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NBC's Jimmy Fallon to Take Over for Jay Leno Next Year (TVNewser)
No doubt spurred on in part by ABC's decision to move Jimmy Kimmel into the 11:35 p.m. slot, NBC is changing up its own late-night lineup, having Jimmy Fallon replace Jay Leno as the host of The Tonight Show next year, tied to the 2014 Winter Olympics. The change will happen next spring, with lots of promotion during the games in Sochi, Russia. FishbowlNY As part of that change, The Tonight Show is moving from California to New York. A new studio in 30 Rock is currently being built for Fallon, in the same space that Tonight Show host Steve Allen once used. FishbowlLA Sorry, Gary Owens, but one of very best things to ever happen to "beautiful downtown Burbank" is now officially ear-marked for February 2014 East Coast relocation. NYT Leno said he had concluded on his own that his current contract would most likely be his last for The Tonight Show though that point was unspoken at the time he signed. He did not deny that he takes pride in his long success at Tonight, which often came in the face of persistent critics and doubters. The Wrap Fallon has been exceedingly careful not to cast himself as a rival to Leno. He has been publicly friendly and pro-Jay even as NBC executives worked behind the scenes to replace the Tonight host. Fallon's charm offensive -- especially effective because it seems so sincere -- culminated in Fallon and Leno singing a sweet duet together in a sketch that aired Monday night. It ended with Fallon offering a plaintive "thank you" to the man who hands off to him each night. THR Conan O'Brien only briefly acknowledged the biggest news in late night television on Wednesday, steering clear of taking shots at the situation with which he is forever linked. "I want to congratulate Jimmy. That is a really fun gig," O'Brien said, as the audience broken in laughter. Vulture While he may have rarely worn a ratings crown, David Letterman will be remembered as the last true King of Late Night, the final legend of a TV genre -- the network talk show -- that is quickly going the way of the soap opera.

Ali Velshi Leaving CNN (TVNewser)
CNN's chief business correspondent Ali Velshi is leaving the channel, TVNewser has learned. CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker noted the change in a meeting with CNN staff Wednesday. Velshi's last day will be Friday. Zucker said that CNN and Velshi were parting as friends, and that the channel was sorry to see him go. HuffPost He garnered much attention for his memorable coverage of Hurricane Sandy in October. Viewers got increasingly concerned about his safety, as he weathered the hurricane's strong winds and intense flooding in Atlantic City. NY Daily News Velshi, known for his vested attire, joined the cable network in 2001, first with its now-defunct CNNfn. Velshi anchored several shows including Insights and Street Sweep, and he co-hosted The Money Gang with NY1's Pat Kiernan.

'Vdio' Streaming TV and Film Service Goes Live in the US and UK (The Guardian / Apps Blog)
Music firm Rdio has a new sister company: Vdio, a digital service for buying and renting TV shows and films. Vdio is launching first in the US and UK, with paying Rdio subscribers in those countries getting first access in what Vdio is describing as a "special preview." GigaOM Vdio looks a lot like Rdio, but the similarities don't just end with the design. Vdio requires a Rdio account to log in, and the site also uses the same take on social discovery to surface content. The Verge TV shows sell for around $3 and movies for around $15, with the option to rent a film for about $5. Unlike Netflix or plenty of other online stores, though, there's no indication of whether a given title is available in high definition, though the company says it will "always deliver Vdio in the highest quality possible."


Roger Ebert Cuts Film Review Workload After Cancer Returns (Chicago Tribune)
Roger Ebert announced late Tuesday night that he is stepping back from some duties as the Chicago Sun-Times' film critic after a recurrence of cancer. Chicago Sun-Times / Roger Ebert's Journal Thank you. Forty-six years ago on April 3, 1967, I became the film critic for the Chicago Sun-Times. Some of you have read my reviews and columns and even written to me since that time. Others were introduced to my film criticism through the television show, my books, the website, the film festival, or the Ebert Club and newsletter. However you came to know me, I'm glad you did and thank you for being the best readers any film critic could ask for. FishbowlNY "My intent is to continue to write selected reviews but to leave the rest to a talented team of writers handpicked and greatly admired by me," wrote the Pulitzer winner. "What's more, I'll be able at last to do what I've always fantasized about doing: reviewing only the movies I want to review."

Times Internet Is Bringing Business Insider to India, Adding to Its Gawker Media Partnership (TechCrunch)
Times Internet, the digital arm of Times of India, is announcing a strategic partnership with Business Insider, the online business news site founded by Henry Blodget, for the launch of Business Insider India. The move comes hot on the heels of a similar deal announced between Times Internet and Gawker Media in January 2013, part of its Times Local Partners initiative.

Arthur Frommer Gets Frommer Brand Back From Google (Boston.com / AP)
Travel guru Arthur Frommer said Wednesday that he has reacquired rights to his travel guidebook brand from Google, and that he intends to resume publishing Frommer guidebooks.

Weather Channel's New Morning Show Strategy: 'Weather.Set.Go' (Top Of The Morning)
The Weather Channel's morning show, Morning Rush, is getting a makeover. Or maybe something more. On Wednesday, at an annual presentation for advertisers, the channel announced that it is "building a new morning destination." TVNewser At a splashy upfront presentation at the Mandarin Oriental hotel in New York City Wednesday morning, the channel pulled back the curtain on what is coming down the pipeline. It was the first upfront event for the company in five years, and the first real presentation in its history.

Ari Melber Joins MSNBC's The Cycle (Politico / Dylan Byers on Media)
Ari Melber has officially been named the new co-host of MSNBC's The Cycle, the network announced on Wednesday. Melber, who joined MSNBC as a contributor in 2011, is taking the spot left open on the show by Steve Kornacki. Melber has been filling in for Kornacki on the 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. show since the former host of The Cycle left to take over the weekend show Up from Chris Hayes. TVNewser Melber joins S.E. Cupp, Krystal Ball and Touré on the program. Melber has guest hosted for Alex Wagner and Martin Bashir, and he has appeared as a guest on many other MSNBC programs. NY Observer "I'm excited to continue and advance my relationship with MSNBC as a co-host, commenter and writer for MSNBC.com," Melber told the NY Observer. Melber is also writing a reported blog on politics, law and constitutional rights for MSNBC.com which will contribute to the network's Web presence.

How Paywalls Are Evolving (Reuters / Felix Salmon)
My expectation, then, is that newspaper paywalls will become both increasingly sophisticated and increasingly expensive over time -- but that paywalls are not going to migrate very quickly out of the newspaper world and onto the rest of the Internet.

Jon Stewart's Defense of Arrested Comic Results in Complaint From Egyptian President (The Wrap / Hollywood D.C.)
After Stewart mocked Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi for the arrest of satirist Bassem Youssef, the country's ruling party retaliated by linking to a video suggesting Jews controlled the American media.

Exclusive: SpinMedia Adds Execs in LA, New York (FishbowlLA)
Here's one way to jazz up the purview of corporate HR. Instead of name-plating the door with "senior vice president, human resources," opt instead for the moniker of chief people officer.

It's A Crime for 12-Year-Olds to Read The New York Times Online (The Atlantic Wire)
The Electronic Frontier Foundation has a word of warning: many teenagers are wantonly breaking the law every day by reading news sites on the Web because the Department of Justice's weird implementation of vague laws has left a number of media outlets with odd age-based legal prohibitions for their websites.

17-Year-Old Writer Gets Three-Book Deal (GalleyCat)
17-year-old novelist Beth Reekles has landed a three-book deal with Random House Children's Books' Delacorte Press imprint. They will publish The Kissing Booth on April 9 as an eBook and a trade paperback on May 14.

Mark Zuckerberg's Childhood Website Was Slightly Uglier Than Facebook (NY Mag / Daily Intelligencer)
A commenter on Hacker News pulled this gem out of the bowels of the Internet Wednesday. It's a personal website that appears to have been created by Facebook tycoon Mark Zuckerberg, who was then a high school freshman, on Angelfire in about 1999.

The Six Craziest Parts of Self-Proclaimed 'Disaster' Cat Marnell's Book Proposal (BuzzFeed)
Cat Marnell -- who became famous by writing about her heavy drug use in beauty stories for xojane.com -- reportedly sold this proposal, obtained by BuzzFeed, for $500,000. It's a thorough and wild account of her life as an addict.

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