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Rosie O’Donnell Officially Returning to The View (TVNewser)
Rosie O’Donnell is returning to The View as a co-host in the fall, ABC confirmed via Twitter Thursday. Variety O’Donnell will join moderator Whoopi Goldberg. ABC execs are in the midst of a extensive search for new producers to take the reins of The View as the show prepares to replace panelists Sherri Shepherd and Jenny McCarthy, who recently exited the daytime program. THR / The Live Feed O’Donnell, who was a panelist on The View for the 2007-2008 season, left after just one year. O’Donnell had a notably stormy tenure on the show, often fighting with conservative panelist Elisabeth Hasselbeck, who suggested on Fox News on Wednesday that O’Donnell had been plotting her return to the show for “a very, very long time.” HuffPost TMZ reported Tuesday that the former co-host would be returning, claiming that O’Donnell had been in “active talks” with the show. This will be ABC’s first move to put back the pieces after the major overhaul that left Whoopi Goldberg as the show’s only remaining co-host. In June, Shepherd and McCarthy announced that they would be leaving, and ABC implied in a statement that their departures were not voluntary. Barbara Walters, the show’s creator, retired in May and Joy Behar and Hasselbeck both exited the show in 2013. NYT O’Donnell’s name immediately arose as most likely to be the first-named replacement. Her outspoken and often politically oriented commentary helped spark a surge in the show’s ratings. A committed liberal with strong views on numerous topics, she also got into some widely publicized feuds, with Donald Trump and others.

Bourdain, Sixties Net Emmy Noms for CNN (TVNewser)
The Primetime Emmy nominations were announced Thursday morning. CNN was the only news network to make the cut, picking up several nominations for informational and documentary series. Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown is nominated for Outstanding Informational Series or Special and five other awards. The Sixties: The Assassination of President Kennedy is up for two awards, including Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Special. FishbowlDC “Washington (or its television portrayal)” was also represented quite nicely in the nominations. 2013 winner Claire Danes for Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series is again nominated as Carrie Mathison on Homeland against Robin Wright as Claire Underwood on House of Cards and GW grad Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope on Scandal. Kevin Spacey was nominated as Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series for his portrayal of Francis Underwood on House of Cards. Veep’s Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who plays Vice President Selina Meyer on the HBO series, earned a nod in the Outstanding Lead Actress In A Comedy Series category, which she took in 2013. National Geographic’s Killing Kennedy is among five nominees for Outstanding Television Movie. LostRemote Some of social TV’s biggest shows are also among the contenders. HBO’s Game of Thrones, Netflix’s House of Cards, and now concluded AMC classic Breaking Bad are nominated for outstanding drama series, along with HBO’s mini-series True Detective and AMC’s Mad Men. For outstanding comedy series, Netflix’s Orange Is The New Black garnered a nomination. Politico President Obama’s appearance on comedian Zach Galifianakis’ Web series, Between Two Ferns, was nominated for an Emmy in the Outstanding Short-Form Live-Action Entertainment Program category.

Argentina’s Semifinal World Cup Victory vs. Netherlands Yields 83 Million Facebook Interactions (AllFacebook)
The second semifinal match at 2014 FIFA World Cup did not approach the first in terms of gameplay or Facebook buzz, but according to the Facebook Data Science Team, the victory by Argentina over the Netherlands on penalty kicks (4-2) after a 0-0 draw resulted in more than 83 million interactions (posts, comments and likes) on the social network, from 39 million users. THR The game averaged a 4.3 overnight rating for ESPN, the best-ever result for a World Cup semifinal on the network. It beat out the previous record — the 4.1 overnight rating for Tuesday’s Brazil vs. Germany semifinal. Deadline Hollywood Univision drew 5.2 million viewers for Wednesday’s Argentina-Netherlands match, which makes it the most-watched World Cup semifinal ever on the Spanish-language network. THR The Netherlands’ dramatic exit from the World Cup set a new Dutch ratings record, with viewership figures topping the Netherlands vs. Spain World Cup final in 2010. An average of 9.1 million viewers, or 89.3 percent of the television audience, caught the match.

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Clock Ticking on FCC’s Review of Comcast-TWC Merger (Variety)
The FCC issued a formal public notice on Thursday seeking comment on Comcast’s proposed merger with Time Warner Cable, signaling about six months until it reaches a decision on whether to green light the transaction. Comments in favor or against the merger are due on Aug. 25; responses to those comments are due on Sept. 23; and replies to those responses are due on Oct. 8. Re/code The action Thursday is mostly administrative. The FCC has already received more than 10,000 comments about the deal since it was announced in February. Capital New York Discovery Communications has retained the services of D.C. consulting firm The Glover Park Group to lobby in regards to the proposed Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger. According to a registration form filed to the Secretary of the U.S. Senate, Discovery has retained four staffers from Glover Park Group to work on “pending media transactions.”

Travel + Leisure Editor Latest to Join Exodus From Time Inc. (New York Post / Media Ink)
Travel + Leisure editor-in-chief Nancy Novogrod is leaving after 21 years at the helm in the latest veteran editor departure from Time Inc. “It’s been the job of my life,” said Novogrod. WWD / Memo Pad Novogrod will help conduct the search for her successor and remain at the magazine until the new editor is named. Along with Time Inc. executive vice president and chief content officer Norman Pearlstine and executive vice president Evelyn Webster, Novogrod said she will search for an editor who can “create a new future” for the magazine, which will include executing strategies to allow print to “thrive in the digital age.” Adweek Novogrod joined Travel + Leisure in 1993 following five years as the editor of Condé Nast’s House & Garden, where she replaced Anna Wintour. Since then, she’s led the magazine’s evolution from print-only brand to a multi-platform one, received four ASME nominations, and oversaw the transition from American Express Publishing to current owner Time Inc.

ABC World News Misidentifies Gaza Destruction as Being in Israel (TVNewser)
As Hamas militants continue to fire rockets into Israel and the IDF escalates its aerial assault in Gaza, the destruction on both sides seems to be indistinguishable to some. On Tuesday’s World News, ABC’s Diane Sawyer misidentified the aftermath of an Israeli missile strike in Gaza as destruction from Palestinian rocket fire. THR During an ABC World News report on Tuesday about the escalating crisis in the Middle East, Sawyer described a photo as Israelis “trying to salvage what they can” after a Palestinian missile attack. The image, however, actually shows Palestinians walking through rubble with their belongings following an Israeli air strike. The mistake was identified by pro-Palestinian journalist Rania Khalek late on Wednesday. HuffPost The error was widely criticized, and held up by some as evidence of a false balance in much of the coverage of the violence in the region, which has left more than 80 Palestinians dead but has yet to cause any Israeli casualties. “We made a mistake,” Sawyer told viewers Thursday. “I misidentified these powerful images… we are truly sorry for the error.”

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Jill Abramson: ‘I Was Fired Because of My Quote-Unquote Management Skills’ (FishbowlNY)
Jill Abramson — the former executive editor of The New York Times who was abruptly cut by the paper months ago — will never go for long periods of time without being asked about the incident. This is why, during a speech about the Times national security coverage at the Chautauqua Institution, Abramson was once again asked why she was fired. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media “I was fired because of my quote-unquote management skills,” Abramson said. “To be honest with you, I’m still trying to figure out exactly what that means.” In the wake of her departure, Times publisher Arthur Sulzberger attributed the termination to newsroom complaints with Abramson’s management style.

Sony to Trim Tokyo HQ Staff (Variety)
Sony will begin accepting early retirement applications from staff in its corporate headquarters, as of Aug 1. The aim is to reduce fixed HQ expenses 30 percent by fiscal 2015. This is part of a more general drive to reduce head count and bring the troubled company back into the black. NYT The announcement came the same day as news from Sony’s music-publishing arm. A month after the Justice Department said it would review the decades-old regulatory agreements governing the music licensing agencies Ascap and BMI, the world’s biggest song publisher has threatened to end its relationship with those groups if the changes it wants are not made.

Chinese Journalists Warned Not to Work With Foreign Media (NYT / Sinosphere)
The Chinese government, which already maintains tight restrictions on the country’s media, has issued new warnings to local journalists not to cooperate with foreign news agencies. The State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television, which regulates the media, in a notice dated June 30 but posted on its website this week, alerts Chinese journalists not to pass on any information obtained in the course of their work to any foreign media groups or to domestic media where they are not employed, and it re-emphasizes that they are not permitted to write for foreign news agencies. HuffPost The Chinese press regulator also stressed that no journalists are to write for any foreign media, a restriction put in place in 2013 that banned media from reporting on foreign news coverage without employer permission. The new warning comes just one month after China’s government tightened press freedom even more and barred journalists from reporting on stories outside of their beats.

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Rolling Stone Pulls Controversial Michael Bloomberg Article (Politico / Dylan Byers on Media)
Rolling Stone removed an article about former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg that has drawn criticism from Colorado Republicans. In the article, titled “Michael Bloomberg Isn’t Afraid of the NRA,” the former mayor says some of the state’s districts are so “rural” that they may not have roads. Sources familiar with the incident tell us Rolling Stone was scheduled to publish the piece on Monday, July 14, but accidentally published it early.

Sarah Gilbert Set to Rejoin NPR’s Weekend Edition (FishbowlDC)
NPR’s Weekend Edition announced a new hire Thursday morning. Sarah Gilbert will rejoin the show as supervising senior editor, which she originally joined in 2012 before leaving for Marketplace in 2013.

Long All-Volunteer, Guernica Mag Looks Toward Paying Contributors (CJR / Behind The News)
Ten years after a professor told Guernica Magazine founder and editor-in-chief Michael Archer to open a free magazine and let it fail as an experience, the publication is still up and running. In the past decade, even as online writing outlets have proliferated, Guernica has continued to attract writers and editors to its pages, all working without the promise of compensation. Some come and go, but most are repeat contributors or long-serving editors. Now, the New York City-based magazine is retrofitting its fund-free mission to pay staff members and sustain the publication without compromising its original literary focus and team loyalty.

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ABC Names New Programmatic Sales Chief (WSJ / CMO Today)
ABC has tapped Mike Dean to lead programmatic and data-driven advertising sales, the network announced Thursday. Dean joins the Disney-owned network from video ad tech firm Videology, which he joined in 2011. He previously worked at Microsoft.

Pew Study Finds Sharp Drop in Reporters at Statehouses (NYT)
The nation’s statehouses have lost more than one-third of the newspaper journalists devoted to covering legislative matters full time, according to a study released on Thursday morning by the Journalism Project at the Pew Research Center. The study, which surveyed all 50 statehouses, found a loss of 164 full-time newspaper reporters since 2003. The total number of full-time statehouse reporters dipped to roughly 300. TVSpy Last September, ABC’s owned stations dissolved its political bureau covering California’s capital for stations in Los Angeles (KABC), San Francisco Bay Area (KGO) and Fresno (KFSN).

To Kill A Mockingbird Hits eBook Stores (GalleyCat)
To Kill A Mockingbird is finally available in eBook form. After years of holding out, author Harper Lee agreed to the book’s digital publication back in April. Amazon is selling the title for $3.99 in the Kindle Store. Barnes & Noble has it for $8.99 in the Nook Store. Apple has the iBook available for $4.99.

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