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Jeff Fager Stepping Down as Chairman of CBS News, Returns Full Time to 60 Minutes (TVNewser)
Jeff Fager is leaving his role as chairman of CBS News and turning his “full attention” to 60 Minutes. FishbowlDC Fager served as CBS News’ chairman for four years, and had worked as the executive producer of 60 Minutes for seven years before that. THR / The Live Feed Fager has also extended his current contract as executive producer through 2019. As for a replacement, president David Rhodes now assumes sole leadership of CBS News. Fager assumed the role of chairman at a pivotal time for CBS, on the eve of Katie Couric’s exit from the CBS Evening News. June of 2011 saw current anchor, and longtime 60 Minutes correspondent, Scott Pelley, assume the role of lead anchor for the nightly news telecast. NYT CBS cast the moves as an orderly transition that was set in motion four years ago when Leslie Moonves, the CBS chief executive, asked Fager to take over supervision of the news division while remaining as executive producer of 60 Minutes. In his own memo, Fager said of Rhodes, “I hired him almost four years ago with this moment in mind, and he has exceeded all expectations.” Capital New York Fager’s dual roles as chairman of CBS News and E.P. of 60 Minutes did lead to some controversy. Last year, a flawed report about the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya led to an internal investigation and the suspension of Lara Logan, who has since returned to the network.

Bezos Introduces New Kindle App for WaPo (FishbowlDC)
Jeffrey Bezos has finally brought Amazon and The Washington Post together. The two companies will collaborate for the first time since the Amazon founder bought the Post for $250 million a year ago. The Washington Post The Post has unveiled a new tablet application exclusively for Amazon Fire owners that will package news in distinct morning and evening editions with updates for major breaking stories. The app, which will not include a local news section, is aimed at building a wider national and international audience for the newspaper by tapping into the Amazon Fire customer base. And Amazon said it hopes content from the Post will make using its tablet more appealing and bring more value to customers. NYT The app will be free for Kindle Fire owners for six months, and will then cost $1 for the next six months. A $4 version of the app will be available for Android and iOS next year. Russell Grandinetti, the Amazon executive who oversees the Kindle, declined to specify the number of Kindle Fire users who would receive the app but said that it would be in the millions. GigaOM The app was designed as part of an initiative called “Project Rainbow,” Businessweek reported in October, run by Kerry Lauerman, the former editor-in-chief of Salon.

CBS, Dish Agree to Short-Term Contract Extension (THR)
CBS and Dish Network, engaged in contract negotiations over a deal that was set to end Thursday night, have agree to a short-term extension, avoiding what could have been a blackout — including live NFL games — if 14 local CBS stations in some of the biggest markets in the country were to go dark. Deadline The extension keeps CBS on Dish until Tuesday afternoon. Two days earlier the network was much more verbal, when it turned up the heat on Dish as the companies negotiate an extension of the broadcaster’s carriage agreement. “Dish has been deliberately dragging its feet for months,” CBS said Tuesday in a statement aimed at its customers. Variety The crux of the negotiations involves the expiration of Dish’s deal to carry CBS’ 29 O&O stations in 17 local markets. The talks have been on and off for months. In the past few days, the sides have been deeply engaged in talks.