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Google Pulls AP Stories From News Page

ne1ws111.gifThe tension between news orgs and Google has finally come to a head after a year of growing unease and muddled Internet copyright laws.

While Rupert Murdoch has been very vocal about wanting The Wall Street Journal and other News Corp. entities’ stories pulled from Google News, other groups like the Associated Press have been more quietly pushing for different terms of their contract with the search engine. The AP’s contract with Google News is set to expire at the end of January.

As of the time of this article, no new AP stories have appeared in Google News since December 23, which some are speculating is a power-play on Google’s part: akin to Fox threatening to pull their content from Time-Warner every time their contract expires. Except, as TechCrunch noted in an article yesterday, the deal works the opposite way on the Internet, “distribution is king, not content.”

Without all the incoming traffic that Google provides to news organizations, will media moguls relent and admit that they need the powerful search engine? Or will the AP, like Murdoch, start going to similar sites like Microsoft’s Bing out of spite for the corporate giant?

Read More: Foxy Tactics: Google News Pulls The AP’s Content As Contract Comes Up For Renewal –TechCrunch

Lesson to AP: Don’t Mess with the Google –BayNewser

NBC Officially Plans To Move Leno From Primetime

leno.jpgBack in September, when “The Jay Leno Show” debuted on NBC at 10 p.m., a Time magazine cover line declared: “Jay Leno is The Future of Television. Seriously!” If that’s true, it looks like NBC no longer believes that future belongs in primetime.

After rumors started circulating last week that NBC was mulling moving Leno back to his old 11:35 p.m. slot, NBC Universal entertainment chair Jeff Gaspin confirmed over the weekend that “The Jay Leno Show” will end next month before the network starts airing coverage of the Olympics. Gaspin said he hopes to move Leno to back to 11:35 p.m., pushing Conan O’Brien and “The Tonight Show” to a 12:05 a.m. start.

Although that’s what the network wants, it remains to be seen if O’Brien will agree to the change or leave NBC for greener pastures at another network like Fox. We wouldn’t blame him, and there’s already news that he’s not happy about NBC’s moves. An exclusive report today in The New York Post, which is owned by the same parent as Fox, said O’Brien was “ready to fly the coop.”

It also remains to be seen whether viewers will welcome the change, which has been motivated by NBC affiliate stations’ complaints that the low-rated “Leno Show” was not a strong enough lead-in to their local news shows. Since NBC put its support behind Leno this year, it hasn’t developed any scripted shows for its 10 p.m. slot, which is usually populated by one-hour dramas. What will the network put there once Leno leaves?

Read more: NBC ending Leno’s nightly prime time show –Associated Press

Just Call Him Conan O’Flyin’New York Post

Previously: Will Leno Return To 11:30?

American Idol’s New Judge is “Sassy.” Shark Officially Jumped?


Perhaps finally realizing that Paula Abdul is a train wreck we can turn away from, Fox is introducing a fourth jurist to the American Idol judge’s table, Grammy-nominated songwriter Kara DioGuardi.


Well, according to the LAT she’s “a smart, sassy lady.” But we’re still not convinced this is “change we can believe in,” so we consulted our Rabbi.

Rabbi Richard Rushfield, the venerable American Idol Watcher for the LAT, was philosophical about the change, telling FBLA:

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Jesse Jackson Goes Nuts: Funny or Really Bad?

jacknutsg.pngSo the other day when we first heard Jesse Jackson‘s comments our initial reaction was one of shock, and some outrage, though considering the source was Fox less than it otherwise might have been. We thought: that’s it, change is good, etc., but let’s not kid ourselves racism in America hasn’t gone anywhere. The gloves are about to come off!

Or maybe not, because in the subsequent days (this has to be one of the funniest things we’ve watched lately), the entire thing has become, dare we say it, funny. Much like Fox‘s “terrorist fist-jab” and “Obama baby mama” remarks there are mornings when we have to do a double-check to make sure we’re not reading Onion. Anyway, we’re wondering if we’re alone on this — what say you FBNY readers what kind of “nuts” was it? Poll after the jump.

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Jason Wang Joins Razorfish

Jason Wang.jpgFormer speakTECH tech strategist Jason Wang has joined the Marketing firm of Avenue A/Razorfish, which (according to their press release) “counsels its clients on how to leverage digital channels such as the Web, mobile devices, in-store technologies — and other emerging media — to engage people, build brand loyalty and provide excellent customer service.

As evidenced, of course, by the fact that we’re writing about Jason Wang.

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Denise Richards: ‘I Don’t Think of Charlie Sheen’s Penis Anymore’


Thank goodness for FOX‘s The Morning Show with Mike and Juliet. If not for them, we would all be left wondering, “Why would Denise Richards agree to do a reality show?”

Now we know. It’s to set the record straight: “I’m trying so hard to take the high road and not say anything. I want to focus on our kids. I don’t care. We are already disputing our situation. He can say I want his sperm … whatever. I don’t really want to think of his penis anymore. I want to move on.”

So do we…

FBLA Exclusive: Samantha Harris Would Welcome Paula Abdul

sharouc.jpgpaulpic.jpgTV Guide talks with Dancing With The Stars judges Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba about whether Paula Abdul should be a contestant on the upcoming season — as if FOX would let her.

DWTS hostess Samantha Harris tells FBLA exclusively: “I’ve known Paula for years and would be ecstatic if she was on our show. She sure would up the game for the competitors but also would stir up controversy since she’s known for her choreography! A little drama is always fun to mix things up!”

SNEAK PEEK: Ryan Seacrest In the Morning

seasdascrest.jpg Our friends at The Morning Show with Mike and Juliet show on FOX, have been interviewing the American Idol crew this week, and they let us take a little peek into tomorrow’s chat with Ryan Seacrest.

Seacrest explains that the workaholic in him will never let him phone it in:

“When I started in the business, the only way I knew how to do it was wearing all the hats. When I started in radio, I was driving the van, doing the show, giving out key chains and selling some of the ads. So now, when I host the show or present a show, I really like to know the why and the who…and spend time with people. Even with Idol, I’m here all day and I watch the contestants rehearse. Then, we all show up and do it live…that’s the only way I know how to do it.

Apparently, he was always this way:

“I started doing the pledge of allegiance…hosting the pep rally … doing the school announcements … I mean, that was sort of my practice.”

Mamas, don’t let your babies grow up to be school announcers.

Want more? Tune in tomorrow morning at 10 a.m. on channel 11.

WGA 08 Strike


Ray Bradbury pickets FOX.

In an amusing twist on the WGA strike theme, Craig Mazin reports:

WGAE Executive Director Mona Mangan has somehow managed to enrage her own employees so much…they’re now threatening to go on strike

This is the woman who has had CBS newswriters working without a contract for years now.

John Ridley goes fi-core, and someone notices. Since the WGA doesn’t have the most diverse membership possible, you’d think they might have tried a little harder to make the guy feel wanted.

Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert might have some ‘splaining to do. (A catch-phrase for which no writer received any residuals, let it be noted.)

Jonathan Tasini calls for the heads of academics who crossed the picket line to show up on The Daily Show. He’s still waiting for his call.

The strike could result in a big pay day for Canadian content providers. Re-run of Entourage or Curling ?

Watch the Box: Sloppy Seconds


Dirt, starring Courteney Cox, gets a second season on FOX. The show was originally given a 13 episode order, but only 7 were produced before the writers’ strike. Did FOX have 6 scripts just sitting around?

Also back again is The Two Coreys starring Corey Haim and Corey Feldman,on A & E. Why?

Survivor: Micronesia Fans vs. Favorites, which premieres February 7, will have 10 fans of the series compete against 10 former castaways. Ditto.

Bravo ordered a pilot–Tabitha’s Takeover–starring Tabitha Coffey, the white blond opinionated stylist from Shear Genius She’ll comb the country looking hair salons in need of a blow out.