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2:25 PM ET, March 26, 2010


 Top News: 
Times website to charge from June  —  The Times and Sunday Times newspapers will start charging to access their websites in June, owner News International (NI) has announced.  —  Users will pay £1 for a day's access and £2 for a week's subscription.
Jennifer Howze / Times of London:
The Times and Sunday Times websites to charge from June  —  Alexi Mostrous, Media Editor, and Francesca Steele  —  The Times and The Sunday Times will start charging for their websites from June, it was confirmed today.  —  News International, the newspapers' parent company …
Discussion: PC World, Guardian and Editors Weblog
Elizabeth Barrett / Press Association:
Users to pay £2 a week to read Times online  —  Customers will be charged £2 a week to read The Times and The Sunday Times online from June, News International announced today.  —  Both titles will launch new websites in early May, separating their digital presence …
Hollywood Reporter:
e5 CEO: ‘No truth’ to Nikki Finke claim  —  In a blog post Thursday on Deadline Hollywood, Nikki Finke wrote, “... in early December 2009, the new owners of The Hollywood Reporter approached me about becoming the trade's new editor-in-chief.  In late January 2010, they made me a very lucrative financial offer.”
Nikki Finke /
Here's The Hollywood Reporter Offer To Me  —  As you know, I responded early yesterday to some inaccurate showbiz website's rumor-mongering.  I revealed that, in early December, the new owners of The Hollywood Reporter approached me about becoming editor-in-chief.
John Reynolds / Media Week:
Who is Alexander Lebedev?  —  LONDON - Alexander Yevgenievich Lebedev, the new proprietor of The Independent and the Independent on Sunday, likened by colleagues to a chess grandmaster, is famously difficult to read.  —  Alexander Lebedev: the new owner of The Independent and Independent on Sunday
Discussion: Guardian, Media News and Brand Republic
Daniel Farey-Jones / Media Week:
From £665m to £1: The changing shape of Britain's …
Discussion: Times of London
Sam Schechner / Wall Street Journal:
CW to Double Ads in Web Shows  —  Seeking to mine a growing audience for TV shows online, The CW Network is taking a route that other broadcasters have avoided: putting as many ads in Web versions of its shows as it airs on TV.  —  The U.S. network, a joint venture of CBS Corp. and Time Warner Inc. …
Derek Thompson / The Atlantic Online:
What the WSJ's iPad Price Says About the iPad  —  The Wall Street Journal reported yesterday that it will set monthly iPad subscriptions as $17.99.  This is what we in the biz know as cojones.  If you look up a print or online subscription today (I own neither) you find the WSJ offer less …
Adrian Holovaty / The EveryBlock Blog:
New EveryBlock city: Portland  —  Today, we've launched a new EveryBlock city: Portland, Oregon.  —  Portland has consistently been one of the most voted-for cities in our homepage poll, so we've always figured it was only a matter of time before we added it.
Discussion: WebNewser and Lost Remote
Kevin Allocca / TVNewser:
New Anderson Cooper Talk Show Specials?  —  NY Post's Cindy Adams mentioned this little note about Anderson Cooper at the bottom of her Page Six article this week: “CNN adding a nightly talk show for Anderson Cooper??  Eclectic-type guests?  It's what I'm hearing.”
Discussion: Mediaite and
Blacked out  —  How Silvio Berlusconi constrains political debate in the media  —  THE regional elections in Italy on March 28th and 29th will, as Silvio Berlusconi has himself conceded, be of national importance—a big test of the prime minister's popularity after a troubled 2009.
Kristen Schweizer / Bloomberg:
Spotify Online Music Site Targets U.S. Start in Third Quarter  —  Spotify, a virtual digital jukebox and Europe's largest legal online music site, aims to start U.S. operations in the third quarter.  —  The Stockholm-based company, which has 7 million users in Europe, is in talks …
Cristine Russell / CJR:
From Gumshoe to Google Wave  —  Investigative journalism goes multimedia  —  CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—While investigative journalism still requires old-school skills like stakeouts, meetings with confidential sources, and painstaking scrutiny of documents obtained through Freedom of Information Act requests …
Discussion: Writing / Editing
Nikki Finke /
EXCLUSIVE: Fox Reups Kevin Reilly  —  I've learned Fox Entertainment President Kevin Reilly's new deal just closed.  His new deal will keep in place for 3 more years.  His contract wasn't up until July, but Fox Broadcasting Co wanted to lock him in early as because of all the TV hits he's generating …
Discussion: Company Town
Adrian Chen / Gawker:
Jimmy Dolan Pulls Out of Village Voice After Dick Joke, Or The Most Expensive Blog Post of All Time  —  We now know the yearly value of a dick joke: $20,800.  A company owned by Jimmy Dolan, Cablevision CEO and new owner of Gothamist, has pulled a $400/week ad from the Village Voice after it joked about his penis.
Discussion: Runnin' Scared and FishBowlNY
Ryan Tate / Gawker:
How Apple Is Dogfighting To Control Your News  —  Apple's iPad could make it the king of old media, arbiter of taste and technology alike.  So magazines and newspapers have begun a series of countermoves that could turn the quietest dogfight in media into the most vicious.
Jim Romenesko / Romenesko:
Dozier leaves CBS News to become AP's intelligence reporter  —  AP Washington Bureau Chief Ron Fournier's memo  —  I'm pleased to announce the AP's new intelligence reporter: Kimberly Dozier.  —  You may know Kim as the Middle East correspondent for CBS News, where she earned a reputation …
Roc / Media is a Plural:
Union Busting, Bloomberg Sale Looming at ABC News?  —  Turmoil continues at troubled ABC News.  Morale among employees was already low after president David Westin's recent announcement that their ranks are to be decimated as part of a “new digital day.”  —  It plunged even further following …
Michael Schneider / On The Air:
Ex-ABC correspondent Rooney: Massive cuts “will have unintended consequences”
Discussion: LA Observed
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Discussion: VideoNuze, Mashable! and Gizmodo
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The Ministry of Truth Limits Reporting on Google in China 03/23/10 (Updated)
Sharon Waxman / The Wrap:
Is Nikki Finke for Sale Again?
Dylan Stableford / The Wrap:
TMZ Insider Sues Over Drugs, Alcohol in Newsroom
Discussion: Romenesko, Gawker and The Wire
Variety to studios: Stop giving scoops to the competition!
Doree Shafrir / Gawker:
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Discussion: mediaelites