Afternoon media notes

A quick roundup.

  • At the NBC-Politico-Republican debate site in Simi Valley, La Opinion's Pilar Marrero tweets: "Just got to the Reagan Library in Simi Valley. it´s 100° here and the media is on [sic] a tent with no A/C."
  • Regarding Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa being tapped to respond to tonight's Republican debate, Rick Caruso (and former Jim Hahn) advisor Matt Middlebrook tweets: "Whoever chose @villaraigosa as a surrogate for #reagandebate tonight obviously hasn't looked at his poll numbers."
  • Dean Singleton's MediaNews Group joins with newspaper company Journal Register as Digital First Media Inc., with John Paton as CEO of all three entities. Local LANG employees receive the memo but no immediate impact seen.
  • Andrea Mitchell, NBC's chief foreign affairs correspondent, announced on MSNBC that she has been diagnosed with breast cancer.
  • Arts journalist and author Hunter Drohojowska-Philp joins KCRW as reviewer of exhibitions in the Pacific Standard Time series.
  • L.A. Cultural Affairs head Olga Garay, who got married over the weekend, in the Zocalo green room.
  • Tim Noah, laid off by Slate in late August, is returning to The New Republic as senior editor.
  • Thirty-one employees let go in the L.A. Times operations department, which includes the pressroom, says Ed Padgett.

Plus the lede o' the week, from TV Spy: "Meteorologist Brett Cummins, who has been with KARK since 2001, was questioned by police on Monday after he was found asleep in a bathtub along with a dead man wearing a dog collar."

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