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Ryan Seacrest Hosts First New Year's Rockin' Eve After Dick Clark's Passing (E! Online)
2012 marks the first year that Dick Clark is no longer here with us for his namesake New Year's Eve special, Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve. Still, the legendary TV host's presence was felt very strongly among friends and fans alike. The show began with a two-hour tribute to the late Clark, who passed away in April 2012. Entertainment Weekly / PopWatch Seacrest was the pre-determined heir, having hosted alongside Clark since 2005. While this was the first New Year's Rockin' Eve without Clark, who died in April, the longtime host was everywhere -- even in the confetti (seriously, people wrote tributes to Clark that were printed on pieces of the confetti that was dumped on Times Square). Orlando Sentinel / The TV Guy and More ABC was the big ratings victor on New Year's Eve, according to preliminary ratings released Tuesday. In prime time, the Disney-owned network saluted the late Clark, who had long ushered the nation into new years. A two-hour Clark tribute averaged 9.4 million viewers. THR / The Live Feed After the two-hour special New Year's Rockin' Eve Celebrates Dick Clark (2.6 adults), the first hour of the official show, Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest, started its road to midnight with a 4.1 adults rating. Even with its 2011 showing in the demo, the show surged in total viewers from last year with its largest haul since 2000 (13.3 million viewers). Billboard ABC easily topped the evening, more than doubling its nearest competition, CBS, in total viewers, and beating its combined network competition by 15 percent in adults 18-49 (CBS, NBC and Fox combined). CBS News New Year's Eve with Carson Daly on NBC was up two tenths of a point in the key demo from last year, bringing the show to a 1.1 rating. The network overall on Monday night averaged a 0.9 rating and 3.3 million viewers, reports THR.

ESPN's Hannah Storm Returns to Work Three Weeks After Grill Explosion (THR)
Hannah Storm returned to TV on Tuesday morning after spending the better part of the last month on the mend for burns she suffered when a propane tank exploded at her Connecticut home. The 50-year-old ESPN anchor, who's been sitting at the SportsCenter desk since 2008, made her first public appearance co-hosting ABC's coverage of the 2013 Rose Parade on New Year's Day. ABC News / AP Storm suffered second-degree burns on her chest and hands, and first-degree burns to her face and neck. She lost her eyebrows and eyelashes, and roughly half her hair. Storm hosted ABC's telecast of the 2013 Rose Parade on Tuesday. Her left hand was bandaged and she said viewers might notice a difference in her hair texture where extensions have been added. LA Times / Sports Now Storm said she spent 24 hours receiving treatment at a trauma and burn center. "I didn't see my face until the next day and you wonder how it's going to look," she said. "I was pretty shocked. But my overarching thought was I've covered events with military members who have been through a lot worse than me, and they've come through. I kept thinking, 'I can do this. I'm fortunate.'"

Ann Curry Allegedly Wants Out of Today Contract So She Can Move to CNN (The Inquisitr)
Ann Curry allegedly asked the Today show to let her out of her contract so she can make the move to CNN. As previously reported by The Inquisitr, rumors about Jeff Zucker wanting the former morning show co-anchor to follow him to CNN began circulating in December. Zap2it / From Inside the Box Former NBC chief Zucker, recently named the head of CNN, has reportedly been courting Curry to host a primetime show on the news channel. But it can't happen if Curry isn't let out of her contract -- if she leaves before the deal is up, a non-compete clause would prevent her from working for another news outlet for two years. Daily Mail Zucker, previously executive producer at the Today show and one-time head of NBC Universal, wants to put Curry in the primetime 8 p.m. slot currently occupied by Anderson Cooper, RadarOnline reported. Curry's lawyers are arguing that her dramatic demotion from Today in April was in fact a breach of her contract terms by NBC. Forbes / Julia Bricklin Curry is just the latest in decades of newscaster turnover, so why not let her go and try to help CNN rebrand itself? Admittedly, it's convenient that her lawyers would now argue that her Today demotion was breach of contract, since it's only now that she presumably has another offer that it's being put on the table. If Curry was a dragging force on NBC's ratings, why not let her go and drag down the competition?

The Journal News is Armed and Dangerous (Rockland County Times)
Guns are good for the goose but not for the gander. A Clarkstown police report issued on Dec. 28, 2012, confirmed that The Journal News has hired armed security guards from New City-based RGA Investigations and that they are manning the newspaper's Rockland County headquarters at 1 Crosfield Ave., West Nyack, through at least Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media Last month, in the wake of the elementary school shooting in Newtown, Conn., the Gannett-owned Journal News published interactive maps showing the names and addresses of pistol permit holders in New York's Westchester and Rockland counties. Conservatives and gun rights advocates publicly protested the paper's move; on Monday, the New York State Rifle & Pistol Association called for a nationwide boycott of the paper's advertisers, calling it a "wanton act" that "has put in harm's way tens of thousands of lawful license holders." Gawker The County Times says that they found police reports showing that Journal News editor Caryn A. McBride was alarmed by the volume of "negative correspondence" after the paper published their gun owner registry. Daily Mail The news came just days after the Journal News announced plans to publish an expanded list of even more permit-holding locals.

Piers Morgan: 'America's Unique Fondness for Guns... Cemented by Hatred of Us Brits and the War of Independence' (TVNewser)
In a 2,500-word piece for the UK's Daily Mail, CNN host Piers Morgan concludes that if the U.S. does not change its gun laws he would "seriously consider deporting myself." Morgan says his "campaign against America's gun laws" began two years ago when Rep. Gabby Giffords was shot and six others murdered at a constituent event in Arizona. "It was a horrifying incident but, to my astonishment, nothing happened as a result. A week or so of debate and furrowed brows, and everyone went on with life." Daily Mail More than 100,000 Americans have called for Morgan to be deported from the U.S. after he criticized pro-gun campaigners on his television show. A petition on the White House website accuses the TV host of undermining the "rights of Americans." The Mercury The massacre of school children in Connecticut was to be the wake-up call America needed. Urged by politicians and media conglomerates, citizens were supposed to take to the streets and demand stronger, greater, more effective laws to stop gun violence. Hope and change were on the way. The tipping point had been reached. Pro-gun and Second Amendment advocates were invited on TV news shows, not just to have their views challenged but to be personally insulted, mocked and accused of murder. NRA president Wayne LaPierre was declared "The Craziest Man on Earth" on the front page of the New York Daily News. Mild-mannered college professor John Lott, author of More Guns, Less Crime was shouted down and declared a liar by Morgan.

Trump Tweets His Outrage on Fiscal Cliff: 'Republicans May Be the Worst Negotiators in History!' (Mediaite)
Donald Trump slammed members of his own party Tuesday, tweeting that Republicans "may be the worst negotiators in history." Trump was, of course, speaking about the last-minute fiscal cliff deal, which was passed in the Senate early Tuesday morning. HuffPost The billionaire real estate mogul's harsh words for the GOP concerned the last-minute fiscal cliff deal, which was brokered by Vice President Joe Biden and Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) late Monday night. Trump -- a Republican who's not shy about criticizing Democrats or President Barack Obama -- said "Republicans got nothing" in the deal.

California Newspaper Defies Trend to Shrink Costs (Yahoo! News / AP)
New and expanded sections to cover business, automobiles and food. A nearly five-fold increase in community news pages and more investigative reporting. Even daily color comics. It feels like a throwback to an earlier era at the Orange County Register, where a first-time newspaper owner is defying conventional wisdom by spending heavily to expand the printed edition and playing down digital formats.

Tribune Co. Looks to Television After Bankruptcy (LA Times / Company Town)
The new owners of Tribune Co. are betting that television is the key to its future. With 23 local TV stations in 19 cities, including KTLA-TV Channel 5 in Los Angeles, and a national cable network, Tribune has an array of potentially strong properties that will be the foundation of the newly constituted company.

Fox News' Sean Hannity Loses Half of Audience Post-Election (Daily Kos / Milk Men and Women)
I'd certainly like to think that it reflects a permanent dispiriting that would signal a major realigning of the goals and tactics of the Conservative Entertainment Complex. I'd like to think they'll wake up and recognize that constantly catering to the basest instincts of the Republican party -- however divorced from reality they might be -- is not ultimately a good strategy.

Police Seek Man Charged with Stalking Houston TV Reporter (ABC News)
Authorities are in pursuit of a man accused of stalking a Houston, Texas local television news anchor and traffic reporter, who now "is in fear of her life," the Houston Chronicle reported. Investigators, according to the paper, said Christopher Marcus Olson, 38, has been hounding KPRC-TV's Jennifer Reyna since Sept. 14, despite a no-contact order issued by a state district judge in May 2007 after Olson twice crashed his car through the front door of the local news station.

Survival of the Wrongest (CJR)
How personal-health journalism ignores the fundamental pitfalls baked into all scientific research and serves up a daily diet of unreliable information.

Publishing Without Perishing (NYT / Bits)
In the old days, life for small publishers was a hassle. The economics were such that copies got dramatically cheaper when printed in bulk, but then the books had to be stored, which was expensive. Finding an audience was the hardest part; some independent presses took years or even decades to sell out a modest print run. Now books can be efficiently printed in small quantities, like one copy. Amazon, meanwhile, is happy to do the job of fulfilling orders. The stage is set to allow everyone to become his own Alfred Knopf. National Post / Full Comment The world of publishing has been turned upside down by on-demand printing, now of excellent quality, e-marketing/purchasing and a wealth of e-publishing platforms. Independent presses and self-publishing are where it's at, and there's no longer any shame attached to either.

50 Shades of Vulgarity (NYT)
Cindi Leive, editor-in-chief of Glamour, was searching for the best way to draw readers' attention to an article in the November 2011 issue about how women could better organize their closets and bank accounts. "12 ways to get your act together" didn't have much punch. "12 ways to get your stuff together" also fell flat. So she decided to substitute "act" with a word unprintable here and waited for the angry letters to pour in. They never came.

CBS Sports Radio Launches in Baltimore at 1300 AM (The Baltimore Sun / Z on TV)
Wednesday, Baltimore will have a new sports radio talk lineup on WJZ-AM (1300) with the launch of CBS Sports radio at that frequency on the dial. The CBS-owned station will run 24/7 with syndicated talk, while its sister station, 105.7 The Fan, will continue with its locally produced and hosted lineup of sports talk. Chris Oliviero, senior vice president of CBS Radio, says Baltimore is one of the cities where his network has both an AM and an FM sports-talk station, and that it could be a model for the future of CBS Sports Radio.

Five Ways to Use Social Media to Keep Your New Year's Resolutions (SocialTimes)
2013 is here at last, and with every New Year comes the tradition of New Year's Resolutions. The beginning of a new 12-month cycle is the perfect time to turn over a new leaf, pick up a new hobby, quit a bad habit or resolve to make positive changes in your life, but sticking to your New Year's goals can be tough. Luckily, social media is here to help.

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