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11:20 PM ET, February 18, 2011


 Top News: 
David Carr / New York Times:
Time Inc.: The Anatomy of a Fiasco  —  Like most bad news, the departure of Jack Griffin — the chief executive of Time Inc. for less than six months — dropped at the end of the day, leaving the publishing community scratching its head and wondering how things had gone so wrong.
Mike Shields / Adweek:
Sources: IAB Considering Rehiring Rothenberg  —  Held president/CEO post from 2007 to last December  —  Does Randall Rothenberg want his old job back?  —  He may soon get the chance.  Given Time Inc.'s ouster of Jack Griffin yesterday (Feb. 17), The Interactive Advertising Bureau …
Abbey Klaassen / AdAge:   Jack Griffin: ‘My Exit Was Clearly Not About Management Style or Results’
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Gawker's Gulp Moment: Big Redesign Is Driving People Away  —  About ten days ago, gossip blog Gawker and its sister sites Gizmodo, Lifehacker and others switched over to a drastic redesign which was met with plenty of jeers.  People always complain about design changes …
Discussion: Poynter, Yahoo! News and The Raw Feed
Terry Heaton / Terry Heaton's PoMo Blog:   Pick one: Gawker takes a hit/Gawker is coming back
Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry / The Wire:   After Its Big Redesign, Gawker Media Pageviews Seem To Be Coming Back
New York Times:
Security Forces in Bahrain Open Fire on Protesters  —  MANAMA, Bahrain — At exactly 5:18 p.m. Friday, the pro-democracy demonstrators, mostly young men, came to a fork in the road.  Turn right, and they would head to a hospital that has cared for protesters.
Joe Pompeo / Yahoo! News:
Violence against journalists escalating in the Middle East
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
ESPN Gives Web Star Bill Simmons His Own Site  —  Here's Bill Simmons' reward for sticking with ESPN: His own piece of turf, where the star columnist/multimedia experimenter can cultivate a new sports/pop culture site.  —  Simmons already has his own page on, but this is something …
Dan Shanoff / Quickish:   Why Bill Simmons' New Sports Media Project Is Going To Thrive
Michael Calderone / Yahoo! News:
NY Times reinventing ‘Week in Review’ section  —  The New York Times is overhauling the paper's Sunday “Week in Review” section, a “reinvention project that will involve staff from both the newsroom and the editorial department.”  —  Times editor's aren't just tinkering with the existing “Week in Review.”
Discussion: Poynter
Mark Joyella / Mediaite:
BBC Plans To Boost News Coverage In The U.S.: “Never Been A Greater Need For Impartial News”  —  The BBC has announced changes in its American news efforts, including changes for the network's flagship U.S. newscast, BBC World News America, expanded ties to PBS stations …
Felix Salmon / CJR:
Business Insider's Barcelona Junket  —  Victoria Barret reports on the nice little deal that Dan Frommer has going on in Barcelona: “Samsung was generous enough to sponsor our trip”, in the words of Frommer himself.  —  Barret is reasonably sympathetic, and likes the fact that Frommer inserts …
Victoria Barret / Upside Potential:
Is Pure Journalism Unaffordable?
Discussion: @eldon, Crikey and Poynter
Andrew Wallenstein / paidContent:
What Bob Iger Values Most In TV's Digital Future  —  If there was any doubt as to how Disney (NYSE: DIS) CEO Bob Iger sees the changing TV world, it became abundantly clear in the closing hours of Disney's investors conference on Thursday in Anaheim.  —  In short, for all the emphasis he puts …
Andrew Wallenstein / paidContent:
Disney Interactive Media Group: The Turnaround Plan
Bill Barol / Buzz, Boom & Sizzle:
The Atavist: Building a home for longform in the digital landscape  —  I don't understand some of the specific grievances registered against The Atavist, an intriguing new news product out of Brooklyn.  “I thought journalism was about news and not an avenue for someone to sell their non-fiction to the public …
Wall Street Journal:
Regulators Eye Apple Anew  —  Enforcers Interested in Whether Digital-Subscription Rules Stifle Competition  —  WASHINGTON—U.S. antitrust enforcers have begun looking at the terms Apple Inc. set this week for media companies who want to sell their content on its popular iPad and other devices …
David Marsh / Guardian:
Yes, we do know what day it is (but we probably won't say so) |  Mind your language  —  For an online readership, words such as ‘tonight’ and ‘yesterday’ can be confusing and misleading - so we have dropped them  —  I am writing this at 5pm on Thursday in London.
Discussion: Editors Weblog, Thanks:martinsfp
Chris Ariens /
Paul Friedman out at CBS News  —  TVNewser has learned another CBS News executive is out the door today.  Executive VP for news Paul Friedman is leaving the company.  Incoming chairman of the news division Jeff Fager made the announcement in a memo to staff a short time ago:
Futurepaul / paul j. miller:
Leaving AOL  —  Today was my last day at Engadget.  —  I've been writing for Engadget for more than five years.  What an insane thing to be able to say!  In my time as Contributing Editor / Associate Editor / Senior Associate Editor / Pixel Density Enthusiast, I've written 1.5 million words on roughly 5,500 posts.
Jon Friedman / MarketWatch:
Margaret Brennan: Bloomberg TV's force  —  Commentary: Anchor aims to boost her employer's profile  —  NEW YORK (MarketWatch) — When people start talking about cable news, invariably they launch into deep discussions about the fortunes of Fox, CNN, MSNBC and CNBC.
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