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Soledad Headed Out at CNN (NY Post / Page Six)
High-profile morning anchor Soledad O'Brien is on her way out at CNN as new boss Jeff Zucker moves Erin Burnett into her morning slot, Page Six has exclusively learned. We're told award-winning journalist O'Brien has indicated she is ready to leave after she was initially promised a plum prime-time slot, but that role has so far failed to materialize. A source tells us: "The deal to move Erin to the morning alongside Chris Cuomo is basically done. Soledad had been told she'd get a prime-time slot, but that hasn't yet happened, and now she is telling friends she is likely to leave."

Robin Roberts Set to Reclaim Her Co-Host Chair on Good Morning America (NY Daily News / Confidential)
Robin Roberts is back! As of Wednesday morning, the beloved Good Morning America co-host is expected in her chair at 7 a.m., to the delight of the morning show's massive audience -- and every precaution is being taken to ensure she has a healthy, smooth return. TVNewser Robin Roberts is not only back on GMA Wednesday, she's also working with her old network, ESPN, as executive producer of Nine for IX, a series focused on women in sports. NYT / Media Decoder On Tuesday night, Roberts had a quiet dinner at home with her sisters, one of whom was her bone marrow donor. "We laughed and told old family stories," she said in an early morning text message. "This is a wonderful new chapter for all of us." E! Online Yet Roberts admitted she does feel some trepidation. "I haven't done live television since the end of August," she said. "So I'm a little bit nervous... but you got my back... that's what I'm not nervous about... I know that you have my back."

Source: Anchor Rob Morrison 'Lied to the Station' About Injured Face; May Be Fired from WCBS (FishbowlNY)
It didn't take long for the other shoe to drop. FishbowlNY has learned that Rob Morrison may have anchored his final broadcast at WCBS TV.

Condé Nast Reveals Investment in Jewelry Startup, as Media Scrambles for New Revenues (TechCrunch)
In yet another indication that big media powerhouses are starting to refocus their businesses on driving new models like commerce, publishing giant Condé Nast has made what is understood to be its first investment in an e-commerce startup in Europe. Condé Nast Germany has invested in ReneSim, one of Europe's first online jewelers in the luxury category. The premium publisher, best known for titles like Vogue magazine, said it had actually owned shares in the company since 2011, but has now raised its stake to 46 percent in a capital increase. The Next Web Further financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. ReneSim is an exclusive online jeweler with no shop premises or intermediate dealers. The most remarkable thing about the e-commerce company is that its founder represents the fifth generation of his family in the jewelry business.

Executive Editor Out at Huffington Post (Politico / Dylan Byers on Media)
Tim O'Brien, the executive editor of The Huffington Post, is leaving the company to work on a book, Arianna Huffington announced Tuesday. "After two years overseeing our national reporting staff in New York, Tim O'Brien is leaving to work on the second installment of his five-book publishing deal," Huffington, the site's co-founder, wrote in a memo to staff.

Months Later, Debate Co-Chair Says Crowley Was a 'Mistake' (Politico / Dylan Byers on Media)
Frank Fahrenkopf, a co-chair of the Commission on Presidential Debates, said that the Commission made a "mistake" by selecting CNN anchor Candy Crowley to moderate one of the 2012 presidential debates. Fahrenkopf, a former chairman of the Republican National Committee, was speaking at the Las Vegas Country Club in Nevada. According to Jon Ralston, the Nevada-based political journalist, Fahrenkopf told the audience there that he was proud of the 2012 debate moderators, but added: "We made one mistake this time: Her name is Candy."

Times-Picayune Publisher: 'This is Chapter Two' (Poynter)
The Times-Picayune's digital-first strategy is working, publisher Ricky Mathews said at a conference Tuesday. His comments come after the paper switched in October from seven days of print editions to three days a week. The move was publicly criticized by residents in the city and has been the source of much discussion in the journalism industry. But Mathews said the change was needed and is going well. "This is a 50-chapter book," he said.

Fox Inks Partnership with YouTube's WIGS Channel (Ad Week)
Fox on Tuesday announced it has entered into a multi-year pact with YouTube's female-centric drama channel WIGS. One of the 100 or so original content channels launched by YouTube a year ago, WIGS offers broadcast-quality dramatic fare designed to appeal to female viewers. Last summer, the channel premiered a number of new series, including the 12-part Julia Stiles vehicle Blue and Neil LaBute's Denise.

Does the House of Cards All-You-Can-Eat Buffet Spoil Social Viewing? (NYT / Media Decoder)
For many viewers, one of the pleasures of watching the favorite-of-the-moment TV series is gathering around the digital water cooler to hash out the plot points, quibble with the details or share the satisfaction when a character gets his comeuppance. So where to put House of Cards?

BBC Apologizes for Playing 'Hey Joe' Right After Report on Oscar Pistorius (Gawker)
The BBC was forced to issue a formal apology Tuesday on behalf of one of its radio stations -- BBC Radio 6 Music -- after it played the Jimi Hendrix song "Hey Joe" immediately following a news report on the murder trial of Oscar Pistorius. The lyrics of the song, which revolve around a man name Joe who expresses an intent to shoot his "old lady" for "messing around with another man," bear a striking resemblance to the accusations brought against the Paralympian.

FishbowlLA Set Visit: HuffPost Live (FishbowlLA)
For HuffPost Live co-host Jacob Soboroff, a signature moment during his first six months of service involved the 2013 Sundance documentary The Square. When the filmmakers arrived at the Beverly Hills studio, one was on the phone with an acquaintance in Cairo. By the time the visiting duo sat down for their interview, a producer had arranged for that acquaintance to be part of the on-air discussion as well, as an Egyptian subject matter expert (via Google hangout).

Randi Zuckerberg Signs Two-Book Deal with HarperCollins (GalleyCat)
Randi Zuckerberg, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's sister, has landed a two-book deal with HarperCollins. Zuckerberg will write a memoir called Dot Complicated and an as-yet-untitled children's story.

Former Obama Adviser David Axelrod Joining NBC News/MSNBC (TVNewser)
Former Obama adviser David Axelrod is joining NBC News and MSNBC as a senior political analyst, the network says. Axelrod will contribute on all NBC platforms, and appear on shows for both channels.

Attention, Publishers: 'Iconic' is Not a Business Model (Forbes / Mixed Media)
For big, old magazines, "iconic" is the self-descriptor of choice. Publishers wave it around like a talisman that has the magic power to make falling ad revenues and shrinking subscriber rolls irrelevant. Magazines that are iconic can never die. They're too beloved by readers, too firmly lodged in the culture. Except that, to judge from the body count in recent years, "iconic" is more nearly a synonym for "screwed."

32 Percent of WSJ Traffic Coming from Mobile (
Almost one third of the Wall Street Journal's online readers access the content on a device that has a screen size of between four and seven inches, Raju Narisetti, head of WSJ Digital Network, told a conference Tuesday.

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