Media Insider: Moonves Out at CBS, Apple Talking with Newspapers About Texture Service, Lawsuits Over Journalist Twitter Accounts May Become More Common

Welcome to Media Insider, PR Newswire’s round-up of media stories from the week.


Les Moonves is out at CBS after harassment allegations, corporate battle

CNN reports CBS chief executive Les Moonves has exited the company amid a flurry of sexual misconduct allegations. Meanwhile, the CBS board is being reshaped with six new directors, and controlling shareholder Shari Redstone plans again to consider new bids from potential buyers. CBS has said that it will donate $20 million to organizations that support the #MeToo movement and other groups fighting for workplace equity for women. The donation, which will be made immediately, will come out of any severance that Moonves might eventually be given.

More about this story: Will Les Moonves leave with $0, $120 million, or something in between?

Apple is talking to big newspapers about joining its subscription service

Apple got into the magazine business earlier this year with the purchase of Texture, a digital mag distributor. According to Recode, it now wants to add daily news to the mix. Apple has had conversations with some of the country’s largest papers — namely The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post — about adding stories to Texture. Says Recode: “Texture — often described as a Netflix or Hulu for magazines — currently lets consumers read as many stories as they want from dozens of magazines for a $10 monthly subscription. It’s unclear whether Apple executives want to add stories from the three dailies into the same subscription service or market the papers as an add-on.”

Related: Apple is Looking to Grow its Media Clout

Gannett is putting a local spin on the publisher-as-agency model

Gannett’s USA Today Network is becoming the latest publisher to shift to an agency model to grow its share of marketing dollars, but with a local twist, Digiday reports. The USA Today publisher has acquired three firms over the past two years — ReachLocal, SweetIQ, and Wordstream — that “provide agency-like services to local businesses.” Digiday says that on Sept. 10, USA Today Network planned to roll out a new marketing brand, LocalIQ, to emphasize the breadth of all those services. “This includes helping local businesses find new customers on search and social media, create websites, and manage their online reputation,” Digiday says.

In other agency news: Beyond native: How the NY Times plans to turn T Brand Studio into a full-fledged agency

Lawsuits over journalist Twitter accounts may become more common

A sports reporter who took his Twitter account with him when he left The Roanoke Times in July is being sued by the paper’s parent company, BH Media Group. Andy Bitter had used a Twitter account to share his stories, break news, and engage with readers. He also had more than 27,000 followers when he left, CJR reports. Bitter declined requests from BH Media Group to hand over his login information, and he’s continued to use this Twitter account since joining sports-news website The Athletic. BH Media, which says it owns the account, is suing Bitter in federal court, claiming misappropriation under the Defend Trade Secrets Act and the Virginia Uniform Trade Secrets Act and violations of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.

ICYMI: MacDougall: Journalists are addicted to Twitter, and it’s poisoning their journalism

The one-time reporter who is putting up $6 million to create an investigative journalism center

When he was a freshly minted journalism grad, with no clips, Michael Arnolt got his first reporting job, he said, “because they felt sorry for me,” Poynter writes. Arnolt now is donating $6 million to his alma mater, Indiana University, to establish a center for investigative reporting, beginning next fall, Poynter reports. The gift is the largest in Indiana’s century-old journalism program. This has prompted interest from other possible donors to the center, said James Shanahan, dean of The Media School at IU’s Bloomington campus.

In other j-school news: Change announced at UM School of Journalism

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Christine Cube is a senior audience relations manager with PR Newswire and freelance writer. Follow her at @cpcube.

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