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6:40 PM ET, June 8, 2012

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Amy Chozick / Media Decoder:
Comcast Is Said to Be Mulling Bid for BSkyB  —  Updated Comcast is exploring whether the British Sky Broadcasting Group, Britain's largest satellite broadcaster and a lucrative pay TV asset 39 percent owned by News Corporation, could become available for purchase, according to several people briefed on the company's strategic thinking.
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Comcast CFO: Report That Comcast Pondering BSkyB Buy Is “Rubbish”  —  Comcast's CFO is slamming a New York Times report that the company is weighing a possible purchase of BSkyB.  “This is complete rubbish”, Michael Angelakis, Comcast's vice chairman and chief financial officer, told the Times today.
Nicholas Carlson / Business Insider:
Mashable Execs Are Preparing For A Sale To CNN, Auditing Financials And Discussing Integration  —  Over the past few days, Mashable executives have been busily preparing for an acquisition by CNN, two sources say.  —  One source tells us that Mashable has audited its finances and sent them to Turner.
Julie Moos / Poynter:
NPR's ‘Car Talk’ to end original run this fall  —  The popular NPR show will stop producing original episodes this fall.  “Click and Clack” brothers Tom and Ray Magliozzi, 74 and 62 years old, have hosted “Car Talk” for 25 years, but say they will now “stop and smell the cappuccino.”
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Andrew Phelps / Nieman Journalism Lab:
A brief history of Car Talk: “They've changed the way people see public radio in America”
Discussion: Poynter and New York Magazine
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
The ‘leak’ wars  —  President Barack Obama's administration has unleashed an unprecedented wave of prosecutions over leaks of national security secrets.  —  Now, he's the political beneficiary of several major breaches in the wall of secrecy.  —  For more than a year …
Discussion: Gawker, Business Insider and Hit & Run
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Shalini Ramachandran / Wall Street Journal:
Dish Chief: TV Needs to Change  —  Dish Network Corp. Chairman Charlie Ergen said a new ad-skipping feature that has infuriated major broadcast TV networks is a “competitively necessary” response to the explosion of cheap Internet video.  That Web video threatens the pay-TV ecosystem …
Claire Atkinson / New York Post:
Time Warner mulling leadership change at CNN  —  Time Warner brass is succession planning at CNN, but no one's walking the plank just yet.  —  Senior management is putting together a short list of potential candidates to run CNN Worldwide to end the ratings death spiral at the flagship news channel, several sources confirm.
Elspeth Reeve / The Atlantic Wire:
Bang the Trend Slowly  —  Several institutions exist to check the veracity of political statements: FactCheck.org, PolitiFact, The Washington Post's Fact Checker, and the classic Snopes.  Now, The Atlantic Wire would like to inaugurate a fact-checking apparatus to cover the only assertions …
Discussion: @jackshafer and @jeffjarvis
Lucia Moses / Adweek:
NewsBeast Loses Digital Honcho  —  The NewsBeast's Daniel Blackman, a Google vet who became chief digital officer a little over a year ago, has left the company.  Insiders said he was pushed out; Blackman couldn't be reached.  —  His departure comes at a time when the Daily Beast is experiencing …
Discussion: FishbowlNY
Reuters:
Insight: Intel's plans for virtual TV come into focus  —  (Reuters) - Intel is counting on facial-recognition technology for targeted ads and a team of veteran entertainment dealmakers to win over reluctant media partners for its new virtual television service.
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Should the mainstream media see Twitter as competition?  —  Twitter unveiled an interesting partnership with the NASCAR auto-racing circuit on Thursday, in which the real-time information network has created a kind of portal for the Pocono 400 race this weekend.
Emma Gardner / Lean Back 2.0:
Quartz: The new digital-only publication with the tablet in mind  —  As we have noted on this blog before, a number of venerable magazines are inching toward existing primarily in the digital space.  Quartz, the new business publication from the Atlantic Media Company, is making the digital leap entirely.
Discussion: FishbowlNY
Steven Church / Bloomberg:
Tribune Judge May Rule On Bankruptcy Exit Plan By July  —  Tribune Co., the biggest newspaper publisher in bankruptcy, may learn by early July whether it has won the first of two rulings it needs to leave bankruptcy this year, lawyers involved in the case said.
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As Tribune Nears Exit From Three-Year Bankruptcy, Big Papers Could Sell
 
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