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  • Heffernan (Yahoo News)

    More exciting personnel news from the purple mothership: Yahoo News has hired Virginia Heffernan, a veteran of the New York Times, as national correspondent.

    Heffernan will cover "culture and politics from a digital perspective," the company said in a release. Heffernan will be based in Yahoo's New York offices, reporting to managing editor Hillary Frey. The news of Heffernan's hire was first reported by Politico.

    Prior to joining Yahoo, Heffernan was an op-ed columnist for The New York Times, covering digital culture, and a regular columnist for the New York Times magazine. Before that, she was a TV writer for Slate.

    The move marks yet another step in Yahoo's push to expand its original content. Earlier this week, the company announced it had hired Olivier Knox, a Congressional reporter for Agence France-Press, as its first-ever White House correspondent.

    Both Knox and Heffernan will start on Feb. 13.

    Last fall, Yahoo News made a number of key hires: Frey, Washington D.C. bureau chief David Chalian, head of strategy and development Guy Vidra and executive producer (elections) Steve Chaggaris. Veteran journalist Walter Shapiro also recently signed on as a contributing writer to cover the 2012 campaign.

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  • Olivier Knox (Yahoo News)

    Yahoo News has hired Olivier Knox, Congressional correspondent for Agence France-Press, to be its White House correspondent--the first in Yahoo's 16-year history.

    Knox--who has spent more than a decade with AFP covering politics, including eight years covering the White House--starts on Feb. 13. He will be based in Washington and report to politics editor Chris Suellentrop, who joined Yahoo from the New York Times magazine last year.

    "I am thrilled to be joining the team covering politics at Yahoo News," Knox said, "and truly honored to serve as the first White House correspondent. It's a great opportunity."

    A graduate of John's Hopkins' School of Advanced International Studies, Knox covered the impeachment proceedings against Bill Clinton for AFP beginning in 1998. He covered Al Gore's presidential campaign for the news service, moved to the White House beat in December 2000 and served in that position until the inauguration of Barack Obama in 2009. (He was in the second row at the infamous 2008 Baghdad press conference when an an Iraqi TV journalist hurled a pair of shoes at President George W. Bush.) Most recently, Knox has been AFP's Congress/politics correspondent.

    His hire is the latest in a series of moves by Yahoo designed to beef up its original content for an audience of 85.5 million unique monthly visitors.

    Last fall, the news division made a number of key hires: Washington D.C. bureau chief David Chalian, managing editor Hillary Frey, head of strategy and development Guy Vidra , and executive producer (elections) Steve Chaggaris. Veteran journalist Walter Shapiro also recently signed on as a contributing writer to cover the 2012 campaign.

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  • Roger Ailes at Fox News' 15th anniversary party in New York. (2MK)

    Last fall, Fox News celebrated its 15th anniversary with a lavish party in New York. Fox News president Roger Ailes, who launched the channel in 1996, toasted 700 or so staffers that night, telling them, "Losing is highly overrated as a learning experience."

    On Tuesday afternoon, when Nielsen releases its final ratings for the month of January, the "fair and balanced" network will mark an arguably more important milestone: 10 consecutive years at the top of the cable news rankings.

    Yahoo News recently spoke will Bill Shine, Fox News Channel's EVP of programming, about the significance of the achievement, the state of cable news, and how the cable network has managed to sustain its pole position while defending Fox from its fervent critics, including Jon Stewart.

    Yahoo News: So, are you going to frame the Nielsen report?

    Shine: No, no. We don't do a lot of that around here. We may pat each other on the back, but the news goes on. We'll keep it rolling.

    What's been the key to maintaining your no. 1 position in cable news?

    A couple of things. Roger's leadership. He had the idea, he launched the network, he hired the talent. So it's been Roger, Roger's vision. Over the years we've gained the trust of the American people. And Roger picked good people, not just on-air, but the producers and everyone behind the scenes who have contributed to our success.

    What would you say is the best strategic move the network has made over the last 10 years?

    I don't know if I could single out one thing. What happened was—keep in mind, over the course of those 10 years, a lot of news has happened. You had an impeachment, the 2000 election, Bush-Gore, of course 9/11, Iraq, Afghanistan, the Middle East, hurricanes, Katrina, the D.C. sniper, natural disasters, politics. So there's been a lot of news. Then, what you had happen was, those viewers who came in for the big story stayed to sample our programming. More and more of those people stayed. At the same time, we had a lot of people talking about us, on talk radio and in the news media, the media press, talking about what we do. So it was also about us getting recognized for what we were doing.

    Worst move/biggest mistake? There has to be one.

    Hmm. That's a great question. [Pause.] I'm not dodging you, but I'd have to think about it. Ask me some other questions and I'll think about it. Everybody makes mistakes. You spend your whole day trying to avoid them, and then own up to them when you do make them.

    Just to be clear, I'm not talking about an on-air mistake. I'm talking strategically.

    Yeah, not like [the time] we spelled Obama's name wrong.

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  • Australia's Maxwell mocked for Kiwi 'choke' gesture
    Australia's Maxwell mocked for Kiwi 'choke' gesture

    Australia's Glenn Maxwell was both mocked and praised Monday after video emerged of him making a 'choking' gesture just moments before Kane Williamson launched the giant six that won Saturday's World Cup clash for New Zealand. Maxwell, a controversial batsman dubbed 'The Big Show' by Australian media, was fielding in the deep when he turned to a section of the 40,000 crowd at Auckland's Eden Park and jokingly placed his hands around his throat to suggest that the home side were about to fail chasing their modest 152-run target. Maxwell scored just one in the game having made 66 in Australia's opening win over England, but he won some sympathy online with fans praising him for his interaction with the crowd.

  • NBA scoring leader Harden hit with one-game ban
    NBA scoring leader Harden hit with one-game ban

    New York (AFP) - The National Basketball Association suspended Houston Rockets star forward James Harden for kicking Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James in the groin, the league said.

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