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Cable Networks Cover Whitney Houston's Funeral (TVNewser)
CNN's coverage began at 11 a.m. ET Saturday with Soledad O'Brien, Piers Morgan, and Don Lemon anchoring from Newark, N.J. On Fox News, Jon Scott and Uma Pemmaraju anchored from New York, with Kelly Wright reporting from Newark. MSNBC's coverage, anchored by Alex Witt, began at noon following Saturday morning's debut of Melissa Harris-Perry. HLN's coverage -- anchored by Ryan Smith and Susan Hendricks, with Jane Velez-Mitchell and A.J. Hammer in Newark -- began at 9 a.m. and featured a series of retrospectives on Houston's life. Mashable Mourners both at the funeral and those watching from afar shared their thoughts on Twitter.

Time Warner Cable And MSG Network Reach Tentative Agreement (FishbowlNY)
Let the Linsanity officially begin! Knicks, Rangers, Islanders, and Devils fans throughout the tri-state area had reason to celebrate Friday night. Time Warner Cable and MSG Network have a tentative carriage agreement. Multichannel News The license fee dispute between MSG Media and Time Warner Cable that kept had two regional sports networks dark on the MSO's systems since Jan. 1 has been resolved. AdAge / MediaWorks The attention surrounding Jeremy Lin and the team played a role in pushing the two sides into an agreement, Chris Marangi, a portfolio manager at Gamco Investors, said in a telephone interview. Adweek Madison Square Garden executive chairman James Dolan and Time Warner Cable CEO Glenn Britt effectively were muscled into a negotiation after City Council speaker Christine Quinn threatened to drag both executives in front of a public hearing, where they would be made to answer to an increasingly aggravated public. paidContent The two sides were firing PR shots and not talking until Lin emerged from the National Basketball Association waiver wire to become a breakout force for the Knicks, not only driving up Knicks cable ratings, but also drawing enough attention to the team to make the carriage dispute a political issue. NY Observer To not think Lin is the reason Time Warner and MSG ended the dispute would call into question one's standing as a sentient human being capable of the most rudimentary logic skills. Business Insider / Sports Page Late Friday night, ESPN.com ran the headline, "Chink in the Armor," on its mobile website. According to ESPN.com, the headline ran from approximately 2:30 a.m.-3:05 a.m. Here is a statement released by ESPN.com: "Friday night, ESPN.com's mobile website posted an offensive headline referencing Jeremy Lin at 2:30 a.m. ET. The headline was removed at 3:05 a.m. ET. We are conducting a complete review of our cross-platform editorial procedures and are determining appropriate disciplinary action to ensure that this does not happen again. We regret and apologize for this mistake." Multichannel News Fuse carriage will be restored on Time Warner Cable as part of the tentative agreement that also put sports channels MSG and MSG+ back on the cable operator's lineups.

Inquirer And Daily News Journalist Petition Denounces Censorship (Philadelphia City Paper / The Naked City)
"As The Philadelphia Inquirer, the Philadelphia Daily News, and philly.com have gone up for sale once again, we watched with dismay as our own coverage of the process was compromised and censored," according to a newsroom petition that began circulating Thursday night. "Our employers promise this won't happen again. That must be the case." Philadelphia Inquirer Nearly 300 newsroom employees of Philadelphia Media Network signed a public statement calling on the current and any future owners of the media company to protect the integrity of their reporting. The statement, issued as a release to local media late Friday, was signed by about 80 percent of the unionized and managerial-level newsroom employees of the Inquirer, the Philadelphia Daily News, and philly.com. The three-paragraph statement addresses both ramifications from a possible change in ownership for PMN and employees' "dismay" over how coverage of the sale process had been "compromised and censored" by management. Nieman Journalism Lab The possible sale of PMN has sparked a debate over editorial independence. That's because the potential buyers include powerful local Democrats like former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell and New Jersey power broker George Norcross, along with various local property and business magnates. Journalists working for the company worry that their newsrooms will become subject to the wider political and business interests of the new owners. Naked Philadelphian Just ran into Rendell on Locust Street near 15th. He said, "I don't think that we will [be] buying."

Chicago News Cooperative Suspends Production, Seeks Sun-Times Linkup (Crain's Chicago Business)
The Chicago News Cooperative will suspend its online and print production Feb. 26, no longer producing pages twice per week for The New York Times, said its top editor. Chicago Tribune The CNC -- which operates a website and publishes a section in the Chicago edition of The New York Times twice per week -- operates as a nonprofit organization. It has a partnership with WTTW-Channel 11, Chicago public television, and WBEZ, Chicago public radio. Chicago Reader / Bleader James O'Shea, founder and editor of the CNC, told his staff Friday afternoon that on Feb. 26, the CNC would shut down. Or to be more specific, it would stop publishing in The New York Times and stop maintaining its website, the two forums in which it publicly exists. Two pieces of bad news drove this decision.

Fox And Friends Grows During First Month After CBS This Morning Launch (Multichannel News)
During the first month of CBS' revamp of its morning program, the winner was Fox News Channel. Whereas CBS This Morning, which supplanted The Early Show, saw 14 percent drops among viewers and in the 25-54 demo, Fox News Channel's Fox and Friends tallied audience and demo gains of 16 percent and 4 percent, respectively, according to Nielsen data.

NBC Hanging On To Chelsea (NY Post / Page Six)
Chelsea Clinton is close to signing another deal with NBC, despite criticism of her reporting. Washington Post / Erik Wemple A while back, the New York Post led us to believe that Clinton's days at NBC are numbered. Sure, they may be numbered, but those numbers will be spelled out in a longer-term contract that Clinton and NBC are close to completing, according to two sources with knowledge of the matter.

Times Staffers Gather For Bullpen Memorial For Anthony Shadid; His Final Piece Published Friday (Capital New York)
The Web was bursting with encomiums Friday for New York Times reporter and Beirut bureau chief Anthony Shadid, who died at the age of 43 Thursday of an apparent asthma attack while on assignment in Syria. Some of Shadid's friends and colleagues, meanwhile, have started coming together in person to remember the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, a fearless foreign correspondent whose willingness to risk life and limb reporting from the darkest corners of the Middle East was amplified by the deftly crafted prose he so often contributed to the Times' front page. Times staffers gathered in the third-floor atrium at 12:30 p.m. ET Friday for a brief tribute. NYT This article was reported and written before Shadid's death in Syria. The epiphany of Said Ferjani came after his poor childhood in a pious town in Tunisia, after a religious renaissance a generation ago awakened his intellect, after he plotted a coup and a torturer broke his back, and after he fled to Britain to join other Islamists seeking asylum on a passport he had borrowed from a friend. HuffPost / AP The release date for an upcoming memoir by Shadid has been moved up from late March to the end of February.

Santorum Gains Most New Fans; Gingrich Gets Timeline This Week On Inside Facebook's Election Tracker (Inside Facebook)
Rick Santorum continues to gain more new Facebook likes per day than other Republican primary candidates. His page averaged more than 2,600 new fans per day, according to our Inside Facebook Election Tracker. Mashable President Barack Obama's Facebook and Twitter following leaves Republican presidential candidates in the dust. FishbowlLA Max Schwartz still wants that one-on-one with Obama. But for now, the Beverly Hills High School student is happy to settle for getting within about 30 feet of the commander-in-chief at LAX.

Pat Buchanan To Sean Hannity On MSNBC Exit: 'Un-American' Blacklist Pushed Me Off The Air (HuffPost)
Controversial author and pundit Pat Buchanan went to Fox News Friday for his first television appearance since his stormy departure from MSNBC the day before. Speaking to Sean Hannity, Buchanan lashed out at his critics and staunchly defended the book that got him kicked off the network he had called home for 10 years.

Starboard Prepping For AOL Board-Seat Battle (NY Post)
Activist hedge fund Starboard Value, which upped its stake Thursday in AOL to 5.1 percent, is quietly preparing to launch a battle for board seats as early as next week.

There's A Civil War Brewing At Yahoo! Over Its New CEO And His Direction For The Company (Business Insider / Silicon Alley Insider)
During Yahoo!'s fourth-quarter earnings call, new CEO Scott Thompson announced that he has ended a debate that long plagued the company: whether it is a technology/products company or a media company. "We need to do both," he said. "We end the debate about which is more important. We must do both." The truth is that with that statement, Thompson actually reignited an already-settled debate and put the company on the verge of a civil war.

Coup For The LA Times: Jonathan Gold Coming Back? (LA Observed)
Popular and respected food writer Jonathan Gold was spotted shaking hands in the Los Angeles Times building Thursday. The unconfirmed buzz is that he will rejoin the paper shortly after his upcoming Gold Standard tasting event, scheduled for March 4 at the Petersen Automotive Museum.

HuffPost's Head Of Media Relations Leaves, Launches New Agency (FishbowlNY)
After five years promoting The Huffington Post Media Group and its many arms -- which somehow seem to have something it wants publicized nearly daily -- Mario Ruiz, senior vice president of media relations, is leaving to start his own agency. Capital New York And, as is so often the case in these sorts of amicable partings between high-powered in-house public-relations types and their former firms, his first big client is The Huffington Post.

Source Interlink Media Promotes Two New Publishers (FishbowlLA)
Well, that was quick. A couple of months after joining Source Interlink Media as publisher of its American Motorcycle Group, Jim Adolph has landed himself a promotion. He'll now be the group publisher for all Source Interlink Media street motorcycle titles. SIM also promoted Super Streetbike editor David Sonsky to publisher of its International Motorcycle Group -- which consists of Super Streetbike, Motorcyclist, Sport Rider, and Motorcycle Cruiser.

HBO Go Now Playing On Samsung TVs, But Not For Comcast And TWC (Multichannel News)
HBO's "TV Everywhere" service is now available on Samsung's Internet-connected HDTVs -- but customers of Comcast and Time Warner Cable can't access the feature. The two biggest U.S. cable operators also block access to HBO Go on Roku's Internet set-tops, while they do allow subscribers to access the service via PCs, Apple iPads, and mobile phones.

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