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An Election Year Dawns Without Keith Olbermann (NYT / Media Decoder)
Keith Olbermann, who came to Current TV this year to remake the channel and compete against his old home, MSNBC, is sitting out the biggest political nights of the season. AllFacebook: With days to go before voting in Iowa begins Tuesday, new polling and media coverage shows momentum by a relative newcomer to the leader board -- former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) -- which is also reflected on Facebook. PRNewser: Of all the GOP presidential candidates, Ron Paul has been the one who comes off as least concerned with keeping up appearances. He says things that don't appeal to a conservative base. His suits often look a little too big. Still, he's a contender in Iowa. Which could mean nothing since, you'll recall, Rick Perry, Herman Cain, and, as recently as a few weeks ago, Newt Gingrich were the candidates to beat. / Music Mix: Wednesday night, Kelly Clarkson got an impromptu lesson on the impact of Twitter and the secret past of Ron Paul.

MSNBC Now Disclosing Bain Capital Connection (Politico / Ben Smith)
Starting on Wednesday night's Ed Show with Ed Schultz, MSNBC anchors are now disclosing their parent company's ties to Bain Capital, the buyout firm co-founded by Mitt Romney.

At Least A Few Local Journalists Just Experienced An End-Of-Year Miracle (The Atlantic Wire)
News emerged Tuesday night that the new owners of the New York Times' regional media group would mostly likely be laying off a number of employees Thursday. This Atlantic Wire tipster made the cut.

NYT Twitter Ace Pulls Another Weiner (Gawker)
New York Times Twitter wunderkind and media reporter Brian Stelter has once again been tripped up by the source of his power. He pulled his second Weiner this month, and told us he's been forced to resort to…email.

Reality Weekly Readies For Launch (WWD / Memo Pad)
Kim Kardashian and her friends in reality TV land now have their very own mother ship, in the form of a magazine where all their antics will never go unnoticed.

Random House Is Hungry For RDA's Allrecipes (NY Post / Media Ink)
Random House, the nation's largest book publisher and part of German media giant Bertelsmann, is the latest name to surface in the bidding war for

It's Official: USA Extends Primetime Viewership, Demo Win Streaks To Six Years (Multichannel News)
USA Network wore cable's viewer and key demo diadems in primetime for a sixth consecutive year, but there were a number of other winners in the medium's top ranks during 2011.

2011 TVNewser Challenge: The Results (TVNewser)
Time for the results of the TVNewser Challenge. One year ago, we asked, and you answered, making predictions for the Year in TV News. And just to let you, we'll publish our 2012 TVNewser Challenge Friday afternoon.

If Twitter, Facebook, And Google Were The News, What Stuff Really Mattered In 2011? (AllTwitter)
We might like to think that the biggest events of the year -- such as the raid on Osama Bin Laden, the Japanese earthquake/tsunami, and the U.S. debt crisis -- would have a standing on Twitter that ranked them ahead of triviality and pop culture. Yeah, we might like to think that. But if the things that trended highest on Twitter, received the most likes on Facebook, and triggered the largest volume searches on Google were the news, the world might look a little different.

What To Look For On New Year's Eve: Fewer Commercials On Fox News, Brian Williams On NBC (TVNewser)
With New Year's Eve coming up once again, things look awfully familiar. CNN has the dynamic duo of Kathy Griffin and Anderson Cooper, ABC has Ryan Seacrest and Dick Clark, and NBC has Carson Daly.

People Gets Less Than Real With Correction (FishbowlLA)
The usually unimpeachable People magazine ran an incorrect item Thursday about Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Kim Richards leaving rehab. Because the report originated in its pages, it was quickly picked up by everyone from Radar Online to But the item is no longer posted. Thanks in large part to, People realized the error of its ways. In place of the original report, there is now a somewhat laughable correction in the magazine's subsequent Richards item.

Five New Year's Resolutions For Newsrooms (10,000 Words)
These are five resolutions, ranging from relatively simple to somewhat radical, that you can use as a source of inspiration for your own newsroom. RTNDA / Communicator: There are some pretty basic things you can do to improve the number of fans and the activity on your local TV station's Facebook page.

More Confident MTV Moves Upfront To April (B&C)
MTV, encouraged by improved ratings numbers, is moving its upfront presentation from an avant-garde February to a more mainstream date in late April.

Mediacom, Hearst Reach Retrans Deal (Multichannel News)
For those keeping tabs on the retransmission-consent beat, you can cross Mediacom Communications and Hearst Television from the New Year's Eve watch list.

Today's Cable Guy, Upgraded And Better-Dressed (NYT)
The cable guy is becoming sleeker and more sophisticated, just like the televisions and computers he installs.

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