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It's Official: Fox Sports 1 Bows August 17 (Multichannel News)
The worst-kept secret in the sports media world -- the launch of Fox Sports 1 -- is finally out in the open. After a year of reports and speculation, News Corp.'s Fox Networks Group officially announced at a press conference Tuesday afternoon that it will convert Speed into Fox Sports 1 on Aug. 17. The national cable sports service will debut in more than 90 million homes, Fox said, which makes it the largest sports cable launch in history. The Wrap / The Box The network will feature sports including college football and basketball, Major League Baseball, soccer, UFC, and Nascar. In its first year it plans to air 4,800 hours of games, news and other programming, as well as daily appearances by Terry Bradshaw, who is famous for his commentary, and Regis Philbin, who is not. The Washington Post / The TV Column Philbin's show will be called Rush Hour and will debut with the network's launch on Aug.  17. Rush Hour will air live weekdays (at 5  p.m. ET) and will originate in New York City. Rege will lead a panel of sports professionals, celebrity guests and die-hard fans who will engage in "unpredictable" talk about sports. Ad Age / Media News Leading up to the Super Bowl, which will air on Fox in 2014, Fox Sports 1 will air a week-long countdown, including a tailgate party in New York City's Times Square. Bloomberg Fox has been signing contracts for the past year, News Corp. COO Chase Carey said Tuesday at a Deutsche Bank investor conference in New York. The new network will sustain losses as Fox seeks to increase the subscriber fee, he said. "Three to five years down the road, it's a multibillion-dollar asset," Carey said. "It could really be a cornerstone for us." The Tampa Bay Times / The Feed In the same way Fox News beat CNN by redefining cable TV news -- from reporting news events to talking about news events in ways conservatives like -- is it possible Fox Sports might redefine the sports channel in a way that allows it to compete with the 33-year-old, multiple channel behemoth which is ESPN? And will we sports media purists like what they come up with when the redefinition is done?

Jon Stewart Taking Summer Daily Show Hiatus to Direct First Film and 'Challenge' Himself (Deadline New York)
Jon Stewart will take a 12-week summer hiatus from hosting Comedy Central's The Daily Show to make his feature directing debut. Stewart has written the script for and will direct Rosewater, an adaptation of the book Then They Came For Me: A Family's Story Of Love, Captivity And Survival. The Atlantic Wire Life without Stewart's nightly musings can be difficult. He and Colbert also take extended holiday vacations and time with their families, which can be vexing for those on both sides. Yes, there are some who say Stewart has lost a step and should hand over the desk he inherited from, uh, Craig Kilborn in 1999. But there are others, members of a certain generation, who think those people are silly and wrong. So despite a penchant for too-long hiatus hangovers, this is the first time fans have faced a preview of a post-Stewart apocalypse. FishbowlLA Daily Show fans should take solace in the fact that John Oliver will take over hosting duties for eight weeks this summer in Stewart's stead. So stay strong. You can handle four weeks of re-runs.

Pearson CEO is Said to Tell FT Staff to Brace for Fewer Jobs (Bloomberg)
Pearson CEO John Fallon, who has announced a plan to generate 100 million pounds ($151 million) in cost savings in 2014, told staff at the Financial Times unit Monday that there will be fewer jobs in the U.S. and U.K. as the publisher focuses on emerging markets, according to a person who attended the meeting. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media Financial Times editor Lionel Barber had already announced in January that the paper was moving to a "digital-first" strategy and would cut a net 25 positions.


Boston Globe Unveils Newsroom Leadership Changes (Boston Globe)
Boston Globe editor Brian McGrory announced Tuesday a realignment of top newsroom editors. Caleb Solomon, managing editor for the past five years, will become managing editor/digital, McGrory said in an ­email to the staff.

Chicago Tribune Finally Offers Tablets to New Subscribers (JimRomenesko.com)
In August of 2011, Mark Milian broke the news that Tribune Co. was working on a tablet that it planned to offer to subscribers. Months later word leaked out that the company was testing MediaPad tablets made by Huawei Technologies Co. of China. "We did a fair amount of testing," Tribune spokesman Gary Weitman told me Tuesday afternoon. "But we decided not [to] make and market our own tablet." Instead, Tribune is now offering subscribers a tablet made by ProScan.

Twitter Discontinuing Older TweetDeck Apps (AppNewser)
Twitter announced it has chosen to discontinue older TweetDeck apps in order to focus on its Web app client. TweetDeck for iPhone, Android and Air will also be removed from their respective app stores in May and the apps will no longer work. Native apps for Mac and Windows will continue to work but will no longer see improvement. Bloomberg The social-media company is paying more attention to TweetDeck for Web browsers, saying people tend to use the service more on computers. It's also stepping up investment in the main mobile apps, those for the iPhone and Android software, to cater to users on the go. Those apps were updated in recent months to include better search and color filtering for photos. AllFacebook TweetDeck, the former third-party social network management application that was acquired by Twitter in May 2011, is also waving goodbye to Facebook as of early May.

Toronto Star Union Says Paper is Looking to Outsource Radio Room Program (Globe and Mail)
One of the country's premier incubators of young journalists is on the chopping block, as the Toronto Star looks to get rid of the radio room as part of its broader effort to cut costs amid falling ad revenue.

For Times Environmental Reporting, Intentions may be Good but the Signs are not (NYT / Public Editor's Journal)
Judging by appearances, things are not looking good for environmental reporting at the Times. Here's my take: I'm not convinced that the Times' environmental coverage will be as strong without the team and the blog. Something real has been lost on a topic of huge and growing importance.

Newspapers Raise Online Prices, Offer Less Free Access (The Wrap / Media Alley)
Newspapers are strengthening their paywalls, raising prices for digital subscriptions while reducing the number of stories people can read before having to pay. According to the latest research from Press+, the average price of a monthly digital subscription has increased 40 percent since July 2011, though just five percent in the last six months.

Sports Illustrated Lands New Armstrong Interview (NYT / Media Decoder)
Lance Armstrong thought about bypassing the media and making a confessional video for the Web that would have detailed his substance abuse and included an apology to his fans. But instead he sat down with Oprah Winfrey, and he doesn't regret the choice, Armstrong told a writer for Sports Illustrated in a column that was published online on Tuesday.

Redbook Redesign Puts Focus on Fashion, Beauty, Shopping (Adweek)
Redbook, which has tried to break itself away from the women's magazine pack by aiming at young, married moms, has now decided that those women would like fewer parenting tips and a lot more style. Readers will see the changes with a redesign starting with the April issue. FishbowlNY Is it going to work? Well, according to Jill Herzig, editor-in-chief of Redbook, the magazine's recently added "50 Under $50" shopping feature is its most popular section, and beauty items are consistently the most read posts on the title's site.

Big Talker (CJR)
Among highly paid primetime cable hosts who commute weekly by private jet between rural Minnesota and Manhattan, Ed Schultz is as close to a perennial underdog as you could find.

All-You-Can-Read Digital Magazine Service Next Issue Media Expands to Windows 8 (paidContent)
All-you-can-read digital magazine app Next Issue Media is expanding from iPad to Windows 8. The company partnered with Microsoft and hopes that users will want to read digital magazines across their devices. Forbes / Mixed Media In addition to multiplying the potential customer base severalfold, the rollouts provide a good opportunity for taking stock of the progress Next Issue has made so far. In a little under a year, it has built a user base of 120,000, according to CEO Morgan Guenther.

The Problem with Online Freelance Journalism (Reuters / Felix Salmon)
Nate Thayer caused quite a stir in the Twittersphere Tuesday morning when he published the email correspondence between himself and Olga Khazan, an editor at The Atlantic. Khazan had seen Thayer's 4,300-word piece for North Korea News about "basketball diplomacy" and decided that it would be great to have a shorter version of the story at The Atlantic.

KENS Live Report Interrupted by Gunfire (TVSpy)
Marvin Hurst, reporter for KENS, the San Antonio CBS affiliate, was live on the scene of a standoff involving a SWAT team and an armed man when gunfire interrupted his report.

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