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16 Million Tune in to Cable News for Ferguson Grand Jury Announcement (TVNewser)
The news surrounding the grand jury’s decision in the Darren Wilson case gave cable news channels a ratings surge Monday. While the decision had been reached by mid-afternoon, news channels had seven hours to consider the result as it was not announced until the 9 p.m. ET hour, when daytime viewership peaked. Capital New York During the 9 p.m. hour, when the decision was revealed, Fox News averaged 7.26 million total viewers, including 2.19 million adults 25 to 54. CNN averaged 6.26 million total viewers, including 3.16 million adults 25-54, and MSNBC averaged 2.20 million total viewers, including 742,000 adults aged 25 to 54. Mediaite The peak for CNN came not at 9 p.m. when the decision was announced, but instead during the second half of the 10 p.m. hour when the network reached 3.558 million demo viewers. With 7.256 million viewers during the 9 p.m. hour, Fox’s The Kelly File was the overall winner for the night. Variety Both The Kelly File and Hannity scored all-time highs in terms of overall viewers and audience in the advertiser-desired demo of 25 to 54. CNN’s Anderson Cooper was able to trump Fox News’ Megyn Kelly in the 25-to-54 demo at 9 p.m. In late-night viewership, CNN lured more viewers overall and in the demo at both 11 p.m. and midnight, according to Nielsen. THR / The Live Feed Many TV networks chimed in, with some broadcast nets interrupting primetime with President Obama’s remarks on the matter and each of the cable news outlets covering it well into the night. Some segments from the center of the embattled town even got too close, with CNN’s Sara Sidner being hit with a rock on air.

Suze Orman Leaving CNBC (TVNewser)
Suze Orman will be moving on from CNBC after 14 years. THR Orman is developing a daily show called Suze Orman’s Money Wars for Warner Bros. Telepictures, it was announced Tuesday. Orman’s long-running CNBC program, The Suze Orman Show, will end in March 2015, the business-news network confirmed. It will conclude as the longest-running show in CNBC history. Variety It’s not clear yet if the project will be distributed via first-run syndication or shopped to cable outlets. The series is in the very early stages of development, meaning that it’s too soon to target a fall 2015 debut in syndication should Telepictures go that route. The Money Wars concept has Orman helping families, friends and couples tackle the financial and personal issues that are wrapped up in disputes over money. Deadline A two-time Emmy winner, eight-time Gracie Award winner and magazine/online columnist, Orman is also the author of nine consecutive New York Times bestsellers. She has co-produced and hosted eight specials for PBS based on her bestselling books and is currently a contributing editor to O: The Oprah Magazine.

NYT Names First Innovation, Strategy Editor (FishbowlNY)
The New York Times has named Kinsey Wilson editor for innovation and strategy, a new role at the paper. Wilson comes to the Times from NPR, where he served as executive VP and chief content officer since 2008. He was ousted last month. FishbowlDC Wilson, who has served in top roles at other major national media publications like USA Today, Newsday and Congressional Quarterly, will take on a newly created position that focuses on expanding the Times’ mobile and digital strategy. He starts his new role in February. Capital New York The move reflects a renewed push for smart digital thinking at the Times, which is working hard to scale the audience that reads — and pays for — its content on desktop and mobile platforms. It also comes as the brand is battling print advertising hardships while enjoying growth in digital advertising and reader-based revenues. The Times is in the process of cutting 100 positions from the newsroom through buyouts and, most likely, layoffs. At the same time, it has promised to continue adding new talent to meet the needs of its ongoing digital transformation. NYT Wilson, 58, will collaborate with the editorial and business sides of the organization, the company said in a statement, and will report to the executive editor, Dean Baquet.

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ABC’s Stephanopoulos Gets First Interview With Darren Wilson (FishbowlDC)
ABC News confirmed Tuesday that George Stephanopoulos has landed the first interview with officer Darren Wilson following news that he will not be indicted. The chief anchor and political correspondent for ABC was among many news hosts vying for the first televised interview with Wilson. TVNewser Edited excerpts aired on World News Tonight and Nightline Tuesday, and Wednesday’s Good Morning America. The full interview will post on Wednesday. THR Stephanopoulos confirmed they had landed the sit-down on Tuesday afternoon, tweeting a photo of Stephanopoulos with Wilson and noting that the journalist met with the cop for an hour. “No questions were off limits,” wrote Stephanopoulos.

The Colossal Failure of Racket Is Now Complete (FishbowlNY)
Matt Taibbi, what have you wrought? While the jury is still out on exactly how much blame the high-flying journalist, now safely back at Rolling Stone, must bear for the implosion of First Look Media’s Racket, his abrupt exit was followed Tuesday by a curt and even more far-reaching announcement. Capital New York “Since Matt Taibbi’s departure, we’ve been working with the team he hired to consider various options for launching a project without him,” First Look Media announced in an unsigned post. “After multiple explorations, we’ve decided not to pursue the project. Unfortunately, this means that the team Matt hired will be let go.” Politico / Dylan Byers on Media The announcement follows the news that Taibbi, hired to lead the financial and political corruption-focused publication, had left the media company over disagreements with executives at the company created by eBay founder Pierre Omidyar.

Karen Finney Joins Media Matters (Politico / Dylan Byers on Media)
Karen Finney, the former DNC spokesperson-turned-MSNBC commentator, has joined the liberal watchdog group Media Matters for America as a senior fellow and consultant, MMFA told Politico on Tuesday. FishbowlDC Finney, who left MSNBC earlier this month, said, ”Media Matters does indispensable work exposing lies, misinformation and vitriol from conservative media. I’m thrilled to be working with them.” Finney previously worked in the Clinton White House as well as Hillary Clinton‘s first New York Senate race. She was also the first African-American spokeswoman for the DNC and has been an MSNBC commentator and guest host since 2009. TVNewser She will write commentary pieces for the progressive research and information site.

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Sony Pictures Hackers Say They Want ‘Equality,’ Worked With Staff to Break in (The Verge)
The hackers who took down Sony Pictures’ computer systems Monday said that they are working for “equality” and suggested their attack was assisted or carried out by Sony employees. The hackers’ goals remain unclear, but they used the attack Monday to specifically call out Sony Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton, referring to him as a “criminal” in a tweet. Mashable The hackers appear to be identifying themselves as the “Guardians of the Peace.” A Reddit user claiming to be an ex-Sony employee alleged that a threatening message about the hack appeared on all of the company’s employee computers. It wasn’t apparent that the hackers had leaked any Sony data as of Tuesday night.

BuzzFeed Crosses $100 Million in Revenue, Staff Memo Says (WSJ / CMO Today)
BuzzFeed Inc. has kept its financials close to the vest, but in a note to staff this week chief executive Jonah Peretti said the site earlier this year crossed $100 million in revenue. Capital New York Peretti, not one to let the company rest on its laurels, also told staff that if certain traffic metrics are hit, every BuzzFeed staff member worldwide will receive an Apple Watch. According to the email, which was provided by Peretti’s chief of staff, Ashley McCollum, if BuzzFeed hits 200 million unique visitors and 750 million video views in the same month, every staffer will be getting Apple’s upcoming fashion accessory.

As Music Streaming Grows, Spotify Reports Rising Revenue And A Loss (NYT)
Spotify, the company that has come to symbolize the growth of streaming music around the world, had more than $1 billion in revenue in 2013. But it has yet to turn a profit. Re/code Spotify says it has 12.5 million paying subscribers. One thing to note that is that Spotify’s subscription revenues are increasing much faster than its ad revenues.

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Brian Weiss Leaves WaPo to Join The Justice Network (FishbowlDC)
The Washington Post’s Brian Weiss is leaving D.C. to join a new Atlanta-based television network startup dedicated to criminal justice and true crime investigations. The Justice Network bills itself as the “first-of-its-kind-public-service-initiative” where viewers will be enlisted to “track down criminals and missing children.”

Why Google Is Taking Another Shot at Helping Readers Pay for News (Nieman Journalism Lab)
Google wants to be the wallet you use to pay for news. Again. Last week, the company debuted Contributor, an experimental platform that lets people pay publishers for visiting a site. Instead of buying a subscription, readers put $1 to $3 a month into an account that is used to pay publishers on a per-visit basis. The way it works is that each publisher gets the equivalent of the market rate for an ad shaved off their contribution each time they visit a site, according to Google spokeswoman Andrea Faville. Users can support their favorite website and enjoy an ad-free (or at least Google-ad-free) reading experience.

AOL Promotes Allie Kline to CMO (FishbowlNY)
AOL has promoted Allie Kline to chief marketing officer. Kline was most recently CMO of AOL Platforms. She will continue to oversee that division in her new role. Kline joined AOL last year from 33Across, where she also served as CMO.

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CBS, Dish Network Set Another Extension as Carriage Talks Progress (Variety)
CBS and Dish Network have set a second short-term contract extension to avoid a blackout while negotiations on a carriage deal for Eye-owned TV stations progress with the satcaster. The latest extension will stretch into next week, giving both sides breathing room during the long Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

Netflix’s Possible Slowing U.S. Growth Prompts Analyst Firm Downgrade (Variety)
Netflix shares dipped as much as 3.5 percent Tuesday, after Wall Street firm Stifel downgraded the company’s stock based on uncertainty about the subscription-video leader’s U.S. growth trajectory.

Europe Versus Google as EU Parliament Votes on Break-Up (THR)
On Thursday, the members of the European Parliament in Brussels are scheduled to vote on a motion that, among other things, includes a recommendation to break up Google in Europe.

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