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3:00 PM ET, April 21, 2014

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Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
NBC had psychological consultant talk to David Gregory's wife and friends about ratings slide  —  As ‘Meet the Press’ struggles in the ratings, plenty of questions for host David Gregory  —  If “Meet the Press” moderator David Gregory were a guest on his own show, he knows the kinds of questions he'd be asked.
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Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
NBC says it brought in ‘brand’ — not ‘psychological’ — consultant to evaluate David Gregory  —  NBC News has issued a statement, which it emailed to Poynter, about a report in The Washington Post that it hired a “psychological consultant” to talk to David Gregory's friends and family …
David Carr / New York Times:
Aereo Case Will Shape TV's Future  —  Throughout America's business history, the victories and spoils went to the visionaries who made all manner of things — actual things like cars, pharmaceuticals and entertainment.  —  But more and more, many of the splashy business victories …
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Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
Case preview: Supreme Court to hear oral arguments from Aereo and broadcasters on Tuesday  —  Argument preview: Free TV, at a bargain price?  —  At 11 a.m. next Tuesday, the Supreme Court will hold one hour of oral argument on copyright issues surrounding a new technology for Internet streaming …
Peter Suciu / Fortune:
What happens if broadcasters lose the Aereo case?  —  Ahead of Tuesday's Supreme Court hearing on the legality of Aereo, experts weigh in on the so-called nuclear option.  —  FORTUNE — On Tuesday, the United States Supreme Court will hear arguments in a case that could very well re-shape the entire broadcast TV business.
Discussion: Plagiarism Today
Ted Johnson / Variety:
Concept for Live TV On-the-Go Was Around Long Before Aereo
Discussion: TheHill and Re/code
Tony Maglio / The Wrap:
‘Today’ Show Coming to Radio for First Time on SiriusXM  —  Love the voices of your favorite “Today” show anchors but hate their faces?  SiriusXM and NBC News have the perfect solution for you!  —  The companies are teaming up to launch “Today” Show Radio on June 26, which will make the …
Steven Aftergood / Secrecy News:
DNI bars US Intelligence Community from leaking even unclassified information to media  —  Intelligence Directive Bars Unauthorized Contacts with News Media  —  The Director of National Intelligence has forbidden most intelligence community employees from discussing “intelligence-related information” …
Discussion: Politico, @davidfolkenflik and TheHill
Hussain Al-Qatari / Associated Press:
Kuwait court shuts 2 newspapers over coup articles  —  KUWAIT CITY (AP) — A Kuwaiti court has temporarily suspended the publication of two independent newspapers over articles about a secret probe into allegations of a coup plot to overthrow the Gulf monarchy's government, the official state news agency reported Sunday.
Discussion: Reuters and BBC
Mathew Ingram / Gigaom:
Slate tries to buck the paywall trend by focusing on membership  —  There's been a wave of online news outlets trying different versions of a paywall model over the past year or so, with everything from a New York Times-style metered plan to a hard wall like the one that former Wall Street …
Emma Bazilian / Adweek:
Entertainment Weekly continues to staff up, Kristen Baldwin promoted to deputy editor  —  Matt Bean Staffs Up at Entertainment Weekly Kristen Baldwin promoted to deputy editor By Emma Bazilian  —  Entertainment Weekly's new editor Matt Bean is continuing to staff up at the Time Inc. title.
Alexis Sobel Fitts / Columbia Journalism Review:
Early reception of Showtime documentary demonstrates difficulty of covering climate change  —  Walking the public opinion tightrope  —  Early reception of a celebrity-packed Showtime documentary demonstrates the difficulty of engaging audiences on climate change
Discussion: bookforum.com
Jeff Bercovici / Forbes:
Firm That Helps Authors Buy Their Way Onto Bestseller Lists Goes Into Stealth Mode  —  For years, it was an open secret in the book publishing industry that any author willing to spend enough money could nab a spot on the major bestseller lists by engaging the services of a company called Result Source Inc …
 
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