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4:30 PM ET, January 15, 2014

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Michael Wolff / Slate:
The new Roger Ailes biography isn't just poorly written.  It's telling the wrong story.  —  Gabriel Sherman is part of a group of young media reporters—many starting out at the New York Observer under the tutelage of then-Editor Peter Kaplan, an avowed media nostalgist—who have seen their subject …
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Paul Farhi / Washington Post:   Q&A with author of book on Fox's Roger Ailes
The Wrap:
TheWrap Beats Deadline Hollywood and Variety's Web Traffic in December  —  TheWrap is pleased to announce that it has achieved its highest traffic month in the history of the site, surpassing both industry trades Variety and Deadline.  —  According to comScore, TheWrap scored 3.4 million unique visitors …
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Richard Horgan / FishbowlNY:   Scintillating TheWrap Stats Also Remind: comScore Counts It Differently [Updated]
Tim Wu / The New Yorker Blog:
FCC's Wheeler can preserve net neutrality by taking back its authority over broadband  —  Closing Time for the Open Internet  —  Since 1970 or so, carriers like A. T. & T. and Verizon have been barred from blocking or degrading whatever is transported over their lines.
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Tom Wheeler / Official FCC Blog:
Ensuring an Open Internet Now and for the Future
Alex Leo / Newsweek:
The New New Newsweek.com  —  I know the past couple years have been confusing—it seems like every time you turn around there's a new Newsweek.com.  When IBT Media purchased Newsweek last year, it inherited a beautiful site designed by Huge that was launched less than a year ago.
Discussion: @niemanlab
BBC:
Phone-hacking trial: Charlie Brooks CCTV released  —  CCTV showing Rebekah Brooks' husband Charlie and security staff allegedly trying to hide computers and documents from police has been released.  —  The hacking trial jury has been shown excerpts from CCTV footage recorded around the building in Chelsea …
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Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:   Phone-hacking trial: judge admonishes police expert witness
Ira Teinowitz / The Wrap:
Rep. Waxman on Tribune Meeting: ‘My Concern About the Fate of the Los Angeles Times Was Not Alleviated’  —  Rep. Henry Waxman said Wednesday that his staff had a “helpful meeting” with the general counsel and the chief financial officer of the Tribune Co., but his concerns remain …
Discussion: Politico
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
Jim Rutenberg joins Times Magazine  —  Jim Rutenberg has been named chief political correspondent for The New York Times Magazine, filling the spot created when Matt Bai jumped to Yahoo News in November.  —  He leaves the newspaper-side role of national political correspondent.
Discussion: Capital New York and FishbowlNY
Jason Deans / Guardian:
James Harding offers the BBC reasons to be cheerful in the digital age  —  In his debut public speech for the BBC, its news chief seemed on top of his brief - and was remarkably upbeat about the future  —  “I am, in fact, extremely optimistic about the future of journalism,” …
Discussion: Poynter, bbc.co.uk and BBC
Mark Stone / Sky News:
China Defends Blocking Some Western Websites  —  Video: Chinese Ambassador: ‘China Is Open’  —  China's ambassador to the UK has defended his country's long-standing decision to block some Western media companies, in an interview with Sky News.  —  Speaking to Sky's Jeff Randall …
Discussion: Press Gazette
Nicole Levy / Capital New York:
Vanity Fair launches Hollywood vertical  —  Last year, Vanity Fair hired Mike Hogan from The Huffington Post as digital director, and charged him with a familiar task at many legacy magazine publishers these days.  —  “The idea was to grow VanityFair.com over the course of the next year …
Keith J. Kelly / New York Post:
After 97 years in NYC, Forbes heads to New Jersey  —  Forbes Media surprised staffers Tuesday with the news that the “capitalist tool” is moving to New Jersey — vacating the Greenwich Village HQ it has occupied for 49 years.  —  CEO Mike Perlis gave the word but said the company is looking for …
Eliot Brown / Wall Street Journal:
Time Warner Nears Deal to Sell Headquarters  —  When Related Cos. needed financing for its $1.3 billion bid for Manhattan's Time Warner Center, it turned to a ready source of money: foreign buyers.  —  It found willing backers in sovereign-wealth funds from Abu Dhabi and Singapore …
Discussion: @aleclefort and FishbowlNY
Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
Journalism graduate laments the industry's shift to digital  —  The reality of digital newsrooms: ‘copy thrown online with a photo’ … It isn't just the old school, such as Brian MacArthur and Phil Moger, who lament the passing of the roar of the presses after the transition to the new digital world.
Discussion: @emilybell and @josephstash
Caroline O'Donovan / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Start small, plan big: How two nonprofit education sites came together to build a network  —  What started out as two independent nonprofit news sites is now a network of four — with aims to grow larger.  —  Chalkbeat, the nonprofit education reporting partnership that grew out of GothamSchools …
Amol Sharma / Wall Street Journal:
Viacom to launch customizable kids' TV channel, My Nick Jr., on Verizon FiOS  —  Viacom to Launch Customized Kids' TV Channel  —  My Nickelodeon Junior to Combine Elements of Streaming Services Pandora and Netflix  —  Viacom Inc. plans to launch a children's TV channel in the U.S …
Discussion: Gigaom, Consumerist, The Verge and @zseward
Leila Haddou / Guardian:
Blogger broke news of alleged UK role in 1984 Amritsar attack  —  Independent researcher and journalist uncovered government papers in the National Archives released under the 30-year rule  —  The revelation of alleged SAS involvement in the planning of the 1984 expulsion of militants …
Discussion: New York Times and BBC
Hadas Gold / Politico:
MSNBC president defends network, hits Fox News and CNN  —  MSNBC president Phil Griffin defended his network's handling of recent controversies in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter on Wednesday — and took a jab at his competitors at CNN and Fox News.  —  “We handled them,” Griffin said.
Discussion: Hollywood Reporter and TVNewser
Jeff Bercovici / Forbes:
Contently Raises $9 Million To Build ‘The Plumbing For Brand Publishing’  —  Native advertising, content marketing, sponsored content — whatever you call it, it's one of the most powerful currents remaking the publishing business, and Contently is riding right in the middle of it.
Paul Sawers / The Next Web:
Smart TV: Sky officially launches targeted adverts to the UK public  —  Just like how you're served personalized ads (to a degree) on the Internet, UK satellite broadcaster BSkyB ('Sky') has officially launched its own tailored TV ad program to the public after a six-month trial period.
Discussion: Engadget
William Launder / Wall Street Journal:
Half A Dozen Bidders Remain For Forbes, Mostly From Outside The U.S.  —  Bidders for Forbes Include Axel Springer, Fosun International and Spice Global  —  The auction of Forbes Media LLC is drawing interest from an array of international companies, including Germany's Axel Springer SE …
AFP:
US ‘disappointed’ as Russia refuses journalist visa  —  Washington — The United States said Tuesday that it was “disappointed” that Russia had denied a visa to American journalist David Satter, who has written three books on the country.  “The US embassy in Moscow has raised our concerns …
Discussion: Kirk LaPointe's …
 
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