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Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
NYT interview with Obama: No surveillance questions?  —  Jackie Calmes and Michael D. Shear's interview with President Obama packed in enough news to fill three New York Times articles and one media story: “It was the paper's first exclusive chat with the president in nearly three years,” The Huffington Post's Jack Mirkinson writes.
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Margaret Sullivan / New York Times:
A Blow for the Press, and for Democracy  —  SOMETIMES James Risen feels like Jean Valjean, the beleaguered protagonist of “Les Miserables,” hounded for years by the authorities.  —  “They just keep coming at me,” Mr. Risen, a Times reporter in Washington, told me by phone last week.
Rick Edmonds / Poynter:
Why the time is right for The Washington Post & others to boost video initiatives  —  The Washington Post will formally launch PostTV today — a big gamble that it can widen audience and win significant advertising revenue by producing digital video programs and distributing the segments to various partners.
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Marc Tracy / New Republic:
How a Terrible Fox News Interview Became a Traffic Bonanza for BuzzFeed  —  There is much to be said about the interview Reza Aslan did Friday on Fox News' online show “Spirited Debate.”  Aslan, a Muslim writer who converted from Christianity (to which he had converted from Islam) …
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Sinclair to buy Allbritton TV stations for $985 million  —  Sinclair will buy Allbritton's TV stations for $985 million, the company announced Monday.  The stations purchased include WJLA-TV in Washington, D.C., WSET in Lynchburg, Va., and WCIV in Charleston, S.C.
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
AP, Meltwater end litigation, will ‘collaborate on innovating new products’  —  Associated Press will partner with news-aggregation service Meltwater, which it sued last year, the news co-op announced Monday.  —  “There is more to be gained by working together to develop new markets …
Michael Sebastian / AdAge:
Hearst Poaches Todd Haskell From New York Times to Lead Digital Revenue  —  And Names Publisher For Still-Untitled Dr. Oz Magazine  —  Hearst Magazines has hired Todd Haskell away from The New York Times, where he had been group VP-advertising since 2007, to become senior VP and chief revenue officer …
Josh Sternberg / Digiday:
Are Magazines Blowing iPad Sales?  —  Last week, the Association of Magazine Media released some unsettling, albeit not surprising, numbers for news magazines.  It found that many mags had significant drops in ad pages in the first half of this year compared to the first half of last year.
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Alex Weprin / TVNewser:
NBC News Partnering With GlobalPost For Foreign Coverage  —  As American TV news outlets continue to cut back on overseas bureaus, each are finding creative ways to deliver international news to viewers.  Many partner with broadcasters overseas on content and correspondent sharing agreements …
David Carr / New York Times:
Bloomberg Media Recruits a New Chief From the Atlantic  —  Justin B. Smith, whose digital strategy swiftly transformed The Atlantic, one of the statelier media vessels around, is about to get a bigger boat.  —  On Monday, Bloomberg will announce that Mr. Smith, the president of Atlantic Media …
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Cumulus planning to drop Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity  —  In a major shakeup for the radio industry, Cumulus Media, the second-biggest broadcaster in the country, is planning to drop both Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity from its stations at the end of the year, an industry source told POLITICO on Sunday.
Joe Flint / Los Angeles Times:
CBS and Time Warner Cable extend deal deadline to 5 p.m.  —  Time Warner Cable and CBS Corp. have called off their game of chicken for a couple of hours.  —  With a deadline expiring this afternoon, the two companies agreed to an extension of their current distribution deal until 5 p.m. Pacific time.
Ruth Margalit / The New Yorker:
The Israeli Answer to Al Jazeera  —  Timing could not have been more fortuitous for i24 News.  Two weeks ago, as the Israel-based news channel was preparing to launch its first broadcast, reports started trickling in that a chain of people had resigned from Al Jazeera in protest …
Robert-Jan Bartunek / Reuters:
Liberty Global ups stake in Dutch cable group Ziggo  —  (Reuters) - U.S. cable group Liberty Global has increased its stake in Dutch cable operator Ziggo to 28.5 percent, the Dutch company said on Saturday.  —  Liberty, which also holds a controlling stake in Belgian cable operator Telenet …
 
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