Approval Talks Delay Comcast-NBC Deal — The long-awaited completion of the takeover of NBC Universal by Comcast will have to wait until the new year. — The outgoing NBC Universal chief executive Jeffrey Zucker sent a memo to staff members Wednesday afternoon explaining that regulatory approval …
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Katy Bachman / Mediaweek: Comcast-NBCU Deal Not Likely Until 2011
John Eggerton / Broadcasting & Cable: Comcast/NBCU: ACA Says Baseball-Style Arbitration Condition is No Help
Ryan Lawler / GigaOM: Vid-Biz: Comcast-NBCU, Cord Shaving, SkyFire
Mike Farrell / Multichannel: Comcast/NBCU Deal Won't Close in 2010
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent: Comcast-NBCU Tell Staffs Deal Won't Close This Year
Tim Molloy / The Wrap: Comcast: No NBCU Approval This Year
Keach Hagey / On Media's Blog: NBC U-Comcast merger delayed
Edmund Lee / AdAge:
Barry Diller's IAC Creates Own Content Farm — Joins Yahoo, Demand Media With the Writer's Network, Seeking Freelancers for $10 to $25 Assignments — NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — Barry Diller appears to be cultivating his very own “content farm” at IAC. Though he recently relinquished …
Dylan Stableford / The Wrap: Is Barry Diller building a content farm?
David Cohen / WebNewser: The Writers Network: A Content Farm from IAC's Pronto?
John Cook / Gawker:
ABC News Staffers Produce Propaganda Video Attacking Their Horrible New Boss — Nobody likes Ben Sherwood, a notoriously self-promoting former Good Morning America executive producer who was recently, and inexplicably, placed in charge of ABC News. Some of his new employees hate him so much they made this undermining video about him.
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Jack Mirkinson / The Huffington Post: WATCH: ABC News Staffers Make Scathing Video Attacking Their New President
Mark Joyella / Mediaite: ABC News Boss “Laughs Off” Attack Video Created By Self-Described “ABC Staffers”
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Video Killed the Radio Star, But Might Save Newspapers — What comes to mind when you think of newspapers? Whatever it is, it's probably not streaming video. And yet, one of the interesting facts in a new survey of the online video market (PDF link) from video-hosting platform Brightcove …
James Barron / New York Times:
Times Sues City Police, Saying Information Has Been Illegally Withheld — The New York Times has sued the New York Police Department, saying the department had routinely violated a state law that requires government agencies to provide information to the press and the public.
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Ray Rahman / Mediaite: New York Times Suing NYPD Over FOIL Requests
Jaya Saxena / Gothamist: NY Times Sues NYPD For Never Telling Them Anything
Kat Stoeffel / New York Observer: New York Times Lawsuit Aims to Make NYPD Open Up
David Cohen / mediabistro.com: Morning Media Newsfeed 12.22.10
Chris O'Shea / FishbowlNY: NYPD Sued by The New York Times
Keach Hagey / On Media's Blog: NYT vs. NYPD
Bryan Hood / New York Magazine: Times Sues NYPD
WikiLeaks Joins Forces With Billionaire Lebedev — Dec. 22 (Bloomberg) — Novaya Gazeta, the Moscow newspaper controlled by former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev and billionaire Alexander Lebedev, said it agreed to join forces with WikiLeaks to expose corruption in Russia.
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Michael Calderone / Yahoo! News: Journalists in Norway, Russia get WikiLeaks files
Nitasha Tiku / New York Magazine: Bank of America Prepares to Get WikiLeaked by Buying Up Negative Domain Names
Jesse Walker / Hit & Run: Have a Very Leaky Christmas
Alan J. Heavens / Philly.com:
Stan Wischnowski named Inquirer's top editor — Stan Wischnowski, a veteran journalist who has presided over The Inquirer's front page for a decade, was named the newspaper's editor Tuesday by publisher Gregory J. Osberg to applause from reporters, editors, and photographers gathered for a holiday party in the newsroom.
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Jeremy W. Peters / Media Decoder: Philadelphia Inquirer Names New Editor
Fern Siegel / MediaPost: New ‘Philadelphia Inquirer’ Editor: Wischnowski
Nick Summers / New York Observer:
New York's Sam Anderson Ditches Moss, Joins Lindgren at Times Magazine — Here's a bomb blast in the war between Adam Moss and his former protege, Hugo Lindgren: Sam Anderson is leaving New York to join Mr. Lindgren's growing roster of talent at the New York Times Magazine.
Mia / YouTube Blog:
Celebrating our partners' success — As 2010 draws to a close, it's time to reflect on another incredible year in online video. During the last 12 months you all watched more than 700 billion YouTube videos, and uploaded more than 13 million hours of content to the site.
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Brian Stelter / Media Decoder: YouTube Invests Again in Video Creators
Austin Carr / Fast Company: Google Giving Away $500,000 to YouTube Stars
Ryan Lawler / GigaOM: YouTube Drops $500k on New Gear for Creators
Patricio Robles / the Econsultancy blog:
Your iPad newspaper: even more expensive than the real thing? — Ask many consumers why they've stopped purchasing dead tree publications like newspapers, and chances are you'll hear comments like “the cost is too high.” — Ask those same consumers what they expect when it comes …
Joshua Benton / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Vox populi: What Lab readers think journalism can expect in 2011 — In case you haven't noticed, we've been writing a lot about what a variety of smart people think 2011 will bring to the world of journalism. Will paywall go up everywhere or come tumbling down? Will hyperlocal thrive?
Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
Will Anyone Make This Movie About Rupert Murdoch? — It would take a lot of guts to make a feature film about Rupert Murdoch, a man who, as head of one of the largest multi-national media conglomerates, controls the fortunes of individuals and entire companies in the entertainment business.
Martin Bryant / The Next Web:
The Social Guardian points to the future of real-time news sharing — It was only last week that we looked at the sad demise of Readness, a promising service that allowed users to share the news articles they were reading in real-time. Now, a new experimental project shows that the idea lives on.