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ESPN Hires Tim Tebow (ESPN)
Former Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow has agreed to a multiyear deal to join ESPN as an analyst for the SEC Network, it was announced Monday. “I am so excited that ESPN has given me this incredible opportunity,” Tebow said in a statement. “When I was 6 years old, I fell in love with the game of football, and while I continue to pursue my dream of playing quarterback in the NFL, this is an amazing opportunity to be part of the unparalleled passion of college football and the SEC.” Complex / Sports On Jan. 6, the former Broncos/Jets quarterback will make his ESPN debut by serving as an analyst prior to the 2013 BCS National Championship game. He’ll be on SportsCenter, College Football Live, College GameDay, and, well, just about every other college football-related show you can think of. Time / Keeping Score Although Tebow was a star quarterback in the Southeastern Conference, he struggled to make a mark in the NFL. He was released by the New England Patriots before the start of the 2013 season, after spending a season on the bench for the New York Jets in 2012. Sports Illustrated / Media Circus The initial question is how successful will Tebow be as an analyst. He is one of the most popular (and likeable) athletes in the country, and he’ll no doubt work hard to learn the craft. He also loves college football; Tebow was known for watching college games in his hotel room on Saturdays before NFL action, as well as on plane rides. Still, his opinions on football have mostly been vanilla, at least as a player speaking with the press. Bloomberg Businessweek “Tebow’s role with ESPN will not preclude him from continuing to pursue playing opportunities in the NFL,” says the press release. Yes, ESPN’s newest broadcaster joins hundreds of thousands of American men with NFL dreams currently on the not-precluded list.

Arem Duplessis Leaving New York Times Magazine for Apple (UnBeige)
Your Sunday is about to get a lot less visually stimulating: Arem Duplessis has decided to leave his post as design director of The New York Times Magazine. Come February, he’ll begin his new position as a creative director at Apple, where he’ll lend his creative genius to the internal marketing team. FishbowlNY Duplessis said he was leaving the Times because it was “time for a new chapter and a new challenge.” CNET Duplessis has a decorated background in magazine design. Under his watch, the NYT Magazine design department was named “Design Team of the Year” for three consecutive years. The team also won an Emmy in 2012 for a video series on great actors playing villains. Duplessis is also an associate professor at the Pratt Institute’s graduate communications design department, according to his LinkedIn profile.

Marvel Halts Sales of Periodical Comics in Bookstores (Publisher’s Weekly)
Marvel has ended sales of print single-issue periodical comics through trade bookstore channels. This will not affect the sales of book format graphic novels through those retailers. Several earlier accounts reported that Books-A-Million and Barnes & Noble were dropping single-issue comics. According to Barnes & Noble spokesperson Mary Ellen Keating, the removal of single issue comics from B&N and other book stores is Marvel’s decision.

Netflix Hikes CEO Salary by 50 Percent for 2014 (Reuters)
Netflix Inc raised the salary of its CEO Reed Hastings by 50 percent to $6 million for 2014, a regulatory filing showed, as its stock quadrupled in value this year amidst new programming and a growth in subscriber base. TheWrap Netflix is experimenting with lower pricing for reduced quality. The streaming giant is shaving a dollar off the price of subscriptions for some customers, in exchange for limiting the number of devices they use to access movies and shows. Instead of $7.99 to watch on two screens at a time in high definition, some subscribers have the option to pay $6.99 a month to watch them on a single device and in standard definition.

Will Time.com Be Able to Catch Up to Rivals? (Adweek)
With its long-delayed redesign expected to go live in the next six weeks, Time.com has its sights set on being a 24-7 news destination. It’s already shown significant traffic growth this year, and the site was on track to set a record for the month of December. But a look at an array of numbers shows how far the print-centric brand has to go to catch up in the intensely competitive news category, comprised of digital natives and network TV brands as well as other print stalwarts.

What’s Next for Clyde Haberman And Verlyn Klinkenborg After NYT? (NY Observer)
It’s been a rough week for contract writers at The New York Times. Since last Monday, at least three longtime writers have been let go — including Stanley Fish, an op-ed contributor who published his last column on Dec. 23; Verlyn Klinkenborg, whose final Rural Life column appeared in print on Dec. 26; and Clyde Haberman, whose Breaking Bread column ended Monday. In an email to the Observer, Klinkenborg said that the Times had made a 5 percent cut, “and contract writers, of whom I was one, were easiest to let go.”

The Information Committed Three Journalistic Sins in Interview With Paul Graham (Uncrunched)
When Jessica Lessin’s The Information launched a month ago I was an enthusiastic supporter, paying the $400 yearly subscription fee right away to get access to quality tech content. I remember blinking when I read about her joking to tech execs at the launch party that they could pay $10,000 and kill a story, thinking that it really wasn’t all that funny. It was clearly a joke, but it wasn’t the kind of joke I would have ever made when running TechCrunch. People fawn all over tech reporters in the hope of getting good coverage or being able to squash bad coverage. A lot of reporters eat it up. Joking about being able to pay to kill a story isn’t just a joke, it’s a reminder about power relationships that often lead to bad reporting.

PolicyMic Has Trouble With Photos of Flint, Michigan (FishbowlNY)
Over the weekend, Deadline Detroit columnist Alan Stamm was all over a sloppy bit of reporting about Flint, MI by PolicyMic writer Laura Dimon. There were a number of issues with the article, including a couple of egregious photo errors. Gawker The headline “This Is America’s Most Apocalyptic, Violent City — And You’ve Probably Never Heard Of It” implies that you, the average reader, have probably never heard of Flint, even though Flint is famously the birthplace of General Motors and Michael Moore made that movie about it 25 years ago.

In 2014, HuffPost Live Will Try to Turn Cool Ideas Into A Sustainable Business (Poynter)
When HuffPost Live launched in August 2012, it was an ambitious undertaking, to say the least. Twelve hours of livestreamed content per weekday with hopes to expand to 16. Studios and fully staffed newsrooms in New York and Los Angeles. A whole new way to watch and deliver news that was digitally native, interactive and not bound by the time slot or format constraints of traditional cable news networks. Sixteen months later, HuffPost Live has changed a bit. Several hosts have moved on to places like MSNBC, Fusion and Pivot TV. The L.A. studio is closed (though the Washington, D.C., office just got a new studio) and the livestream has been cut back to eight hours. The free-flowing, boundless nature of HuffPost Live’s programming has been given a bit more structure.

Denver Post Launches Website Devoted to Weed (Mashable)
Just hours before marijuana sales become legal in Colorado, the state’s largest newspaper has unveiled a new website devoted to covering pot culture inside and out. Called The Cannabist, the site will be run by Ricardo Baca, the Denver Post‘s marijuana editor. Baca’s appointment last month made waves across the media — he got a coveted Colbert Report appearance out of it — as has the newspaper’s ongoing search for a pot critic.

MSNBC Host Makes Fun of Mitt Romney’s Black Grandson (TheWrap)
The host of the eponymous Melissa Harris-Perry Show is under fire for making the race of Mitt Romney’s adopted grandson a punchline. Harris-Perry concluded the “What’s So Funny About 2013?” segment of her Sunday show with a chorus of laughter at the black grandson pictured in Romney’s family Christmas photo. The chuckles were directed at baby Kieran — who was adopted by Romney’s son Ben and his wife Andelynne in September. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media Conservative bloggers and figures stepped in the fray on Monday, calling for MSNBC to apologize. “MSNBC should apologize for this wildly inappropriate incident. Viewers and the Romney family deserve better,” former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown wrote.

Magazines See iPad Sales Grow, But Is it Too Little Too Late? (Mashable)
Don’t call it a comeback, at least not yet. The number of ads purchased in 2013 for iPad editions of magazines rose 16 percent, according to a study by the Association of Magazine Media and Kantar Media. That’s good news for an industry hit by falling ad revenue, but another number stands out in the report: Print ad units were almost unchanged from the year before, down a fraction of a percent.

BBC Computer Server ‘Was Controlled’ by Russian Hacker (BBC News)
A Russian hacker took control of a BBC computer server and attempted to sell access to it to other cybercriminals, according to reports. US firm Hold Security told Reuters and the Financial Times that it had spotted the hacker advertising the exploit on a black market forum last week. It said it was not clear whether the attacker secured a sale before the broadcaster reacted.

Rupert Murdoch: 10 Reasons He’ll Be Back And Stronger Than Ever in 2014 (The Guardian / Michael Wolff)
Rupert Murdoch has confounded his biographers, helped cause the breakdown of his second and third marriages, and aggravated his children to no end by his refusal to begin the natural process of retirement and retreat from center stage. The soon-to-be-83-year-old Murdoch has said he believes he’s got a solid 15 years left in him as he tries to remake News Corp, the company that now holds his newspapers, into a parallel empire with 21st Century Fox, the entertainment company he controls, and as he emerges from the hacking scandal in Britain.

Authors Guild Appeals Google Decision (Publisher’s Weekly)
In a filing with the district court, the Authors Guild gave notice that it is appealing Judge Denny Chin’s decision to dismiss its copyright suit over Google’s library scanning program. There was no brief filed initially, only a basic notice of appeal to the Second Circuit. But the filing makes good on the Authors Guild’s vow to file an appeal.

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