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Dan Abrams Joins Nightline (FishbowlNY)
Dan Abrams, the man behind the Abrams Media empire, is joining ABC’s Nightline as an anchor and chief legal affairs anchor. Abrams is also getting an expanded role on Good Morning America and pretty much everywhere else. TVNewser Abrams will be stepping back from day-to-day oversight at Abrams Media, which includes Mediaite.com, to devote his attention to ABC. He is a TV news veteran, having previously served as anchor, legal analyst and general manager of MSNBC, and joined ABC News in 2011. HuffPost Abrams will replace Terry Moran who will move to London to become the network’s chief foreign correspondent later this summer but contribute to the network’s coverage of the upcoming Supreme Court decisions on cases including same-sex marriage and affirmative action. Moran’s role change came just months after ABC bumped Nightline to a later time slot so that Jimmy Kimmel’s late night program could move to 11:35 p.m., competing directly with David Letterman and Jay Leno’s shows. LA Times / Company Town The ratings for Nightline have tumbled since ABC moved it from 11:35 p.m. to 12:35 a.m. to give Jimmy Kimmel Live an earlier start time.

Food Network Responds to Paula Deen’s Racial Comments (TPM / LiveWire)
The Food Network has issued a statement responding to racial comments one of its star chefs, Paula Deen, made in deposition she gave for a discrimination suit against her and other defendants. “Food Network does not tolerate any form of discrimination and is a strong proponent of diversity and inclusion. We will continue to monitor the situation,” a Food Network spokeswoman said. Jezebel Paula Deen was questioned for three hours regarding the $1.2 million lawsuit filed by the general manager of their Savannah restaurant last year, which alleged that Paula and her brother Bubba made black and white employees use separate bathrooms, threw the N-word around and repeatedly told racist and sexist jokes. When Deen was asked if she used the N-word, she replied: “Yes, of course.” PRNewser Deen’s rep claims that she’s never used racial epithets and that she will be vindicated in court, but the Internet already passed judgement; as of Wednesday afternoon #PaulasBestDishes was the top trending hashtag on Twitter, and it inspired its share of winning puns. theGrio In a statement to theGrio, a representative for Deen said: “Contrary to media reports. Ms. Deen does not condone or find the use of racial epithets acceptable. She is looking forward to her day in court.”

Cleveland Plain Dealer Staffers Facing Layoffs (Poynter / MediaWire)
The Cleveland Plain Dealer plans to lay off staffers in the marketing, finance, information technology, pre-press and building service departments, according to the Save the Plain Dealer Campaign’s Facebook page. Poynter confirmed the information with two sources at the paper after seeing the Facebook post but has not yet heard back from management.

Newsroom Season 2 Consultants: MSNBC’s Chris Matthews, CNN’s Ashleigh Banfield, New Republic Editor (THR)
In a bid to make season two as realistic as possible, Aaron Sorkin enlisted 13 paid consultants whose experiences he could mine. “I’ll be coming to you for everything from simple research questions to: ‘What kinds of conversations would there be about how to cover Trayvon Martin? Sandra Fluke? The contradictory stories about the circumstances under which Bin Laden was shot?’” he wrote in a lengthy welcome note to the group last fall. TVNewser Among the notable names: MSNBC host Chris Matthews (whose son Thomas Matthews is an actor on the show), CNN anchors Ashleigh Banfield and Natalie Allen (CNN is a sister network to HBO), MSNBC’s S.E. Cupp and Alex Wagner and former CNN and MSNBC president Rick Kaplan.

News Corp. Spinoff Pegs Value of Publishing at $9.1 Billion (Bloomberg Businessweek)
News Corp.’s publishing spinoff began trading Wednesday at a market value of about $9.1 billion, one-seventh the size of the entertainment side of the media empire, underscoring the business’ growth challenges. News Corp.’s television and movie company, which will be renamed 21st Century Fox after the split, is worth about $65 billion.

P Diddy to Launch Cable Music Channel Revolt TV (The Guardian)
Sean “P Diddy” Combs is to launch a cable music channel, Revolt TV, which he claims will be the “first channel of the social media age” and fill the gap left by MTV after it stopped playing music videos seven years ago. The US hip-hop star turned entrepreneur said Revolt TV will cover music in a journalistic way and “celebrate creative and cinematography.”

Publishers Earned $7 Billion From Google AdSense Last Year (SocialTimes)
Google has announced that its advertising platform, Google AdSense, has grown to reach 2 million publishers worldwide since it was introduced 10 years ago. These publishers have earned more than $7 billion from AdSense in the last year alone. In a Google+ hangout, Susan Wojcicki, SVP of advertising and commerce at Google, said that Google AdSense was designed to solve the problem, “how do we enable publishers all over the world to be able to use our monetization to be able to build a business?”

UK Newspapers’ Print Ad Revenue ‘to Shrink by £400 Million by The End of 2014′ (The Guardian)
Almost £400 million in print advertising is forecast to be lost from the UK newspaper market by the end of 2014, with digital revenues only able to make up about 25 percent of this decline, according to a new report by Group M.

Boston Globe Presses to Print Boston Herald Papers (Boston Herald)
The Boston Herald and The Boston Globe announced Wednesday that they have reached an agreement that will allow the Globe to print the entire press run of the Herald. The agreement, which is in effect for 10 years, finishes a process begun in 2012, when the two media outlets announced that the Globe would print and deliver about one-third of the Herald’s print circulation.

Fauquier Times Drops ‘Democrat’ From Its Name (Fauquier Times)
The Fauquier Democrat and the Fauquier Times-Democrat, at least in the 39 years they operated under the aegis of the Arundel family, had nothing to do with Democratic Party politics. When last we endorsed a candidate for president, the Times-Democrat‘s editorial support went to Republican Sen. John McCain in 2008. In any case, I continue to believe strongly that well-informed residents of Fauquier County welcome the opportunity to hear different views about the important issues of the day. But in an age which is, perhaps, more shaped and informed by political identity than any other in our history, having a word in our banner that is so associated with a political party is no longer a very astute business decision.

AP CEO Lays Out 5 Measures to Ensure Press Freedom (The Associated Press / The Definitive Source)
In the wake of a secret seizure of AP journalists’ phone records by the U.S. Department of Justice last month, Associated Press president and CEO Gary Pruitt said the overbroad action is already having a chilling effect on journalism. In a speech Wednesday at the National Press Club in Washington, Pruitt, a First Amendment lawyer by training, outlined five steps that are “imperative to give meaning to the powers spelled out” in the Constitution to safeguard press freedom. FishbowlNY It’s a nice list. Now if only the government would heed Pruitt’s advice.

Sree Sreenivasan to Leave Chief Digital Officer Post at Columbia University (Capital New York)
Sree Sreenivasan, the journalism professor and social-media evangelist, is leaving his full-time job at Columbia University, where he’s taught for two decades, sources tell Capital New York. For the past year, Sreenivasan has served as the university’s inaugural chief digital officer, a job he accepted after serving as dean of students at the Columbia Journalism School, where he remained on the faculty.

Nickelodeon Resists Critics of Food Ads (NYT)
One year ago, the Walt Disney Company unveiled a strict new set of nutritional standards and said it would ban ads for noncompliant foods from its child-focused cable channels by 2015. Advocacy groups fighting childhood obesity cheered. And then they shifted their focus to Nickelodeon, Disney’s archrival and the country’s other major children’s programmer. Exactly when would it be following Disney’s lead? The answer appears to be never.

Sean Hannity Talks to Playboy (TVNewser)
Fox News host Sean Hannity is the subject of this month’s interview in Playboy magazine (potentially not-safe-for-work link). While the bulk of the interview is about Hannity’s politics, there are also some TV-related questions. Mediaite Playboy‘s contributing editor, David Hochman, decided to grill Hannity on the recent drop in ratings for his show and his network in general. The interview appears to have become contentious, which I suppose was the point. The problem: There has been no ratings drop for Fox or Hannity in several months.

Microsoft Is Removing Xbox One DRM (Kotaku)
This could be the biggest backtrack in gaming history: Microsoft will reverse course on their DRM policies for Xbox One, dropping their 24-hour Internet check-in requirement and all restrictions on used games. This comes after heavy criticism following an E3 in which Sony bragged about their own policies for the PS4, which Sony says will not restrict used games or require an Internet connection.

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