Media Moves & News for April

PR Newswire’s media research team continually update 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.

The New York Times has launched a paywall on its website, allowing readers to only view up to 20 articles before charging for access. The charges range from $15-35 every month. Home delivery subscribers are exempt from paying fees for online access. However readers can review unlimited articles by accessing them through blogs and links via Facebook and Twitter. Readers can also view up to five extra articles by using search engines.

YO DUDE! Check out the Food Republic (http://www.foodrepublic.com) This is a not just any food website. It’s a guys’ food site with easy recipes that work and includes news on coffee, wine, beer, restaurants and travel. Send news to Editor-in-Chief Lisa McLaughlin or Editorial Director Richard Martin at: editorial@foodrepublic.com. And they tweet @foodrepub

Washington DC’s WTOP-FM (http://www.wtop.com) is the top billing radio station in the country and is the first all-news FM station to do that. They billed $57 million dollars in 2010 and topped the charts literally. They’re on Twitter: @wtop and Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/wtopnews

The online trade publication, Crain’s Michigan Business, has recently launched a print version. CMB offers detailed industry updates and legislation pertaining to the healthcare, government, education and financial sectors and articles on business news throughout the state. The publication will provide statewide business reporting to local markets, targeting business leaders outside the five-county region in Southeast Michigan not covered by Crain’s Detroit Business. Editors Bob Allen (ballen@crain.com) and Matthew Gryczan (mgryczan@crain.com) are responsible for the leadership of the publication.

WLS-TV in Chicago is set to launch “Windy City Live” a new live, local morning program to replace The Oprah Winfrey Show at 9:00 a.m.weekdays. The show will debut in late May 2011. Ryan Chiaverini and Valerie Warner will host the live show in front of a studio audience. Lynne Wisnefski joined Windy City Live as Associate Producer. Executive Producer Marlaine Selip and Supervising Producer Cindy Patrasso will oversee the day to day operations of the show. You may follow the new show on Twitter at @windycitylive.

Chicago’s BNP Media Inc. is merging Meat & Deli Retailer into Refrigerated & Frozen Foods Retailer and The Deli Advisor, their newest publication. They will focus on the deli retail industry, which includes sales of prepared foods like entrees, chicken, sandwiches, pizza and salads. The trade outlet will target food retail executives, buyers and managers who are responsible for deli and foodservice operations. Richard Mitchell is the Editor-in-Chief. You may reach him at mitchellr@bnpmedia.com.

To announce its news website The Today Show on NBC produced an online telecast. Hosted by Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford, the webcast streamed simultaneously with the regular television broadcast. The new website is http://www.today.com.

It appears that new technology is paying off for The Wall Street Journal. The WSJ recorded an additional 200,000 subscribers via the Kindle and the iPad.

Bloomberg recently launched its opinion section called “Bloomberg View” to great fanfare. However, it is now generating a lot of controversy. Many wonder whether the editorials will just be the opinion of Mayor Michael Bloomberg, the owner of the company. Executive Editors of the section are Jamie Rubin and David Shipley. Economist Peter Orszag will be a contributing writer.

Glenn Beck’s syndicated talk show has been dropped by WDRC talk network which includes WDRC 1360, WMMW 1470, WWCO 1240, and WSNG 610. Replacing him starting April 4, on the 9:00 a.m. – Noon time slot is Mary Jones, sharing one hour from 9:00 -10 AM with Brad Davis.

Sarasota Florida’s Herald-Tribune was awarded the Scripps Howard Foundation award for top award in business coverage. The daily covered a series focused on problems with Florida’s property and causality insurance industry. The series, “Florida’s Insurance Nightmare,” was written by Paige St. John.

CNN news team Senior Producer Hunter Waters, has recently passed away.  Waters is remembered for his long time work and dedication with the Larry King Live show as a Producer. He has also done national coverage producing shows that featured former President Bush H.W. Bush, former Vice President Al Gore, and Rev. Billy Graham.

Jim Murphy has announced  that he will join Anderson Cooper’s new talk show titled “Anderson”.  Murphy has left his post at ABC News where he served as Executive Producer at “Good Morning America”. “Anderson” is set to air sometime next fall but no set date has been announced.  The show will be distributed by Time Warner and syndicated nationally. Anderson has announced he will continue to host AC360.

The Los Angeles Times is selling a 52-week subscription to the Sunday edition of the paper for $10 on the social media deal website, Groupon. Subscriptions are selling like hotcakes.

KRLA-AM late-night host, Kevin James has announced his candidacy in the 2013 race for mayor of Los Angeles. James feels that the city desperately need new leadership and that he’s the man for the job.

KTVT-TV’s Karen Borta and Doug Dunbar were the most-watched anchors at 6:00 and 10:00 p.m. during the last Dallas sweeps. This is the first time in the station’s history they have out ranked WFAA-TV’s anchors in the same time slot.

The University of Colorado at Boulder will cease its journalism program. The program will be replaced with a new school, to be determined.

Colorado Public Radio (CPR) earned top honors from the Colorado Broadcasters Association’s 2010 Awards of Excellence. The categories include local news reporting and producing.

The Chauncey Bailey murder trial has begun in Oakland, California. Bailey was a well-respected journalist and Editor of The Oakland Post before he was tragically murdered in August 2007. Investigative journalists have been collaborating to continue Bailey’s important work as part of the Chauncey Bailey Project. Read more about it at http://www.chaunceybaileyproject.org.

Karola Saekel Craib, a longtime journalist at the San Francisco Chronicle, has passed away. Saekel was known for being a trailblazer for women in journalism. Her most recent work had been in the Chronicle’s food section, a department she led before retiring in 2007.

Our condolences to the family and colleagues of former KCBS-TV Managing Editor, Pat Casey who recently passed away after a year-long battle with brain cancer. Casey was 54.

Check out more media updates by region here:

http://www.prnewswire.com/knowledge-center/mediaware/April2011MEDIAtlasUpdatesbyRegion.html

About MEDIAtlas: Create, edit, save and distribute to media lists 24/7 with this easy-to-use web-based global media database and automated distribution system. Updated continuously, MEDIAtlas™ contains fully searchable contact details of hundreds of thousands of journalists and bloggers worldwide.  Tens of thousands of Pitching Tips from Bulldog Reporter help you learn exactly how and when to send your story for the greatest likelihood of pickup.

Authored by Kevin Frey, Senior Audience Researcher/Mid-Atlantic Region, Audience Research Group,  PR Newswire

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