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5:35 PM ET, June 14, 2010


 Top News: 
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
News Corp. Acquires Skiff IP; Buys Stake In Brill And Crovitz Startup  —  Updated: In a doubleheader announcement meant to move the needle on Rupert Murdoch's ambitious paid content plans, News Corp has acquired the Skiff e-reading platform from the Hearst startup and is joining forces …
Anita Singh / Telegraph:
Piers Morgan to replace Larry King in CNN deal  —  Piers Morgan is to replace Larry King, the veteran US interviewer, in a £5.5 million deal with CNN.  —  The Britain's Got Talent judge and former newspaper editor is on the verge of signing a four-year contract to take over King's primetime show in the autumn.
Gabriel Sherman / New York Magazine:
Eliot Spitzer Might Not Be a Media Steamroller
Discussion: Mediaite, The Caucus and Cheat Sheet
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
F.T.C. Moves Ahead with Journalism Study  —  Looking for the federal government to come to the rescue of newspapers?  Don't hold your breath.  —  The Federal Trade Commission has set out on the somewhat quixotic journey of trying to identify ways to save journalism as we know it from possible extinction.
Dan Gillmor / Salon:   Let's subsidize open broadband, not journalists
Rick Edmonds / Poynter Online:
FTC Future-of-Journalism Inquiry Wraps Up With Little Momentum …
Will citizen journalism pay the bills?  —  Hyperlocal news projects that start tiny have a greater chance of success - but many find themselves with more kudos than cash  —  “Would you trust a citizen brain surgeon?”  This was a common refrain in 2005, as the news industry grappled …
Discussion: Kirk LaPointe's …
Paul Carr / TechCrunch:
NSFW: Content Is King!  Rest In Peace, Content  —  “Can Tim Armstrong make AOL king of content by 2010?”  - Blog headline  —  If it were done when 'tis done, then 'twere well / It were done quickly" - Macbeth  —  There's something about the idea of “New York Internet Week” …
Joe Pompeo / Silicon Alley Insider:
Forbes Co-Editor Paul Maidment Has Resigned  —  Things are starting to get shaken up at Forbes.  —  Paul Maidment, editor of and executive editor of the magazine, has resigned.  Today is his last day.  —  We first reported back in mid-May that Forbes staffers were bracing …
Lucia Moses / Mediaweek:
Forbes to Sell Investopedia
Discussion: paidContent
Laura McGann / Nieman Journalism Lab:
The Awl wants to win on the web with great writing, not SEO tricks  —  Generally, when you think of a site launch, there's a pretty standard checklist most people follow.  Pick a niche topic that appeals to a big enough audience to merit selling ads.  Devise a content strategy, whether its writers or aggregation or both.
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
AOL Teams With Jonas Group for MTV-Style Site  —  The next time the Jonas Brothers release an album or announce a tour, they can skip “Entertainment Tonight” and YouTube and go straight to Cambio.  —  Making its debut online on Tuesday, Cambio is the product of a partnership of AOL …
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
NPR, PBS, APM, PRI And PRX Band Together For Shared Digital Platform  —  The Corporation for Public Broadcasting has committed nearly $1 million for five national public media orgs to build a common digital platform.  NPR, PBS, American Public Media, Public Radio International (PRI) …
Discussion: Broadcasting & Cable and
Eliot Van Buskirk / Epicenter:   Public Media Joins Forces for One Big Platform
Erika Lovley / The Politico:
Women scarce on Sunday shows  —  “If it's Sunday, it's more men wearing dark suits.”  —  So far, none of the five major Sunday morning television news shows has embraced that as a promotional slogan.  But women's advocates — armed with new data showing that the shows are a bastion of male power …
Discussion: TVNewser, Romenesko and WMC Blog
New York Post:
Abby Sunderland's dad had TV deal as girl risked life at sea  —  By ANITA BENNETT in Thousand Oaks, Calif., and ANNIE KARNI in New York  —  Here's a dose of reality.  —  The father of teen sailor Abby Sunderland told The Post yesterday that he's broke and had signed a contract to do a reality show …
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Fellow journalists let Helen Thomas down by not reining her in  —  There she goes again.  —  That was the eye-rolling reaction in the White House pressroom when Helen Thomas would go off on one of her rants about the Middle East.  She had been there for so long, was so admired by female journalists …
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
Online, Mobile Video Scores In World Cup  —  It will be a while before we get the full stats for online and mobile viewing during the FIFA World Cup 2010 but we already know some of the highlights from ESPN (NYSE: DIS) and Univision—and a couple of moments ITV (LSE: ITV) would rather forget:
Stuart Elliott / New York Times:
Advertising: In Dash, a Food Magazine With Help From Condé Nast  —  MEDIA executives are behaving like the cast of “Glee,” belting out their new favorite Broadway tune, “Food, Glorious Food.”  —  Their performance thanks the purveyors of packaged foods that are advertising more as other marketers cut back.
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Andrew Napolitano Comes to Fox Business Network  —  “Welcome to this struggle,” Andrew Napolitano said triumphantly as he wrapped up the first television episode last weekend of his libertarian talk show, “Freedom Watch.”  He saluted the camera and concluded, “From New York, defending freedom, so long America.”
Lucia Moses / Mediaweek:
Despite Recession, Teen Vogue ‘Haute’ to Trot  —  Despite questions about the strength of consumer spending, Teen Vogue is going into the retail business.  —  The Condé Nast title is signing a one-year lease at the Westchester Mall to operate the Teen Vogue Haute Spot, building on its pop-up store by the same name.
Frédéric Filloux / Monday Note:
iPad Media Apps: can do better  —  It's time for a first assessment of a few iPad media applications.  To sum up: a) most are disappointing; b) no need to worry.  Instead of subjectively pointing fingers at hits and misses, let's rise to a bird's eye view and see if we can understand why some apps work and why others don't.
Jim Romenesko / Romenesko:
Mark Cuban's expands reporting staff  — expands investigative & reporting staff to dig deeper into financial crisis  —  As more banks fail, site adds Pulitzer Prize winners to its team  —  Ann Arbor, Michigan June 11, 2010 The nation's biggest banks …
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Free Wi-Fi is Just a Small Part of Starbucks' Plan: Free Access to Paid Content Coming Fall 2010  —  Starting July 1st, Starbucks will finally begin to offer free and unrestricted Internet access over Wi-Fi in its stores.  Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz made this announced at Wired's Disruptive by Design conference today.
Joe Pompeo / The Wire:
Here's What Made Zach Kouwe Crack At Dealbreaker  —  Here's a bit more on our earlier item about Zach Kouwe's recent dismissal as a Dealbreaker contributor.  —  Kouwe got axed because he reached out to several commenters and revealed that he knew where they worked — a crucial bit …
David Kaplan / paidContent:
Audience Measurement Firms Race To The Finish Line—But Not There Yet  —  Last week, audience measurement firm Quantcast cleared a major hurdle when the Media Ratings Council approved the company's free Quantified Publisher program for accreditation.  It was roughly two years ago that Quantcast …
Discussion: Audience Development
Steve / YouTube Blog:
The YouTube News Feed: What's happening now?  —  Whether it's an altercation between a Congressman and a student in Washington, D.C., violent attacks against ethnic minorities in Kyrgyzstan, or oil washing up on a beach in the Gulf Coast, videos uploaded to YouTube by both amateur reporters …
Discussion: The Next Web
Emily York / AdAge:
Pandora: iPad Will Be A Bigger Ad Platform for Us Than iPhone  —  Starbucks, Lexus and Budweiser Sign Up for App on Apple's Tablet  —  CHICAGO ( — Mobile devices have been a boon for web music service Pandora, but with its big, portable screen, Apple's iPad gives it something …
Discussion: paidContent and BRANDING UNBOUND
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
Ofcom gives BBC go-ahead for Freeview anti-piracy technology  —  Move comes despite complaints from organisations including Open Rights Group that it is not in consumer interest  —  Ofcom has granted the BBC the power to introduce anti-piracy technology to Freeview to limit the illegal copying …
John Eggerton / Broadcasting & Cable:
Comcast/NBCU Deal: Diversity Divide  —  New pledges get plaudits, but critics seek merger block  —  COMCAST AND NBC Universal tried last week to ford the stream on what some are calling a diversity divide related to their vaunted deal.  While some critics applauded their proposed advances …
Discussion: Free Press
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Joe Pompeo / The Wire:
CNBC Launches New Hubs In The Middle East And Asia
Discussion: Multichannel
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Yahoo Finds More Real Estate to Sell: Ads Come to the Login Page
Curt Hopkins / ReadWriteWeb:
Google Rolls Out Ad Tags Nationwide
Julie Bosman / Media Decoder:
Apple Rethinks Its ‘Ulysses’ Ban
Ben Sheffner / Copyrights & Campaigns:
Gawker Media settles Alabama libel case
Discussion: The Awl
Steve Smith / MinOnline:
Time Prepares Major Upgrade for iPad
Tracy Rosenberg / The Huffington Post:
Looking For Journalism In All The Wrong Places
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David Carr / Media Decoder:
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Newsdesk / Tower Ticker:
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Jemima Kiss / Guardian:
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David Carr / New York Times:
The Media Equation: BP's Managing of Information on Gulf Oil Spill
Discussion: Mediaite and Soup
Jenna Wortham / New York Times:
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