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9:50 AM ET, November 23, 2011


 Top News: 
Gideon Spanier / London Evening Standard:
James Murdoch quits the boards of Sun and Times  —  James Murdoch has dramatically resigned as a director of the companies that publish The Times, The Sunday Times and The Sun.  —  The surprise move, which has seen Rupert Murdoch's son quit a string of directorships at News International …
Joel Gunter /
NI refutes lawyer's claim over ‘hacking lesson’ journalist  —  Lawyer's written statement removed from Leveson inquiry website after claim about News International executive challenged by the publisher  —  Evidence given by Mark Lewis, pictured arriving at the Leveson inquiry today …
McCanns to face Leveson inquiry - live  —  Live coverage as Madeleine McCann's parents join Paul Gascoigne's ex-wife in giving evidence on phone hacking  —  2.22pm: Gerry McCann on his first reaction to the arrival of the press: … 2.21pm: Gerry McCann tells how the press descended on the Algarve after his daughter disappeared.
Discussion: Future of Journalism
The Irish Independent:
Phone hacking was much more widespread than just NOTW - victims'lawyer  —  A LAWYER for phone-hacking victims claimed today that the illegal interception of voicemails was “much more widespread” than just the News of the World.  —  Mark Lewis told the Leveson Inquiry into press standards …
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
Mail Online Readers Say They Will Pay, But They Won't Be Forced To  —  “We've done qualitative research in the UK that did tend to indicate users of Mail Online would pay something for certain aspects of the content,” DMGT CEO Martin Morgan told City analysts.
Discussion: Daily Mail
Rachel McAthy /
Daily Mail publisher records operating profit drop of £13m  —  Results for the past year report that Associated Newspapers' operating profit fell from £89 million in 2010 to £76 million in 2011  —  Operating profit for Associated Newspapers fell by £13 million in the past year …
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
Mail Online Won't Be Profitable Until 2013, As U.S. Investment Drags  —  Associated Newspapers' digital operations, comprising Mail Online, lost £900,000 ($1407127.19) in the year to October, after the publisher invested in building a U.S. team.
Dylan Welch / Sydney Morning Herald:
Investigation of political favours against News Ltd  —  FEDERAL police are investigating allegations that News Ltd offered a then-serving federal senator a “special relationship” involving favourable coverage if he crossed the floor on a vote of financial interest to the company.
Enda Curran / Wall Street Journal:
News Ltd. Denies Australian Senator's Claims  —  SYDNEY—News Corp.'s Australian unit Wednesday denied allegations that it had offered favorable coverage in return for political favors and said that it hasn't been contact by police investigating the matter, which was first reported in the Sydney Morning Herald newspaper.
Erika Fry / CJR:
Zuccotti Park's Airspace Was Never Closed  —  Did the New York's police close airspace to prevent news helicopters from getting footage of police action against Occupy Wall Street protesters?  —  That is certainly the story—it has been widely reported by outlets including The New York Times …
Adrian Chen / Gawker:
NYPD ‘Loses’ the Occupy Wall Street Wikileaks Truck
Discussion: New York Magazine and Mashable!
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Dear Dish Network: Your Spam Makes Me Sad.  Please Stop.  —  I don't know how to say this any other way, so I'll be direct: Please stop with the spam.  —  I'm talking about crud like this, which you left in the comments of one of my stories: … Now, this pitch, written by “Andrew_K_Anderson …
Michael Oneal / Chicago Tribune:
Tribune Co. to pay former CEO Randy Michaels $675K in settlement  —  Tribune Co. agreed to pay former chief executive Randy Michaels $675,000 in a settlement stemming from his abrupt resignation from the company on Oct. 22, 2010.  —  The company will also cover $50,000 in Michaels' legal fees …
Discussion: Media Decoder
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
Lovefilm Gets Its Defence In Early: Buys Netflix's Ad Slots  —  Amazon's Lovefilm has bought up adverts under its rival's business name, as Netflix (NSDQ: NFLX) prepares to launch on Lovefilm's home turf early next year.  —  Lovefilm has bought search keyword ads against searches for the keyword …
Gary Sinderson / TVNewsCheck:
Why The Penn State Scandal Stayed Secret  —  WJAC Johnstown, Pa., reporter Gary Sinderson says the university's culture of protecting its reputation and limited time prevented him from investigating the “whispers” about former coach Jerry Sandusky.  Corporate downsizing has eliminated a lot of enterprise reporting.
Discussion: Terry Heaton's PoMo Blog and TVSpy
Ryan Kearney / TBD:
Associated Press' Christopher Walken story proves why their Twitter policy is foolish  —  Last Wednesday, Daily Intel revealed that a leaked internal “e-mail sent from on high” at the Associated Press scolded reporters for violating the wire service's Twitter policy.
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:   Christopher Walken impression on D.C. radio gets connected to Natalie Wood case
Washington Post Newspaper Guild:
BEWARE!  Post Quietly Pushing Out Employees  —  As some of you may have already heard or suspected after several cake-less departures this year, the Washington Post has pushed out - or is trying to push out - at least thirteen people through layoffs, coerced buyouts or outright dismissal on dubious charges.
Steve Myers / Poynter:   Will you get disciplined at the Post for using too many pop culture references in stories?
John Plunkett / Guardian:
Former News of the World editor wants police to crack down on paparazzi  —  Phil Hall denies phone hacking took place under his tenure and called for newspapers to gain sense of ‘proportionality’  —  A former editor of the News of the World has called on the police to do more to prevent the harassment of people by the paparazzi.
Netflix shares hurt by bleak 2012 outlook  —  (Reuters) - Netflix Inc's shares dropped as much as 7 percent on Tuesday after it warned of a loss for 2012, a move the prompted several Wall Street analysts to cut their price targets for the online video and DVD rental company.
Discussion: MediaFile
Larry Dignan / ZDNet:
Netflix eases liquidity worries, raises more questions
Discussion: AllThingsD
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Discussion: Poynter
Rachel King / Between the Lines Blog:
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John Letzing / Wall Street Journal:
Pandora Sales Nearly Double, But Outlook Is Cautious
David Kaplan / paidContent:
Colarusso Jumps From Bloomberg TV To Reuters
Discussion: FishbowlNY and TVNewser
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