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Networks Lead Off Primetime With Romney Win In New Hampshire (TVNewser)
Unlike Iowa, there will be no 2:30 a.m. election calls. All of the networks called New Hampshire for Mitt Romney at 8 p.m. ET, when the polls closed. NYT / Media Decoder: What follows is a collection of Twitter posts, blog entries, and video clips about the primary, woven together using the tool Storify. TVNewser: In her second day on the job at Fox Business Network, former CNBC anchor Melissa Francis was part of FBN's New Hampshire primary coverage. CJR: If the debates are unlikely to sway voters, is there a format where attacks can shape the primary campaign? Yes -- television advertisements, which are seen by a wider and more diverse group of people than debates. Boston Globe / Culture Club: Fox News Channel chief political correspondent Carl Cameron: "In general, the crowds and energy in New Hampshire are substantially less than in cycles past because Romney has been the prohibitive front-runner for so long. Lots of candidates this time around -- especially those less known and less well-funded -- chose not to do intensive, on-the-ground work and instead did debates and cable TV interviews. Rick Santorum did the retail stuff in Iowa, and it paid off." CJR: When covering New Hampshire, as with any primary, the general journalistic strategy is to trail the candidates around the state, cameras and microphones out, as they visit as many restaurants, grade school auditoriums, and American Legion halls as possible. This is f___ing exhausting, and it's the sort of thing that'll grind even the best reporter down into a simpering, horse-race handicapping, quote-plugging hack. Adweek: The Economist Group is giving political junkies one more way to follow the 2012 election with a just-announced, tablet-only app. The free HTML5 app, called Electionism, will include content from The Economist and its D.C.-insider sister publication, Roll Call, as well as a "Noted Elsewhere" section where journalists will share links to what's on their reading lists and a "Latest from Twitter" section that will aggregate the most notable tweets from candidates, pundits, publications, and other politically savvy sources. TechCrunch: Following its November launch, OnSwipe competitor (and TechCrunch Disrupt finalist) Pressly is bringing another major media outlet's content to the tablet interface. The company announced the launch of a new publication called Electionism. The app was built for the Media Lab, an internal product innovation team inside The Economist Group, which includes The Economist, CQ Roll Call, and other businesses.

TV Decency Is A Puzzler For Justices (NYT)
In a rollicking Supreme Court argument that was equal parts cultural criticism and First Amendment doctrine, the justices Tuesday considered whether the government still had good reason to regulate cursing and nudity on broadcast television. Adweek: There were no fleeting expletives uttered by the litigators or the Supreme Court justices during Tuesday's oral arguments over whether the Federal Communications Commission's indecency policy violates the First Amendment. But there were plenty of wry comments. Should the U.S. Supreme Court let free speech run rampant on the nation's airwaves? F___ no, according to Steven Tyler.

ESPN Scores Cable's Second-Largest Audience Ever As 24.2 Million Watch Alabama-LSU (Multichannel News)
It was a night second to none for Alabama, which rolled up LSU to win the BCS national championship, with ESPN's telecast placing as the second-most-watched show in the history of cable.

John Solomon To Leave NewsBeast (Adweek)
John Solomon, the muckraking journalist for Newsweek and The Daily Beast who secured an exclusive interview with the DSK maid, is leaving the company.

Top Arianna Huffington Deputy, Managing Editor Nico Pitney, To Leave The Huffington Post (Capital New York)
Nico Pitney, managing editor at The Huffington Post and one of Arianna Huffington's top lieutenants, is leaving the website. Gawker: There's a power change at aspiring investigative powerhouse The Huffington Post: Managing editor Pitney is out, and Huffington's assistant -- sorry, "chief of staff" -- Jimmy Soni is in. He's 26, a swing dancer, barefoot runner, trilingual, and new to this whole editing and reporting thing. Forbes: HuffPost chief technology officer Paul Berry is preparing to leave AOL at the end of February. paidContent: We spoke to Berry earlier about the social-media-focused startup he plans to launch next and what he will be leaving behind. The new startup -- a "social platform" called Rebel Mouse -- is currently still under wraps, although Berry tells us more details will emerge in the next few weeks. NY Observer / Betabeat: Betabeat has learned that Berry will be reuniting with the old gang, Ken Lerer and Jonah Peretti, as he builds out a startup called Rebel Mouse and a new incubator focused on viral and social startups.

Halifax Noncompete Will Not Apply To New York Times Regional Employees (Poynter / MediaWire)
At a staff meeting at The Ledger of Lakeland, Fla., Tuesday evening, employees were told to tear up the controversial noncompete agreement because it would not apply to them. The Florida paper's publisher, Jerome Ferson, told the newsroom that signing the noncompete would be required of new Halifax Media Group employees, but not former New York Times regional journalists transitioning to their new owner. Poynter / MediaWire: The broad noncompete agreement Halifax Media employees are being asked to sign from California to Florida may hurt journalists and journalism, but it appears enforceable in most of the states where former employees of the New York Times' regional group work.

Dodgers And Fox Sports Settle Dispute (LA Times)
The Dodgers and Fox Sports ended their legal hostilities Tuesday night, with the team agreeing to abandon its proposed sale of television rights and Fox agreeing to withdraw its objection to the settlement between Major League Baseball and outgoing owner Frank McCourt.

2011 Overall Magazine Advertising Revenue Flat (MPA)
The consumer magazine industry generated $20,086,199,882 in full-year-2011 print advertising revenue, a slight $8 million increase compared with 2010's advertising revenue of $20,078,0916,149, according to the Publishers Information Bureau. minOnline: The culprit was the economy, as the numbers reflected the worsening conditions through the first half. The recent mild improvement (including Christmas-season retail) might be a positive indicator for first-half 2012.

BPA Issues New And Amended Rules For 2012 (Folio:)
Media auditor BPA Worldwide approved a number of new and amended rules during its December meeting in New York, including several that address the increasing difficulty of measuring a magazine's digital audience.

Patch Triples Traffic Year-Over-Year, Claims Growth Across Network 'Consistent' (Street Fight)
AOL has been taking heat in recent months for its sizable investment in its Patch network of hyperlocal sites. The company, which was built around a play for local banner advertising, reportedly cost the Web giant as much as $160 million to build up and maintain in 2011. But while progress on monetization is still pending, traffic does seem to be growing for Patch -- perhaps in part due to its expansion of sites in the past year, in addition to growth at individual Patch sites.

The Daily, Meet Android (FishbowlNY)
Big news for Android users: After publishing exclusively on the iPad since its February 2011 launch, The Daily is now coming to an Android near you. AdAge / Digital: A little more than 11 months after The Daily debuted on Apple's iPad, the News Corp. outlet said the app will be available on certain Verizon-marketed devices, starting this month with the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. TechCrunch: A deal has been struck with Verizon to pre-install an Android version of the app on the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 this month, with more Verizon Android devices to receive The Daily in the future. Verizon customers will get one-week free trials of the app before the $4-per-week/$40-per-year subscription cost kicks in. paidContent: From the 2012 International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, publisher Greg Clayman explained via email that the relationship with Verizon is why he opted for a slow rollout over a full Android app: "Verizon is a strong, longtime partner of ours. We're thrilled that they've chosen to preload our application on their tablets, and that's what is driving our launch strategy here." Wired / Epicenter: It always seemed like an odd move for News Corp. to limit the circulation of The Daily to just one platform, even if it was the most popular platform for tablets. It mocked the conventional wisdom of most news organizations that the route to maximum visibility and profit is to make your stories available on as many platforms and devices as possible. / Media Alley: Speaking on a panel at CES Monday, David Brinker, The Daily's senior vice president of business development and operations, noted that News Corp.'s iPad newspaper is coming up on its one-year anniversary Feb. 2. Then he said this: "Maybe that should have been the date we launched the app the first time."

Too Much Innovation At The Washington Post? My Q&A With The Post's Ombudsman (Jay Rosen's PressThink)
This week the ombudsman of The Washington Post wrote: "Is the Post innovating too fast?" The column wonders if the Post newsroom is trying too many new things at too great a rate. The kind of people who read PressThink,, and Nieman Lab didn't know what to make of it.

Gray Lady Takes The Local: Inside The NYT's Hyperlocal Efforts (Street Fight)
Like many major media companies that have tried to go hyperlocal, The New York Times' efforts at small-scale online journalism have been notably mixed.

CBS This Morning Premiere Gives Net Slight Ratings Bump (B&C)
The premiere of CBS This Morning Jan. 9 improved the time period 5 percent over previous non-holiday Mondays in December, delivering a 2.0 rating/7 share among households, according to preliminary Nielsen ratings released by CBS News.

Oprah's Next Chapter Sets OWN Ratings Record (Multichannel News)
Audiences are flocking to see Oprah Winfrey's new interview series in record numbers. THR / The Live Feed: After posting 1.1 million viewers during its Jan. 1 premiere, the follow-up episode of Winfrey's sit-down interview series nabbed a network record of 1.6 million this week.

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