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Networks Ask Romney Campaign To Pull Gingrich Attack Ad (TVNewser)
Several networks have asked the Mitt Romney campaign to stop airing an ad in Florida called "Mr. Washington Insider," which targets Newt Gingrich. The ad includes various news clips, both current and from Gingrich's days as House Speaker. Politico / Burns & Haberman: Via Politico's Reid Epstein, NBC News and Tom Brokaw are loudly objecting to the Romney campaign's use of footage from the 1990s in an ad blasting Gingrich over his House ethics charges. Miami Herald / Naked Politics: A Fort Lauderdale real estate agent tweeted this observation: "@TomBrokaw Against your express wishes, NBC Miami is running your Romney ad right now. Demand that NBC stop running it if you are serious." AdAge / Campaign Trail: Apparently former President Jimmy Carter is aghast with the aggressive campaigning by Republican Party hopefuls. Poynter / MediaWire: The Nevada Republican Party announced Friday afternoon that it will release up-to-the minute results of its Feb. 4 caucus via Twitter and Google, enabling anyone to get the latest information without relying on a news site's election map or the ticker at the bottom of a TV screen. TVNewser: The GOP debate Thursday night on CNN, moderated by Wolf Blitzer, drew 5.36 million total viewers and 1.74 million adults 25-54, according to Nielsen final data. B&C: Overall, Thursday's 19th Republican debate was the 10th-most-watched of this election cycle among total viewers. Inside Facebook: Some pundits expect Rick Santorum to drop out of the race after the Florida primary, but his Facebook page has gotten a burst of new likes since Thursday's debate.
News Corp. In Talks To Hire Bloomberg Executive (WSJ)
News Corp. is in serious talks to hire former Bloomberg CEO Lex Fenwick to be the new chief of Wall Street Journal publisher Dow Jones, according to people familiar with the matter. NYT / Media Decoder: Fenwick is the founder and CEO of Bloomberg Ventures and the former CEO of Bloomberg. He would leave his current position to lead Dow Jones, the publisher of The Wall Street Journal, Barron's, and the Dow Jones Newswires, according to people familiar with the discussions who would not comment publicly because the negotiations were continuing.
AFTRA National Board Follows SAG, Approves Merger (TheWrap.com)
The American Federation of Television and Radio Artists' national board approved a merger proposal with the Screen Actors Guild Saturday. THR: The AFTRA national board Saturday unanimously voted to recommend the terms of the 2011-14 Network Television Code agreement to AFTRA members for ratification, as was expected.
Huffington Post Cuffs Armstrong (NY Post)
Don't expect Tim Armstrong to send Arianna Huffington flowers as an anniversary gift. One year after getting into bed with the media princess and plunking down $315 million to buy The Huffington Post, the AOL boss has seen traffic on his website fall to where the ubiquitous e-mail voice should be saying, "You Got Nailed."
Another Look At The State Of The Union Address: 27 Percent Turned Away After First Five Minutes (TVNewser)
Kantar Media studied the tuning behavior of 100,000 households across the United States in the moments leading up to, during, and after President Barack Obama's State of the Union address Tuesday night.
Watch Out, Other TV News Outlets: CNN Wants To Trademark Its 'Magic Wall' (TVNewser)
CNN has long featured technological gadgetry in its programming, but none has been as successful as its "Magic Wall," popularized by John King during the 2008 primaries.
The two teens caught checking their Facebook pages after allegedly breaking into CNN's Atlanta newsroom weren't able to post status updates Friday afternoon. That's because they were in jail, each held on $500 bond.
Anderson Executive Producer Jim Murphy Steps Down (TheWrap.com)
Jim Murphy, co-executive producer of Anderson Cooper's syndicated daytime talk show, Anderson, has stepped down.
Hamilton Leaves Politico For NYT (FishbowlDC)
Despite being promoted recently to deputy managing editor from White House editor, Bill Hamilton is leaving Politico for The New York Times to be the national security editor.
Steve Pruett, CEO of Communications Corp. of America, is the new Fox affiliates board of governors chairman. He succeeds Brian Brady, who moves to chairman emeritus.
Five Are Arrested In British Tabloid Scandal (NYT)
A Scotland Yard team investigating the bribery of police officers by journalists searched the offices of Rupert Murdoch's flagship British tabloid, The Sun, Saturday after arresting a police officer and four men identified as current or former journalists at the paper.
Golden Globes Trial Exposes Dick Clark CEO's Misleading Negotiating Tactics (TheWrap.com)
Dick Clark Productions CEO Mark Shapiro had to admit in Los Angeles District Court late this week that he employed bluffs and half-truths to get NBC to agree to a $150 million deal to air the Golden Globes.
Adam Jacobi, the CBS Sports writer who ran with an erroneous tweet about Joe Paterno's death, has been let go by CBS. Poynter / MediaWire: In a series of tweets, Jacobi says CBS let him go after he published a story Saturday night saying that former Penn State football coach Paterno had died.
Ferris Bueller's Mysterious Super Bowl Ad Is For Honda (Jalopnik)
There's a lot of buzz right now for the clip showing Matthew Broderick appearing to be a grown-up Ferris Bueller (bow-bow-chik-chika-chika sound effect included) looking to skip work for another day off. AdAge / Super Bowl: As predicted, CareerBuilder's decision to use live chimps in its Super Bowl spot has provoked an outcry. Anjelica Huston, writing on behalf of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, has fired off a letter to CareerBuilder CEO Matt Ferguson, asking the company to cease use of the great apes in advertising.
Facebook May Register For IPO As Early As Wednesday (AllFacebook)
Facebook may submit paperwork as early as Wednesday to register for an initial public offering that could be the largest of all time and make the social network one of the world's most valuable companies. Inside Facebook: Facebook could be valued at $75 billion-$100 billion and is expected to raise around $10 billion in the offering. Business Insider / Silicon Alley Insider: In a tweet, CNBC's Julie Boorstein says sources told her that Facebook's 2011 operating profit was about $1.5 billion and that its operating revenues were about $3.8 billion.