Around the town
Though its advertising revenue continues to fall, The New York Times Co. made a profit this quarter, thanks to growing circulation revenue from digital subscriptions. The New York Times and The International Herald Tribune now have 699,000 digital subscribers, while The Boston Globe has 70,000. (Press release)
Despite protests and boycott threats, the Rolling Stone issue with Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on the cover has sold twice as well as a typical issue. (Adweek)
“[Robinson Meyer] may be the only college kid to actually get a job because of how good he is on Twitter.” (The Atlantic)
Katie Couric is to head to ABC, ending widespread speculation to that effect, announced the network today. The former CBS Evening News anchor is to, this summer, “anchor specials, contribute interviews, participate in special events coverage and bring her many talents to bear on some of the most important and interesting stories of Read More
ABC announced today that David Muir is to anchor their weekend World News broadcasts. The youthful Muir, who recently returned from Cairo, is something of an ABC lifer, having reported for World News with Diane Sawyer, Good Morning America, 20/20, and Nightline. Sounds like Muir has a good working relationship with the reportedly hard-to-love Read More
“There isn’t a single program on ABC News that doesn’t bear the imprint of David Westin,” Washington Post media critic Howard Kurtz said to begin a segment on recently retired ABC News president David Westin on his his CNN show yesterday.
Mr. Kurtz asked his panelists if they thought Mr. Westin was pushed or nudged Read More
After more than 13 years leading the division, ABC News president David Westin announced his resignation in a memo to his staff Monday night.
Mr. Westin wrote that he was leaving to pursue other professional opportunities. “I’ve always admired those few who know when it’s time to move on. This is the right time for Read More
On Tuesday ABC News published a major exclusive about increased security on flights between the United States and Dubai from Brian Ross, the network’s chief investigative correspondent. The story has since been removed from network’s website, according to Salon’s Justin Elliott.
A spokesman for ABC told Mr. Elliott that the network never retracted Read More
To the Editors
Howard Kurtz shadowed Diane Sawyer while she was running around during a day of production for ABC World News at the network’s studios on Columbus Avenue.
To start the day, Ms. Sawyer looks like a “64-year-old housewife in need of a cup of coffee,” wrote Mr. Kurtz.
Later Mr. Kurtz showed Ms. Read More
Back to School
To the editors of The New York Observer,
I am writing in defense of Mimi Gurbst because I can no longer countenance the abuse of anonymity that has allowed others to cowardly malign her in perpetuity on the Internet. Like Mimi Gurbst, I worked at ABC for nearly thirty years. I no longer Read More
In recent years, when she wasn’t putting together stories as a senior producer for ABC’s World News or helping to oversee global news-gathering operations as a network vice president, Mimi Gurbst liked to advise her colleagues on various ways to improve their personal and professional lives.
Somewhere along the say, sources tell The Observer, Ms. Read More
Today, ABC News announced that is has teamed up with New York based company Daylife (creators of a publishing platform once described in The Observer as “Huffington Post in a box”) to boost its digital reporting with some 70,000 topic pages.
“Topics include everything from Tiger Woods, to Apple’s iPad,” an Read More