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1:35 PM ET, February 19, 2011


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Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
How Much Severance Does Axed Time Inc. CEO Have Coming?  —  Jack Griffin, far right, with ex-colleagues from Time Inc. Image by via @daylife  —  Time Warner hired Jack Griffin last summer to be the CEO of its magazine division, Time Inc., home to People, Time and Sports Illustrated, among other titles.
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 …
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.
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
Insiders: Bewkes Fired Griffin Over Poor Communication, Talent-Drain Fears  —  My first thought when I heard that Jeff Bewkes fired Time Inc. CEO Jack Griffin was a sentence I can't print here.  The second one: maybe he learned something from AOL (NYSE: AOL) after all.
Abbey Klaassen / AdAge:   Jack Griffin: ‘My Exit Was Clearly Not About Management Style or Results’
Brad McCarty / The Next Web:
The AOL Way claims its first victim: Engadget editor Paul Miller resigns  —  A few weeks ago, in case you've missed the news, AOL released an internal document to its staff that was entitled The AOL Way.  The documents contained what could be taken as a manifesto, of sorts, but really showed how AOL was intending to do business.
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.
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
BBC Charts New Course for its U.S. Newscast  —  Tapping into what it sees as a need for impartial international news on cable, the BBC said Friday that it would aggressively seek distribution in the United States for BBC World News America, its 24-hour news channel.  —  But that's in the long term.
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 …
Larry King claims Piers Morgan was ‘oversold’ to US  —  Larry King (right) bowed out in December after presenting his CNN talk show for 25 years  —  Former long-running CNN talk show host Larry King has claimed his successor Piers Morgan was “oversold” to US television audiences.
Discussion: BBC, The Huffington Post and Mediaite
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 …
Erik Sass / MediaPost:
By Design: ‘Time,’ ‘Newsweek’ Plan Another Revamp  —  There seems to be a deep-seated belief in the consumer magazine industry that a new look can give a beleaguered publication a new lease on life — but the evidence suggests that superficial (or even more substantial) redesigns actually have little impact on circulation or ad sales.
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 …
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
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