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CNN, ABC, CBS, The BBC And Al Jazeera Among 2012 Peabody Award Winners (TVNewser)
The 2012 Peabody Award winners have been announced, and there are lots of winners from the world of TV news. TVSpy Five local stations have won 2012 Peabody Awards: KING in Seattle, KPHO in Phoenix, KLAS in Las Vegas, WEWS in Cleveland and KLRU in Austin. HuffPost Among the entertainment winners are Game of Thrones, Parks and Recreation, Homeland, Portlandia, The Colbert Report and Treme. In the television news and documentary categories, Al Jazeera English, NPR and CNN all won Peabodys for their coverage of the Arab Spring, and two Japanese networks won for their coverage of the tsunami and nuclear crisis in Japan. THR / The Race PBS won several awards for documentaries and specials, including American Experience and POV: My Perestroika. NYT The list of other award recipients this year reflects the sometimes eclectic diversity of sources of electronic media in the Internet age. Right alongside and NPR was the growing international news site GlobalPost and the website for the TED conference, And there was the quiz show Jeopardy!. The Peabody Awards A complete list of recipients of the 71st Annual Peabody Awards.

DirecTV Settles Tribune Pay Dispute To End Blackouts (Bloomberg)
DirecTV, the largest U.S. satellite-TV company, reached an agreement to carry Tribune Co. television stations, ending a four-day blackout of 23 local outlets as Major League Baseball's 2012 season gets under way. FishbowlLA The previous deal between the two sides expired on March 31, and as a result 23 Tribune stations across the country and WGN America were pulled from the satellite provider. NYT / Media Decoder The deal will allow DirecTV, the second-largest TV distributor in the United States, to continue carrying local Tribune stations and WGN America for the next five years, DirecTV said in a statement. The financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed. LA Times / Company Town That the fight was resolved on the opening day of the baseball season is probably not a coincidence. Many of Tribune's stations, including WGN-TV Chicago and WPHL-TV Philadelphia, have rights to local teams, and sports fans can be very vocal when denied their home team's games.

Low Ratings Could End Cable Deal For Gore's Current TV (Reuters)
Al Gore's Current TV has bigger problems to deal with than a potential lawsuit from fired news anchor Keith Olbermann -- namely not getting kicked off Time Warner Cable for low ratings.

Sarah Palin Helped Today Maintain Its Ratings Winning Streak Against GMA And Katie Couric -- But Not By Much (Daily Mail)
NBC's Today widened its advantage over ABC runner-up Good Morning America by 23,000 viewers Tuesday, compared with Monday, according to the Nielsen Co. TVNewser With Sarah Palin as a special co-host, Today drew 5.497 million total viewers according to Nielsen Fast National data. That's 356,000 more than No. 2 Good Morning America, which drew 5.141 million. Half way through the 2011-12 season, the gap between the two shows is 528,000, so GMA continues to chip away at Today's lead. Washington Post / The TV Column Female teens really took to Tuesday's Today -- that crowd was up 174 percent compared to Monday's show, though it was unclear if they tuned in for Palin or Ryan Seacrest. Teen chicks love Seacrest-hosted and Seacrest-produced shows, like American Idol, all those Kardashian shows on E!, etc. Seacrest was supposed to have made a "big NBC announcement" that day. Seacrest bailed, because, he tweeted, his doctor wanted him to stick around L.A. after elbow surgery, though it wasn't like he was going to fly the plane. TVNewser As expected, the big Ryan Seacrest "announcement" Wednesday morning was a new deal with NBCUniversal, a deal that will include a role for Seacrest at this year's Summer Olympics in London. A new deal with Fox's American Idol also looks likely, but one thing that was not mentioned was a possible role for Seacrest on Today.

Patch Editor Captures Santa Monica College Pepper Spray Mayhem (FishbowlLA)
This ranks as one of the most dramatic bits of footage shot by a member of the AOL Patch SoCal family. Tuesday night, Santa Monica Patch local editor Jenna Chandler was at a Santa Monica College Board of Trustees meeting when all hell broke loose. Santa Monica Patch Campus police pepper-sprayed as many as 30 Santa Monica College students as they disrupted a meeting of the Board of Trustees, which is moving forward with a controversial plan to offer a second tier of classes not subsidized by the state.

Marimow To Return As Editor Of Philadelphia Inquirer (NYT / Media Decoder)
William K. Marimow, who served as the top editor at The Philadelphia Inquirer from 2006-10, will rejoin the paper in the same role, the company said on Wednesday.

Gannett Announces 2Q Furloughs For USA Today Employees (
Gannett community publishing division president Bob Dickey told his employees that "I am happy to announce USCP (U.S. community publishing) will not institute furloughs in the second quarter." He added: "Please be aware, however, that our colleagues at USA Today and Gannett Publishing Services today announced second-quarter furloughs."

Bravo Plans First Scripted Series For 2013 (B&C)
Bravo Media on Wednesday announced it has two new scripted projects in development and plans to premiere its first scripted series in 2013. AdAge / MediaWorks Bravo is looking at several scripts, the network said, including one with the working title Blowing Sunshine, set in a fictional private rehab center, and another with the working title 22 Birthdays, focusing on the sordid and scandalous activities of parents with kids at an exclusive private school, with each episode centered around a lavish birthday party.

Huffington Gains More Control In AOL Revamping (NYT)
One year after its acquisition by AOL, The Huffington Post has become a source of growth for the beleaguered company, which is still trying to shed its dial-up Internet image. Now, in what Arianna Huffington characterizes as a move to keep the website's growth accelerating, she has taken several of its business functions out of AOL and under her control. Poynter / MediaWire In a related press release, the company has announced that NBC News senior vice president Lauren Kapp will be joining Huffington Post in a new global strategy and marketing and communications position.

Turner's Digital March Madness Traffic Dips Versus Last Year (Multichannel News)
With a move to paid subscriptions and TV Everywhere authentication, Turner Sports said traffic to and March Madness Live broadband and mobile services dropped 6 percent from last year's basketball tourney, to 51.6 million visits, from March 11 to the April 2 title game.

The New York Times Embeds Video Game In Article On Gaming (FishbowlNY)
The New York Times has given all of its haters the opportunity of a lifetime: An easy way to destroy it. Well, sort of. Poynter / MediaWire The Times has figured out a great way to increase time-on-site (and destroy our productivity) by illustrating a story about our obsession with "stupid games" with a game that lets you shoot and destroy parts of its website. Don't like that navigation? Fire away. Find Maureen Dowd irksome? Take aim at her story on the "most popular" list. Tired of that Facebook plugin telling you what your friends are reading? It's just a few shots from oblivion. Nieman Journalism Lab When Jon Huang was younger he was the type of kid who spent his time making mods for Duke Nukem 3D. So it makes a kind of sense he's now turned The New York Times into its own kind of shoot 'em up.

Self-Published Novelist Lands University Of Chicago Press Book Deal (GalleyCat)
In May, the University of Chicago Press will publish A Naked Singularity, a 700-page debut novel that Sergio De La Pava self-published in 2008 through Xlibris. The story behind the book deal may inspire more literary authors to self-publish.

Comcast Prepped To Launch HBO Go On Xbox (Multichannel News)
Comcast subscribers will soon be able to log in to HBO's TV Everywhere service from the Microsoft Xbox 360 game console, after the two sides resolved business issues unrelated to the device itself. NYT / Media Decoder Shows on HBO, which is owned by Time Warner, are already available on the Xbox via Comcast's Xfinity app. But the HBO Go app provides an entire library of shows, movies, comedies and boxing with a splashy HBO branded interface that allows users to flip through images that seamlessly float against a black background.

Facebook Happy With Results Of Ceglia Hearing (AllFacebook)
The momentum swung back in Facebook's favor in Paul Ceglia's suit against the social network and co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg in a hearing Wednesday in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York.

Longtime Toledo Meteorologist Stan Stachak Retiring, WTVG Announces His Successor (TVSpy)
WTVG chief meteorologist Stan Stachak announced his retirement this week, and the Toledo ABC-affiliate has tapped morning meteorologist Jay Berschback as his successor. TVSpy Jerry Lambert, who currently anchors WICS's 5, 6, and 10 p.m. newscasts, is set to retire after 17 years with the Springfield, Ill. ABC-affiliate.

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