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State College Stations Show Restraint Over Paterno's Death (B&C)
Unlike other news outlets, the TV stations covering State College, Pa., did not report iconic football coach Joe Paterno dead Saturday night. With Paterno's death confirmed around 10 a.m. Sunday, they were glad they stuck to the facts, and not the speculation. Poynter / MediaWire: Several websites used striking imagery on their home pages to capture the story of Paterno's Penn State legacy, firing, and death. Mashable: When news broke of Paterno's death Sunday morning, Twitter reacted…again.

Hispanic TV Gets Crowded (WSJ)
News Corp. is teaming up with a Colombian television broadcaster to create a Spanish-language broadcast network for the United States, attempting to challenge Univision Communications and Comcast's Telemundo. Variety: Fox International Channels and Colombia's RCN Television Group have formed a joint venture to launch MundoFox, a new Spanish-language terrestrial TV network aimed at the U.S. Hispanic market. Slated to launch in the fall of 2012, MundoFox will seek to bring the Fox Network sensibility and RCN's primetime content to U.S. Hispanic auds.

Andrea Mitchell Claims Mitt Romney's Family Entered The Country Illegally (Mediaite)
Appearing on The Chris Matthews Show, in a discussion on the upcoming Florida primary, Andrea Mitchell claimed that Mitt Romney's relatives entered the United States illegally.

Even After Blackout Protest, The Media Is Still Not Doing Its Job In Coverage Of SOPA (Mediaite)
If the only place you get your news is from the Sunday talk shows, you would not have been informed in the slightest Sunday about the political and technological battle over the Stop Online Piracy Act last week.

Reality Weekly's Tough Launch (WWD / Memo Pad)
It's not easy to compete in the magazine business these days, and if the gossip surrounding Reality Weekly's launch is any indication, it gets even tougher in the celebrity weekly category.

Bonjour! AOL Takes French Le Huffington Post Live (paidContent)
The Huffington Post today took one more step in its ongoing march for a wider international reach: It has now officially opened Le Huffington Post for business. paidContent: According to a report in Forbes, separately confirmed with a source by paidContent, AOL is planning an event for Feb. 2 in New York to announce the details of a new, 24-hour streaming video site.

Major Garrett Returning To White House Beat (TVNewser)
National Journal correspondent Major Garrett is returning to the White House beat.

White House Joins Google+ Ahead Of State Of The Union Speech (LA Times)
The White House is now on Google+ and no, it's not technically a move to help President Barack Obama get re-elected -- there is a separate Obama 2012 page for that. So why is the Obama administration now on Google's social network? The State of the Union speech Tuesday is at least one reason to join Google+.

Murdoch's Trusted Outsider Takes A Larger Role (NYT)
The crisis in London has left News Corp. chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch stretched thin and increasingly reliant on his No. 2, president and chief operating officer Chase Carey, 58, who was once considered to be serving as a placeholder until one of the Murdoch children took over. Never in the $60 billion media company's history has an executive other than Murdoch taken such a major role in running the daily operations.

Facebook Registers 'Newsroom' Domains; Is A Social News Website On The Way? (Fusible)
The social networking giant has bought up "Facebook Newsroom" names like AllFacebook: Facebook is adding lots of new friends in Washington, D.C., if the company's fourth-quarter lobbying report is any indication.

FX Rushes Sheen Sitcom To Market (Adweek)
The network president hasn't seen so much as a script outline, and the star spent most of last year careening through a very public self-immolation. Yet for all the uncertainty hanging over the forthcoming Charlie Sheen comedy, Anger Management, cable network FX is already taking the show to market.

Fox's Touch Inks Historic Global Deal With Unilever (AdAge / MediaWorks)
When he played Jack Bauer in 24, Kiefer Sutherland outmaneuvered terrorists, mad bombers, and other threats to national security. Now he's teaming up with Unilever to conquer the world.

How Esquire Survived Publishing's Dark Days (NYT)
Esquire magazine, a monument to male vitality, seemed about to keel over in 2009. Famous for laying down a much-followed literary track with an article in 1966 by Gay Talese titled "Frank Sinatra Has a Cold," the magazine found itself gasping for breath and fighting for survival.

RLTV Targets Aging Boomers (LA Times)
Kids have Nickelodeon and Disney. Women have Lifetime and Oxygen. Jocks have ESPN, and nerds have G4. Gays and lesbians have Logo. There's even Animal Planet, for pet people. Everyone has a TV channel these days, except senior citizens. The fastest-growing and wealthiest segment of the population has been ignored or forgotten by Hollywood's broadcast and cable networks. Until now.

Geraldo Rivera To Host Local LA Radio Show (FishbowlLA)
Starting Jan. 30, Geraldo Rivera will host an original, non-syndicated Los Angeles show on KABC 790's 10 a.m.-noon slot. FishbowlLA: Big day in LA radio. First Geraldo Rivera gets a show, now Mario Lopez. Starting Monday, A.C. Slater himself will host a weekday "music-intensive" show on 104.3 MYfm.

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