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Official: Good Morning America Snaps Today's 852-Week Winning Streak (THR / The Live Feed)
It's official: After 852 weeks and more than 16 years, Good Morning America has finally broken Today's winning streak. TVNewser The win was projected Monday with the release of Friday's preliminary numbers. In the end, GMA widened the win by a still-slim 31,000 viewers. Today continues the winning streak in adults 25-54 viewers to 885 weeks (longer than the total viewer streak had been). Today had 257,000 more younger demo viewers than GMA. Washington Post / The TV Column The biggest change in the Nielsen stats were Wednesday's GMA ratings. That day's program -- featuring an interview with ABC's daytime darling Sherri Shepherd, the surprise elimination from ABC's primetime Dancing With the Stars competition the previous night -- attracted about 400,000 more viewers than Today (which limped along with its lead anchor, Matt Lauer, on vacation.) Reuters The rivalry between the morning shows has been heating up in recent weeks. Katie Couric guest hosted GMA two weeks ago, and NBC responded by booking Sarah Palin to drop in to co-host Today. HuffPost In an email to staff, ABC News president Ben Sherwood called it "a very special day for ABC News." NYT / Media Decoder Within ABC, surpassing Today has been the top priority for the news division and for Sherwood, who was a producer for GMA years ago and was named president in late 2010.

Larry King Returns To Cable News To Remember Dick Clark (TVNewser)
Former CNN host Larry King returned to cable news to honor his friend and fellow broadcasting legend Dick Clark. King made a few appearances on CNN, including on John King USA, as well as the show hosted by his replacement, Piers Morgan. HuffPost For decades, Clark was one of a kind. Then, through the course of the last 10 years or so, there was another. Ryan Seacrest was always open about his admiration for the groundbreaking television icon, and has begun to emulate his own career in many ways after that of Clark. It's no wonder Seacrest and American Idol put together a touching tribute for Clark. LA Times / Show Tracker Some of Clark's greatest non-musical moments will be replayed over the weekend on Game Show Network, where original remembrances of the man also known as the host of The $25,000 Pyramid will be played during reruns of the game show on Friday at 3 a.m., 10 a.m. and during a 10-episode run from 7 p.m. to midnight. Additionally, two more episodes will air Saturday from noon until 1 p.m. (all times Eastern). Forbes The man who helped turn rock & roll mainstream through American Bandstand and later became a TV fixture on New Year's Eve has left us. But the Hollywood legend lives on in a new social video game from Entertainment Games.

Sun Journalist Held Ahead Of Showdown For Murdochs (Reuters UK)
British police arrested three people, including the royal editor of Rupert Murdoch's Sun tabloid, a source familiar with the situation said, in an escalation of a long-running phone hacking scandal which reaches into Britain's political establishment. LA Times / World Now News International declined to name the journalist, but British media outlets identified him as Duncan Larcombe, the editor in charge of coverage of Britain's royal family. New York / Daily Intel That brings the total to 45 arrests stemming from the three simultaneous investigations into phone hacking, computer hacking, and paying off police and public officials. HuffPost The dates and times of Rupert and James Murdoch's testimonies to the Leveson Inquiry have been released. TheWrap.com / Media Alley The Leveson Inquiry, which has been looking into media ethics as well as phone hacking, has slated James for testimony on Tuesday and Rupert for an appearance on Wednesday, and, if necessary, Thursday. The panel has heard from more than 100 witnesses at this point. Reuters British legislators said on Thursday they hoped to publish on May 1 a long-awaited report into the phone hacking scandal centered on News Corp's now-closed News of the World tabloid.

Publicis Posts 13 Percent Hike In Q1 Revenue (Adweek)
Publicis Groupe reported a 13 percent increase in first-quarter revenue, to $1.90 billion, thanks to strength in its digital activities and emerging markets. AdAge / Global In North America, Publicis grew 3.3 percent and had revenue of $951 million. Reuters The company is predicting a subdued second quarter as clients shift their advertising budget to the second half of the year to coincide with the London Olympics and the U.S. presidential election.

The San Francisco Examiner Closes In On Purchase Of San Francisco Bay Guardian (East Bay Express)
The owners of the San Francisco Examiner are on the cusp of buying the San Francisco Bay Guardian. Bay Guardian executive editor Tim Redmond told the Express Thursday afternoon that he's "very optimistic" the deal will be inked soon.

Foursquare Eyes June For Launch Of New Advertising Platform (AdAge / Digital)
Foursquare aims to launch a paid-media platform in mid-June and is pitching brands to become launch partners, according to a person familiar with the matter.

From Rupert Murdoch To Les Moonves, Media Compensation Balloons In 2011 (TheWrap.com)
The economy was shaky, the home entertainment industry was in turmoil and Occupy Wall Street was at full boil, but the top media and technology executives still rewarded themselves with fat salaries, bonuses and stock options in 2011.

Crain's New York Editor Ousted (Talking Biz News)
Xana Antunes, the editor of Crain's New York Business, has been fired. The termination occurred on Monday, according to people familiar with the situation. NY Post / Media Ink Rance Crain, the Florida-based CEO of Crain Communications and the titular editor-in-chief of Crain's New York Business, was said to be the person who pushed for the change, according to publisher Jill Kaplan. FishbowlNY Antunes had been the publication's editor since 2008.

New York Times Staffers Protest Contract Negotiations, Pensions (HuffPost)
New York Times staffers have put out a new video speaking out against the ongoing contract negotiations with the paper's management, particularly proposed changes to their pension plans.

Forecast: Mobile Content, Ad Sales Will Hit $67 Billion In 2012 (paidContent)
Mobile media content is going center stage. So much so that, in 2012, global revenue from mobile advertising and content will hit $67 billion, according to a new Strategy Analytics forecast.

Martha Stewart Gets Cooking On PBS (TVNewser)
Martha Stewart is taking her culinary talents to PBS. NYT / Media Decoder The series, titled Martha Stewart's Cooking School, will be distributed by PBS stations across the United States, her company, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, announced on Thursday. Washington Post In January, Hallmark announced that it was pulling the daily The Martha Stewart Show in the summer. The home entertainment maven has struggled at the cable network for a couple of years, having migrated there after a spell in the rough-and-tumble world of daytime syndication.

The Newsonomics Of Risking It All (Nieman Journalism Lab)
Alfredo Corchado was used to getting mortal threats. He received three in Mexico, but now he was in a Laredo bar, north of the border. You better stop what you're doing, or you'll end with a bullet in your head and your body in a vat of acid, he was told. And then we'll deliver the bones to your family in El Paso.

Back Stage Plans Re-launch, Expansion (Folio:)
Weekly magazine Back Stage is re-launching its print publication and website to better capture best practices for individuals actively seeking news, information and careers in the performing arts industries. In addition to its print re-launch, the company's chairman announced that the group would be rolling out an updated version of its website, enhancing its live events portfolio and introducing a new publisher.

Layoffs At KTVA As Morning And Weekend Newscasts Are Canceled (TVSpy)
KTVA, the CBS-affiliate in Anchorage, Ala. is canceling the weekday morning and weekend newscasts, resulting in the layoffs of staffers "across several departments," according to a station statement. The changes are effective immediately.

Scholastic Parent & Child Names New Publisher (FishbowlNY)
Jamie Engel has been named vice president and publisher of Scholastic Parent & Child magazine. Engel comes to the magazine from Bonnier's parenting group, where he served as group associate publisher. minOnline Predecessor Jeff Wellington had ended a one-year stint to rejoin Meredith Corp. as Parents Network VP/group publisher.

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