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9:30 PM ET, July 20, 2010

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Peter Lauria / The Daily Beast:
Sumner's Witch Hunt  —  Viacom's billionaire owner wants to know who's badmouthing his girl-band pet project to The Daily Beast.  And he offered to make Peter Lauria “well-rewarded” if he fessed up.  HEAR THE TAPE.  —  Viacom employees be warned: Sumner Redstone is on a witch hunt.
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Joe Pompeo / The Wire:
Sumner Redstone Tries To Bribe Reporter To Reveal Sources Who Embarrassed Him  —  Remember the sex war that was brewing at MTV last month?  The one where MTV CEO Judy McGrath was on the verge of leaving the company because 87-year-old Viacom chairman Sumner Redstone was forcing the network …
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Jim Romenesko / Romenesko:
Boston Herald's Convey named NYDN editor  —  MARTIN DUNN TO LEAVE DAILY NEWS; VETERAN JOURNALIST KEVIN CONVEY APPOINTED NEW EDITOR-IN-CHIEF  —  NEW YORK (July 20, 2010) Daily News Chairman and Publisher, Mort Zuckerman, and Editor-in-Chief Martin Dunn, announced that Dunn is leaving the Daily News to deal with a family medical issue.
Discussion: New York Magazine
Joe Pompeo / The Wire:
Longtime Top Forbes Editor William Baldwin Is Changing Roles To Become A Writer  —  William Baldwin, one of the highest-ranking editorial staffers on the Forbes masthead, who's basically been editing the magazine since 1999 (Steve Forbes has the title of editor-in-chief), announced today that he's, well, transitioning to a new role.
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Romenesko:   Read Steve Forbes' statement about Baldwin's move
Reyhan Harmanci / Bay Citizen:
From Ashes of 48 Hour Magazine Rises Longshot Media  —  This morning, J-Lab announced the recipients of the Knight-Batten Innovation Award, and SF-based experimental 48 Hour Magazine got recognized with a $1,000 prize.  It's perhaps more accurate to refer to it as the magazine formerly known as 48 Hour.
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Joe Pompeo / The Wire:
48 HR Magazine Gets A New Name That CBS Can't Sue Them Over  —  Here's an update to the story of the small experimental magazine that set out to do something new and different, and the big bad mainstream media company that tried to ruin all their fun.  —  48 HR magazine, so-named for the amount …
Discussion: TVNewser
Josh Halliday / Guardian:
Times loses nearly 90% of online readers  —  Less than three weeks after the Times paywall went up, data shows a massive decline in web traffic  —  The Times has lost almost 90% of its online readership compared to February since making registration mandatory in June, calculations by the Guardian show.
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malcolm coles:
Behind the Times paywall: 46,154 readers a day  —  There have been several attempts to work out how many people are paying to access the Times website now its gone behind a paywall.  My estimate is: 46,154 a day.  Update: Tom Whitwell, assistant editor of the Times, says in the comments below …
Henry Blodget / The Wire:
On Our Third Birthday, Some Thoughts On Digital Media And The Future Of The Newspaper Business  —  Yesterday, we poked fun at the New York Times's latest discussion of how hard people in successful online media companies work.  —  We poked fun because the New York Times never seems to portray the energy …
Discussion: Romenesko and Gannett Blog
Keach Hagey / The Politico:
Dana Priest's controversial co-author  —  With two Pulitzer Prizes to her name, Dana Priest is one of the Washington Post's most celebrated reporters.  Until Monday, when the Post published the first installment of a bombshell series on post-9/11 intelligence industrial complex …
Discussion: Romenesko, Mediaite and Big Journalism
Ryan Broderick / The Awl:
Helpful Explanations: Understanding the Gawker v. 4chan Thing  —  Now, I don't want to beat a dead horse, but this is the internet, and beating a dead horse is an Olympic sport around here.  So for those of you seemingly out of the loop about this Gawker v 4chan nonsense, here's a bit of context.
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Ryan Tate / Gawker:
4chan Hackers Attack Gawker Again
Marion Maneker / The Big Money:
Is the Wall Street Journal the Future of News Video?  —  Why TV news in 2015 could look a lot like the outlet's video today.  —  It's not hard to mock the Wall Street Journal's online video operation.  The outlet's daily broadcasts can feel a bit like the A.V. club at a tony school aping the nightly news.
Discussion: Romenesko
Sam Whiting / San Francisco Chronicle:
KQED expands local news, integrates media  —  KQED expands local news, integrates media  —  KQED Public Media will increase its local news content and integrate radio and online formats starting today when 10 newscasts are added to 88.5 FM and made instantly available in audio on kqednews.org.
DAN FIERMAN / GQ:
Bill Murray Is Ready To See You Now  —  He is one of the greatest comic actors alive.  A man who's navigated his career with a peerless instinct for quality and self-respect.  The man behind movies—from Caddyshack to Stripes, from Rushmore to Lost in Translation—that seem to have defined …
Jim Romenesko / Romenesko:
Marine Corps drops PR rep for referring to RIMPAC as SNOOZEPAC on blog  —  The annual Rim of the Pacific exercise — called RIMPAC — has thousands of sailors and Marines participating in 38 days of nation-building and joint operations off the coast of Hawaii.
Discussion: Battle Rattle
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
MOG Launches All-You-Can-Eat Music Service For iPhone And Android  —  After months of waiting, it's finally here.  Streaming music service MOG has launched its mobile applications for Android and iPhone, giving subscribers unlimited access to its library of 8 million songs, which can be streamed or downloaded over both 3G and WiFi.
Shira Ovide / Wall Street Journal:
Magazines on Mend  —  A recovery in advertising spending and excitement around Apple Inc.'s iPad have helped perk up the magazine industry this year.  —  In the latest sign of a rebound, 12 out of 15 major fashion and beauty magazines sold more pages of ads in their closely watched September issues than they did a year ago.
Discussion: 5 Blogs Before Lunch and AdAge
James Rainey / Los Angeles Times:
On the Media: How many more Bells are out there?  —  A shrunken Los Angeles Times still had the resources to unearth outsized official salaries in the small, working-class city, but more persistent journalistic voices closer to home are needed all over L.A. County.
MediaShift:
AOL Patch and MainStreetConnect Expand Hyper-Local News  —  It's difficult for media people to search any job site these days without running into an ad for AOL's Patch.  It seems equally difficult to read media news sites without finding a feature story about Connecticut's MainStreetConnect.
 
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Margaret Sullivan / Buffalo News:
Editor: End of anonymous commenting stirs debate
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
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Greg Beato / THE SMART SET FROM DREXEL UNIVERSITY:
Printing Money  —  As the 50¢ newspaper fades, the $16 version blooms.
Discussion: Romenesko
Jonathan Fildes / BBC News:
Data torrents  —  SwiftRiver attempts to siphon off useful information from the web
Neda Ulaby / NPR:
Introducing UltraViolet: Buy Your Digital Movie Once, Play It Anywhere?
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Jolie O'Dell / Mashable!:
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Discussion: eMedia Vitals
Glen Dickson / Broadcasting & Cable:
Starz, Penguin Collaborate on “Amplified” E-Book for iPad
David Folkenflik / NPR:
NBC's Guthrie: A Case Study In New News Norms
Discussion: TVNewser and Inside Cable News
Dave Itzkoff / New York Times:
Banned ‘Family Guy’ Episode Gets New Life on DVD
Discussion: ArtsBeat
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Digital Musical Chairs: Google Exec to Scribd, Apple Exec to AOL …
Joseph Plambeck / New York Times:
Advertising: ESPN to Integrate Magazine More Closely With TV Operations
Discussion: Romenesko and The Wire
Crain's New York Business:
Daily News to move downtown
Discussion: MediaPost and New York Magazine