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Jim Bell Leaving Today, Returning to NBC Sports (TVNewser)
Jim Bell, the executive producer of the Today show, will be leaving his post and returning to his roots at NBC Sports. The New York Times' Brian Stelter reports the change is the beginning of a series of events yet to come that will reconfigure the executive ranks of the NBC program seven months after it lost its spot as the most-watched morning show and after the tumultuous summer exit of co-anchor Ann Curry. NYT / Media Decoder Alexandra Wallace, a senior vice president of NBC News, will be the new executive in charge of all four hours of the highly profitable Today, according to people at the network who described the plan on condition of anonymity because it had not been announced. B&C A change in leadership at Today has been expected given the longtime morning show slipping to second place against an ascendant Good Morning America in the wake of Curry's ouster from Today in June. The ABC program first broke Today's 16-year win streak in the mornings in April, a feat that has become a trend since Savannah Guthrie replaced Curry in June. Deadline Hollywood Bell also took much of the heat for the ouster of Curry as co-anchor earlier this year and the rough transition that followed. He told The New York Times in September that the decision to remove her was all his -- and not Matt Lauer's as had been rumored. Reuters In late October, NBC drew 7,000 more viewers than GMA among 25 to 54 year-old viewers, the age group advertisers most want to reach, its first lead since Sept. 10. GMA still led among overall viewers. THR Meanwhile, Bell professed as recently as late September to being fully committed to Today, even as rumors of his departure were rampant. "I'm very happy where I am," he told THR during a Sept. 26 interview. "I think part of the daily grind here is you don't allow yourself to think grand or long-term thoughts. We're just sort of plugging along with [Today]. I love the show; it's been part of my life. I can't speak beyond that."

For the First Time Since 2001, MSNBC Wins the Primetime Demo Three Nights Straight (TVNewser)
MSNBC beat Fox News in primetime (8-11 p.m.) in the key adults 25-54 demographic in the first three nights after the election. This is the first time in nearly 12 years -- since Jan. 1-3, 2001 -- that MSNBC has won in demo viewers for three nights in a row in primetime. Fox News remains the top cable channel in total viewers. The Week Fox News has long dominated the cable news industry by serving up red meat for conservatives. But now, after years on top, the "fair and balanced" network is slipping, and liberal MSNBC is catching up. The Atlantic Wire From a business perspective, however, MSNBC is still hampered somewhat by being the junior varsity squad to the parent network of NBC. No matter how popular they get or how much they appear to be on the same team, Brian Williams and his NBC News squad will continue to monopolize the "serious" news credibility (and the top shelf guests), a problem CNN and Fox News don't have to deal with. Slate / MoneyBox But with Microsoft now entirely out of the picture and Comcast taking over ownership of NBC Universal, they seem to be settling on the idea that MSNBC should be the most successful business it can be without worrying much about how MSNBC and NBC relate.

Finally: The Ezzy Show? (FishbowlDC)
Our prayers may soon be answered. A story by NYT's Brian Stelter over the weekend hints that our Ezzy -- a.k.a Rep. Ezra Klein (D-Washington Post) -- may land his own program on MSNBC. The Daily Beast / Cheat Sheet The NBC subsidiary would be a solid platform for the wonky Klein -- the liberal-leaning channel has been closing the gap with Fox News in the ratings race, especially in the key younger demographics. HuffPost Klein has been a fixture on MSNBC for some time now, and a reliable second-tier member of the network's on-air talent. So far, he's worked mostly as a substitute host and Election Night number-cruncher -- the kind of thing that a great many of MSNBC's talent did before getting full-time jobs. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media MSNBC rebuts the rumor: "We're very happy with the performance of our primetime lineup, which topped Fox News Channel three nights this week. There are no changes planned," network spokesperson Lauren Skowronski said in a statement. Of course, that depends on what the meaning of "are" is. Sometimes changes don't exist until you're ready to announce them.

Microsoft's Windows Unit Head, Once a Possible CEO, Exits (Yahoo! News / Reuters)
Microsoft Corp said the head of its flagship Windows division and the driving force behind Windows 8, Steven Sinofsky, will be leaving the company with immediate effect, days after the software giant launched the Surface tablet. USA Today / AP Microsoft said Monday it has promoted company veteran Julie Larson-Green to lead all its Windows software and hardware engineering. Tami Reller will take over responsibility for the Windows business, while retaining her posts as chief financial officer and chief marketing officer. The company didn't say why Sinofsky is leaving. NYT / Bits In an email sent to all employees Monday evening, Steven A. Ballmer, Microsoft's chief executive, said that Sinofsky's decision to leave Microsoft comes at the start of a "new era" for the company, with the release of a wave of new products like Windows 8.

Facebook Testing Ranked Comments (AllFacebook)
In recent days, Facebook has been tweaking the format of its comments. Earlier, we reported that Facebook is testing threaded comments, making it easier to reply to a specific comment. Now, Facebook is trying out ranked comments for pages, meaning that the ones with the most engagement will float to the top. Mashable This means brand pages in the test, which range from journalists such as Fareed Zakaria and New York Jets player Tim Tebow, include ranked comments based on Likes, responses and hides. Those with the most engagement appears higher up on the list. Page administrators are also able to reply directly to comments via a "reply" option. LA Times / Tech Now No word on whether this feature will be rolled out to the rest of us, but if it is, the threaded comments feature could lead to more intelligent conversations on posts that receive hundreds and thousands of comments.

Rob Marciano Leaves CNN to Become Entertainment Tonight Co-Host (TVNewser)
CNN news and weather anchor Rob Marciano is leaving the cable channel to become the co-host of the long-running entertainment news program Entertainment Tonight. The Washington Post / The TV Column Marciano, who officially became CNN's hot weatherman in 2003, more recently had been a field correspondent and fill-in anchor at the struggling cable news network which on Monday thanked him for his years of service and wished him well in his new gig. Chicago Tribune / Reuters "Rob brings with him a passion for news, a wealth of knowledge about the entertainment industry and an enormous amount of charisma that viewers have been responding to for years," executive producer Linda Bell Blue said in a statement. "We know he will be an outstanding fit for our show, our audience and the immensely talented Nancy O'Dell."

WSJ Launches Blog and Page Dedicated to Entrepreneurs (FishbowlNY)
The Wall Street Journal has launched two new digital spaces dedicated to the world of entrepreneurs. The Accelerators, overseen by the Journal's startups and small-business editor, Vanessa O'Connel, is a blog featuring content from a variety of investors, entrepreneurs and venture capitalists. Startup Journal will have a similar focus, and pull all the paper's "startups, funding, founders and entrepreneurship" content into one place. The Wrap "The disruption within the startup world has been closely followed by our readers, and we saw a significant opportunity to provide our audience with more robust coverage by launching Startup Journal and The Accelerators," said Raju Narisetti, the Journal's digital editor. "This is the latest iteration in our strategy to create more specialized content for our core audience and to provide it in such a way that makes it easy and seamless for our professional subscribers to read, digest and share." TheNextWeb It is worth noting that The Wall Street Journal isn't the first traditional newspaper to engage with tech entrepreneurship. As you may know, several of them even went beyond coverage, such as BBC Worldwide and the Irish Times, which respectively launched a mentoring scheme and a digital challenge for startups.

Bridget Jones to Return in New Helen Fielding Novel (GalleyCat)
Author Helen Fielding will publish a third Bridget Jones novel. The book is scheduled for release in fall 2013. Entertainment Weekly / Shelf Life "The new novel is set in present-day London, with an entirely new scenario for Bridget," Fielding said on the show Women's Hour Friday. "If people laugh as much reading it as I am while writing it then we'll all be very happy."

Brands Need a New Way of Thinking (Adweek)
It's a statistical fact that, given the double-digit population growth of Latinos and Asians in the U.S., non-Hispanic whites will almost certainly become a minority population by 2050. And if that's news to marketers at this late date, it shouldn't be, says Teneshia Warner.

MTV Hires New President of Programming (NYT / Media Decoder)
MTV made a significant management change Monday, naming Susanne Daniels, an experienced television executive, to the position of president of programming. Daniels, who is best known for leading the WB network during its most popular period, will replace David Janollari, whose contract was expiring.

British Teen Is the Mastermind Behind Top-Selling News App (AppNewser)
Seventeen-year-old Nick D'Aloisio is the brains behind a new iOS app for reading news called Summly, a tool that summarizes top headlines for quick reading. The free app lets readers browse headlines along with concise summaries of the stories.

David Petraeus Affair Causes Media Soul-Searching (HuffPost)
With David Petraeus' career suddenly at an end, some journalists are wondering whether the former CIA chief was really deserving of the veneration he received from many in the media.

War Widow Sues Fox over Film Featuring Her Husband (Yahoo! News / AP)
A widow of a U.S. Army soldier killed in a blast in Afghanistan has sued Fox Cable Networks and the National Geographic Society over a documentary that showed her husband and family. The documentary about a combat hospital called Inside Afghan ER featured Staff Sgt. Kevin Casey Roberts, who was serving with the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division when an improvised explosive device struck his vehicle in Khost province in Afghanistan in 2008.

People 'Unliking' Romney on Facebook (CNN)
Nobody "likes" a loser. If losing the presidential election wasn't enough, Mitt Romney has been hemorrhaging Facebook friends. People began unliking Romney's official Facebook page soon after the election results came in last week.

Retweeting Without Reading? Yeah, It's Happening -- and It Affects Journalism Strategy on Twitter (10,000 Words)
Worth noting for journalists looking to measure engagement on the Twitters: your retweets aren't necessarily your click-throughs, and the two unfortunately may have almost no correlation either.

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