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Businessweek Explains The Bloodied-Romney Cover They Killed; Plus, Take A Look At New York Mag (Capital New York)
The latest issue of New York magazine just arrived in the mail, and the cover is a provocative one. It depicts Mitt Romney and Barack Obama, Photoshopped to look bloody and beaten (with a similarly injured but much smaller Newt Gingrich headshot sandwiched between them in the background), to illustrate Joe Hagan's feature about "The Dark Art of the Political Smear." Also circulating online Monday was a recent Bloomberg Businessweek cover that never made it to the printer. TVNewser: Even though most networks declared Gingrich the winner of the South Carolina primary when polls closed at 7 p.m. ET Saturday, there was still viewer interest in the why, how, and what's next. TVNewser: There are already two scheduled debates this week ahead of next week's Florida primary. Now we could see another face-off, on Face the Nation, of the top two candidates. CNN Opinion / Election Center: In a special "In Depth" series of reports, CNN will take a hard look at that conventional wisdom -- exploring what super PACs are, what they do, who funds them, and how much power they really have. These special reports will air daily this week across all of CNN's primetime and daytime television shows -- including The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer, John King, USA, Anderson Cooper 360, Piers Morgan Tonight, and Erin Burnett OutFront -- and across all its digital platforms. AdAge / Campaign Trail: Spending on mobile ads by political campaigns this election cycle will take up only a fraction of candidates' war chests, but the digital teams of GOP presidential hopefuls are busily experimenting with mobile, using it to target specific locations and interest groups.

Comcast/NBCU Drives Deal Market To $52 Billion In 2011 (Multichannel News)
The entertainment and media deal market soared in 2011, fueled mainly by the multibillion-dollar NBC Universal joint venture between Comcast and General Electric, according to an annual survey by PriceWaterhouseCoopers.

Meet Andrew Beaujon, The New Romenesko (NY Observer)
Beginning next month, Andrew Beaujon will join the Poynter Institute as a media reporter, filling out the void left when Jim Romenesko quit late last year. Beaujon is currently the arts and entertainment editor at, a Washington, D.C., news site.

Meredith Set To Buy Allrecipes From Reader's Digest (AllThingsD)
Meredith, best-known for its old-line magazine business, is set to get a big digital boost. The publisher is buying Allrecipes, the world's largest food website, from Reader's Digest Association, according to a source familiar with the transaction.

Woman's Day Names Editor-In-Chief (FishbowlNY)
Woman's Day has named Susan Spencer its new editor-in-chief. Spencer is a veteran of Time Inc., having worked at the company since 2001, most recently as executive editor of All You. Adweek: With Hearst already publishing larger-circulation women's service title Good Housekeeping, Woman's Day's role remains uncertain. Last September, with the title facing an 8 percent drop in ad pages and 1.4 percent circulation decline for the first half of the year, Hearst decided to cut its frequency to 12 from 15 times a year and lower its rate base by 14 percent to 3.25 million, effective this month. WWD / Memo Pad: Mayhew, who took the helm at Woman's Day in January 2010, stayed with the title during the transition of ownership, from Hachette Filipacchi Media U.S. to Hearst Magazines, while former publisher Carlos Lamadrid left shortly thereafter.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch Publisher Set To Exit Chapter 11 (WSJ)
Newspaper publisher Lee Enterprises Monday won court permission to exit bankruptcy under a plan that puts off the day of reckoning on hundreds of millions of dollars in debt.

Battle Over Golden Globes TV Rights Heads To Court (
The Golden Globes are heading to the Hall of Justice. Dick Clark Productions and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association go head-to-head Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles over who controls the television broadcast of the Golden Globes.

Katie Couric And Jeff Zucker: New Talk Show Isn't Regis Or Oprah (THR)
Katie Couric's talk show for ABC/Disney is the most talked about, most anticipated, best positioned (in terms of station carriage), and, by all accounts, the most expensive of the bumper crop of syndicated talkers hitting the airwaves in September seeking to fill the "Oprah void" in afternoon television.

ABC News And Yahoo! Launch New Political Web Shows (TVNewser)
ABC News' partnership with Yahoo! has resulted in several new Web shows launching this week. Two of the shows are extensions of long-running blogs from George Stephanopoulos and Jake Tapper. George's Bottom Line was the first of the new shows, debuting Monday. And Tuesday, look for Political Punch with Jake Tapper, ABC's senior White House correspondent. FishbowlNY: Yahoo! has been through a number of transformations over the past few years. The Internet portal has launched high-profile news blogs, original video series, and everything in between. With a new CEO in charge, the company has an idea of what it wants to do next, and video is at the core of it.

Pew Internet: U.S. Tablet, E-Reader Ownership Doubled Over Holiday Season (paidContent)
'Twas the season for tablets and e-readers, according to a new survey released Monday by the Pew Internet and American Life Project. paidContent: Barnes & Noble hopes to get a Nook device in the hands of every person in your family, except maybe your baby. Babies, it turns out, are a notoriously poor e-book audience.

NBC Sports And YouTube Bring The Super Bowl XLVI Ads To You With YouTube Ad Blitz (YouTube Blog)
Super Bowl XLVI will be one of the biggest moments of the year for advertisers, commanding the attention of millions of Americans tuned in to watch the game. After the big plays on the field, you can join in on the action online with YouTube Ad Blitz -- where you decide the best commercial of the game. Mashable: You could slog through every rumor, blog post, and bloviation that gets lobbed out into the Twittersphere. Or, you could narrow the noise down to what's essential with Mashable's list of must-follow feeds.

Narisetti: 'I Am Glad I Am Seen As Having Created Friction' At The Post (Poynter / MediaWire)
Raju Narisetti: "I wasn't looking to leave The Washington Post, as my work here would never have been done, and there is never a good time to leave a largely hand-picked and talented team of digital colleagues. But when the opportunity to do what I have done at the Post -- get more people to consume more Post journalism than ever before -- but now to do it across multiple brands/websites on a global scale at a company that has made profound bets on digital growth came about, it felt like an interesting new challenge to take on. Nieman Journalism Lab: Narisetti arrived at the Post three years ago to integrate its digital and print teams, which were literally separated by the Potomac River. "It was fairly traumatic, not in a bad way, but we changed our entire publishing system for print and online, we redesigned the website, we redesigned the newspaper, we physically emptied the newsroom and redid it and put everybody back in," Narisetti said. "We changed the overall structure of the newsroom. In all this, we ended up reducing our work force by close to 200-plus people."

Editor Is The Story As The French Huffington Post Starts (NYT)
Anne Sinclair smiled big for the cameras, not as the betrayed wife standing by her man, but as the star journalist she once was and hopes to be again.

NATPE 2012: News Corp.'s Miller Pushes Video, Wall Street Journal At TV Conference (FishbowlNY)
News Corp. chief digital officer Jon Miller argued that the future of digital media will center around video…and of course that his company was in prime position to take advantage of it.

NATPE 2012: NBCU's Harbert Hopes Fix Is In For NBC TV Stations (B&C)
Ted Harbert, chairman of NBC Broadcasting at NBC Universal, speaks frankly when it comes to the owned-and-operated station business of which he's now in charge. NY Post: WNBC-TV Channel 4 can ring up an extra $2 million in ad revenue for the Super Bowl thanks to the New York Giants' trip to the National Football League championship game. FishbowlLA: Although Los Angeles' NBC affiliate did extremely well at this past weekend's Golden Mike Awards, sweeping the Division A newscast categories, it's not quite as supreme in the local ratings books. Monday, as part of some sweeping changes instituted by new president and general manager Steve Carlston, the channel has officially rebranded itself as NBC4 Southern California.

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