peter Parker’s poor journalism ethics: “That’s exactly how Peter Parker paid the bills in the early Spider-Man comics, taking posed pictures of Spider-Man that no one else could get, then selling them to J. Jonah Jameson, the Daily Bugle’s editor-in-chief.” (Salon) | Related: 5 bad journalism lessons from Superman comics (Poynter)
  7. “The network just doesn’t surprise you”: Bill Carter looks at why MSNBC’s ratings “hit one of the deepest skids in its history, with the recently completed third quarter of 2014 generating some record lows.” (NYT)
  8. YouTube builds a “teaching hospital”: At its new production space in Manhattan, members of the company’s partner program “are given access to better cameras, production spaces and editing facilities as classes train them not just in shooting video, but also in makeup, design and anything else that might make programming pop online.” (NYT)
  9. Front page of the day, curated by Kristen Hare: Chicago’s RedEye fronts a very nicely framed image from this weekend’s St. Louis protests. (Courtesy the Newseum.)


  10. Job moves, edited by Benjamin Mullin: David Cohn is now executive producer at AJ+. Previously, he was chief content officer at Circa. (Dave Cohn) | Lenika Cruz has been named associate editor at The Atlantic. Previously, she was a contributing editor at Circa. Grace White will be a reporter at CBS Houston. Previously, she was a reporter and anchor at Fox 29 San Antonio. (Muck Rack) | Rick Daniels has been named publisher at The Hartford (Connecticut) Courant. Previously, he was chief operating officer of GoLocal24. Nancy Meyer has been named publisher and CEO of Orlando Sentinel Media Group. Previously, she was publisher of the Courant. (Poynter) | Dana Hahn has been named news director for KTVU in San Francisco. Previously, she was news director for WTTG in Washington, D.C. Sara Suarez has been named news director for WFDC in Washington, D.C. Previously, she was news director for WUNI in Boston. Matt King has been named news director for WCNC in Charlotte, North Carolina. Previously, he was assistant news director at WXIA in Atlanta. Jeff Mulligan has been named news director for WMBD/WYZZ in Peoria, Illinois. Previously, he was assistant news director for WISH in Indianapolis. Lee Rosenthal has been named news director at WFXT in Boston. Previously, he was news director at KTVU. Rick Moll has been named news director at WSLS in Roanoke, Virginia. Previously, he was news director for WMBD/WYZZ in Peoria, Illinois. Brian Nemitz has been named assistant news director at WLOS in Asheville, North Carolina. Previously, he was a nightside executive producer at WTVJ in Miami. Martha Jennings has been named assistant news director at WBIR in Knoxville, Tennessee. Previously, she was nightside executive producer at WFLA in Tampa, Florida. Troy Conhain has been named nightside executive producer at KOLD in Tucson, Arizona. Previously, he was morning executive producer at KPHO in Phoenix, Arizona. (Rick Gevers) | Job of the day The Hill is looking for a campaign reporter. Get your résumés in! (Journalism Jobs) | Send Ben your job moves:

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Keith Olbermann on Current TV exit: ‘It is my fault, at heart’

During an appearance on “The Late Show with David Letterman,” former ESPN and MSNBC anchor Keith Olbermann blamed himself for taking his most recent job at Current TV, which ended with his firing Friday.

“I screwed up … I screwed up really big on this. Let’s just start there. I thought we could do this. It’s my fault that it didn’t succeed in the sense in that I didn’t think the whole thing through. … It is my fault, at heart.”

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Keith Olbermann to supervise election coverage for Current TV

The Hollywood ReporterThe Atlantic Wire | The New York Times
He’ll start after the New Hampshire primary. But first, Olbermann is taking a previously scheduled vacation, “which he perplexingly scheduled during one of the biggest political news weeks of the year so far,” writes The Atlantic Wire’s Adam Clark Estes. The Times’ David Carr describes some of the technical problems at Current but notes that Olbermann has an ownership stake in the company and helped choose the studio. “He is a part of the management team, and you generally don’t get to rail against the Man if the Man is you,” Carr writes. Read more


Is Keith Olbermann leaving Current TV just months after arriving?

The Hollywood Reporter | The New York Times | The Wrap
A lawyer for Keith Olbermann tells The Hollywood Reporter the anchor is in talks with Current about “his role with the network.” Olbermann’s “Countdown” aired on Wednesday, just one day after Iowa Caucus coverage revealed tension between the former MSNBC anchor and his current employer. Olbermann says he “was not given a legitimate opportunity to host” Caucus coverage “under acceptable conditions,” while Current president David Bohrman says he was. Olbermann’s title is chief news officer, but it’s unclear how much authority he has over coverage. The New York Times reports Michael Price, Olbermann’s manager, “expected that Mr. Olbermann would stay at Current,” but “said he was unable to answer other questions because of confidentiality clauses in the anchorman’s contract, which is believed to last five years and be worth $50 million total.” One unnamed Current exec told The Wrap, “I hope Keith is part of our future, but it’s up to Keith … everybody is replaceable.” “Countdown” is Current’s most popular program, but its viewership is, at best, about 20 percent of the audience it commanded on MSNBC, whose 8 p.m. ratings have fallen since Olbermann’s exit a year ago. Read more


‘Countdown’ goes from MSNBC to Current ‘without major incident or much innovation’

Washington Post
Keith Olbermann “picked up right where he left off when he and MSNBC abruptly parted ways five months ago,” writes Hank Stuever. He asks: “Does Olbermann mean for all his guests to be male (John Dean; Politico reporter Kenneth Vogel; Moore; Daily Kos founder Markos Moulitsas)?” || Alessandra Stanley (NYT): Olbermann bizarrely noted that he isn’t the only person to start a new career on June 20 — Queen Victoria began her reign on the same day. || Tim Molloy (The Wrap): Olbermann joins the long list of people who do more harm to their cause than good. || Eric Deggans (St. Pete Times): “This should be a show I love a lot more than I do.” || David Zurawik (Baltimore Sun): “An impressive premiere” — for the first 58 minutes. Read more


‘Countdown’ announces more regular contributors

Romenesko Misc. | |
David Shuster will be guest host when Keith Olbermann is unable to be in-studio, says a release. Show regulars will include Matt Taibbi, John Dean, Heather McGhee, Jeremy Scahill, Donald Sutherland and other “notable policy-makers, thought leaders, journalists, comedians, activists and other progressive voices.” || Olbermann, Glenn Beck start over on smaller, riskier TV platforms. || “We’re in this for the long haul,” says Olbermann. || “The Current TV release is after the jump. Read more


Sarosi named ‘Countdown with Keith Olbermann’ executive producer

Romenesko Misc.
At MSNBC, David Sarosi produced two “Countdown” segments — the program “open” with its signature question ‘Which of these stories will you be talking about tomorrow?’ and “Worst Persons in the World.” Keith Olbermann says Sarosi is “intimately familiar with every other aspect of the production, and from his start with the show he has had both the vision, and the view of the playing field, critical for an Executive Producer.” || More “Countdown” appointments are after the jump. Read more


Olbermann to host Current TV prime time program

New York Times
Keith Olbermann‘s one-hour news and commentary show debuts sometime in the spring. He’ll also become Current TV’s chief news officer. “Current is betting on Olbermann to put it on the cable map – and it needs the help,” writes Brian Stelter. “The channel averages just 23,000 viewers in prime time each night.” Read more

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Olbermann said to be headed to Current TV

New York Times
Keith Olbermann is announcing his plans at 11 a.m. ET Tuesday, but the Times hears he has “a possible deal” with Current TV that includes an equity stake in the cable network. || More from
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Is MSNBC better off without Olbermann? I’m not going there, says Brokaw

Chicago Tribune
With some prodding, Tom Brokaw tells Phil Rosenthal that MSNBC will do just fine without Keith Olbermann. “All of our component parts – NBC News, MSNBC, CNBC – are much bigger than one player, and I include myself in that,” he says. “If I went away tomorrow, NBC News would still be the dominant news division in America. There ain’t none of us who is irreplaceable.” Read more