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Sean Hannity Spoke To George Zimmerman Off The Record, Former Lawyers Say (HuffPost)
Trayvon Martin shooter George Zimmerman spoke to Fox News' Sean Hannity off the record, his now-former attorneys alleged in a remarkable press conference Tuesday. TVNewser In a surprise press conference Tuesday afternoon, the attorneys for Zimmerman, the man accused of killing Florida teenager Martin, announced that they are dropping him as a client after "losing contact" with him. Mediaite On his show Tuesday night, Hannity directly addressed the elephant in the room: the chatter about having an off-the-record conversation with Zimmerman, without going through any representation. Hannity said he did speak to Zimmerman, but agreed not to report on it.

How Bloomberg Broke The Washington Post's Rick Santorum Scoop (HuffPost / The Backstory)
The political news cycle kicked into overdrive Tuesday afternoon when Bloomberg News staffers began tweeting that Rick Santorum was leaving the Republican race. TVNewser Bloomberg TV and Street Smart anchor Lisa Murphy parted ways last week. B&C Bloomberg has provided its own assessment of Comcast's compliance with at least one NBC Universal deal condition. It says Comcast is favoring its own programming, has failed to comply with the news neighborhooding condition, and is avoiding compliance by asserting that there are impediments to moving channels. It also says it has evidence of new neighborhoods from which its business news channel has been excluded. NYT / Media Decoder The complaint said that in two markets, Florida and Georgia, Comcast had created cable news channel "neighborhoods" that did not include Bloomberg Television; the Bloomberg channel has a fraction of the viewers of CNBC and MSNBC. Adweek Bloomberg's original complaint against Comcast was filed in June. Since then, the two companies have argued over the meaning of the Federal Communications Commission's condition: "If Comcast now or in the future carries news and/or business news channels in a neighborhood, defined as placing a significant number or percentage of news and/or business channels substantially adjacent to one another in a system's channel lineup, Comcast must carry all independent news and business news channels in that neighborhood."

USA Today Publisher David Hunke Exits (AdAge / MediaWorks)
USA Today, which told staff last week that they would need to take an unpaid week off to save the paper money, is now in the market for a publisher. TheWrap.com / Media Alley USA Today president and publisher David Hunke will become chairman of the national newspaper as it continues to struggle with falling advertising sales. The promotion will be short-lived, however. USA Today's parent company, Gannett, said Tuesday that Hunke will retire from the company at the end of September.

New York Times Reporter Blasts Boss In Email To 150 Of His Best Friends (Gawker)
A few weeks ago, New York Times science and health reporter Don McNeil sent out a scathing email to colleagues attacking Times publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr. for piloting a "ghost ship" and running off to the Himalayas with a management guru while the paper flounders.

Yahoo! Entertainment Properties Hit Hard In Big Layoff-Reorganization? (TechCrunch)
One would guess that the big Yahoo! layoff-reorganization includes a culling of some the company's weaker properties -- and yes, we're hearing that this includes Music and possibly Movies, popular sites that don't monetize well. "There's absolutely no truth in the rumor that Yahoo! Music is closing," a spokesperson said, which isn't exactly a rebuttal of this article. "Entertainment still continues to be a big focus for Yahoo!." AllThingsD Yahoo! CEO Scott Thompson sent this email to Yahoo! employees about a new leadership organization for the company. paidContent Ford, which will typically spend up to $100 million on a TV-rich ad campaign when it launches a new car, is creating its own original reality competition series on Yahoo! to spark interest in its new Focus Electric model.

Survey: Trust In Online Ads Grows, While Trust In Print And TV Ads Drops (TechCrunch)
It's no secret that most of us put more stock in the recommendations we get from friends than traditional forms of advertising. What's interesting, though, is that while most consumers also increasingly trust online reviews and ads, trust in paid advertising on television, magazines, and newspapers has declined pretty rapidly. Forbes We still don't trust online ads, least of all ads on our mobile phones, nearly as much as television and print ads. That's starting to change, but we still trust all of those advertising channels way less than friends' recommendations. Those are the main findings of a new survey by Nielsen of 28,000 Internet respondents in 58 countries.

Report: Cable $200 A Month By 2020 (NY Post)
Move over, $5-a-gallon gas -- America's new household budget buster may soon be the $200-a-month cable bill.

Soap Opera Declines Cause Fallout For Magazines (Adweek)
The decline of daytime soaps has taken its toll on the publishing business. A year after taking control of the publication, American Media folded Soap Opera Weekly. In a separate move, AMI also shut down Pixie, a newsstand-only teen celebrity title.

FBN Milestone: A Weekly Win Over CNBC (TVNewser)
For the first time in its four-and-one-half-year life, a program on Fox Business Network topped a show on CNBC for an entire week in both total viewers and younger viewers.

Boston Stations Return To Air Following Sunday Antenna Malfunction (TVSpy)
Four Boston stations returned to the air Tuesday afternoon following an antenna malfunction that occurred Sunday night.

Time Out New York Launches New iPad And iPhone Apps, Embraces E-Commerce (TechCrunch)
Time Out New York is making a big leap into the digital world, says Aksel van der Wal, who's president of Time Out North America and chief operating officer of the Time Out Group. Specifically, it's launching its first iPad app, an updated iPhone app, and a new e-commerce model for all of its properties. Mashable Online retailers have become a growing threat to lifestyle magazines over the past few years, hiring away influential editors and building their own magazine-like interactive spreads. Now magazines are fighting back -- by establishing online shops of their own.

MSLO's Whole Living Arrives On The iPad (minOnline)
Joining the other major titles in the Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia portfolio, Whole Living comes onto the iPad in a digital edition with the May issue.

Announcing Our Newest Hire: A Current Fox News Channel Employee (Gawker)
What follows is the inaugural column of a person we are calling The Fox Mole -- a long-standing, current employee of Fox News Channel who will be providing Gawker with regular dispatches from inside the organization.

Condé Nast Communications VP Changes Roles (FishbowlNY)
Condé Nast has announced that Maurie Perl will change roles from senior vice president of brand communications to SVP of media and communications. Adweek Perl, a 20-year Condé veteran, had plenty of experience in the television and broadcast arena prior to starting her career with the magazine publisher, having worked for E! Entertainment Television, ABC News, PBS, MTV, and Nickelodeon. Perl also held PR positions at Vanity Fair and The New Yorker before being named Condé's head of brand communications.

ABC, CNN Take Home SPJ Awards (TVNewser)
The Society of Professional Journalists announced the winners of the Sigma Delta Chi awards. TVSpy Several local stations have won Sigma Delta Chi awards. FishbowlLA Here is the full list of Sigma Delta Chi winners.

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