New US media blog The Cutline, from Yahoo’s The Upshot, reported yesterday that the New York Times was restructuring its web newsroom as part of plans to bring together its print and online operations.
According to a memo from executive editor Bill Keller obtained by The Cutline, it was announced internally that digital news editor Jim Roberts will become the assistant managing editor for news, while web newsroom editor Fiona Spruill is named editor for emerging platforms.
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A new BBC drama based on the launch of a news programme in the 1950s begins filming today, with transmission set for next year.
The Hour, which will be shown on BBC Two, will be a six-part series which “takes viewers behind the scenes of the launch of a topical news programme in London 1956”, according to a press release. It is written and created by Abi Morgan.
The casting announced today is as follows:
- Ben Whishaw plays Freddie Lyon, a brilliant and outspoken journalist, whose passion endlessly lands him in trouble. Getting to the truth of a story can be a dangerous and risky business, and it’s Bel, his contemporary and best friend who is always there to bail him out.
- Romola Garai plays Bel Rowley, spirited and ambitious, and facing the most exciting and daunting challenge of her life – running The Hour.
- Dominic West plays Hector Madden, charming, charismatic – a man whose upbringing and education have instilled in him a sense of entitlement, and whose glamorous young wife has the family connections to get him the job as front man on The Hour. But beneath the confident façade Hector has a lot to prove.
Filming starts today in and around the London area for three months.