New Yorker Tops Mag Awards

new yorkerThe New Yorker collected National Magazine Awards while New York trailed with three at Thursday night’s event of the American Society f Magazine Editors.

Fast Company earned the prestigious Magazine of the Year for both print and digital editions.

New Yorker earned citations in the column/commentaries, essay and criticism, fiction, feature writing categories.

New Yorker was citied for website, design and general interest.

Bon Appetit and National Geographic earned two awards.

Vanity Fair’s Graydon Carter was presented with the Magazine Editors’ Hall of Fame award. Spy founders Kurt Andersen, Tom Phillips and Carter also earned a HoF award.

Viacom Makes Splash in UK TV

Viacom is buying Channel 5 Broadcasting Ltd. from Northern & Shell Media in a deal worth about $760M.

The transaction, noted the Financial Times, is the first time that a US broadcaster would control a public service broadcaster in the competitive British television arena.

Channel 5 is the No. 5 UK public broadcaster with more than 42M viewers tuning in monthly.

Its programs include Big Brother, Home and Away, The Gadget Show, Under the Dome and Milkshake!

Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman said, “Channel 5’s momentum is indisputable, with impactful programming, increasing popularity and a growing digital channel.”

The New York based company controls more than 20 percent of branded pay-TV networks in the UK.

Viacom launched MTV in Britain in 1987, Nickelodeon in 1993 and Comedy Central in 1995.

Billionaire Sumner Redstone (90) controls Viacom.