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3:50 PM ET, March 20, 2011


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Peter Preston / Guardian:
What's wrong with the BBC?  All its old bosses are eager to tell you  —  Every former director general and chairman seems to have a problem with the corporation it was once their job to defend.  But the BBC doesn't always help itself when it's under attack
Jonathan Wolman / Detroit News:
Publisher's note: Reviewers' independence key  —  To our readers:  —  I want to share with you an episode that occurred last week which has sparked a vigorous discussion in our newsroom about the need to ensure the independence of our reviewers.  Indeed, I owe our readers an explanation …
Arthur S. Brisbane / The Public Editor's Journal:
Additional Letters: Too Little Information  —  Following up on the reader letters that appeared in my print column for this week, here are some additional letters via e-mail to my two columns, An American in Pakistan and Business News You Didn't Read Here.  —  Dear Mr. Brisbane:
Discussion: New York Times
Peter Preston / Guardian:
Paywall or no paywall, print is still what pays  —  The New York Times's model for online charging will no doubt be widely copied.  But according to one analyst, print will still be providing 86% of UK newspapers' revenues even in 2017  —  So, at long, long last, we have the paywall policy …
Larry Kramer / C-Scape:
Why I Won't Pay For “The Daily” and I Will Pay For The Digital New York Times  —  I wanted to love The Daily, the first news source from a mainstream media company designed purely for the IPad, a platform I love.  I couldn't wait for it to get launched.  I told everyone I knew in the business …
Xeni Jardin / Boing Boing:
Libya: Mohammed “Mo” Al Nabbous, founder of Benghazi webcast “Libya Alhurra TV,” killed in firefight  —  Watch live streaming video from libya17feb at  —  Via and via the Twitter updates from NPR's Andy Carvin, terrible news that the brave citizen journalist …
James Robinson / Guardian:
Met must hand over phone-hacking evidence  —  Police must pass documents seized from Glenn Mulcaire to lawyers representing growing number of people suing paper  —  The growing number of public figures suing the News of the World won a major high court victory when a judge said Scotland Yard must hand …
Gordon Borrell / INMA:
The Groupon phenomenon: beautiful deconstruction of an old media model  —  Groupon — and all it means — is here to stay.  How did the newsmedia industry not see it coming?  And what do we do about it now?  —  TAGS  —  In case you haven't noticed, media companies have changed their strategy of charging for advertising.
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