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ICYMI: Lulz Out at Gawker, Weed In at Fusion

ICYMI: Miles O’Brien Reunited with CNN; Big Changes at Discovery

CNN Signs Miles O’Brien as Aviation Analyst for Two Weeks by Josh Feldman at Mediaite:

Former CNN anchor/reporter Miles O’Brien will be temporarily returning to the network, a CNN source said. O’Brien has been signed for two weeks as an aviation analyst amid the network’s coverage of the ongoing search for the missing MH370 flight. O’Brien worked at CNN from 1992 to 2008, and being a pilot himself, he covered aviation issues and several plane crashes during his initial tenure.

Discovery Founder John Hendricks Retiring as Chairman of Board by Michael O’Connell at THR:

John Hendricks is officially departing Discovery Communications. The 61-year-old founder of the massive media company, who stepped down as CEO in 2004, will retire from his role as chairman of the board of directors and director of the board this spring. He will remain in the position through the May 16 annual meeting of shareholders.

Discovery Names COO of International Networks by Francesca Bacardi at Variety:

Discovery Communications has promoted Doug Baker to chief operating officer and chief financial officer for Discovery Networks Intl. He previously served as exec VP and CFO. In his new role, Baker will be responsible for oversight of strategy and research for Discovery’s 100-plus international outlets, in addition to leading all financial aspects of Discovery Networks Intl. finance and marketing.

(h/t Matt Neufeld)

ICYMI: The Beginning of the End

We reported last week that Bruce Gottlieb was leaving Natonal Journal. Here’s where he wound up:

Former National Journal president and Atlantic Media general counsel Bruce Gottlieb has joined the Japanese telecommunications and Internet corporation SoftBank, where he will head their D.C. office, our POLITICOPro colleague Tony Romm reports.

Vince Gray was cruising to re-election despite his corruption investigation woes. Now things are looking a bit more tenuous:

Vince Gray asked District residents last night to believe in his innocence, but the staff of the Northwest Current isn’t buying it. After endorsing Gray’s re-election bid last week, the paper announced today that shadow campaign financier Jeff Thompson’s guilty plea has inspired them to withdraw it.

Sadness prevails. DC already lost their last great American video store. Now the original in Baltimore is selling off its inventory too:

This week, the Video Americain on Cold Spring Lane closes its doors for the last time. It is the last video store of its kind* in Baltimore. The Roland Park location, opened in March of 1989 in a ramshackle converted gas station, was one in a constellation of six stores originally started in Newark, Del., by Barry Solan, Michael Bradley, and David Ostheimer, three men united in their love of repertory cinema. 

ICYMI: Everyone is Leaving Everywhere

ICYMI: Bret Baier Has One Hell of a Poker Face and Other News…

Bret Baier tries really hard to win a charity poker match.

Stories from around the web that you might have missed.

Some poker players wear shades and ball caps to hide their tells whereas others prefer an elaborate array of facial contortions. Bret Baier is the latter. by Janet Donovan at Hollywood on the Potomac.

April is upon us and if you’re a freelance writer, you probably have no idea how to do your taxes. That’s okay. FishbowlNY does. by Aneya Fernando at FishbowlNY.

MSNBC adds Ronan Farrow and Joy Reid, shares Tamron Hall with “Today.” by Jordan Chariton and Merrill Knox at TVNewser.

There aren’t many options available for getting DC a vote in Congress. by Raphaella Baek at WCP.

Facebook email accounts are no more. This will upset one, maybe two people. by Ken Yeung at TheNextWeb.

Senate Press Secretary Association Names 2014 Board

Picture 7The Senate Press Secretary Association has recently elected their 2014 Board of Directors, naming Liz Johnson, press secretary for Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), as its president. The 40+ years old organization hosts regular meetings with notable guest speakers, media and career networking events, social gatherings, and a January trip to New York City.

Johnson joins seven additional members to serve a one-year term. They include:

Amanda Critchfield, communications director, Senate Banking Committee
Tara DiJulio, communications director, Sen. Dan Coats (R-IN)
Taylor Foy, press secretary, Sen. Mike Johanns (R-NE)
Matt Harakal, press secretary, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT)
Micah Johnson, press secretary, Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN)
Christopher Moyer, press secretary, Sen. Kay Hagan (D-NC)
Meghan Roh, press secretary, Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA)

Congratulations to the new members of the SPSA! We hope, you our readers, look forward to working with them.

ICYMI: Sadness Prevails -Facebook, Leno, and Sochi

Okay, so maybe you think the Facebook Look Back movies are lame, but this one might change your mind. – by David Cohen at AllFacebook.

While many Facebook users are suffering from overexposure to its recently introduced A Look Back videos, the social network honored a special request by St. Louis resident John Berlin, who wanted to see his deceased son’s video…Berlin’s video of his tearful plea to Facebook went viral, with more than 950,000 views at the time of this post, in just two days.

Which sad penis wished Jay Leno a fond farewell? Find out by watching his last opening monologue. – by Josh Feldman at Mediaite.

Leno referenced the last time he parted ways with the Tonight Show, saying, “I don’t like good-byes. NBC does, I don’t care for them.” He vaguely acknowledged the Conan O’Brien fracas that ensued by clarifying, “Tonight is our last show for real. I don’t need to be fired three times. I get the hint.”

Sochi. Is. So. Gross.  - by Chris Ariens at TVNewser.

Between the missing shower curtains, brown tap water and computer hacking affecting journalists covering the Sochi Games, NBC’s Bob Costas might have it the worst. He has an eye infection.

Bill Kristol and Ana Navarro Join ABC News

Longtime Fox News contributor and editor and publisher of The Weekly Standard Bill Kristol has joined ABC News as a contributor, “This Week” host George Stephanopoulos announced on Sunday morning’s show.

Also named contributor is Republican strategist Ana Navarro, who with Kristol made her debut Super Bowl Sunday on “This Week with George Stephanopoulos.”

Navarro has served as the national co-chair for John McCain’s Hispanic Advisory Council and, most recently, served as the National Hispanic Co-Chair for Governor Jon Huntsman’s 2012 presidential campaign.

Congrats to Kristol and Navarro – we look forward to seeing more of you in our hungover Sunday state!

ICYMI: CNN Tells the Future; AOL Patch Says ‘Goodbye’

Image via Shutterstock.In case you missed it…

A way cool futuristic new program, Dataminr for News,  unveiled by CNN yesterday uses Twitter to get tipped off about breaking stories hours before anyone else knows about them. Our friends at TVNewser covered the event:

Dataminr uses an advanced algorithm to home in on similar sets of tweets around the world, thus alerting its clients to trends—or breaking news— potentially from the moment it’s first tweeted about…

“…We think it is revolutionary for newsgathering,” SVP of CNN.com K.C. Estenson said, jokingly calling it to “bionic vision for our reporters.”

The network has already been testing the program for six months, using it on-air for about two stories a day, including this past weekend’s Maryland mall shooting, and during the Nelson Mandela memorial service, when Dataminr alerted CNN to the most shared Mandela photos online. CNN then used those photos on-air.

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