Morning Media Newsfeed: NBC News Reups Williams | Jana Winter Joins The Intercept

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Brian Williams Signs New Deal With NBC (TVNewser)
NBC’s Brian Williams, who just celebrated 10 years as anchor of NBC Nightly News, has signed a new long-term deal with the network. THR Saying that he has “renewed his commitment” to the network’s news division, NBC News president Deborah Turness said in a staff memo that he will continue to serve as anchor and managing editor of the nightly broadcast “for years to come.” LA Times Though Williams will acknowledge only that it’s a long-term deal, insiders at the network say it will keep him at the helm of NBC Nightly News for at least five more years. He didn’t disclose his financial compensation, but it’s said to be more than $10 million a year. CNNMoney He is presently the longest-serving nightly news anchor, competing every weeknight against David Muir, who just took over ABC’s World News three months ago, and Scott Pelley, who became the anchor of the CBS Evening News three years ago. NYT The news ratings have been more competitive over the last year. This past summer, ABC’s newscast edged ahead of NBC for a number of weeks among the viewers most sought by news advertisers, those from the ages of 25 to 54. Williams continues to win virtually every week among total viewers, averaging more than 9 million a night, the program’s best total in almost a decade. In recent weeks he has also moved ahead again among the 25-54 group.

Jana Winter Joins D.C.-Based The Intercept (FishbowlDC)
Jana Winter will be joining The Intercept, according to an announcement on their site Monday. The Intercept Winter is a former Fox News reporter who faced jail time for refusing to reveal her confidential sources. She is joining The Intercept as a national security reporter based in Washington, D.C. Mediaite Winter made headlines in 2012 when she refused to divulge her source(s) in a report that shooter James Holmes had given a notebook full of violent material to his psychologist prior to killing 12 in a shooting rampage inside an Aurora, Colo. movie theater. The Arapahoe County District Court in Colorado had threatened Winter with jail time to compel her to disclose her source(s), but Winter ultimately prevailed when the New York State Court of Appeals ruled she did not have to comply with the court’s order. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media Winter’s hire comes after a tumultuous year for First Look Media, The Intercept’s parent company. The company scrapped plans to launch a series of digital magazines, and endured a very public breakup with journalist Matt Taibbi, laying bare some of the larger troubles at the company. Editor John Cook also resigned and was replaced earlier this month by Betsy Reed, executive editor of The Nation.

Amazon Is Adding HBO Go to Fire TV (GigaOM)
HBO is a go for owners of Amazon’s Fire TV: Amazon has added a HBO Go app to its Fire TV set-top box, and promises to bring the same app to the Fire TV Stick this coming spring. Mashable The service is currently available to most cable subscribers on Apple TV, Chromecast and Roku set-top boxes (though notably, Comcast has blocked access to HBO Go on the Roku). WSJ / Personal Tech News However, there is one major caveat: Comcast and Charter are blocking HBO Go for their subscribers who use Amazon’s Fire TV products. “We’d love to provide HBO Go for Comcast customers on Fire TV and encourage those customers to reach out to Comcast for further information on availability,” said Rachel Hass, an Amazon spokeswoman. Variety Amazon’s Fire TV is adding the service, available only to HBO subscribers with a subscription through participating pay-TV providers, under the companies’ multiyear content-licensing pact that made Prime Instant Video the exclusive online-based subscription VOD service for past seasons of HBO originals like The Sopranos and The Wire.