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2014 Ratings: Fox News Channel Wins 13th Straight Year (TVNewser)
Fox News remained on top in 2014, capping off its 13th consecutive year as the most-watched cable news network among both total viewers and the adult 25-54 demo. FNC averaged 1.05 million total viewers and 213,000 in the demo. FNC beat CNN and MSNBC combined in both total day and primetime viewers. Variety The network had the top five programs in cable news in both total viewers and adults 25-54. In total viewers, O’Reilly Factor (2.667 million) was followed by The Kelly File (2.204 million), The Five (2.057 million), Special Report With Bret Baier (1.985 million) and On The Record With Greta Van Susteren (1.749 million). And in the demo, O’Reilly (426,000) was followed by Kelly File (374,000), The Five (324,000), Hannity (311,000) and Special Report (303,000). In primetime for the year, Fox News ranked second in total viewers (behind only ESPN) among all ad-supported basic cable networks. TVNewser In a year of change for CNN, with primetime programming being re-shaped, documentary programming replacing Piers Morgan Live, and layoffs and cutbacks impacting the network’s news staff, CNN ends 2014 with a few success stories, including beating MSNBC in the primetime demo for the first time since 2008. CNN trailed MSNBC among total viewers in primetime, with the network hitting its lowest ratings since 1992. TVNewser While Rachel Maddow posted both demo and total viewer wins over CNN, Maddow’s ratings in the demo were down 18 percent — their lowest since the show’s launch. Meanwhile, Hardball fell behind CNN’s Erin Burnett in the demo, Chris Hayes lost in the demo to CNN’s Anderson Cooper and Last Word trailed CNN at 10 p.m. ET. TVNewser HLN ended 2014 down 13 percent in total viewers and down 6 percent in the demo compared to last year. HLN’s highlight is in the morning, where it tied for second in the daypart with sister network CNN and surpassing MSNBC’s Morning Joe in the adult 25-54 demo.

Four More Resign From TNR (Politico / Dylan Byers on Media)
Four more members of the New Republic’s masthead resigned this week, dealing yet another blow to the already depleted magazine. FishbowlNY The departures include managing editor Linda Kinstler, deputy editor Amanda Silverman, assistant literary editor Becca Rothfeld and reporter Yishai Schwartz. Silverman and Schwartz will leave this week; Kinstler and Rothfeld in January. FishbowlDC Earlier this month, editors Frank Foer and Leon Wieseltier submitted their resignations as a direct result of disagreements with TNR’s new owner Chris Hughes and CEO Guy Vidra over the vision for the magazine’s future. Since then, a massive wave of TNR’s top editors and contributors have left the magazine in solidarity with Foer and Wieseltier. HuffPost Sources said that while editors were offered $1,000-2,000 bonuses to stay with the magazine following the first wave of resignations, Kinstler, Silverman, Rothfeld and Schwartz ultimately chose to leave the publication because of frustrations with the leadership of Hughes and Vidra. In December, shortly after the magazine’s 100 year anniversary, Hughes and Vidra announced that The New Republic would be reinventing itself as a “vertically integrated digital media company.”

FBI Fixated on North Korea for Sony Hack Despite New Evidence (The Daily Beast)
In spite of mounting evidence that the North Korean regime may not have been wholly responsible for a brazen cyber assault against Sony — and possibly wasn’t involved at all — the FBI is doubling down on its theory that the Hermit Kingdom solely bears the blame. Politico A briefing for FBI agents investigating the Sony Pictures hack by a security firm that says its research points to laid-off Sony staff, not North Korea, as the perpetrator provided no usable new evidence, an official said Tuesday. The news that the FBI had taken the three-hour briefing Monday added to the chorus of well-qualified skeptics who said the unprecedented decision to release details of an ongoing FBI investigation and President Barack Obama publicly blaming the hermit authoritarian regime hasn’t convinced the cybersecurity community. TheWrap On Monday, security firm Norse Corp alleged that in an independent investigation of the hack, it has identified six individuals involved, including one former Sony employee based in America as well as participants from Canada, Thailand and Singapore. Variety “There is no credible information to indicate that any other individual is responsible for this cyber-incident,” an FBI spokesman said in a statement on Tuesday. “The FBI is committed to identifying and pursuing those responsible for this act and bringing them to justice. While it remains an ongoing investigation, no further information can be provided at this time.” A spokesman for the White House’s National Security Council said, “The administration stands by the FBI assessment.”

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Ex-NY Jets Coach Rex Ryan Meets With ESPN (New York Daily News)
Rex Ryan might be headed to the Worldwide Leader soon enough. The swashbuckling former Jets head coach met with ESPN executives Tuesday to discuss a possible role with the network in case he doesn’t land another head coaching job. Sports Illustrated Ryan was fired along with general manager John Idzik on Monday after the Jets went 4-12 this season. Ryan has said that he will not coach as a defensive coordinator next season. TheWrap While the intention is to fill a full-time, long-term role, an individual with knowledge of the situation said that Ryan joining for this postseason and leaving for another NFL coaching gig next season would not be out of the question. That temporary assignment would make particular sense if Ryan’s now-former AFC East rivals, the New England Patriots, advance deep into the playoffs.

CNN Correspondent Susan Candiotti Leaving Network After 20 Years (TheWrap)
After 20 years with CNN, veteran national correspondent Susan Candiotti is leaving the network. Candiotti’s departure comes after fellow veteran CNN reporter and anchor Candy Crowley left the network last week after 27 years. TVNewser Candiotti was based in the network’s New York bureau and has been with CNN since 1994.

Anderson Cooper Is Most Followed Journalist on Twitter (Muck Rack)
In continuing with its previous year-end data reports, the Muck Rack team has once again analyzed the world of social media journalism to see how media outlets and individual journalists stack up against one another as we ring in the new year. FishbowlNY Anderson Cooper is the most followed journalist on Twitter, with an astounding 5,421,631 followers. Following Cooper is ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Bill Simmons, with 3,301,558 and 3,156,852 followers, respectively. The AP has the most staffers on Twitter, with 841. CNN is the most followed media outlet, with 20,199,433 followers. Nicholas Kristof is the most followed newspaper journalist, with 1,532,780 followers and Rachel Maddow is the most followed female journalist, with 3,057,502 followers.

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U.K. 2014 Box Office Drops for Second Consecutive Year as Lego Movie, Inbetweeners 2 Dominate (THR)
Without a James Bond or Harry Potter film in the lineup, 2014 was a mostly Hollywood-dominated affair in U.K. cinemas. However, the year’s overall winner, The Lego Movie, drew just over $1 million more than the No. 2 film — and highest-placed U.K. entry in the top 10 — The Inbetweeners 2. The second spin-off from the popular TV show laughed its way to an impressive haul of $55 million, scoring the U.K.’s biggest-ever opening-day earnings for a comedy in the process. THR Hollywood maintained its predominance in the Russian box office during 2014 despite the hammering studios and distributors received from the collapse in value of Russia’s currency, the ruble. Progressive decline against the dollar and other foreign currencies during the year lopped 50 percent off the value of the ruble, with the steepest decline over a few days in mid-December, just before the major holiday season, which in Russia kicks off Dec. 31 on the eve of a 10-day national New Year holiday.

Facebook Killed Email? Not So Fast… (AllFacebook)
Despite the emergence of Facebook and other social networks in recent years, good “old-fashioned” email was dominant when Pew Research Center surveyed a group of 535 working adults to learn their most important communications and information tools. Pew found that just 4 percent of respondents considered social networks to be important tools, compared with 61 percent for email, 54 percent for the Internet in general, and even 35 percent for landline phones and 24 percent for mobile phones and smartphones.

Russian State Networks Downplay Arrest of Putin Critic Alexei Navalny (THR)
Prominent Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was arrested Tuesday night after breaking house arrest to attend an unsanctioned rally called to protest his conviction earlier in the day on fraud charges. Navalny, who was a key figure in mass protests against President Vladimir Putin’s rule three years ago, was found guilty of fraud Tuesday morning in a case he has dismissed as a thinly-veiled attempt to suppress dissidence.

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Cutbacks at Weather Channel, Kelly Cass And Nick Walker Move to Contributor Roles (TVNewser)
Popular long-time Weather Channel meteorologists Kelly Cass and Nick Walker will be shifting from full-time work to contributor roles. Cass and Walker have most recently anchored the early evening hours of the Weather Center.

Times Square Alliance Partners With Ustream for New Year’s Eve Coverage (LostRemote)
There’s a reason why thousands of people line the streets of an often-freezing Times Square on New Year’s Eve to watch the ball drop. If you can’t be there in person to watch the 10-second drop of the unofficial harbinger of 2015, the Times Square Alliance and Countdown Entertainment have partnered with Ustream to offer a six-and-a-half-hour webcast of the event.

Tim Marchman Named Editor of Deadspin (Capital New York)
Tim Marchman is to be the next editor of Deadspin, the Gawker Media sports blog, outgoing editor Tommy Craggs confirmed. Craggs, who is moving to a new position as executive editor of Gawker Media, announced the news on The Will Leitch Experience, a podcast hosted by the former Deadspin editor.

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Bloomberg Business Readies for Davos with Jan. 20 Debut (Capital New York)
Jan. 20 is shaping up to be a big day for Bloomberg L.P. That’s the date that’s been chosen to unveil the company’s much-anticipated flagship media portal, Bloomberg Business, according to sources with knowledge of the plans, just in time for the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

In Its Last Six Months of Existence, Aereo Subscriptions Grew 40 Percent (WSJ / CMO Today)
Aereo, the now-defunct Web TV service, ended its run in June with a little more than 108,000 subscribers in 14 cities, according to its filings with the U.S. Copyright Office. While small, Aereo grew its subscriber base by nearly 40 percent between the end of last year, when it had about 78,000 customers, and June.

Delayed Time Warner-Comcast Vote Sets Stage for Cuomo (Capital New York)
An announcement Monday that the state Public Service Commission had again delayed a vote on the $45 billion Time Warner Cable-Comcast merger doesn’t actually mean that the merger is in trouble in New York. Most likely, it means Governor Andrew Cuomo is working to line up concessions from the two cable giants in exchange for state approval of the merger by an agency whose chairwoman the governor appointed.

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