Media Industry Update: Robin Roberts Returns, The Dish Delivers, And More Changes At NYT

Welcome back to Media Industry Update, where we keep you informed about the latest and most important news regarding, well, the media industry. Whether it’s an optimistic report, a discouraging announcement, or just an interesting story, we’ll be sure to let you know all about it here. 

Last time, we told you about NBC’s major struggles, the forthcoming Esquire TV network, and also a rumored digital edition of the New York Times targeted at 20-somethings, which we’ve since learned is probably not happening. This week, we’ve collected the latest on the NYT‘s impending sale of the Boston Globe, Andrew Sullivan’s success since leaving The Daily Beast, Robin Roberts’ long-awaited return to Good Morning America, and more. Read all about it below.

New York Times Co. To Sell The Boston Globe: And the changes keep coming at the New York Times. Last week, it was revealed that the company is planning to sell the New England Media Group, which includes the Globe, Boston.com, the Worcester Telegram & Gazette, and Globe Direct, a direct-mail marketing company. According to the Times, this move is being made to “[allow] the media company to focus energy and resources on its flagship newspaper.”

Andrew Sullivan’s Newly Stand-Alone The Dish Makes Bank: Earlier this year, Andrew Sullivan decided to separate his popular political blog The Dish from its previous home, The Daily Beast, and run it on its own, without any ads, but with a paywall. Many were fearful that this would not work out for Sullivan, but yesterday it was reported that his blog has already made $611,000 this year. That’s two-thirds of the way to his goal for the year, and it’s been less than two months. Everyone, take notes.

Robin Roberts Returns To Good Morning America: Last Wednesday, for the first time in 173 days, America’s sweetheart Robin Roberts returned to her anchor post at ABC’s Good Morning America, and everything felt right again. It was her first day back since she went on medical leave in September for a rare blood disease, which caused her to require a bone-marrow transplant. Roberts will be on the air only a few days per week until she fully regains her strength. Wednesday’s episode of GMA was its most-watched since the day after the 2012 presidential election.

Soledad O’Brien To Leave CNN’s Starting Point: Just like over at the NYT, new management is shaking things up a bit at CNN. Last week, it was revealed that the new president of CNN Worldwide, Jeff Zucker, has decided to officially scrap Soledad O’Brien’s morning show Starting Point. However, O’Brien will not be leaving the network altogether, and will in fact now be creating long-form documentaries for CNN. It is rumored that Erin Burnett and Chris Cuomo will anchor the program that replaces Starting Point.

The Herald Tribune To Be Renamed The International New York Times: Just when we thought the Times Co. would finally take a breather, this happened. Yesterday, the Times revealed that its company will officially rename its 125-year-old Paris-based international paper, The Herald Tribune, this fall. The International New York Times will boast a new website and will also have a new masthead, though details on that matter have not been revealed. The reason for the change is to “[reflect] the company’s intention to focus on its core New York Times newspaper and to build its international presence.” Breathless will never be the same.

Say It Ain’t So — Nate Silver Might Stop Blogging: In a speech at Washington University earlier this month, FiveThirtyEight blog‘s Nate Silver said that he might stop blogging if he starts to impact election results. “I hope people don’t take the forecasts too seriously. [...] If it gets really weird in 2014, in 2016, then maybe I’ll stop doing it. I don’t want to influence the democratic process in a negative way,” he said.

Nielsen Changes Definition Of TV Viewing: After a meeting in New York last Tuesday, executives at Nielsen Co. — the most prominent company for TV ratings – decided to expand their traditional definition of TV viewing to include broadband, Xbox, and iPads. This change comes after years of complaints that traditional TV ratings measures are inadequate. Only time will tell which shows’ ratings will benefit most from this new alteration — we’re thinking Netflix’s House of Cards will only get bigger.

That’s all we have for this week! Check back with us in two weeks for our next Media Industry Update.

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