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Piers Morgan Named Editor-at-Large of MailOnline (TVNewser)
Former CNN host Piers Morgan is joining MailOnline as editor-at-large. Morgan will write several times a week, while pursing new TV ventures in the U.S. He is a former editor of British tabloids the News of The World and the Daily Mirror. THR MailOnline is the online version of the U.K.’s Daily Mail newspaper and claims to be the biggest English-language newspaper website in the world. Morgan announced in September that he’d left CNN, several months after his eponymous talk show was canceled. He added in tweets about his departure that he’d turned down a two-year deal from CNN president Jeff Zucker to host several interview specials. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media “As editor-at-large (U.S.) I plan on breaking down the biggest stories that matter to Americans and analyzing them in a way that will generate discussion and create debate,” Morgan, 49, said in a statement. Deadline Hollywood In the U.K., Morgan is known for being named youngest ever editor of the News of The World and youngest national newspaper editor in Britain in half a century, when Rupert Murdoch gave the 28-year-old him the gig in 1994. After two years, he joined the Daily Mirror as editor-in-chief, which he left in 2004 and became a media columnist and host of interview shows on ITV and the BBC. He also appeared as a judge alongside pal Simon Cowell on Britain’s Got Talent. NYT In the U.S., MailOnline reaches more than 35 million unique readers a month, according to comScore, a total that has increased by 30 percent from the year before and continues to grow.

News Corp. Buys Online Realty Business (FishbowlNY)
News Corp. has purchased Move, Inc., an online real estate business. Move owns and operates, and ListHub. Through those sites, the company “displays more than 98 percent of all for-sale properties listed in the U.S.,” according to a release. New York Post News Corp. will buy Move Inc. for about $950 million to expand its digital marketing business as advertising revenue from its print business dwindles. The deal is the second large acquisition in the online real estate market this year as property website operators struggle to turn rising revenue into consistent profitability. THR Earlier this year, the publishing giant agreed to buy romance novel publisher Harlequin for $415 million in cash. REA Group Ltd., which News Corp. controls via a 61.6 percent stake and which operates Australian residential property site, will take a 20 percent stake in Move for about $200 million, with News Corp. directly owning the other 80 percent. NYT / DealBook When it separated from 21st Century Fox, which houses Murdoch’s lucrative television and film assets, News Corp. was given $2.6 billion and no debt. And it has deployed some of that cash as it seeks to tap into new revenue sources. Total revenue at the company declined 4 percent, to $8.57 billion in the year that ended June 30, compared with the previous year. Revenue in the news and information group, its largest business unit — which includes The Wall Street Journal and The Sun in Britain — dropped 9 percent, to $6.15 billion, compared with the period a year earlier.

For First Time Ever, Fox News Is Most-Watched Cable Network in Primetime for Full Quarter (TVNewser)
Fox News Channel reached a historic milestone in the just-finished third quarter. Not only is the network once again the most-watched news channel, but for the first time ever FNC was No. 1 in extended primetime total viewers (7-11 p.m. ET/Mon-Fri) in all of basic cable — topping ESPN, USA and TNT. It’s also the first time since the first quarter of 2003 that Fox News was No. 1 in primetime (8-11 p.m. ET). FishbowlDC Additionally, Fox News Channel was third in total day viewers among all cable networks, behind Nickelodeon and Adult Swim, while CNN and MSNBC ranked 18th and 26th, respectively. Special Report With Bret Baier and On The Record With Greta Van Susteren were both the top watched program in their respective time slots during Q3 2014 across all of basic cable, as was Fox & Friends, America’s Newsroom, The Five, and The O’Reilly Factor. THR / The Live Feed In the targeted demographic of adults 25-54, FNC was up 12 percent from the same period a year ago, with an average 313,000 viewers. It’s the last time the cable network will be compared to its previous primetime. Oct. 7 marks the one-year anniversary of FNC revamping a decade-old lineup with Megyn Kelly’s move to 9 p.m. The third quarter marked Kelly’s best since launch, up a significant 27 percent (year over year) in the time period previously occupied by Sean Hannity. (Hannity, who airs at 10 p.m., enjoyed a high of his own). Bill O’Reilly remained the top performer across cable news, despite Kelly’s advances, and 14 FNC shows continued to sit atop the cable news roster. TVNewser MSNBC just had its worst three month stretch in nearly 7 years. For Q3 2014, MSNBC is down double digits in total day and primetime viewership. Among total day, adult 25-54 demo viewers, MSNBC placed fourth, behind FNC, CNN and HLN. In primetime, among total viewers, MSNBC was second behind Fox News and ahead of CNN and HLN.