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Jay Leno Nears Deal to Launch CNBC Show (THR / The Live Feed)
Jay Leno is lining up his first regular television hosting gig since leaving The Tonight Show in February, and he’s staying in the NBCUniversal family. TVNewser Leno’s new show would air on CNBC in primetime and focus on his longtime love of cars. WSJ / CMO Today A CNBC spokesperson declined to comment. Both NBC and CNBC are units of Comcast Corp. Since he stepped down from The Tonight Show, he has continued to work as a stand-up comic. He is known for his love of automobiles and has a large collection of rare and classic cars. NYT No other details have been released pending completion of the contract, though the executives confirmed the show would not be comedy-based. Leno has been a regular presence on NBC.com with a motor-vehicle-obsessed show called Jay Leno’s Garage. Deadline Hollywood The news comes as the cable business network comes off its lowest-rated quarter of the year in primetime and the lowest-rated quarter in its history in the demo for the business day, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. CNBC has been looking to broaden its primetime slate with reality TV formats. To date, its most successful such bid has been its reruns of ABC’s Mark Burnett-produced Shark Tank.

NBC Wanted to Hire Jon Stewart as Host of Meet The Press (New York / Daily Intelligencer)
Sunday marks Chuck Todd’s one-month anniversary in the anchor chair at Meet The Press. Despite an opening-week ratings spike, the Todd-helmed show has settled back into third place behind ABC’s This Week and CBS’ Face The Nation. This has been frustrating to NBC News executives, who at one point had considered going in a radically different direction with the show. Variety The first choice for peacock executives was originally the Daily Show host Jon Stewart. NBC News president Deborah Turness reportedly negotiated with Stewart about anchoring NBC’s Sunday morning interview program. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media An NBC News spokesperson declined to comment for Sherman’s piece, and James Dixon, Stewart’s agent, did not respond. Appointing a comedian to one of the most coveted jobs in political journalism may seem implausible, but Turness was desperate for a fix. With the show consistently ranking third behind ABC and CBS’ Sunday offerings, she had considered changing the name and even canceling it. THR / The Live Feed Stewart, meanwhile, has been on the festival circuit recently in support of his directorial debut, Rosewater, which debuted at the Telluride Film Festival in late August. Wednesday, Todd referenced the reported negotiations with a nod to the Daily Show’s end segment.

Patrick Modiano Wins Nobel Prize in Literature (The Telegraph)
French novelist Patrick Modiano has won the 2014 Nobel Prize in literature. He beat a competitive field that included Kenyan writer Ngugi wa Thiong’o, Japanese author Haruki Murakami, Belarusian investigative journalist and author Svetlana Alexievich, and Syrian poet Adonis.The Washington Post / Style Blog The Swedish Academy received 210 nominations for this year’s Literature prize — 36 were first-time nominees. The committee’s deliberations are confidential and kept sealed for 50 years. Last year’s Nobel literature award went to Canadian writer Alice Munro. No American has won the literature prize since Toni Morrison in 1993.

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Twitter’s Head of News Vivian Schiller Exits (THR)
Less than a year after taking the reins as Twitter’s head of news, former NPR and NBC News exec Vivian Schiller has exited the company, she announced in a series of tweets on Wednesday, in which she described her time at the social network as “a fascinating experience.” Mashable Schiller announced her resignation on Twitter, saying she was stepping aside so the company’s new global head of media, Katie Stanton, could “reorganize as she sees fit.” Stanton was promoted to her current role at Twitter in July after overseeing the company’s international expansion efforts from Paris. WSJ / Digits During her brief tenure, Schiller worked to build out the company’s partnerships with news organizations from education to integrating the social media service into coverage. She worked with Dataminr, a New York data service, to help develop its first commercial product for news organizations. The product, which launched last month, mines the half a billion tweets populating Twitter each day for patterns that could lead to a breaking news event. Poynter / MediaWire Adam Sharp, who was head of government and nonprofits, will return to his role as the lead for news partnerships as well, a Twitter spokesperson confirmed.