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Hillary Clinton Grants Fox News Exit Interview, as Bill O'Reilly Talks to Colin Powell (TVNewser)
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is granting an exit interview to Fox News Channel's On the Record with Greta Van Susteren. Clinton and President Obama gave a joint interview to 60 Minutes Sunday night, but this will be the secretary's first solo interview since the Inauguration, as well as the Congressional hearings examining what happened in Benghazi, Libya. Clinton will also be giving interviews with NBC, the BBC, CNN and ABC before leaving office on Friday. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media Van Susteren has landed her network's interview, which will air Tuesday night -- a rare get for Fox, which is not the preferred outlet for the Obama administration. But Van Susteren has given Clinton a fairer hearing than many of her colleagues, defending the secretary when others questioned the legitimacy of her recent illness. HuffPost / AP With limited time and the unusual nature of a dual appearance with President Obama and Clinton, CBS' Steve Kroft said Monday said he thought it important to focus on their professional relationship instead of specific questions about world events. Kroft said CBS was surprised when the White House suggested the appearance a little more than a week ago. Christian Science Monitor / DC Decoder Hmmm. 60 Minutes remains a big platform, and the interview's getting a lot of attention in Washington. What's the fallout from this unusual appearance? Well, Republicans are not happy with what they think were easy questions. Mediaite Bill O'Reilly kicked off his week with a look back at the joint interview President Obama and Clinton gave to 60 Minutes' Kroft. The "softball" interview provided us with no new information, O'Reilly said, particularly focusing in on the attack on Benghazi. But Americans simply don't seem to care about the issue. ABC News / The Note Obama said he proposed the joint interview because he wanted to publicly say "thank you" to Clinton for all of her hard work. For those eagerly looking for hints of Clinton's future ambitions, however, the interview certainly felt like a political endorsement.

Kevin Tsujihara Named CEO of Warner Bros. (THR)
Kevin Tsujihara has been named successor to Barry Meyer as CEO of Warner Bros. Entertainment. He will step into the job March 1, and Meyer will remain as chairman through 2013. Time Warner chairman and CEO Jeff Bewkes and current Warner chairman and CEO Meyer made the announcement Monday morning, bringing an end to a succession question that has been lingering over the studio. Deadline Hollywood "Obviously, I'm disappointed; who wouldn't be?" said Bruce Rosenblum, the TV president who was actively campaigning for the post, in a surprisingly candid statement. "Warner Bros. is a unique and special place and I know it will be in good hands with Kevin at the helm. I continue to be proud of our accomplishments and I have the most respect and admiration for our amazing team at the studio -- a team that is thriving in an ever-transforming business." Warner Bros. Film Group topper Jeff Robinov at first remained silent and his office told Deadline it was "highly unlikely" he would have a statement. Now, one has been released -- and it's studiedly upbeat.

After Staff Reductions, New Appointments at the Times (NYT / Media Decoder)
The New York Times announced on Monday a restructured masthead and some significant newsroom appointments, while also saying that the staff reductions the company was seeking had been accomplished primarily through voluntary buyouts. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media On the masthead, former business editor Larry Ingrassia has been named assistant managing editor for new initiatives, including an expansion of the paper's international coverage. Ian Fisher has been named assistant managing editor for content operations, overseeing integration of digital and print. Janet Elder has been named assistant managing editor for newsroom resources, in which she will oversee the paper's budget.

Barnes & Noble to Shutter One-Third of Physical Stores in Next Decade (WSJ)
Barnes & Noble Inc. expects to close as many as a third of its retail stores over the next decade, the bookseller's top store executive said, offering the most detailed picture yet of the company's plans for the outlets. LA Times / Jacket Copy In 2008, Barnes & Noble had 726 stores. It currently has 689 stores and in 10 years, it plans to have just 450 to 500.

The Chief of Yahoo! Lifts Sales, and Spirits (NYT)
Marissa Mayer, just by being Marissa Mayer, has done more to move Yahoo! forward in her first six months as chief executive than any of her five predecessors did over as many years. AllThingsD Yahoo! reported its fourth-quarter earnings Monday, with earnings higher than expected, but with a continued flattish revenue. The Silicon Valley Internet giant said its non-GAAP net profits were 32 cents a share, compared to 25 cents in the same period a year ago. But GAAP net earnings per diluted share were 23 cents in the fourth quarter of 2012, compared to 24 cents last year. Forbes / Mixed Media Maybe it's the new iPhones their new boss gave them, or the free food. Something's got Yahoo!'s employees feeling better about their jobs, according to Mayer. In her second earnings call as Yahoo!'s CEO, the former Google executive claimed that surveys of Yahoo!'s 11,500-strong workforce revealed a 32 percent rise in confidence in the company's future from one quarter to the next. "According to benchmark data across industries, this type of rising confidence in such a short period of time is unprecedented for any company," she said.

Kris Jenner to Preview New Talk Show This Summer (TV Guide)
The Kardashian empire is expanding... again. "Momager" Kris Jenner will launch her own talk show in select cities this coming summer, Twentieth Television announced Monday. E! Online / TV Scoop The one-hour pop-culture-driven talker, which will get a six-week test run on select Fox-owned stations in major markets such as New York and Los Angeles, will feature celebrity guests, as well as fashion and beauty trends. In other words, it's the kind of show where fashionable daughters Kourtney Kardashian, Khloé Kardashian Odom and Kim Kardashian will no doubt feel right at home. NYT / Media Decoder Summer tests have become Fox's preferred way of trying out new talk shows. It ran The Wendy Williams Show for a few weeks in the summer of 2008; now it's a staple of stations' daytime lineups across the country. LA Times / Ministry of Gossip "We go into this believing that if it works, the Kris Jenner program could really complement what we've got going with Wendy [Williams], Bethenny [Frankel], etc." said Frank Cicha, senior vice president of programming for Fox Television Stations.

What's Next for Sarah Palin? (TVNewser)
Former Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin is a free agent. Now that her deal with Fox News Channel is done, the prominent conservative is free to seek out the next big thing. Based on her comments to Breitbart news, it seems clear that she has her mind set on going to another mainstream news outlet. HuffPost Palin's time at Fox News is over, and so is her $1 million-per-year salary. Now, a university study has chronicled just exactly how much the former vice presidential candidate was making when she did each interview on the network. CNN / Howard Kurtz By the time word trickled out Friday that Palin's contract would not be renewed, the reaction was a collective shrug. Her moment had passed. And therein lies a lesson -- about the fleeting nature of fame but also about the nature of media commentary.

Interview Queen Has Chicken Pox (FishbowlDC)
The View's Barbara Walters has chicken pox? The most famous interviewer in the U.S. outside of maybe Oprah just can't cut a break these days. The news on comes just a week after the 83-year-old famed journalist stumbled and cut her head at the British Ambassador's home during Inauguration weekend. THR / The Live Feed "We want to give you an update on Barbara," Whoopi Goldberg said of the broadcast legend. "You all know that she fell and cut her head 10 days ago, and then was running a temperature, but it turns out it is all the result of a delayed childhood. Barbara has the chicken pox. She'd never had it as a child. So now she's been told to rest, she's not allowed any visitors. And we're telling you, Barbara, no scratching."

Chris Cuomo: I'm Moving to CNN! (TMZ)
Chris Cuomo is calling it quits at 20/20, TMZ has learned -- he's moving to CNN very soon. Sources connected with CNN tell us Cuomo will host a morning show.

Murdoch Apologizes for 'Grotesque, Offensive Cartoon' (Deadline New York)
Gerald Scarfe's cartoon in the UK's Sunday Times depicts Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu using blood to build a wall that includes the bodies of Palestinians. The image, published on International Holocaust Remembrance Day, infuriated the Anti-Defamation League, which charged that the "blatantly anti-Semitic theme" is "a modern day evocation of the ancient 'blood libel' charge leveled at Jews."

Daniel Miller Leaves The Hollywood Reporter for L.A. Times (The Wrap / Media Alley)
Daniel Miller has left his position as senior writer at The Hollywood Reporter and is poised to join the Los Angeles Times, an individual with knowledge of the hire told The Wrap. Miller would likely replace Ben Fritz, who is taking a job as the Wall Street Journal's lead business film reporter.

Amy Poehler Working on 'Non-Linear' Book (Yahoo! News / AP)
Amy Poehler is working on a book that appears to be a little bit of everything. The star of Parks and Recreation and former Saturday Night Live performer has an agreement with It Books for an "illustrated, non-linear diary" with stories both true and invented.

Andrew Sullivan, Nate Silver and the Shifting Balance of Power for Media Brands (paidContent)
Andrew Sullivan's breakaway from traditional media to run his own standalone blog -- for which he has raised almost $500,000 before it even launches -- is a sign that the balance of power in media is still shifting.

Please Don't Try to Copy The New Republic (FishbowlNY)
The New Republic is back in a big way. The magazine, which began publishing all the way back in 1914, has a new print design (orchestrated by Dirk Barnett) and a new website -- both of which are great. It also landed a big interview with Barack Obama for its latest issue. Because of all of this, TNR is getting everyone's attention. But if the hype has you thinking "Hey, maybe my magazine will work after all!" FishbowlNY is here to tell you that it won't.

Time Warner Cable Partners with Dodgers' Network (WSJ)
Time Warner Cable Inc. will distribute Los Angeles Dodgers games on a new regional sports network that the team's owners are launching in an effort to cash in on the lucrative market for L.A. sports rights, the cable operator confirmed. The new network, dubbed SportsNet LA, is being created by several Dodgers' owners including executives from the financial services firm Guggenheim Partners.

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