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Jon Friedman

For roughly 14 years MarketWatch published Jon Friedman's Media Web column, a widely read destination for media industry professionals. A former reporter, columnist and editor for Bloomberg, USA Today, BusinessWeek, Investors Daily and other publications, he is also the author of "Forget About Today: Bob Dylan's Genius for (ReInvention, Shunning the Naysayers, and Creating a Personal Revolution" (2012, Penguin) and the co-author of "House of Cards: INside the Troubled Empire of American Express" (1992, Putnam).

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You Like March Madness But CBS LOVES It

You betcha, CBS loves March Madness. It is a monthlong extravaganza for the network. Every gambler in the United States (and elsewhere) crawls out of his or her cave and wages heavily on whether Unknown A&M can upset Perennial Tech in the tournament.
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  • March 17, 2013 1:50 PM
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Can't NBC Take a Joke from Jay Leno?

Can't NBC take a joke?
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  • March 16, 2013 1:46 PM
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'Saturday Night Live' Is Not Dead

Last weekend, "Saturday Night Live" posted its best ratings in 14 months when Justin Timberlake acted as host and the musical guest. What do we make of this?
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  • March 15, 2013 1:43 PM
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Fox News Gets a TV News Challenge

Well, it's about time that someone got around to try to compete against the all-mighty Fox News Chanel. Fox has been No. 1 in the cable-news ratings since the Magna Carta -- or, at least, it seems that long -- and, amazingly, noo ther conservative-oriented TV operation has tried to follow the leader.
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  • March 15, 2013 12:08 PM
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Does America Still Love Matt Lauer?

Let's face it. Matt Lauer, the popular, engaging backbone of NBC's "Today," wears the TV industry's black hat right now. It is a serious point, for, as former tennis great Andre Agassi once put it, "Image is everything."
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  • March 14, 2013 4:17 PM
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The Papal Non-Bombshell

I hope the American reporters who dropped everything and covered the announcement of the new pope had a nice visit to Rome. Maybe they took in some sightseeing, ate some memorable pasta and gelato and tipped the bellboys well, on their companies' nickel.
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  • March 14, 2013 12:42 PM
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