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10:55 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 …
The Root:
Time Losing Only Black Correspondent  —  Steven Gray of Washington Bureau Announces His Exit  —  Five years ago, Journal-isms asked Ali Zelenko, vice president for communications at Time Inc., to name the journalists of color at Time magazine.  —  Among the 15 she listed …
Call for Guardian corrections on NoW Milly stories  —  Milly Dowler was abducted and murdered by Levi Bellfield in 2002  —  A News International executive has asked the Guardian to correct 26 articles alleging the News of the World deleted Milly Dowler's voicemails.
Joel Gunter /
Hoare ‘named eight NoW staff linked to hacking’
Discussion: Guardian
Guardian:   Phone hacking was ‘routine’ at Sun and NoW, Sean Hoare allegedly told brother
Andrea Morabito / Broadcasting & Cable:
ABC News Launches New Political Site  — features “political stock market” measurement  —  ABC News has launched a new political Website, OTUS News (as in the moniker that stands for President “of the United States").  —  Among other interactive elements, the site features a …
Discussion: Lost Remote
United Press International:   ABC News says Walters is not retiring
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 …
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.
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
Steve Myers / Poynter:
New York Times to raise home delivery rates in January  —  The Times is telling national subscribers like me that on Jan. 2, rates will increase 30 to 60 cents a week (4 to 4.5 percent) depending on the package.  (I got a letter with my Sunday newspaper.)  “This is our first home delivery rate increase …
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.”
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Publishers still missing the point on e-book prices
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Cory Bergman / Lost Remote:
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Tony Maddox, CNN: ‘2011 is the most demanding year we can remember’