MediaPulse | A Weekly Media Round-Up
Here are the top media industry stories we’re following this week:
The Big News:
- President Obama gave a final, hopeful State of the Union address (Medium) with Republican response from South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley calling for an end to GOP infighting (CNN)
- Actor Sean Penn is under investigation for his Rolling Stone interview with Mexican drug lord El Chapo, who was apprehended this week (Bloomberg)
- The Dow, S&P and NASDAQ all took a huge tumble Friday morning, with the U.S. stock market experiencing ripples from China and Europe, prompting some to fear a potential recession (TheStreet)
- And sadly, several notable personalities left us this week, including iconic artist and musician David Bowie (USA Today) beloved actor Alan Rickman (BBC) and Hall of Fame ESPN sportscaster Jim Simpson (Deadline)
Check out some of Cision Blog’s top scoops of the week, including:
- TMZ Adds Will Mendelson (Cision Blog)
- PopSugar Promotes Monica Sisavat (Cision Blog)
- Mike Bird Joins WSJ London Bureau (Cision Blog)
- Ruth Reader Joins Mic (Cision Blog)
- Thursday saw potentially the lowest rated GOP debate thus far this year (POLITICO On Media), with heated exchanges between Sen. Marco Rubio, Sen. Ted Cruz and Donald Trump (Reuters)
- Martin O’Malley will be included in Sunday’s Democratic debate along with Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders (WSJ’s Washington Wire)
- February will see a Democratic debate with an all female moderating panel comprised of Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff on PBS (FishbowlDC)
- Sunday’s Golden Globes kicked off this year’s awards season with controversial humor from Ricky Gervais (MSNBC)
- The 2016 Oscar nominations were revealed, with The Revenant and Mad Max: Fury Road earning the most nods (Los Angeles Times)
- HBO airs its first episode of Sesame Street this weekend, with increased kids’ offerings to follow (TechCrunch)
- And a possible Friends reunion at a tribute for legendary director James Burrows had fans excited (TV Line), but it was later revealed Matthew Perry won’t be there (TIME)
- Philadelphia Media Network owner Gerry Lenfest this week donated The Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Daily News and Philly.com to the nonprofit Philadelphia Foundation (Philly.com)
- Al Jazeera America announced it will shut down, citing an unsustainable business model (The New York Times)
- Layoffs hit several media outlets this week, including the New York Daily News (FishbowlNY), and Upworthy (POLITICO New York)
- And notable anniversaries this week include Crain Publications (Talking Biz News) and the Pulitzer Prize (Poynter), both celebrating their 100th Anniversary
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