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Newsweek reporter finds Tina Brown’s comments ‘not to be very friendly’

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Newsweek's Leah McGrath Goodman, who wrote the cover story unmasking (maybe?) the founder of Bitcoin on Thursday, responded Friday to comments from Tina Brown and spoke about Newsweek and where she hopes the story will go next. (more...)

Tina Brown: ‘I’m so glad I’m not the editor’ of Newsweek

Bloomberg Television Tina Brown appeared on Bloomberg Television's "Market Makers" Friday, and the former Newsweek editor said she's supportive of the venerable title's return to print. But if its big Bitcoin story turns out to be a dud, "That would be rough. All I can think of is I'm so glad I'm not the editor," Brown said. She also said that while she "actually always thought there should have been a print component to the digital Newsweek," the "ship has sailed."

Daily Beast may be sold after Tina Brown’s departure

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A "person with knowledge of the matter" says IAC/InterActiveCorp Chairman Barry Diller may try to sell The Daily Beast, Sarah Frier reports. BuzzFeed reported yesterday that Beast Editor-in-Chief Tina Brown would leave the publication.

Frier's source also said Beast Executive Editor John Avlon will probably replace Brown.

Brown, whom the Beast describes as "irrepressible," will start a company that produces conferences. Another unnamed person told Politico that Brown's venture "is really a marriage of her commitment to journalism and story telling, its going to be really event orientated." (Thank goodness no one had their name on that one -- "story telling" should be one word; "its" should have been "it's"; and "event oriented" really needs a hyphen!)

A "source familiar with the situation" told the Daily News' David Knowles the divorce was "totally amicable." (more...)
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Newsweek’s new owners downplay ties to evangelical preacher

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International Business Times owners Etienne Uzac and Johnathan Davis, who purchased Newsweek this past weekend, tell BuzzFeed's Peter Lauria they have only thin ties to evangelical preacher David Jang.

They conceded that they had a working relationship with Olivet University, which was founded by Jang. The relationship involves such things are placing students in internships, using the school’s servers, and getting design assistance. ...

Uzac said he has been to Olivet several times and has met and knows Jang. He added that IBT has had a “great working relationship with” Olivet so far and would continue to explore opportunities with the University just as it would with other organizations.
"Lauria's report does not note that Davis is married to Olivet president Tracy McBeal Davis, that Davis formerly served as former director of journalism at Olivet, and that Olivet's website had listed Uzac as its treasurer," Ted Olsen writes in Christianity Today, which has previously reported on Jang. (more...)
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Daily Beast and Howard Kurtz have ‘parted company’

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A day after media reporter Howard Kurtz botched a swipe at Sports Illustrated's Jason Collins scoop, he and The Daily Beast "have parted company," Beast honcho Tina Brown said in a statement to Politico's Dylan Byers.

Thursday The Daily Beast retracted the post:

The piece contained several errors, resulting in a misleading characterization of NBA player Collins and the story he co-wrote in Sports Illustrated in which he came out as gay.
"Maybe it's easier to write a lot of media criticism if you don't read the media you're criticizing," Tom Scocca wrote on Gawker. (more...)

Tina Brown: News biz has ‘less respect for the editorial process’

Bloomberg On Bloomberg's "Market Makers," Newsweek/Daily Beast Editor-in-Chief Tina Brown tells Stephanie Ruhle that working in the news industry is a constant battle between fulfillment and disappointment. Brown says the business aspect of her work is more challenging than her love for journalism, a problem she says is widespread.
"We’re living in a time when everybody's so obsessed with delivery systems and gaming the system and, you know, business ... it's actually very, very soul destroying. We don't have enough respect for content anymore. In the end, without the great content, there are no numbers. You see again and again in the media this obsession with the numbers, this obsession with the audiences, this obsession with the demo, et cetera, but without the talent, without the people who do it, your company's worth nothing."
She continues to say that the news business has lost integrity because of this focus on the business by major media outlets.
"I think that there's less respect for the editorial process then there ever was amongst business folk. The people who write the checks basically think, you know, there's less the sense that editorial people could have some integrity and stay aloof sometimes from it a bit, not that you want to be arrogant, but that you really can say, 'this is business, this is news.' I think that a lot of people in media profession now feel too much of that has been eroded and there must be some respect for the integrity of news, otherwise we're going to be a very ill-informed nation."
Brown also talks about work-life balance, a timely discussion in the wake of the popularity of former Charleston (S.C.) Post & Courier reporter Allyson Bird's blog post about why she quit the business. Newsweek produced its final print edition in December, resulting in layoffs as the property prepared a plan for digital distribution, which began in January. Previously: Tina Brown: ‘I don’t actually go to newsstands anymore’ | Newsweek covers, we will miss writing about you | How have Newsweek’s covers changed since it went digital-only?
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Newsweek, Daily Beast together have lost about $30 million
Tina Brown says The Daily Beast website is on track to be profitable this year, but Lucia Moses points out that getting the combined NewsBeast into the black by early 2013 -- Daily Beast backer Barry Diller insists that's possible -- will be a daunting task. "If that task takes years and Newsweek can’t find a way to regain the relevance weekly newsmagazines have lost since the explosion of news on the Internet, then Diller and Jane Harman, Sidney Harman’s widow, could reach the point where they finally decide to cut bait," she writes. "The idea that NewsBeast could ever become a successful operation has always seemed far-fetched." On the bright side, Newsweek's newsstand sales are up under Tina Brown, "but newsstand sales are only 3 percent of the magazine’s circulation, and they don’t make it much money," notes Moses. Reed Phillips, managing partner at media investment bank DeSilva+Phillips, tells her:

I don’t think it’s a quick turnaround. Advertisers are going to take time to get comfortable that Newsweek is on a solid foundation. And the ad market’s jittery already. I think the biggest challenge is, it has to be redefined in a way that has to be engaging with readers. New York magazine did it. With the talent The Daily Beast has, there’s anticipation that that can be done. And it needs more of an edge compared to what it was in the past, before they bought it.

Brown said last November that it will take "a while" for her to make on Newsweek, and that the print/website combo is "a good model." She told “You’re seeing this with Bloomberg and BusinessWeek, and Politico and its newspaper, and now you’re going to see the Daily Beast and Newsweek.”


Tina Brown to launch Daily Beast TV in November | New York Observer
The venture is described as an online talk show with a raw and spontaneous feel. Lucia Moses reports Daily Beast TV will have a mix of original videos like the “Ask Andrew Anything” feature that Andrew Sullivan launched in September. Former "Topic A with Tina Brown" executive producer Kathy O’Hearn is directing the operation with assistance from two former ABC News staffers. Adweek's Moses notes that the soon-to-launch multimedia play could help the Newsweek Daily Beast Co. as it strives to erase an estimated $30 million that the newsweekly and website combined lost last year.

Newsweek’s controversial covers didn’t fly off newsstands
The Aug. 15 issue featuring a glassy-eyed Michele Bachmann ("The Queen of Rage") sold just 47,225 copies after being discussed just about everywhere, reports Lucia Moses. (Newsweek's single copy sales averaged 46,561 per issue in the first half of 2011.) Tina Brown's so-called “Diana’s Ghost” cover fared just above average on newsstands for a double issue: Newsweek said 70,000 copies were sold, while industry sources put sales at 47,500 to 57,000.

A third controversial cover, depicting Mitt Romney as a dancing Mormon from the Broadway hit musical "Book of Mormon," did well: Another double issue, it sold more than 80,000 copies, according to figures that Newsweek provided to the Audit Bureau of Circulations.

For its part, Newsweek points out that since Brown’s March redesign, the magazine has sold 30 percent better on newsstands compared to the three months prior.