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A Tough Road Ahead for Jeff Zucker, Chris Cuomo and CNN in the Morning (TVNewser)
Now, barely a week into his new job, Jeff Zucker is planning to shake up the mornings, replacing Starting Point with a new program anchored by Chris Cuomo, and possibly another anchor such as Erin Burnett. It is far too soon to speculate about what the new program will look like, but it is worth noting that Cuomo and Burnett have extensive experience in the mornings, although not exactly on the most-watched programs. Zucker, of course, changed the morning show game when he rose to the top of Today in 1992, at the age of 26. Forbes / Mixed Media While Burnett faltered as a solo act, both she and Cuomo have shown that they have what it takes to thrive in ensemble settings, the default format for morning television. Both are proven quantities who haven't been around so long as to feel like retreads. NYT / Media Decoder His brother, the Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York, said in a radio interview Tuesday morning that Cuomo "had a lot of fun at ABC," but CNN would "work better for him personally." Governor Cuomo added, "He'll be on every day, so there will be a certain relevance to what he's doing." HuffPost The big question -- besides whether or not CNN can finally begin really challenging MSNBC and Fox News in the morning ratings again -- is what happens to Soledad O'Brien, the network's current morning host. Her hard-hitting interviews on Starting Point have won her praise, but not large audiences. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media CNN contributors and political power couple James Carville and Mary Matalin are leaving the network, Carville told Politico Tuesday. The decision was CNN's, Carville said: "I was told that they wanted the contributors to be more available -- essentially, closer to Washington. I'm not always available, I don't live there." THR / The Live Feed In the wake of Chris Cuomo's abrupt move to CNN, one of the ABC newsman's current jobs will be filled by David Muir. ABC News president Ben Sherwood announced Tuesday that the correspondent will take Cuomo's 20/20 seat as Elizabeth Vargas' co-anchor. Muir will continue to serve as World News' weekend anchor and Diane Sawyer's weekday pinch hitter. New York Daily News / Confidential Diane Sawyer, anchor of ABC World News and a respected veteran at the network with nearly 25 years under her belt, is considering retiring in 2013, a source close to Sawyer tells Confidential. "She has discussed with a few close friends and some people at ABC that she is seriously considering retiring," says our insider. San Francisco Chronicle / AP With Zucker taking over at CNN, the network's managing editor says he is quitting. Mark Whitaker is a former Newsweek editor who also worked at NBC. He said in a memo to the staff Tuesday that with a new leader who has his own "forceful ideas," he thought it best to step aside.

January 2013 Ratings: Fox News Down Compared to Last Year (TVNewser)
With January complete, Fox News has completed 11 straight years of being No. 1 in cable news in both primetime and total day. That said, the network saw significant ratings declines in January -- particularly in the pivotal adults 25-54 demographic -- though its perch remains unthreatened for now. BuzzFeed January was also the worst month ever for FNC's On the Record with Greta Van Susteren in the 25-54 demo. It was also Fox's lowest total at 10 p.m. since July 2008. HuffPost To a seasoned watcher of cable news ratings, there were other surprises. Rachel Maddow, for instance, came in 10th, beating Studio B and the 11 p.m. repeat of The O'Reilly Factor. In January 2012, she came in 14th. Orlando Sentinel For primetime in January, Fox News averaged 1.6 million viewers to MSNBC's 790,000 and CNN's 664,000. The race for viewers in the 25-to-54 age group was closer: Fox News with 267,000 viewers to MSNBC's 235,000 and CNN's 200,000.

CBS Renews Entire Daytime Lineup Through 2013-14 Season (THR / The Live Feed)
CBS has given the green light for its entire daytime lineup to return through the 2013-14 season. The network announced Tuesday morning that The Bold and the Beautiful, The Talk, The Price is Right and Let's Make a Deal will all join the previously renewed The Young and the Restless on next year's schedule. NYT / Media Decoder Imagine a tabloid talk show like Maury distilled to its essence: the enduring question, "are you the father?" That's sort of what CBS Television Distribution is imagining its next daytime talk show, The Test, to be.

eBooks Now Multi-Billion Dollar Category for Amazon (GalleyCat)
Amazon reported Tuesday that net sales increased 22 percent to $21.27 billion in the fourth quarter of 2012. The release also noted that eBooks are now a "multi-billion dollar category" for the company. THR The company's own Kindle Fire was the best-selling tablet at its site, and CEO Jeff Bezos boasted that "after five years, eBooks is a multi-billion-dollar category for us and growing fast -- up approximately 70 percent last year. In contrast, our physical book sales experienced the lowest December growth rate in our 17 years as a bookseller, up just 5 percent."

Al Gore: Media Critic (TVNewser)
Early this week President Obama took some shots at the media, and now, as former Vice President Al Gore begins his book tour, he is taking his own shots. Gore went on Today Tuesday morning, also appearing on The Late Show Tuesday and The Daily Show Wednesday. In a two-part interview with Matt Lauer on Today, Gore responded to criticisms over his sale of Current TV to Al Jazeera, and took a shot at horse race coverage of elections. The Washington Post / Erik Wemple Today displayed a quote from Gore's new book The Future: Six Drivers of Global Change. It reads, "Virtually every news and political commentary program on television is sponsored in part by oil, coal and gas companies..." So Lauer asks Gore if his sale of Current TV to a network owned by the emir of an oil-earnings-fueled Middle East country (Qatar) doesn't smack of a contradiction. To which Gore had a lame response. "I certainly understand that criticism. I disagree with it. Because I think Al Jazeera has obviously long since established itself as a really distinguished and effective news gathering organization. And by the way, its climate coverage has been far more extensive and of high quality than any..."

WaPo Launches 'Truth-Teller' to Fact-Check in Real Time (10,000 Words)
Ever hot on the heels of politicians, straightening the fact from the fiction, The Washington Post has decided to take their methods to real-time reporting with their new system, Truth Teller. Funded by a prototype grant from the Knight News Challenge, Truth Teller is a mobile and desktop app that will be able to record, transcribe and show disputed facts and statistics in real time for everyone.

Reclusive Author J.D. Salinger to be Focus of Major Biography (LA Times / Jacket Copy)
Reclusive author J.D. Salinger will be given the full biography treatment, thanks to Shane Salerno, David Shields and Simon & Schuster. Shields and Salerno's The Private War of J.D. Salinger will be published by Simon & Schuster in September of this year.

Sportswriters Go Long Online (Adweek)
As any literary-minded technophile will tell you, the Internet has become a haven for lengthy, high-quality prose, with sites from the Awl to BuzzFeed regularly churning out 4,000-word stories. But it's not just rambling book reviews and art-world treatises. The art of longform sportswriting has also found new life on the Web.

YouTube Set to Introduce Paid Subscriptions This Spring (Ad Age / Digital)
A new chapter in online video is about to begin. YouTube is prepping to launch paid subscriptions for individual channels on its video platform in its latest attempt to lure content producers, eyeballs, and advertiser dollars away from traditional TV, according to multiple people familiar with the plans.

Op-Ed: To Excel at Super Bowl Advertising, Watch Game of Thrones (AgencySpy)
The closer we get to Super Bowl XLVII this Sunday, the more frequent the agency output it seems. Our latest entry comes from Camilo La Cruz, a six-year RAPP vet who currently serves as EVP, director of experience and innovation design at the agency. As his headline tells us, Cruz cites a certain fantasy novel series-turned-hit HBO show as one that could provide the ideal inspiration for those choosing to advertise during the Big Game. Daily Mail German car company Volkswagen's Super Bowl ad Tuesday ignited claims of racism over its use of Jamaican accents from white actors with one critic saying "it's like blackface with voices."

Report Gauges Companies' Approach to Advertising on Social Media (NYT / Media Decoder)
A new report issued Tuesday by Nielsen and Vizu, a research company owned by Nielsen, shows that brands think they might be turning a corner, specifically when it comes to paying for their use of social media. The report examined the opinions about social media marketing among more than 500 digital media professionals -- including brand marketers, media agencies and advertisers -- from September to October 2012.

Variety Fires Reporter Jeff Sneider (The Wrap / Media Alley)
Jeff Sneider, one of Variety's film reporters, was fired from the paper Tuesday, an individual with knowledge of the situation told The Wrap. "Sad to say, today is my last day at Variety," Sneider tweeted on Tuesday afternoon. "Thx to all my wonderful colleagues & the best group of film reporters on the planet. Farewell."

Is Netflix Taking on More Debt to Pay for Programming? (Deadline New York)
About $225 million of the proceeds from the $500 million offering it announced Tuesday -- senior notes due in 2021 paying interest at 5.375 percent a year -- will be used to retire the company's $200 million in 8.50 percent senior notes that are due in 2017. But with Netflix's first original series, House Of Cards, making its debut on Feb. 1, some investors wonder whether the company needs the remainder to help it handle its steep content payment commitments.

Time Inc. Cuts Come Wednesday (AllThingsD)
A brief but unpleasant update to the long-running Time Inc. layoff story: The cuts will finally arrive on Wednesday, people at the company tell me.

New York Times Contest Brings Tech Startups Into its Headquarters (paidContent)
New York City is bristling with tech companies, and many of them are whipping up new ideas for publishing, advertising and social media. This spring, a select few of them will get an invitation to strut their stuff inside the New York Times as part of what the paper hopes will be a "mutually beneficial relationship."

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