Morning Media Newsfeed: Curry to Leave NBC | OSU-Oregon Dominates Ratings, Social Media

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Ann Curry to Leave NBC News (New York Post / Page Six)
Ann Curry is finally leaving NBC more than two and a half years after her excruciating departure from Today. TVNewser It’s unclear of the timing, but we hear she will be walking with a substantial amount of money. The Post reports Curry had been earning upwards of $12 million per year. THR / The Live Feed The veteran broadcast journalist and anchor, who’s seen her screen time on the network dwindle since being publicly forced out of the morning flagship in 2012, is not cutting ties altogether. While she pursues reporting on other platforms and networks, including NBC News, she’s also developing a media startup backed by NBCUniversal. HuffPost Last year, sources at NBC News predicted that Curry would leave the network at the conclusion of her current contract. Capital New York In a statement, Curry said that her startup would produce both scripted and unscripted content, in addition to reports she may produce for NBC or other outlets.

Ohio-Oregon Game Dominates on Facebook, Twitter, Ratings (LostRemote)
The National College Football Playoff Championship was the overall winner Monday night on social media. The game had fans talking on both Twitter and Facebook. In a blog post, Twitter says that the game garnered 4.4 million tweets over the entire ESPN broadcast. Adweek College football’s inaugural playoff championship game on Monday night is now in the books as the highest-rated cable television program of all time, drawing a staggering 18.5 overnight rating, according to Nielsen. The Oregon-Ohio State game peaked between 9:30 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. ET on ESPN, with a 20.5 metered market rating, said the New York-based research company. Capital New York The game, between the Oregon Ducks and The Ohio State University Buckeyes, averaged 33.39 million viewers, surpassing both of the college football semifinals earlier this month, which each averaged just over 28 million viewers, and last year’s BCS championship game, which averaged 25.5 million viewers. THR / The Live Feed It’s an incredibly auspicious start to ESPN’s landmark 12-year, $7.3 billion deal to air the playoffs and the championship game. And it comes after an especially good 2014 for the Worldwide Leader. The year marked its first atop all other cable channels, besting every other network in primetime viewership and adults 18-49.

Woody Allen to Write Original Amazon Series (LostRemote)
After taking a Golden Globe Sunday for Transparent, Amazon has more big news this week: Woody Allen is going to write and direct an original series. GalleyCat This will be the director’s first foray into TV and is part of Amazon’s recent push into the creation of original TV content, a move that puts the company in direct competition with Netflix. FishbowlNY The release elaborated, “Untitled Woody Allen Project, a half-hour series, has received a full season order and episodes will be written and directed by Allen.” THR Episodes will be available next year on Amazon’s Prime Instant Video service in the U.S., U.K. and Germany.

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So, Charlie Hebdo Put Mohammed on The Cover Again, But Will Networks Show It? (TVNewser)
Charlie Hebdo’s newest edition comes out Wednesday and features a cover cartoon of the Prophet Mohammed holding a sign that says “Je suis Charlie,” which has become a slogan of support for the satirical magazine. If you want to see the cover on TV news, you’ll have to stick with Fox News or CBS News, who have both already shown the image numerous times. Mediaite CNN, ABC News and NBC News announced that they would not be showing the new cover; both described the cover instead. THR The new Charlie Hebdo cartoon was also shown on television on the BBC, Germany’s ARD and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and printed in several newspapers, including France’s Liberation, The Guardian in Britain, The Wall Street Journal and USA Today. NPR, Britain’s Daily Mail, The New York Times and the Associated Press chose not to show the cartoon, choosing instead to describe its content to their audience. At issue is whether the news value of the image outweighs its potential to offend. Variety The new edition will come out in 3 million copies across 25 countries. Charlie Hebdo was previously selling about 60,000 copies per week. CNN Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula claimed responsibility Wednesday for last week’s deadly rampage at Charlie Hebdo — and said the attack was years in the making. AQAP commander Nasr Ibn Ali al-Ansi made the claim in a video, with pictures of the two gunmen — Said and Cherif Kouachi — in the background.