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9:50 PM ET, October 22, 2010


 Top News: 
Chicago Tribune:
Tribune Co. CEO Randy Michaels resigns amid accusations of crass behavior  —  Four-member Executive Council to run company as it struggles to exit bankruptcy.  —  Having lost the support of many employees, his board and the creditors who will soon take over the bankrupt media company …
New York Times:
Tribune Company Ousts Randy Michaels as Chief  —  The Tribune Company's board of directors resolved on Friday what had been its preoccupation for most of the week: sealing the fate of Randy Michaels, the controversial chief executive who became a dark sideshow to his bankrupt company's financial struggles.
Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
Why the TV Networks Blocked Google TV (It's About the Ads)  —  Until Online Revenue Matches TV, Networks Will Do All They Can to Keep Web Shows on PCs and TV Shows on TV  —  NEW YORK ( — The Wall Street Journal reported today that the nation's big broadcast networks are blocking Google TV …
Jon Bershad / Mediaite:
The Weekend Of WikiLeaks Begins: Embargo Ends And The Torrent Of Classified Info Starts To Seep Out  —  And, with that, the release of 400,000 classified military documents, dubbed The Iraq War Logs, has begun.  WikiLeaks, the organization that previously released 70,000 documents …
Michael Calderone / Yahoo! News:
WikiLeaks suggests news outlets publishing Iraq docs soon  —  The Pentagon has been bracing all week for online whistleblower WikiLeaks to publish roughly 500,000 classified Iraq war documents, perhaps again in collaboration with news organizations who provide context and analysis of what's in the massive cache.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Wall Street Journal Investigation Into MySpace Was Quietly Killed  —  A few days ago the Wall Street Journal published a series of articles about a supposed Facebook privacy breach.  We and others noted that the article was complete rubbish.  —  We also noted that the Wall Street Journal's sister company …
Abe Sauer / The Awl:
NPR Should Have Let Juan Williams Go Years Ago  —  Juan Williams had been warned.  The move by NPR to terminate the contract of news analyst Williams has thrown the usual suspects into the expected histrionics of victimization.  Karl Rove managed to keep a straight face when he went on Fox News …
Alicia Shepard / NPR:
NPR's Firing of Juan Williams Was Poorly Handled  —  Juan Williams once again got himself into trouble with NPR for comments he made at his other job, at Fox News.  And NPR's reaction has unleashed an unprecedented firestorm of criticism directed not at Williams - but at NPR.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Okay, We Got More Money  —  Well, this is what happens when you break news about your competitors getting acquired by AOL.  They get back at you by revealing news that you raised additional venture dollars while you are fast asleep.  I was planning to write about the fact that we received …
Discussion: paidContent
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Looks Like Our Friends Over At GigaOm Just Raised Another $2.5 Million
Discussion: VentureBeat and MWD Tech News
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Rupert Murdoch Admits He Can't Compete With Google  —  News Corp. founder Rupert Murdoch has likely never acknowledged (at least not publicly) that he has failed at something, particularly when it involves a market worth billions of dollars, but he appears to have conceded defeat in his attempt to build a competitor to Google News.
Media Week:
Murdoch aims sideswipe at ‘traditional elites’ curbs on News Corp
Discussion: Press Gazette and Arif Durrani
Nat Ives / AdAge:
Making Sense of Early Sales for Magazines' IPad Editions  —  How Do You See These Figures for Seven Titles' Apps?  —  NEW YORK ( — This is an experimental year for magazines on the iPad, but six months after its arrival, it's not too soon to start looking over the early results.
Jennifer Saba / MediaFile:
AOL loses key editors; still says it's home of premium content  —  A OL is losing more key writers and editors, including the head of AOL News.  Mike Nizza the editor in chief of AOL News is decamping for News Corp. World editor James Graff is departing to take the managing editor position …
Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
Plans for News Corp.'s iPad Tabloid Taking Shape — Fast!  —  Who launches a newspaper in the year 2010?  Rupert Murdoch, that's who.  The News Corp. chairman's pet project — a national news tabloid, created expressly for tablet computers like the iPad — is moving ahead rapidly …
Laura McGann / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Using the power of publishing to influence: The U.S. Chamber of Commerce's entry into the news biz  —  On the front page of today's New York Times is a story on the prodigious corporate funding of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the tax-exempt group that supports business-friendly policies …
Amol Sharma / Wall Street Journal:
Google to Combat India Piracy  —  NEW DELHI—Google Inc. plans to launch a music service in India to help users search for legal online streams and downloads, a move aimed at combating rampant digital piracy that has held back the country's entertainment industry.
Robert Quigley / Old Media, New Tricks:
Newspapers on Twitter, ranked by followers  —  Inspired by this interesting but flawed effort to measure U.S. newspaper Twitter followers, I scoured the Twittersphere to come up with an exhaustive list of Twitter followers for as many U.S. newspapers as I could.  I ended up with 200, but I think I'm the only one exhausted.
Discussion: Anil Dash
Dylan Stableford / The Wrap:
Tweet This: The Top 25 Magazines on Twitter
Discussion: Mediaite
Edmund Lee / Capital New York:
My life in the pictures  —  On a cool, stubbornly sunny evening in April 2007 I was standing outside the Loews Theater on 34th Street, a dark suit and a Liberty tie sewn tightly around me, my wife Elizabeth, dressed more confidently in a jewel-toned column.  The movie actor John Cho of Harold …
Andrew Beaujon / TBD All News:
Tom Shales confirms he's likely to leave Washington Post  —  Tom Shales, the Washington Post's Pulitzer-prize winning television writer, says he's probably going to leave the paper when his contract expires at the end of December.  “It's been a long process,” he says.  —  Shales took the paper's buyout offer in 2006.
Associated Press:
Major NYT Co. shareholder reduces stake to 7.4 pct  —  NYT Co. shareholders sell 2.9M NYT Co. shares to lower stake to 7.4 pct as publisher struggles  —  Companies:  —  Related Quotes  —  SymbolPriceChange  —  NYT  —  7.63  —  NEW YORK (AP) — A major New York Times Co. stockholder …
Discussion: Romenesko
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