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6:00 PM ET, March 30, 2012

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Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
Current TV Dismisses Keith Olbermann  —  5:13 p.m. |  Updated Current TV said Friday afternoon that it had terminated the contract of its lead anchor, Keith Olbermann, scarcely a year after he was hired to reboot the fledgling channel in his progressive political image.
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Current TV:
Open letter to the viewers of Current  —  To the Viewers of Current:  —  We created Current to give voice to those Americans who refuse to rely on corporate-controlled media and are seeking an authentic progressive outlet.  We are more committed to those goals today than ever before.
Keach Hagey / Politico:
Keith Olbermann to file against Current TV  —  I'd like to apologize to my viewers and my staff for the failure of Current TV.  —  Editorially, Countdown had never been better.  But for more than a year I have been imploring Al Gore and Joel Hyatt to resolve our issues internally …
Jonathan Stempel / Thomson Reuters News …:
Unpaid bloggers' lawsuit vs Huffington Post tossed  —  AOL Inc on Friday won the dismissal of a lawsuit by unpaid bloggers who complained they were deprived of their fair share of the roughly $315 million that the company paid last March to buy The Huffington Post website.
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Jim Romenesko:
Huffington Post reacts to judge's ruling  —  The Huffington Post has reacted to a judge's ruling against unpaid bloggers who sued Arianna & Co. Here's the statement that HuffPo sent to media reporters:
Jeane MacIntosh / New York Post:
Soccer Mom madam and The Post  —  Anna Gristina, the notorious soccer mom madam, does have a relationship with someone at the New York Post.  It's me.  —  Gristina has been a source on several stories I've written at the paper, most notably on Page Six.  —  This week, the New York Observer published …
Discussion: Politico, @dylanbyers and @mlcalderone
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Martin Dunn / Guardian:
New York's uneasy tabloid truce  —  When I edited the Daily News, a day hardly passed without a gloves-off scrap with our rival, the Post.  So what changed?  —  In the sad, cost-cutting world of New York City newspapers, the “war of words” has become the “bore of words”.
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
Tale of the tape: ‘Observer’ won't retract story about ‘Post’ editor Col Allan and soccer-mom madam Anna Gristina
Alicia Shepard / Poynter:
The iconic photos of Trayvon Martin & George Zimmerman & why you may not see the others  —  Since the shooting of Trayvon Martin became national news, two photos have come to define the emotionally and racially charged narrative.  —  News organizations initially had just a few photos of Martin …
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Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Maxim Minimized.  Big Layoffs Hit Men's Mag Web and Editorial Staff  —  The Internet killed the magazine star.  There's been a major round of layoffs at Maxim magazine.  Senior Editor Seth Porges is at least one employee who got the axe, according to our sources and confirmed by a recent update …
Media Decoder:
Philadelphia Newspapers Set to Be Sold to Local Leaders  —  A consortium of local business and political leaders is poised to purchase the Philadelphia Media Network, publisher of The Inquirer, The Daily News and Philly.com, according to several people familiar with the negotiations.
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Maryclaire Dale / Associated Press:
Philly newspapers may trade hands Monday
Discussion: Philly.com
Jason Del Rey / AdAge:
March Madness Digital Viewing Generates $60 Million in Ad Sales for Turner, CBS  —  Total Doesn't Include Subscriptions for Mobile Access  —  It's not a revenue number that's going to convince many that a long-awaited reallocation of TV dollars to digital has arrived.
Discussion: Adweek and eMedia Vitals, Thanks:@delrey
Anton Troianovski / Wall Street Journal:
Verizon Pitches Mobile Video  —  Verizon Communications Inc. Chief Executive Lowell C. McAdam said the company could have a wireless video service by year-end that lets pay-TV subscribers see some content on their mobile devices if regulators approve a proposed cable partnership.
Chris O'Shea / FishbowlNY:
Ex Goldman Sachs Exec Greg Smith Gets $1.5 Million Book Deal  —  Sorry to start your Friday out like this, but we've got to tell you: The rich do, in fact, get richer.  Greg Smith, the former Goldman Sachs executive who quit with a hilarious New York Times Op-Ed, is getting $1.5 million to write a memoir.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Netflix Sharpens Focus On DVDs With DVD.com, But Don't Cry Qwikster.  (It's Staying)  —  Netflix has been making a few moves to separate its DVD business more from its streaming operation, and today brings news of the latest move in that direction: the company has bought the domain name DVD.com, the company has confirmed to us.
Alexa Kravitz / American Journalism Review:
Many political talk shows are hosted by non-journalists.  Is there a problem with that?  —  Should journalism experience be a requirement for hosting a political talk show?  MSNBC President Phil Griffin certainly doesn't think so.  His hires on the liberal-leaning network include non …
Discussion: The FJP
Jim Romenesko:
City of Sanford backs off on threat to arrest reporters  —  On Wednesday, the City of Sanford issued a press release asking the media to “refrain from approaching, phoning or emailing city employees when they are in their roles as private citizens” and warning that “law enforcement officials …
Jeff Roberts / paidContent:
Paywall Promos: How Far Should Newspapers Open The Door?  —  As newspapers lock content behind paywalls, marketers are opening that same content right back up again through campaigns that provide readers with temporary access for free.  The idea seems a good one but newspapers are still experimenting with when and how to do it.
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DigiDave:
The Future of Paywalls, Memberships and Advertising - Writing on the Wall is Starting to Appear
Discussion: Mashable!
 
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Steve Clemons / The Atlantic Online:
Al Jazeera English to Downsize D.C. Operation
Discussion: Politico
Tim Carmody / Wired:
The Nimble Empire: In Defense of Cable
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
Thanks To E-Books, Book Publishers Find Flat Is The New Up
Dan Levy / Bleacher Report:
Inside Media: On Breaking News, Sourcing, Credit & Scoops in Sports
Discussion: Poynter
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
News International sues ‘News of the World Online’ website
Discussion: NetNewsCheck Latest
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Media Matters and the other Fox effect
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:UK:
Welcome To paidContent Circa 2012
Discussion: Journalism.co.uk
Stuart Kemp / Hollywood Reporter:
BBC Fights Back in Spat With Rupert Murdoch's News Corp.
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Adrienne LaFrance / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Merger means the new Bay Citizen will be more investigative and experimental
Gallup:
Two-Thirds Worldwide Say Media Are Free in Their Countries
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Daniel Frankel / paidContent:
The Cable Sports Bidding War Will Justify The Dodgers' $2.15B Sale Price
Jake Dobkin / Gothamist:
Who Is On The Secret NYPD Press Email List?
Discussion: NYConvergence.com
Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
How Rupert Murdoch And Roger Ailes Could Beat ESPN At Its Own Game
Discussion: The Big Lead