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It’s Official: Politico’s Headed to Brussels (FishbowlDC)
A 12:44 p.m. ET email from Politico president Jim VandeHei confirmed expansion to Europe, joining with Berlin-based media company Axel Springer to cover European politics and policy. Capital New York The 50-50 joint venture will cover the European Union as well as “European politics and policy more broadly,” VandeHei and editor-in-chief John Harris told staff in the memo, confirming recent reports that the influential Beltway website and congressional newspaper was eyeing expansion abroad. HuffPost / Backstory Details have not yet been finalized for the new organization, though Politico‘s leadership has been working on the plan throughout the year. VandeHei, Harris and owner Robert Allbritton have met in Brussels with top European journalists and diplomats about the potential launch of Politico Europe, as the outlet is tentatively titled, according to sources familiar with the discussions. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media VandeHei and Harris called Axel Springer “Europe’s largest and most powerful media company.” “Axel Springer is a highly impressive, highly ambitious company that shares our obsession with building media companies that produce and can sustain nonpartisan journalistic excellence,” they wrote. “They do about $3.6 billion in annual revenue and house a number of digital start-ups in their Berlin-based offices. We are excited to join forces with them.” NYT Politico was founded in 2007 and rose quickly to become a player in the world of political reporting. It has recently been considering ways to grow and refine its journalism. Last year, it started a magazine that focused on deeper and more expansive stories. The site also hired an executive editor Rick Berke from The New York Times in October, but he resigned Sunday, citing differences with Harris and VandeHei. Axel Springer, which publishes Bild and Die Welt among others, said last year that it was selling two regional newspapers and several magazines to focus on digital media.

Fox News Suffers Major Legal Defeat to TVEyes (THR / Hollywood, Esq.)
On Tuesday, a New York federal judge issued a significant “fair use” ruling, and in the process, handed Fox News a major legal loss in its attempts to protect its news shows from exploitation. Reuters Fox News cannot stop a media monitoring service from recording snippets of its broadcasts and offering them to clients, some of which use them to criticize the network, the judge ruled on Tuesday. Fox, which is owned by Twenty First Century Fox Inc, sued TVEyes Inc for copyright infringement in 2013, calling it a “parasitic” service that was leeching profits from its considerable investments in producing content for its cable channels. Variety “No reasonable juror could find that people are using TVEyes as a substitute for watching Fox News broadcasts on television,” U.S. District Judge Alvin Hellerstein wrote. TVEyes is a media monitoring service with 2,200 subscribers, including the White House, the Associated Press, MSNBC, Bloomberg and AARP. Hellerstein noted that users, paying $500 per month, were contractually limited to using the clips for internal purposes. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media Hellerstein said that he still needs to decide on whether features that allow searches by date and time, and that allow clips to be archived, downloaded, emailed or otherwise shared are “integral services and protected by a fair use defense.” Another hearing is set for Oct. 3 to determine the remaining issues.

#AppleLive Event Encounters Some Technical Difficulties (LostRemote)
While the biggest shock should have been the announcement of a fancier-than-the-leaks iPhone 6 or an iWatch, or maybe some updates to Apple TV, the second screen moment of the day was Apple’s own live stream. PRNewser Apple may aspire to “control” journalists in some ways, but it was tough to prevent viewers from commenting when the world’s most-watched live stream kept crashing, broadcasting Chinese translations over Tim Cook’s voice and creating some trippy visuals. SocialTimes Apple’s big reveal: two larger iPhone 6s, plus the company’s first foray into wearable tech: the Apple Watch. Cook introduced the new device using Steve Jobs’ famous “one more thing” line and got a standing ovation during the reveal. According to data from the social media intelligence platform Synthesio, people were most concerned about the device’s design. Inside Mobile Apps Users of the watch, set for an early 2015 release, can navigate menus and launch apps with swipe and pressure-sensitive tap controls, but another control option is available with the Digital Crown. This dial can be used to zoom in and out of maps or photo galleries, for instance, but can also be used to scroll through lists and otherwise navigate through apps without the need for one’s fingers to cover up the screen.

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Brian Kilmeade Explains Ray Rice Joke (TVNewser)
Tuesday morning on Fox & Friends Brian Kilmeade said a bad joke he made Monday while discussing the video of former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice knocking his fiancée — now wife — unconscious in an Atlantic City elevator, was not meant to take the situation lightly. HuffPost “The message is, take the stairs!” Kilmeade had quipped Monday, since the video footage was taken from an elevator. Politico “Comments that we made during this story yesterday [Monday] made some feel like we were taking the situation too lightly,” host Kilmeade said on Tuesday shortly after the start of Fox News’ morning program. “We are not, we were not.” New York Daily News The brief mea culpa came after the Twitter-verse erupted in indignation about the dim-witted hosts, who made light Monday of the disturbing, videotaped domestic violence. The Baltimore Sun In an emotional message, the wife of former Ravens running back Rice also broke her silence Tuesday morning, one day after Rice’s contract was terminated and he was indefinitely suspended by the NFL. TVNewser “I woke up this morning feeling like I had a horrible nightmare, feeling like I’m mourning the death of my closest friend,” Janay Rice wrote. “But to have to accept the fact that it’s reality is a nightmare in itself. TVNewser Meanwhile, CBS News cut into local programming at 5 p.m. ET Tuesday with Bob Schieffer and Norah O’Donnell to announce her exclusive interview with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell on Rice’s suspension. Excerpts aired Tuesday on CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley with the full interview airing Wednesday on CBS This Morning.

Ray Rice’s Last Sponsor, Nike, Has Dropped Him (Adweek)
In related news, Nike, who was former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice’s last official sponsor, confirmed Tuesday that the athlete is no longer on its roster. The company follows a slew of brands that are no longer sticking by the disgraced football player after TMZ released a brutal video showing Rice pummeling his wife Janay Rice (née Palmer) in the elevator of an Atlantic City casino. THR Ending an endorsement deal is a rare move for the shoe and apparel giant, which previously dropped Lance Armstrong and Michael Vick, who was later re-signed. Nike is the official apparel provider for the NFL. WSJ Electronic Arts said it is removing Rice, a star running back, from its recently released Madden NFL 15 title. EA Sports said that Rice will be removed from the game’s roster on Friday through an online update.

NBC Producer Busted for Posting Secret Sex Tapes to Porn Site (New York Post)
An NBC News digital producer was busted Tuesday for secretly making a video of his girlfriend having sex with him on Valentines Day — and posting it on a porn web site, law enforcement sources said. TVNewser Carlo Dellaverson, who is based in New York, is charged with disseminating unlawful surveillance and harassment. Mediaite Dellaverson’s girlfriend reportedly discovered the video just last week, left him, and demanded to know why he did it. After he emailed her back and confirmed he posted the video, she filed a police report. A spokesperson for NBC News sent out a statement reading, “We are taking the matter very seriously and will determine the appropriate course of action once we have learned the facts.”

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ABC Announces All of Its Owned Stations Now Using Rentrak (TVSpy)
All of ABC’s Owned Television Stations are using Rentrak’s Advanced Demographics ratings info. The station group announced WABC in New York, KABC in Los Angeles, WLS in Chicago, WPVI in Philadelphia and WTVD in Raleigh-Durham have joined KGO in San Francisco, KTRK in Houston and KFSN in Fresno in using the audience measurement system. Deadline Hollywood Since its initial collaboration with ABC in 2012, Rentrak has signed agreements with CBS, NBC and Fox. Earlier this year, Fox also signed a deal to go “all in” with its entire station footprint. Currently, 64 percent of network-owned stations are Rentrak clients.

Evening News Ratings: Week of Sept. 1 (TVNewser)
In David Muir’s first week at the helm of World News Tonight, the ABC newscast once again took the younger demo, while NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams led among total viewers. This is ABC’s fifth consecutive weekly win and ninth of the last 10 weeks in the demo. And this was a milestone week for Williams as well. Nightly News marks five years straight at No. 1. THR / The Live Feed The only broadcast news anchor to helm his broadcast each of the five nights of the abbreviated holiday week, Muir edged past Nightly News to top among the advertiser-friendly adults 25-54. Muir averaged 2.04 million demo viewers to Williams’ 1.97 million. It was a much narrower battle than Diane Sawyer’s last full week at World News, when she won the demo by a still-slim 60,000 viewers.

Barnes & Noble Revenues Down 7 Percent in Q1 2015 (GalleyCat)
Barnes & Noble’s consolidated revenues for the first quarter of fiscal 2015 were $1.2 billion, a 7 percent drop compared to the same quarter last year. First quarter consolidated earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization increased to $30 million, up from a loss of $9 million last year. The retail segment, which includes sales from bookstores and, recorded revenues of $955 million during the quarter, representing a 5.3 percent drop from last year. Nook only lost $5 million during the quarter, as opposed to the $50 million the company lost during the same quarter last year.

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Prospective BBC Trust Head Takes Grilling from U.K. Politicians (THR)
The U.K. government’s preferred choice to head up the governing body of the BBC was questioned by members of parliament Tuesday as part of her selection process. Rona Fairhead, who is set to become the BBC Trust’s first female director if appointed, was quizzed on various aspects on her suitability for the role, her opinions regarding the public broadcaster and her previous and current positions. Fairhead denied assertions that the government had backed her appointment because she was female.

Fox’s Chase Carey on Time Warner: ‘We’ve Moved On’ (FishbowlNY)
Chase Carey, president and COO of 21st Century Fox, wants everyone to know that his company is already healing from the heartbreak of not acquiring Time Warner. “We’ve moved on,” Carey said, during a London TV industry conference. “We don’t want to be revisiting something that is in the past or implying that we are continuing to be engaged.” Carey and 21st Century Fox had tried to purchase Time Warner for $80 billion last month, but the offer was rejected.

FCC Chairman Sets Vote to End NFL Blackout Rule (Variety)
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has scheduled a vote for Sept. 30 on a proposal to end the near 40-year-old sports blackout rules, which he says “make no sense at all.” The rules prohibit cable providers from airing a game that has been blacked out on the local television station because it was not sold out. The NFL is opposing the move along with major broadcasters, but Wheeler wrote in a blog post that the rules are are “a bad hangover from the days when barely 40 percent of games sold out and gate receipts were the league’s principal source of revenue.”

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THR and Billboard Tap Head of Video, Quartz Editor Expands Role (FishbowlNY)
The Hollywood Reporter and Billboard have named Jeremy Colfer head of video. He comes to the glossies from Sundance TV, where he worked as a senior producer for branded content. Previously Colfer served as senior director/GM, Official Comedy Network at Bedrocket Media Ventures. Zach Seward, a senior editor at Quartz, has added product director to his role.

Wired Picks Former Say Media Exec Kim Kelleher as Publisher (New York Post)
Former Say Media President Kim Kelleher is expected to snag the publisher job at Wired magazine in the latest top move at Condé Nast. A Condé rep didn’t comment, but sources say an offer is imminent. FishbowlNY Kelleher was president of Say Media from August 2012 to November 2013. Kelleher will be succeeding Howard Mittman, who left the magazine last Friday to join GQ as its new publisher when Chris Mitchell shifted to Vanity Fair.

A Toast for ABC News’ Ann Compton (FishbowlDC)
On her final day as ABC News White House correspondent, White House staff and members of the press corps toasted Ann Compton into retirement, including remarks from press secretary Josh Earnest. On Twitter, McClatchy’s Anita Kumar called her “a legend” and White House director of broadcast media Andrea Purse referred to Compton as “amazing, trailblazing.”

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