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11:50 AM ET, June 25, 2010


 Top News: 
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Hulu's Subscription Service Could Come Next Week - For Some of You  —  Some of you may finally get a chance to pay for Hulu.  The video web site is finalizing its plans to launch its subscription service, and people familiar with the company say a beta test of “Hulu Plus” could launch as early as next week.
Wall Street Journal:
Hulu Could Begin Testing Subscription Service This Month  —  Online video site Hulu is working to finalize agreements with content owners for a service in which consumers would pay to watch television shows, and a test could begin as early as later this month, according to people briefed on the plans.
Discussion: Online Video News and Electronista
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Why ABC's iPad App is Free, but ABC Shows on Hulu's App-to-Be Won't Be  —  One of the benefits of the upcoming Hulu subscription service: The ability for users to watch shows from NBC, Fox and ABC on the iPad.  But iPad users can already watch shows ABC shows on the iPad, via the network's free app.
Discussion: Gizmodo
Stephen Foley / The Independent:   CBS looks at streaming shows online
John Eggerton / Broadcasting & Cable:
FCC Stops Comcast-NBCU Shot Clock Again  —  Commission seeks do-over, says companies did not follow directions in data request  —  The FCC is stopping the shot clock on the Comcast-NBC Universal merger for a second time.  Thursday, June 24, had been day 50 on what is an informal 180-day deadline for vetting the deal.
Jay Rosen / PressThink:
The Politico Opens the Kimono.  And then Pretends it Never Happened.  —  “Think about what the Politico is saying: an experienced beat reporter would probably not want to ‘burn bridges’ with key sources by telling the world what happens when those sources let their guard down.”
John Timpane /
New media too speedy to outflank
Mike Celizic /
Reporter believed McChrystal was ‘untouchable’
Discussion: Associated Press
Michael Schneider / On The Air:
EXCLUSIVE: Bob Greenblatt departing Showtime; David Nevins expected to take over  —  In a case of one former Fox executive-turned-producer replacing another former Fox executive-turned-producer, David Nevins (above, right) is expected to take the top entertainment gig at Showtime — replacing Bob Greenblatt (above, left).
The Live Feed | THR:   Showtime's entertainment president to step down
John Koblin / New York Observer:
Gerry Marzorati to Step Down as Editor of The New York Times Magazine  —  The Observer has learned that Gerry Marzorati will announce in the next few days that he is stepping down as editor of the Times Magazine.  He is expected to leave at the end of August.
An empire gives way  —  Blogs are growing a lot more slowly.  But specialists still thrive  —  ONLINE archaeology can yield surprising results.  When John Kelly of Morningside Analytics, a market-research firm, recently pored over data from websites in Indonesia he discovered a “vast field of dead blogs”.
Mary Jo A. Pham / Fortune:
Newsweek, brought to you by...China?  —  FORTUNE — China is no longer content to merely be covered by American media.  It now wants to own it.  —  China-based Southern Media Group confirmed last week that it partnered with Chengdu B-Ray Media for a bid to buy Newsweek magazine from its owner …
Gillian Reagan / Capital New York:
Going public  —  Early this morning, a little more than a week after we launched an invite-only test site, we took down our password-protection wall.  Some of you have been calling for us to do so since Day 1, but there were a few things we needed to do before we went public.
Discussion: Romenesko
Stuart Elliott / New York Times:
Advertising: MDC's ‘Million-Dollar Challenge’ to Foster Start-Up Agencies  —  THE TV quiz show “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” is about to get a Madison Avenue version, “Who Wants a Million Dollars to Start an Agency.”  —  MDC Partners, the holding company based in Toronto that owns agencies …
California Progress Report:
Freelance Journalists Suffering in Second Wave of News Media Collapse  —  Rebecca Rosen Lum  —  Since slashing their staffs over the past several years, newsrooms have been filling in the gaps with freelancers.  But a survey of Northern California independent journalists by Guild Freelancers suggests …
Joe Pompeo / The Wire:
48 HR Magazine Will Cease Sales On June 27  —  Last week, we brought you an update about 48 HR Magazine, which has been embroiled in a legal dispute with CBS over the trademark of “48 Hours” the TV show.  —  Basically, the 48 HR folks had agreed to change the name of the publication …
RELATED:   48 HR Magazine Sales Deadline
Ben Parr / Mashable!:
Exclusive: Vevo's Location-Aware iPhone App Debuts in July [PIC]  —  Music videos are going to become a lot more accessible come July, as  —  Vevo will launch its official iPhone app during that sweltering month.  We got a sneak peek at the upcoming toy.  —  Yesterday, I sat down with Rio Caraeff …
Jon Friedman / MarketWatch:
CNN's Spitzer move is totally inappropriate  —  Commentary: To him, it's all about cleaning up his image  —  NEW YORK (MarketWatch) — CNN's decision to hire disgraced ex-governor Eliot Spitzer is totally inappropriate.  It's an embarrassment to broadcast journalism — and that's saying something — and to CNN itself.
Discussion: Politics Daily
David Kaplan / paidContent:
No End In Sight For Tribune's Bankruptcy Woes  —  Last spring, it looked as if The Tribune Company was nearly done with its year-long bankruptcy ordeal.  But as a WSJ report shows, the newspaper and TV station owner has had its hopes of concluding its reorg any time soon.
Jason Linkins / The Huffington Post:
BP Sends PR Professionals To Gulf Coast To Pretend To Be Journalists  —  You know, a lot has been said about BP and its contributions to the natural beauty of the Gulf Coast states.  But what we haven't heard as much about are BP's contributions to journalism, have we?
Discussion: TPM LiveWire
Jon Lafayette / Broadcasting & Cable:
Sponsors Galore for 2010 ESPYs  —  Capital One, Castrol Edge to present July 14 ESPN awards show with raft of new sponsors.  —  ESPN said its ESPY Awards will be presented by Capital One and Castrol Edge.  —  Capital One and Castrol Edge will also co-present the ESPY nomination show and EPSY Voting …
comScore, Inc.:
comScore Releases May 2010 U.S. Online Video Rankings  —  YouTube Streams All-Time High of 14.6 Billion Videos Viewed  —  comScore, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCOR), a leader in measuring the digital world, today released May 2010 data from the comScore Video Metrix service showing that 183 million U.S …
Robin Goad - UK:
Times paywall: initial data and analysis  —  Following months of speculation, News International has finally erected a paywall around the Times newspaper website.  After a couple of weeks running two sites, ( and in parallel, visitors to the former site …
Discussion: and The Next Web
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