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Fox & Friends Expanding By An Hour (THR)
Starting Monday, Fox & Friends will be one hour friendlier. The Hollywood Reporter has learned exclusively that Fox News Channel is expanding its morning flagship by one hour, airing live for the first time between 5 a.m. and 6 a.m. ET. An FNC spokesperson confirms that the new lead, Fox & Friends First, will replace the repeats currently filling the time slot. TVNewser Over the past year or so, the 5 a.m.-6 a.m. hour has become a new battleground for cable news. Once the home of reruns and infomercials, now CNN, MSNBC, and Fox News will all have live, original programming daily during that hour.

NYT Editors: 'We Know This Has Been A Challenging Time' (
New York Times editors responded to union members' contract-talks concerns, expressed Thursday in a hallway protest: "We all acknowledge that the push-pull of the negotiating process can be wearying. But we have been here before. Like you and our colleagues on the negotiating team, we are committed to finding a solution."

French Reporter Bouvier Safe In Lebanon After Homs Siege (France 24)
Wounded French reporter Edith Bouvier has arrived in Lebanon from the besieged Syrian city of Homs, her family told France 24 Thursday. She was accompanied by French photographer William Daniels, who was also trapped in Homs for more than a week. HuffPost / AP A video posted online by a Syrian activist shows what it says is the burial of American journalist Marie Colvin, who was killed last week in a rocket attack in the central city of Homs.

Bomb Squad Responds To Rush Limbaugh's Home On Palm Beach (
The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office bomb squad was called to the Palm Beach home of Rush Limbaugh after a suspicious package was delivered Thursday afternoon. Palm Beach Daily News A suspicious package mailed to Limbaugh Thursday afternoon at his North End home contained nothing dangerous, the Sheriff's Office bomb squad determined after opening it.

Huey Re-Upping At Time (NY Post / Media Ink)
Time Inc. CEO Laura Lang has been on the job for three months now, and it seems that one of her decisions -- namely, who will run the editorial operations -- will result in no major upheaval. Insiders say she is renewing the contract of John Huey.

The Truth About Those AOL Layoffs You're Hearing About (Business Insider / Silicon Alley Insider)
Here's what's actually going on, according to a source briefed on AOL's plans: AOL will be letting some people go soon, but not at numbers nearly so high; the cuts will come (mostly) in AOL's Silicon Valley office; the purpose of these firings is not cost-cutting. People are getting let go because consumers are not using the products produced by AOL's West Coast team --, Editions, etc. -- and "the accountability train has arrived."

Andrew Breitbart Was 'In Talks With CNN' Over New Show With Anthony Weiner Before He Died Aged Just 43 (Mail Online)
Andrew Breitbart, the conservative firebrand and new media pioneer who died suddenly at just 43, had told friends he was poised to take his jihad against the left deeper into the mainstream media with a regular show on CNN. THR Seventeen hours after Breitbart died, he was on the radio revealing his latest crusade against the mainstream media, one that involves legal action against Keith Olbermann, David Shuster, and Current TV. The conservative rabble-rouser also described a bizarre tactic that he says his enemies had started deploying against him and other right-wing activists. THR Breitbart spent his final hours much like he lived most of his life: passionately talking politics. Breitbart, the 43-year-old conservative pundit and provocateur who died suddenly early Thursday while walking near his Los Angeles home, had stopped into The Brentwood, a nearby bar and restaurant. There, he struck up a conversation with Arthur Sando, a marketing executive who didn't know Breitbart but likely was the last person to talk extensively with him before he died. LA Times / L.A. Now The Los Angeles County coroner's office will review the death of Breitbart. TVNewser The death of Breitbart, at the age of 43, came as a shock in TV newsrooms across the country. Business Insider / AP Can you have without Breitbart? Mediaite On his program Thursday, Fox News' Sean Hannity spoke with Steve Bannon (producer of The Undefeated, among various other films) about a series of tapes Breitbart claimed to have about President Barack Obama. paidContent Much of the talk about Breitbart in the wake of his death has focused on his politics, which people either tend to love or hate. But there was another side to him -- the digital media pioneer. Here's that story. FishbowlDC Breitbart of course marched to his own drummer. And he isn't someone with whom I ever expected to be "friends." I never wanted to write one of those stories where I relay my experiences about someone who suddenly dies. But here I am.

Newspaper Paywalls: Too Little, Too Late For A Fallen Giant Industry? (
On Monday, the Los Angeles Times joins the growing number of newspapers to erect paywalls that charge for full access to their Web content. But is it too little, too late, for the increasingly struggling print media, which has yet to find a viable substitute for revenue losses caused by decreasing advertising and circulation? Nieman Journalism Lab From a marketing standpoint, the word "paywall" is pretty terrible. Right away, it tells you there's a barrier between you and what you want, and the only way to negotiate it is to pay. So it's not surprising that media companies, used to working with words, are using alternatives. The New York Times uses "digital subscription," and Gannett's also talking "subscription model." And the Los Angeles Times is billing its new approach a "membership program." Granted, it's a membership program that limits access to Times stories based on payment -- but the Times promises "retail discounts, deals, and giveaways, as well as access to digital news."

New York Post Loses Its Web Editor, Who Goes To Work For A Former Post Editor (Capital New York)
The New York Post has lost a high-ranking editor to one of its former high-ranking editors.

Sun-Times Owner Wants To Buy More Newspapers (
Michael Ferro Jr., who bought the Chicago Sun-Times in December, recently spoke to the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

Meredith Corp. Completes $175 Million Purchase Of From Reader's Digest Association (minOnline)
Meredith chairman and CEO Steve Lacy announced the closing of the company's $175 million acquisition of from Reader's Digest Association.

Redstone To Skip Viacom Meeting; But Will Get A Walk Of Fame Star (LA Times / Company Town)
Viacom executive chairman Sumner Redstone won't be attending his company's annual shareholders' meeting in New York next week. However, later this month, he will be staking out a spot on Hollywood Boulevard. WSJ Media mogul Redstone isn't likely to attend Viacom's annual shareholder meeting in New York next week because of a conflicting commitment, a company spokesman said Thursday.

Controversy Brews Over Ads Promoting New Season Of AMC's Mad Men (AdAge / Adages)
Just weeks before the much-awaited return of AMC's Mad Men, a promotional campaign for the fifth season of the hit show about 1960's Madison Avenue is sparking controversy, as some folks say it evokes images from the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Broadcasters File Suits Against Aereo (B&C)
A number of major broadcasters and station groups have filed two separate lawsuits in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York against Aereo, which is planning to launch a subscription service March 14 that would allow users to watch broadcast signals on their smartphones, tablets, or any Internet-enabled device. paidContent Well, that was quick. Two weeks ago, media mogul Barry Diller announced an ambitious cloud-based TV service that streams over-the-air channels to internet devices for $12 per month. This week, broadcasters offered their opinion in the form of a lawsuit that seeks to shut off the service. NYT / Media Decoder The stations are seeking an injunction to stop Aereo from releasing its product to the public. They are also seeking monetary damages for what they claim are Aereo's violations of the Copyright Act. THR / Hollywood, Esq. In one lawsuit filed in New York federal court Thursday, the broadcasters say that the $12-per-month service will "provide unlimited streams of plaintiffs' television broadcasts over the Internet in direct competition with plaintiffs." LA Times / Company Town "No amount of technological gimmickry by Aereo -- or claims that it is simply providing a set of sophisticated 'rabbit ears' -- changes the fundamental principle of copyright law that those who wish to retransmit plantiffs' broadcasts may do so only with plaintiffs' authority," said the suit filed by Fox, PBS, and Univision. In a blog post, Aereo said the broadcasters' position had no merit and argued that consumers are legally entitled to access broadcast television with an antenna and to record shows for their personal use. TechCrunch Diller loves to ruffle the feathers of old media, and there's no way that he was unaware this was coming.

NBC News Radio Expands, Replaces CNN Radio Nationwide (TVNewser)
In a deal announced Thursday with leading radio distributor Dial Global, NBC News will expand its radio offerings from 18 hourly reports each weekday to top- and bottom-of-the-hour updates, 24/7. NYT / Media Decoder NBC appears to be replacing CNN; Dial Global will stop distributing CNN Radio twice-per-hour newscasts April 1, the same day that it starts carrying NBC's.

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