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9:00 AM ET, December 19, 2011


 Top News: 
Wall Street Journal:
Apple Plots Its TV Assault  —  Apple Inc. is moving forward with its assault on television, following up on the ambitions of its late co-founder, Steve Jobs.  —  In recent weeks, Apple executives have discussed their vision for the future of TV with media executives at several large companies …
Leveson inquiry: Stuart Hoare, Matt Driscoll - live  —  • Phone hacking ‘started at the Sun and was brought to the News of the World’, Sean Hoare told his brother  —  • Phone hacking was ‘a daily routine’  —  • Sean Hoare ‘named eight people’ who hacked phones on NoW
Discussion: Press Gazette
Joel Gunter /
Hoare ‘named eight NoW staff linked to hacking’  —  Independent on Sunday deputy editor James Hanning describes meetings with News of the World whistleblower Sean Hoare, including allegations that the tabloid paid £400 for rival newslists and that ‘no one was off limits’ from hacking
Phone hacking was ‘routine’ at Sun and NoW, Sean Hoare allegedly told brother  —  Stuart Hoare tells Leveson inquiry his brother Sean, a former News of the World journalist, regularly talked about hacking  —  Phone hacking was “routine” at the Sun and News of the World, the late Sean Hoare …
Ingrid Lunden / paidContent:
News Corp./Time Warner's Prince Alwaleed Invests $300 Million In Twitter  —  Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz Alsaud of Saudi Arabia, an investor in media titans News Corp. (NSDQ: NWS) and Time Warner (NYSE: TWX), is turning his attention now to social media: he and his investment group …
David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
Egypt News Media Clash Over Cause of Violence  —  CAIRO — On the third day of clashes between security forces and protesters in the center of the capital, a new battle broke out Sunday between Egypt's state-run and independent media over whom to blame for the violence.
Discussion: Future of Journalism
The Huffington Post:
Piers Morgan To Face Tough Questions About Phone Hacking  —  LONDON — CNN star Piers Morgan may be known to Americans as an empathetic English interviewer, but it's his past at the heart of Britain's troubled tabloid newspaper world that is being trotted out before the cameras this week.
Discussion: Future of Journalism and Mediaite
Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
Hungarian TV journalists on hunger strike  —  Four Hungarian journalists are on hunger strike in protest at government influence over the country's media.  —  They began their fast four days ago and one of them, Balazs Nagy Navarro, said: “We are going to stay until things change, even if we risk hospital.”
Lucia Moses / Adweek:
Publishers Challenge Audience Report  —  Magazine publishers are demanding explanations from GfK MRI after its fall magazine audience report showed more than two-thirds lost audience versus a year ago, many of them by double-digits.  —  Some year-to-year audience fluctuations are common, but the fall report was unusual.
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Publishers still missing the point on e-book prices  —  When the major book publishing firms signed an agreement with Apple that allowed them to control the prices for their e-books — unlike the deal they had with Amazon, which gave the online retailer the right to cut prices if it wanted to …
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