As previously noted on the Journalism.co.uk Editors’ Blog, CNN invited several dozen newspaper editors to Atlanta last week for a summit about its forthcoming news wire. ‘Gatherings of journalists aren’t usually off-the-record affairs’, commented the NY Times after the event, ‘but CNN probably didn’t expect each segment of the summit to be shared with the web,’ describing how the online director for The Spokesman-Review in Washington, Ryan Pitts, aka @onemoreryan, tweeted his responses throughout.
After cable news election success for the channel, CNN is now looking to cater for those newspapers who find wire services too expensive. The New York Times reports that editors from about 30 papers will visit Atlanta to hear about CNN’s plans to broaden its service.
CNN‘s web traffic did rather well out of Hurricane Gustav: a press release issued yesterday told us that breaking news channel CNN.com Live ‘more than doubled its highest day on record on Monday, by serving more than 1.7 million live video streams globally’.
That figure represents a 124 percent increase on their previous highest day – February 21 – when it streamed the debate between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.
In other news, another release announced the appointment of CNN’s first vice president of international digital services: Nick Wrenn, current managing editor for Europe, Middle East & Africa. Although based in Atlanta, Wrenn will manage all of the digital content outside of the US in his new role, bringing together CNN.com/international and mobile with its broadband services.
Wrenn will report to Tony Maddox, executive vice president and managing director of CNN International.
“Our digital services are playing an increasingly important part in the growth of CNN International and this new position ensures that they will be leveraged and incorporated into our current business appropriately,” said Maddox in the statement.
Those guys at Tribune know how to have a laugh don’t they? Take this ‘hilarious’ press release I received today about the US media group’s latest appointment:
Surely You Can’t Be Serious? Marc Chase – President Of Tribune Interactive!
Randy Michaels’ run of acquiring radio-management stars
came to a screeching halt today with Chase’s appointment
CHICAGO, April 7, 2008 — Another freaking Clear Channel
Communications executive on the payroll and this one’s been
named President of Tribune Interactive.
Tribune Broadcasting’s Randy Michaels’ past finally caught
up with him when Marc Chase obviously blackmailed his way
into a position he is not remotely qualified to hold.
Insiders are irate. Chase is a fraud. A source inside
Tribune HR, who wished to remain anonymous, pointed out that
Marc Chase’s resume (below) was obviously fabricated. First
of all, his name isn’t even Marc Chase–it’s Mark Thompson.
The whole thing is a sham.
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue Washington DC 20500 202-456-1111
Vocabulary Advisorist for George W. Bush
President of the United States of America
Washington DC, 2004-present
President of Buying Crap
San Jose, California 2003-2004
Executive Vice President of Finding Crap Anywhere
Mountain View, California 2001-2002
Senior Executive Vice President of Technology and Stuff
Seattle, Washington, 2000-2001
CBS, ABC, NBC, FOX Television
Vice President of Watching TV A Lot
Los Angeles, California 1999-2000
Dean of School of Internetology
Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1998
Nearly Graduated with Honers
School of Alabama in Atlanta Georgia 1985
400 Hours (reduced from 600)
Judge gave time off for good behavior
Chase was quoted as saying, “Timing and infrared photography
are everything. I couldn’t be happier! I know Randy is
relieved to finally have me on Sam’s payroll.”
Tribune has undergone major changes in the past year, with
billionaire Sam Zell acquiring the company last April in a
complex deal that left it with $13 billion in debt. Since
then, Zell has brought in new executives to fill key roles.
This one takes the cake.
Last December, Zell hired Michaels — who helped Zell to
build Clear Channel into a radio behemoth that he could then
sell — to oversee Tribune’s broadcast and Internet
divisions. It is obvious Michaels has lost his mind with
–By Hugh Jass – A Reputable Media Source
© 2008, Bogus Information, a division of Dewey, Cheatum, and
Howe. All Rights Reserved.
While you’re sewing you sides back together (and trying to make sense of the whole thing), you have to ask why? As Gawker points out Marc Chase has been hired – that’s about all you can determine from the message – but is it appropriate to send out a spoof release as the Tribune company faces mass redundancies?