National Enquirer nominates itself for Pulitzer over John Edward’s baby. The executive editor of the National Enquirer says he plans to enter his paper’s work on the John Edwards scandal for a Pulitzer Prize. “It’s clear we should be a contender for this,” Barry Levine said by phone Thursday, hours after the former presidential candidate admitted what the newspaper had been reporting all along: that he is the father of Rielle Hunter’s baby. – The Washington Post
The new ABC TV. The revamp of ABC TV is due to be revealed some time next week and talk around the national broadcaster is that there will be winners and losers.
Talk inside the corporation is that the revamp will come a day or so after Australia Day, next Tuesday.
Crikey revealed the looming changes last month.
“The changes will see the public broadcaster adopt a BBC-type structure of silo-based management around its channels ABC1, ABC2 and ABC3. Director of TV Kim Dalton will oversee “controllers” for each of the channels in an echo of the BBC arrangement, which grants wide-ranging powers to titular heads to take control of each channel’s direction. Crikey understands that some programming, creative and support staff will be involved, alongside a greater focus on each channel and its schedule by smaller groups.
“Reports suggest there will be a senior management team, presided over by incumbent director Kim Dalton. This will replace the current system of genre-based content executives (such as directors of arts and entertainment, comedy, etc). However, the ABC will avoid a complete organisation restructure with the changes confined to television.”
Now Crikey understands that the most important of the three controllers jobs, the one for the main channel, ABC 1, will be done through a search organisation with internal and external candidates sought. the feeling is that the winning candidate will be external.
The head of the children’s group Tim Brooke-Hunt who oversaw the introduction of ABC3, the digital kids channel that started on December 4, will be the controller of ABC 3.
The controller for ABC 2 will be internal, but Crikey has not been able to find out the name of the successful person.
But eyebrows have been raised by one change: commissioning editors for each of the three channels will be appointed (The changes will not impact the new 24-hour ABC News channel that will be effectively ABC 4).
But they will also have control of program acquisition and will report not to their respective controllers, but to the head of ABC TV, Kim Dalton AKA The Bishop, according to some insiders).
The big question will be the future role for the current head of programming for ABC TV, Marena Manzoufas. — Glenn Dyer
Covering Haiti: When the media is the disaster. Soon, after almost every disaster, the crimes begin: ruthless, selfish, indifferent to human suffering, and generating far more suffering. The perpetrators go unpunished and live to commit further crimes against humanity. They care less for human life than for property. They act without regard for consequences. –TheNation
Air America off the air. Air America, which gave a home to Al Franken and a then-unknown Rachel Maddow, says it’s filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy. The liberal radio network will stop live broadcasts as of 6pm EST today. It will feed affiliates reruns through Monday, then cease operations altogether after 6 years. –newser
Boosting job ads using social networking. Software development company Atlassian boosted the number of applicants for its open positions in 17 weeks by 350% using social networking, and its HR manager, Joris Luijke, says SMEs can do the same. –smartcompany