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Morning Media Newsfeed: Tribune Rebrands | Gannett to Split, Buy Cars.com

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Tribune Gets New Name Ahead of Split (TVSpy)
Tribune Company began operating under a new, but similar, name Monday: Tribune Media Company. The rebranding came as the broadcasting and publishing divisions of the 167-year-old company split. TVNewser Tribune Media Company includes Tribune Broadcasting, WGN America, Tribune Studios, Tribune Digital Ventures and Tribune Real Estate. Variety The overhaul comes with a new logo and corporate website. Tribune has labored under the cloud of bankruptcy and plunging ad revenues for years, leading to its fissure into two companies. Tribune’s papers, which include the Los Angeles Times and the Chicago Tribune, will begin trading Tuesday as a new company, Tribune Publishing. It will be listed under the symbol TPUB on the New York Stock Exchange. It has been saddled with $350 million in debt and faces a cloudy future as revenues and readership of newspapers continue to decline. THR Tribune Media CEO Peter Liguori has said the separation will allow investors to put money into either the broadcast or print assets of Tribune, or both. The spinoff is mindful of the split of Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp and 21st Century Fox. USA Today Tribune’s shareholders receive a quarter of a share of Tribune Publishing’s common stock for each Tribune share they own. After years of management turmoil and dealing with heavy debt, Tribune, based in Chicago, emerged from a four-year bankruptcy process in early 2013 with the intent to focus on broadcasting. In July 2013, Tribune announced early plans to spin off the publishing unit that would operate on its own without affecting the financial performance of its other, more profitable businesses.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: NewsHour Names Just EP | Discovery, Sony Make Gains

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PBS NewsHour Names ABC’s Sara Just Executive Producer (FishbowlDC)
PBS NewsHour announced Thursday that 25-plus year ABC News-er Sara Just has been tapped to serve as the program’s executive producer and SVP of NewsHour Productions LLC. Variety Just will oversee the daily operations of the nightly news program, co-anchored by Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff. Deadline Hollywood Just, who has been ABC News’ deputy Washington Bureau chief since April, will join NewsHour on Sept. 2, succeeding Linda Winslow, who is retiring. Just’s hire comes on the heels of WETA taking over NewsHour from MacNeil/Lehrer Productions, the company named after former anchors Robert MacNeil and Jim Lehrer, on July 1. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media Before becoming deputy Washington bureau chief at ABC, Just was senior Washington producer for Good Morning America and had spent 17 years at Ted Koppel’s Nightline. ABC News president James Goldston said in a memo to staff Just was integral to the innovation of their digital political coverage. NYT NewsHour has struggled in recent years to raise enough funds to meet its annual budget of $25 million to $30 million, although WETA officials said at the time of the ownership transfer they were confident they could find the money. With money tight, the program has not been able to do as much field reporting as some critics would like. Just said that she would better understand the program’s budget challenges once she started, but added “I think reporting from the field is essential,” when paired with insightful analysis.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: AT&T to Acquire DirecTV | NYT Publisher Speaks | CNN Fires Editor

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AT&T to Buy DirecTV for $48.5 Billion (NYT / DealBook)
AT&T formally agreed on Sunday to buy DirecTV for about $48.5 billion, striking another transaction meant to overhaul the American telecommunications landscape. CNNMoney The boards of the two companies met on Sunday to approve the plan. “This is a unique opportunity that will redefine the video entertainment industry and create a company able to offer new bundles and deliver content to consumers across multiple screens — mobile devices, TVs, laptops, cars and even airplanes,” said Randall Stephenson, the chief executive of AT&T, in a statement. WSJ Just months ago, Comcast Corp. announced a $45 billion agreement to buy Time Warner Cable, a combination that would serve close to 30 million video subscribers, after proposed divestitures. Meanwhile, Sprint Corp. continues to work on a bid for smaller rival T-Mobile US Inc., people familiar with the matter say. The deal for DirecTV gives AT&T almost 26 million pay TV subscribers and a national footprint in the business at a time when the telecom carrier sees video delivery as core to its future. The Associated Press Dallas-based AT&T’s proposed combination could improve its Internet service by pushing its existing U-verse TV subscribers into video over satellite service, and thereby free up bandwidth on its telecommunications network. AT&T currently offers a high-speed Internet plan in a bundle with DirecTV television service. The acquisition would help it further reap the benefits of that alliance. DirecTV would continue to be based in El Segundo, Calif., following the merger. The companies expect the deal to close within 12 months following a government review.

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WWE Announcer Hospitalized After Being Struck by Car

Singer and WWE announcer Lilian Garcia was struck by a car on Friday in Los Angeles and remains hospitalized, according to WWE.com.

Garcia is in stable condition but suffered multiple contusions and lacerations on the left side of her body. As a precaution, doctors immobilized her neck.

The 46-year-old started with the WWE as a ring announcer in 1999 before leaving briefly in 2009. Garcia, who has recorded a couple of albums as a solo singer, returned to the WWE in 2011.

Charlie Sheen Challenges WWE Superstar to a Fight


Could we see Charlie Sheen mix it up in a WWE ring on pay-per-view later this summer?

During the 1,000th episode of WWE Raw, Sheen, who served as the social media ambassador for the evening, challenged wrestler Daniel Bryan to a fight the next time he’s in Los Angeles.

The next time Bryan and the WWE crew are in town is on Aug. 19 for SummerSlam at Staples Center. It’s the WWE’s second-biggest pay-per-view of the year (behind WrestleMania) and chairman Vince McMahon is always looking for a way to rope in coverage from the mainstream media.

Unfortunately for the WWE, they’re about a year too late on the whole Sheen phenomenon.

(Not) winning.

CM Punk Challenges Chris Brown to a Fight

If making new records with the woman you assaulted three years ago wasn’t enough headlines for Chris Brown today, he’s also in the news for his Twitter fight with WWE wrestler CM Punk.

Punk tweeted on Sunday, “I would like @chrisbrown fight somebody that can defend themselves. Me curb stomping that turd would be a #wrestlemania moment.”

Brown, who doesn’t need an excuse to make an ass of himself on Twitter, fell for the bait and wrote, “@CMpunk needs more followers. He’s such a leader! Not to mention the roids hes on has made it utterly impossible for him pleasure a women.”

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Anaheim Gives Perez Hilton a Warm Welcome

Great job, WWE fans.

You didn’t let me down Monday night when Perez Hilton was introduced as the guest ring announcer during the Raw SuperShow from the Honda Center in Anaheim.

The kids in my section were clueless about who Hilton was, but the adults did their part and showered the gossip blogger with boos during his atrocious segment.

That’s the first and last time we will see Hilton in a WWE ring.

Perez Hilton to Serve as WWE Guest Ring Announcer

Celebrity blogger Perez Hilton is mixing it up with the WWE, serving as the guest ring announcer this Monday for the Divas match on the Raw SuperShow from the Honda Center in Anaheim.

Yeah, that should go over well with the 15,000 rabid WWE fans who will be in attendance (including yours truly) and likely aren’t fans of Hilton or his blog empire.

The Divas are contributing bloggers to Hilton’s newest project, FitPerez.com, a blog focused on the fitness, health and wellness of celebrities.

Good luck out there, Perez. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.