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Super Bowl Smashes Ratings Record, Pulls Historic 114.4 Million Viewers (THR / The Live Feed)
Super Bowl XLIX surged to break multiple records on Sunday night, raking in 114.4 million viewers to become the most watched telecast in U.S. history. That easily tops the previous record, set by the last Super Bowl, of 112.2 million. SocialTimes Over 28.4 million tweets were sent from around the world during Super Bowl XLIX, making it the most-tweeted Super Bowl in Twitter’s history. Last year 24.9 million tweets were sent during the game. LostRemote The halftime show (8:10-8:25 p.m. ET) featuring @katyperry, @LennyKravitz and @MissyElliot generated more than 3 million tweets. SocialTimes Super Bowl XLIX became the most-talked-about Super Bowl on Facebook to date, with some 50 million users generating about 265 million posts, comments and likes. LostRemote Just as Twitter analyzes peak reaction times with tweets per minute, Facebook has begun using \»people per minute\» (PPM) to measure participation. During the final minute of the game, 1.3 million PPM were interacting around Super Bowl content. SocialTimes Budweiser (Anheuser-Busch) and Nationwide were two of the most buzzed about advertisers on Twitter during Super Bowl XLIX, but likely for very different reasons. According to Brandwatch, there were 197,800-plus Twitter brand mentions of Anheuser-Busch from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. ET on Super Bowl Sunday. Nationwide was second with more than 161,100 mentions on Twitter in that timeframe.
U.S. Won’t Prosecute 21st Century Fox Over Hacking Scandal (THR)
21st Century Fox on Monday said that the U.S. Department of Justice will not investigate accusations that employees might have intercepted voicemails or made illegal payments to public officials in London, and that it won’t prosecute News Corp., which had been similarly accused of wrongdoing. Capital New York The Justice Department had been investigating whether News Corp. personnel violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, which prohibits U.S. companies from bribing foreign officials abroad. British News Corp. journalists were found to have paid police officials for information in the course of their reporting. The Guardian It is understood there has been no background settlement with the Department of Justice in order to avoid a full-blown investigation, contrary to speculation in New York more than a year ago that the company was looking at a possible payment of more than $850 million. Variety Last year, former News of The World editor Andy Coulson was convicted in a London court of one count of conspiring to hack phones. His predecessor, Rebekah Brooks, was cleared of all charges.
The 2015 National Magazine Award Winners (FishbowlNY)
The 2015 National Magazine Awards were announced Monday. Highlights from this year’s Ellies included newcomer Nautilus winning twice and New York and The New Yorker winning three times each. Adweek The top prize for Magazine of The Year, which encompasses both editorial excellence and “branded content and services, including conferences and events,” went to Condé Nast fashion bible Vogue. Condé also happened to be the most-awarded publisher of the night with a total of seven wins. (By comparison, Hearst, Time Inc. and Rodale had just one each.) HuffPost The New Yorker won for general interest, fiction, and essays and criticism, the latter award going to Roger Angell for his moving look at aging. Angell, 94, beat out Ta-Nehisi Coates’ much-lauded \»The Case for Reparations,\» in The Atlantic, to win his first National Magazine Award. New York won for design, magazine section, and columns and commentary for the work of art critic Jerry Saltz. New York Post The upstarts are clearly leaving their mark in an industry that is in a state of transition. Janice Min, president of Guggenheim Media, was on hand to accept the first-ever award won by The Hollywood Reporter — for general excellence in the special-interest magazine category.
Diane Sawyer Lands Bruce Jenner Exclusive for ABC (Page Six)
Bruce Jenner will open up to Diane Sawyer about transitioning to life as a woman. The Olympic legend, 65, is set to sit down with the ABC News journalist for the eagerly anticipated interview, an ABC insider confirmed on Monday. TVNewser The move goes in contrast to Jenner’s long association with NBCUniversal’s E!, which airs Keeping Up With The Kardashians. Sawyer will reportedly produce a special to air in May, including an interview on Jenner’s gender transition that may begin taping this week. Deadline Sawyer stepped down as anchor of ABC’s World News in September, saying she would concentrate on big specials and big interviews in stepping away from the evening newscast. Snagging Jenner’s first sit-down certainly would check those boxes.
Al Jazeera’s Greste Urges Egypt to Free Colleagues (Al Jazeera)
Al Jazeera journalist Peter Greste has in his first interview since being freed from an Egypt jail after 400 days in captivity, called on the Egyptian authorities to release two of his colleagues still being held. TVNewser Greste revealed he had no idea when he woke Sunday that it would be his last in an Egyptian jail. \»I wasn’t expecting it at all.\» Greste says he returned from a run in the prison courtyard and was greeted by the prison’s warden. \»Get your stuff and go,\» the warden said. \»I really didn’t want to let myself believe it was happening until I got my backside on the plane.\» HuffPost / AP Greste was released from prison and deported Sunday after a presidential “approval,” according to an Egyptian prison official and the nation’s official news agency. The official and an Interior Ministry statement said he was released under a new deportation law passed last year.
FCC to Propose Strong ‘Net Neutrality’ Rules (WSJ)
The Federal Communications Commission is about to fundamentally change the way it oversees high-speed Internet service, proposing to regulate it as a public utility. NYT It is expected that the proposal will reclassify high-speed Internet service as a telecommunications service, instead of an information service, under Title II of the Communications Act, according to industry analysts, lobbyists and former FCC staff members. Variety FCC chairman Tom Wheeler has set a vote for Feb. 26 on his proposal to preempt state laws in Tennessee and North Carolina that prevent the Electric Power Board of Chattanooga and the city of Wilson from expanding their services to neighboring areas. Although the move would apply only to the specific cases, FCC officials believe the pending action could set a precedent for action on laws in other states.
Netflix Prices $1.5 Billion in Debt to Fund Content, Other Initiatives (Variety)
Netflix is raising $1.5 billion in additional long-term debt — up from its original $1 billion target, announced earlier Monday — the proceeds from which the company plans to use for content acquisitions and other general purposes. Deadline And the debt assessment agencies appear unimpressed: Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services dropped its rating of Netflix bonds from BB- to B+ — a so-called \»junk\» rating that means they’re too risky for pension funds and others restricted to investment grade bets. Moody’s Investor Service also considers the debt to be too dangerous for many investors, giving it a B1 rating.
Warren Sapp Officially Fired From NFL Network After Prostitution Arrest (Mediaite)
The NFL Network announced Monday that it was terminating the contract of Hall of Famer and analyst Warren Sapp, after news broke of his salacious arrest after the Super Bowl. Variety Earlier on Monday, the network said Sapp had been suspended indefinitely without pay \»pending the outcome of ongoing police investigation.\» Sapp had been an analyst at the NFL Network since 2008. TVNewser Sapp, who was in Phoenix covering the Super Bowl, was also reportedly charged with assault. Just a few weeks ago, CBS dropped basketball announcer Greg Anthony for a solicitation charge.
Lindsay Lohan Sues Fox News, Sean Hannity (TVNewser)
Notorious publicity hound Lindsay Lohan is now targeting Fox News Channel. Lohan and her mother, Dina, have sued FNC and host Sean Hannity, saying they were smeared last February when correspondent Michelle Fields claimed the mother/daughter duo do cocaine together. Lohan initially demanded an on-air apology and Fox News obliged.
Gregg Jarrett Returns as Fox News Channel Anchor (TVNewser)
Nine months after he took leave to address \»serious personal issues,\» Gregg Jarrett returned to the anchor desk Monday morning, filling in for Bill Hemmer alongside Lea Gabrielle on America’s Newsroom.
ABC News Staffing Up for Campaign Digital Reporters (TVNewser)
With the 2016 presidential primaries starting to take shape, the news networks will start candidate coverage soon enough. Monday morning ABC News put out the call for its quadrennial Campaign Digital Reporter program.
National Journal Debuts 2016-Focused Podcast (FishbowlDC)
Monday afternoon, National Journal debuted their \»TwentySixteen\» podcast — a 20-minute program exclusively dedicate to covering the potential 2016 presidential candidates and their campaigns as the race for the White House slowly heats up.
Matt Speiser Leaves CNN (FishbowlDC)
Matt Speiser has left CNN several months after the company offered buyouts to longtime employees. Speiser, whose last day was Friday, joined CNN in 2000 as a senior producer and had served since 2007 as the D.C. deputy bureau chief and senior director of operations.
Aspire Entertainment, Newsweek Partner to Develop Magazine Stories for TV, Movies (Variety)
Aspire Entertainment has inked an exclusive two-year development deal with Newsweek to create and distribute films, TV series and other content on various platforms based on stories published in the magazine.
Sling TV Strikes Deal With Univision for Online TV Service (GigaOM)
Online TV streaming service Sling TV is about to get bilingual: Sling TV has struck an agreement with Univision to carry its Spanish-language broadcast and cable networks, both companies announced Monday.
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