What’s happening in media today?
Also from BuzzFeed, Peter Lauria has the exclusive that IAC And Daily Beast Editor Tina Brown To Part Ways. Lucas Grindley with The Advocate pointed out: “Details like this fascinate me: The Daily Beast had its traffic increase 15% year-over-year, a source says in story.” Jonathan Smith from Vice wrote, “Picturing Tina Brown referring to her staff as ‘beasties’ makes me v uncomfortable. Someone should report that to HR.”
No longer the talk of the town, Tina Brown bids farewell to Diller's Beast came from Michael Wolff at the Guardian. Wolff himself tweeted: “Alas, the Tina Brown story is our own.” He added, “Tina is representative of struggles of modern media, not the one who should be blamed for it.” Ben Smith at BuzzFeed pointed out: “Buried positive reading of @MichaelWolffNYC column: @TheTinaBeast was an amazing magazine editor.” Dan Wright almost couldn’t believe what he was reading: “Good God is this... empathy... from @MichaelWolffNYC? Am I taking crazy pills?” Heidi Moore from the Guardian made a great point: “Maybe the demise of smart celebrity magazines is not because of digital, but because we lack smart celebrities.” Freelancer John McQuaid tweeted this bit from Wolff’s story: "Magazines died, leaving her without a profession."
For still more shop talk, read up on Newsweek’s New Owners Naming Reuters’s Impoco as Editor-in-Chief, courtesy of Nick Turner at Bloomberg. Chris Peacock at CNN tweeted: “Congrats @jimpoco.” Felix Salmon from Reuters wrote, “W00t! @jimpoco the new EIC of Newsweek. (Related: Newsweek still exists, apparently.)” Jared Keller at Al Jazeera America also couldn’t believe it: “What.”
In other media news, NBC announced Carson Daly as the newest addition to TODAY, where he’ll host something called the Orange Room. Savannah Guthrie at NBC News tweeted: “Welcome, Carson!!” Vince Lattanzio with NBC 10 Philadelphia had a suggestion: “I expect TRLesque countdown each morn.” Brian Ries from Newsweek Global added, “Y'know, @CarsonDaly sounds legit excited to be a part of @todayshow. Excited for him.”