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Comcast, GE Close To Deal On NBCU|WaPo Newsroom Fight|Time Inc.’s Vivek Shah Departs|Gannett’s New Guidelines|Business Press Struggles|Jay Leno

TVNewser: Comcast is coming close to closing its deal with General Electric over NBC Universal. An announcement might come as soon as this week.

FishbowlDC: Rumble in the Washington Post newsroom: Henry Allen punched Manuel Roig-Franzia in the face last night.

PaidContent: Time Inc.‘s Vivek Shah is leaving the company after 15 years.

Editor & Publisher: Gannett has issued a list of priorities to its papers’ editors, asking them to beef up investigative reporting, reposition Web sites for breaking news, and better engage young readers and Sunday readers.

New York Times: David Carr mourns the loss of the business press. Another casualty of the recession.

Broadcasting & Cable: An exclusive Q&A with Jay Leno. He talks about the negative press he’s received recently and what’s it’s like to work at NBC: “I find there’s a lot of anger at NBC. But it’s like I say to the people who write the dramas: If I weren’t doing this, it would be “Dateline” five nights a week or reality shows. We’ve kept work in California, we have 22 WGA writers, but there’s always going to be anger and resentment. The last couple of weeks I’ve seen some articles that are a little more, ‘It’s not Jay’s fault, its NBC’s fault,’ and that’s OK, I get it. But when your name’s on the thing, you take the hit and that’s fine.”

Former FBDC Editor Graff|McGraw-Hill Earned $5.9M From BusinessWeek|NYTCo. May Sell Worcester Paper Soon|More On Comcast-NBCU

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PRNewser: Former FishbowlDC founding editor Garrett Graff, now the editor of the Washingtonian, talks about working in PR and then making the jump to journalism.

All Things Digital: Today, Mcgraw-Hill told investors that its sale of BusinessWeek netted the company $5.9 million after taxes.

Worcester Telegram & Gazette: Ralph D. Crowley, Jr., who is looking to buy the Worcester Telegram & Gazette from The New York Times Co., says negotiations might be wrapped up in two weeks.

New York Times: A closer look at Comcast‘s bid for a majority stake in NBC Universal.

Meghan McCain|Publicist Poll|Dubow Returns To Gannett|Robinson Visits Boston|NBCU Improves Earnings

WebNewser: Meghan McCain fights back against comments about her breasts in a Twitter pic with a column on The Daily Beast.

PRNewser: Interesting poll: Which Tactic Did You Employ the Last Time You Released Big News? 48 percent say “Posted on a wire and pitched the release.”

The New York Times: Craig Dubow has returned to lead Gannett, after taking a four-month break following back surgery.

Boston Globe: New York Times Co. CEO Janet Robinson visited Boston yesterday, thanking employees of The Boston Globe for helping to improve the financial status of the paper, making it possible for the company to maintain ownership of it.

All Things Digital: NBC Universal showed some improvement over previous quarters when owner General Electric reported its third quarter results earlier today. This should make Comcast investors happy.

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TVNewser: Jon Stewart gave CNN some pretty harsh criticism last night on “The Daily Show,” mocking the news net’s anchors’ favorite parting phrase, “Let’s leave it there.”

FishbowlLA: LA, Los Angeles Times Magazine, the monthly magazine for the Los Angeles Times has named a new editor, Nancie Clare, the pub’s former deputy editor.

New York Times: Looks like 200 voluntary buyouts earlier this year were not enough for New Jersey newspaper The Star-Ledger. Publisher George Awady sent a memo to staff informing them that the newsroom needs to be cut by at least 50 people. Awady offered more voluntary buyouts but if the paper can’t meet its staffing goals that way, there will be layoffs, he warned.

New York Observer: A look at The Atlantic‘s upcoming new special issue featuring “brave thinkers,” a list that includes NBC Universal CEO Jeff Zucker and The New York TimesArthur Sulzberger.

Comcast Purchase Of NBCU Stake A Done Deal?

nbcu.jpgThe Wrap‘s Sharon Waxman, who first reported that a deal between cable provider Comcast and GE-owned NBC Universal “had already been completed,” said yesterday that an agreement is “done in principle.”

Reports Waxman:

“What I am hearing from inside and around the deal is that indeed the Comcast deal to buy 51 percent of NBC-Universal is done in principle, but it will be several more weeks before anything official is announced.

‘They’ve all agreed to agree,’ is how one executive with knowledge of the deal put it.”

After Waxman’s first story broke earlier this month, NBCU CEO Jeff Zucker sent an email to staffers that didn’t dispute the possibility of a deal — although it didn’t address any specifics. “It is an exciting time, and these are exciting possibilities,” he said. Read into that what you will.

Now, there a few reports that News Corp. and Liberty Media are also looking into picking up a piece of NBCU. Waxman shoots those rumors down, “Nobody I know believes the latest round of sniffing around the edges of NBC-Universal by NewsCorp or Liberty Media.”

If Waxman is right, we might be hearing an announcement about a completed deal soon. We’ll keep you posted.

Comcast & NBC-U: ‘They’ve All Agreed to Agree’ –The Wrap

Earlier: Will Comcast Buy NBC Universal From GE?

HuffPost Books Launches|FTC Threatens Fines For Endorsing Free Products Without Disclosure|Rocky Mountain Independent|Comcast-GE Deal For NBCU|Questex Files Ch. 11

WebNewser: The Huffington Post launched its books section, HuffPost Books, today.

GalleyCat: Today the Federal Trade Commission revised their “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials,” urging bloggers who review products, from a book to a video game system, to disclose if they received the product for free when giving an endorsement. Breaking these new guidelines could result in up to $11,000 in fines.

MediaJobsDaily: Examining the death of recently launched Denver news site The Rocky Mountain Independent.

Wall Street Journal: People familiar with the matter say Comcast‘s bid to purchase of a 51 percent stake in NBC Universal has “’50-50′ odds of coming together.”

Folio: Newton, Mass. business-to-business publisher Questex Media Group Holdings filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection today.

Will Comcast Buy NBC Universal From GE?

nbcu.jpgRumors, theories and conjectures have been swirling since The Wrap reported yesterday that a deal between cable provider Comcast and GE-owned NBC Universal “had already been completed at a purchase price of $35 billion.”

But reps from Comcast later told Bloomberg, “the report that Comcast has a deal to purchase NBC Universal is inaccurate.”

However, that same report revaled that “negotiations for Comcast to buy about 50 percent of NBC Universal have been under way for at least two months.” Such a deal would depend on whether French company Vivendi SA decides to sell its 20 percent stake in NBCU.

After the jump, what some people around the industry are saying about the possible deal.

Update: Our sister blog TVNewser has an email from NBCU CEO Jeff Zucker to employees. Of the future of Vivendi’s stake, Zucker said, “They have not yet made us aware of any final decisions about their future with us; should they choose to exit, there are a number of possible things that could happen.”

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Thomson Reuters, MTV Make Best Global Brands List

thomson reuters.jpgWe were encouraged to see that a few media brands crept their way onto Interbrand’s list of the 100 Best Global Brands of 2009, out today.

Of course, some of the world’s biggest brands rounded out the top five: Coca-Cola, IBM, Microsoft, General Electric (which owns media brand NBC Universal) and Nokia. Google came in at number seven and Disney ranked tenth.

Global newswire brand Thomson Reuters came in at number 40. Interbrand said the company is in a strong position for future growth:

“Thomson Reuters’ continued investment in the brand and strong portfolio of flagship brands is beginning to pay dividends as the company continues to drive towards becoming one unified firm.”

Online book shopping destination and Kindle creator Amazon.com came in shortly after Thomson Reuters at number 43, MTV ranked 54 and Yahoo! came in at 64.

In its overall assessment of the media industry landscape, Interbrand said new brands will soon take over the cache of more traditional media brands:

“The media sector landscape is being redefined by non-traditional players, and is facing pressure from all sides. Technology companies such as Google, Twitter, and Facebook are entering the content creation and delivery arenas and giving users the power to dictate their means of media formation and consumption, threatening to render the old media brands obsolete.”

After the jump, more of Interbrand’s take on the media industry and the future of its biggest brands.

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A&E Television Net Acquires Lifetime Entertainment

aetn.jpgA&E Television Networks, which is a joint venture between the Disney-ABC Television Group, Hearst Corp. and NBC Universalhas entered into an agreement to acquire Lifetime Entertainment Services, which will put several cable channels under one management team.

The new parent company, which will be called A&E Television Networks, will now encompass many channels including A&E Network, History, Lifetime Television, Lifetime Movie Network, Bio, History International, Lifetime Real Women, History en Español, Military History and Crime & Investigation Network.

Under the terms of the deal, NBCU can “elect or be required to exit the company over a period of up to 15 years,” reported Broadcasting and Cable. If NBCU exits, Hearst and Disney would become 50/50 partners.

Abbe Raven, president and CEO of A&E, will serve as head of the newly combined company. Lifetime’s CEO Andrea Wong, Nancy Dubuc at the History Channel and Robert DiBitetto at A&E will be keeping their positions, and they will all report to Raven, B&C reported.

via B&C and ABC News

More On Ben Silverman’s New Project

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Yesterday, IAC announced that NBC Universal co-chair Ben Silverman was leaving the network to launch a new venture for Barry Diller‘s media company.

Silverman’s two-year stint at NBCU has been fraught with speculation of his inevitable exit thanks to expensive flops like “My Own Worst Enemy” and “Knight Rider.” But Silverman is also responsible for bringing NBC’s biggest hits, “The Office” and “The Biggest Loser,” which were also produced by Silverman’s former company Reveille, to the network.

Although no one was surprised that Silverman was leaving NBC, his sudden departure and the mysterious new venture have been somewhat of a shock. Last week, he participated in Fortune‘s technology conference and spoke to Poppy Harlow about his network’s plans for “America’s Got Talent” and Jay Leno‘s move to primetime (video above). Silverman would presumably want to see the launch of Leno’s new program, but his two-year contract with NBC expired this summer.

So what will he be doing next at IAC?

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