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Katie Couric Scores Manti Te’o Interview (They Share a Publicist, BTW)(PRNewser)
So Manti Te’o, who most Americans believe to be a big old liar, visited Katie Couric’s office for his first official post-scandal interview, set to air Thursday. While we’re interested in the fact that he admitted to “briefly” lying about the fake dead girlfriend hoax for six weeks after learning that he’d been duped (yeah right), we’d like to examine the “Inside PR” aspects of the story. ABC News Te’o says that even though he was hoaxed by the supposed existence of a fake girlfriend, his inspirational story of playing through emotional pain “was all real and that’s something that I can’t fake.” Te’o made his comments to Couric, who will air the exclusive interview on Thursday. LA Times / Show Tracker So how did Couric manage to beat out Winfrey for the juicy get? After all, Winfrey just snagged international coverage and a reported audience of 28 million worldwide for her exclusive two-part sit-down with disgraced cycling star Lance Armstrong. Some reports have suggested that the key factor was high-powered publicist and crisis management expert Matthew Hiltzik, who has had Couric as a client for seven and a half years and has been representing Te’o since just after the story of his girlfriend hoax broke in early January. Deadspin Te’o’s story seems similar in substance to the one he gave in his non-televised, late-night interview with Jeremy Schaap, with a little more detail, and much stronger language. Whereas last week Te’o said he “tailored” his stories and “catered” to what the media wanted, this time he says he flat-out lied. “Briefly.” For six weeks. USA Today We’ve been told, by way of explanation, that Notre Dame linebacker Te’o was a naïve, trusting, big-hearted kid who was so in love and so kind and so gullible that he was the perfect target for the now-infamous online girlfriend hoax. So who was that coy, savvy, self-assured, coached-up fellow sitting on the set of Couric’s show? E! Online Maintaining his innocence, Manti then tried to set the record straight, noting that he only fumbled the proverbial media ball because he was as shocked as everybody else to learn Kekua was alive. “Now I get a phone call on Dec. 6, saying that she’s alive and then I’m going [to] be put on national TV two days later. And to ask me about the same question. You know, what would you do?” asked the 21-year-old Heisman Trophy finalist.

Hillary Clinton Testifies: ‘Going on the Sunday Shows Is Not My Favorite Thing to Do’ (TVNewser)
Secretary of state Hillary Clinton continued her testimony on Capitol Hill regarding the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya on Sept. 11, 2012. In front of the House panel Wednesday afternoon, Clinton was asked why U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice did the talking for the administration on the Sunday shows, and not her.HuffPost Clinton told a House committee on Wednesday that she avoided going on Sunday talk shows in the wake of the attack in Benghazi in part because she just doesn’t like them that much. It was Rice who ultimately took to the airwaves to defend the Obama administration’s very controversial handling of the attacks, which killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and several others. Deadline Hollywood ”I have to confess, here in public, going on the Sunday shows is not my favorite thing to do,” she replied. “There are other things I’d prefer to do on Sunday mornings. And, you know, I haven’t been on a Sunday show in way over a year. It just isn’t something that I normally jump to do. And I did feel strongly that we had a lot that we had to manage, that I had to respond to, and that that should be my priority.” Politico / Dylan Byers on Media In the wake of the attack, the Obama administration sent Rice on a tour of the Sunday shows, where she said the deaths in Benghazi may have been due to spontaneous protests. The controversy over those statements would become so heated that Rice would later withdraw her name from consideration as Clinton’s successor at the State Dept.

A Resurgent Netflix Beats Projections, Even Its Own (NYT / Media Decoder)
For all those who have doubted its business acumen, Netflix had a resounding answer on Wednesday: 27.15 million. That’s the number of American homes that were subscribers to the streaming service by the end of 2012, beating the company’s own projections for the fourth quarter after a couple of quarters of underwhelming results. Deadline New York ”There’s still an echo and a bruise” from summer 2011 when Netflix infuriated customers by splitting the streaming and DVD rental operations — dramatically raising the price for those who wanted to continue to receive both services — CEO Reed Hastings told analysts Wednesday evening.

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Paul Ryan to Appear on Meet the Press (FishbowlDC)
Heads up. On Sunday, House Budget Committee chairman and former vice president hopeful Paul Ryan will appear on NBC’s Meet the Press for the first time since the election. This is his first live interview since the election. The Washington Post / Post Politics Ryan has given several taped interviews in Wisconsin since the election. Meet the Press said Ryan will weigh in on upcoming budget battles and assess the future of the Republican party in his interview with Gregory.

Another Buyout at The New York Times (Politico / Dylan Byers on Media)
Classical musical critic James Oestreich has become the latest staffer to take a buyout from The New York Times, moving the paper closer to its goal of reducing newsroom staff by 30 positions. “After 24 years on staff at The New York Times, I have decided to make a major change and take advantage of the Times' current buyout offer,” Oestreich wrote in an email to staff Wednesday. “I will complete my tenure as classical music editor on Jan. 31, but I am delighted to report that I will be advising the department on our coverage through the spring, as well as continuing to write for the Times on a freelance basis.” The Wrap / Media Alley The buyout offer expires on Thursday, and the number of acceptances has been reported to be in the single digits. The Times is expected to lay off employees if the buyout quota is not met.

Nielsen: 20.6 Million Watched Inauguration, Ratings Down 46 Percent(TVNewser)
Nielsen says that 20.6 million people across 18 networks watched President Obama be sworn in for his second term Monday. As we noted Tuesday, NBC led the way among broadcasters, with CNN topping cable news. The 20.6 million figure was down from 37.8 million viewers in 2009, a drop of 46 percent. That said, it was an improvement over George W. Bush’s second inauguration in 2005, which saw a similar percentage drop from his first.

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Rolling Stone Lays Off Two Noted Staff Members (NYT / Media Decoder)
Rolling Stone, amid a variety of magazines responding to a troubled advertising environment by trimming staff, laid off two of its bigger names this month. Eric Bates, the magazine’s executive editor who had worked there for nearly a decade, was laid off on Jan. 4. And Mark Neschis, who previously worked in the Clinton administration, reported for his last day on Jan. 11.

New Compact Newspaper Format Will Debut Monday in U.S. (Poynter / Biz Blog)
After nearly five years’ gestation, the first sectioned compact paper in the United States, using an innovative “three-around” technology, will be published Jan. 28 in Columbus, Ohio. Columbus Dispatch editor Benjamin Marrison announced the start date in a column Sunday. Gannett’s Cincinnati Enquirer has also contracted to switch to compact and will be printed 100 miles away at the Dispatch, probably starting later this quarter.

Lance Armstrong Targeted in Lawsuit Over Books (LA Times / PolitiCal)
Lance Armstrong lied for years about doping, and now some unsatisfied customers who bought his books want their money back. A Republican political consultant in Sacramento, Rob Stutzman, and a professional chef, Jonathan Wheeler, are spearheading a class action lawsuit against Armstrong.

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Would You Watch A Newspaper Reality Show? (10,000 Words)
Like many work places, newsrooms often come with a set of stereotypical cast members. From the clueless out-of-town editor brought in by corporate to the cub reporter seeking a scandal in every story he covers to the this-trial-ain’t-my-first-rodeo cops reporter to the no-nonsense city editor. (I said stereotypical, didn’t I?) That makes this announcement that NBC put out a casting call for local newspapers to be at the center of a potential reality show — shared in a posting on the National Newspaper Association website — both unsurprising and exciting.

Vogue Retains Top Spot in March (Adweek)
Among the highly scrutinized March fashion magazines, Condé Nast’s Vogue is holding on to its usual first place, with 457 ad pages, up 4.5 percent from 2012. Archrival Time Inc.’s InStyle weighed in with 361 pages, a 4 percent increase over last year. At Hearst, Elle, as previously reported, came in third at 338 pages, up 6 percent.

Lessons from the New York Times' App Graveyard: When an App Has an Expiration Date (Nieman Journalism Lab)
After 13 months, The New York Times this week discontinued its elections app rather than turn it into a general politics app. Here’s what they learned along the way.

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Beyond Native: Bringing Video Ads In-House (Adweek)
The Verge has started offering advertisers like Ford pre-roll video ads. But in this case, Ford doesn’t need its agency, as The Verge produced these Web video spots, using its own technology and editorial staff.

Ron Howard, Les Moonves Among TV Hall of Fame Inductees (The Wrap / The Box)
Actor-director Ron Howard, sportscaster Al Michaels, CBS chief Les Moonves, journalist Bob Schieffer and writer-producer Dick Wolf will be inducted into the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences 22nd Hall of Fame, the selection committee said Wednesday.

Football Games Dominate Network Viewing (Yahoo! News / AP)
Pro football’s conference championships dominated viewership over the weekend, a vivid illustration of how big events have become so important to network television. The Nielsen Co. said 47.7 million people watched the Baltimore Ravens defeat the New England Patriots for a trip to the Super Bowl. It was a rematch of the 2012 AFC Championship Game, and the ratings were similar, too: last year’s game had 48.7 million viewers. THR / The Live Feed ABC locked a win with adults 18-49 (1.9 rating) on a relatively quiet Tuesday, thanks to a decent start for culinary reality competitionThe Taste. The two-hour opener averaged a 2.2 rating among adults 18-49 and was a tenth of a point higher than Tuesday’s Dancing With the Stars premiere this past fall.

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2013 Inauguration Ratings Down Substantially from 2009(TVNewser)
New CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker saw his network win the day in ratings on day one, according to Fast Nationals data from Nielsen. Of course, it wasn’t exactly a typical day. On Inauguration Day Monday, CNN led the way on cable news in both total and demo viewers, in primetime, total day and during the part people really tune in to see: the president’s speech. That said, the “big three” cable news channels were down substantially in the ratings from the 2009 inauguration. NYT / Media Decoder In terms of the cable news networks, CNN was ahead during the time when the oath of office was administered and President Obama delivered his speech, and the usual cable leader, Fox News, was well behind. That was widely expected, given the conservative political preferences of much of the Fox News audience. HuffPost The network came in first place during the oath and inaugural address (11:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.) among total viewers, drawing 3.136 million viewers in all. MSNBC came in second with 2.273 million total viewers, while Fox News had 1.316 million total viewers. LA Times / Show Tracker But reelected presidents — much like Dancing With the Stars winners — always get fewer people to come out for their second go-round. When George W. Bush was sworn in again in 2005, his TV ratings fell 46 percent compared with his first inauguration. THR / The Live Feed Obama’s 2009 inauguration ceremony, held the day after the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, averaged nearly 38 million viewers with cable and broadcast networks combined. PRNewserDespite being smaller than Obama’s first inauguration in every way, this year’s event predictably prompted a “social media explosion” that managed to knock the mighty Twitter out of service for a moment or two. The fact that so many more people got “social” this year than in 2009 despite the lower turnout confirms something we already knew — that social media has become an ever more integral part of public and private life over the past four years.

Zucker to CNNers: ‘Think More Broadly…’ Don’t ‘Be Bound by What Has Come Before Us’ (TVNewser)
CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker is now officially on the job. As we reported last week, he spent his first day in Washington Monday as the bureau produced the network’s inauguration coverage. In a memo to staff Tuesday obtained by FishbowlDC, Zucker writes, “as we embark on the next chapter together, we must think even more broadly, and not always be bound by what has come before us.”Mediaite Zucker says he was impressed with his new staff on his first official day, President Obama’s inauguration: “I spent Monday, my first official day with CNN, at our bureau in Washington, during our coverage of the president’s inauguration. The reporting, storytelling, production and innovation, across all of our CNN platforms, came together beautifully. It is clear that the capability of this organization to inform, enlighten and entertain on big stories is limitless.” NYT / Media Decoder For a channel that needs to find its voice, this was a distinctive way to start. Fans of CNN may have noticed over the weekend that James Earl Jones’ voice is back, proclaiming “This is CNN” in his authoritative baritone. Access Atlanta / Radio & TV Talk While this move will not exactly move the needle in terms of CNN’s popularity as a network, it evokes warm memories of the network’s heyday before Fox News came on the scene.

Jake Tapper Makes CNN Debut (HuffPost)
Jake Tapper made his CNN debut on Tuesday. The former ABC White House correspondent appeared on The Situation Room to talk about Hillary Clinton’s upcoming testimony before the Senate, as well as his new role as CNN’s chief Washington correspondent. Later in the year, Tapper will become the host of his own show on the network. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media CNN’s new chief Washington correspondent Tapper has posted his first scoop for the network: “deputy secretary of state for management and resources Tom Nides is leaving the Obama administration, Nides told CNN this afternoon.” Tapper’s article does not mention that Nides is married to CNN vice president and deputy Washington bureau chief Virginia Moseley, who like Tapper recently joined the network from ABC News.

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Joseph Meyer, Brother-in-Law of Jared Kushner, Named Observer CEO(FishbowlNY)
Joseph Meyer, the brother-in-law of Jared Kushner, has been named the Observer Media Group’s new CEO. Meyer comes to the company from Elliott Management, a hedge fund. He is only 33 years old. New York / Daily Intelligencer In addition to a history at hedge funds (Paul Singer’s Elliott Management, Michael Dell’s MSD Capital), Meyer “is a trusted member of my family,” according to a memo sent to staff by Ivanka Trump’s husband Tuesday. As noted by The Wall Street Journal, “He is married to Mr. Kushner’s sister, Nicole.”

New York Times Redesigns its Print-Edition Feature Sections(JimRomenesko.com)
The redesigns of New York Times features sections began Tuesday with the new look of “Science Times.” A Times release says: “The sections, created during the 1970’s, have each been refreshed and updated repeatedly over the years, but this is the first time all of the weekly feature sections have been redesigned as a whole.”HuffPost Times design director Tom Bodkin said of the redesign, “The goal was not to create an entirely new look, but to develop a more coherent, accessible, underlying structure across all sections.” Additionally, the Times' popular wedding section “Vows” has been turned into a standalone package within the paper's Sunday “Styles” section.

Barbara Walters on the Mend After Falling and Hitting Her Head (LA Times / Ministry of Gossip)
Barbara Walters is on the road to recovery after taking a tumble at an inauguration party over the weekend. “Barbara went to Washington to cover the inauguration,” Whoopi Goldberg, her co-host on The View, said on the show Tuesday. “She missed a step and had a fall, which cut her upper temple. The doctors stitched her up, and she is doing fine, but they want her to take it easy.”

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CBS’ Hopper Award Knock Could Set Back Media Ownership Rules (Adweek)
When CBS torpedoed CNET’s planned “best of show” award for Dish’s Hopper, it may have also blown to bits broadcasters’ best chance for looser media ownership rules at the Federal Communications Commission. In a letter filed Tuesday with the FCC, public interest group Public Knowledge says CBS’ actions demonstrate unequivocally why the agency should ditch its proposal to loosen the rules, currently under review.

Donald Trump Exploring Improbable Ways He Might Buy The New York Times(New York / Daily Intelligencer)
Donald Trump has spent a lot of time in the last year trying to make news, first with his birther obsession, and more recently demanding comedian Bill Maher pay him $5 million. (Maher offered the sum for proof Trump wasn’t the “spawn of his mother having sex with an orangutan.” Trump released his own birth certificate and threatened to sue Maher for the money.) Now Trump is exploring ways to make news in a more literal way: by acquiring The New York Times.

Brain Tumor Kept Martin Bashir Out of Work (FishbowlDC)
It was reported in 2008 that MSNBC’s Martin Bashir has a brain tumor. The illness is still there and causing problems. “I have a brain tumor,” Bashir told FishbowlDC Monday night when asked why he was absent from his TV program Friday. “It’s fine but it causes a problem from time to time,” he said.

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Is It Real? Witness Builds an App to Verify User-Submitted Content (Nieman Journalism Lab)
Whether it’s photos of flooding during Hurricane Sandy, or videos of eagles stealing babies, it’s not always easy to detect fakery. And when you think of the number of videos and photos produced by our phones each day, it can be problematic for news organizations trying to deal with submissions from readers.

Al Jazeera America Is Hiring (Politico / Dylan Byers on Media)
Al Jazeera, which is set to replace Current TV with the launch of Al Jazeera America, has posted 105 new jobs in the United States — 98 in New York City, where AJ America will be based, and seven in Washington.

Will CBS Unload Its Publishing Business? (Investor Place)
CBS CEO Les Moonves has made no secret of his desire to unload the company’s marginally profitable outdoor advertising business. Monday, he pulled the trigger by announcing plans to convert its U.S. portion into a real estate investment trust (REIT) and sell the rest. Investors might pressure him to do the same with the media giant’s Simon & Schuster publishing business.

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Analysis: Dodgers, Time Warner Cable Bet Big on Sports Growth (Variety)
By partnering to launch a new regional cable network in an overflowing market rather than making a straightforward rights deal, the Los Angeles Dodgers and Time Warner Cable have doubled down on their belief that skyrocketing revenues in the sports TV world are anything but a bubble.

Hollywood Pushes Back Against Zero Dark Thirty Critics (PRNewser)
We haven’t seen Zero Dark Thirty yet, but we are intrigued by the PR back-and-forth between the film’s makers/promoters and various members of the U.S. government. A couple of questions are central to the controversy: Does the film glorify torture and imply that information gained during torture sessions eventually led to the location and assassination of Osama bin Laden? Did the filmmakers act inappropriately in collecting information from confidential sources within the Central Intelligence Agency?

5 Ways Journalists Can Use Social Media to Resurface Old Content (Poynter / How To’s)
Journalists are finding that social media gives them ample opportunities to breathe new life into archived content. Recently, they’ve used social networking sites — while covering deaths, anniversaries, birthdays and ongoing stories — to resurface old content that their audiences may otherwise never see. Here are some examples of how they’ve done it, along with five related tips.

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Mediabistro What did you think of Obama’s inauguration speech?

twitter@@luke184lisa Obama’s speech was one of the best speeches that I have heard in my lifetime. #Excellent#BornLeader #Wow

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twitterJen Steel-Renegade I’m not from America, but I loved it! Thank you for re-electing him as President

twitterRichard Brender The speech was wonderful.

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On-Screen the Second Time Around, the Silly and the Sublime(NYT)
Second inaugurations are rarely as exciting as the first ones, and when the first was a never-before-seen historic moment, television has a hard time trying to whip up a similar sense of wonder and novelty (even MTV carried the 2009 event live, but not this year’s). The result was a weird combination of canned statements about the majesty and pageantry of democracy and more spontaneous rubbernecking at celebrity faces — and Justice Antonin Scalia’s choice of poofy Renaissance headwear. HuffPostCable news pundits mostly fell along predictable lines when assessing President Obama’s second inaugural address on Monday. What everyone seemed to agree on was that Obama had given an unexpectedly forceful speech. On MSNBC, the praise was overflowing. Chris Hayes called it “surprisingly liberal,” and Chris Matthews, in typically unrestrained form, said it was “Lincolnesque.” Amidst the love, Ed Schultz said Obama’s unmentioned drone policy could cause him trouble. TVNewser Egged on by Brian Williams, David Gregory, Chuck Todd and others, Al Roker got what might be considered the first interview of the second term of President Obama. “Mr. President, Mr. President, Mr. President,” Roker yelled as Obama walked the final portion of the Inaugural Parade. “How is it going? Is the weather good? You like it?,” he yelled. President Obama responded with a wave and a look up as an acknowledgment that it is indeed good. “I think you met the minimum standard,” said Williams. “Question asked, question answered.” THR / Bastard Machine Before all the pundits came out from both sides of the political aisle to dissect the inauguration speech of President Obama — returning us to a divided America — there was a long time on our television sets when it seemed like the force of tradition and democracy were at work, bringing the entire country a glimpse of what a free nation does with its leadership. It was, let’s be honest for just a moment, actually refreshing and even uplifting. And then, yes, Fox News got its claws into the speech and CNN and others got their say — via pundits — and we returned to our divided nation with our divided news channel loyalties. The Daily Beast In terms of star wattage on the day, it ranked well below President Obama’s address, Kelly Clarkson’s “My Country Tis of Thee,” and Beyoncé’s national anthem. Heck, it probably even generated more cellphone checks and minds wandering than the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir or Chuck Schumer’s schticky emceeing. But Richard Blanco’s sparse, simple yet sweeping inaugural poem “One Today,” may have provided one of the inauguration ceremony’s most memorable moments, and stood as a rare break from the staid custom of ceremony that the rest of the afternoon brought. The Atlantic Wire Something about cable news, for all its hollow awfulness, and the Internet, in all its quickness and overindulgence, has made these Big Special Days far more engaging than they used to be. We’ve all become meta critics, commenting on not just the meat of the show — Beyoncé’s national anthem, Joe Biden’s exuberant glad-handing — but all the production values and editorial choices and crafted themes. WSJ / Washington WirePresident Obama’s second inauguration was scaled back from his first in terms of cost and scale. But it outshined his 2009 inauguration in one major way: how it played out on social media. There were 1.1 million inauguration-related tweets sent during the ceremony, up from about 82,000 in 2009, according to Twitter’s Government and Politics Team.

FT Announces Buyouts in Quest to be ‘A Digital Platform First, and a Newspaper Second’ (paidContent)
Financial Times editor Lionel Barber wrote in an email to staff Monday that the newspaper will offer staff buyouts in an attempt to save £1.6 million as it also hires 10 new employees on the digital side. “The intention is to reduce the cost of producing the newspaper and give us the flexibility to invest more online,” he wrote in the email. About 35 people would need to take the buyout, or layoffs will begin.Politico / Dylan Byers on Media In his email, Barber said he was inspired by Silicon Valley tech companies like Google and LinkedIn and Twitter, which are disrupting old media titles. “My visit to Silicon Valley last September confirmed the speed of change,” he wrote. “Our competitors are harnessing technology to revolutionize the news business through aggregation, personalization and social media. Mobile alone, for example, now accounts for 25 percent of all the FT's digital traffic. It would be reckless for us to stand still.” The Guardian Barber acknowledged that the changes will be “wrenching” but added that they were vital to safeguard the future of the title. There was no reference in the memo to recent speculation about a possible sale of the FT by parent company Pearson, which has denied it is on the block. Mashable If 2013 seems like a late date for a newspaper to announce a “digital-first” strategy, you’re right. The Atlantic Media Company has been singing that slogan for more than six years now, and annual spending on digital advertising has already surpassed print, according to eMarketer’s calculations.

Amazon Children’s Publishing Names Two New Imprints (Publishers Weekly)
Roughly a year after the Amazon Children’s Publishing division launched, it has announced two new imprints. Two Lions will be home to picture books, chapter books and middle-grade fiction, and Skyscape will be devoted to titles for young adults, encompassing works from both established authors and new voices. paidContentThe expansion could help feed Kindle FreeTime Unlimited, Amazon’s new subscription product for kids. The program, aimed at 3- to 8-year-olds, offers unlimited access to eBooks, movies, TV shows, educational apps and games for a set monthly price (starting at $2.99).

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Fox & Friends Exposes Newest ‘Threat to the Left’: ‘Wildly Popular’ British TV Show Downton Abbey (Mediaite)
Downton Abbey, the British period drama, has become an immensely popular TV series, appealing to viewers and critics alike. But it’s not just entertainment: it has an underlying political narrative that “poses [a] threat to the left.” Or so Stuart Varney asserted Monday morning on Fox & FriendsHuffPost ”The politics of Downton are very important and it’s important that they are popular in America today,” Varney said. “Rich people, powerful people, in America today, are reviled. They’re dismissed as fat cats who don’t pay their fair share. We just hate ‘em — “Rich people are evil”… Yet, along comes this show Downton Abbey — rich people prominently featured and they’re generous; they’re nice people; they create jobs, for heaven’s sake; they’re classy; they’ve got style and we love ‘em… That show is wildly popular, which poses a threat to the left, doesn’t it?”

Sinclair Broadcasting ‘Owns’ Social Media Accounts of Its On-Air Talent(JimRomenesko.com)
WHAM-TV (Rochester, N.Y.) reporter Rachel Barnhart tells her followers that Sinclair Broadcasting, which recently acquired WHAM, has a policy of “owning” the social media accounts of its on-air talent.

Newspapers Are So Poor, They’re Leasing Out Laid Off Reporters’ Desks (The Atlantic Wire)
Things aren’t as bad as they used to be in the newspapers business, but they’re not good either. Perpetually faced with declining ad revenue, several papers have become landlords recently to make ends meet.

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Sundance 2013: Are Filmmakers Vain or Nostalgic? The Digital Distribution Dilemma (The Wrap / Sundance Report)
Are filmmakers vain for wanting theatrical distribution? At a Wrap panel at the Sundance Film Festival on Monday, filmmaker Lynn Shelton and other indie veterans crossed swords with digital distribution executives in a debate about the future of independent film and how it can find profitability.

The Biggest Roadblock to Media Success? A Traditional Culture of Journalistic Hubris (paidContent)
There have been plenty of post-mortems written on the traditional newspaper industry, and there are likely more in the works — and many portray the problem as a classic version of Clay Christensen’s “innovator’s dilemma,” one in which the main players see the storm of disruption approaching, and yet still can’t respond. In a new book called Rebuilding the News, journalism professor C.W. Anderson tries to describe some of the reasons why this happened, and one of his main targets is traditional journalistic culture.

Tightening on the Beltway: After a Hiring Binge, D.C. Media Players Go On a Diet (Adweek)
D.C. is a different story today. The Economist Group’s CQ Roll Call laid off about 30 last summer when it consolidated its two print brands into one. National Journal, part of David Bradley’s Atlantic Media, cut 10 news staffers late last year in a reorganization. This month, Bloomberg eliminated a reported 20 out of 250 from Bloomberg Government (others whisper the number is at least 40), and Politico let go a handful of staff.

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News Corp.’s Sky Deutschland Posts Smaller 2012 Loss, Adds Subscribers(THR)
Sky Deutschland, the long-suffering German pay-TV group now controlled by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp., is inching closer to breaking even. The company on Monday posted full-year 2012 financials that showed its loss decline sharply amid double-digit subscriber growth.

Everyone on Cable News Is an ‘Idiot’ or Terrible Person, According to Google Instant Search (Mediaite)
If one were to gauge the American public’s opinion of cable news personalities solely on Google’s autofill, you’d think this country absolutely hates every single person who has ever appeared on television.

Sirius XM Radio Creating Comedy Central Channel (Yahoo! News / AP)
Sirius XM Radio and Comedy Central are teaming up to create a new channel on the satellite radio service devoted to showcasing the television network’s stable of stand-up comics. The companies said Tuesday that they are hoping to launch the channel this spring, preferably around April Fools’ Day. Sirius already has eight channels devoted to comedy, including Laugh USA, Blue Collar Comedy, Raw Dog Comedy and Jamie Foxx’s Foxxhole.

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Blockbuster to Close 300 U.S. Stores (Deadline New York)
That represents 35 percent of the 850 domestic Blockbuster stores that Dish Network reported it still had at the end of September. “Some of the approximately 300 stores are reaching the end of their lease and others are closing based on overall performance,” company spokesman John Hall says.

Science Journalism’s Great Divide (CJR / The Observatory)
Science journalists in the West have a bleaker outlook on the future of their profession than their colleagues in the Global South, according to a survey of the field released this month.

Hoda Kotb on Life ‘Working Out the Way It’s Supposed to’ (TVNewser)
In a business known for big egos and petty jealousies, Hoda Kotb is a dose of Zen. Life “is working out the way it’s supposed to work out,” Kotb tells TVNewser, reflecting on her 15th anniversary with NBC News. Co-anchoring the fourth hour ofToday with Kathie Lee Gifford “fits like a puzzle piece, it just clicks… The show is a great place for me, and a happy place.”

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Katie Couric Gets First On-Camera Interview with Manti Te’o(TVNewser)
Manti Te’o has granted his first on-camera interview following revelations of a hoax involving a fake girlfriend to ABC’s Katie Couric. The interview will air on Couric’s syndicated show Katieon Thursday with previews airing on all ABC News programs. NYT / Media Decoder Excerpts from the interview will be broadcast in advance on Good Morning America and other ABC News programs. Te’o will be joined by his parents, Brian and Ottilia, for the interview. Te’o apparently misled his father about the girlfriend, claiming at one point that he’d met her in Hawaii. THR Couric and her staff beat out a number of other interviewers who tried to score a sit-down with Te’o, including Oprah Winfrey, according to The New York Times. The spokesman hired by Te’o’s family in recent days, Matthew Hiltzik, is also the longtime spokesman for Couric. Fox News / AP Te’o gave an off-camera interview with ESPN on Friday night. He insists he was the victim of the hoax, not a participant. The Heisman Trophy runner-up said he had an online romance with a woman he never met and in September was informed that the woman died from leukemia. Te’o told ESPN that the person suspected of being the mastermind of the hoax has contacted him and apologized. Reuters The tragic story of his girlfriend and her injuries from a car accident and death from leukemia was one of the most widely recounted U.S. sports stories last year as Notre Dame made a drive toward the college football national championship game. USA Today The person said the advice Te’o has received for the Couric interview is simply to tell the truth. Among the motivations for the interview, the person said, is that the family wants to show how it has hurt them, how it wasn’t just their son who was fooled, and to talk publicly about the scam so that it doesn’t happen to other people.

Barbara Walters Injured in Fall at British Ambassador’s Residence (TVNewser)
ABC’s Barbara Walters, in Washington for coverage of the inauguration, fell on a stair while visiting the British Ambassador’s residence Saturday evening. The fall left her with a cut on her forehead. “Out of an abundance of caution, she went to the hospital to have her cut tended to, have a full examination and remains there for observation,” said ABC News spokesperson Jeffrey Schneider. “Barbara is alert (and telling everyone what to do), which we all take as a very positive sign,” he adds. Deadline Hollywood Walters had been scheduled to contribute to ABC’s coverage of inaugural events but will not be on-air Monday and may not be back on the air, including for The View, for the better part of a week depending on what doctors say. Fox News / APWalters had heart surgery in May 2010 but returned to active duty on The View that September, declaring, “I’m fine!” Even in her ninth decade, Walters continues to keep a busy schedule, including appearances on The View, prime-time interviews and her annual special, “10 Most Fascinating People,” on which, in December, she asked New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie if he considered himself fit enough to be president someday. LA Times / Show Tracker Rumors of impending retirement have surrounded Walters in recent years. She stopped doing her annual Oscar-night celebrity specials in 2010, and reportedly told President Obama in 2011 that she would retire “next year.” However, ABC News has batted away the rumors and Walters remains a panelist on the talk show The View.

Condoleezza Rice Joins CBS News as Contributor (THR)
Condoleezza Rice will be joining CBS News as a contributor, the network stated. On Sunday, the former secretary of state appeared as a panelist on Face the Nation with anchor Bob Schieffer, who announced the news. TVNewser ”Everybody knows Condoleezza Rice was President Bush’s secretary of state but I’m highly pleased to announce she has a new job. As of today, she’s joining CBS News as a contributor,” said Schieffer. Rice is also currently a professor of political science at Stanford University where she was provost from 1993-1999. NYT / Media Decoder Rice, who was secretary of state under President George W. Bush from 2005 to 2009, and national security adviser from 2001 to 2005, is expected to comment regularly on national and international issues, CBS said.

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To Usher in Second Term, News Outlets Go to Capital (NYT / Media Decoder)
If he squints hard enough, President Obama will be able to see CNN from his perch on the inaugural podium on Monday. The cable news channel has set up an elaborate studio on the National Mall — one of the four locations where its anchors will be leading coverage of Obama’s second inaugural celebration. “The goal is to put our anchors in the middle of all the activity,” said Sam Feist, CNN’s Washington bureau chief. CNN / Richard Blanco Being named poet laureate for the inauguration personally validates and stitches together several ideals against which I have long measured America, since the days of watching My Three Sons and The Dick Van Dyke Show reruns. For one, the essence of the American dream: how a little Cuban-American kid on the margins of mainstream America could grow up with confidence, have the opportunity to become an engineer thanks to the hard work of his parents who could barely speak English, and then go on, choosing to become a poet who is now asked to speak to, for and about the entire nation. GalleyCat Inaugural poet Richard Blanco will read a poem for President Obama in Washington, D.C. for the inauguration, but many of our readers have not read his work yet. We’ve linked to 14 of Blanco’s poems online, including the free poetry chapbook, Place of Mind.

TV Shows Are Violent — and Viewers Like Them That Way (The Record)
There’s way too much violence on television — that’s a refrain we hear every time a horrific mass shooting happens in the United States. And yet, blood-soaked dramas consistently reel in viewers, so who, if anyone, is at fault for all the onscreen mayhem? NYT The aftermath of the mass killing at Sandy Hook Elementary School is probably not the best time to start a new series about a serial killer with a murderous cult. The Following, which begins Monday on Fox, has already become a reference point in the debate about violence in entertainment.

TV Networks Have Wallets Out at Sundance (Variety)
It won’t be long before the usual suspects at the Sundance Film Festival — Fox Searchlight, Sony Pictures Classics, the Weinstein Co., et al. — begin making splashy headlines, with agents mulling multiple offers on hot acquisitions titles Don Jon’s AddictionThe Spectacular Now and Austenland after a packed weekend of screenings. But while visions of theater marquees dance in the heads of every filmmaker here, and VOD is hailed ad nauseam as the hero of the indie business model, television has been quietly creeping into the festival, which is increasingly being used as a promotional platform — and in many cases, a pipeline filler — for the smallscreen.

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Board Running Voice of America, Radio Free Europe is Condemned in Hard-Hitting Probe (New York Daily News)
The White House-appointed board overseeing government-funded broadcasts to 100 countries is a dysfunctional mess beset by “acute internal dissension” revolving around a longtime friend of former President George W. Bush, according to a new inspector general’s report obtained by the Daily News.

Swarming a Book Online (NYT)
Reviews on Amazon are becoming attack weapons, intended to sink new books as soon as they are published. In the biggest, most overt and most successful of these campaigns, a group of Michael Jackson fans used Facebook and Twitter to solicit negative reviews of a new biography of the singer. They bombarded Amazon with dozens of one-star takedowns, succeeded in getting several favorable notices erased and even took credit for Amazon’s briefly removing the book from sale. “Books used to die by being ignored, but now they can be killed — and perhaps unjustly killed,” said Trevor Pinch, a Cornell sociologist who has studied Amazon reviews. “In theory, a very good book could be killed by a group of people for malicious reasons.”

NRA Turns to Cable TV to Raise Money, Air Gun Rights Issues (HuffPost / Reuters)
When President Barack Obama announced a raft of proposals in the biggest U.S. gun-control push in decades, Cam Edwards, host of Sportsman Channel’s Cam & Company talk show, wasted no time siding with the National Rifle Association. “Assault weapon is a made-up name for a gun I can ban,” said Edwards, an avowed Second Amendment advocate, who later in the program read, word for word, the NRA’s statement in response to Obama’s announcement. Edwards, whose show is produced by NRA News, is one of the cable TV personalities the NRA hopes will promote the right of Americans to bear arms.

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Publishing Cheer as Buyers Seek Out Interesting Reads (BBC News)
It’s no surprise that 2012’s bestseller lists in Britain and America are dominated by EL James with the Fifty Shades trilogy and by Suzanne Collins with her Hunger Gamesbooks. Then there are other writers you might expect such as JK Rowling (The Casual Vacancy) and Jeff Kinney (the Wimpy Kid stories). But the inclusion of a handful of less obvious names may cheer those who think publishers and readers no longer value the interesting one-off novel.

How to Solve Adland’s Diversity Problem (Ad Age / Lincoln Stephens)
In 1963, the Urban League of Greater New York (now known as the New York Urban League) released a report on a three-year study of the city’s largest advertising agencies to learn how many African-Americans they employed. That same year, the New York City Commission on Human Rights hosted a discussion titled “What are agencies doing about equal job opportunity, and can they do more?” Fast forward to 2013, exactly 50 years later, and we find ourselves asking the exact same question.

An App to Sift Through Books (NYT / Media Decoder)
How do you find out what books friends and family are reading and loving? One answer is a conversation face to face — but that is so old-fashioned. Another is to join social media sites devoted to books, like Goodreads.com or Shelfari.com — but that takes time and commitment. You could follow book recommendations from friends on Facebook — but you would have to dig through other preferences. Random House says these options are fine, but not enough.

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Dish Touts CES Would-Be Award, Slams CBS in Ad for Commercial-Zapping Hopper (Deadline Hollywood)
Dish is using the recent controversy over the Best In Show award the satcaster’s new Hopper with Sling DVR did not receive as a recruiting tool. The ad-zapping service was awarded the top prize by the editors of CNET before they were overruled by corporate parent CBS, who is suing Dish over Hopper. Sunday Dish bought full-page ads in several major newspapers to crow about the award it didn’t get and blast CBS.

BBC World News Steps Up (Variety)
BBC World News, the pubcaster’s 24-hour global news web, has begun broadcasting from its new home — the hi-tech hub of New Broadcasting House. The switch to new premises, in the heart of London’s West End shopping district, comes with an on-screen rebrand and a new schedule offering what the Beeb claims are higher-quality production values, which it hopes will help boost distribution globally.

NHL Coverage Starts Strong on NBC (Deadline Hollywood)
Absence makes the heart grow fonder and ratings go higher. The much delayed start of the NHL season over protracted negotiations between players and the league scored for NBC.

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3.2 Million People Watch Oprah Winfrey-Lance Armstrong Interview On OWN

3.2 million people watched Oprah Winfrey interview Lance Armstrong on a special edition of “Oprah’s Next Chapter” last night on OWN, according to preliminary numbers from Nielsen. It drew an additional 1.2 million viewers in its re-air at 10:30 p.m. While it was an extremely good night for Oprah and OWN, it was not a record-breaking one ratings-wise. The highest-rated program in OWN’s history was the interview with Whitney Houston’s daughter Bobbi…read more»

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Jake Tapper has yet to start his new job at CNN, but he’s already got his setup in the Washington, D.C. bureau. TVNewser hears he’ll be moving into John King’s office. King, a longtime CNN correspondent who hosted “John King USA” until last summer signed a short-term contract extension at the end of the year. King will be a part of Inauguration coverage this weekend. Tapper departed ABC News late last… read more»

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CBS News has tapped Anne-Marie Green to anchor the network’s early morning newscasts. Beginning Monday, Green will anchor “Up to the Minute” and “CBS Morning News.” Terrell Brown, who has been anchoring the newscasts since Betty Nguyen left CBS in April, is returning to his role as a correspondent. Green joins CBS after eight years at KYW, the CBS O&O in Philadelphia where she was a reporter and weekend anchor. Our sister site,… read more»

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Jeff Zucker officially joins CNN on Monday, but he’s already making his mark. Insiders tell us the new CNN Worldwide president and uber producer has been giving input on CNN’s Inauguration Day plans. It was Zucker’s idea to incorporate HLN talent into CNN’s coverage. So expect to see HLN anchors Robin Meade and Christi Paul on CNN Monday. Zucker will be in Washington, DC for his first day, we’re told. (No pressure… read more»

Michael Triplett, 1964-2013

Michael Triplett, 48, the assistant managing editor at Bloomberg-BNA in Washington, DC and president of the NLGJA passed away Thursday after a battle with cancer. From NLGJA: While Michael only served as president for a few short months, he has been a member of our leadership team for several years, first as a Washington, D.C. chapter board member and president and then as a national board member and vice president for print…. read more»

John McAfee Heads To CNBC, NBC For Interviews

Former anti-virus software millionaire turned runaway fugitive John McAfee generated lots of press late last year, as he fled Belize amid questions about a neighbor’s murder. A slew of reporters eventually found him in Guatemala, where he was rushed to the hospital, before being deported back to the United States. Today, he is making the interview rounds on CNBC and NBC. Around 2:30 PM CNBC will conduct a live interview with McAfee,… read more»

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Following Oprah-Armstrong Interview, A Rush For Followups

Last night was night one of the Oprah Winfrey interview of disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong. Oprah wasted no time, getting Armstrong to confess to doping right off the bat in a series of pointed yes or no questions. WATCH: Following the interview, there was an arms war on cable news and on the morning shows to try and book the best “gets” to react to the interview. Thanks to a serendipitous booking, CNN’s “AC360,”… read more»

Bill O’Reilly Welcomes Dennis Kucinich To Fox News

As we reported earlier this week, former liberal Congressman Dennis Kucinich is joining Fox News as a paid contributor. His first appearance was last night on “The O’Reilly Factor,” “We would like to introduce you to our new Fox News contributor, another wild conservative guy,” Bill O’Reilly said, introducing Kucinich. “Wow, what a conversion!” WATCH: Watch the latest video at video.foxnews.com… read more»

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25-54 demographic (Live +SD) Total day: FNC: 335 | MSNBC: 188 | CNN: 135 | HLN: 74 Primetime: FNC: 429 | MSNBC: 226 | CNN: 157 | HLN: 101 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p: 12a: FNC TheFive: 432 Baier: 355 Shep: 384 O’Reilly: 587 Hannity: 406 Greta: 294 O’Reilly: 440 Hannity: 296 MSNBC Matthews: 169 Sharpton: 220 Matthews: 245 EdShow: 206 Maddow: 280 O’Donnell: 191 EdShow: 114 Maddow: 122 CNN Blitzer: 141 Blitzer: 156 Burnett: 175 Cooper: 167 Morgan: 140 Cooper: 165 Burnett: 110 Morgan: 105 HLN Express: 51 Express: 43 Jane: 51 Grace: 114 DrDrew: 87 Grace: 103 Showbiz: 64 DrDrew: 64 Total Viewers (Live +SD) Total day: FNC: 1.548 | MSNBC: 639 | CNN: 436 | HLN: 217 Primetime: FNC: 2.433 | MSNBC: 983 | CNN: 555 | HLN: 315 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p: 12a: FNC TheFive: 2.323 Baier: 2.235 Shep: 1.813 O’Reilly: 3.356 Hannity: 2.276 Greta: 1.637 O’Reilly: 1.260 Hannity: 773 MSNBC Matthews: 875 Sharpton: 839 Matthews: 835 EdShow: 1.020 Maddow: 1.096 O’Donnell: 831 EdShow: 488 Maddow: 431 CNN Blitzer: 591 Blitzer: 468 Burnett: 563 Cooper: 604 Morgan: 592 Cooper: 468 Burnett: 278 Morgan: 280 HLN Express: 166 Express: 160 Jane: 245 Grace: 417 DrDrew: 289 Grace: 240 Showbiz: 176 DrDrew: 144… read more»

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NBC, Meredith Vieira In Talks For Daytime Show

As I suspected last week week, NBC is talking to former “Today” co-anchor and “The View” host Meredith Vieira about potentially hosting a daytime talk show, The New York Times’ Brian Stelter reports. The earliest that a show could debut would be Fall of 2014, when the 2014-2015 syndication season kicks off. The show, if it happens, could potentially put Vieira up against her former program “The View” in some markets, and… read more»

Sunday Show Ratings: January 13

NBC’s “Meet the Press” won on January 13, besting CBS’ “Face the Nation” by +440,000 Total Viewers and +142,000 A25-54 viewers. ABC’s “This Week” was third. “Fox News Sunday” and Univision’s “Al Punto” traded off for fourth and fifth. Compared to the same week last year, “Meet the Press” and “Al Punto” are both up across the board: NBC is up +5 in Total Viewers and +9% in the demo, and Univision is… read more»

Karl Rove Re-Signs with Fox News Through 2016 Election

Karl Rove has re-upped with Fox News Channel, Politico’s Mike Allen reports. The multi-year deal will keep the political analyst on the channel through the 2016 election, where, who knows?, he may challenge Fox News results that election night too. Rove made headlines on election night when he disputed FNC’s call of the election for Pres. Obama. Fox News founder and chairman Roger Ailes recounted what happened in an interview with TVNewser:… read more»

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Meredith Vieira Said to Be in Talks for Daytime Show(NYT / Media Decoder)
Meredith Vieira, the former co-host of NBC’s Today show, is in talks with another division of NBCUniversal about hosting a syndicated talk show. The daytime series would start no sooner than September 2014, people with knowledge of the discussions said. The people insisted on anonymity because the discussions were private and could end without a deal for a new show.TVNewser The show, if it happens, could potentially put Vieira up against her former program The View in some markets, and her predecessor on TodayKatie Couric in others. HuffPost Vieira stepped down as the co-host of Today in 2011. She continued to host Who Wants to Be a Millionaire and to do occasional reporting for NBC News. But last week, Vieira announced that she was leaving Millionaire. She alluded to new projects she was working on with NBC. B&CThe most likely time slot for any new show on the NBC-owned television stations is 2 p.m., the slot currently occupied by CBS Television Distribution’s Jeff Probst, which is averaging a 0.8 live plus same day household rating in its rookie season. Probst is cleared in two-year deals on the NBC-owned stations, but not in the rest of the country, and many do not expect the show to return next year. Deadline Hollywood If she headlines a daytime talk show, Vieira will follow in the footsteps of her Today predecessors Jane Pauley, whose NBCU-produced show was a bust, and Katie Couric, whose ABC-Disney freshman talker is doing OK. NBC Domestic TV Distribution is currently without a top executive as Barry Wallach just announced his departure as president.

'Dear Abby' Advice Columnist Dies at Age 94 (Yahoo! / AP)
Pauline Friedman Phillips, who as Dear Abby dispensed snappy, sometimes saucy advice on love, marriage and meddling mothers-in-law to millions of newspaper readers around the world and opened the way for the likes of Dr. Ruth, Dr. Phil and Oprah, has died. She was 94. Phillips died Wednesday in Minneapolis after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease, said Gene Willis, a publicist for the Universal Uclick syndicate. Forbes / Mixed Media While still widely syndicated, “Dear Abby” has lost most of the cultural currency it enjoyed during its decades-long heyday, when it was referenced in numerous movies, songs and works of fiction. While it finally established a presence on Twitter last September, @dearabby has tweeted only a handful of times and has just 45 followers.

Networks Angling for Manti Te’o Interview (TVNewser)
As the Manti Te’o hoax story spreads across the media landscape, the race is on to get the first interview with the star Notre Dame football player. TVNewser hears that ESPN and NBC News have both been making their pitch to Notre Dame and people close to Te’o, and it is safe to assume that many other news outlets have been as well. Ad Age / Media NewsMedia outlets are rushing to assess what they said, what they verified and what went wrong in covering Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o and the death of his girlfriend — who, Deadspin reported Wednesday, never existed. TV, magazines and newspapers had all taken up the story of Te’o’s on-field success despite the deaths of his grandmother and girlfriend, Lennay Kekua, just hours apart in September. The compelling narrative may have helped his chances for a Heisman trophy; he ultimately came in second. Now editors and journalists are facing questions about the answers they did not get before. New York Daily News Te’o has gone into hiding, but his girlfriend is everywhere — online, of course. The Internet did what the Internet does best on Thursday, and people are jumping all over the Notre Dame linebacker, who, it turns out, never had a girlfriend named Lennay Kekua who died tragically and inspired him during a Heisman-caliber season. Poynter / MediaWire Deadspin editor-in-chief Tommy Craggs says Timothy Burke and Jack Dickey were faced with a tough question when reporting their now famous Te’o story: “What lengths do we go to, to try and prove a negative?”

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Lance Armstrong Joins the Ranks of Famous TV Confessors (Today / The Clicker)
When Lance Armstrong’s interview with Oprah Winfrey aired Thursday, he became a member of a very specific club: disgraced public figures who’ve addressed their wrongdoings by way of television. Whether the truth-telling is a matter of national concern or mostly a step in repairing an image (and often, a subsequent livelihood), the medium continues to be the most reliable way of getting a message out to the masses. USA Today Saying his “mythic, perfect story” was “one big lie,” Lance Armstrong admitted that he cheated during most of his famed cycling career and that he bullied people who dared to tell the truth about it. After denying doping allegations for more than a decade, he also said he used banned drugs or blood transfusions during all seven of his victories in the Tour de France. “I will spend the rest of my life trying to earn back trust and apologize to people,” Armstrong told talk-show host Oprah Winfrey in an interview that aired Thursday night. Forbes / Mixed Media If there’s one thing Armstrong proved in part one of his two-part sit-down with Winfrey on her OWN cable channel, it was that he’s not especially good at selling his version of the truth, or at least not as good as a focused, well-prepared Winfrey is at poking holes in it. With his long pauses, abundant use of the passive voice, inconsistent eye contact and inappropriate smiles, the world’s most famous cyclist made it clear, at a minimum, that there was a lot more running through his head than a desire to come clean.

Exclusive: Fox Renews Karl Rove Contract Through 2016 (Politico)
Fox News Channel is expected to announce shortly that Karl Rove has signed a multi-year deal to remain a Fox contributor through the 2016 election. The contract assures the ratings-leader cable news network that it will retain one of its most popular commentators, and someone whose views continually make news, especially in the heat of a campaign.TVNewser Rove made headlines on election night when he disputed FNC’s call of the election for President Obama. Fox News founder and chairman Roger Ailes recounted what happened in an interview with TVNewser: “As it turned out Rove was wrong. He backed down. Our guys were right. We stayed with it. Megyn did her famous walk down the hall. And it all worked out.” Rove joined Fox as a contributor in February 2008. Before that he was senior adviser to President George W. Bush. The Washington Post / Post Politics ”Karl’s detailed knowledge of state and national politics, as well as fundraising and strategy, makes him an important player in our ongoing political coverage and we look forward to him continuing his analysis across all platforms for Fox News and Fox Business,” Ailes said in a statement. New York / Daily Intelligencer Ailes recently signed on through 2016, too, following Fox News stars Bill O’Reilly and Sean Hannity. Megyn Kelly, whose contract expires this year, could round out a ragtag starting lineup, with Dennis Kucinich serving as some sort of sixth man.

Biden: Media Need to Better Promote Parental Control Tools (B&C)
Speaking to the U.S. Conference of Mayors Thursday, Vice President Joe Biden, outlining the White House’s gun violence initiatives, made a pitch for studies “on the impacts of young minds on witnessing repetitive violent acts in movies, on television and video games,” but also indicated the industry was intent on helping and encouraged them to better advertise the parental control tools they have. Conducting and funding such research was one of the initiatives the vice president vowed to put all of his office’s muscle behind.

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Penguin Revamps Book Country, Adds Services, Reduces Cost to Authors (Publishers Weekly)
Book Country, an online writing community and self-publishing service launched by Penguin in 2011, is relaunching and redesigning the site in stages. The Book Country self-publishing site relaunched Thursday with reduced fees for each tier of service while adding a free self-publishing tier, higher royalties for authors and plans to eventually add an online bookstore. By late summer 2013, the site will also relaunch its writing community, opening the site to more fiction genres.

WSJ Scores Big on YouTube Channel Ratings, Thanks to Pixar (Ad Age / Digital)
While WSJDigitalNetwork is the biggest mover on the YouTube Original Channel Tracker this week, it’s Pixar who should be getting the credit. A teaser for the animation company’s short film The Blue Umbrella, which was posted on the channel, led to a big jump in viewership. The channel grew by 234 percent over last week to take the No. 9 spot amid the likes of AwesomenessTV and Clevver News.

Tribune Taps Peter Liguori to Be CEO, Eddy Hartenstein to Run LA Times, as Expected(Deadline New York)
This falls into the “as expected” category. We’ve known since November that Tribune was planning to offer the top job to Peter Liguori, who’s best known for his years as an executive at Fox and Discovery. Now that Tribune has emerged from bankruptcy protection, it’s widely believed that the company will focus on its broadcast properties which include 23 television stations as it tries to unload its fleet of newspapers which include the Los Angeles Times,Chicago TribuneBaltimore Sun and Hartford Courant.

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Adam Carolla Sued for Allegedly Breaking Partnership Agreement (THR / Hollywood, Esq.)
Adam Carolla, host of the most downloaded podcast in the world and a recent addition to the Fox News Channel, is being sued by his former producer Donny Misraje for allegedly breaking their partnership agreement without cause. The lawsuit was filed on Thursday in LA Superior Court and alleges that Misraje, his wife Kathee, and Sandy Ganz, a technology expert with a 10 percent ownership interest in the partnership, have not been paid for their “sweat equity” to make Carolla’s podcast enterprise work.

CBS News Names Mellody Hobson as Contributor and Analyst on All CBS News Platforms (Indiewire / Shadow and Act)
From being recently named as chairman of DreamWorks Animation in October, to getting engaged to George Lucas earlier this month, to Thursday’s news… Mellody Hobson has been the subject of mainstream press headlines, maybe more-so in recent months, than she’d been in years prior. CBS News announced Thursday that it has named Hobson as a contributor and analyst on finance and economy, and will appear across all CBS News platforms, includingCBS This MorningCBS Evening NewsFace the Nation, as well as CBS’ radio and online platforms.

Major Papers’ Longform Meltdown (CJR / The Audit)
No one equates story-length with quality. Let’s start with that concession. But still. Story-length is hardly meaningless when you consider what it takes to explain complex problems, like say, the financial crisis, to the broader public. Or when you consider what it takes to lay out the evidence needed to properly support a story that makes explosive allegations against a powerful institution. It takes space.

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TVB: During 2012 Election, 80 Percent of TV Political Spending Was on Local Stations(TVSpy)
Local stations were the major beneficiary of political spending on television during the 2012 election, according to a new TVB study. More than 80 percent of total television spending in the political category was spent on local television, boosting stations’ political revenue 38 percent from the 2008 election.

Now Quarterly, Bloomberg Pursuits Adds to Masthead, Launches iPad App (Ad Week)
Bloomberg Pursuits, the luxury lifestyle spinoff of Bloomberg Markets, is trying to make more inroads into fashion as it steps up its frequency to four times a year. In addition to launching an iPad app, which will automatically download to subscribers of the Markets app starting with the spring issue, new editor-in-chief Ted Moncreiff’s first, the magazine has added an art director and luxury marketing consultant.

Wikipedia Plans to Expand Mobile Access Around the Globe with New Funding (Nieman Journalism Lab)
On the list of this round’s winners of the Knight News Challenge, there is no bigger name than Wikipedia. With Knight’s $600,000 grant, the Wikimedia Foundation plans to increase the free encyclopedia’s reach on mobile, developing new software that will allow users to better access the site on feature phones through Wikipedia Zero.

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The Manti Te’o Scandal: How to Fact-Check in the Digital Age

It’s been a busy week in the digital blunders department. Deadspin’s expose on Manti Te’o’s non-existent girlfriend is shocking for the simple fact that all it took was some old fashioned fact-checking. That the Gawker Media sports blog “without access, favor, or discretion” scooped traditional sports media like Sports Illustrated and ESPN, among others, is a big deal — and a rather simple one. It’s J-School 101. Always ask questions, ask until… read more»

Trial and Error in Sponsored Content

The story circling the web today about The Atlantic’s native advertisement for Scientology raises all sorts of questions for digital newsrooms. And there are no easy answers. In case you missed it: yesterday around lunchtime, an ad package, labeled as sponsored content, went live on The Atlantic’s website. The native advertisement was for the Church of Scientology, under the headline “David Miscavige Leads Scientology to Milestone Year.” If it weren’t for the… read more»

The Do’s and Dont’s of a Twitter Interview

The Twitter interview has become a strange, somewhat mythical beast in digital journalism. Using a 140-characters-or-less platform can seem like a journalist’s heaven or hell, depending on how you like to gather your information, but there’s no doubt that the so-called “twinterview” has become de riugeur for journalists of all kinds. However, it’s not the end-all-be-all of cutting edge techniques, and you should never settle for a “twinterview” unless it specifically… read more»

10 ‘Budget Balancer’ Tools And Games From Newsrooms Worldwide

As legislative sessions start to kick off in states around the country, newsrooms will undoubtedly be looking for ways to cover various negotiations and budget crises. The idea of a “budget balancing” game is nothing new — lots of newsrooms have tried it — but many have taken their own conceptual approaches. Here are a few different examples: 1. New York Times — Budget Puzzle: You Fix the Budget This approach lets users… read more»

Tweeting a Tragedy: 5 Things to Remember When News Breaks

When news broke about the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut last month, those on Twitter were some of the first to hear about death counts and momentum in the investigation. We all know Twitter is one of the best tools for engaging with a story, but as the news unfolded, so did the corrections. It’s a good time to reflect on some best practices for reporting on… read more»

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3 Tech Trends That Show Journalism of the Future

CES is the ultimate in tech tools for all kinds of people, and with the level of hardware that the 2013 installment has already showcased in just its first day, there’s plenty to drool over. Even better, companies have unveiled some awesome trends and gadgets that you’re likely to see in your journalism arsenal in the near future. If you’ve got some extra pocket money to spend or if you’re just a… read more»

Easel.ly Makes Infographics Easy and Beautiful

There’s no doubt that one of the biggest storytelling forms to emerge within the last few years — especially online — is the infographic. Everywhere you turn, outlets are taking advantage of the highly visual, very sharable medium to give readers easily digestible pieces of data. And, from high tech studies to psychology research, it’s obvious that infographics not only enhance data content for readers but also show no signs of… read more»

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Broadly speaking, Texas Monthly is a magazine about the culture of Texas, which encompasses a great many things, including smart book reviews, trustworthy and fun reader service, literary essays and feature writing, interviews with newsmakers, great art and photography, political columns and commentary, humor and investigative reporting. And if you’re from the Lone Star state, or have lived a good amount of time there, you’ve got a leg up when… read more»

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AP Stylebook Updates Detail How To Handle User-Generated Content

The Associated Press Stylebook is on a tech kick with its latest updates. Among the new additions, according to a note to online stylebook subscribers: Android, circles (as in Google Plus groups), flash mob, Google Hangout, hashtag, Instagram, Pinterest, Reddit, retweet, Skype and tablet. The User-Generated Content entry has also been expanded. The updates were added to the online stylebook and emailed to subscribers on Friday. Since so much of online… read more»

Quick! Pick Up These Helpful iPhone Apps Still On Sale

As a journalist, the only thing better than a piece of new equipment is a piece of new equipment for a rock-bottom price. Everyone is doing more with less these days, so it’s more important than ever to take advantage of sales that will boost your toolset without breaking the bank. Luckily, those doldrum days between Christmas and New Years have become a boon for people who are looking for a good… read more»

33 Percent of Americans Own an eReader or Tablet

The latest study from the Pew Internet and American Life Project chronicles some unsurprising trends: People are reading less print books, more eBooks, and those who own eBook readers or tablets are on the rise. eReaders saw an almost 10 percent growth in ownership this past year, while the number of people who owned tablets grew 15 percent. That makes 33 percent of Americans eBook reader/tablet owners. What does this mean for… read more»

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Fox News Signs Dennis Kucinich as Contributor(TVNewser)
Fox News Channel has signed former Congressman Dennis Kucinich as a paid contributor to FNC and Fox Business Network. Kucinich, who was for years a liberal stalwart in the House of Representatives, will provide analysis and commentary across all of FNC and FBN’s programs, beginning with Thursday’s edition of The O’Reilly FactorNYT / Media DecoderKucinich, a two-time presidential candidate known for his staunch antiwar views, lost his bid for re-election to the House of Representatives last year. The loss (to his primary opponent, Representative Marcy Kaptur) was not a surprise, because his Congressional district was largely eliminated when Ohio lawmakers redrew the state’s electoral map in 2011. Fox will give Kucinich a national platform for his views, as well as a paycheck. HuffPost / AP ”I’ve always been impressed with Rep. Kucinich’s fearlessness and thoughtfulness about important issues,” Fox News Chairman Roger Ailes said. “His willingness to take a stand from his point of view makes him a valuable voice in our country’s debate.” The Washington Post / Post Politics ”Through 16 years in Congress and two presidential campaigns, Fox News has always provided me with an opportunity to share my perspective with its enormous viewership,” Kucinich (D-Ohio) said in a statement. “I look forward to a continuation of our relationship, this time as a Fox News contributor.” Politico / Dylan Byers on Media Kucinich was considered one of the House’s most liberal members while he was in office. During his stint in Congress, Kucinich sued President Barack Obama in federal court over whether the president illegally circumvented Congress when he approved U.S. military action in Libya, attempted to impeach both President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney and received an “F” grade from the NRA for his pro-gun control voting record. He is also well-known for his environmental platform and his vegan diet. Seattle Post-Intelligencer / Strange Bedfellows Kucinich has been a not-infrequent guest on Fox. Critics have argued that the network, which has hired a bevy of former Republican presidential and vice presidential candidates — e.g. Newt Gingrich and Sarah Palin — seeks out the most extreme “liberal” voices it can find.

NRA Ad Calls NBC’s David Gregory ‘Elitist Hypocrite’ (TVNewser)
A new ad from the National Rifle Association features NBC News anchor David Gregory, calling him an “elitist hypocrite,” apparently in response to his tough interview with NRA chief Wayne LaPierre. It was during that interview that Gregory held up a 30-round rifle magazine, almost getting himself in legal trouble before the DC Attorney General decided not to press charges late last week. HuffPost ”Mr. Obama demands the wealthy pay their fair share of taxes but he’s just another elitist hypocrite when it comes to a fair share of security,” the ad says. When the words “Elitist Hypocrite” come on screen, a graphic of Obama is shown. Flanking him are Joe Biden, Michael Bloomberg, Senator Dianne Feinstein — and Gregory.Politico / Dylan Byers on Media In a statement, NBC News told Politico the news organization is against the use of its journalists in political advertisements. “NBC News firmly objects to the use of our journalists in any political ad,” the statement said. “David Gregory’s role as moderator of Meet the Press is to ask tough questions of guests representing all sides of the issues.” New York Daily News The White House slammed the NRA as “cowardly” after the powerful gun lobby dragged President Obama’s daughters into the raging debate over gun control by placing them in a controversial commercial. Spokesman Jay Carney said the NRA crossed the line when the group referenced Sasha, 11, and Malia, 14, in a spot calling the commander-in-chief an “elitist hypocrite” because his girls get armed Secret Service protection. THR In his address Wednesday laying out a road map to curb gun violence, President Obama made only a glancing reference to the role violent video games may have in glamorizing firearms and said nothing at all about the responsibilities of the film or television industries. Even so, associations representing film and television producers and the cable broadcasting and gaming industries were quick to issue statements affirming their support for the president’s initiative, while pointing to what they regard as the cultural complexity of the gun issue. San Francisco Chronicle / AP No connection was suggested between bloody entertainment fictions and real-life violence. Instead, the White House is calling on research on the effect of media and video games on gun violence. Among the 23 executive measures signed Wednesday by Obama is a directive to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and scientific agencies to conduct research into the causes and prevention of gun violence. The order specifically cited “investigating the relationship between video games, media images and violence.”

The Big ‘Get’: What Can Lance Do for Oprah? A Lot (USA Today)
The sports world is holding its breath, waiting to hear exactly what shamed cyclist Lance Armstrong will say in his interview with Oprah Winfrey. Airing Thursday on OWN’s Oprah’s Next Chapter (Part 1 at 9 p.m. ET/PT, Part 2 Friday at 9 p.m.) and streaming live on Oprah.com, the interview will be the first time fans hear from the seven-time Tour de France winner since his doping scandal erupted in October. An Armstrong interview is long overdue, and it’s seen as a chance for him to come clean, earn forgiveness and try to start polishing the tarnished Livestrong image. For Winfrey and the entertainment world, it’s a huge coup, a huge “get.” Baltimore Sun / Susan Reimer Armstrong isn’t just looking for forgiveness from those who believed him when he denied for a decade that anything but hard work propelled him to the front for seven Tour de France victories. He is looking for a way back into competition, from which he has been banned for life, and some cover from a massive lawsuit that could cost him his fortune. And there is no better place to start than with Oprah, high priestess of confession television. TVNewser As for the decision to go with Oprah, as opposed to, say, ABC News or CBS, ABC News correspondent Neal Karlinsky says that it makes sense for Armstrong, even if it means journalists will be left wanting more. “I know from talking to people close to him on deep background, that he was in a very difficult place right now. I know he was looking at many different ways of trying to move himself forward,” Karlinsky said. “To be honest it was a little surprising to see Oprah’s name pop up to get the interview, but when you look at Armstrong it makes perfect sense for him.”

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Star-Ledger Announces Layoffs of 34 Employees, Including 18 Newsroom Staff (The Star-Ledger)
The Star-Ledger lost nearly 10 percent of its newsroom Wednesday as the state’s largest newspaper cut editors, photographers, news clerks and others in its first ever large-scale layoff. The jobs of 34 employees of the paper were eliminated, according to publisher Richard Vezza, who called it a “difficult day.” Poynter / MediaWire While other Advance newspapers have reduced staff and print frequency concurrently, Vezza tells his the reporters “I’ve been involved in no other plans to take us to three days a week.” But: “we are going to need to adjust our business as needs warrant,” he said. In a letter to employees announcing the layoffs, Vezza said the Star-Ledger is “considering the possibility of outsourcing the printing and delivery of the newspaper.”

Big Change at Lucky Magazine (WWD / Memo Pad)
Lucky magazine, struggling for the past two years as two different publishers and Condé Nast tried to turn around the flagging 12-year-old magazine, was jolted Wednesday by a major change in leadership. Marcy Bloom, the publisher since September 2011, was replaced, effective immediately, by Gillian Gorman Round, an executive who, until now, was mostly unknown outside Condé and held the title of senior vice president, brand development.Adweek Details of what Lucky's e-commerce will entail are still sketchy, but Round said she sees e-commerce as being “a critical part” of the business. “Our advertiser revenue will continue to be incredibly important to us, but we are looking at all alternatives and incremental sources of revenue as is appropriate for a modern media model,” said Round. This move will certainly invite speculation of Lucky's going digital-only, rumors of which have been circulating as its print ad pages continue to drop.

Martha Raddatz to Host New Show for ABC News/Yahoo! (TVNewser)
Starting this Friday, ABC’s chief global affairs correspondent Martha Raddatz will host a weekly show for ABCNews.com called On the Radar. The show will offer viewers a look at the defense, intelligence and foreign affairs worlds through the lens of U.S. policy. The debut episode includes an interview with out-going secretary of defense Leon Panetta in Italy.

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Authors Guild Criticizes Condé Nast Freelancer Contract (GalleyCat)
The Authors Guild issued an alert for members, criticizing Condé Nast’s new boilerplate contract for freelancers. Condé Nast’s new contract “acquires a free 12-month right to option dramatic and multimedia rights to articles appearing in its magazines.”

Times Communications Executive Is Leaving (NYT / Media Decoder)
Robert Christie, senior vice president of corporate communications for The New York Times Company, is leaving the company and his position is being eliminated, the Times announced Wednesday.

Publishing Senior Executives Come to Grips with Post-Bookstore World (Digital Book World)
With the closure of Borders, shrinking library budgets and the pressure independent bookstores and Barnes & Noble are under due to the rise of eBooks and online book sales, bookstore and library shelf space has been shrinking markedly in the U.S. for several years. With less shelf space comes fewer opportunities for publishers to display their wares to consumers — and publishers are starting to come to grips with that future.

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Washington Post Mexico Bureau Chief Admits Plagiarizing Academic Journal in Panama Story (Washington City Paper / City Desk)
What is it with the Washington Post's bureau chiefs and lifting copy? Just months after the paper's India bureau chief admitted to paraphrasing quotes from an Indian magazine, William Booth, the Post's bureau chief for Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean, admitted Wednesday afternoon that a story the Post published Sunday contained plagiarized material. “I am so sorry for what I did,” Booth said in a statement provided by the Post. “It was a very serious lapse.”

Dave Karger on How Journalists Can Land TV Appearances (FishbowlNY)
Dave Karger made quite a splash when, after almost two decades at Entertainment Weekly, he went to work for Fandango as chief correspondent. Now that he’s settled into the role, he tells Mediabistro what he’s been working on lately and offers up some advice for print journos looking to transition to TV.

GQ Publishes Offensive ‘Hottest Women’ List (Yahoo! / Shine)
GQ just released their “100 Sexiest Women of the Millennium” issue featuring Beyoncé on the cover as “Miss Millennium.” Flip through it and you’ll find the obvious nods to Jessica Simpson, Kim Kardashian, and Katie Holmes. But this year, the lad mag has included some ethnic specific categories that have some people raising their eyebrows.

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Winfrey, Frank Ocean Among GLAAD Award Nominees (Seattle Times / AP)
GLAAD has named the film Cloud Atlas, AMC’s reality show Small Town Security, and The New Yorker magazine among its nominees for the 24th Annual GLAAD Media Awards. The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation announced on Wednesday 120 nominees in English-language categories and 33 nominees in Spanish-language categories.

Weekly World News — Purveyor of UFOs, Mutants, Divorces — to Erect a Paywall (The Wrap / Media Alley)
Elvis lives, mutants are taking over, UFOs are landing and Hillary Clinton is definitely divorcing Bill. But you’re going to have to pay up to learn any more than that. Weekly World News — the supermarket tabloid which once drew in readers at the check-out line with its flashy, if far-fetched, headlines — plans to announce a paywall on Thursday, though it’s unclear when the subscription requirement will go up.

Journalists Identify the Worst PR Jargon (PR Daily)
According to a report by twelve thirty eight, PR professionals are the worst at using buzzwords that have no real meaning. Each year, the firm surveys 500 journalists to find out which buzzwords, jargon, and terms PR pros use when working with them. The survey taps British reporters and editors from media outlets such as the BBC, The Telegraph, theFinancial Times, the Daily Mail, and more.

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One Night in, Kimmel Tops Letterman in Ratings, But Falls Short of Nightline (TVNewser)
On his first night at 11:35 p.m., Jimmy Kimmel Live beat The Late Show with David Letterman in the ratings, drawing nearly 3.1 million viewers. That said, Kimmel fell short of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, which drew 3.27 million viewers, as well as the show he replaced, Nightline, which averaged 3.9 million viewers last quarter.NYT / Media Decoder Leno was also the winner in the audience of most interest to late-night advertisers, viewers between the ages of 18 and 49. Leno had 1.084 million viewers in that group to 887,000 for Kimmel and 683,000 for Letterman.LA Times / Show Tracker ABC is positioning Kimmel to ascend to the top of late-night TV in future years, and Tuesday night provided a good first step in that direction. Kimmelbeat Letterman, who delivered 2.9 million viewers for the night. And Leno has fallen a long way since a few seasons back, when he routinely drew more than 5 million viewers per night. WSJ The turnout is a promising start for ABC, though Kimmel’s debut showing in the earlier time slot could be expected to draw a big audience. The real test will come over time. When NBC moved Conan O’Brien to 11:35 p.m. in 2009, the early results were strong but O’Brien’s ratings quickly slumped. NBC moved O’Brien back to his original time slot although he left soon after. Chicago Tribune / Reuters At 45, Kimmel is two decades younger than Leno, 62, and Letterman, 65. ABC hopes that fact, coupled with his younger, tech-savvy audience, will make his show more appealing to advertisers. The network’s marketing blitz features ads with the tagline: “Younger. Smarter. Funnier. Earlier.” HuffPost Nightline moved to 12:35 a.m. The news program outperformed CBS’ Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson and NBC’s Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. The show brought in a total of 1.721 million viewers and won the key adults 25-54 demographic.

White House Files Formal Response to Piers Morgan Petition (TVNewser)
The White House has filed a formal response to the petition that wanted CNN host Piers Morgan to be deported back to his native Great Britain. More than 100,000 people signed the petition, which was filed after Morgan became outspoken regarding his support of gun control after the tragic shooting in Newtown, Conn. HuffPost The White House released its comment in a piece entitled, “When Discussing the Second Amendment, Keep the First in Mind Too.” “Let’s not let arguments over the Constitution’s Second Amendment violate the spirit of its First,” White House press secretary Jay Carney wrote. ABC News / The Note In his response, Carney underscored that “the Constitution not only guarantees an individual right to bear arms, but also enshrines the freedom of speech and the freedom of the press — fundamental principles that are essential to our democracy.” The response came just days after Morgan and conservative radio host Alex Jones, an avid backer of the petition, had a heated on-air debate over gun control. Slate / The Slatest The CNN talk show host who has somehow managed to go from someone embroiled in London’s massive phone hacking and bribery scandal — he denies any involvement — to a top advocate for gun control and a central figure in the debate that sprang up after the Sandy Hook massacre, officially won’t have to worry that President Obama will kick him out of the country. Forbes / Mixed Media Syndicated radio host Jones has moved from the fringe to center stage, at least temporarily, following a spittle-flecked appearance on CNN’s Piers Morgan Tonight. But who is he, anyway?

Robin Roberts: ‘It’s a Great Comfort Not to Feel Pressured and a Blessing to Know I Have a Job Waiting for Me’ (TVNewser)
ABC’s Robin Roberts took to Facebook Wednesday with “encouraging news” from her doctors and discussed the interest in her return to Good Morning America. “I’m humbled by the speculation of my return to GMA,” Roberts wrote. “My family and I are grateful that GMA/ABC’s only concern is my full recovery. It’s a great comfort not to feel pressured and a blessing to know I have a job waiting for me.” HuffPost The GMAhost tweeted an update to her followers on Wednesday morning, sharing her joy in watching her colleagues start the day, with a little tease at the end. “Watching my friends on @GMA is great way to start my day. Once again I’ll have what @LaraSpencer is having this morn! See you very soon. :-)” New York Daily News Roberts will reveal when she plans to return to the top-rated morning show, sometime “in the next few days,” she said Wednesday. Roberts is expected to appear on GMA — via either a phone call, pretaped video or live satellite feed — to make her announcement, sources said.

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CIA Officials Invisible at Washington Premiere of bin Laden Film (Reuters)
There were journalists in droves, glasses of wine proffered by waiters and hors d’oeuvres devised by celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck at the Washington premiere of a movie about the CIA, but prominent agency officials were nowhere to be seen. Although official records show the spy agency cooperated generously with the makers of Zero Dark Thirty, which dramatizes the 10-year hunt for Osama bin Laden, the movie’s graphic depictions of torture have made it a political hot potato of the kind Washington thrives on but which mystifies Hollywood. FishbowlDCMoving on to the red carpet, the actual celebrities — film creators Mark Boal and Kathryn Bigelow and actor Chris Pratt — were an hour late. But that didn’t mean the Washington Examiner's gossip columnist Nikki Schwab didn't catwalk it herself. She did, stopping just long enough to chat with D.C. publicist Janet Donovan. ABC's Martha Raddatz, who moderated the vice presidential debate in October (not quite on the same level as Schwab) opted to walk behind the press, avoiding the red carpet altogether.

Decision on Whether to Charge David Gregory Could Come Soon, D.C. Attorney General Says (The Washington Post)
A decision on whether to pursue criminal charges after an incident in which Meet the Press host David Gregory held what appeared to be a high-capacity ammunition magazine on national television could come by week’s end, the District’s attorney general said Wednesday. Attorney General Irvin B. Nathan confirmed that he had received an investigative report from the police department. He will likely determine whether to pursue charges in the case by the end of the week, Nathan said. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media "The choices are to prosecute or to decline to prosecute, and we will look at all the factors and make a determination," he added. When asked for an update regarding the report that Meet the Press had reached out for permission both through ATF and MPD, Nathan said he had nothing to add at the moment, but that he has “reason to believe that’s in the report.”

Media and Publishing Jobs See Largest Wage Growth Since 2006 (HuffPost)
Despite recent budgetary concerns surrounding the so-called fiscal cliff, U.S. wages appear to be growing — even in industries where you wouldn’t expect it. Media and publishing professions saw the largest annual growth in wages in the fourth quarter of 2012 in six years, according to the latest reading of the PayScale Index.

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Al Jazeera in America (CJR / Behind the News)
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Oprah Winfrey’s OWN Adds Six New Original Series (Ebony)
2012 was a great year for the Oprah Winfrey Network. OWN, which once suffered from low ratings and management shake-ups, reached double-digit gains and soared with 11 months of consecutive ratings growth. The 2013 season looks just as bright for OWN. Over the weekend, the network revealed six new original series added to its lineup.

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TCA: Netflix Looks to Join TV Big Leagues (Variety)
"We have the opportunity to make history here," Kevin Spacey’s character from House of Cards said at the end of the sizzle reel that opened Netflix’s inaugural Television Critics Association press tour session Wednesday. The message was not lost on the crowd. In bringing a slate of shows to TCA, the netcaster that has up-ended the rules of the TV biz aims to take its place alongside traditional networks as a purveyor of original programming.

The Washington Post Kills Off Its Food Section’s Blog (Eater)
When it rains it pours: Following the news of Gourmet Live getting the ax, now The Washington Post is killing off All We Can Eat, the food section’s blog. Timed concurrently with a management shakeup, a bunch of blogs over at WaPo are shutting down (including Celebritology).

Village Voice Media Sells SF Weekly and Seattle Weekly to Black Press Properties (JimRomenesko.com)
Seattle Weekly has been sold by Village Voice Media to Sound Publishing, which puts out 36 daily, weekly and monthly community newspapers and magazines in western Washington and northern Oregon. The Voice also sold SF Weekly to San Francisco Newspaper Co., which runs theSan Francisco Examiner and the Bay Guardian.

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At Huffington Post, Everything Old Is New Again: All Reporters Get Blogs (Capital New York)
So what’s next for the impossibly successful eyeball-catcher and jewel-in-the-content-crown of parent company AOL? Blogging! HuffPost is rolling out a new blog template in two weeks that will allow every reporter in the organization to maintain his or her own personal blog as a supplement to their usual beat-reporting for the site.

New Year Begins with Flurry of Ad Industry Deals (NYT / Media Decoder)
The new year has barely begun, but it looks as if it may be a busy one for deal-making on Madison Avenue. Several acquisitions and transactions have already been made this week, on the heels of others last week. The deals are predominantly in the faster-growing specialty areas of the business like shopper marketing, digital advertising and public relations.

Report Predicts Foursquare Will Fail This Year (SocialTimes)
PrivCo, a company that supplies financial research into private companies, is predicting that Foursquare will fail in 2013, likely by being sold for a price lower than the total $71.3 million in funding the company has raised. The social network boasts 20 million members and 5 million daily check-ins, but, according to a PrivCo report, is failing to meet investors’ or internal projections “quarter after quarter.”

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Fox Boss Kevin Reilly: ‘We All Screw Up, Just Look at My Fall’ (THR / The Live Feed)
Fox entertainment chairman Kevin Reilly trotted onstage Tuesday with his usual combination of candor and charm. “We all screw up,” he said with a shrug during his 45 minutes before the Television Critics Association at the Winter Press Tour in Pasadena, Calif., before deadpanning: “Just look at my fall.” The self-deprecating jab was warranted, given a first half of the season that saw Fox slide 24 percent in the ratings among the key 18-to-49 demographic. Chicago Tribune / Reuters In the season so far, Fox has lost some 20 percent of its 18-49 audience compared to the same point last year, while rival NBC has pulled out of a nine-year slump and is in first place. Fox is also currently at the bottom of the big four U.S. broadcasters in terms of total numbers of viewers. TV Guide Call it a tale of two networks. Whereas NBC’s chairman dwelled on the network’s great past year at the TCA winter previews, Reilly was focused on the future. “We here at Fox sort of limped our way in here from 2012,” he said. “Nobody’s happier than us to turn the page and get onto a fresh year and better things to come.” The Wrap / Report from the TCA The Walking Dead was television’s top drama this fall. Reilly said no network could air a show so graphic, but said he hoped to return to the days when viewers looked to Fox for edgy programming. “Before there was cable, Fox was cable,” he said. He later told reporters: “The best of Fox makes noise. Some of that is being just a little bolder, a little louder.” Deadline Hollywood A large portion of the Q&A was focused on the potential link between violence on TV and the recent string of mass shootings, especially in light of the network’s upcoming launch of the very dark new serial killer drama The Following. “I think in general there have been more violent shows on TV,” Reilly said. “Clearly there is appetite, people like these things.” Variety Echoing the sentiment of NBC boss Robert Greenblatt, who faced similar questions in his sesh on Sunday, Reilly argued that the root causes of mass killings and other shocking acts of violence are far more complicated than those who point the finger at the TV screen suggest. “It is part of a larger tapestry and media landscape and a much more complex conversation,” Reilly said. “We have a responsibility and FCC license, and we take that as seriously as we can.”

Richer Than Romney: Al Gore Scores on Sale of Current TV (Forbes / The .0000001%)
When former Vice President Al Gore ran for president more than 12 years ago, he had less than $2 million in assets to his name. Now it appears he is on the verge of making more than 50 times that amount from just one deal. The Washington Post / She The People Yet now that the former vice president is without any question writing his own script, and can follow any path he likes, the one he’s chosen with the sale of his Current TV network to Qatar-funded Al Jazeera is not just hypocritical, but awfully familiar to those who remember what his father did after leaving public life. The Daily Beast After previous efforts to enter the U.S. market had largely been blocked by misguided politics, a healthy dose of post 9/11 Islamophobia, and a general lack of knowledge about the Middle East and the role of Al Jazeera, the channel’s entry into mainstream America will finally help fill a large gap in the public’s understanding of the two thirds of the world which remains — short of conflict and controversy — underreported by most media in this country. NYT / Media Decoder I left one out. Last week, in an article detailing Al Gore’s negotiations with cable and satellite carriers about the sale of his cable channel Current TV, I wrote, “Mr. Gore, who lost his last big legal argument — the one in 2000 — succeeded.” He got most of the big carriers to consent to the takeover of Current by Al Jazeera. There was actually another big legal argument by Gore between the time he lost the presidency in 2000 and he won support for the Current TV sale in 2013.

Lance Armstrong Giving Oprah Exclusive Interview: Is This It? (Entertainment Weekly / Inside TV)
Lance Armstrong is sitting down with Oprah Winfrey. In what’s billed as the controversial athlete’s “first no-holds-barred interview,” Armstrong is expected to address the doping scandal, accusations of cheating, and charges of lying about the use of performance-enhancing drugs throughout his storied cycling career. Variety Throughout his career, Armstrong has been accused of doping but has steadfastly denied the allegations. Last year the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency released a report saying Armstrong had, indeed, been taking drugs and banned him from racing professionally. There have been reports that Armstrong will soon come clean about doping, but those have not been confirmed.

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Controversial TV-Over-Internet Service Plans Expansion (TVSpy)
Aereo, the embattled Internet service allowing consumers to watch TV over the Internet without paying licensing fees, has announced it will be expanding its service to 22 cities. “Consumers want and deserve choice,” said Aereo chief executive officer and founder Chet Kanojia. “Watching television should be simple, convenient and rationally priced. Aereo’s technology provides exactly that: choice, flexibility and a first-class experience that every consumer deserves.” NYT / Bits He also said that Aereo had closed a $38 million round of financing from IAC/InterActiveCorp and Highland Capital Partners. Previously, the company raised $20.5 million in venture financing from IAC/InterActiveCorp, among others. Barry Diller, IAC’s chairman, sits on the start-up’s board. Reuters The TV industry sees the service as a threat to its ability to control subscription fees and generate advertising income, its two main sources of revenue.

Nate Silver: Between Pundits and Partisans, ‘A Lot of Very Delusional People’ in Politics (Politico / Dylan Byers on Media)
New York Times statistician Nate Silver participated in a Reddit “Ask Me Anything” chat Tuesday, telling users he finds analyzing politics frustrating because “between the pundits and the partisans, you’re dealing with a lot of very delusional people.” Silver answered a number of questions during Tuesday’s online chat, discussing everything from the future of his FiveThirtyEight blog to the strangest thing that’s happened to him since he shot to fame. The Atlantic Wire Silver may seem like a mild-mannered statistician and blogger, but underneath his unassuming appearance is a man who will work over and antagonize his enemies to send them into fits of rage. At least, that’s what you might have gathered if you read into Silver’s Reddit Ask Me Anything session Tuesday afternoon. Salon Silver admitted that in the run-up to the election, when pundits were questioning his predictions, he would less frequently stress the uncertainty of his models: “At some point in the last few weeks of the election, I guess I decided to lean into the upside outcome a little bit in terms of pushing back at the pundits in my public appearances — as opposed to emphasizing the uncertainty in the model, as I had for most of the year. (Nothing about the model design itself changed — just how I tended to talk about it.)”

Gabby Giffords Starts ‘Responsible Solutions’ Gun Control Initiative (PRNewser)
We’ve recently posted on the PR components of our nation’s latest debate over gun control. Topics include the NRA’s media strategies and a new campaign from Michael Bloomberg’s advocacy group Mayors Against Illegal Guns, which made waves with a viral video featuring A-list celebrities voicing support for the group’s “DemandAPlan” initiative. Tuesday brings news of another related campaign, this one created by the American politician who has the most direct experience with real-world gun violence. HuffPost Diane Sawyer reflected on her recent interview with Gabby Giffords, and discussed the former Congresswoman’s continuing recovery and plans for the gun control debate. Sawyer sat down with Giffords and her husband Mark Kelly for the two-year anniversary of the tragic day that Giffords was shot in the head. The shooting left six people dead and 13 injured. Giffords and Kelly spoke to Sawyer about their plans to lobby Congress and seek a “consensus common-sense idea,” which would include background checks to prevent the mentally ill from getting guns and targeting high-capacity ammunition.

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The AP is Selling Ads in its Tweets, but Twitter Doesn’t Mind (Nieman Journalism Lab)
The Associated Press is selling ad space in its 1.5 million-follower main Twitter feed. The wire service is sending out two sponsored tweets per day for the duration of this week’s International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. And Twitter was quick to respond, both negatively and positively.

The Neighborhood Watch: Why Do Community News Sites, Once Hailed as the Future of Journalism, So Often Flop? (Adweek)
Far bigger news operations that got in this game with so much fanfare now find themselves reassessing their approaches to community news, among them Seattle-based Fisher Communications. Fisher’s string of radio and TV stations in the Pacific Northwest has been hyped up about hyperlocal going back to 2010, though the company is revamping the business in the wake of a slide in corporate revenue last fall. More famously, AOL’s ambitious but money-draining Patch, made up of more than 900 community portals coast to coast, has significantly scaled back.

Glenn Beck Relaunching The Blaze as Global Libertarian News Network (BuzzFeed)
Glenn Beck announced plans Tuesday during his online television program to expand the news operation in his media company, The Blaze, and refocus it as a libertarian network, opening three foreign bureaus, debuting a nightly newsmagazine show, and relocating his New York staff to showy new offices.

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In Defense of Political Reporting (The Washington Post / The Fix)
Political reporters — and the way in which we cover the people who populate the political landscape — are easy targets for criticism. Yes, we all make mistakes in how much time we dedicate to certain types of stories and, in the process, miss other scoops that would provide real value to our readers. But as someone who has spent my entire professional career working in newsrooms — and the bulk of that time working at the Post — I can tell you that the main goal of the political journalism we do is to bring the fullest picture of who the men and women who run this country are to the people who elect them.

Adam Schreck Named as AP Iraq Bureau Chief (HuffPost / AP)
Adam Schreck, who has covered the economic and political forces reshaping the Middle East since 2008, has been named as Iraq bureau chief for The Associated Press. The appointment was announced Tuesday by acting Middle East editor Dan Perry. Schreck, 36, replaces Lara Jakes, who transferred to AP’s Washington, D.C., bureau.

The New Republic Debuts New Logo (FishbowlNY)
The new logo is the first step in the revamping of The New Republic. The new logo, according to the magazine’s creative director, Dirk Barnett, conveys that TNR is “is about big, bold ideas.” Burnett also says the updated logo is “energetic.” We kind of like it. While it might not be exciting, it is certainly more modern than the old one.

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Piers Morgan vs. Alex Jones on Gun Control: Who Won Wild Debate? (Christian Science Monitor)
Ultraconservative radio talk host Alex Jones appeared on CNN’s Piers Morgan Tonight on Monday talking about gun control, although “talking” is a word that might not really describe what went on. Jones shouted, ranted, and preached in a voice so loud that Rush Limbaugh is a whispering golf announcer by comparison. Jones did everything but wrap himself in an American flag — though he did offer to fight Morgan while wearing red white and blue trunks.

Three Tech Trends That Show Journalism of the Future (10,000 Words)
CES is the ultimate in tech tools for all kinds of people, and with the level of hardware that the 2013 installment has already showcased in just its first day, there’s plenty to drool over. Even better, companies have unveiled some awesome trends and gadgets that you’re likely to see in your journalism arsenal in the near future.

Six Reasons Why Jimmy Kimmel Might Actually Become the King of Late Night (Los Angeles Magazine)
Jimmy Kimmel is on a roll. On Jan. 8 Jimmy Kimmel Live moved from its “sorry, we’re too sleepy to watch” midnight spot (complete with peppy Nightline lead-in) to 11:35 p.m., pitting the talk-show host against Jay Leno and David Letterman. (Conan O’Brien, exiled to TBS and pulling in atrocious ratings, is no legit contender.) Last September Kimmel hosted the Emmys, and this month he gets a star on the Walk of Fame. Can L.A.’s most junior member of the guild of armchair schmoozers usurp the throne? We’re counting on it.

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