March Media Moves and Changes

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.

CNN International announces the relaunch of the show “Amanpour” with host Christiane Amanpour.  This show originally debuted in 2009 and is now set to return this Spring. Liza McGuirk (liza.mcguirk@turner.com) is the Executive Producer for the program. The format of the show will feature a half hour program with international news and interviews. It will air on weekdays at 3:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. on CNN International. Amanpour (Christiane.Amanpour@turner.com)  has stepped down as host of ABC’s “This Week” but will continue to remain the Global Affairs Anchor for ABC as well as host of this returning program on CNN International

Former Tampa Tribune Editorial Page Editor Rosemary Goudreau (rgoudreau@floridavoices.com) and Reporter Rosemary Curtiss (rcurtiss@floridavoices.com) have recently started a new media site called Florida Voices (http://www.floridavoices.com). The opinion magazine is said to be a one-stop guide for local Floridians, which will feature content from local Florida newspapers as well as original commentary from Florida Voices’ own columnists. The website also included an online news forum and roundtable where experts discuss current issues such as include local government and the presidential election. The online publication consists of former newspaper employees that have worked for The Miami Herald, Orlando Sentinel, The New York Times, The Palm Beach Post and The Florida Times-Union. Goundreau is the Publisher and Curtiss is the Editor of the site.

Bloomberg is launching a new lifestyle magazine called Bloomberg Pursuits targeted to the global financial elite. The magazine is geared toward readers with an average household income of more than $450,000. The magazine will cover luxury product reviews, destinations, real estate and fashion. The editorial staff includes Editor-in-Chief Vince Bielski (vbielski@bloomberg.net) and Bloomberg Markets’ and News Reporters based around the world.

The Denver Business Journal reports that The Denver Post print circulation is down seven percent from last year, Saturday print circulation is down more than 10 percent from the previous year, and Sunday print circulation is down five percent, from 2011.On the flip side, web traffic continues to grow, at nine percent, when compared to the previous year. You can read more here: http://www.bizjournals.com/denver/news/2012/02/08/medianews-group-unit-to-cut-boulder.html?ana=twt

The Grand Rapids Press, Kalamazoo Gazette, Muskegon Chronicle and Flint Journal will initiate operations under the direction of two new companies, MLive Media Group and Advance Central Services Michigan. The change in administration means new offices for the four newspapers, as well as staff restructuring. In addition, the two companies will also manage the Jackson Citizen Patriot, the Saginaw News, the Bay City Times and AnnArbor.com’s print edition. Staff changes include the promotion of Julie Hoogland (jhoogland@mlive.com) from Assistant Metro Editor to Community News Director at the Grand Rapids Press. Paul Keep (pkeep@mlive.com) has been named Executive Editor of all eight papers. Also, Tanda Gmiter (tgmiter@mlive.com), Jeff Haywood (jhaywood@mlive.com), and Kate Nagengast (knagengast@mlive.com), have all been named Managing Producers at the Press.

Retail Minded (http://retailminded.com/magazine) is a newly launched quarterly trade magazine for the fashion boutique industry. The new magazine features news and information about inventory, marketing, merchandising, publicity, designers and more, with input from industry professionals, retail leaders and customers. The nationally distributed publication will feature a different city in each issue. The inaugural issue will spotlight Geneva, Illinois, a community near Chicago. Nicole Leinbach-Reyhle (nicole@retailminded.com) is the Founder and Editor of the magazine.

Philadelphia Media Network (The Philadelphia Inquirer and Philadelphia Daily News) is offering buyouts to 37 employees to reduce staff numbers by the end of the month. The plan follows their creation of one newsroom for both newspapers in new offices this Summer.

Gannett Co. is offering early retirement packages to 665 of its employees.  This is a voluntary retirement opportunity for eligible employees. You can read more on this at the Romenesko media blog: http://jimromenesko.com/2012/02/09/gannett-offers-early-retirement-program-to-665-employees/

ESPN’s Monday Night Football booth shrinks: Syracuse Graduate/Play-by-Play man Mike Tirico and Analyst/ex-NFL Coach Jon Gruden will be manning the booth in the Fall as Analyst/ex-Quarterback Ron Jaworski moves onto an expanded analyst role at ESPN. The first game for Gruden and Tirico will be September 10th.

MSNBC has added another new program to its line-up. The self-titled show is hosted by Melissa Harris-Perry and airs live from 10:00 a.m. – Noon ET both Saturday and Sunday. Harris-Perry is a Political Science professor at Tulane University as well as a contributor to MSNBC and The Nation magazine. Her show will focus on – what else? Politics. Along with watching the show on television, follow it online and on Twitter at: http://mhpshow.msnbc.msn.com/ and https://twitter.com/MHarrisPerry

While other cable stations are adding shows, Fox Business Network has canceled numerous primetime shows. On the cutting block are “Follow the Money with Eric Bolling,” “FreedomWatch With Judge Andrew Napolitano” and “Power & Money with David Asman.” Replacing the shows are repeats of “Lou Dobbs Tonight,” “The Willis Report” with Gerri Willis and “Cavuto” will Neil Cavuto. The network is still trying to determine the order the shows will air.
Check out all the FBN shows at http://www.foxbusiness.com/index.html

Better Buildings magazine has recently re-launched. The building management magazine was first published in 1981 but ceased in the mid-1990s. The magazine will cover topics such as building operations, asset management, energy management, capital improvements, and design and construction innovations. Better Buildings (http://reforum.com/betterbuildings/) is a supplement to Real Estate Forum Magazine. It is distributed to almost 54,000 readers in New York’s tri-state area. John Salutri (jsalustri@alm.com) is the Content Director.

WIVB-TV, the CBS-affiliate in Buffalo, has redesigned its set. It has enlarged the news and weather spaces and it will now broadcast in HD. The makeover took just six weeks to finish at a cost of approximately $2.5 million. The new look debuted on the 5:00 p.m. newscast. The website for WIVB-TV is: http://www.wivb.com

He survived being shot and imprisoned in the Middle East but tragically, Anthony Shadid of The New York Times was felled by an asthma attack while on assignment in Syria. Shadid, Beirut Bureau Chief and Middle East Reporter, was being guided through the countryside by locals on horses. Turns out Shadid was allergic to the horses. Shadid has been with the NYT since 2010. He also served as Middle East Correspondent for The Washington Post, the Associated Press and The Boston Globe.

Veteran Wall Street Journal Reporter and best-selling author Jeffrey Zaslow, passed away from injuries suffered in a car crash. He was 53. Along with his financial reporting at the WSJ, Zaslow was well-known for his book, “The Last Lecture.” He also published: “Gabby,” “The Magic Room,” “Highest Duty” and “The Girls From Ames.”

Playground magazine (http://www.playground-magazine.com) has recently launched on the market as the new hip and trendy parenting magazine. The monthly Florida-based publication is geared towards affluent parents in Central Florida with a “sophisticated and hip” twist covering everything from parent-related to home design and fashion to health, travel and culture. It will be distributed through subscription, direct mail to families of incomes more then $125K and distributed in upscale retailers, spas, salons, private schools and exclusive high-profile events.

CNN – Cable News Network announced that Contributing Editor Roland Martin has been suspended for homophobic comments he tweeted during the Super Bowl. Martin has been with the Network since 2007.

Long-time KEYE-TV (http://weareaustin.com/) Anchor/Reporter Fred Cantu had been working part-time in the hardware department of a local Home Depot. He took the position for extra money and the benefits package. Cantu, a handy, fix-it guy, fit well within the Home Depot Staff. However, recently he was offered a contract (of unknown length) to come back and work for KEYE full-time. Cantu gave his notice at Home Depot the beginning of February. The Austin American-Statesman has more on Cantu’s story here: http://www.statesman.com/blogs/content/shared-gen/blogs/austin/kelso/entries/2012/02/09/_beloved_austin_tv_news.html

What do you do when local ratings look bleak? WFAA-TV (http://www.wfaa.com) in Dallas decided to resort to humor and bring in Texas Rangers Pitcher Derek Holland to “report” the weather. While he fidgeted and flubbed the forecast, veteran Meteorologist Pete Delkus laughed off camera. Holland, who is known for being goofy on camera, pitched during the Rangers’ stint in the World Series last year. Uncle Barky has more on the story here. http://www.unclebarky.com/dfw_files/5da502525e18a869f21deb55219d14cd-2306.html

Jonathan Schuler has been promoted to Executive Editor of the Suburban Life Publications. Most recently, Schuler served as Managing Editor for a range of newspapers within the company. Suburban Life Publications publish 22 newspapers in the western suburbs of Chicago. You may reach Schuler at jschuler@mysuburbanlife.com.

Ward Room, a political blog hosted by the Chicago’s NBC affiliate WMAQ-TV, has expanded into a weekly, half-hour program. The series, hosted by Political Reporters Carol Marin and Mary Ann Ahern, will feature interviews with Chicago-based political figures and report on top stories of the week. For additional information visit, http://www.nbcchicago.com/blogs/ward-room.

Three top executives have left the Chicago Sun-Times daily. Rick Surkamer resigned as President and Chief Operating Officer of Sun-Times Media Holdings; Fred Lebolt, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Digital Operations; and Matthew Saleski, Vice President of Marketing and Business Development

The V Spot (http://www.hausofv.com/the-v-spot.html) is a new blog that covers celebrity news, gossip and behaviors. Kathy Vogel (usofv@gmail.com) is the main Blogger and a Freelance Journalist. Vogel also is a Morning Host on WHBC-FM in Canton, OH. You may follow Vogel on Twitter at http://twitter.com/kathyvogel.

News Director Jim Asendio has left WAMU-FM over an ethics issue. Meymo Lyons (meymo@wamu.org) is the Acting News Director: You can read the story here: http://www.radioink.com/Article.asp?id=2400340&spid=24698

Hispanic media continues to grow. Noticiero Univision continues to attract more viewership, while ABC, CBS and NBC showed minimal gain in viewership and in some cases, a loss in viewers.

El Raton Mickey! Disney and Univision are currently in negotiations to create a new English-language news channel. They are hopeful to have the station up and running by the Fall of 2012.  Univision continues to move in on the English market.

Comcast has selected BabyFirst Americas as one of their Hispanic networks. According to their website, “BabyFirst Americas’ mission is to offer Latino parents the ability to help their children integrate into American society, while maintaining a strong connection to their Latino heritage and bilingual communication.”

Dave Ramsey has signed on financial expert Andres Gutierrez to his team. “El Show de Andres Gutierrez” will focus on money managing issues in the Hispanic community. Check it out here: http://www.daveramsey.com/speakers/Andres-Gutierrez/

Veteran African-American female journalist Libby Clark recently passed away at the age of 94. Ms. Clark was a Columbia journalism graduate who later became the first African-American licensed in California to own a public relations firm which she operated for 50 years. Ms. Clark was also a syndicated food writer and was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by the National Newspaper Publishers Association on her 85th birthday.

Ricki Lake is set to once again return to daytime television with her own show. The Ricki Lake Show (http://www.rickilaketvshow.com) will premiere in September 2012. Lisa Kidros is the Producer. Follow the show on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/rickilakeshow.

The former San Diego Union-Tribune, now known as U-T San Diego (http://www.utsandiego.com) is planning to launch an all-news television network on cable TV. The network will be called UT-TV.

Beginning this month, The Hollywood Reporter and Billboard will make their music and entertainment content available to Associated Press customers. Breaking news and feature stories can be purchased for online use under the content distribution agreement.

Los Angeles radio station, KFI-AM, suspended popular hosts John Kobylt and Ken Chiampou of the “John and Ken Show” for making inappropriate remarks on the air about the late Whitney Houston.

MediaNews Group will lay off  seven employees to outsource jobs. The employees affected are part of MediaNews’ Prairie Mountain Publishing Company, which publishes the Longmont Time-Call and the Boulder Daily Camera.

Longtime Montana newspaper editor Paul Verdon, 85, has passed away. From 1960 to 1979 Verdon was Editor and Publisher of the Western News in Libby. The Montana Press Association named the paper the outstanding weekly in the state three times under Verdon’s direction. His obituary through the Missoulian can be found at: http://missoulian.com/news/local/obituaries/paul-verdon/article_63221166-5c9b-11e1-96e1-001871e3ce6c.html

Jeff Jacot has been named Operations Manager of American General Media’s four-station Albuquerque, N.M. cluster. He will stay on as Program Director of KABG-FM and KDLW-FM, while also running KAGM-FM and KHFM-FM. Jacot will also continue to be on air at KDLW, as Co-Host of “Jeff & Jamie in the Morning.”

KOMO-TV Anchor Kathi Goertzen underwent an all-day operation recently to reduce the size of her brain tumors. The surgery came after KOMO hosted a live webcast with Goertzen, where she discussed her upcoming operation with viewers. Updates on her progress are posted on her Facebook page at: http://www.facebook.com/KathiGoertzenKOMO

KPIC-TV in Roseburg, OR and its corporate parent Fisher Broadcasting, are eliminating the News Director position among other changes. Veteran KPIC News Director Dan Bain will sign off for the last time in early March. Bain has Anchored the evening news in Roseburg for almost 20 years. His counterpart at KCBY-TV in Coos Bay, Tim Novotny, is being let go as well. Reporters at KPIC and KCBY will now submit their news stories to KVAL-TV in Eugene. Also, local evening news segments on KPIC-TV will be anchored by local newsman David Walker from the KVAL studios. (http://www.kpic.com/news/local/139555118.html)

Canada’s National Newspaper Conference is scheduled to take place in Toronto. INK+BEYOND 2012, is the 93rd annual national newspaper conference, provided by Newspapers Canada. The event will be held April 25 -29, at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel. For more information visit (http://www.newspaperscanada.ca).

You can read all the media moves by region here:  http://www.prnewswire.com/knowledge-center/mediaware/March2012MEDIAtlasUpdatesbyRegion.html

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