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Dow At 13,000: Biz Nets Celebrate (TVNewser)
Last Tuesday, the Dow Jones Industrial Average crossed above the 13,000 mark for the first time in almost four years. This Tuesday, it closed above 13,000, settling at 13,005. The business networks have been keeping a close eye on that mark for the past week.
Michigan And Arizona Primaries Coverage: The Romney 'Abyss' That Wasn't (TheWrap.com / Media Alley)
Let's be honest: Rick Santorum supporters -- and Democrats -- weren't the only ones rooting for a Santorum win in Tuesday's primaries. Two hours before the polls closed, MSNBC's Chris Matthews sounded like a reporter's reporter at the top of Hardball. No, not because he played it down the middle: A reporter's reporter roots not for the candidate he or she likes best, but for the candidate whose win would be the best story. HuffPost A reporter for The Economist was handcuffed by police officers at Mitt Romney's campaign victory rally during the Michigan primary Tuesday. Natasha Loder, a Midwest reporter for the magazine, came into conflict with police at the event in Novi, Mich., after she tried to hear Romney's victory speech in-person, instead of in a press filing center. NY Observer / Politicker Loder said she and a group of other reporters were put in a press filing room at the event, when they realized there was a delay in their video feed when they heard Romney taking the stage in another room. She and the other reporters left the filing room and tried to listen to the speech in real-time outside the doors of the main room. Although Loder said the doors had been open all night, she said a security guard posted outside said he would shut them once the reporters began gathering outside. Loder said she asked the guard to speak to someone with Romney's campaign, but they were quickly approached by a police officer who said he could arrest the reporters for trespassing if the guard wanted. Loder refused to leave and was placed in handcuffs by the officer. CJR / The Swing States Project Leading into Tuesday's primary, Michigan journalists focused on the bailouts for General Motors and Chrysler more than any other issue. Mashable The social Web was aflame with posts, tweets, and videos from the political battlegrounds.
How The Plain Dealer Covered Monday's High School Shootings (ACES / Charles Apple)
The Plain Dealer responded Tuesday in a big, big way with an awesome front page led by an awesome photo by staffer Thomas Ondrey. AllTwitter While the horrifying events were unfolding inside the school, students took to Twitter to express their disbelief, their fears, and to ask for prayers.
Wounded Journalists In Syria: Paul Conroy Rescued, But Edith Bouvier's Evacuation Is Unconfirmed (Yahoo! News / The Cutline)
Paul Conroy, a freelance photographer wounded in the attack that killed Sunday Times war reporter Marie Colvin and French photographer Rémi Ochlik in Homs, Syria, has been rescued. But it is unclear whether Edith Bouvier, a French journalist who suffered a broken leg in the Feb. 22 attack, made it out of Homs. Guardian According to those familiar with Conroy's escape, a number of Syrian opposition activists died during the rescue effort after they came under artillery fire while leaving the city.
New York Post, Daily News Defend NYPD's Surveillance Of Muslims As New York Times Remains Silent (HuffPost / The Backstory)
Bob McManus, editorial page editor of the New York Post, blasted The Associated Press Tuesday, suggesting that the news organization cares more about winning a Pulitzer Prize than the threat of terrorism.
Politico Picks Up Jennifer Granholm As Columnist (FishbowlDC)
Jennifer Granholm, former governor of Michigan, just started a new gig hosting The War Room on Current TV, and now she's joining Politico as a regular columnist.
Moonves Expects Double-Digit Upfront Price Increases (B&C)
CBS CEO Les Moonves said he expects advertising prices to rise by double digits during upfront sales for next season.
Reed Hastings: Netflix Will One Day Be Part Of Your Cable Bundle (paidContent)
Netflix is usually cast as a cable competitor, but CEO Reed Hastings said he thinks cable will eventually become an on-demand Internet platform, and Netflix just another programming provider that cable can use to sell its services. THR In case there was any doubt that Netflix sees itself as a competing TV channel, Hastings said Tuesday that in the future, he might want it to be included as part of a bundled cable package. Business Insider / Advertising Since the first quarter of 2010, 2.3 million people have stopped subscribing to pay TV as delivered by cable TV companies such as Cablevision Systems, Comcast, DirecTV, Time Warner Cable, Dish Network, Verizon, and AT&T. Currently, only 41.5 million Americans watch TV on pay cable.
Dauman: TV Everywhere Will Take Time (Multichannel News)
In contrast to an earlier presentation by Time Warner chief Jeff Bewkes, Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman said that TV Everywhere will take as long as three years to take hold. Adweek Time Warner chairman and CEO Bewkes isn't exactly known for his shyness on the subject of streaming video-on-demand services, having referred to Netflix as both "a 200-pound chimp" that wants to be an 800-pound gorilla and "the Albanian Army." In 2010, he made clear his commitment to freezing the over-the-Web service out of Time Warner's content, particularly shows from HBO. LA Times / Company Town Bewkes defended last year's shaky public debut of digital movie technology UltraViolet, led by his company's studio, Warner Bros., claiming that it was imperative to launch early rather than waiting for further improvements. Multichannel News The five largest U.S. cable operators, along with Time Warner, are trying to prevent Dish Network from securing a trademark on "TV Everywhere."
SAG, AFTRA Send Merger Ballots To Members (TheWrap.com)
The American Federation of Television and Radio Artists and Screen Actors Guild said they have sent out ballots on their proposed merger to the 131,000 members of both organizations. B&C Those members can log in to an online informational meeting Wednesday and local meetings, but must vote by March 30. The members are expected to approve the deal.
Bloomberg Businessweek Unwraps New Website (Adweek)
Two years ago, Bloomberg bought Businessweek and pumped resources into the editorial product, making it a more visual and snappy read. Now, it's relaunching Businessweek.com in hopes of doing the same for the magazine's website.
NAB: Elimination Of Sports Blackout Rule Would Be Detrimental In Long Term (B&C)
In its comments Tuesday on the Sports Fans Coalition petition to the Federal Communications Commission to scrap the sports blackout rule, the National Association of Broadcasters said that while it sympathized with sports fans in the "very few" markets affected by blackouts, "elimination of the rules will, in the long term, be detrimental to all sports fans."
Sacha Baron Cohen Helps THR.com Set Single-Day Web-Traffic Record (FishbowlLA)
The Hollywood Reporter tells FishbowlLA that for the first time, its website Monday surpassed the single-day mark of 1 million unique visitors. B&C The Oscars are the Super Bowl of entertainment for syndication's access magazines, and this year's telecast was no different, driving up ratings for the year and for the week for most shows.
Communications Head From News Corp. Moves On To Time Inc. (FishbowlNY)
Time Inc. appointed Teri Everett as executive vice president of corporate communications, effective March 5. TheWrap.com / Media Alley She left News Corp. at the end of January, saying she was "ready for something new." It caught many by surprise since she had worked at CEO Rupert Murdoch's media conglomerate since 2000. PRNewser Over at CNN Worldwide, Lynn Brindell has been hired as senior VP of marketing, working across all of the CNN brands to develop strategy, engage with audiences digitally, and perform other duties. CNN.com / PressRoom Brindell's significant media marketing experience includes multiplatform brand work at The Weather Channel, Food Network, and Lifetime Television.
'Journalistic Independence,' NBC Latino, And BBC World News: Highlights From Comcast's NBCU Filing (TVNewser)
Tuesday morning Comcast filed its first annual report with the Federal Communications Commission concerning its acquisition of NBC Universal. The report updates the FCC on how it has followed through on the promises it made in order to get the deal approved. TheWrap.com Comcast says it has met -- and in many cases exceeded -- the conditions set as part its $13.8 billion merger with NBCU in January 2011. Adweek In the first of seven annual reports required by the FCC's transaction order, Comcast all but gives itself an "A" in complying with a host of conditions the FCC required with the approval of the $30 billion deal.