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Tonight, with New Host, set to Reclaim its New York Roots (NYT)
NBC has settled on two new stars for The Tonight Show: Jimmy Fallon and New York City. The network has made a commitment to Fallon, the current host of its Late Night program, for him to succeed Jay Leno as the next host of Tonight, according to several senior television executives involved in the decision. As part of the agreement, the show would move from Burbank, Calif. back to New York, where it started in 1954 with Steve Allen as host. THR Fallon is looking to make a contemplated Tonight Show transition as graceful as possible. Sources say the Late Night host has called Leno out of deference to the hardest-working man in show business, who took over for Johnny Carson as host of NBC's The Tonight Show in 1992. The Atlantic Wire Amid all the furor about Fallon bringing The Tonight Show to New York, the guy who's really gotta be feeling a lot of feelings is poor Conan O'Brien. Not only does this reopen the wounds of the terrible and bloody Late Night Wars of 2010, but it further drives home what a raw deal NBC handed him. BuzzFeed For 21 years, Leno has sat (mostly) at the top of the late-night time slot wars. To get to No. 1 of anything in television is no easy feat. To get to number one and stay there for 21 years is unimaginable. To do that on a network that for most of the past decade has been America's longest running car wreck is a feat worthy of a Marvel comics superhero. And what has been Leno's thanks for this? A constant, never ceasing demand from the chattering classes that he be replaced.
YouTube Hits a Billion Monthly Users (YouTube Blog)
In the last eight years you've come to YouTube to watch, share and fall in love with videos from all over the world. Tens of thousands of partners have created channels that have found and built businesses for passionate, engaged audiences. Advertisers have taken notice: all of the Ad Age Top 100 brands are now running campaigns on YouTube. And now, we're announcing a new milestone: YouTube now has more than a billion unique users every single month. SocialTimes To put that in perspective, nearly half of all people on the Internet visit YouTube, from babies to great, great grandparents. If YouTube was a country, it would be the third largest in the world, after China and India. Impressive, eh? Adweek The stat should serve as a powerful marketing benchmark for YouTube as next month's Digital Content NewFronts approach. The NewFronts are meant to serve as online video's answer to TV's annual upfront presentations, during which networks parade their new shows in front of advertisers. Mashable With the rise of smartphones, which have become the dominant force in the mobile phone industry in the last couple of years and show no signs of slowing down, YouTube needn't worry about maintaining this growth for at least another couple of years.
Twitter is Seven Years Old (AllTwitter)
Wednesday, Twitter celebrates its seventh birthday. Yep, seven years ago, on March 21, 2006, co-founder Jack Dorsey sent the first tweet and Twitter was born. NPR / All Tech Considered Since then the social media company has been an important communication tool in everything from the Arab Spring and Occupy Wall Street, to its use as a megaphone for celebrities. Over the years, its relationship to its free speech principles has changed. New York Daily News With a few billion tweets now in the history books, the Daily News takes a look back at seven of the biggest moments that have helped propel Twitter as a social networking powerhouse.
WSJ.com is Getting a Makeover (JimRomenesko.com)
Tracy Corrigan, who has been promoted to Wall Street Journal digital editor, "will soon embark on a redesign of the look and feel of WSJ.com," says a memo from editor Gerard Baker. FishbowlNY Stephen Wisnefski has been promoted from senior editor of Americas for Dow Jones Newswires to real-time news editor.
Jane Goodall's Seeds of Hope Book Contains Borrowed Passages Without Attribution (The Washington Post)
Jane Goodall, the primatologist celebrated for her meticulous studies of chimps in the wild, is releasing a book next month on the plant world that contains at least a dozen passages borrowed without attribution, or footnotes, from a variety of websites. NPR Goodall has released a written statement. In part it reads, "This was a long and well-researched book, and I am distressed to discover that some of the excellent and valuable sources were not properly cited, and I want to express my sincere apologies."
Fox Stars Gush over new Roger Ailes bio (Politico)
A new biography of Roger Ailes is getting rave reviews -- from the Fox president's own employees. Zev Chafets' Roger Ailes: Off Camera has drawn fawning praise from a number of Fox News personalities, many of whom are quoted in the biography, since hitting bookshelves on Tuesday. GalleyCat TVNewser senior editor Alex Weprin discussed the book on the Morning Media Menu Wednesday.
The Al Jazeera Charm Offensive (The Daily Beast)
With nearly limitless funds from the Qatari royals and plans to hire up to 700 staffers, Al Jazeera America will launch in 45 million U.S. homes in July. But it needs a star -- and a clean slate, says David Freedlander.
How the NYSE Became the Biggest Stage for Financial News (Business Insider)
The New York Stock Exchange on Wall Street may date back to the Buttonwood Agreement signed in Manhattan in 1792, but there is nothing dated about its state of the art broadcast operation. Home to more than 30 daily broadcasters, NYSE Euronext has become one of the largest and most sophisticated television studios in the world.
Netanyahu to Chuck Todd: 'Don't hog it' (Politico / Dylan Byers on Media)
President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took digs at NBC News White House correspondent Chuck Todd Wednesday after he asked three questions during the joint press-conference in Jerusalem. "These are Talmudic questions, they have reiterations," Netanyahu joked, as Todd protested that he was allowed four questions because "Passover starts in a few days." "Look, this is not a kosher question," Netanyahu told Todd, "but don't hog it." TVNewser "Do you guys do this in this Israeli press? You say you get one question, and then you add like five?" Obama asked jokingly. "Did you see how the young lady from Channel One -- she had one question, and she was very well-behaved, Chuck."
Putting our Money Where our Mouth is (DylanRatigan.com)
If you are reading this, you likely know I left a highly-successful, self-titled show at MSNBC last June in search of meaning and purpose in my work and life. I had lost both after 18 years in Manhattan and the chaos surrounding the hollow political debates permeating America's media and politics. TVNewser Proof that there is life after cable news: Former CNBC and MSNBC anchor Dylan Ratigan is starting a second act, and it involves organic hydroponic farms.
Is CNN Soft on Rapists? Steubenville Coverage Sparks Debate (The Wrap / Wax Word)
Two insiders at CNN exclusively told The Wrap that the Steubenville rape coverage controversy had hit reporter Poppy Harlow, covering the events in Steubenville, particularly hard. "Poppy is taking this extremely personally as a woman," said one executive. "She's outraged that someone would think she'd do such a thing" as slant her coverage toward rapists. "It's gotten so out of control."
Why Matthew Keys is not 'the Next Aaron Swartz' (The Washington Post)
Matthew Keys is no Aaron Swartz. But the Reuters social media producer will face decades in jail under the same law used against Swartz if convicted of helping Anonymous hack the Los Angeles Times website in late 2010 -- a parallel that has Keys' lawyers and some commentators grouping the two as twin victims of America's mangled computer crime laws.
Kiran Chetry to Report for NBC's Rock Center (TVNewser)
It's been more than 20 months since Kiran Chetry left the couch of CNN's then morning show American Morning. But Chetry will be returning to the airwaves this Friday, reporting for Rock Center.
The Truth About Rachel Uchitel's Tweet (FishbowlNY)
When it comes to Wednesdays at Michael's, the early bird might not always get the best table, but today it did land me something of a timely scoop. Some time before noon, I spotted Rachel Uchitel, the woman whose texts to Tiger Woods helped bring down the golf legend and launched a thousand tabloid headlines in 2009.
Why I Left News (AllysonBird.com)
I get asked two questions several times a week, and I brush off both with a verbal swat. One -- because I'm in my late 20s, I suppose -- is when are you getting married? And the other, because it seems like small talk, is why did you leave the newspaper? I could answer both with a single word: Money.