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Vanity Fair元編集長の今

 
Vanity Fairを取り上げたばかりだったので、このタイトルにしましたが、Daily BeastやNewsweekの編集長を務めているTina Brownが今年いっぱいで退任するようです。彼女はVanity FairやNew Yorkerの編集長として有名でしたね。9月12日に発表していたようですが、ようやく知りました。



上記の動画ニュースを含めてDaily Beastというオンラインニュースサイトを辞めるという書き方ですが、プレスリリースではTina Brown Live Mediaを立ち上げることを全面に押し出した「前向きな」書き方をしています。

Tina Brown Announces Tina Brown Live Media

Tina Brown announced today that she will be leaving her position as editor in chief of The Daily Beast to launch Tina Brown Live Media, a new company that will merge Brown's lifelong commitment to journalistic inquiry with her innate ability to dramatically stage storytelling. Devoted to sponsor-supported summits, salons and flash debates, with special emphasis on expanding the annual Women in the World summit she launched in 2010, the company's mission will be to bring compelling narratives to life for a global audience.

“Creating the Daily Beast at the original instigation of Barry Diller in 2008,” she said, “has given me some of the most exciting and fulfilling years of my professional life. I am enormously proud of what our brilliant editorial team has achieved at the Beast. And I am proud, too, of what we did with Newsweek in the battle we waged to save it from the overwhelming forces of media change.”

ニューヨークタイムズの記事によるとあくまで友好的に辞めたと書いています。最初に報じたメディアをリンク付きで以下のように紹介しています。日本のメディアではあまりしないことですよね。

News of Ms. Brown’s decision was first reported by the Web site BuzzFeed.

Tina Brown to Leave The Daily Beast and Publishing
By CHRISTINE HAUGHNEY
Published: September 11, 2013

An executive with direct knowledge of the negotiations said her split with Mr. Diller was friendly, and that she had been saying for more than a month that she did not want to continue in such a stressful position into the new year.

友好的に辞めたという話を紹介しながら、Newsweekの買収の失敗で経営者との仲がうまくいかなくなったのではと思わせるようなことも書いています。サイト訪問者や広告費も増えているようですが、依然として赤字のようですから、いろいろあったのかもしれません。

Ms. Brown and Mr. Diller expressed great enthusiasm when they started The Daily Beast in 2008. But their relationship was put to the test in 2010 when Ms. Brown persuaded Mr. Diller to help support the storied but struggling Newsweek magazine and merge it with The Daily Beast. Even Ms. Brown’s best efforts to save Newsweek were soured by the struggling market for newsmagazines, and Newsweek lost tens of millions of dollars.

Mr. Diller complained publicly for months about his frustrations with Newsweek, and referred to the acquisition of it as a “mistake.” Late in 2012, Ms. Brown announced that Newsweek would cease publishing a print edition. In May, Ms. Brown confirmed that the magazine was for sale, and in early August Newsweek was sold to the digital news company International Business Times.

今回ようやく知ったのはFinancial Timesに以下のような丁寧に彼女のこれまでを紹介するコラムがあったからです。週末だけはFinancial TimesをKindleで購入して読んでいます。週末版は書評や著名人インタビューもあったりして楽しめるからです。

Tina Brown leaves journalism in her wake
By John Gapper
The media’s most irrepressible trend-surfer was the editor who was always bigger than her cover stories

新しく立ち上げるTina Live Brownというのは講演会のようなイベントを実施したりするようです。情報過剰な時代に直接会ってじっくり話し合う機会を設けることが重要ではないかとみているようです。

Ms Brown argues that, in a world of rapid information flow, people value social interaction and being in the audience for live debates. “There is such an attention deficit disorder culture today. It is all about the traffic and the quick hit. We’ll have 45-minute discussions and we’ll really get into it.”


今年の春に開催されたWomen in the Worldで話をしているTina Brownです。



パワフルな女性だと感じたのは、このコラムの最後の部分です。“The older you get, the faster you must move. You have to reverse your metabolism to your chronological age. “とおっしゃっています。還暦を迎えようとする方の発言とは思えませんね(苦笑)

It would be a simpler life. Her husband, Sir Harold Evans, former editor of The Sunday Times and The Times, is 85; their two children are adults. Her 2008 biography of Diana, Princess of Wales, was a bestseller and she has another book to write. Is it time for a change of pace?

“Where do you get the idea that I will slow down?” she responds indignantly. “The older you get, the faster you must move. You have to reverse your metabolism to your chronological age. I don’t know what I did when my children were young but, now that they are gone, I am more energised than ever.”

Tina Brown is still big. It is the media that got small.

最近では音楽アーティストがレコード会社ではなく、イベントプロモーション会社と契約することが珍しくなくなりました。今回のTina Brownの動きは、情報産業も講演会などのイベントにシフトしていく流れと言えるのでしょうか。
それとも単に彼女が時代をつかめなくなっただけなのでしょうか。ハフィントンポストと比べてDaily Beastはイマイチですから。。。
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