New York Times readers will soon have a new TV critic to pick over the highs and lows of the medium. The newspaper has hired James Poniewozik, who has held a similar function at Time magazine, to fill a slot recently vacated by Alessandra Stanley.
Bill Carter, who has covered the television industry at The New York Times for more than 25 years and remains one of the best known writers in the industry, is taking a voluntary buyout. Carter said today that leaving the paper was a “really wrenching and agonizing decision.”
Bob Greenblatt, the chairman of NBC Entertainment, “I think in cable TV, critics are important because they raise the profile of a show. But in broadcast TV, the critics are just savage to us.”
Longtime Chicago media columnist Robert Feder is launching a standalone media blog next month through a partnership with the Chicago Tribune. The editorially independent website, RobertFeder.com, will be owned by Feder, but licensed and marketed by the Chicago Tribune Media Group, an agreement based on generating online traffic and ad revenue.