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Grammys Honor Whitney Houston: 'We've Had A Death In Our Family' (
The Grammy Awards must have had no idea how lucky it was to choose LL Cool J as their host: The rapper-actor struck exactly the right tone as he honored Whitney Houston without letting her death completely overshadow the ceremony. TVNewser Just before the Grammys, on 60 Minutes, Anderson Cooper led off his interview with singer Adele with the news of Houston's death. Meanwhile on NBC, Dateline was devoting an hour to Houston, and on CNN, Don Lemon, who anchored breaking coverage Saturday night from Atlanta, anchored an hour-long special from Los Angeles that included a live news conference from the L.A. County chief coroner. Fox News' Geraldo at Large dedicated much of its show Sunday night to coverage of Houston's death. OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network announced that it will air Remembering Whitney: The Oprah Interview Thursday at 9 p.m. ET/PT. The special will include Houston's final in-depth interview, which first aired on Winfrey's daytime show in September 2009. Variety VH1 will air three specials, starting with Whitney Houston: The Death of a Diva at 9:30 p.m. Monday. The show will feature the latest news regarding the causes of Houston's death, as well as tributes from music industry professionals and fans. A half-hour later, the network will acknowledge Houston in 100 Greatest Women in Music, and at 11 p.m. Thursday, VH1 will debut VH1 News Presents Whitney Houston's Greatest Moments. On a three-hour edition of 106 & Park that airs at 6 p.m. Monday, BET will pay tribute to Houston's life. TVNewser Right before the Grammys, CBS aired a new episode of 60 Minutes, in which Anderson Cooper profiled Adele. Friday morning, CBS This Morning previewed the piece, and ended up scooping itself, as Adele sang "Rolling in the Deep" a capella for Cooper. In other words, Adele's first public song was not on the Grammys, or even 60 Minutes, but CBS This Morning. CNET Steve Jobs was posthumously awarded a Grammy Award Sunday night for his contribution to the music industry. The Recording Academy announced in December that the late Apple co-founder would receive one of the organization's Special Merit Awards for helping "to create products and technology that transformed the way we consume music, TV, movies, and books." The award was accepted by Eddy Cue, who was recently promoted to senior vice president for Internet software and services. Here is the complete list of 2012 Grammy winners. Adele led with six.

Rupert Murdoch Faces Revolt From Angry Sun Staff (Telegraph)
Rupert Murdoch faced revolt from his own staff after journalists angry at the arrest of five senior colleagues accused the company of throwing them to the wolves. WSJ The weekend arrest of five high-ranking journalists at News Corp. tabloid The Sun on suspicion of bribing public officials has intensified the crisis facing the media giant's British publishing arm, as allegations of wrongdoing spread beyond the newspaper originally at the center of the scandal. paidContent While the U.K.'s media ethics furor ended up closing News of the World last year, how did News Corp.'s next-best-selling U.K. newspaper fare?

NBC Universal's New Olympics Challenge: Screen-Jumping (AdAge / MediaWorks)
NBC Universal's broadcasts of the Olympic Games from London this summer will be filled with the usual athletic contests: synchronized swimming, basketball, and canoe sprinting, among others. Behind the scenes, however, NBC will engage in a different sort of game: tablet counting.

Pew: News Organizations Struggle With Digital Dollars (B&C)
After more than 15 years of heavy investments in their online efforts, news organizations are still having a hard time getting the big advertisers on their traditional broadcast, cable TV, and print platforms to place online ads on their main websites, according to a study of online advertising at 22 major news organizations by the Project for Excellence in Journalism at the Pew Research Center. LA Times The struggle of traditional news organizations to adapt to the online world "throws into question the financial future of journalism as audiences continue to migrate online," according to the group.

Jimmy Kimmel Walks Web Tightrope (WSJ)
Before celebrities agree to go on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, one question regularly pops up: Can the ABC late-night host please include them in a viral Web video?

Yahoo!'s New Approach To Content: Ask People What They Want To Read (AdAge / Digital)
Yahoo! released out of beta a website that visualizes the traffic to Yahoo! properties, letting users customize results based on various demographic categories.

NPR's Bob Garfield: Hyperlocal News Ventures Doomed (Street Fight)
Media analyst Bob Garfield has put a voice behind the industry rumblings about hyperlocal news ventures.

At MSNBC, A Professor As TV Host (NYT)
Week seven of Melissa Harris-Perry's introductory course in African-American studies at Tulane University includes a lecture about "the hollow prize" -- a theory that African Americans tend to be elected as mayor only after a city has tipped into economic decline.

Condé Nast Unveils Corporate Website Redesign (WWD / Memo Pad)
If you want a job at Condé Nast and you don't have a friend there, chances are you've submitted a résumé to Starting Monday, the publishing company hopes you'll be visiting the site for more reasons than that.

Two Time Inc. Moves (FishbowlNY)
Steve Gandel is joining, where he'll report on Wall Street for the site's Term Sheet section. Gandel was most recently a senior business writer for Time, where he covered real estate, economics and more. Gandel's first day is Monday. In other Time Inc. news, Charlie Kammerer has been named group publisher for This Old House and Coastal Living. Kammerer had been publisher of This Old House Ventures for about three years. AdAge / MediaWorks Kammerer is assuming responsibilities that had been handled by Peter Medwid, who had been vice president and publisher of Coastal Living and Sunset magazines until he left Time Inc. last month to become the first dedicated publisher at Martha Stewart Living since 2008.

Happy Trails, Joanna Stern (The Verge)
We have a little bit of bittersweet site news to share: Our friend and colleague, Joanna Stern, is leaving the nest and going to work at ABC News. It's a bit of a career change for her, as she'll be doing broadcast work and leading's coverage of technology.

From Bloomberg, A New Luxury Magazine (NYT / Media Decoder)
A Wall Street executive posing in front of a garage full of red Ferraris isn't the populist choice for a magazine cover given the current economic climate.

HuffPost Blog Formerly Known As Parentlode Will Now Be Called 'Parentry' (paidContent)
It's always tough to come up with a unique name for your offspring, but a little lawsuit sure can get the creative juices flowing. And so starting Monday, Lisa Belkin's Huffington Post parenting blog, formerly known as Parentlode, will be called "Parentry."

Twitter Is All In Good Fun, Until It Isn't (NYT)
I was going to tweet about Roland Martin's suspension from CNN, but I decided to write a column about it instead. It's safer this way. I received this email from Asian American Journalists Association president Doris Truong at 9:14 p.m. Saturday: "Thought this would be of interest, especially coming within one week of Roland Martin's tweets that led to his suspension from CNN."

Cablevision Betting On Three-Point Play (NY Post)
Cablevision CEO James Dolan is putting on a full-court press when it comes to winning cable customers.

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