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9:00 AM ET, February 16, 2012

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New York Times:
Interference Seen in Philadelphia Papers  —  Last week, Gregory J. Osberg, chief executive and publisher of the Philadelphia Media Network, which publishes The Inquirer, The Daily News and Philly.com, summoned the news organization's three most senior editors to his office.
Discussion: Gannett Blog
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Buzz Bissinger / New York Times:
Who Will Tell Philadelphia's Story?  —  I LIVE in Philadelphia.  I have for nearly 40 of my 57 years.  It is a wonderful city but also a corrupt one.  Power is concentrated in the hands of a select few, who sometimes act in the public interest but too often act in their own interests …
Discussion: JIMROMENESKO.COM
Julie Moos / Poynter:
Philly papers to lose 37 positions through buyouts, layoffs  —  Philadelphia Media Network executives announced at a meeting with Guild leaders today that they will reduce the newsrooms of the Inquirer, Daily News and Philly.com by 37 positions.  The company will offer buyouts first, and then begin layoffs if necessary.
Amy Thomson / Bloomberg:
Murdoch Set to Face Sun Newsroom After Arrests  —  Rupert Murdoch faced down angry labor unions and journalists a quarter-century ago to establish a new printing plant in east London.  This week he travels to the same part of town to calm unhappy employees.
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Josh Halliday / Guardian:
Journalists' employers must protect sources, says Lords committee chair
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Robert Hutton / Bloomberg:
News Corp. Hacking Report Delayed by Debate
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
CBS May Produce New Show for Netflix  —  The digital video boom has generated lots of extra money for big media companies, who are selling off old shows to services like Amazon, Hulu and Netflix.  —  But as those services start to dabble in creating their own shows, big media companies …
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Lucas Shaw / The Wrap:
CBS 4Q Profits Soar Despite Revenue Dip  —  Profits at CBS surged 17 percent to $384 million in the fourth quarter of 2011, capping off a year in which its net income nearly doubled, according to its earnings report on Wednesday.  —  The strong earnings report, which included a new corporate record …
Frances Martel / Mediaite:
Colbert Report Suspends Production For The Week, Reasons Unknown  —  If you just flipped over to Comedy Central to catch Stephen Colbert after a new episode of the Daily Show, you may have been surprised to catch Colbert talking about Herman Cain.  Yes, there is a rerun of the show tonight …
Discussion: Third Beat, Deadline.com and Gawker
Joe Flint / Company Town:
CNN officially severs ties with Larry King  —  CNN and Larry King are going their separate ways.  —  Though King gave up his daily prime-time talk show on CNN in December 2010, he still had a deal for several specials.  The last of those — “A Larry King Special: Dinner With the Kings” — aired in December.
Rem Rieder / American Journalism Review:
Ignoring the Facts at PolitiFact  —  Nobody is a bigger fan than I am of the rise of the fact-checking movement in contemporary journalism.  It's so refreshing to see reporters scrutinizing politicians' statements and allegations, and reaching conclusions rather than settling for the tired, old “he says, she says” approach.
Discussion: Saint Petersblog and The Raw Story
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Craig Silverman / Poynter:
Fact from fiction: PolitiFact draws ire for checking ‘Glee’
Discussion: Riptide 2.0, PolitiFact and Mediaite
Eric Eldon / TechCrunch:
A Month In, Facebook Timeline Brings New Growth For Myspace, Yahoo News, Pinterest, And Others  —  Having rolled out Timeline at the end of last year, Facebook followed up in mid January by letting third-party apps integrate with the reverse-chronological scrapbooking feature.
Discussion: NetNewsCheck Latest
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
WUSA reporter Andrea McCarren balks after backlash over teen drinking stories  —  At first, the comments from viewers were just nasty.  No problem.  Andrea McCarren, a veteran TV reporter, could handle that.  —  But then the response to McCarren's reports about underage drinking on WUSA …
McKay Coppins / Buzz Feed:
Atlantic Media Execs Headed To To St. Bart's  —  The owner of The Atlantic Media is paying to send 20 senior executives and editors to St. Bart's, a posh French Caribbean destination.  Atlantic owner David Bradley, who is building a home on the resort island, rented villas for editors …
Amanda Hess / GOOD:
Boys Will Hire Boys: The Media Is Male and Getting Maler  —  My first job in journalism was at a local newspaper staffed mostly by men.  When many of them left for gigs elsewhere, I was told that hiring decisions would be based on finding the “best person for the job.”
Amy Chozick / Media Decoder:
Comcast's Net Income Increases, Lifted by Internet Subscriptions  —  A slowing decline in the number of customers cancelling their cable service coupled with a boost in high-speed Internet subscriptions contributed to a 26.4 percent increase in net income at Comcast, the nation's largest cable provider.
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Meg James / Company Town:
Comcast fourth-quarter profit jumps 26%; NBC and film lag
 
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