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11:55 AM ET, June 15, 2010


 Top News: 
New York Post:
Shrinking CNN taps Spitzer, Morgan  —  Ted Turner must be flinging his remote at the wall in despair.  CNN, the cable network he founded, is poised to turn its prime-time schedule over to two disgraced public figures, ex-Gov. Eliot Spitzer and former British tabloid editor Piers Morgan, in its desperate bid to restore lost ratings.
Olga Kharif / Business Week:
Uncle Sam Unlikely to Back Handouts for Newspapers  —  The U.S. Federal Trade Commission, on completing a public review, probably won't recommend either subsidies or taxes to help newspapers  —  U.S. newspaper companies will probably get little help from the government after the Federal …
Discussion: Breaking Media
Media Week:
News Corp rebuffed after £7.8bn offer to buy remainder of Sky  —  The independent directors of BSkyB have rejected an offer from Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation of 700p a share for the 60.9% of the company not already owned by News Corp.  —  Murdoch: launched Sky in 1989
Discussion: Multichannel and Guardian
Rupert Murdoch moves towards full BSkyB takeover  —  EXCLUSIVE: Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation has made an approach to take full control of BSkyB, the satellite broadcaster in which it owns a 39pc stake, The Daily Telegraph can reveal.  —  British Sky Broadcasting Group
The Times:
Welcome to  —  Last month we launched and  If you haven't already, you can still register for a free trial of the websites before we soon start charging for access.  It's your chance to sample Times coverage of breaking news from all over the world …
GordonMacMillan / The Wall Blog:
News International closes Times Online  —  by @gordonmacmillan, posted on 15 June, 2010 at 3:31 pm, filed under Digital media, Paywall, paid content and tagged The Sunday Times, The Times.  Bookmark the permalink.  Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.  —  It's so long to the Times Online.
Discussion: Techdirt
Michael Cieply / New York Times:
Before Subsidizing Movies, States Scrutinize the Message  —  LOS ANGELES — When Andrew van den Houten got a letter two weeks ago rejecting his request for Michigan public money to help finance his latest horror movie, “The Woman,” it came with an admonition about the state's good name.
Dawn C. Chmielewski / Los Angeles Times:
News Corp. picks up more bricks for pay wall  —  Rupert Murdoch-owned conglomerate buys the maker of electronic news delivery software and acquires a stake in a venture devising an online payment system for journalism sites.  —  Rupert Murdoch's quest to find a way to get people to pay …
Discussion: New York Times and Business Wire
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
News Corp. Acquires Skiff IP; Buys Stake In Brill And Crovitz Startup
Paul Carr / TechCrunch:
A Death Of A Thousand Hacks: New Forbes Editorial Genius In Bold Plan To Kill Forbes … This website uses IntenseDebate comments, but they are not currently loaded because either your browser doesn't support JavaScript, or they didn't load fast enough.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Jay Rosen / PressThink:
Clowns to the Left of Me, Jokers to the Right: On the Actual Ideology of the American Press  —  That it's easy to describe the ideology of the press is a point on which the left, the right and the profession of journalism converge.  I disagree.  I think it's tricky.
Discussion: Romenesko and Scripting News
Michael Cieply / Media Decoder:
Feds Approve Trading of Box-Office Futures  —  Federal regulators on Monday approved a plan by Media Derivatives Inc. to begin trading futures contracts based on box-office revenue, though the film industry has continued to lobby Congress to ban such film-related trading.
Hunter Walker / The Wrap:
Abby Sunderland's Father: Reality Producers Wanted Her to Die  —  Producers of a reality TV project featuring Abby Sunderland were “relying on her dying” from the start, the 16-year-old's father said Monday, prompting the family to cut ties with the show.  —  Sunderland ended her attempt …
Philip B. Corbett / Times Topics:
The ‘Tweet’ Debate  —  Notes from the newsroom on grammar, usage and style.  (Some frequently asked questions are here.)  —  After I distributed the in-house version of After Deadline to my colleagues last week, word leaked out that I had supposedly “banned” use of the word “tweet” to refer to messages posted on Twitter.
BBC offers lower-paid staff £475 rise  —  Unions urge members to reject corporation's pay offer which includes pay freeze for highest paid  —  The BBC has offered staff earning less than £37,000 a year a flat-rate annual pay rise of £475 in a move designed to avoid accusations …
Discussion: Press Gazette
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Google music store could launch this fall  —  Eric Schmidt, Google's CEO is preparing to take on Apple's iTunes.  Schmidt visited with Doug Morris, Universal Music Group CEO (left) and Rolf Schmidt-Holtz, the Sony Music chief, during the Vevo launch party last December.  —  (Credit: Greg Sandoval/CNET)
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Hulu For Magazines Gets a CEO: Good Luck, Morgan Guenther!  —  Remember Next Issue Media, the “Hulu for Magazines” joint venture that was supposed to help the big publishers negotiate with the likes of Apple (AAPL) and Amazon (AMZN) in the e-reader market?  It's been awfully quiet for a long time …
Discussion: The Wire and paidContent
Ben Dowell / Guardian:
Times staff prepare to leave paper  —  Times journalists put names forward under voluntary redundancy programme following ‘unsustainable’ losses at the paper  —  A raft of journalists are preparing to leave the Times as part of the paper's voluntary redundancy programme.
Susan Krashinsky / Globe and Mail:
CanWest papers clear hurdle  —  The newspapers owned by CanWest Global Communications Corp. have received approval from creditors on a plan to emerge from restructuring.  —  The company's unsecured creditors met in downtown Toronto on Monday morning, and an overwhelming majority voted for the plan …
Discussion: Reuters and Shaping the Future …
Ryan Lawler / NewTeeVee:
Ooyala Upgrades Its Reporting and Analytics  —  White-label video platform provider Ooyala is rolling out new reporting and analytics features aimed at helping publishers to determine where and how users are viewing their videos online.  The new platform, which goes live today …
Discussion: Online Video News and Beet.TV
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Foursquare Begins Testing An “Add To Foursquare” Button With WSJ  —  One surefire way to know that a service is doing well is when you see their buttons start appearing all over the web.  We've seen it with Facebook, we've seen it with Twitter (Tweetmeme buttons), and now we're going to start seeing it with Foursquare.
Discussion: MediaPost and ClickZ
Joe Pompeo / The Wire:
48 HR Magazine: “CBS Is Being Unreasonable”  —  On Friday, June 11, Mat Honan, one of the creators of 48 HR—the new San Francisco-based experimental magazine that gets put together in literally two days—Tweeted the following:  —  “CBS is going to try to f*ck us pretty hard.
Jim Romenesko / Romenesko:
Editor who advocated publishing public officials' DUI arrests resigns after his DUI arrest  —  “If I get a DUI, you can be assured an article about it will be in the newspaper,” Bowling Green Daily News managing editor Mike Alexieff wrote in 2006 after he was criticized for publishing the DUI …
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.
NM Incite:
How We're Advancing Social Media Intelligence  —  With today's announcement of the creation of NM Incite by The Nielsen Company and McKinsey & Co. we're delivering the capabilities large companies need to understand and leverage the insights made possible by social media.
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