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World News Tonight With David Muir Gets First Overall Weekly Win in 6 Years (TVNewser)
With the latest Nielsen evening news ratings released Tuesday, ABC’s World News Tonight With David Muir had its first outright win in six years. The ABC evening newscast finished first among the two younger demos, adults 25-54 and adults 18-49, and breaks the five-year total viewer winning streak held by NBC Nightly News With Brian Williams. TVNewser While Muir’s show was up 10 percent in viewers and up 16 percent in the demo compared to the same week last year, Williams’ broadcast was down 3 percent in viewers and down 13 percent in the demo. Deadline Hollywood It was ABC’s ninth consecutive newscast win in the news demo. ABC’s newscast clocked 8.416 million viewers, 2.204 million news demo viewers, and 1.528 million 18-49-year-old viewers for the week. NBC’s newscast logged 8.250 million viewers, 1.937 million news demo viewers and 1.416 million younger viewers. Scott Pelley-anchored CBS Evening News trailed with 6.614 million viewers, including 1.602 million in the news demo and 1.147 million aged 18-49. Variety There’s no telling whether ABC will be able to duplicate the feat in coming weeks. In the recently completed 2013-2014 TV season, Nightly News had its best viewer delivery in eight years and enjoyed a large advantage over both ABC and CBS. And Nightly News typically out-muscles World News among younger viewers, those between 18 and 49. But ABC has been pressing its advantage in the 25-to-54 demo for weeks and has been eating into NBC’s advantage in that category. In May, under Diane Sawyer, World News won the May sweep among viewers between 25 and 54 — the first time the newscast had done so in seven years. NYT In 2012, ABC also ended a long winning streak for NBC in the morning when its Good Morning America toppled the Today show.

AOL Hires Viacom’s Dermot McCormack as Head of Video as Ran Harnevo Exits (Variety)
AOL has tapped Viacom exec Dermot McCormack as president of its video division, replacing Ran Harnevo, who is leaving the company to pursue other opportunities. THR Harnevo has been with AOL since 2010 when the company acquired his Web-video startup 5Min Media. McCormack will lead AOL On, the company’s 14 video channels, and BE On, AOL’s branded-content platform as well as the company’s original programming division AOL Studios. Re/code Executive departures at AOL aren’t uncommon, but Harnevo’s is worth noting because he was a key part of the company’s recent success in video. When he joined in 2010, AOL’s video revenue was in the “tens of millions”; two years later it had topped $100 million. Now an AOL spokesman says it is in the “multiple hundreds of millions” — it’s reasonable to assume that means at least $300 million. WSJ / CMO Today Advertisers seem to have responded. AOL also claims to have sold 10 of 16 of this year’s new crop of originals series to advertisers following its “NewFront” presentation last spring. AOL is making hundreds of millions from its Web video businesses overall, say people familiar with the matter. When it comes to content, McCormack said he wants to focus on building upon AOL’s budding successes with celebrity-driven reality shows, while also looking to uncover new Web-born talents — the likes of which are flourishing on YouTube.

Knight Foundation Names VP of Journalism (FishbowlNY)
Jennifer Preston, the New York Times’ first social media editor, has been tapped by the Knight Foundation to serve as its VP of journalism. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media Preston, a former metro reporter, replaces Michael Maness, who’s leaving Knight for Harvard Business School. Poynter / MediaWire Other Knight moves accompany the Preston hire and are part of a “reorganization designed to boost Knight Foundation’s ability to help accelerate digital innovation at news organizations and journalism schools, while accelerating the pace of experimentation that drives that innovation,” a release said. Capital New York Preston has been at the Times since 1995, including stints at the New Jersey statehouse and Sunday metro section. In 2009, she became the Times’ inaugural social media editor before shifting back to a writing and reporting role that first saw her covering social media and then using it to source and report breaking news stories. Most recently, she helped develop a homepage widget that curates breaking news from around the Web.

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Happy 18th Birthday Fox News Channel (TVNewser)
Monday, Oct. 7, 1996, Fox News Channel went on the air. Monday, Oct. 7, 2013, for the first time in 10 years, Fox News Channel shook up its primetime. Since it launched, FNC has seen viewership growth of more than 4,600 percent. FishbowlDC During the third quarter of 2014, the network was third in total day viewers among all cable networks. Last week, ratings showed that Fox News Channel was the most watched network on weekday primetime basic cable during the same quarter. According to Nielsen Media Research, during primetime for the past year, FNC ranked in the top five highest-rated networks in all of cable 96 percent of the time. Mediaite Since debuting in October 2013, The Kelly File has experienced the most growth of any program in cable news, (36 percent in total viewers, 27 percent in the 25-54 demo). Year-over-year quarterly comparisons also show growth for On The Record With Greta Van Susteren (16 percent in total viewers, 8 percent in the demo), 8 p.m. mainstay The O’Reilly Factor (6 percent total, 11 percent in the demo), and Hannity (14 percent total, 24 in the demo).

Time’s Michael Grunwald to Politico Magazine (FishbowlDC)
Politico editor Susan Glasser emailed staff Tuesday morning another recent hire to the Rosslyn-based politics news outlet. Time senior national correspondent Michael Grunwald will join Politico Magazine as a senior staff writer and will serve as editor-at-large of a new Politico project to launch in early 2015 — The Agenda — to explore “the intersection of politics and policy.” Politico / Dylan Byers on Media Grunwald has written several best-selling books, including The New New Deal: The Hidden Story of Change in The Obama Era. He collaborated with former treasury secretary Tim Geithner on Stress Test. HuffPost Glasser also announced Tuesday that Politico Magazine deputy editor Blake Hounshell was being promoted to editorial director for digital, and she unveiled a redesigned homepage. She also spoke about better integrating Web design into story production going forward.

Twitter Sues FBI, DOJ to Release NSA Request Info (Associated Press)
Twitter is suing the FBI and the Department of Justice to be able to release more information about government surveillance of its users. Mashable After months of attempted negotiations, the company filed a lawsuit on Tuesday, alleging that the restrictions imposed by the government — which regulate what Twitter can publish about national security related surveillance requests — violate its First Amendment rights. The Washington Post In a post-Edward Snowden world in which technology companies are striving to reassure customers about their commitment to privacy, Twitter is pressing for the ability to be more candid in its twice-a-year transparency reports than the government has been willing to permit. Tech firms may now report the numbers of requests they receive from the government in broad bands — such as zero to 999, for instance. Twitter would like to be able to disclose the exact number of national security-related orders received in any particular category — including zero, if that is the case.

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Jennifer Lawrence Talks Nude Photos With Vanity Fair (FishbowlNY)
Jennifer Lawrence is Vanity Fair’s November cover star, and during her interview with the magazine, she opened up about the nude photos of her that were spread across the Web by hackers. In short — she’s more shocked that we live in a world where this type of thing happens than angry that someone took her photos. PRNewser Lawrence claims she wanted to respond earlier but didn’t feel like she could so effectively: “I started to write an apology, but I don’t have anything to say I’m sorry for. It is not a scandal. It is a sex crime. That’s why these websites are responsible.”

Chuck Todd, George Stephanopoulos Moderate Tuesday Night Senate Debates (FishbowlDC)
Meet The Press moderator Chuck Todd transferred his moderating skills Tuesday night at a Northern Virginia Senate debate between Sen. Mark Warner and his Republican challenger Ed Gillespie. TVNewser This Week host George Stephanopoulos arrived in Raleigh, NC to moderate a debate Tuesday night between Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan and her challenger, Republican state house speaker Thom Tillis.

Men’s Health Deletes Article After Online Backlash (FishbowlNY)
The editors at Men’s Health figured out Monday night that women can enjoy sports. The glossy published a piece titled “The Secret to Talking Sports With Any Woman.” The inevitable online backlash was so swift and brutally accurate Men’s Health deleted the piece. Poynter / MediaWire The mag apologized on Twitter: “It missed the mark and the negative feedback is justified. We’ve deleted it.”

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Maria Bartiromo’s Sunday Morning Futures Is No. 1 Weekend Show (TVNewser)
Sunday Morning Futures, the Fox News show hosted by Maria Bartiromo, was the most-watched cable news hour in the demo this weekend. The 10 a.m. ET Sunday show averaged 307,000 adult 25-54 viewers and also drew 1.06 million total viewers: third highest in both measurements for the six-month old show.

Fox Buying Station in Seattle Market (TVSpy)
Fox Television Stations is buying KBCB in Bellingham, Wash. from World Television and Venture Technologies Group for $10 million. Tribune, which owns Seattle Fox affiliate KCPQ, recently issued a statement saying Fox told the station group it was going to pull the affiliation by Jan. 17, 2015. Seattle has an NFL team in the National Football Conference which Fox has a contract to air. Removing the middle man, in this case Tribune, can increase the amount of ad dollars Fox can earn by airing the games.

Dr. Nancy Snyderman, Crew Begin U.S. Quarantine (TVNewser)
NBC’s chief medial correspondent Dr. Nancy Snyderman and her crew returned to the U.S. on a private charter Monday night, several hours after their colleague Ashoka Mukpo arrived for treatment of Ebola at a hospital in Nebraska. Even thought they are deemed “low risk,” the team will not come to work, and will be quarantined at home for 21 days where their temperatures will be taken twice a day.

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WME, ESPN, Networks Hit With Class Action Lawsuit From College Football And Basketball Players (Deadline Hollywood)
Ten college football and basketball players filed a class action lawsuit in federal court in Tennessee last week seeking a big piece of the television money pie from ESPN, ABC, Fox, CBS, NBC as well as WME and IMG and more. The networks and others “have profited from the broadcast and use of Student Athletes’ names, likenesses and images without the Student Athletes’ permission,” says the 40-page filing of Oct. 3.

Telegraph to Use Digital Content as Backbone of Paper (The Guardian)
Telegraph Media Group is this week implementing a radical restructure of its editorial operation to focus on using digital content as the backbone of each printed edition of the Daily Telegraph. Jason Seiken, Telegraph Media Group editor-in-chief, and top TMG executives have “cherry picked” ideas from newspapers in North America and Europe to introduce new editorial practices and a new production system.

Fusion Hires Alexis Madrigal of to Bolster Tech Coverage (NYT)
Alexis Madrigal, deputy editor of and a prominent online voice on technology and culture, will join the cable network Fusion as Silicon Valley bureau chief and the anchor of a television show.

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