Why InStyle's Laura Brown says 'There's no better time to get into magazines'

Apr 21, 2017 32

ABC News(NEW YORK) —  Laura Brown has put Rihanna in a shark, taken The Simpsons to Paris fashion week and now she’s even doing Dirty Laundry with your favorite celebrities.

“I think of myself as a creative producer,” Brown, the editor-in-chief of InStyle, told Rebecca Jarvis on ABC Radio’s podcast “No Limits with Rebecca Jarvis.”

The Australian native, who spent her early days growing up on a dairy farm before moving to a beachside suburb outside of Sydney, knew from a young age that she wanted to work in the magazine industry.

When she was 15, she started interning for various magazines in her area and used any spare time or vacations as an opportunity to get experience.

 “I have the hustle muscle…through the end of high school I would do as many of those [internships] as I could,” she said. “I knew I wanted to write and I wanted to be in print magazine.”

After high school, Brown decided to study communications and journalism at Charles Sturt University in Bathurst, Australia.

While in college, she continued to gain work experience in the magazine industry and she even graduated early, submitting her final school paper while working for a publication called Australian Family Magazine.

At the age of 21, she took her first ever plane ride, a one way ticket to London to try to be a freelance fashion writer. She eventually found herself back in Sydney working for Harper’s Bazaar in Australia but she knew ultimately that she wanted to move to New York.

“I remember we used to get all the American magazines in a bag from New York and I snaffled them all up and I would take them home,” she said. She recalled how one day while living near Sydney Harbor reading New York Magazine, “I was so immersed,” she said. “I swear I looked up and I’d completely forgotten where I was. I just was in New York.”

With $5,000 in the bank, she decided to take the plunge, moving to New York City on Sept. 4, 2001. She began freelancing for a number of different magazines and landed her first full-time position at W Magazine.

She eventually joined Harper’s Bazaar, spending 11 years there, rising the ranks becoming its executive editor.

In 2016, Brown became the editor-in-chief of InStyle, where she’s combined her forward thinking creativity and social media savvy to refresh the brand, appealing to a wider audience with a “stylish and relatable voice.” Brown credits a lot of her success to paying her dues, putting in the time and gaining trust behind her ideas.

 “When people trust you enough…that’s the equity you get after being in magazines for a certain amount of time,” Brown said. “Sometimes you can have the idea and sometimes you’re going to have to get the bagel, too.”

“It’s never easy but there is an ease about having the equity behind your ideas…your idea is nothing unless people come along with you.”

In a world dominated by technology with endless forms of communication and expression, Brown says there is no better time to be in the magazine industry.

“We now have 360 degrees of a way to communicate,” she said. “It’s not just the page…I’ve got this playground that is so much bigger than just the printer.”

 “I think that there’s no better time to get into, I’ll use the old fashion word, magazines, because you can you can really tell a story and it challenges you to communicate in all these different forums on all these different levels,” she said.

“There’s no better time to have a voice and use it,” she added. “If you have something to say people, will pay attention…And that’s how InStyle is distinguishing itself.”

Hear Laura Brown’s full interview on the ABC Radio podcast “No Limits with Rebecca Jarvis.”

Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Bill O'Reilly to get payout up to $25 million: Reports

Apr 20, 2017 39

Purestock/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Bill O’Reilly could receive a payout as high as $25 million as he exits his role at Fox News, media reports said.

The Financial Times and others reported on Thursday that O’Reilly would receive the sum — “equivalent to one year’s salary” — from 21st Century Fox, Fox News’ parent company.

O’Reilly lost his job as host of “The O’Reilly Factor” Wednesday — while vacationing in Italy — when 21st Century Fox announced that he would not be returning to his anchor chair on Monday.

The announcement marked a remarkable downfall for cable news’ biggest star, who had been dogged by harassment and sexual misconduct allegations since an April 1 investigation in The New York Times. ABC News has not been able to independently verify these claims.

O’Reilly issued a statement on Wednesday after the news of his departure was announced, saying, “It is tremendously disheartening that we part ways due to completely unfounded claims. But that is the unfortunate reality many of us in the public eye must live with today.”

Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Bill O’Reilly accuser reveals identity, feels ‘triumphant’ he won't return to Fox News

Apr 20, 2017 31

Dimitrios Kambouris/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The woman who remained anonymous when she alleged Bill O’Reilly sexually harassed her publicly revealed her identity today, appearing on ABC’s “The View.” She said she felt
“triumphant” upon hearing that O’Reilly would not return to the airwaves.

Perquita Burgess appeared on “The View” one day after Fox News jettisoned its top-rated host amid allegations of harassment and sexual misconduct by several women.

Burgess said that she was a temporary worker at Fox News in 2008 when she claims the host acted inappropriately towards her.

“Within the first week and a half of working there … he made like a grunting noise,” she told “The View.” “As time went on, I noticed every time he walked past my desk, if no one was around, he
would make that noise.”

“Fast forward to maybe three, four weeks in, we were on the elevator alone coming up to our floor, and he let me off first as gentlemen usually do,” she continued. “As I was getting off the
elevator, he said ‘looking good, there, girl.'”

“One day he walks past my desk … he walks past and says ‘Hey, hot chocolate,'” she said. “I didn’t respond. I was mortified … I took that as a very plantational remark.”

Burgess said that she did not report the behavior at the time because she was not an employee of Fox News. She said that she did not tell her temporary work agency because she didn’t want to damage
the relationship she had with the firm.

Asked why she was speaking out now, Burgess said that she was “tired of reliving the trauma every time I saw a woman speak out, and I wanted to save him from doing it to anyone else.”

“I did not want to,” she said. “I was very afraid.”

O’Reilly’s representative did not immediately return ABC News’ request for comment.

Attorney Lisa Bloom was also present on the set and said that Burgess was not seeking money from O’Reilly. She also noted that the statute of limitations had run out, so Burgess could not seek a
settlement as other women had, even if she desired to do so.

Burgess and Bloom also spoke out against President Donald Trump, who defended O’Reilly in an April interview in the Oval Office, saying, “I don’t think Bill did anything wrong.”

Burgess said she felt “mortified” by the president’s remarks.

Bloom went further, saying, “What Trump said is ‘I don’t think he did anything wrong.’ He didn’t say, ‘I don’t think he did it.'”

“He doesn’t think sexual harassment is wrong,” Bloom said. “He’s made that very clear.”

Burgess’ allegations first came to light on Tuesday in a story published by The Hollywood Reporter, which heavily quoted her lawyer Lisa Bloom.

Bloom also appeared on ABC News’ “Good Morning America” on Wednesday and on Thursday.

During the Thursday appearance, she hailed O’Reilly’s departure as “a very important first step,” but said that the network needed “to clean house and show us that they really do respect women.”

O’Reilly issued a statement on Wednesday after the news of his departure was announced, saying, “It is tremendously disheartening that we part ways due to completely unfounded claims. But that is
the unfortunate reality many of us in the public eye must live with today.”

Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

New lawsuit claims Bose shared data from playlists

Apr 20, 2017 27

Bose(NEW YORK) — Could your headphones be spying on you? A federal lawsuit filed Wednesday against Bose Corporation charges that the company tracks the audio content customers listen to through an app connected to their wireless headphones and sells that information without permission.

Kyle Zak, who filed the lawsuit in Chicago, is seeking millions in damages for buyers of at least six different Bose wireless headphones and speakers and wants data collection to stop.

ABC Breaking News | Latest News Videos

Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Lawyer says O'Reilly's departure is 'a very important first step' but cautions that more needs 'to be done'

Apr 20, 2017 33

ABC News(NEW YORK) —  Celebrity attorney Lisa Bloom said Bill O’Reilly’s ouster from Fox News on Wednesday “is a very important first step,” but added “there’s a lot more to be done” at the cable network.

Bloom, who represented some of O’Reilly’s accusers, told ABC News’ Good Morning America on Thursday that the network needed “to clean house and show us that they really do respect women.”

The attorney said that her phone “has been ringing off the hook” since yesterday and she expected more allegations to come out against O’Reilly and the network.

On Wednesday, 21st Century Fox announced that O’Reilly – who was vacationing in Italy – would not be returning to his anchor chair on Monday.

The announcement marked a remarkable downfall for cable news’ biggest star, who had been dogged by harassment and sexual misconduct allegations since an April 1 investigation in The New York Times.

ABC News has not been able to independently verify these claims.

An internal 21st Century Fox memo obtained by ABC News on Wednesday said that the “decision follows an extensive review done in collaboration with outside counsel.” The memo was signed by Rupert, Lachlan and James Murdoch, the company’s top executives.

The Murdochs did praise O’Reilly, saying, “By ratings standards, Bill O’Reilly is one of the most accomplished TV personalities in the history of cable news. In fact, his success by any measure is indisputable.”

“We want to underscore our consistent commitment to fostering a work environment built on the values of trust and respect,” the memo concluded.

Earlier in April, 21st Century Fox enlisted the prominent law firm Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison to probe at least one complaint against O’Reilly.

“21st Century Fox investigates all complaints, and we have asked the law firm Paul, Weiss to continue assisting the company in these serious matters,” a 21st Century Fox spokesman said at the time.

O’Reilly issued a statement on Wednesday after the news broke, saying, “It is tremendously disheartening that we part ways due to completely unfounded claims. But that is the unfortunate reality many of us in the public eye must live with today.”

Unfounded or not, the appearance of impropriety created a public relations nightmare and dozens of advertisers pulled spots from his show.

The nightmare subsided for a few days after O’Reilly disappeared from the air after his April 11 broadcast, vowing to return on April 24 after what he called a long-planned vacation. That broadcast would prove to be his last.

Hours after his ouster, his program was on air under the same name, but with the conspicuous absence of O’Reilly’s name: The Factor.

At the top of the program, guest host Dana Perino addressed O’Reilly’s departure, saying, “Before we get to the other big stories of the day, we want to address the situation many of you may already be aware of. Bill O’Reilly, who hosted this program for 20 years is leaving the Fox News Channel. We know that you, his very loyal viewers, will have a lot of feelings about this.”

She added: “It is the end of an era here at the Fox News Channel … Bill has been the undisputed king of cable news, and for good reason. He is an incredibly talented broadcaster who raise the bar for interviewers everywhere. He has also held the staff to exacting standards in his quest to put the best possible program on the air and they are great. And you, his audience, responded in record numbers making The Factor the number one cable news show for more than 16 years. You have also been loyal and we can’t tell you how much that means to everyone on The Factor.”

Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

FTC warns Instagram 'influencers' about not disclosing brand relationships

Apr 20, 2017 33

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The Federal Trade Commission is warning social media influencers — celebrities, athletes and other brand marketers with large online followings — to properly disclose relationships with brands when endorsing or promoting products on Instagram.

In a Wednesday press release, the regulatory body announced that it had sent over 90 letters “reminding influencers and marketers” about the FTC’s guidelines on “influencer advertising” in response to petitions launched by consumer rights advocacy groups like Public Citizen.

“Our goal is to influence influencers to comply with those established principles in their Instagram posts,” the FTC wrote in an accompanying blog post.

In the FTC guide for commercial practices concerning the use of endorsements and testimonials, it states that the material connection between an endorser and the seller of the advertised product must be fully disclosed.

“A material connection could be a business or family relationship, monetary payment, or the gift of a free product,” the FTC press release said.

But the FTC said that a number of influencer Instagram posts it reviewed left that connection ambiguous, and the disclosures were sometimes insufficient. It noted that hashtags used in some posts to denote that relationship — including “Thanks [Brand],” or “#partner” — were not always obvious.

While not an official warning, the FTC’s letters are meant to act as a reminder to influencers to stick within the proper standards for endorsing or promoting products.

Legally, it is up to both the brand and influencer to clearly disclose their marketing relationship, but the FTC said celebrities and influencers should directly make people aware of their connection and marketers should educate clients about their posts and monitor their adherence to FTC guidelines.

 In its blog post, the FTC recommended three steps that influencers should take to ensure the effectiveness of disclosures on Instagram:

Keep your disclosures unambiguous.

Make your disclosures hard to miss.

Avoid #HardtoRead #BuriedDisclosures #inStringofHashtags #SkippedByReaders.

Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Last killer whale born at SeaWorld

Apr 20, 2017 34

SeaWorld(NEW YORK) — SeaWorld on Wednesday announced the birth of the last killer whale that will ever be born at the theme park, just a little over a year after it announced plans to stop breeding orcas there amid falling ticket sales and a wave of animal rights protests.

SeaWorld Entertainment, which operates 12 parks including its flagship location in Orlando, Florida, said the calf was born Wednesday afternoon to Takara, the 25-year-old matriarch of its orca pod who was already pregnant when the marine theme park company said it would stop breeding killer whales in March of last year.

“Although this is the last killer whale birth at a SeaWorld park, our work to understand and protect this species will continue for decades to come,” said Hendrik Nollens, vice president of veterinary services for SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment.

The company called the calf’s birth “historic” and said the event would mark “a new era” for SeaWorld Parks.

“This is an exciting and emotional day for us at SeaWorld and we are all so proud to share this new killer whale calf with the world, after a year and a half of planning, and observing and providing all the special care,” said Chris Bellows, vice president of zoological operations at the company’s park in San Antonio, Texas, where the calf was born.

Last year, SeaWorld said “society is changing” and the company is “changing with it” as it announced plans to stop breeding orcas.

 The Orlando, Florida-based company reported total revenue of $1.34 billion for 2016, down 2.2 percent from the previous full year.

Total park attendance for 2016 fell by about 2.1 percent for the year as the company’s Florida and northeast park locations hit a major slump, according to the company’s own accounting.

Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Bill O'Reilly 'disheartened' over departure from Fox News 'due to completely unfounded claims'

Apr 19, 2017 37

ABC News(NEW YORK) — Bill O’Reilly has responded to news that he will not be returning to his top-rated Fox News Channel show The O’Reilly Factor, saying “it is tremendously disheartening that we part ways due to completely unfounded claims.”

“That is the unfortunate reality many of us in the public eye must live with today,” he said in a statement released late Wednesday afternoon.

Earlier on Wednesday, Fox News’ parent company, 21st Century Fox, announced that “after a thorough and careful review of the allegations, the company and Bill O’Reilly have agreed that Bill O’Reilly will not be returning to the Fox News Channel.”

O’Reilly said that over his 20-year career he has “been extremely proud to launch and lead one of the most successful news programs in history, which has consistently informed and entertained millions of Americans and significantly contributed to building Fox into the dominant news network in television.”

“I will always look back on my time at Fox with great pride in the unprecedented success we achieved and with my deepest gratitude to all my dedicated viewers,” O’Reilly said. “I wish only the best for Fox News Channel.”

The host has been dogged by misconduct claims — some sexual in nature — since an April 1 story in The New York Times detailed alleged settlements made between the host and five women who accused him of harassment and sexual misconduct.

ABC News has not been able to independently verify the claims made in the Times story.

Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Stocks close lower despite Fed report showing economic growth

Apr 19, 2017 34

JaysonPhotography/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A bad day for the Dow pushed the stock markets lower on Wednesday for the second consecutive day.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 118.79 to a close of 20,404.49.

The Nasdaq gained 13.56, closing at 5,863.03, while the S&P 500 ended the session at 2,338.17, 4.02 lower than it opened.

The latest report from the Federal Reserve showed the economy growing in all 12 districts. The latest Beige Book also laid out figures that represent expanding employment nationwide.

This year’s college graduates will likely take on a lot of student loan debt. The Census Bureau says starting salaries are the same as they were in 2008, and in some cases are even lower.

Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.