Jan 09, 2012

January Media Moves & News

PR Newswire’s Audience Research Group continually updates the media database that powers our MEDIAtlas service, and our popular Microlists, which let you target niche audiences on the fly.  Here’s a summary of recent media and blogger updates.  Updates by region can be found here: http://www.prnewswire.com/knowledge-center/mediaware/January2012MEDIAtlasUpdatesbyRegion.html

Are you ready for some football?!! Then you’ll want to check out the new NFL Magazine. Launched in mid-December, the magazine is the official magazine of the National Football League. Printed monthly, the new publication will include articles on the games, teams and personalities of pro football. Circulation is approximately 300,000 to 400,000. Regular contributors to the magazine will be well-known analysts and reporters as well as some retired players and coaches. The Editor is Jim Buckley, whose email is jbuckley@shorelinepublishing.com. Check out the website at http://www.thenflmagazine.com.

CBS Television has decided to revamp its morning line-up and is replacing The Early Show (http://www.cbsnews.com/sections/earlyshow/main500202.shtml) with a new show called CBS This Morning. Hosted by Charlie Rose, Gayle King and Erica Hill, the show will debut on January 9th. Rose and Hill will anchor the 7:00 a.m. ET hour, which will focus on hard news. King will anchor the 8:00 a.m. hour which will include news more focused toward women. Chris Licht will serve as Executive Producer of CBS This Morning. Chris Wragge, who Co-Anchored The Early Show, will return to CBS’ New York station. The Early Show News Anchor Jeff Glor will now be the show’s Special Correspondent. He will also Anchor on Sundays.

Geraldo Rivera dons yet another hat as he becomes a morning radio Host on WABC-AM. His show will air 10:00 -11:00 a.m. weekdays. He replaces former Host Joe Crummey. Rivera will also continue at Fox News as Weekend Anchor/Reporter.

It wasn’t a happy holiday season at Reader’s Digest Association. The company has laid off 150 positions. Approximately 75 of those are in the United States while the remaining are international. The company wants to focus on its top brands, such as “Reader’s Digest,” “The Family Handyman” and “Taste of Home” so it eliminated mostly positions that were not directly related to those titles.

Playboy magazine is planning to move its editorial, art and photo departments from their Chicago headquarters to Los Angeles in April 2012.

The Chicago Reporter will join forces with WMAQ-TV, the NBC station in Chicago to provide additional investigative reporting as part of an agreement between non-profit news organizations and NBC-owned stations.

Following on the heels of a number of other broadcast stations, WCBS-AM has moved to lower Manhattan. It’s now located in the same building as its sister stations – WINS-AM, WFAN-AM, WCBS-FM, WXRK-FM and WWFS-FM. The address is: 345 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10014.

YUE is a new, bi-lingual, Chinese-English magazine. It debuted in New York City with a circulation of 35,000. The quarterly magazine is geared toward the upper class with stories on fashion, dining, shopping, travel and entertainment. It is being published and edited in English and Mandarin by Ms. Chiu-Ti Jansen. The website is not yet up and running. But story ideas can be emailed to either editor@yuemagazine.com or publisher@yuemagazine.

George Stephanopoulos is returning to “This Week.” Current Host Christiane Amanpour has returned to her roots as an International Reporter. She will be hosting a new global affairs show on CNN International. However, she will still produce about six primetime, news specials per year on ABC. Stephanopoulos, meanwhile, will stay as Co-host of “Good Morning America” while also hosting “This Week.”

An anthrax scare shut down the newsroom at WPIX-TV last month. An employee received a threatening letter which contained white powder. The scare came shortly before the 5:00 p.m. newscast so Reporter Kristen Cole opened the broadcast outside. Once police and a Hazmat team decontaminated the studio, Anchor Jodi Applegate was able to take over the regular inside anchoring duties.

Former Los Angeles Times Wine Critic Lawrence Robert Balzer passed away of natural causes at the age of 99. Balzer was Wine Critic for the paper from 1965 to 1995, wrote several books and taught wine-tasting classes aboard the Queen Mary until a few years ago.

The entertainment publication Variety will offer a film production tracking service called FlixTracker. The paid service will collect information about films in development and production, information on how to contact Hollywood executives, film budget details and various other industry information. The service will be solicited to Hollywood companies and studios for a $1000 annual subscription fee.

PaidContent.org has established a West Coast presence by hiring Daniel Frankel from TheWrap as its West Coast Senior Editor. Frankel replaces Andrew Wallenstein. Follow Frankel on Twitter at http://twitter.com/dannyfrankel.

Sports Columnist Bill Conlin retired abruptly from The Philadelphia Daily News after a story alleging he abused children broke in sister newspaper The Philadelphia Inquirer.

Pittsburgh’s WWCS-AM (http://www.birach.com/wwcs.html) has dropped its Spanish-laced programming and is picking up the national Fox Sports Radio feed with this New Year. This is the third format change in three years for this Birach Broadcasting station. They previously aired the Radio Disney feed before the Spanish programming change. Sima Birach (sima@birach.com) is the Station Manager.

Ron Smith, longtime conservative talk show host at WBAL-AM and a Columnist at The Baltimore Sun passed away recently from pancreatic cancer at the age of 70. Ron wrote 146 conservative columns for the Sun (not a conservative paper) and was amazed they gave him the forum starting in 2008. He had retired from the newspaper in November and the radio airwaves in early December.

After much anticipation, CNN has finally announced the names of its new morning shows. Ashleigh Banfield (Ashleigh.Banfield@turner.com), who was a former MSNBC Anchor, will Co-host along with Zoraida.Sambolin (Zoraida.Sambolin@turner.com) the newly created morning show titled “Early Start”. Soledad O’Brien will lead the 7:00 – 9:00 a.m. morning segment entitled “Starting Point”. “Starting Point” is set to take a “conversational ensemble” format with the host at the center. The two new morning shows are set to air this month.

After 27 years of publishing, Florida Underwriter Magazine has made the announcement that its December issue was its last. After filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in January, Publisher Summit Business Media has announced it will cease publication due to financial hardship and the uncertainty of digital mediums.

AMERICAN CAR COLLECTOR magazine has launched with a January 2012 issue. The new magazine features collectable American cars, and covers the market, collectors, new products, auctions and events. Sister publication CORVETTE MARKET is being merged into American Car Collector. Jim Pickering is now the Managing Editor. He can be emailed at jim.pickering@sportscarmarket.com while the new website is http://www.americancarcollector.com

GAMEPRO, a gaming magazine and website ceased publication on December 5. It was in print for 22 years. The publication has integrated operations with PCWORLD.COM

KTRV-TV,  an independent station in Boise, Idaho, has closed its news operations. They have announced plans to cut production staff as well.

Marty Davis, publisher of the gay lifestyle-focused Just Out newspaper, has announced that the Portland newspaper will cease publication after its December issue. The paper had been published for 28 years.

Ted Williams known as the man with the golden voice is now working at one of New England’s most popular stations, The New England Cable Network. Williams was discovered along the side of a road in Columbus Ohio peddling for money.

Raul Rodriguez has been named Vice President and General Manager for Univision’s KDTV-14, KSOL and KBRG. Adriana Muro has been promoted. Her new title at Telemundo’s KDEN-25 now reads Creative Services Manager.

Telemundo Station Group has a new President. Manuel Abud will be the leader, replacing Ronald Gordon in 2012.

Univision and other top Latin stations have come to an agreement with Hulu. Hulu will now be offering a Spanish programming to its subscribers. Nineteen employees from The Denver Post have accepted voluntary buyouts to avoid layoffs.

The Gazette, in Colorado Springs, reports a number of employee buyouts as the reorganization and “digital-first” initiative takes place. The San Diego Union-Tribune is now known as U-T San Diego. The name change will unify print and digital products under one brand. The online edition at SignOnSanDiego.com is now: http://www.utsandiego.com

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