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Peabody Award Winners Announced (FishbowlNY)
The 72nd annual George Foster Peabody Award winners have been announced. TVNewser With two awards each, CBS News, ABC News and PBS led the way in Peabody Awards this year. FishbowlDC CNN president Jeff Zucker gave a warm shout-out to the network Wednesday morning for winning a Peabody Award as well as the David Kaplan Award. He also complimented Chris Cuomo for his winning a Peabody for coverage of Hurricane Sandy while at ABC. NPR / The Two-Way Praising their "detailed reportage, often from dangerous locations," the judges of the Peabody Awards have singled out NPR's Kelly McEvers and Deborah Amos for their coverage of the conflict in Syria. TVSpy Four local stations -- Phoenix ABC affiliate KNXV, Indianapolis NBC affiliate WTHR, Denver ABC affiliate KMGH and Hartford NBC O&O WVIT -- have won Peabody Awards for excellence in electronic media in 2012. NY Daily News The prestigious Peabody Awards honored an unusual group of cult-fave TV shows Wednesday. They included Lena Dunham's edgy HBO series Girls, about a group of girlfriends in Brooklyn; ABC Family's Switched at Birth, which features deaf characters and deals with deaf issues; FX's Louie, a quirky comedy by Louie C.K.: and TNT's Southland, a cop drama that was once cancelled by NBC. LA Times / Show Tracker Saturday Night Live creator and executive producer Lorne Michaels was given a rare Individual Peabody. NetNewsCheck Tucked among the honor roll of television and radio winners of this year's Peabody Awards are two entirely digital efforts: SCOTUSblog, devoted entirely to news about the top court in the land, and the New York Times' much lauded longform multimedia showpiece "Snowfall: The Avalanche at Tunnel Creek." B&C The 72nd Peabody Awards, emceed by CBS Evening News' Scott Pelley, will be held on May 20 at the Waldorf Astoria in New York.

Chief Who Led Expansion at Hearst Will Step Down (NYT)
After nearly 30 years of running the Hearst Corporation, the privately held media company, Frank A. Bennack Jr. has announced that he is stepping down. Bennack, the 80-year-old chief executive of Hearst, used profits from titles like Cosmopolitan and Good Housekeeping to build the magazine and newspaper chain into a diversified company with investments in television, a ratings agency and health care information. Steven Swartz, the company's chief operating officer for the last two years and a former newspaperman, will succeed Bennack on June 1. WSJ Swartz, who was named president only last December, is being elevated at a pivotal time for the media industry, facing a digital transition that is transforming much of the business. Variety Hearst has typically maintained a low profile compared to other media companies. But Hearst was in the tabloid spotlight earlier this month when Scott Sassa made a hasty exit as head of its Entertainment and Syndication division following reports that he was involved with a text messaging flap with a stripper.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Meghan McCain Shows to Air on Participant Media's Cable Network (The Wrap)
Participant Media, the company behind such films as An Inconvenient Truth, announced the launch date of its new cable network aimed at millennials on Wednesday, along with programming that includes offerings from Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Meghan McCain, the daughter of Sen. John McCain. The new network, dubbed pivot, will launch on Aug. 1, with more than 40 million subscribers at the time of its launch and more than 300 hours of original programming, including six new greenlit series. FishbowlNY Here are four things you should note before blasting McCain and/or McCain's show. LostRemote Led by former IFC chief Evan Shapiro, the new channel is a general entertainment network, but with a heart and a focus on current events and helping others. Considering its target audience is people ages 15-34, the channel is making social integration a pivotal (sorry) part of the equation. Variety "We're looking to do a variety show, a docuseries, a talkshow, a reality program and scripted dramas," says Belisa Balaban, Participant's senior VP of unscripted programming. "All programming goes through the 'credible, brave, disruptive' filter. Everything we do has to pass through that, even marketing."

Tucker Carlson Hired as Fox & Friends Weekend Co-Host (TVNewser)
Fox News Channel has named Daily Caller founder Tucker Carlson the co-host of the weekend edition of Fox & Friends, the network says. He will make his Fox & Friends debut Saturday, April 6. NYT / Media Decoder Carlson has been a frequent fill-in host on Fox & Friends Weekend this year. He will succeed Dave Briggs, who left the show in December for a position at NBC Sports. The Atlantic Wire What's moderating Fox News want with a right-winger like Tucker Carlson? The two are on opposite ideological trajectories -- Fox is getting more moderate while Carlson is getting more fringe.

Call to A CNN Host Hints at A Shifting Today (NYT)
NBC's succession planning at both ends of its weekday schedule is causing no small amount of heartburn within the corridors of Rockefeller Center. It is playing out in public view, enveloping two of the most illustrious shows on television, Today and The Tonight Show, and two of the most successful men who have hosted those shows.

The War on Jay Leno (THR)
Sources say Jay Leno, when he signed his most recent deal, expected it could be his last at the network. But he is said to have been upset by what he perceived to be an NBC leak to THR and by the prospect of another messy transition that would play out in the press. FishbowlLA Can't blame (the soon-to-be 63-year-old) Leno for that. No comedian likes to be so consistently heckled, even a road warrior like Leno. The prospect of 16 more months of media-amplified cat calls of "You suck!" is no laughing matter.

Twitter's Revenue Forecast Jumps Again, This Time to Almost $1 Billion (Forbes / Mixed Media)
Twitter's advertising business is growing so fast, it's hard to get a handle on. Twitter is now expected to take in $950 million in 2014 before vaulting to $1.33 billion the following year. This year's revenues are pegged at $582.8 million, a year-over-year doubling. AllTwitter Market research company eMarketer expects advertising on mobile devices to be the area where Twitter sees the biggest growth over the next two years, with more than 60 percent of an estimated $1.33 billion in advertising income expected to be delivered via mobile sources by 2015.

Malala Yousafzai to Publish Her Memoir (GalleyCat)
The 15-year-old Pakistani girl who was shot in the face at point-blank range because she had the temerity to stand up to the Taliban will publish her memoir with Little, Brown. I Am Malala will come out this fall.

Journalists Share Arguments For, Against Using Same-Sex Marriage Symbols on Social Media (Poynter)
As the Supreme Court began to hear the case challenging California's controversial Proposition 8 banning same-sex marriage, the Human Rights Campaign organization launched a social media initiative encouraging marriage equality supporters to change their Facebook profile pictures to a red version of HRC's logo, an equal sign, to show their support for marriage equality. Some journalists changed their avatars to the HRC logo to show their support for those they know who are unable to get married. In doing so, they blurred the lines between personal views and professional objectivity in social media.

Jane Pratt: 'I Was Definitely Doing Everything I Could to Get Cat Marnell Into Rehab' (FishbowlNY)
You remember Cat Marnell, right? The xojane.com blogger who famously infused her writing of lipsticks and beauty balms with tales of her own drug use. Well, Mediabistro caught up with Jane Pratt, founder of xojane and Jane and Sassy before that, to find out if she had any regrets about hiring such a controversial scribe.

Flipboard Wants to Redesign The Entire Internet (BuzzFeed)
Flipboard launched a new version of its reader app that lets anyone with a smartphone or tablet to create custom "magazines" from virtually any piece of Internet content -- a tweet, a news story, a photo. Design has always been Flipboard's strongest element; the original app's neat repackaging of news stories and social feeds was what made it popular. Flipboard's newest edition, however, hints at something much bigger. AppNewser These personalized Flipboard magazines can be public or private. If you want to make it public, other people can like, comment and subscribe to your magazines and you'll get an update when they do. You can also share your creations via email, Facebook, Twitter, and Google+. GalleyCat You could make your own literary journal, for instance, mixing short stories from your favorite online outlets along with publishing news.

Data Don't Add Up for Thomson Reuters (WSJ)
When Thomson Corp. and Reuters Group merged, employees from the two sides suffered a typical culture clash. Nearly five years later, it is investors in the combined company who may feel most out of place.

AOL Shares Up 100 Percent in Last Year (FishbowlNY)
Who'd have thought? A year ago shares of AOL were trading at half of what they're going for today.

Why HBO Could Send Netflix Shares Up: Analyst (CNBC)
Netflix is poised to get a boost as competitors like Time Warner's HBO make moves to adopt an on-demand streaming model, an analyst told CNBC's Squawk on the Street on Tuesday. "We think that would be tremendously positive for Netflix and at the end of the day that certainly underlines our view here, which is we think there is a big paradigm shift," Pacific Crest's Andy Hargreaves said.

As News Publications Experiment With Sponsored Content, Google Says Keep It Out of Google News (Search Engine Land)
News publications having "sponsored content" deals are on the rise, and Google's apparently concerned enough that it's issued a warning today that publishers should keep such content out of Google News.

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