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David Gregory to Join Katie Couric for Election Special on Yahoo! (NYT)
David Gregory, who was replaced as host of NBC’s Meet The Press in August, will appear in a Yahoo! midterm election program with Katie Couric, the company said Tuesday. TVNewser Gregory is not joining the company, but these appearances often can lead to more permanent placements. Matt Bai, who left The New York Times for Yahoo! last year, and Politico’s Mike Allen are also a part of Yahoo!’s coverage. TVNewser Mark Halperin and John Heilemann will lead Bloomberg’s election night coverage, dubbed Election All-Nighter, which begins at 5 p.m. ET with a special edition of With All Due Respect. Primetime coverage starts at 7 p.m. ET, with Halperin and Heileman joined by Al Hunt and analysts Kim Alfano, Bill Burton, Lanhee Chen, Fred Davis, Patti Solis Doyle, Anita Dunn, Michael Feldman and John Sununu. FishbowlDC Coverage will also extend to an “Election Night dashboard” on BloombergPolitics.com, comprising a Bloomberg TV livestream, website coverage and real-time election data. TVNewser CNN will turn to Wolf Blitzer and Anderson Cooper — along with the Empire State Building — to headline the network’s election night coverage, dubbed Election Night in AmericaMediaite As they have done in the past, Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert will be airing their respective Comedy Central shows live on Election Night next Tuesday so they can react to midterm results as they happen instead of being hopelessly behind the curve with pre-taped comedy.

FCC May Give New Life to Aereo (TVSpy)
Federal Communications Commission chairman Tom Wheeler says he wants to include Internet video in the definition of a multichannel programming provider to “boost competition with cable and satellite services.” Variety Wheeler’s proposal, which he is circulating to other FCC commissioners, calls for adopting a “technology neutral” definition of a multichannel video programming distributor. If such “over-the-top” Internet video services are given such a definition, they would fall under federal regulations that govern multichannel distributors like cable and satellite distributors. Re/code The move comes as several media companies, including Dish Network and Verizon Communications, are planning to launch Internet-based video services. Mashable The adoption of these rules — which still must go through a vote, a comment period, then another vote — would open a flood of competition in what has traditionally been a closed market. Previously, many companies, including Internet-based operations such as Aereo and Ivi, were precluded from becoming MVPDs.

HBO to Lay Off More Than 150 Employees This Week (Variety)
Layoff fever is spreading at Time Warner. Weeks after the conglom went public with job cuts at its Warner Bros. and Turner Broadcasting divisions, the HBO unit is expected to trim its own staff as well, according to sources. Approximately 7 percent of its 2,400 employees face pink slips as early as this week. THR It wasn’t immediately clear which departments and operations would be hit by the job cuts or by how much they would reduce annual costs for HBO, which analysts have called a big growth driver and the “crown jewel” of Time Warner. WSJ HBO’s cost-cutting plans, which were announced to employees on Tuesday, come as part of planned headcount reductions across Time Warner. Those cuts include the elimination of about 10 percent of the 15,000 employees at cable group Turner Broadcasting, which includes CNN, TNT and TBS, and 13 percent of personnel costs at Warner Bros., according to people familiar with the matter. Deadline Hollywood The belt-tightening follows Time Warner’s decision to reject Fox’s $80 billion takeover bid. Rupert Murdoch withdrew his $85 a share cash and stock offer in August. Time Warner’s stock price — which had stagnated in the months before the offer — fell as investors questioned whether the company could be as valuable on its own. HBO chief Richard Plepler caught Wall Street’s attention this month by promising to introduce an HBO streaming service that wouldn’t require subscribers to first have the expanded basic pay TV bundle.