Thanksgiving holiday schedule; turnover at Condé Nast Traveler, Ofcom clears Doctor Who
Morning Brief: media app updates include Glose updating its social eReading app; ABC fixes some bugs in WATCH ABC app
This week features the Thanksgiving holiday here in the States, so if you end up wondering why the week seems so slow, and why you haven’t heard much media news from America this week it because of the Thursday holiday (following by the shopping holiday on Friday, the college football holiday on Saturday…).
TNM will be shutting down by mid-day Wednesday, returning to normal business on Monday, November 30.
Last week was a particularly nasty week for magazine title closing news. Bauer Media announced the end of FHM and ZOO in print, and Condé Nast announced Details would be shuttered, as well. But there was turn over news, as well.
- Keith Kelly of the NY Post reported on how Condé Nast chose to change publishers. Apparently Bill Wackermann, publisher at Condé Nast Traveler, was pulled off a cruise ship to be fired and replaced by Brendan Monaghan, who is leaving the NYT (he was hired there in 2013 as publisher of T: The New York Times Style Magazine.
- The Guardian is reporting that Ofcom, the communications regulator in the UK, has decided not to launch an investigation into good ol’ Doctor Who after a recent episode featured a downed airplane. The regulator received 31 complaints from viewers who deemed the episode insensitive following the crash for the Russian airplane in the Sinai. I found it interesting that receiving 31 complaints would be considered a large amount. I’m sure your average US TV broadcast receives more than that as a matter of course.
- Ofcom did decide to ban a couple of promotional trailers for TV shows it found offensive. Ofcom thought trailers for Comedy Central’s Inside Amy Schemer and South Park were offensive, despite the fact that trailers aired after 10pm. Maybe the Downton Abbey crowd should just to go to bed earlier.
- Sixteen people were shot when a gunfight broke out in a New Orleans park on Sunday evening. The shooting took place at a block party at Bunny Friend Park in the Upper 9th Ward, police said, and that witnesses say they saw a man with a silver-colored machine gun flee the scene following the shooting. No one was killed, though ten people were taken to area hospitals. It is doubtful Republicans in Congress will debate the availability of these kinds of guns, used by Americans, but Syrian refugees…. scary, run for your life.
- Only a few media app updates made it through the system late last week and this weekend. ABC has updated WATCH ABC to fix some bugs, Spotify updated its iOS app this morning to fix a bug tied to the new iPad Pro, and Google has just issued an update for its iOS app for Google Play Newsstand, adding support for notifications (hard to believe that wasn’t in there already).
- The biggest update released was for Glose, the social eBook reading app.
We have added a lot of options and functionalities to our reader :
- You can now set more font size, from a tiny one to a super big one.
- You can now choose between a few different fonts, choose the one you’re the most confortable to read with.
- We’ve added the sepia theme!
- And, we’ve added vertical scrolling option, still paginated of course.
- Double tap on any word to define it. Our reader now integrate the iOS dictionary, just double tap on any word to see if there is a definition available. If not you can still launch a web search with that word.