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Matt Winkler Steps Down at Bloomberg News (FishbowlNY)
More changes at Bloomberg News, this time involving veteran editor-in-chief Matt Winkler, who is stepping down. Winkler has been editor of Bloomberg News for the past 24 years. Capital New York John Micklethwait, editor-in-chief of The Economist, will succeed Winkler, who co-founded the news service with Michael Bloomberg back in 1990. Micklethwait has edited The Economist since 2006. He will leave the company at the end of January. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media The Economist is now searching for a replacement for Micklethwait, who joined the mag in 1987, a process that will very likely take several weeks. NYT On Tuesday, Bloomberg News named Winkler an editor-in-chief emeritus. One executive at Bloomberg, who was not authorized to speak publicly, said the change was a year in the making, but had accelerated since Bloomberg’s return to the company in September. Another Bloomberg executive said it was very much a joint decision based on the need for a cultural change in the news division, and that Bloomberg and Winkler remained close. HuffPost As editor-in-chief emeritus, Winkler will work with Bloomberg “on strategic initiatives, conducting high-profile interviews of global newsmakers and bringing his insights and expertise to the most important and market-moving stories.” Micklethwait will oversee editorial “across all Bloomberg platforms, including its news, newsletters, magazines, opinion, television, radio and digital properties,” according to a release. Bloomberg Media Group CEO Justin Smith, who is overseeing new consumer-facing sites for the company, like Bloomberg Politics, will continue reporting to Michael Bloomberg.

Ebola Fighters Are Time Person of The Year (TVNewser)
Announced Wednesday on the Today show: The Ebola Fighters are the Time Person of The Year. The magazine will have five covers representing hundreds of people who battled Ebola on the frontlines. Dr. Kent Brantly, an Ebola survivor who worked with Samaritan’s Purse to help fight the disease in Africa, is on one of the covers. Time For decades, Ebola haunted rural African villages like some mythic monster that every few years rose to demand a human sacrifice and then returned to its cave. It reached the West only in nightmare form, a Hollywood horror that makes eyes bleed and organs dissolve and doctors despair because they have no cure. But 2014 is the year an outbreak turned into an epidemic, powered by the very progress that has paved roads and raised cities and lifted millions out of poverty. This time it reached crowded slums in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone; it traveled to Nigeria and Mali, to Spain, Germany and the U.S. It struck doctors and nurses in unprecedented numbers, wiping out a public-health infrastructure that was weak in the first place. One August day in Liberia, six pregnant women lost their babies when hospitals couldn’t admit them for complications. Anyone willing to treat Ebola victims ran the risk of becoming one. Which brings us to the hero’s heart.

Janelle Rodriguez to Leave CNN for NBC News (TVNewser)
Janelle Rodriguez, who has been VP of programming at CNN for the last three years, is joining NBC News as SVP of Editorial, reporting to NBC News president Deborah Turness. THR The gig finds Rodriguez leading specialist editorial units across the NBC News portfolio, initially focusing on investigations and medical. Turness, to whom Rodriguez will report, credited her new hire with directing much of CNN’s breaking news coverage during her VP tenure at CNN. Deadline Rodriguez has also been tasked with generating editorial initiatives and driving long-range planning; she will lead the division’s regular editorial planning meetings. In Tuesday’s announcement, Turness said she began the search for someone to assume this position about six months ago. Variety Rodriguez was named to her role at CNN in 2012, after serving as a producer and executive producer there. She will start at NBC News in January.

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Discovery Communications Inks New Distribution Deal With Hulu (THR)
Discovery Communications has reached a new distribution deal with Hulu, which will stream a number of its popular programs as well as have exclusive subscription video-on-demand rights to Discovery Channel’s hit series Deadliest Catch. TheWrap Other notable series heading to Hulu Plus include Mythbusters, The Little Couple, Say Yes to The Dress, Treehouse Masters and others. Beginning on Jan. 1, 2015, Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, Investigation Discovery, Science, Destination America, and Discovery en Espanol shows will run on the popular streaming service. Variety Discovery would like to do a deal with Netflix to stream its programming over the popular company’s site. But the two sides have yet to come to terms on “value,” according to Discovery’s chief executive. “We want to do a deal with them. They want to do a deal with us. It’s a question of value,” said David Zaslav on Tuesday.

President Obama Subs in for Colbert (FishbowlDC)
Amid a flurry of talk show appearances, President Barack Obama took some time to show off his more comedic side with everyone’s favorite satirist, Stephen Colbert. The Colbert Report was taped at George Washington University’s Lisner Auditorium Monday evening. TVNewser Colbert is winding down the show next week, as he takes over The Late Show on CBS next year. Before the interview, the president took over the show, doing his best Colbert impression, noting, “How hard can this be?” LostRemote He took over as host, first doing “The Decree” in place of “The Word” and then sat down as a guest. By all anecdotal accounts, he “killed it.” THR / The Live Feed Colbert went on to interview Obama, asking him about nuclear launch codes and whether he leaves his socks around the house. But it was the ending that was perhaps the most surprising, when Colbert asked Obama, “Barack Obama: great president, or greatest president?” “I’ll leave that one alone, Stephen,” Obama said smiling.

James Murdoch Touts Studio Success, Talks Succession (THR)
On Tuesday, 21st Century Fox co-COO James Murdoch touted the recent studio success the conglomerate has seen and talked succession issues for whenever his father, chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch, steps down. Variety “We do have a pretty clear succession plan,” said Murdoch, arguing that 21st Century Fox has been more transparent than its rivals in signaling how its future leadership might manifest. The future, be it who wears the crown or how the content that fills the kingdom’s coffers is produced and consumed, was a recurring theme during Murdoch’s discussion at the UBS Global Media and Entertainment Conference on Tuesday. From streaming services to the growth of foreign markets, it’s a time of tectonic shifts in the television and film business, he argued, and that requires flexibility. Deadline More broadly, he noted that cable operators fumbled the opportunity to make traditional TV a major force in U.S. digital streaming — but content owners can help catch up.

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How Much Google News Traffic Do Publishers Get? (Adam Sherk)
Google News has been in the news itself lately, from European efforts to impose taxes to questions about its value and even suggestions for giving it a full redesign. But just how much traffic is it currently driving to publishers? FishbowlNY Coming in last on the list, BuzzFeed received just over 1 million visits from Google News between January and November of this year, accounting for 0.69 percent of all traffic. It’s not often that being last on this kind of list is cause for celebration. But since, in this case, it means that BuzzFeed’s mission of social-driven views is going according to plan, high fives are in order. Poynter / MediaWire By comparison, USA Today received more than 100 million visits. That’s almost a third of all news search traffic to the site.

September Cover Stars, Slips (WWD / Memo Pad)
According to newly released newsstand sales numbers by the Alliance for Audited Media, among fashion and lifestyle magazines, Cosmopolitan won the September issue battle with 698,500 total single-copy sales for its cover featuring Lucy Hale. InStyle came in second with sales of 503,400 copies for its Julia Roberts cover, followed by Vogue, which featured models Joan Smalls, Cara Delevingne and Karlie Kloss on its cover, which sold 359,703 copies. FishbowlNY However, the major players all saw declines in single-copy sales. Cosmo experienced a drop of 35 percent compared to that same point last year. InStyle was down 26 percent, Glamour 49 percent and Vogue’s sales were down 28 percent.

Dick Cheney, CIA Urged NYT Not to Run Secret Prison Story (HuffPost)
In November 2002, then-vice president Dick Cheney and senior CIA officials succeeded in urging The New York Times not to run an article disclosing the name of the country where an al-Qaida operative was held. News of the government’s request could be found in the executive summary of the Senate Intelligence Committee torture report released Tuesday. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media The release of the CIA report on interrogation techniques has renewed a long-standing debate about news organizations’ use of the word “torture.” On Tuesday, many news organizations were going with the word “torture” in headlines, breaking news banners and tweets, an evolution from when the use of the word was more restrained.

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FBI Official Says ‘No Attribution’ to North Korea in Sony Hack Probe (Reuters)
A senior FBI official said on Tuesday that the agency has not confirmed widely held suspicions that North Korea is behind the unprecedented cyber attack on Sony’s Hollywood studio. Re/code A previously unknown group calling itself the Guardians of Peace has claimed responsibility for the breach, which resulted in the public release of salary information, private emails and confidential contracts. The group called on Sony to halt distribution of what it called “the movie of terrorism” — an apparent reference to The Interview, a comedy starring Seth Rogen and James Franco as TV journalists chosen to conduct a rare interview with North Korea leader Kim Jong-Un.

HBO to Outsource Streaming Technology in Blow to ‘Backstabbing’ CTO (Fortune)
In a major strategic shift, HBO will license the technology underpinning the standalone streaming service it plans to offer in 2015. The company has killed a project called “Maui” that would build the new streaming service in-house, according to an internal memo. HBO hopes to launch the new standalone streaming service in April. Re/code If HBO succeeds, that means the service will be available for the new season of the company’s hit Game of Thrones.

SVP Parisa Khosravi Leaving CNN Worldwide (TVNewser)
Senior vice president for CNN Worldwide Parisa Khosravi has informed the network that she is retiring. In a memo sent to CNN staffers, CNN International executive vice president and managing director Tony Maddox wrote, “In an outstanding career that reaches across nearly three decades, Parisa has been a true eye witness to history. She has been at the heart of our coverage of all key world events since CNN recruited Parisa straight out of school, and she joined the company as a VJ.”

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Evening News Ratings: Week of Dec. 1 (TVNewser)
For the week Brian Williams celebrated his 10th anniversary as Nightly News anchor, the NBC newscast took wins in both total viewers and the adults 25-54 demo. This is NBC’s third win in the demo in the last five weeks, and its biggest win in the demo over ABC since March.

NYT Promises New Print Sections (WSJ / CMO Today)
Tuesday, New York Times Co. chief executive Mark Thompson touted the company’s plans in print. The Times is looking to expand the number of sections it offers as it seeks to maximize cash flow from its print business, which makes up 72 percent of the company’s advertising revenue and 79 percent of its circulation revenue.

Betsy Morgan Named CEO of TheBlaze (Variety)
Betsy Morgan has been named chief executive of independent cable outlet TheBlaze, succeeding Chris Balfe, who has worked with founder Glenn Beck for the past 12 years. Morgan had been president and chief strategy officer.

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