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8:55 AM ET, December 20, 2011

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Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:
Sharon Marshall gives evidence  —  • Seven claims against News Group Newspapers settled  —  • Former NoW TV editor: I quit after being asked to write untrue story  —  • Reporter claimed for mileage but he couldn't drive  —  • Nervous breakdowns are not uncommon on tabloids, says journalists representative
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BBC:
Piers Morgan to appear before Leveson media ethics inquiry  —  Piers Morgan has denied ever hacking phones or order anyone else to  —  Former Daily Mirror and News of the World (NoW) editor Piers Morgan is set to appear at the Leveson Inquiry into media ethics later.
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Erik Larson / Bloomberg:
News Corp., Gascoigne Close to Settling Phone-Hacking Lawsuit  —  Dec. 20 (Bloomberg) — News Corp.'s U.K. publishing unit is close to settling a lawsuit by former England soccer player Paul Gascoigne over the interception of his voice-mail messages by the now-defunct News of the World tabloid.
Amy Chozick / Media Decoder:
Times Co. Negotiating to Sell Regional Newspapers  —  Updated The New York Times Company, which last week announced that its chief executive would depart at the end of the year, is close to selling its regional newspapers to the Halifax Media Group, the company announced Monday.
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Rick Edmonds / Poynter:
Sale of New York Times regional newspapers a sign of increased dealmaking in industry  —  The New York Times Co.'s clutch of 16 midsized and small newspapers was a relic of the prosperous pre-digital days of the 1980s and 1990s.  Back then, the very comfortable margins at these properties …
Discussion: Mixed Media
Ken Doctor / Newsonomics:
New New York Times Plan: (Digital) World Domination
Discussion: GigaOM, Reuters and Poynter
Edmund Lee / @edmundlee:   Heads up on @nytimes selling regional media group to Halifax. The unit is headed up by Michael Golden, Sulzbergers cousin and COO
Paul Lamkin / Pocket-lint:
Netflix signs up BBC for UK launch  —  Auntie on board for streaming fun  —  Netflix has snapped up a digital licensing agreement with BBC Worldwide ahead of its arrival in the United Kingdom and Ireland, meaning access to the wealth of Beeb goodies.  —  The deal means shows such as Spooks …
Rachel McAthy / Journalism.co.uk:
Record number of journalists killed on ‘dangerous assignments’  —  A report by the Committee to Protect Journalists finds that at least 43 journalists were killed this year ‘ in direct relation to their work’, with 16 of those on ‘dangerous assignments’  —  British-born photographer Tim Hetherington …
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Joel Simon / Committee to Protect Journalists:
Journalists killed: Inside the numbers
Discussion: Guardian
Nadira Isayeva / Guardian:   Khadzhimurad Kamalov: a death foreseen
Kim Zetter / Threat Level:
Forensic Examiner Found No Match of Cables on Manning's Laptop to WikiLeaks'  —  FT. MEADE, Maryland — A day after a government forensic expert testified that he'd found thousands of diplomatic cables on the Army computer of suspected WikiLeaks source Bradley Manning, he was forced …
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Kim Zetter / Threat Level:
Jolt in WikiLeaks Case: Feds Found Manning-Assange Chat Logs on Laptop
Discussion: PBS
Washington Post:
Soldier's gender identity issues raised in WikiLeaks case
Discussion: The Week, Guardian and Threat Level
Foster Kamer / The New York Observer:
More NYT Buyouts: Diana B. Henriques, Eric Dash, Bob Harris, and The Reporter Who Didn't Get One  —  IN MID-OCTOBER, a memo was sent out to all New York Times editorial staffers, from recently-installed Times executive editor Jill Abramson, managing editor Dean Baquet …
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Foster Kamer / The New York Observer:   Goodbye, Gray Lady: New York Times Legends Take Buyouts, Internal Tributes Follow in Suit
Dylan Stableford / Yahoo! News:
Newspapers in Europe cover death of Vaclav Havel, not Kim Jong-Il  —  The deaths of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Il and Václav Havel, the playwright and former Czechloslovakian president, were both announced on Sunday.  But depending on where in the world you woke up this morning …
Discussion: Inside
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Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
On Word of Kim's Death, a Varied Response on Cable News
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Cable News Finally Realizing That SOPA And PROTECT IP Are Bad News  —  Well, well, well.  We've noted in the past that while the serious concerns about SOPA and PROTECT IP (PIPA) have been all over the web and newspapers, they've mostly been mostly been absent from cable news …
Discussion: WebProNews
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Ingrid Lunden / paidContent:
Millennium Media Says Kindle Fire Impressions Growing 19 Percent Each Day  —  We still don't have any exact figures from Amazon (NSDQ: AMZN) for how many Kindle Fire tablets it has sold, but the latest figures out from mobile ad network Millennial Media are the latest to suggest that it is selling very well …
Edmund Lee / Bloomberg:
CNN Looks to Digital Acquisitions to Gain on Fox  —  Time Warner Inc. (TWX)'s CNN, the pioneer news network that's fallen behind newcomers Fox News and MSNBC, is looking to acquisitions as part of an effort to regain ground by pushing more programming to tablets and smartphones.
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Jeff Bercovici / Forbes:
30 Under 30: Media  —  Click for full photo gallery: 30 Under 30: Media  —  There was a time when you would have had to turn over a lot of stones to find 30 obvious rising stars in the media industry — 30 people who will clearly, without a doubt be running newsrooms, networks and ad agencies in 10 years time.
Discussion: NetNewsCheck Latest and FishbowlDC
Stuart Elliott / Media Decoder:
Ad Spending Slowed to a Crawl in the 3rd Quarter, Report Finds  —  Like traffic on the way to the beach on a summer Friday afternoon, advertising spending in the third quarter barely moved, according to a report to be released on Monday morning.  —  But like that traffic …
Discussion: BtoB Magazine, rbr.com and AllThingsD
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
For Election Year, MTV Drops ‘Choose or Lose’ Slogan  —  After nearly 20 years of “Choose or Lose,” MTV is changing the name of its election season campaign.  —  The youth cable channel's coverage will be labeled “Power of 12,” a nod to both the election year and the notion that 18 …
Katherine Fung / The Huffington Post:
WATCH: ABC's Major New Ad Campaign  —  ABC News launched an initiative to re-brand its news coverage on Monday, under the new slogan “See the whole picture.”  —  The tagline debuted during “Good Morning America.”  The new campaign emphasizes the network's ability to break down important news …
Discussion: ABCNEWS
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Andrea Morabito / Broadcasting & Cable:
ABC News Launches New Political Site
 
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