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Rachel Maddow and Chris Matthews to Anchor MSNBC's Primetime Convention Coverage (TVNewser)
MSNBC has announced its coverage plans for the 2012 Republican and Democratic National Conventions in Tampa, Florida and Charlotte, North Carolina. Forbes The fig leaf of neutrality is no more. HuffPost The 2012 presidential election has already become a heated battle. It's no surprise, then, that the fight between rival cable news networks to capture viewer eyeballs is getting just as intense. Politico / Dylan Byers From the folks at CNN: "CNN will offer viewers nonstop, unbiased programming across on-air and digital platforms at the Republican and Democratic National Conventions..." Mediaite Responding to a CNN press release promising that the network would feature the only "unbiased" coverage of the conventions, MSNBC President Phil Griffin said, "When you're desperate, you start calling different things out."

Fareed Zakaria to Stay at Time, CNN (Politico / Dylan Byers)
Time magazine and CNN both announced yesterday that they will continue to employ Fareed Zakaria, following temporary suspensions after he admitted to plagiarizing a paragraph from The New Yorker for a recent Time magazine column. TVNewser A CNN spokesperson tells TVNewser: "CNN has completed its internal review of Fareed Zakaria's work for CNN, including a look back at his Sunday programs, documentaries, and CNN.com blogs. The process was rigorous. We found nothing that merited continuing the suspension." Poynter / MediaWire Time magazine has finished reviewing Fareed Zakaria's columns after he lifted a few lines from a New Yorker story. The magazine is "entirely satisfied that the language in question in his recent column was an unintentional error and an isolated incident." The column will resume Sept. 7.

Good Morning America Reclaims Ratings Advantage Over Post-Olympics Today (THR)
Today did not return from London with its record ratings. The NBC morning show, which delivered huge gains and audiences as high as 6 million during its Olympic coverage, lost its advantage among total viewers and the coveted adults 25-54 just three broadcasts after heading back to its New York studio. TVNewser Before it's return to New York, week two of its coverage from the 2012 London Olympics propelled NBC's Today to a strong morning ratings win for the week of Aug. 6-10. Deadline For week two of the 2012 London Summer Olympics, GMA drew 4.364 million total viewers and a 1.3 rating/11 share/1.610 million adults 25-54 during the week of Aug. 6, according to Nielsen. NBC's Today still won the week with 5.9 million total viewers and 2.45 million 25-54, but GMA was up week-to-week in total viewers while both Today and CBS This Morning were down. New York Post ABC's Good Morning America has beaten Today two out of three days this week -- regaining its mojo after being flattened by Today's Olympics-fueled ratings the past several weeks.

PBS CEO: Romney Plans to Cut Funding 'Extremely Disappointing' (The Washington Post / The TV Column)
PBS CEO Paula Kerger finds recent comments by GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney about cutting the programming service's federal funding as "extremely disappointing" given the "value the American people place on public broadcasting and the outstanding return on investment the system delivers." TVNewser The Corporation for Public Broadcasting and its member stations across the country produce news programs like PBS NewsHour and Need to Know, as well as non-fiction fare like Nova and Antiques Roadshow. NewsHour anchor Jim Lehrer is one of the journalists tapped to moderate the upcoming Presidential debates. Deadline Already, in July, House Republicans proposed zeroing out by 2015 federal funding for public broadcasting for TV and radio during the same week that PBS received 58 Primetime Emmy nominations.

Local TV Leads the Way in Believability Ratings, Pew Study Finds (TVSpy)
Pew Research Center has published the results of its study on the credibility of 13 news organizations, including the cable networks, the broadcast networks, local news and a handful of newspapers. While the study finds "the believability ratings for major news organizations have suffered broad-based declines," local news has the highest believability ratings, according to Pew. HuffPost Good news for television and political reporters! You're not the only ones who people don't trust as much anymore. Pew Research Center Across all 13 news organizations included in the survey, the average positive believability rating (3 or 4 on a 4-point scale) is 56 percent. In 2010, the average positive rating was 62 percent.

What Does Facebook Have In Store for the Republican, Democratic Conventions? (AllFacebook)
With the 2012 presidential election approaching Nov. 6, Facebook outlined its plans for the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., Aug. 27-30, and the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., Sept. 4-6. Politico This year's conventions will be the first in which newer social media platforms like Twitter, as well as mobile devices like iPhones and iPads, will take center stage and other, older online tools and sites -- like Google and Facebook -- have come into their own.

Instagram Introduces Photo Maps (And Yes, the Name Instamap Is Taken) (SocialTimes)
Instagram has just released version 3.0 of its popular photo-sharing app for iPhone and Android. According to the product description, here's what's new. Wired / Gadget Lab Although it's kind of cool to see your photos mapped out, for most of us here at Gadget Lab, the initial knee-jerk reaction was "Yikes! This is creepy." It was also a huge reminder of how easily we can forget that our location information is tracked and stored by apps.

New Sony Reader Launched With EverNote, Facebook Support (AppNewser)
For a while now FCC paperwork and leaks have given rise to rumors that Sony was working on a new e-reader. Those rumors were put to rest with the launch of the Sony Reader PRS-T2. Wired / Gadget Lab Sony announced its new e-reader yesterday -- and, no, you're not reading an article lifted from The Onion. In an e-reader landscape thoroughly dominated by Amazon and Barnes & Noble, Sony continues to vie for the smallest scraps of relevance.

AMC Reaffirms Commitment to Awfulness, Renews The Pitch For Second Season (AgencySpy)
AMC is renewing The Pitch, the godawful first-ever reality show dedicated to the creative advertising industry. Ad Age "Simply put, we love the show," said Joel Stillerman, exec VP, original programming, production and digital content at AMC. "The Pitch hits all the criteria we look for in an unscripted show: honest characters, original premise and quality production."

Twitter Changes Provokes Anger From Developers (BBC News)
Developers and users of Twitter have reacted angrily to changes made by the social network to restrict creation of third-party applications. Any new app that wants to serve more than 100,000 users must now seek the company's explicit permission. GigaOm Twitter will be releasing a new version of its API in the coming weeks, it announced in a blog post yesterday, with a few changes coming for developers over the next six months that are expected but unlikely to be popular.

WPIX and Three Other Tribune Stations Go Dark on Cablevision Amid Dispute Over Retrans Fees (THR)
The cable operator accuses Tribune of demanding fees that are too high because of its parent company's financial woes, but Tribune says it's asking for "less than a penny a day per subscriber." LAT / Company Town The cable operator has issued a statement saying that "Tribune and their hedge fund owners are demanding tens of millions in new fees" for its New York City TV station WPIX and other stations it owns.

Facebook Second-Worst IPO Performer After Share Lock-Up (Bloomberg Businessweek)
Facebook (FB) Inc.'s 6.3 percent drop yesterday, after the end of restrictions on share sales by its biggest investors, was the second-largest post-lock-up decline among companies that have gone public since January 2011. NYT The stock has declined by nearly half of the original offering price of $38.

Apple's TV Vision: Sharing, Full On-Demand, Icons (Wall Street Journal)
Apple Inc.'s vision for a new device that can be used as a set-top box includes features designed to simplify accessing and viewing programming and erase the distinction between live and on-demand content, people briefed on Apple's plans said. Variety After snatching the music business from under the nose of the recording industry, Apple's onslaught in television may be more subdued -- a set-top box used in partnership with cable operators.

Student Journalists at University of Georgia Newspaper Walk Out to Protest New Management (The Washington Post / AP)
Students who work for a University of Georgia newspaper are protesting a decision they say gives control over stories to non-students. Athens Banner-Herald The University of Georgia student newspaper The Red & Black will play host to an "open house and discussion" today after the newspaper's top student editorial staff resigned en masse Wednesday.

Tracking Amazon: 'Paterno' Jumps Up Charts (Publishers Weekly)
Jerry Posnanski's Paterno (Simon & Schuster) comes out Aug. 21, but it's already up to #30 on Amazon's bestseller list, propelled by a few brief excerpts from the book that appeared on GQ's website.

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