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Ted Turner To Get “Ding Dong Ditched”: Ashton Beats CNN To 1 Million

kutcher_4-17.jpgWell Ashton Kutcher did it: he beat CNN to one million Twitter followers early this morning. WebNewser has the video of Kutcher’s live-stream and the full back story.

And CNN was gracious in defeat — or something.

American Morning had three segments on the story this morning, and Kutcher will be on Larry King Live tonight. You can even buy a CNN.com t-shirt to commemorate the occasion.

The victory means a major charity donation and a “ding dong ditch” for CNN founder Ted Turner, who Kutcher effusively praised during the live-stream.

WebNewser: Kutcher’s victory video on Ustream (featuring appearances by Diddy, Demi Moore and more).

Fox News Updates Facebook Profile

facebook_8-18.JPGWhile rival network MSNBC takes to News Corp.-owned MySpace for a convention contest, Fox News is going elsewhere to connect with viewers through social networking.

The New York Times’ Brian Stelter writes about Fox News’ new Facebook page, which includes many new features.

FNC’s 20,000+ “fans” can make use of discussion boards, a wall to leave comments, polls, photos and other tools. There are Facebook exclusive videos, including a behind-the-scenes Shepard Smith video currently featured (there’s also a Fox News Blast video on the sidebar entitled “Trouser Snake”).

SVP of development Joel Cheatwood tells the Times the Facebook choice was made because the site is, “currently the leading social network.”

Also on the younger demo front, Forbes examines the partnership between FNC and Palestra.net. Calling it, “the latest — and boldest — move by a major media company to capitalize on America’s some 6.1 million undergrads,” Forbes describes how the partnership has continued to grow.

“Palestra viewers are growing quickly, with over two million people seeing it between Fox’s various channels and online distribution,” writes James Erik Abels.

Related: Broadcasting & Cable’s Alex Weprin writes about FNC’s, and other networks, presence on Facebook.

Football Day In America

olbermannpatrick_7-22.JPGNBC Sports’ TCA panel took place yesterday, with Football Night in America hosts Keith Olbermann and Dan Patrick, among others.

Broadcasting & Cable’s Alex Weprin writes about NBC’s Super Bowl plans next February, which will include some news programs on location in Tampa, Florida.

The network announced that a special Super Bowl Sunday edition of Today — anchored by Matt Lauer, Meredith Vieira, Al Roker and Ann Curry — will originate from Tampa, Fla., from 8 a.m.-10 a.m., followed by a special edition of Meet the Press (anchored by whoever the new host may be) originating at Raymond James Stadium from 10 a.m.-11 a.m.

A special edition of Football Night in America will also take place.

Olbermann was asked in the panel if he will insert political content into his Football gig. “Barring the possibility that John McCain selects Brett Favre as his running mate, I don’t think you will see any political content [on Football Night] this year,” he said.

(image courtesy of Broadcasting & Cable)

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