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Editor Among Those Killed in Terrorist Attack on Paris Magazine (GalleyCat)
Stephane Charbonnier, the editor of the weekly news magazine Charlie Hebdo, was among 12 people killed in a terrorist attack on the magazine Wednesday in Paris. TVNewser Three masked gunmen shouting “Allahu akbar!” opened fired at the offices of the French satirical publication in what French President Francois Hollande called, “a terrorist attack without a doubt.” CNN was first among the three major cable news networks to report on the story Wednesday, with a breaking news report of “several dead in France shooting” at 6:13 a.m. ET. Fox News Channel was up next, with an alert at 6:24 a.m. ET. More than 20 minutes after CNN’s report, at 6:39 a.m. ET, MSNBC’s Morning Joe was the first to have White House press secretary Josh Earnest and White House reaction at 7:43 a.m. ET. NBC News had a special report at 6:47 a.m. ET with Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie anchoring from New York. Al Jazeera America’s Jacky Rowland reported live in Paris and Dana Lewis also reported from Paris. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media CNN is not showing detailed images of cartoons from the Charlie Hebdo magazine that could be viewed as offensive to Muslims, CNN senior editorial director Richard Griffiths said in a message sent to CNN staff Wednesday afternoon. TVNewser An MSNBC spokesperson said, “Our NBC News Group Standards team has sent guidance to NBC News, MSNBC and CNBC not to show headlines or cartoons that could be viewed as insensitive or offensive.” In addition, a Fox News spokesperson said that FNC has “no plans to show the cartoons.” Mediaite French police Wednesday named two brothers in their 30s and a teenage boy claiming affiliation with al Qaeda as the gunmen in the massacre at the offices of the French satirical magazine. NYT Officials said late Wednesday that two of the suspects were brothers. They were identified as Said and Chérif Kouachi, 34 and 32. The third suspect is Hamyd Mourad, 18. News reports said the brothers, known to intelligence services, had been born in Paris, raising the prospect that homegrown Muslim extremists were responsible. Early Thursday, a spokeswoman for the Paris prosecutor said that Mourad had walked into a police station in Charleville-Mézières, about 145 miles northeast of Paris, and surrendered. BBC News The two main suspects in the Islamist attack on Charlie Hebdo magazine in Paris are said to have robbed a service station in the north of France. They stole food and petrol, firing shots as they struck at the roadside stop near Villers-Cotterets in the Aisne region, French media report.

Larry Ingrassia Joins Los Angeles Times (FishbowlNY)
Former New York Times deputy managing editor Larry Ingrassia is joining the Los Angeles Times as an associate editor. Ingrassia had served at the NYT from 2004 to September of 2014, when he announced he was leaving amid a shuffling of editors. Poynter / MediaWire At the LAT, Ingrassia will be in charge of new ventures, the paper’s leadership announced Wednesday in a staff memo. Capital New York He will be responsible for leading the LAT’ efforts to convert online readership into revenue, through such initiatives as special events and email newsletters. When Ingrassia announced he had plans to retire from the NYT in late 2014, there was no apparent second act for the journalist who helped develop the digital financial news service DealBook and the technology blog Bits as business editor. NYT At the NYT, Ingrassia had also overseen the unveiling of The International New York Times, which replaced The International Herald Tribune. He was the business editor from 2004 to 2012, during which time the coverage he directed won five Pulitzer prizes. He had previously worked at The Wall Street Journal.

FCC Chair Tom Wheeler Accuses Broadcasters of Slowing Spectrum Auction Plans (THR / Behind The Screen)
FCC chair Tom Wheeler said he’s optimistic that spectrum auctions would begin in early 2016 as planned, though he was “disappointed that the broadcasters have slowed things down by filing suit.” Variety Wheeler said Wednesday that the commission will vote on a new net neutrality proposal on Feb. 26, with the new rules of the road for the Internet having been circulated to other commissioners earlier in the month. There has been growing speculation on Wall Street and elsewhere that he will undertake an effort to reclassify the broadband Internet as a Title II telecommunications service. At a Q&A with Consumer Electronics Assn. CEO Gary Shapiro, Wheeler all but said that they were moving toward reclassification, but with provisions prohibiting the FCC from imposing more onerous regulations that apply to utilities. Deadline President Obama urged the FCC in November to reclassify the Internet, which some analysts thought undermined Wheeler’s efforts to establish net neutrality under the present regulatory arrangement.

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The New Republic Adds Four (FishbowlNY)
The New Republic has started to fill the holes left by the mass exodus in early December. Capital New York The hires include two senior editors — Jamil Smith, a producer at MSNBC for the past four years, and Elspeth Reeve, who worked under TNR editor Gabriel Snyder when he was editor of The Atlantic Wire. Bijan Stephen, most recently an editorial assistant at Vanity Fair, joins as an associate editor, and Cathy Park Hong, a creative writing teacher at Sarah Lawrence College, joins as poetry editor. TheWrap More than 50 full-time employees and contributors, including top editors Franklin Foer and Leon Wieseltier, resigned from The New Republic over changes to the publication under owner Chris Hughes. Since then several new contributors have been announced, but this marks the first full-time hires.

Alex Pareene Returns to Gawker (Gawker / Politburo)
Alex Pareene, fresh from overseeing Racket, is the latest in a string of former staffers to return to Gawker Media. Poynter / MediaWire Racket was a short-lived satirical news project from First Look Media. In a post filed to “prodigal sons,” executive editor for investigations John Cook noted that Pareene, who will rejoin Gawker as special projects editor, will be tasked with “developing and executing pranks, capers, hijinks and long cons” on Gawker’s various sites. Capital New York Pareene has been without a media day job since late November, when First Look Media decided to permanently shelve Racket, the satirical magazine that was supposed to be launched by Pareene and Matt Taibbi. Pareene started his career at Gawker Media in 2006, writing for its political blog Wonkette, which has since been sold.

David Allan Joins CNN Digital (FishbowlNY)
David Allan has been named editorial director of health and wellness at CNN Digital. Allan comes to CNN from BBC, where he most recently served as managing editor, features. He had been with BBC since 2010. Poynter / MediaWire Allan will work with CNN chief medical correspondent Sanjay Gupta and others to “lead our digital programming and expansion efforts for health in the U.S. and beyond,” according to the memo. Before joining the BBC, Allan held several roles at legacy and online news organizations. He was a Web editor in charge of news and features at The New York Times, an editor for AOL and the creator of a show for MTV.

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Neil deGrasse Tyson Gets Late-Night Nat Geo Talk Show (THR)
Neil deGrasse Tyson is getting his own show. The astrophysicist and TV personality, who fronted Cosmos in 2014, has nabbed a late-night series on National Geographic Channel called Star Talk. Mediaite Star Talk, which is also the name of the host’s popular podcast, will be taped in front of a live audience at the American Museum of Natural History’s Hayden Planetarium in New York City, where Tyson serves as director. It is scheduled to premiere sometime in April.

MGM Settles James Bond Copyright Lawsuit Over Universal’s Section 6 (THR / Hollywood, Esq.)
MGM and James Bond rightsholder Danjaq have settled their lawsuit over Universal’s spy film Section 6, which they’d claimed was “a James Bond knockoff.” In court papers filed on Wednesday, MGM and Danjaq dismissed their copyright infringement suit against the studio and screenwriter Aaron Berg. Deadline With the discovery process just ended, the case was set to go to trial on Feb. 16, 2016. The pic, which had Joe Cornish attached to direct, deals with the origin of U.K. intelligence agency MI6 — that’s the same organization a certain 007 works for.

Meredith Acquires Native Ad Company Selectable Media (FishbowlNY)
Like most publishers, Meredith Corporation is serious about native advertising (also known as sponsored content). The Iowa-based publisher of brands such as Better Homes And Gardens, Parents and Allrecipes has shown just how important that type of advertising is by its purchase of Selectable Media, a company that specializes in native ads.

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FBI Says Little Doubt North Korea Hit Sony (NYT)
The FBI’s director, James B. Comey, said on Wednesday that the U.S. had concluded that North Korea was behind the destructive attacks on Sony Pictures partly because the hackers failed to mask their location when they broke into the company’s servers.

Three New Hires at Washington Examiner (FishbowlDC)
Washington Examiner‘s editorial director Hugo Gurdon announced the hiring off three journalists Wednesday afternoon: Tim Cavanaugh, Paige Winfield Cunningham and Tara Copp.

Parade Names Anne Krueger EIC (FishbowlNY)
Athlon Media Group (AMG) has named Anne Krueger editor-in-chief of Parade. AMG purchased the magazine from Advance Publications last September. Krueger most recently served as a communications leader at Wisdom Works Group.

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Memories of A ‘Spiritual’ Mario Cuomo, Plus Joanna Coles, Bob Barnett And Mel Karmazin (FishbowlNY / Lunch)
Hail, hail the gang’s all here! Well, almost. Even the biting cold of January couldn’t keep the faithful away from Michael’s Wednesday.

NBC Sees Slowdown in Super Bowl Ad Sales (Variety)
The Super Bowl remains the biggest annual TV event in the U.S., but advertisers are not flocking to it in 2015 as they did last year. With less than a month to go before NBC’s broadcast of the kickoff of Super Bowl XLIX from Phoenix on Feb. 1, the network has sold 95 percent of its advertising inventory.

Vocativ Shakes Up Senior Leadership (Capital New York)
Digital media startup Vocativ on Wednesday unveiled a new leadership structure, and the departure of CEO Scott Cohen. Vocativ, which launched in 2013, will now be led by three individuals: COO Danna Rabin, chief business officer Steve Alperin and a new hire, Gregory Gittrich, who will serve as chief content officer.

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