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2:10 PM ET, October 5, 2011


 Top News: 
Frazier Moore / The Huffington Post:
Roger Ailes: I Hired Sarah Palin Because She Was ‘Hot And Got Ratings’  —  NEW YORK — As the most powerful man in the universe, or one of them anyway, Roger Ailes can look back on the first 15 years of his crowning achievement, Fox News Channel, with satisfaction.  And he does.
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
Hulu to Stream Univision Shows  —  11:26 a.m. |  Updated |  The popular streaming video Web site Hulu is adding Spanish language television shows for the first time.  —  In a deal to be announced on Wednesday and to be implemented later this year, Hulu will have a selection of telenovelas …
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Hulu Says Subscription Service Revenue Climbing
Discussion: Hulu and GigaOM
Nina Burleigh / Guardian:
Amanda Knox, Meredith Kercher and the media |  Nina Burleigh  —  The Italian media, cowed, lazy and compliant, allowed a bullying prosecutor to frame Knox and Sollecito for the Kercher murder  —  As an American journalist covering the Knox case for 10 months in Italy, I was surprised by a number of things.
Erik Lacitis / Seattle Times:
Media scramble to get in, get a view (or a ladder)
Discussion: Poynter
Nick Denton / @nicknotned:
Noah Davis / Business Insider:
Nick Denton Loses Bet That The Gawker Redesign Wouldn't Hurt Traffic
Discussion: Poynter
Lucia Moses / Adweek:
‘Spin’ Magazine Going Bimonthly  —  Spin is making the move from monthly to bimonthly—it will publish only six issues next year, down from 11 this year, Adweek has learned.  The magazine also plans to cut its rate base to 350,000 from 450,000, an acknowledgment that the Web is replacing print for its mainly young, male readership.
Discussion: Poynter, Gothamist and Media Decoder
Robert Booth / Guardian:
Downing Street ‘did not record who knew’ about Andy Coulson vetting  —  Freedom of information request for names of ministers or officials involved in background check decision is refused  —  Downing Street has claimed there is no record of which ministers or officials knew …
Discussion: @nero
Jay Rosen / Quote and Comment:
A CNN Business reporter, Alison Kosik, summarizes what she thinks the purpose of Occupy Wall Street is.  —  Here is her Twitter post.  —  UPDATE: Kosik deleted her tweet.  That's the kind of confidence she had in her observation, I guess.  The New York City police are fairly visible at Occupy Wall Street.
John Koblin / WWD:
Publishers: Tablet Business Is Picking Up  —  TABLET TALK: All these months later, with some decent subscription numbers and a possible antidote to the iPad in the Kindle Fire, publishers are beginning to find a business out of tablets.  On a panel Tuesday morning at the American Magazine Conference …
Discussion: FishbowlNY and Poynter
The Independent:
Hugh Grant: ‘The phone-hacking scandal has only just scratched surface’  —  The actor tells Oliver Wright there's worse to come on politicians, police and the press  —  Corrupt policemen tipped off journalists about celebrity victims of crime before other officers had time to respond …
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
The Gray Lady's True Colors  —  The proof of the pudding is in the tweeting.  —  Some readers thought we were too generous to Kate Zernike of the New York Times last January.  Zernike had come under attack for a story titled “Bloodshed Puts New Focus on Vitriol in Politics,” …
Discussion: Poynter, GalleyCat and Capital New York
Ryan Tate / Gawker:
The iPhone 5 Failboard: How Everyone Got It Wrong  —  A great many Apple fans are hot and bothered that no iPhone 5 emerged today to fill the void in their souls.  But you know who should really feel dejected?  All the tech bloggers who wasted time typing bold proclamations about new features, designs and phones that never came.
Rebecca Shapiro / The Huffington Post:
Reporter Claims White House Officials Screamed And Cursed At Her Over Story  —  A reporter for CBS claimed that White House and Department of Justice officials screamed and cursed at her due to a story she was pursuing about a controversial DOJ program.  —  Sharyl Attkisson …
Robert Andrews / paidContent:UK:
‘Be Your Own Boss’: Northcliffe Turns LocalPeople Sites In To ‘Franchises’  —  UK regional newspaper publisher Northcliffe Media was only paying its LocalPeople community publishers £4,800.  ($7418.03) Now it wants those publishers to pay it.  —  The group is beginning a “franchise” model for sites in its hyperlocal network.
Discussion: Jon Slattery
Matt Dornic / FishbowlDC:
CNN Adds Frum and Cardona to 2012 Election Team  —  CNN continued to beef up its roster of 2012 political contributors with the addition Democratic strategist Maria Cardona and conservative columnist David Frum today.  —  Cardona currently heads the public affairs practice at Dewey Square Group …
Discussion: TVNewser and On Media's Blog
Josh Halliday / Guardian:
BBC news chief seeks government action over Iranian ‘intimidation’  —  Peter Horrocks says Tehran has intensified blocking of Persian TV channel, and arrested staff's relatives and friends  —  The BBC's head of global news has called on the UK government to rebuke Iran after relatives of 10 …
Discussion: BBC, and The Lede
Mallary Jean Tenore / Poynter:
35 years ago today, Barbara Walters became highest paid journalist  —  On October 4, 1976, Barbara Walters became the first female co-anchor of an evening newscast.  Walters started her career as a writer for CBS News and then joined NBC's “Today Show” in 1961.
Discussion: ABCNEWS and TVNewser
Daniel de Vise / Washington Post:
What if the rankers ranked newspapers?  —  Here we are in the middle of ranking season.  The signature U.S. News & World Report rankings came out last month, and the Times Higher Education global university rankings are due later this week.  —  Lots of people rank colleges these days, and most of the rankers are in the news business.
Discussion: Poynter
Richard Sandomir / New York Times:
The NFL Network and Time Warner Continue to Spar  —  Karen Waldkirch, a freelance writer in Wauwatosa, Wis., owns shares in the Green Bay Packers and buys season tickets to their games at Lambeau Field.  —  Yet if she wants to satisfy her hunger for news about the Packers on the NFL Network, she cannot.
Discussion: Company Town
Jim Romenesko / Poynter:
McCormick Foundation awards millions to journalism organizations  —  The Chicago-based Robert R. McCormick Foundation has approved $5 million in grants to 22 organizations, including Investigative News Network ($225,000 over two years); Investigative Reporters and Editors, Inc. ($90,000 over 18 months) …
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
Yahoo suits tout new reporting focus, but what about the old one?  —  After Monday's splashy announcement that Yahoo News and ABC News are teaming up in the name of worldwide web-traffic domination, The New York Times followed up with a piece about how Yahoo executives are redirecting their efforts to original reporting.
Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
NI faces more than 60 phone-hacking claims  —  Father of Josie Russell, who survived murder attempt, Sara Payne and 7/7 hero Paul Dadge among 13 new writs this week  —  The father of Josie Russell, the girl who survived a hammer attack in which her mother and sister were killed …
Discussion: Digital Spy and Guardian
Andrew Pugh / Press Gazette:
Huffington Post steps up UK recruitment  —  Huffington Post UK has appointed new editors for its media and business sections as it presses ahead with its UK expansion.  —  Former head of content at Stephen Hull has joined the website as media editor and Peter Guest has been appointed business editor.
Liliane Landor / BBC:
Talking to Haqqani: How it was done  —  How and why would you interview a key leader of one of Afghanistan's most feared anti-Western militant groups?  —  The Haqqani network has been blamed for a series of recent deadly attacks in its home country.  —  So its leaders' thoughts and motivations …
Frances Martel / Mediaite:
Jon Stewart Defends Hank Williams, Jr. From ESPN Censors: ‘Have You Met Him?’  —  Football/country personality Hank Williams, Jr. may have gotten himself kicked off of his regular stint singing about football on Monday Night Football, at least for now, but while his comments didn't find much support …
Jack Neff / AdAge:
As Devices and Distribution Compete, Content Enjoys Renaissance  —  With Challengers to Apple, Netflix and Hulu, Emerging Media Creators Are in the Catbird Seat  —  Anyone still doubt content is king?  Take a look at the power content owners once again hold as Amazon introduces viable competition to Apple's walled fiefdom.
Discussion: Online Video News
Amanda Natividad / paidContent:
Industry Moves: Bravo Digital; Bookish; CCC; FRWD  —Bravo Digital Media Suejin Yang has been named VP of Bravo Digital Media.  She'll manage strategic development, content, operations and new business opportunities for and report to Lisa Hsia, EVP of Bravo Digital.
Discussion: paidContent:UK
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SPLC, student journalist sue Kan. community college over public records fees
Ben Fenton / @BenFenton:
BBC to cut more than 2,000 jobs, but no services will close, in DQF tomorrow.
Associated Press:
Analyst says NYT to outperform newspaper peers
Ryan Lawler / GigaOM:
Are web originals finally ready for primetime?
Discussion: ClickZ and Mixed Media
Sophie Schillaci / Hollywood Reporter:
Andy Rooney's Final Broadcast Draws Largest October Audience Since 2007
Michael Malone / Broadcasting & Cable:
Local TV Go-To Information Source During Irene
Discussion: MediaPost and
 Earlier Picks: 
Jim Romenesko / Poynter:
The Daily scolds UK's Daily Mail for lifting its Scientology series
Joe Coscarelli / New York Magazine:
Rupert Murdoch Funds Daily Reporter's Hunter S. Thompson-Inspired Vegas Vacation
Discussion: The Daily
Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
Journalists go to prison to highlight plight of jailed colleagues
Steve Myers / Poynter:
AP adds to its ‘Beat of the Week’ contest to recognize state-level news
Lewis DVorkin / Forbes:
Forbes Update: Record Traffic, New Products—and Our Fix-It and To-Do Lists
Discussion: Talking Biz News
Lynne Marek / Chicago Business:
Tribune bonus plan OKd by bankruptcy judge
Discussion: Poynter and FishbowlLA
Steven Jacobs / Street Fight: Launches Hyperlocal Site for Main Line
Discussion: NetNewsCheck Latest