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Cable Nets Go Live As Final U.S. Convoy Leaves Iraq (TVNewser)
At 11:28 p.m. ET Saturday, U.S. cable news networks broke into coverage as the final U.S. combat troops crossed from Iraq into Kuwait, creating a lasting image for the end to the eight-and-a-half-year war, which was officially declared over Thursday. LA Times / Framework: On this historic occasion, Framework presents a retrospective of the conflict, documented by photojournalists of the Los Angeles Times.

Fox News Iowa Debate Draws 6.7 Million Viewers (TVNewser)
Fox News Channel's GOP debate Thursday night in Sioux City, Iowa, was the most-watched cable news debate so far this cycle. Overall, it comes in second to ABC's debate in Iowa last Saturday. TheWrap.com / Media Alley: The debate averaged 6.7 million viewers, with 1.9 million in the 25-54 demographic, besting Fox's previous debate high held in September. Inside Facebook: Texas congressman Ron Paul was the biggest gainer in our Inside Facebook 2012 Election Tracker after the Republican presidential debate Thursday night -- the last debate before the Iowa caucus Jan. 3. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney also saw a surge after the debate, passing Newt Gingrich in daily new likes for the first time in nearly one month.

Osama Bin Laden Death Top News Story Of 2011: AP (HuffPost / AP)
The killing of Osama Bin Laden during a raid by Navy SEALs on his hideout in Pakistan was the top news story of 2011, followed by Japan's earthquake/tsunami/meltdown disaster, according to the Associated Press' annual poll of U.S. editors and news directors.


George Vecsey Steps Back From Regular Contributions To The New York Times (FishbowlNY)
George Vecsey is stepping away from his regular duties at The New York Times after 30 years.

Marilyn Thompson Leaves Washington Post For Reuters (Poynter / MediaWire)
Washington Post deputy national editor Marilyn W. Thompson, who "was instrumental in two Pulitzer Prizes for public service," will be news editor for Reuters in Washington, D.C.

Meredith Names Every Day With Rachael Ray Editor-In-Chief (FishbowlNY)
Meredith has named Lauren Purcell the new editor-in-chief of Every Day with Rachael Ray. Purcell comes to the magazine from Self, where she most recently worked as its executive editor. Folio: Purcell will be in charge of editorial content for the 10x magazine and website and will report to Linda Fears, editorial director of Meredith Food Content and editor-in-chief of Family Circle. AdAge / MediaWorks: Meredith has benefited from a game of musical chairs at Condé Nast by hiring away Sabine Feldmann to fill a vacancy at the top of More magazine. Adweek: Here's something you don't hear in the magazine business very often: Condé Nast's loss is Meredith's gain, again.

Javier Morgado Joins New CNN Morning Show (TVNewser)
Former Today show supervising producer Javier Morgado is joining CNN's new four-hour morning show as senior broadcast producer. FishbowlDC: As we move into 2012, CNN Washington bureau chief Sam Feist announced new positions for two "key leaders" of CNN Politics.

Goodbye, Heather (TechCrunch)
Heather Harde, the business brains behind TechCrunch, will be stepping down at the end of the year as general manager of AOL's technology properties (including TechCrunch, Engadget, Joystiq, and TUAW). AOL general manager Jay Kirsch, who oversees autos, finance, and industry on the business side, will be adding tech to his responsibilities. Uncrunched: Michael Arrington: "TechCrunch CEO Heather Harde announced her departure [Friday]. I'm so angry."

Tapper Tantrum (FishbowlDC)
White House press secretary Jay Carney seems to have broken tradition with the way he takes questions at the White House press briefings. In the past, a press secretary would take questions from everyone on the front row before moving on to other rows behind those media gods. In recent months, though, Carney is using the "jump around" method. You never know where he might land. He'll take a few from the front row, then move to the back, then the middle. It's a move that's been going on for months, but Thursday, ABC's Jake Tapper let Carney know that he was not a fan. HuffPost: Carney said that he was going to go to George Condon of National Journal and then return to Tapper for his question. Tapper, who sat in his usual front-row seat next to fellow network correspondents and wire reporters, looked visibly perturbed. Carney confronted Tapper after he noticed his reaction and said, "Jake, I've been doing this for months," referring to his style of jumping around the press briefing room for questions. Tapper responded by calling it "annoying." Fellow reporters in the press room broke out in "ohs," and "whoas," in response to Tapper's candid answer.

NPF Reveals Award Winners (FishbowlDC)
The National Press Foundation has announced its award winners for 2011.

Joy Behar Ends HLN Show With Newhart Reference, And Joe Scarborough In Bed (TVNewser)
Last week HLN host Joy Behar ended her primetime interview program. True to form, she decided to close out the show with a gag. NYT / Media Decoder: What's Joy Behar going to do in the afternoons now?

Amazon Includes Circular In Weekend Newspapers (paidContent)
Among the Target, Best Buy, and RadioShack ads bundled with my Saturday New York Times was a surprise: an eight-page circular from Amazon advertising the company's new free one-day shipping offer.

Fifteen Percent Of Online Videos Viewed In November Were Ads (SocialTimes)
New data from comScore just adds to the proof that online video is bigger than ever. According to comScore's November 2011 U.S. Online Video Rankings, video ads accounted for 15 percent of all videos viewed in November and 1.3 percent of all the minutes spent viewing online videos.

Time Warner Cable Gives Green Light To HBO Go (Multichannel News)
After months of wrangling, Time Warner Cable expects to launch HBO's authenticated TV Everywhere online video services -- HBO Go and Max Go -- within the next month, the MSO announced Friday. Mashable: Subscribers will be able to access movies, documentaries, original series, and more on any computer, iPad, or other mobile device. THR: HBO Go launched in February 2010 and has since been made available to HBO subscribers who get their cable from carriers such as DirecTV, Dish Network, Comcast, and Charter Communications. Until now, Time Warner Cable was the largest pay TV provider that hadn't signed on to offer the service. It severed ties from HBO parent company Time Warner in 2009.

Bill O'Reilly To Interview Bill Clinton (TVNewser)
For the first time ever, the Bills will meet on air. Fox News' Bill O'Reilly will interview former President Bill Clinton at the Fox News studios Tuesday. The interview will air on The O'Reilly Factor Tuesday night.

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