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CES Day Two: The Janet Jackson “Episode,” The AP’s TV Moves, Fallon Plays Vegas…

webnewserCES_12.30.jpg• In addition to giving his thoughts about a possible delay in the switch to DTV (he doesn’t like it) outgoing FCC chairman Kevin Martin talks about the Janet Jackson “episode” and parental ratings for TV programs.

We talked with the Associated Press’s General Manager of mobile and emerging products about the AP’s announcements here at CES and also about CNN’s possible entry into the wire service business.

• Soon-to-be “Late Night” host Jimmy Fallon was in Las Vegas promoting his new gig. We spotted him in the NBCU booth Friday. Video here.

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Obama Requests Digital TV Deadline Delay

President-elect Barack Obama is recommending a delay in the conversion to digital-only transmission.

The digital switch date is currently set for February 17. Nielsen estimated more than seven million households are not yet ready for the switch, and the coupons to subsidize the converters are currently unavailable.

So far News Corp. has voiced support for the delay. Or as ABC’s Jake Tapper jokes on his blog, “Fox News and President-elect Obama Unite.”

NBC and CBS have since expressed support as well.

• FishbowlNY put the issue to a vote.

We’ll hear what FCC chairman Kevin Martin says about this during a Q&A session at CES. TVNewser’s Chris Ariens will be at the session which begins at 4:30pmET.

Update on WebNewser: FCC’s Martin says a delay would only further confuse consumers