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4:10 PM ET, October 20, 2011

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Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Times Company Reports a Profit  —  The New York Times Company continued to attract paying subscribers to its flagship Web site in the third quarter, bolstering a new revenue stream that has helped offset a decline in advertising revenue.  —  The company, which reported its earnings …
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David Kaplan / paidContent:
NYTCo's Robinson: Paywall Hasn't Dented Pageviews—Much  —  The weak economy and the About Group's declines have eaten away at revenue gains that the New York Times Co. (NYSE: NYT) won with last year's ad recovery.  But CEO Janet Robinson said that there hasn't been much negative impact …
Ben Smith / The Politico:
New York funds to vote against Murdochs, over Bloomberg objections  —  New York City's giant pension funds have voted to oppose the board of directors at a shareholders meeting of the troubled media giant News Corp. tomorrow, a move against a feared local media company that was opposed by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
Discussion: New York Magazine and Gawker
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Mark Sweney / Guardian:
‘Leveson inquiry no threat to free press’ - PM
Dan Sabbagh / Guardian:
Rebekah Brooks's payout - will News Corp investors be told about it?
Discussion: Birmingham Mail and Company Town
Bloomberg:
Rupert Murdoch's Critics Press for Changes They Can't Force at News Corp.
Discussion: FishbowlNY
Alex Weprin / TVNewser:
Moammar Gadhafi Killed, Injured or Captured: Broadcast and Cable Nets Scramble to Confirm and Cover  —  Update: CBS News has a great exclusive: video of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton learning of Gadhafi's alleged death via her Blackberry:  —  Update: A Libyan transitional government minister …
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Bob Andelman / Poynter:
AFP, AP transmit graphic photos of dead Gadhafi  —  Graphic images of a reportedly-dead Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi are being transmitted by the AP, AFP and possibly other wire services. … The AP images come from video screengrabs provided by Al Jazeera and Al Arabiya, says Paul Colford, director of media relations.
Discussion: TVNewser
Neda Semnani / Roll Call:
Heard on the Hill: Breaking the Code of Ethics  —  One major commandment of journalism: If thou art a hack, thou mustn't flack.  —  So imagine our surprise when we realized the spokeswoman for October 2011, the group occupying Freedom Plaza, is Lisa Simeone, host of the radio program …
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Julie Moos / Poynter:
NPR host will remain with ‘Opera’ show after becoming spokesperson for ‘Occupy DC’  —  Lisa Simeone, host of “World of Opera” since 2002, does not understand why NPR is raising questions about her involvement with the Washington, D.C., arm of the “Occupy Wall Street” movement.  She tells the Sun's David Zurawik:
Dan Sabbagh / Guardian:
Times and Sunday Times cut 150 editorial posts  —  Casual staff worst hit by News International announcement, and compulsory redundancies not ruled out at the Times  —  The Times and Sunday Times are to cut at least 150 editorial posts, out of their combined full- and part-time workforce …
Mark Kleinman / Kleinman:
Exclusive: Kingdom Eyes Twitter Stake  —  The ultra-wealthy Saudi investor who owns stakes in Citigroup and News Corporation is examining a swoop on the internet industry that would involve acquiring hundreds of millions of dollars-worth of shares in Twitter, I have learned.
Tom McGeveran / Capital New York:
‘n+1’ starts $2,000 Kickstarter campaign to publish an Occupy Wall Street magazine of its own; raises it in an hour  —  A note went out to n+1 subscribers asking them to donate to help the literary-minded journal to publish “a quick history, analysis, and documentation” of the Occupy Wall Street protests about 45 minutes ago.
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Michael Malone / B&C:
‘Occupy’ Needs the Media, and Vice Versa
Deggans / St. Petersburg Times:
St. Petersburg Times reveals it has cut staff by 6 percent in recent weeks  —  Executives at the St. Petersburg Times have revealed the extent of the job reductions at the company, saying that the staff was reduced by about 6 percent in recent weeks.  The bulk of reductions should be completed by now …
Betsy Rothstein / FishbowlDC:
Two Daily Caller Reporters Fired, Managing Editor Quits, Employees Nervous  —  The last two weeks has put employees at The Daily Caller on edge.  Two reporters were fired and the Managing Editor, Joe Kildea, has jumped ship.  One reporter is gone because of a bad attitude; the other for being in a beat she wasn't qualified to cover.
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
The Economist Mistakenly Gave Away Free Digital Subscriptions  —  The Economist will next week revoke premium digital subscriptions from some users after realising it had been accidentally servicing them for free.  —  “Unfortunately, we have been providing you with full digital access in error …
Keach Hagey / The Politico:
A Washington Post paywall?  No time soon  —  Hurting financially but wary of acting precipitously, the Washington Post has planted a strategic stake in the ground when it comes to paywalls: Let the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times, with their national distributions and elite readerships …
Discussion: mediabistro.com and Poynter
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
Does Warner Bros. Really Have Exclusive Movie Rights to a Story Posted on Reddit?  (Analysis)  —  Fledging author James Erwin sold Warner Bros. on movie rights to his short story posted on Reddit.  But the user agreement for the news community website could raise some thorny intellectual property questions.
Colby Hall / Mediaite:
Declining Ratings Could Put Judge Andrew Napolitano's Fox News Future In Jeopardy  —  Back in May, Judge Andrew Napolitano seemed almost a shoo-in to take over Fox News Channel's 5PM time, slot vacated by Glenn Beck.  Beck himself stated, on air, that he'd like to hand over the reins …
Sean Connolly / Online News Association:
Herman, Keefe, Summers elected to 2012 Online News Association Board  —  Members of the Online News Association, the world's largest membership organization of digital journalists, elected three new members to its Board of Directors and reelected three incumbents to two-year terms.
Mark Hosenball / Reuters:
Phone hacking victims get access to critical evidence  —  (REUTERS) - Like all good tabloid tales, the News of the World saga is a scandal that keeps on giving.  —  British investigators have spent months sharing thousands of pages of seized evidence with hundreds of suspected targets …
Kat Stoeffel / The New York Observer:
Village Voice Lays Off the Best of New York  —  The Village Voice has laid off Ward Harkavy, a senior editor, and Harry Siegel, a brand-new (but independently legendary) city hall columnist, Gawker reports.  —  The Voice is on the late end of a wave of layoffs affecting all New Times papers …
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Yahoo's Jerry Yang: “We Want to Be the Premier Digital Media Company”  —  When Yahoo co-founder Jerry Yang last appeared on the D stage back in 2008, the Internet giant was in tumult.  Tapped as successor to former CEO Terry Semel and the man who would finally turn Yahoo's fundamental strengths …
David Kaplan / paidContent:
Nielsen: Nearly Half Of Americans Are Watching Online Video  —  One of the reasons online video is the fastest growing ad segment is because nearly half of all Americans are watching some form of streaming, according to Nielsen's Cross-Platform report.  But online video is still a long way off …
Discussion: Multichannel, rbr.com and MediaPost
 
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Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
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Sarah Marshall / journalism.co.uk:
Guardian predicts 1m installs of Facebook app in first month
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Evan McMorris-Santoro / Talking Points Memo:
Romney Campaign: CNN Asked Us To Pull Down Brutal Anti-Perry Ad
Discussion: Mediaite and Hot Air
Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
Department of Justice still wants New York Times reporter's sources
Aly Semigran / PopWatch:
Adam Levine and Fox News hosts exchange angry tweets over use of his music
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Martin Robbins / Guardian:
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Pandora Young / FishbowlLA:
The LA Times Sued For Wiretapping
Nicholas Carlson / Business Insider:
That Huge AOL, Yahoo, And Microsoft Ad-Selling Deal Isn't Done Yet
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
Former EMI chief to head new home of BBC magazines
Discussion: Guardian and mnilive.com
Nic Christensen / The Australian:
The Australian to launch paid content on Monday
Discussion: Journalism.co.uk
Henry Blodget / Business Insider:
Demand Media's stock has completely collapsed, closing yesterday at $5.60 a share
Jon Slattery / jonslattery.blogspot.com:
BBC staff magazine Ariel to close after 75 years
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Roger Ebert / Chicago Sun Times:
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