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Drones for Journalism: FAA Gives CNN Green Light (CNN)
CNN has entered into a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement with the Federal Aviation Administration to advance efforts to integrate Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) into newsgathering and reporting. TVNewser The arrangement integrates CNN’s ongoing research partnership with Georgia Tech. The FAA will use data from the initiative for safe implementation of UAVs as newsgathering tools. FishbowlDC \»Our aim is to get beyond hobby-grade equipment and to establish what options are available and workable to produce high quality video journalism using various types of UAVs and camera setups,\» said CNN senior vice president David Vigilante. \»Our hope is that these efforts contribute to the development of a vibrant ecosystem where operators of various types and sizes can safely operate in the U.S. airspace.\» Mashable The FAA currently prohibits the use of drones in news coverage. Journalists and media companies argue, however, that doing so restricts their First Amendment rights. Gizmodo But while CNN’s own active efforts to bring drones into the newsroom started June 2014, experimentation with drone journalism is almost as old as the hobby itself. News agencies like the Associated Press have used drones to cover huge disaster stories, and journalism schools, such as the University of Missouri and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, integrated drones into their classes. Clearly an interest exists, but the FAA’s tortoise-speed approach to UAV rule-making has left many either clamoring for permission or just doing it without any.

Stephen Colbert’s Late Show Gets September Premiere Date (THR / The Live Feed)
Stephen Colbert has his start date. The Late Show will premiere Tuesday, Sept. 8, CBS Entertainment chairman Nina Tassler announced Monday morning at the Television Critics Associations’ semiannual press tour. Capital New York Colbert will replace David Letterman, who will host his last Late Show on May 20, 2015. Over the summer, CBS will build out a new set and production offices at the Ed Sullivan Theater for Colbert, according to the release. Mashable Over the summer, the network is planning to air encores of its primetime shows in late night, according to Tassler. As for tributes to Letterman, she said the network is still “in conversations with Letterman about special programming leading up to his finale.” Adweek Tassler added that because his production office is just getting started — with his The Colbert Report team following him from Comedy Central to CBS — much of the Late Show format remains up in the air. Colbert will have music and guests on the show, but “whether or not he’s going to start with an opening monologue, he’s working on that right now,” said Tassler.

The Golden Globes on Facebook: 8M People Had Over 17M Interactions (Mashable)
The most-discussed moment on Facebook and Twitter about the 72nd Golden Globes was when surprise guest Prince revealed that John Legend and Common’s Glory from the civil rights movement film Selma won Best Original Song. AllFacebook Sunday night’s Golden Globes generated 17 million interactions (posts, comments and likes) from 8 million Facebook users during the event, up from 7.2 million interactions and 4.1 million users last year. LostRemote The Globes drove 2.6 million tweets between 8 p.m. ET and 11 p.m. ET — a 24 percent increase compared to last year. PRNewser The Internet is littered with story after story recapping all the goings-on at the Globes. From the red carpet to the always-great standup from our imaginary friends Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, it’s all been sliced and diced with varying opinions conveyed. Varying except for one thing: Everyone loved George Clooney’s acceptance speech for the Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award. Variety In the overnights, the show earned a 12.6 household rating/19 share — down 11 percent from last year’s 14.1 and about on par with 2013. Still, the 12.6 is higher than every year from 2008 through 2012, the five-year span prior to the first year Fey and Poehler served as co-hosts.

Al Jazeera America Cuts Morning Shows (TVNewser)
Al Jazeera America will eliminate all morning news programming. Off-air staff will be reassigned to other shows or news hours, with many heading to primetime. New York Post The cable outfit told staff on Friday it’s canceling both its morning news report and Consider This with Antonio Mora at 11 a.m. It’s also scrapping its 4 p.m. news hour and pushing its 6 p.m. coverage an hour later to 7 p.m. In addition, Ali Velshi, the host of Real Money with Ali Velshi, and Joie Chen’s America Tonight are looking at less airtime — either shorter shows or fewer days per week. Variety The programming shifts are the latest signal of the uphill battle the network, backed by the government of Qatar, has faced in trying to establish a presence in U.S. television. Al Jazeera purchased Current, a nascent cable-news network owned partly by Al Gore, in 2013, and initially made headlines as it wooed big-name talent like Velshi, Chen and ABC News’ Kate O’Brian to its fold.

Charlie Hebdo Puts Muhammad on Cover of Post-Attack Issue (WSJ)
Since Charlie Hebdo lost eight staff members in a terrorist attack last week, millions of people have declared their support to the French satirical newspaper with the slogan \»Je Suis Charlie.\» Now the often-caustic publication, faced with the challenge of reconciling its new status as a cause célèbre with its reflex to mock, ridicule and offend, is putting an image of the prophet Muhammad on the cover of what is likely to be its most-read issue ever. NYT Since Friday, just two days after gunmen had slaughtered 12 people at the paper, about 25 members of the staff had been huddled in the offices of the left-wing daily Libération, under heavy police protection, to work on the next issue. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media White House press secretary Josh Earnest said Monday that the White House is leaving it up to media organizations to decide whether to publish cartoons from Charlie Hebdo that may be deemed offensive. When asked if the American people should be wary of how they depict Muhammad, Earnest said “no” and that “without question” Americans should be able to draw and depict the prophet Muhammad.

Following ‘Totally Muslim’ Claims, #FoxNewsFacts is Trending (TVNewser)
Just after #goldenglobes, the most trending topic on Twitter Monday morning was #foxnewsfacts. Here’s why: on Fox News Saturday night longtime terrorism analyst Steven Emerson said this on Jeanine Pirro’s show: \»There are actual cities like Birmingham that are totally Muslim where non-Muslims just simply don’t go in.\» HuffPost / AP Steven Emerson, an American author whose website describes him as a leading authority on Islamic extremist networks, has apologized for the comments. After the broadcast, Emerson quickly tweeted an apology saying his comments were “totally inaccurate.” PRNewser Additionally, over the weekend, Overlord of News Corp Rupert Murdoch let fly a couple of tweets that ignited immediate controversy. In response to the Charlie Hebdo attacks, Murdoch tweeted the following statement on Saturday: \»Maybe most Moslems [sic] peaceful, but until they recognize and destroy their growing jihadist cancer they must be held responsible.\» While the tweets drew many thousands of supportive and critical responses, author of the Harry Potter series J.K. Rowling proved one of the most vocal — and fantastically sarcastic — voices of opposition.

WaPo Names Noah Kotch Senior Editor/Director of Video (Washington Post)
The Washington Post Monday announced that Noah Kotch has been named senior editor/director of video at The Washington Post, effective January 12, 2015. FishbowlDC Kotch, a Yale University graduate, will manage a group of more than 40 professionals \»focused on producing original video for the Post.\» Kotch, who began his career at CNN, previously worked as a consultant and content adviser for digital media startups, and served more than four years as senior producer in which he oversaw NBC’s Today. Previously, he spent almost a decade as senior digital and broadcast roles at ABC, including serving as head writer for Peter Jennings.

Sony, Disney and DreamWorks Slam Anti-Poaching Lawsuit (THR / Hollywood, Esq.)
On Friday, The Walt Disney Company, DreamWorks Animation, Sony Pictures and Blue Sky Studios fired heavy legal artillery at a proposed class action lawsuit that aims to punish the studios for allegedly conspiring to deny workers in the visual effects community better work opportunities. Variety The studios contend that an antitrust wage-fixing lawsuit filed by digital animation workers \»comes far too late\» and that their claims lack evidence. The workers, in class action complaints filed last year, claimed that studios conspired via non-poaching agreements and cite evidence uncovered in previous litigation against Lucasfilm and Pixar.

Gary Davey Replaces Sophie Turner Laing at Sky (Deadline)
Sky veteran Gary Davey has been given an expanded role as managing director of content. With the new oversight, the EVP of programming at Sky Deutschland replaces longtime Sky executive Sophie Turner Laing, who left the company earlier this year to become CEO of the newly formed Endemol Shine Group. THR Davey will combine the new role with his existing responsibilities, splitting his time between London and Munich.

Foreign Policy Announces Four New Hires (FishbowlDC)
Foreign Policy magazine’s CEO and editor, David Rothkopf, announced Monday that the publication’s editorial and design teams would be getting some new additions. The mag will be bringing Josef Reyes on board as its newest creative director; Sean D. Naylor as a senior reporter; Amanda Silverman as the story editor, print; and Ilya Lozovsky as assistant editor for Democracy Lab.

Twitter TV Data Can Help More Accurately Forecast Ratings: Nielsen (Variety)
How much social media activity actually causes a lift in TV ratings is still debatable. Now, Nielsen is promoting a new use for TV-related Twitter data: The researcher says correlating tweet activity with on-air promotions can let networks and advertisers better estimate a show’s eventual ratings.

James Risen Finally Off Hook in Leak Trial (Politico / Josh Gerstein)
New York Times reporter James Risen won’t be called to the witness stand at a leak trial for one of his alleged sources, but jurors may hear some of the words he uttered at a pre-trial hearing last week, according to lawyers and the judge overseeing the case.

Does Netflix Really Have 20 Million-Plus Users in China? (Variety)
North of 30 million monthly users access Netflix from countries where it doesn’t even offer service — including 21.6 million in China — if recent estimates from a British online-research firm are to be believed.

CNBC Expanding San Francisco Presence (Capital New York)
CNBC is expanding its presence in San Francisco. The financial news channel has named Mary Catherine Wellons San Francisco bureau chief, beginning Feb. 2, according to a note sent to staff there Monday morning by Nik Deogun, senior VP and editor-in-chief of CNBC Business news, and Kevin Krim, senior VP and GM of CNBC Digital.

Central Command’s Twitter Account Hacked (Politico / Dylan Byers on Media)
The Twitter account for U.S. Central Command was hacked Monday while President Barack Obama was delivering an address about cybersecurity at the Federal Trade Commission. The hack, by an individual or group claiming to be aligned with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (also known by the acronym ISIS), took place shortly before 12:30 p.m. Monday.

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